High School Artists Take Over West Town Branch

The whole group right before the show opened!

On April 25th, West Town Branch had the honor of hosting an incredible display of art created by the IB Art Class at Ogden International School. They had only a few hours to transform the bland, sterile community room into a vibrant and energetic gallery opening, and WOW did they pull it off! It was an absolute pleasure to see […]

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Growing up Black and Female

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On the occasion of the publication of Disgruntled by Asali Solomon, I want to make you aware of some other books about growing up as an African-American girl. Set in different time periods, there are certain themes that carry through. Responsibility, otherness, friendship, and family are all explored. In Solomon's Disgruntled, Kenya is an outsider everywhere from […]

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Adler Scopes in the City Events

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Join teen services and Adler Planetarium staff and volunteers for special sky observing events. Depending on the date, time and location, the observing sessions could target objects such as the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more. Adler educators will answer questions and share stories while teen services staff will be on hand to share updates about our […]

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Teens, Check Out Engineering at 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus

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High school teens, please join us on May 2 as we continue our 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus series for a day designed just for you to learn all about the engineering industry. Opportunities include: design challenges with the help of professional architects, engineers and designers connecting to engineers, architects, and inventors exploring engineering programs, careers, and opportunities […]

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On the Money: Teen Career Readiness Event

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Teens, don't miss your opportunity for job skill development. Join us for a phenomenal Teen Career Readiness Panel & Mock Interviews event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 during Money Smart Week. We're partnering once again with the Economic Awareness Council to provide you with career tips from business experts from the Chicago area, an opportunity to participate in mock-interviews and the chance to create […]

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Celebrate Teen Literature Day

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I read and talk about teen literature every day, but Celebrate Teen Literature Day is April 16, during National Library Week. Teen lit covers such a large variety of topics and genres that the list of books I want to read grows daily. I'll never be able to read everything, even if I kid myself that I will, but […]

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North District Teen Winter Challenge Winners

North District Teen Winter Challenge Winners

Teens across Chicago submitted remixed book cover designs for the Teen Winter Challenge. Nancy won a camera for redesigning Princess Academy, her favorite book, which she's read three times. Sophie won a tangling drawing book and kit for her remix of Speak, her favorite book among all the books she's read. Congratulations Nancy and Sophie! Thanks […]

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Central District Teen Wins a Drawing Book & Kit

Myra and Teen Librarian, Erica.

Teens across Chicago submitted remixed book cover designs for the Teen Winter Challenge. Myra created a new book cover for Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. For completing the challenge, Myra was entered into a raffle. She was awarded The Art of Tangling Drawing Book & Kit at her home branch, Richard M. Daley, by teen librarian, Erica. In Myra's words: […]

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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

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I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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Lyrics Are Poems Put to Music: Part One

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As Women's History Month winds down and National Poetry Month starts, I thought this would be a good time to look at some important women in music, or more like women in music whose lyrics influence and inspire me. These women paved roads, ruined hearts and broke down walls. Their lyrics and music speak of passion, anger, rage and love. They sang the […]

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