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Thomas Hughes Children's Library Re-Opened

July 31, 2017

The newly re-opened Thomas Hughes Children’s Library, powered by Exelon, was dedicated by Mayor Emanuel on July 13th. The re-envisioned space boasts a maker space and distinct areas or “neighborhoods” for early learners: ages 0-5, middle-childhood learners: 6-10 and tweens: ages 11-14 with a full digital media lab. Additionally, there is a common area for learning through sharing, called the Plaza, programming rooms, a Quiet Suite with a family washroom, a mother’s room and a quiet sitting area, and areas for STEM programming, story hours and conferences.

With the space comes re-envisioned programming that embeds STEM/STEAM activities in with print collections, brings art and maker programs onto the floor of the library and invites everyone into our space to read, discover and create: which are also the three tracks of learning in our award-winning Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge. As a part of this funding, Exelon has also provided funds to re-imagine additional branches early learning spaces and provide curated collections of toys and early STEM for families across the city.