Chess lessons make their move at West Town library

By Caleb Nolan, Chicago Public Library children's librarian

Weekly chess lessons return Jan. 27 at the West Town Branch Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave. The Tuesday evening classes from 6 to 7pm are supported by East Village Association fund-raising.

An instructor from Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation heads the drop-in program through March 3. Segun Kamara led a loyal following of 40 kids in 6 weekly lessons last fall.

Sessions are recommended for children 7 and up, or children ages 5 and 6 accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A local children's musician will perform for the public and local Head Start groups in late spring. The concert should draw a full house of about 100 kids - details to follow.

The branch will also update its "big books" collection for early childhood programming. We need new, oversized books we're unable to purchase from the book budget. When story time programs are in session, we serve on average 30 to 40 children a week, ages 6 months to 3 years.

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