When Asteroids Attack

Collision Course

An asteroid to be seen by an average person with binoculars will fly close enough to Earth on Monday, January 26. Scientists say that although relatively close, it will be far enough away to pose no threat. I think we should take a moment to contemplate some titles in which the following fictional scientists said […]

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Dr. King: Honoring His Legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.

As we approach Martin Luther King Day, I feel that celebrating the life and work of Dr. King has never been more important than it is right now. The facts of Dr. King's life are well known: his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, his advocacy of non-violence, and his unfortunate assassination on April 4, 1968. I hope […]

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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

mock winners

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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Friendships in Teen Literature


Romantic partners come and go...but friends are FOREVER. Romance is great and all, but let's not forget our friends in the midst of all those butterflies, yeah? Friends will be there to pick you up when you're down, to remind you when you're being dumb and to keep you from making stupid choices. Friends keep you […]

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Chicago’s Stylin’

Fashion show makeup

What better time to stock up on some fashionable reading than with the start of the Chicago History Museum's new exhibition, ChicagoStyled, which is all about the history of fashion in Chicago? Even if you aren't a fashionista, these great books will keep you entertained over the holidays. Who wouldn't love working in a vintage clothing […]

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Great DIY & Craft Books for Teens

Teen Girl Wearing Bracelets

Winter break is looming for many Chicago teens. The library has so many books to help you get creative, ranging from how to upgrade a t-shirt to how to makeover your space with DIY décor. Fight winter break boredom and get creative in the process! If you know you want to make something, but unsure […]

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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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Shoegazing Music

Shoegaze music

Are you looking to relax during the school year? Give yourself some musical healing with shoegaze music. Shoegaze is dreamy, psychedelic, ethereal music that's sprinkled with a bit of rock and roll. People say music is good for the soul, so if you are planning on staying in and painting a masterpiece, or just having a chill night with friends, […]

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BANG! POW! Super Girls in Comics

Black Cat Comics cover superhero in black cat suit drops in on gangsters gambling

With all the new superhero blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s hard not to love caped crusaders. For comic book geeks like me, it feels like a new golden age of heroes. This year, for One Book One Chicago, we celebrate the history of superheroes […]

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Are You Ready Teens? It’s NaNoWriMo Time!


Charge your laptop battery, create your perfect iTunes playlist and pin up those inspirational quotes because NaNoWriMo is here! This will be my first year participating, and I'm super pumped about it. Participants of National Novel Writing Month commit to writing 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. For teens there is a special Young Writers Program and […]

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