Top Picks for Baseball Fans

MLB baseball

All the talk around this year's MLB All-Star Game has brought up a lot of personal baseball memories for me, like how I was so excited to meet Andre Dawson as a kid or how I spent 10 years of my childhood swinging a bat. I've always loved the sport and all the classic baseball movies I've seen […]

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Make Your Own Zine For International Zine Month

collage zine

Zines are no new thing. Chicago has its own Chicago Zine Fest, The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, CAKE, highlights comics and zines, and we even have workshops this summer focusing on zines. Since July is International Zine Month, why not learn how to make your own! For anyone interested in an introduction to the history and making of zines, Whatcha Mean, […]

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Top Picks for High School Grads

graduate figurine on top of cake

You did it! Now what? The end of high school is an exciting time. It brings summer, sunshine and more time with friends, but maybe you don't know what's next. If that's how you're feeling, here are some top picks to ease your way into adulthood and come out strong. Roadmap: The Get-it-together Guide for Figuring Out What to […]

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Celebrate Teen Literature Day

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I read and talk about teen literature every day, but Celebrate Teen Literature Day is April 16, during National Library Week. Teen lit covers such a large variety of topics and genres that the list of books I want to read grows daily. I'll never be able to read everything, even if I kid myself that I will, but […]

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Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War

Source: Special Collections, Civil War Collection 91.4.41

As we acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, it's possible you've had to do some research. There are some fantastic books out there where you can read all about it, but the images and art from that time period really help bring the conflict to life. There are many online resources you can access […]

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The Power of Friends

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Friends see you through everything, the crushes, the family problems, the school drama, but finding one to trust doesn't just happen. It takes time. In The Scar Boys, Harry Jones is disfigured from a childhood accident, so making friends is often a challenge for him. But what eventually helps him out is music and starting a band. Each chapter […]

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Explore Teen Reads Through eBooks

eleanor and park book cover

Are you looking for your next read but don't want to brave the cold? You're in luck! Many eBooks from popular teen authors have recently been added to our collection, and you can check them out from the comfort of your own home. Rainbow Rowell won the hearts of many with her popular book Eleanor & Park about […]

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Teen Winners of 2015 Youth Media Awards

I'll Give you the sun book cover

Every year at ALA's Midwinter Conference, youth librarians across the country look forward to the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards, and today was no different. So without further ado, here are the winners and finalists for literature for teens. Michael L. Printz Award I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson won the Michael […]

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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

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Each year, CPL librarians get together for mock book award discussions in anticipation of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement in February. It's a fun time for staff to share their thoughts and ideas about popular, controversial, engaging and excellent titles for teens. Be sure to read through all our winners for a chance to vote for your […]

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Everyday Teen Heroes

stars in gold lights

What makes a hero? The characters from this year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, create their own superheroes as a direct response to their lives. When I think of heroes, superheroes like the X-Men and Batman first come to mind, but what about everyday heroes? The main character in Colin Fischer has […]

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