Austin Branch Introduces Teen Tech Hangout


We're starting something new at Austin Branch: Teen Tech Hangout. Come join us at the library in January on Mondays for our open tech time for teens. You can hangout, and use one of our laptops for games, school work, or browsing the web. No reservations are necessary, but if you like headphones, you'll need to bring your own. […]

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YOUmedia at Adler Planetarium’s Teen Takeover

adler teen takeover

YOUmedia will be hosting a #SpaceSelfie photo booth on Wednesday, December 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Adler Teen Takeover: Dance Your Mass Off. This event is for teens ages 14 to 19 and only costs five dollars. There will be a free shuttle running between Harold Washington Library Center and the Adler Planetarium. Come […]

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Austin Branch Teen Zine Workshop a Success

purple book

Austin Branch hosted a teen zine workshop with Leslie Perrine Monday, December 1. Leslie showed examples of her zines and then the students got to work creating original, handmade mini-books. They made collages with animal pictures and wrote stories including "Dog Town with Monkey" and "Bad Monster in my Hometown." Our zine evening turned out to be a family event as teens participated with younger siblings. As we were wrapping […]

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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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Teen Winter Challenge Book Cover Contest

teen winter challenge

Looking for something to do over your winter break? From December 15 to January 5, teens are invited to redesign a book cover that doesn't tell the whole story. Teens can create a new cover image in the artistic medium of their choice and submit it to to be entered in a raffle to win three […]

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Participate in the Hour of Code with Teens Across Chicago

Hour of Code

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-13, Chicago Public Library will be participating in the Hour of Code, a global initiative that aims to provide “a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.” Teen Services will be participating with a variety of programs across […]

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Great DIY & Craft Books for Teens

Teen Girl Wearing Bracelets

Winter break is looming for many Chicago teens. The library has so many books to help you get creative, ranging from how to upgrade a t-shirt to how to makeover your space with DIY décor. Fight winter break boredom and get creative in the process! Check out this collection of over 20 DIY books teens will love, all of […]

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Teen Zine Workshop at Austin Branch with Leslie Perrine

Scarythings by Leslie Perrine

Chicago writer and illustrator Leslie Perrine will be visiting the Austin Branch on December 1 to run a teen zine workshop. Leslie co-founded the Chicago Zine Fest in 2009 and has been working as an advocate for self-publishing ever since. She has written and self-published several children's books, comics and zines. She loves coconut milk ice cream […]

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Talented Musical Teens at YOUmedia

Music plays a huge role for many of the teens who visit YOUmedia. Recently a couple of them showed off their skills. Ashley has been playing violin for seven years, and Remi has been playing classical guitar for six years. Come show us your music skills or learn some of your own at our Beatmaking Workshop. […]

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