M. Molly Backes Visits Back of the Yard 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

chalk outline of body

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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Dancing Through Books

dancer's feet in tondue

When I was young, I dreamed of being a ballerina. Not in a casual way-- was serious about it. (And by serious, I mean sort of a little bit obsessed.) And to this day, I will immediately grab any book that is a tiny bit about dance. Pointe shoe on the cover? Done. Street dancers mid leap? […]

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

Every year in October, libraries across the nation celebrate reading for the fun of it through Teen Read Week, but reading for fun isn't just for one week! There are so many books out there for you that there's even a list of nominees for the Teens Top Ten of the year. Lately, I have found some […]

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National Coming Out Day

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October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day when people celebrate living openly as LGBTQ. It’s totally normal to be nervous about coming out (I sure was!), but it’s also normal to feel excited, too. Every person is different. Some people start by telling only a few friends and family while others post it on […]

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Get Ready For Mockingjay: Part 1

The Hunger Games Series of Books

With Mockingjay Part 1 still two months away, the Hunger Games fans among you might be getting a little antsy. You're seeing more and more trailers, posters, celebrity interviews and posts all over the Internet. If you’re obsessed with books set in a messed-up future, like The Hunger Games or Divergent, you should probably get your hands on […]

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Be a Reading Rebel

Source: Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Did you know reading can be a form of rebellion? Growing up, I thought a forbidden book was one from my older sister's bedroom that I was not allowed in. Or maybe it was one from that section of the bookstore people are embarrassed to be found in...you know which section! As far as I […]

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