When Asteroids Attack

Collision Course

An asteroid will fly close enough to Earth on Monday, January 26, to be seen by an average person with binoculars. Scientists say, that although relatively close, it will be far enough away to pose no threat. I think we should take a moment to contemplate some titles in which the following fictional scientists said […]

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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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Friendships in Teen Literature


Romantic partners come and go...but friends are FOREVER. Romance is great and all, but let's not forget our friends in the midst of all those butterflies, yeah? Friends will be there to pick you up when you're down, to remind you when you're being dumb and to keep you from making stupid choices. Friends keep you […]

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New Teen Books at Austin Branch

We are expanding our teen book selection at Austin Branch. We have everything from mysteries and adventures to books about street artists, ballet dancers and Barbarian lords. Barbarian Lord Eyes Wide Open Frida & Diego How I Discovered Poetry Pointe Shackleton She Is Not Invisible The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

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Everyday Teen Heroes

stars in gold lights

What makes a hero? The characters from this year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, create their own superheroes as a direct response to their lives. When I think of heroes, superheroes like the X-Men and Batman first come to mind, but what about everyday heroes? The main character in Colin Fischer has […]

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M. Molly Backes Visits Back of the Yards Branch

Author Molly Backes

Meet noted teen author M. Molly Backes from 2 to 4 p.m. December 6 at Back of the Yards Branch. Backes will discuss her debut novel, The Princesses of Iowa which explores the aftermath of a teenage drunk-driving accident at an Iowa high school. Named among the best teen fiction of 2012 by Chicago Public library, Backes' […]

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Are You Ready Teens? It’s NaNoWriMo Time!


Charge your laptop battery, create your perfect iTunes playlist and pin up those inspirational quotes because NaNoWriMo is here! This will be my first year participating, and I'm super pumped about it. Participants of National Novel Writing Month commit to writing 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. For teens there is a special Young Writers Program and […]

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Epic Yarns in Teen Fiction

yarn, knitting needles

Back in the day knitting used to be grandmas making ugly, itchy sweaters that never fit right and that you never EVER wanted to wear in public. Now, thanks to the DIY revolution, I'm getting some of my favorite patterns from teens and there are at least two video games featuring yarn (Kirby's Epic Yarn […]

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Deadly: Teen Killers in Fiction

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I find it hard to resist an exploration of the dark side of crime. And it's not just me!  Judging by the number of murder mysteries and true-crime books available, this is not a new phenomenon. It's natural to want to understand the ugly side of human nature. In this case, I'm talking about murder. […]

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Awesomely Odd Books for Teens

Weird Picture of People in Witch Costumes in 1978

With cold in the air and ads everywhere for Halloween costumes and party supplies, you might be in the mood to read something a little strange. I've got books for your weird mood, featuring strange characters - the sort of characters that would be (and in some cases are) at home in a sideshow, mad scientists or a […]

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