Beyond Superheroes: Comics for the Youngest Readers

One of the great side effects of the growth of the library's comic collection is the availability of titles for even the youngest patron. Beyond the widespread superhero readers, here are some books that can be enjoyed by beginning readers: Dragon Puncher: Don't discount the abilities of the Dragon Puncher simply because he's an adorable kitten; […]

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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

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Each year, CPL librarians get together for mock book award discussions in anticipation of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement in February. It's a fun time for staff to share their thoughts and ideas about popular, controversial, engaging and excellent titles for teens. Be sure to read through all our winners for a chance to vote for your […]

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Harvey Pekar at 75

Bronze Harvey Pekar memorial

"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff." So said American Splendor author Harvey Pekar, who would have turned 75 on October 8.  Known nearly as well for his curmudgeonly attitude and his love of jazz as his writing, the Cleveland native endeared himself to critics and comic aficionados alike with his work likened to that of Chekov. […]

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Annual Teen Conference Registration Now Open

Source: Nalleli, Chicago Public Library

Registration is now open for our teen conference, Bam! The Power of Comics and Graphics, for librarians and educators working with teens happening Tuesday, October 21. Presented by the Chicago Public Library Teen Services Department and Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Literacy: Libraries, this annual professional development conference is a free, all-day event. We have a very […]

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Pocket Con Features Artists, Authors of Color

Pocket Con 2013 Logo-Original Art by Ashley Woods

Chicago's only comic book convention for teens and kids of color comes to the Greater Grand Crossing Branch and the Gary Comer Youth Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12.  Pocket Con features the works of artists and authors of color. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet local artists and authors, shop for […]

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Comic Book Fun

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On Saturday, November 16, we hosted a Comic Book Fun event at Chinatown Branch. We kicked  things off with a Pass the Comic Activity. Each child drew only one panel of the comic before passing it to  their neighbor. Then, using dry erase markers and a whole lot of imagination, the group created a giant […]

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