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The Chicago Public Library (C.P.L.) increased the checkout limit on the number of books and other items one can borrow at the same time, the C.P.L. announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The number of years a library card is good for has also increased from two to three.

The number of titles one can borrow increased from thirty to fifty. This is also true of magazines.

The number of DVDs, CDs, or other audiovisual materials also increased from six to ten. One can have nine interlibrary loan requests.

There is still a limit of one Kids Museum Pass. Patrons can find out more on the new CPL Web site’s “Your Account FAQs” Web page.

The C.P.L. opened a multimedia pop-up exhibit, From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America, on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library. The exhibit celebrates Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Louis “Studs” Terkel.

Featuring audio recordings of the writers’ voices, the exhibit brings their work to life. The exhibit runs at the Woodson Regional Library through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

The American Writers Museum and the Chicago History Museum are co-sponsoring From Our Neighborhoods. The C.P.L. developed the exhibit in partnership with the Chicago Literary Council, Guild Literary Complex, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the American Library Association, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Third World Press, and the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural & Natural Resources. The exhibit is funded with the support of the Chicago Community Trust and the S&C Electric Company.

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the C.P.L. congratulated an eighth-grade student named Julius, a Lozano Branch YOUmedia participant, for placing second in the Youth Division of the Lozano Branch Knight Moves Chess Club Spring Open Tournament on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Lozano Branch Library is located at 1805 South Loomis Street in Pilsen.

The C.P.L. also announced on Sunday, April 6, 2014 that there would be new Teacher in the Library Hours at the Lozano Branch. Effective Monday, April 7, 2014, the teacher will be on site from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The Lozano Branch Teacher in the Library is a full accredited bilingual (English and Spanish) teacher. No signup or registration is necessary.

The theme of the C.P.L.’s 2014 Spring Learning Challenge is “Bug Out.” This program is for schoolchildren up to age thirteen. The C.P.L. stated April 11, 2014, “Don’t veg out over Spring Break — Read, Discover, Create and BUG OUT!”

Kids up to age 13 are invited to participate in the Spring Learning Challenge from April 14 to the 27.[1] To complete the challenge:

• READ (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day for five days of spring break
• DISCOVER new information about bugs by doing one activity
• CREATE one story, poem or piece of art inspired by the “Bug Out!” theme

Keep track of your progress in the Spring Learning Challenge Log. Return your log to any CPL location by April 30 to receive a free book. Challenge yourself to learn more about bugs this spring:

Crawling Critters
Fantastic Flyers
• Buggy Reads

[1] To put those dates in perspective, this year Good Friday is April 14th and Easter Sunday is April 20th.

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