Mayor Richard M. Daley joined Chicago Public Library officials for the 17th Annual Bookamania event at the Harold Washington Library, 400 South State Street.
“Reading and the love of books is the foundation of a quality education. Especially for our children, it’s vital to introduce them to the literary world at a young age. Reading with your child and showing them the joy to be found in books will set them on a successful path to reading and lifelong learning,” said Mayor Daley.
Bookamania is a free event for children and their parents that allow families to meet famous children’s book authors, illustrators and costumed storybook characters, enjoy puppetry, theater, dance, magic and music performances and participate in dozens of book-related crafts.
It’s an event that offers the opportunity for a day of fun and activities that highlight the wonderful worlds that exist in children’s books.
The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology.
The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches.
All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audio books, music, the Internet and WiFi access and sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer.
“Since 1989 the City of Chicago has built 54 libraries in neighborhoods across Chicago. We’re one of the only cities in America that’s still building new libraries, schools, fire houses and police stations because we are determined to maintain our city’s physical infrastructure as well as our human infrastructure,” added the Mayor.