Best Back to School Titles for Teens

school lockers in Pilsen, Chicago

It's back to school season, and the struggle is real. While you might be bummed about the days getting shorter and spending a chunk of those limited hours of sunlight indoors, this is the perfect time of year to forget your troubles in a good book. These titles are a great way to get in gear for fall! French boarding […]

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Vinyl Record Day Rotations

needle on a vinyl record

Throughout the years, people have listened to music on everything from cassettes to MP3s, and while technology changes, there's no doubt that music enthusiasts still love vinyl. Vinyl Record Day celebrates the cultural influence of vinyl and its impact on the past and future on August 12. So to celebrate, explore all the vinyl records you can […]

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

Hurricane and Spitfire planes

I couldn't be more excited to see some of the cool aerial and water stunts at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show on August 15 and 16. To prepare for the show, check out these great flying and sailing books. After spending his life around diesel-powered Clanker machines, Austrian Prince Alek is suspicious of the […]

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Let’s Hit the Road!

driving down a road in a car

Summer always makes me long for a good road trip story, so naturally I'm completely pumped about John Green's new movie adaptation of his novel Paper Towns that comes out July 24. Paper Towns is available in other formats. If you're like me and you're looking for more road trip novels, here are a few books for […]

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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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Impending Doom: Flood

Sunken ship beneath blue-green water

This post is the fourth in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: crushing waves, rising tide and nobody is getting on any arks. Drowned cities beneath endless blue, their ruins slowly crumbling, washing away to sand and silt. Urban fantasy favorite Francesca Lia Block brings her magic to […]

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Listen Up: Audiobooks for Teens

teen wearing headphones

While I love reading, sometimes I think a book sounds better when someone reads it to me. Take Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book for example. Pretty great, right? If you're going on a road trip over summer break, or if you want to relax and listen from the comfort of your home, pick up these audiobooks! The narrators perfectly capture […]

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Impending Doom: Earthquake

Broken rock with green algae

This post is the third in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: everything turned upside down, buildings swallowed by the gaping maw of the earth as the ground shakes and shudders. There's no doubt earthquakes will have a role to play in the end times since they're already devastating cities […]

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Impending Doom: Robopocalypse

Toy robot with glaring red eyes

This post is the second in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: cold intelligence and chrome bodies, the clanking march of untiring feet. There's a reason top scientists and engineers are worried: the robots are coming and they're going to be pretty mad that we've enslaved their computer brethren […]

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Read, Discover and Create: A Journey to Empowerment

Source: Robin, Chicago Public Library

Teens, discover the exhibit Journey to Empowerment: 110 Years of the Chicago Defender at Harold Washington Library Center and get inspired for earning read and create credits during the Defy Gravity: Teen Summer Challenge. Remember to share on social media with #cpldefygravity, too! If you're looking for more ideas for reading, discovering and creating, the following ideas are a great […]

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