New Teen Series to Read Before the Sequel

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Have more free time now that school's out for summer? Grab one of these action-packed novels and pull up your beach chair before the sequels hit the shelves. In The Wrath & the Dawn, Shahzrad marries the caliph with plans to avenge her cousin's death. The sequel to this thrilling retelling of Arabian Nights, The Rose and the […]

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A Big Year for Birds

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Have you ever heard of Big Year birding competitions? The Cook County Forest Preserve is hosting one this year, so not only are Chicagoans outside counting birds this very minute, they'll be keeping an eye out for new species until the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Intrigued? Check out the following titles to find out more. Since I'm a big […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Susana

London Guarantee and Accident Building, 1945
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This summer we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Susana C. visited the London Guarantee and Accident Building for an architecture project and created an informational video. Susana's Story: Chicago is special as a modern city because it has a lot of unique skyscrapers and buildings that other cities in the world do […]

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Teens, Find Your Way This Summer

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Find Your Way with CPL this summer to explore, imagine and challenge the status quo! Here are a few ideas to get you started: Read Transport yourself to places you’ve never imagined! * Read books, magazines, comics, news, articles and/or blogs * Review books, interview the authors or create video book trailers * Write fanfiction or […]

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Exuberus Teen Party at the Art Institute

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Wondering where to go and what to write about for your Teen Chicago Travel Guide submission? The Art Institute Teen Council will host their annual after-hours teen party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 24 at the Art Institute of Chicago. They'll have food, music, art-making, open galleries and dancing! This free event is open to all […]

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Teen Photo and Video Workshops with Jim Kropp of Shine On Chicago

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If you're ready to take your photography skills to the next level—framing the perfect photo, editing video, creating special effects with a green screen—we've got you covered! Learn how to operate professional cameras and video cameras with Jim Kropp of Shine On Chicago at hands-on workshops for teens: South Chicago Branch on June 28 and June 30 Lozano Branch […]

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Intuit Outsider Art Workshops for Teens

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Teens, visit Chicago Public Library this summer and express yourself in DIY workshops with IntuiTeen mentor-artists and educators from Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. In these workshops, you'll learn about outsider art while you create your own one-of-a-kind art piece using found and repurposed materials (example pictured): Lozano Branch on July 19 Kelly […]

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Folded and Unfolded: The Art of Paper Engineering

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Paper folding isn't just for kids anymore: this summer, you can explore Unfolded: Made With Paper, an amazing exhibit in the Block 37 building at the Chicago Design Museum. Unfolded highlights awesome works of paper created by the Chicago design community and imaginative contributions from around the world. Visit the exhibit before July 30, snap a picture of […]

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Drag Queens Celebrate LGBT Pride Month at Albany Park Branch

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On June 7, Albany Park Branch hosted three local drag performers in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. Drag Queens Behind the Scenes began with a one-hour make-up transformation and panel discussion with The Lady Ivory, Krissy Feetface and Toyota. The Lady Ivory demonstrated various make-up techniques, such as contouring and eyelash application, while members of the audience asked questions […]

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Engineering Fun with the James Dyson Foundation

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Teens 13 to 18, join the James Dyson Foundation at CPL this summer to learn about the foundation's design process and work in teams to brainstorm, create rough sketches and prototype solutions to everyday problems. Put your skills to the test at one of the following workshops: West Englewood Branch on June 29 Lozano Branch on July […]

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