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Rahm Gets The Comic Book Treatment To Encourage Kids To Read This Summer

By Heather Cherone | June 6, 2017 2:40pm | Updated on June 6, 2017 2:44pm
 Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls in help to fight Dr. Brain Drain as part of the library's summer reading program.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls in help to fight Dr. Brain Drain as part of the library's summer reading program.
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Chicago Public Library

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new look — and a new mission to help fight a villain focused on erasing Chicago students' hard-fought classroom gains.

Emanuel — along with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon — gets animated to tout the library's comic book-themed summer reading program that encourages Chicago children to join the Super Explorers to defeat Dr. Brain Drain, a reference to the fact that students can lose three months of learning during the summer months.

Drawn like a character out of Batman, Emanuel gets a call on a red phone from Bannon warning of the evil villain's arrival in Chicago.

"Not on my watch, Commissioner Bannon!" the comic-book mayor responds. "Call out the Super Explorers! Our kids will succeed!"


[Chicago Public Library]

Luckily for the mayor, his animated alter-ego is right on message — touting the gains made by Chicago Public School students.

Starting June 19, children younger than 13 who log at least 500 minutes of reading — or 20 minutes per day; make a creation, such as an art project; and attend one event at a library or museum can earn a book bag and other prizes through the Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge.


[Chicago Public Library]