Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Library announce Summer Learning Challenge
May 4, 2018

Photo courtesy City of Chicago by Patrick Pyszka
Amy Rule, wife of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, reads to youngsters during last year’s Rahm’s Readers program.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced that the 2018 theme for Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge is Earth Explorers. Starting Monday, June 18, Rahm’s Readers will challenge Chicago youngsters to investigate earth systems science, environmental literacy, and climate resiliency.

“This year, Earth Explorers will not only encourage students to continue reading and learning in the summer months, but kids across the city will be engaged in helping address environmental issues that affect our city and our entire world,” said Emanuel.

CPL and the City of Chicago are teaming up with the city’s cultural institutions including the Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium to challenge children to read 20 minutes a day and participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Families can sign-up at their local branch beginning June 18 and participate in the program through Saturday, September 1. To see a list of events, programs and at-home activities, visit All 80 CPL branches will participate.

CPL Teen Services will offer Imagine Doing More, a summer program challenging teens to think about how they can positively impact the quality of their Chicago environment, from Friday, June 1, to Saturday, September 1, by investigating, learning, and creating an action plan. This self-directed summer program also invites teens to participate in Partner Challenges with Adler Planetarium, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

To learn more about self-direct activity guides, events and more, visit