Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge

Congratulations to all children who have completed the Summer Learning Challenge by reading for 500 minutes, discovering one new thing through a hands-on experience, and creating one new thing. It is not too late for those who have not yet finished, as the program runs until Sept. 1. All children who participated are invited to bring their families for free to Shedd Aquarium on Family Day on Sept. 8. Please stop by the library to pick up your invitation.

As part of the Summer Learning Challenge Uptown Branch children have a plot in the new GrowUptown Community Garden. We are growing radishes, carrots and peas. There’s still plenty of time to join us as we water, weed and do other gardening chores on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call or visit the Uptown Branch at 929 W. Buena Avenue (312-744-8400), or email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins here.

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I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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