Top Picks for Katniss Fans

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The last film of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2, is finally here! Having to wait a year for its November 20 release was a pain, but I'm hoping it will be well worth it to see Katniss take on President Snow. The end of a series is always bittersweet because even though you […]

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It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Many Lives

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The newest version of Dr. Frankentstein’s life, Victor Frankenstein, is hitting screens on November 25 and I’m super excited that one of my favorite literary characters is coming back to the screen. In the meantime, check out some of these adaptations and books inspired by Mary Shelley and her novel. Famed artist Gris Grimly has […]

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Chicago YA Authors

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Chicago is home to many great things, not the least of which is the population of great young adult authors based here. If you're looking for your next great read and want to try someone local, here is a sampling of authors who might just be your neighbor. Laura Ruby has written many great books for […]

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Authors That Will Make You Blush

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Most folks think spring is season of new love and blooming possibilities, but for me, there’s something romantic about fall. I love the quality of light and mix of warm and cool air, the floating and crunchy brightly colored leaves that make me aware of each step, along with the smells of the earth and pine […]

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In Celebration of Native American Heritage

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When you see Hello Kitty or a tardis near a teepee, you simply have to stop and study the image more closely. All of Debra Yepa-Pappan’s images offer this same kind of intrigue, and now through December 30, you can see her work on exhibit at Harold Washington Library Center. The Logan Square native enjoys […]

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Funny Everyday Teen Sleuths

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There's no better time than Teen Read Week to talk about all the great new teen fiction coming out this year. From teen detective work to family drama, the following stories will make you laugh and keep you in suspense. Joyride has the mixings of failed families, immigration, young love and human trafficking. Carly must figure out […]

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Teen Fiction Outside the Margins

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To gear up for our Teens Outside the Margins conference on October 20, check out some of this year's outstanding novels featuring at-risk teens. When Dime gets kicked out of her foster home, she finds a makeshift family with Daddy, Brandy and L.A. Despite her determination to stay in school, Daddy slowly manipulates her with his charms and convinces […]

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A New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Golden Age

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We're living in a new golden age of sci-fi and fantasy. The new Star Trek movies are mainstream blockbusters and Star Wars is celebrated on special days throughout the year. As a sci-fi fan girl who grew up teased for my choices in TV, movies, and books, I am absolutely giddy about so many books coming out. Holly Black […]

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National Coming Out Day 2015

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It's that time again! Sunday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day! A day when LGBTQIA folks celebrate the process of coming out. Coming out is a very personal decision and there are a lot of factors to consider. Because of this, it's important to never out someone else, always let them come out on […]

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We All Scream for Scream Queens

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You may have heard that pledging a sorority can be murder, but on Fox's new series Scream Queens, it's actually true for some unfortunate Greek hopefuls. If you enjoyed the show's debut on September 22, now's the perfect time to study some classic horror films with to-die-for leading ladies. It's only appropriate to start with Jamie Lee […]

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