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, presented by CPL's teen services and Chicago Public Schools' Department of Literacy: Libraries. Our day of professional development will provide information, support and inspiration for public librarians, school librarians, reading […]

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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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Learn Code and Earn Awards at Archer Heights

teens working on coding

Learning code is a great way to understand how computers work and gain a valuable skill, and now it's fun, too! Kids and teens, sign up to play the free online game Code Combat and join the Library Defenders Clan while earning awards for each area you complete. Code Combat teaches you any one of several coding languages […]

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Teens, Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Participate in On the Money

on the money

Teens in high school, ages 14 to 18, come find out about an opportunity to research, write and publish articles about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business, while developing friendships and workforce skills in a four month internship program presented by the Economic Awareness Council in partnership with Chicago Public Library and DePaul University. For full internship consideration: Send your […]

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STEAM Studio at Chicago Cultural Center

steam studio logo

STEAM Studio, a weeklong production-focused maker faire for teens, will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center from July 20 to July 24. Participants enrolled in (PRO)jectUS, a collaboration between YOUmedia, Commonwealth Foundation and Donda's House, will have the chance to work directly with the Chicago-based and internationally recognized brand Leaders 1354 to create fashion, music and new media through hands-on maker activities. The […]

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Make Your Own Zine For International Zine Month

collage zine

Zines are no new thing. Chicago has its own Chicago Zine Fest, The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, CAKE, highlights comics and zines, and we even have workshops this summer focusing on zines. Since July is International Zine Month, why not learn how to make your own! For anyone interested in an introduction to the history and making of zines, Whatcha Mean, […]

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(PRO)jectUs Opportunity for Teen Photographers, Bloggers and Artists


Calling teen photographers, bloggers and artists! YOUmedia has partnered up with Donda's House Inc. and Commonwealth Foundation to bring you (PRO)jectUs, a summer of creative professional opportunities to pursue your passions. Workshops are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at HWLC YOUmedia through August. All those interested should apply today. Participants will build a professional new media portfolio and earn […]

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1st Saturdays: Environmental Science for Teens

1st Saturdays July

High school teens, ages 14 to 18, come explore the career of your dreams at this month's 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus on July 11 at HWLC YOUmedia. Our focus this month is environmental science, and you'll have the chance to take on challenges and explore the environment in a whole new way. Register today to network […]

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Impending Doom: Flood

Sunken ship beneath blue-green water

This post is the fourth in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: crushing waves, rising tide and nobody is getting on any arks. Drowned cities beneath endless blue, their ruins slowly crumbling, washing away to sand and silt. Urban fantasy favorite Francesca Lia Block brings her magic to […]

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