Students Write to Service Members on Veterans Day

Some of the volunteers and children who attended

In honor of Veterans Day, Archer Heights Branch and after school organization buildOn collaborated to make holiday cards for active service members this winter. High school student volunteers from buildOn made cards to wish veterans happy holidays while thanking them for their service. They also helped young library patrons make cards of their own. All the cards will be mailed to service members […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Contest

mockingjay book cover

The last installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2 is finally here! It's movie release to the public is November 20, but now's your chance to see it early. Do you have a favorite scene from The Hunger Game series? Let us know by entering our contest. Here's how: Follow @YOUmediaChicago on Twitter Tweet […]

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This Boy’s Life: 4 Books About Growing Up

Altar Boys 1

Poet and novelist James McManus has a new book of linked stories out, Education of A Poker Player. We follow Vince Killeen through adolescence as he grows away from his childhood desire to be a priest and thereby save his beloved grandmother from Purgatory. Nothing against his grandmother—girls and cards are just more fun. Set in Lisle […]

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Teen Information Smart Project

Source: Alvaro Ledesma

Finding quality information takes practice! Now through December 11, our teen services staff are seeking contacts in Chicago-area high schools to host or help co-present 35-minute Information Smart lessons related to critical thinking skills. This exciting fall initiative helps teens answer one of two life-changing questions: Should I go to college? What should I study? In this workshop teens […]

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Chicago YA Authors

Teen Public Library Space

Chicago is home to many great things, not the least of which is the population of great young adult authors based here. If you're looking for your next great read and want to try someone local, here is a sampling of authors who might just be your neighbor. Laura Ruby has written many great books for […]

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Authors That Will Make You Blush

fall trees

Most folks think spring is season of new love and blooming possibilities, but for me, there’s something romantic about fall. I love the quality of light and mix of warm and cool air, the floating and crunchy brightly colored leaves that make me aware of each step, along with the smells of the earth and pine […]

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In Celebration of Native American Heritage

Source: Robin, Chicago Public Library

When you see Hello Kitty or a tardis near a teepee, you simply have to stop and study the image more closely. All of Debra Yepa-Pappan’s images offer this same kind of intrigue, and now through December 30, you can see her work on exhibit at Harold Washington Library Center. The Logan Square native enjoys […]

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Teens Outside the Margins: Exploring Inclusion & Diversity in Library Services to Teens

author jonathan friesen

Do you work with teens? Join us for our 2015 teen services conference, Teens Outside the Margins: Exploring Inclusion & Diversity in Library Services to Teens. Our day of professional development will provide information, support and inspiration for public librarians, school librarians, reading specialists, counselors, mentors and other educators who work in both in-school and out-of-school […]

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Discover Scopes in the City Events

Sky viewing at Sulzer Regional

Join us for Adler Planetarium's 'Scopes in the City events at CPL locations throughout the end of summer and beginning of fall. During these special observing events, viewings could target objects such as the sun, moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more depending on date, time and location. Adler Planetarium educators will be on hand to answer questions and share stories […]

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Best Back to School Titles for Teens

school lockers in Pilsen, Chicago

It's back to school season, and the struggle is real. While you might be bummed about the days getting shorter and spending a chunk of those limited hours of sunlight indoors, this is the perfect time of year to forget your troubles in a good book. These titles are a great way to get in gear for fall! French boarding […]

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