CFL Lit News: July 2021

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July Issue 2021


Free Personal Coaching for Career Transitions After COVID

If you were laid off during the COVID pandemic and looking for work, CFL has one-on-one coaches to help you with your cover letter and resume, find education and job training, and to navigate job listings. Coaching is free for residents of many south- and west-side neighborhoods.

Literacies Across the Lifespan

CFL’s grad-student run journal published its first issue this summer, including research from UIC grad students and a poem from CFL’s own Shelley Maxwell.


Morning Glories

Interactive activities for toddlers and their caregivers to inspire children to learn about nature…

Wild Wednesdays

A hands-on approach to STEM learning for children of all ages and their caregivers.
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory
Time: 4 PM – 7 PM
Event Day(s): Wednesdays

Chicago Comics at the Museum of Contemporary Art

This new exhibit celebrates the history of comics in Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Art is free every Tuesday for Illinois residents and visitors under 18 are free every day.
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
Time: 10 AM – 7 PM
Event Day(s): Tuesdays until Oct. 3

Movies in the Park

Block club published this comprehensive, chronological list of all of the Chicago Parks District Movies in the Park…


Many Shapes of Clay

Sneed’s bold, graphic illustrations adorn her thoughtful story of making art, loss, and how the creative process can help us…

We Are Kid Lit’s 2021 Summer Reading List

Looking for more? We Are Kid Lit, a collaborative of educators, librarians, and scholars, has compiled an extensive PDF of books by and about Indigenous and People of Color for their 2021 Summer Reading List. All of the books included have been “discussed and vetted” by at least two members. The website also has links to previous years’ summer reading lists.


Get Vaccinated at Home in Chicago

The Chicago Department of Health will bring the vaccine to you and your family and will buy you dinner! Just sign up for…

CARA Hydration Stations

The city of Chicago is still working on flushing water lines and preparing to safely turn on the Parks Department water fountains…

See our archive for more resources…


48 Books by Indigenous Writers to Understand Residential Schools

David A. Robertson, a Cree author, compiled a list of books for all ages to help readers learn about…

Learning for Justice Webinar Archive

Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) has compiled all of their previous webinars in one place. You can learn about teaching…

Self-guided Garfield Park Activities and Tours

The Garfield Park Conservatory has several weekly programs for families (see our Family Fun in Chicago section), but..

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Casa Central – Parent Educator

Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily…

Casa Central – Family Development Specialist

The Family Development Specialist (FDS) is responsible for assisting families in supporting their children’s development and their family’s wellbeing…

Chinese Mutual Aid Association – Career Coach

The Career Coach will support unemployed and underemployed adults in accessing employment services and/or further educational opportunities…

Literacy Works – Development Manager

The Development Manager will manage and oversee fundraising events, corporate sponsorship, and the cultivation and solicitation of individual donors…

Reading Between the Lines – Program Associate

The Program Associate is the front-line interface between those whom the program serves and the facilitators who are at the heart of the organization’s…

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