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  • April 15, 2019 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Block Museum to offer week of programs highlighting archaeologist scholars

    In conjunction with their exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, The Block is excited to announce a week of conversations, workshops, and symposia featuring a panel of international archaeologists. These public events, ranging from scholarly conversations to a keynote lecture delivered by noted archaeologist Susan Keech McIntosh, offer rare opportunities to interact with these scholars and learn more about their research. All events are free and open to all.

    Click here for view all events.

  • April 13, 2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is a blog post from professional member Midwest Academy for Gifted Education. You can see this post and others on the MAGE website.

    This article is brought to you by MAGE - non-profit, private gifted option in City of Chicago.

    Families of gifted students in the Chicago Public School District, and those in nearby areas should be aware of the just announced CPS-run Engagement Forum regarding the Accelerated Placement Act in less than 2 weeks time. Here are some key events around that time:

    • CPS sends out their first round of offer letters for the 2019-20 year for selective enrollment and options programs electronically to the CPS application portal on Monday, April 22, 2019.

    • CPS Forum Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00PM - 7:30 PM Colman Office, 4655 S. Dearborn Street

    • CPS Forum Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00PM - 7:30 PM Lincoln Park High School, 2001 North Orchard Street

    • IAGC Policy Meeting, Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00AM-12:00PM IMSA

    The only information about these forums publicly available currently is here. In 2017, a new law was passed in the State of Illinois that set the framework for the support needed for some gifted students. The law is called the Accelerated Placement Act and you can view the actual full text of the law here. The law was passed with a 1 year grace period, to go into effect on July 1, 2018. The state issued a guidance - a reminder - to districts to remind them of this new law, albeit, an unfunded mandate. Many districts jumped into action, creating policy to comply with the new law. CPS is the largest district in IL and the 3rd largest in the country. Their reaction to the law is a big deal. What did they do?

    First, some key bits of the law from the above link:

    “For purposes of this Article, "accelerated placement" means the placement of a child in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the child. "Accelerated placement" under this Article or other school district-adopted policies shall include, but need not be limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a child in a single subject, and grade acceleration.” (Illinois General Assembly Public Act 100-0421)

    The rest of the act goes through important detail around notification of program availability, identification, and wording that could potentially be interpreted as the foundation for a Gifted IEP in the state.

    Chicago Public Schools, CPS, in a meeting on August 22, chose to defer the adoption of this act, and the deferral decision can be read here. Only 3 people came to speak for the immediate adoption of the Accelerated Placement Act in CPS in that August 22nd meeting, which was well covered by Chalkbeat, and you can read about it here. After 3/4 of a year with news from CPS, these new forums are finally scheduled. They come at an auspicious time - CPS Selective Enrollment School results come out for Kindergarten through eighth grade on the 22nd of April, the day before the meeting. Therefore, it is unclear if there will be change, what year the change will take effect, and how it will impact the decisions made for the coming year. It is important to show CPS that you care about gifted education in the city, and that you show up. Unless people step up and show up, CPS will continue to defer the adoption of this act. You can read our coverage of the Accelerated Placement Act Part 1 here.

    What can you do beyond just these forums? You can go to learn more at CGCC and IAGC, our two local gifted organizations, that periodically have policy-related events. You can even join the IAGC Policy Committee that works with Illinois Board of Education to create new policy for the gifted. That committee’s next quarterly meeting is Saturday, May 4th at IMSA, at 10AM, so mark your calendar.

    Not in Chicago? Your district is watching. The state is watching. The country is watching. If you care about gifted education, you should come and participate in those forums because your support is paramount in improving the gifted education in Chicago and everywhere that will use it as a case example.

    Stay tuned for part 3 in a few weeks. We hope that update brings good news for the city’s gifted.

    About Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE): We are a not for profit, private gifted school focused on building community for gifted families in Chicago. If we don’t speak up for the City’s gifted, who will? Our next Admissions Coffee is on April 27th at 9AM and is a chance to connect to other gifted families in the city.

  • April 12, 2019 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sprout is a professional member of CGCC.

  • April 07, 2019 8:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From . . .

    Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating on a third annual #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.

    The annual challenge is being held again on Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.

    To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #ChiLoveBooks passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.

    Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

    Visit TEN stores in one day and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

    Visit FIFTEEN stores in one day and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for an ENTIRE YEAR!

    Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul on #ChiLoveBooks.

    The #ChiLoveBooks Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed in 2016 to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores, and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA).

    Here is the list of participating stores so you can start to plan. You can also head to for even more info!
    57th Street Books
    Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc.
    Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville, Lagrange & Downers Grove
    Book Bin Northbrook
    The Book Cellar
    The Book Stall
    The Book Table
    Bookends & Beginnings
    Bookie's - Chicago
    Bookie's - Homewood
    Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
    City Lit Books
    The Dial Bookshop
    Lake Forest Book Store
    Open Books - Pilsen & West Loop
    Pilsen Community Books
    Powell's Books Chicago
    Quimby's Bookstore
    Read It & Eat
    Rosenberg Bookshop at the Newberry Library
    Sandmeyer's Bookstore
    The Seminary Co-op Bookstores
    Volumes Bookcafe
    Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
    Women & Children First Bookstore

  • April 07, 2019 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the AudioFile Magazine April newsletter . . .

    Free Summer Listening

    April 25th, Opening Day!

    SYNC Audiobooks for Teens 2019 will give away 28 titles—two paired audiobook downloads a week—April 25th through August 1st. Authors include Jennifer A. Nielsen, Emma Donoghue, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tanaz Bhathena.

    Check out the complete list of exciting audiobook titles.

    How can you promote SYNC?

    • Utilize the print and digital items available in the SYNC Toolkitto introduce SYNC to your patrons, students, and other readers.
    • Encourage teen readers to text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.
    • Visit and sign up for title alerts by email.
    • Have your listeners download the OverDrive appin advance of the program. [Please note – the Libby app will not work with SYNC]

    SYNC Program Questions

    For questions about the program, titles, and how to use the toolkit to connect with students, patrons, and other listeners, please contact the SYNC Manager, Michele Cobb, at

  • March 26, 2019 7:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the Museum of Science and Industry web site:

    Teen Advisory Committee

    Apply for the 2019 program now through April 12!

    Teens are invited to share their ideas on how MSI can better engage youth audiences in this new initiative.

    MSI provides experiences that deepen the engagement and interaction of youth, and people of all ages, in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

    Our Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) is seeking youth ages 14–17 who love science, especially MSI. We want to hear your ideas on “Hacking the Museum” and feedback on a range of Museum content.


    • Youth ages 14–17 by July 11, 2019
    • Able to commit to a term lasting from July–August 2019
    • Have access to the internet for online assignments
    • Be able to attend ALL meetings at MSI as scheduled


    Teen Advisory Committee members are required to attend four meetings, complete short, online tasks before each meeting, and provide feedback on a variety of content topics. Members should be comfortable speaking in front of a group of their peers and senior Museum management.

    MANDATORY meetings (from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.):

    • Thursday, July 11
    • Thursday, July 18
    • Thursday, July 25
    • Thursday, August 1


    All TAC members will receive:

    • 20 service learning hours
    • $50 Amazon or Target gift card
    • A voucher to visit MSI separately with friends and family (five people maximum)

    Also, participating in TAC will look great on resumes and college applications!

    Important dates

    • Applications open from February 18 – April 12, 2019
    • Applications/essays reviewed from April 15 – April 26, 2019
    • Selection decisions made by May 10, 2019
    • New committee members notified via email by Friday, May 17, 2019


    Complete the application and answer a few questions that will help us get to know you better. All applications must be submitted by April 12, 2019 to be considered for the committee.

    Apply now


    For questions regarding the Museum of Science and Industry’s Teen Advisory Committee, please email

  • March 25, 2019 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every Saturday in April, Sulzer Regional Library's home-grown poet, Eleanore Tisch, will lead their Pop-Up Poetry Club, culminating in an open mic during their Poetry Fest on April 27.

    Pop-Up Poetry Club (Grades 6-12) Saturdays, Apr. 6–27, 11 am–noon, In this four-week long workshop, young poets will be invited to generate new material, discuss the work of a wide array of classic and modern poets, and learn re-visioning techniques for their own writing. All levels and experiences are welcome - come exactly as you are and be a ready to dive deeply into the luminous world of poetic language!

    Click here for complete details.

    There is a lot going on at Sulzer Regional Library! Check out their spring brochure: Sulzer Spring 2019.pdf

  • March 13, 2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the Chicago Film Festival email . . .

    The CineYouth Film Pitch is a one-day program that allows select participants to present their works-in-progress to a panel of industry professionals for a chance to get direct feedback from the experts who know the film business best. One lucky pitch participant will win a cash prize to support their project!

    The Film Pitch will take place Sunday, April 28 during the CineYouth Festival in the Music Box Theatre Lounge from 10:00am-2:00pm.

    Applications are now open. Applicants must be between 16 and 22 years old to participate. Submit your project by April 1 to be considered for The Pitch.

    Apply Now

    CineYouth Festival 2019

    Save The Date: April 26-28, 2019

    Created in 2005, CineYouth is the Chicago International Film Festival’s annual three-day showcase of short films made by filmmakers 22-years-old and younger from around the world!

    CineYouth 2019 goes down April 26-28 at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre. Stay tuned for full schedule and free tickets in early April.

    Follow @CineYouth on Twitter to stay up to date.

    Learn More

  • March 12, 2019 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An Anderson's First Look Event

    Meet the author and illustrator before the book is published!

    Anderson's First Look Pre-Pub Event

    MarcyKate Connolly & Dan Haring

    The Star Shepherd

    Tuesday, May 7th 5:30 PM

    Anderson's Bookfair Company

    520 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504

    This is a Middle Grade novel. To attend this free event, you must be a student or educator in grades 3-6 (no parents please) and read the ARC ahead of time.

    To reserve your spot, please email to make arrangements to pick up your advanced reading copy of The Star Shepherd at the Naperville, Downers Grove, or LaGrange store, or the Aurora warehouse. Please include your name, phone number, grade & school, whether you're a student or an educator, and where you’d like to pick up your Advanced Reading Copy.

    Dinner is served, but space is limited.

  • March 02, 2019 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gifted children need a non-competitive opportunities to enjoy mathematics and to explore their mathematical interests and flex their analytical muscles. An excellent opportunity to do this is to participate in a math circle. A math circle has puzzles, activities and games that are low barrier entry - that means even children that have not been taught a lot of mathematics can do it, but, at the same time, the activities can be extended to a high level of complexity that may challenge much more experienced participants. This is why MAGE will be sponsoring a first in Chicago: an Elementary Math Circle for grades 1-4! If you are interested in this program, please email MAGE by clicking here.

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