HWLC YOUmedia

High school students, come explore, create, collaborate, check out books, develop new skills and lead with us at YOUmedia, on the 1st floor of the Harold Washington Library Center.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (312) 747-5260

Hours

  • Monday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

What We Do

We focus on art, digital media, making and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. Check out our regularly scheduled workshops.

You can borrow laptops and play videogames while in YOUmedia. You also can be certified to use cameras, an in-house production studio, drawing tablets, lighting equipment and 3D printers under mentor supervision.

YOUmedia equipment is available for free with your valid Chicago Public Library card and high school ID. First-timers need to sign up and show a high school ID. Returning students just need to sign in.

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Librarians, educators and nonprofit learning organizers can arrange a tour of YOUmedia.

YOUmedia Staff Bios

Librarians

Marshall

Marshall received her master of library and information science in 2010 from Dominican University. She loves to crochet, and you can find her crocheting on the train, in the car or at the cafe in her spare time. Her hobbies include crocheting, making jewelry, listening to audiobooks, watching black and white films, listening to music (swing, big band, Dolly Parton, Gaby Moreno, etc.), sewing, jamming on her clarinet during the Christmas holidays, dancing, poetry, reading, roller skating, playing pool, soccer, football and more. Marshall loves storytelling, especially listening to others tell their stories, so if you have a story to tell, Marshall is your audience. Her goal is to someday be a roller derby librarian.

Matt

Matt is a teen librarian. You can often find him at the front desk engaged in conversations about books (science fiction and fantasy), games (video, board, card, etc.), movies, music or anything else one might argue about. He leads the Homeschool Group in various arts and crafts projects every Thursday. He also helps students use the maker gear in YOUmedia, like the 3D printers and vinyl cutter. He enjoys working with paper and paint as much as video games and laptops. Matt came to YOUmedia with several years’ experience working in various libraries and several years’ experience working with teens, but never at the same time. Considering that these are two of Matt’s favorite things, working in YOUmedia is basically his dream come true. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his master of library and information science.

Taylor

Taylor is a Chicago native. After finishing a bachelor of fine arts in cinema studies at New York University, Taylor decided to leave the entertainment world behind to become a librarian. In 2008 she graduated from the School of Information at University of Michigan with a master of science in information in library and information services. She is the leader of the Library of Games videogame podcast and blog. Her specialties include video games, podcasting and making. She also loves manga and always wants to see everyone's manga-style artwork!

Library Associate

Marcus

Marcus leads YOUlit magazine, collecting teens’ writing, photography and artwork and helping them curate it into an online magazine and website. He also has led YOUmedia’s book discussion group and instigated more than a few discussions about bicycling at the front desk. He assisted in the development of special summer projects including the News Know How Project and Engage! Picturing America through Civic Engagement. Marcus joined YOUmedia’s staff after working at South Chicago Branch. (And he biked to work there, too.) At South Chicago Branch, Marcus created children’s story times, developed after-school programs, and extended CPL services and resources to neighborhood schools and organizations. Before coming to CPL, Marcus taught preschool and substituted in Chicago Public Schools. His specialties include teen fiction, console gaming and bicycling.

Mentor, Video

Jeff L.

Jeff teaches art, design, video and photography workshops. They focus on finding a creative voice for each teen, while challenging them to express complex themes and ideas. In his own artwork, Jeff explores the politics and economy of modern life in media ranging from lithography to video and animation. He is the assistant producer of The Cluster Project, a groundbreaking web-based project that presents a wide array of potent artwork on the issue of war in modern society. His specialties are printmaking, drawing and video and you can find more of his work on his website, Socially Engaged Art by Jeff Lassahn.

STEM Mentor

Ephran

Ephran is extremely passionate about teaching science. He is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University, where he is studying middle school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. He has a background in performing science demonstrations as well as judging science fair projects. Ephran was born in Chicago and grew up moving around a lot between neighborhoods in the city and suburbs, so he's familiar with many of Chicago's cultural communities. He has been actively involved in many social justice projects over the past 12 years, including animal liberation, antiracist activism, LGBTQ rights and prisoner support. He has traveled to Puerto Rico, Scandinavia, Africa and the Middle East. Ephran is obsessed with video games, and he has a huge board game collection. He’s also eager to share his skills and experience in the DIY zine-making and punk rock community with anybody who is interested.

YOUmedia Manager

Yvette

Yvette is a native Texan. She’s worked for CPL for almost a decade. Before becoming the YOUmedia manager, she worked as a children’s librarian and branch manager. She graduated from Knox College in 1995, with a bachelor's in economics, and University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1998. She comes to YOUmedia fresh from the Maker Lab.

YOUmedia Outreach Coordinator

Julie

Julie coordinates tours, outreach visits, school groups and more for YOUmedia. Julie came to Chicago in 2008 to pursue a master's degree in women's and gender studies at DePaul University. Her focus at DePaul was children's literature and the translation of information into different contexts and spaces. As YOUmedia's outreach coordinator, she is focused on making connections and collaborating with diverse communities throughout the Chicago area (and beyond!) so that even more teens can experience the amazing programming that YOUmedia has to offer. Julie likes making, reading zines and working on craft projects.

YOUmedia Partnerships Coordinator

Jennifer

Throughout Jennifer's career in media and arts education, she has served as a mentor and program administrator for YOUmedia, developed and implemented in-school and out-of-school digital media curriculum at Digital Youth Network, and acted as project manager during the first implementation of STEAM Studio with DYN. She has also worked as a teaching artist for various Chicago youth organizations. In her creative pursuits, she is a poet and writer, holding a bachelor's in music business from Howard University and a master of fine arts in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published in various literary journals and magazines.

YOUmedia Project Coordinator

Eric

Prior to joining YOUmedia, Eric worked in education with formerly incarcerated men and women, as a K-8 audio instructor in Chicago's North Lawndale community and as a facilitator at StoryCorps Chicago, where he recorded and archived interviews and oral histories for broadcast on national and local radio. His studies focused on sound engineering (Columbia College Chicago) and sociology and education (Columbia University). His specialties include working with youth, music/audio engineering and oral histories.