April 24th, 2014

Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

From NPR: 

Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which looks at the ways “cultural engagement” affects overall wellbeing, concluded that a significant association was found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. The same was true of dancing, swimming and going to plays. The study notes that “causal direction needs to be considered further” — that is, it’s hard to tell whether happy people go to the library, or going to the library makes people happy. But either way, the immortal words of Arthur the Aardvark ring true: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!”

Click here to read more about the happiness study!

April 7th, 2014

Journii’s First Library Card!

We’re celebrating Journii getting her first library card at our South Shore Branch this week. She was so proud to sign her name and get her very own library card! Welcome to the Chicago Public Library, Journii!

April 1st, 2014

CPL Rings The Bell!

Last fall our Maker Lab earned us a Social Innovator Award and yesterday the good folks at NASDAQ welcomed us to ring the closing bell as one of those Chicago Innovation Award winners! Thanks to our Chicago Public Library Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services for supporting our work at the Maker Lab!

March 25th, 2014

His First Library Card!

It’s first library card Tuesday! Today we feature Kaylan proudly showing us his library card he received at our Bucktown Wicker Park Branch. Welcome to the Library Kaylan, we are thrilled to have you as a member!

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