Celebrate Banned Books Week

We're celebrating the freedom to read with events across the city during Banned Books Week, September 21-27. This year's focus is on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has released a free Banned Books Week Handbook to help fight censorship and…

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YOUmedia LOG Podcast: Season 10

Library of Games is in it's tenth season. That’s right, the schism has healed and gamer teens in YOUmedia are back to good old Library of Games episodes. For the first episode of the tenth season, teens discuss the games they played at BitBash, Chicago’s Indie Game Festival. If you love gaming, join us in September to learn more…

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New Albany Park Branch Opens Saturday

We're proud to announce the new Albany Park Branch, 3401 W. Foster Avenue, will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 13. Please join us for an opening day celebration and special family programs beginning at 10 a.m. The new, 16,000-square-foot state-of-the-art branch library features a YOUmedia for teens, an expanded early learning area for children, a large community meeting…

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YOUmedia Spotlight on Michael

YOUmedia participant Michael loves to perform regularly at F.L.O.W. We talked to him a little about performing and what he enjoys about the space. In his own words: I am currently a sophomore, but my dream is to be a professional choreographer. I started dancing when I was 8 years old. I've been self taught…

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YOUmedia Launch Parties at Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries

Come check out our latest YOUmedia drop-in, digital learning spaces. The YOUmedia Launch Party with Best Buy Geek Squad Academy is an open house for teens and families to familiarize themselves with YOUmedia’s new spaces at Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries. The events will take place Tuesday, September 9 at Woodson Regional Library and Tuesday, September 16 at Sulzer Regional Library. Presented in partnership with our Teen Services Department…

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YOUmedia Challenge Final Videos

This summer teens at YOUmedia worked together in three groups to create videos for a Creativity for Good video campaign in collaboration with the Burberry Foundation. The video below, "I Am," made by Briana, Sydney, Shemshiy, Jessica and Unique, was chosen to represent YOUmedia at the Burberry Create Challenge Pitch. A total of 13 teens…

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Food Depository Provides Meals for Kids at CPL

We're partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository on a pilot program to distribute free meals to children 18 and under at two CPL locations. The program, which started August 11, runs for three weeks, through August 29, at Humboldt Park Branch and Chicago Lawn Branch. Lunches are…

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Pop In to a YOUmedia Pop-up!

Our expansion of citywide teen services continues with YOUmedia Pop-up events. These one-day events bring YOUmedia programs to CPL locations throughout the city. Teens will have the chance to explore innovative technologies and engage in hands-on learning in their neighborhood. On Thursday August 14 learn how to make a vinyl decal at Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch's pop-up. Look for future YOUmedia Pop-ups at the following branches…

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YOUmedia at Chicago City of Learning Summer Showcase

YOUmedia is excited to participate in the Chicago City of Learning’s Destination: Chicago Summer Showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 14 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The showcase will highlight teens' creativity, hard work and making from their summer participation with organizations across the city. The three-part event includes a maker party, gallery and performance to recognize…

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Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Visits YOUmedia

YOUmedia is excited to welcome teens from Iraq this Friday while they visit the U.S. through the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). This exchange program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Division and the Public Affairs Section of…

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