Game On! Games in Fiction

Video game controller and games

Coming up on February 6 is the next 1st Saturdays: Careers In Focus: Gaming. On this first one of the year we'll be geeking out with professionals in the gaming industry, so get your gaming fill before then with some of these awesome gaming books. Graphic novels are a great place to start for gaming fiction […]

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Teen Winners of 2016 Youth Media Awards

Bone Gap book cover

The winners and finalists for literature for teens were announced today at the ALA Youth Media Awards. Michael L. Printz Award Bone Gap by Laura Ruby won the Michael L. Printz Award. The Printz Award recognizes excellence in literature written for young adults, and this small town story examines a kidnapping, told from multiple points of view, […]

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5 Books to Channel Your Inner Shadowhunter

book cover of ShadownHunters series

With the TV version of Cassandra Clare's wildly popular Mortal Instruments series debuting on January 12, why not binge-read other teen novels full of big-city paranormal romances and epic battles between good and evil? If you enjoy fantasy in a modern setting, try Holly Black's latest, The Darkest Part of the Forest. It features a tourist-trap town full of fairies and a […]

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Holiday Fiction for Teens

book christmas tree

When I was a kid, my favorite thing was to read all the holiday books that spent most of the year living in the closet with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Most of those books were for children, like The Polar Express, or for adults, like Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, which is one of my absolute […]

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Hour of Code for Kids & Teens

kid coding on a computer

Do you have one hour? Great! Help us celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 7 -13, 2015, by trying an hour of code at one of our many fun coding programs for kids and teens, and while you're at it, use these books to get you coding for an hour... or more! Get a better […]

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Top Picks for Katniss Fans

picture of poster of katniss from hunger games

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

Frankenstein's Monster

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

Teen Public Library Space

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

fall trees

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

Source: Robin, Chicago Public Library

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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