Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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Celebrate Teen Literature Day

stack of teen books

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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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

janis joplin

I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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The Healing Power of Poetry

a purple bench with e. e. cummings' poems written on it

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Some people celebrate by carrying a poem in their pocket to share with others. My favorite experience with poetry was when my English teacher gave each student a bag of words that we arranged to make poems. Little did we know that those words were actually taken from different poems. […]

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Lyrics Are Poems Put to Music: Part One

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As Women's History Month winds down and National Poetry Month starts, I thought this would be a good time to look at some important women in music, or more like women in music whose lyrics influence and inspire me. These women paved roads, ruined hearts and broke down walls. Their lyrics and music speak of passion, anger, rage and love. They sang the […]

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Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War

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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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In Honor of The Breakfast Club Turning 30

The Breakfast Club

The quintessential teen movie from the 1980s is well out of its teens and nearing middle-age. The John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club is the story of five teens from different social groups (a jock, a brain, a princess, a criminal and a basket case) thrown together and eventually bonding during a Saturday morning detention. Kids […]

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Teen Romance for the Hardest of Hearts

Love

I'll be honest, I'm not a giant fan of romance books. I'm not anti-romance, I'd just rather see characters doing something other than daydreaming or moping, or scheming to get a partner. So it's all the sweeter when a book whose primary focus is the development of a romantic relationship catches my attention. And Valentine's Day is […]

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