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 through Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What We Do

We focus on art, digital media, making and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects.

Some of our featured projects include YOUlit and Maker Lab visits on Tuesdays, and Library of Games and Homeschool Group on Thursdays. Check out our events for a complete list of activities.

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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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, but are not limited to: 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 videogames 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 Masters 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 videogames, 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 the South Chicago Branch. (And he biked to work there, too.) At South Chicago Branch, Marcus created children’s storytimes, 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.

YOUmedia Specialists

Daniel D.

After spending a year as a rotating YOUmedia specialist at the middle school branches, and another year at HWLC, Daniel is thrilled to help staff the new YOUmedia at Albany Park. Throughout his life he has maintained a strong interest in community and technology and how they interact in bringing people together. He’s hosted radio shows, taught English in other countries, and had a Steam account back when its only function was to play Counterstrike. He runs the Input/Output music workshop, granting the title of "studio certified" to anyone interested in recording or producing. He also oversees F.L.O.W., the weekly open mic at HWLC created and hosted by teens. Music isn’t his sole interest, as he's very passionate about fostering the growing Trading Card Game community at the library - hosting tournaments and creating art and maker projects revolving around games. His favorite books often involve bored rich people, as he is usually neither.

Daniel T.

Daniel is majoring in business management with a minor in international business at University of Illinois at Chicago. You can usually find him sitting at the front desk. He is quiet, but if you have the pleasure of getting to know him, he is cooler than the other side of the pillow. His interests include reading, videogames, cooking, watching baseball and local politics. Daniel is vice president of Moneythink, a University of Illinois at Chicago student organization that emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship and financial literacy to high school students.

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.