Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to
community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of
cultural production and civic engagement. Through our public programs
and free browsing hours, growing collection of over 5,000 publications,
and open source catalog, the library strives to raise the visibility of
work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds to reveal connective
threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage
inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library
recognizes the contributions that all community members make to
co-creating a city and believes that learning to value these stories
plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability
to see oneself as a change agent.
We operate on a
hub-and-spoke model with the vast majority of our activities and
programs taking place at our public reading room in Humboldt Park.
Read/Write Library frequently partners with other arts, education, and
community organizations to bring our programs and Pop Up Libraries back
out into Chicago’s neighborhoods at sites throughout the city.
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