High School Equivalency Certificate Options

    As of January 1, 2016, the state of Illinois now has three high school equivalency certification options! Differences include the format of the tests, plus the costs. Read more by checking out these websites and CPL resources: GED: Cracking the GED Test 2016 and GED Test 2016 would be good titles to get familiarized with the […]

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After Dracula: Vampire Movies Today


It's been 85 years since the premiere of Universal's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, on February 12, 1931. Adapted from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, it was one of the first entries in a great tradition of vampire films still alive and stalking unwitting victims to this day. If you thought the immortal vampire had finally been slain by […]

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Adler Teen Community Ambassador Program Series Launch

Adler Planetarium

Do you like drawing, making videos, designing games and planning events? Become a Teen Community Telescope Ambassador with Adler Planetarium! Teens in high school, join us to learn how you can participate in this exciting program at special orientations at Humboldt Park, Chinatown, West Englewood, Richard M. Daley and Wrightwood-Ashburn happening through February. This program […]

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Teen Winners of 2016 Youth Media Awards

Bone Gap book cover

The winners and finalists for literature for teens were announced today at the ALA Youth Media Awards. Michael L. Printz Award Bone Gap by Laura Ruby won the Michael L. Printz Award. The Printz Award recognizes excellence in literature written for young adults, and this small town story examines a kidnapping, told from multiple points of view, […]

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Teen Coloring Contest at Portage-Cragin Branch

Teens 11 to 18, stop by Portage-Cragin Branch until January 9 to participate in our teen coloring contest. Complete and turn in an adult-level coloring sheet for a chance to win Brookfield Zoo passes, prize books and USB cables!

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Congratulations Fall 2015 On the Money Interns

Source: Robin, Chicago Public LIbrary

Congratulations to the fall On the Money interns for their hot-off-the-press publication of a new magazine now available in YOUmedia, and soon to be available at all our locations and Chicago Public School high schools. Miriam Gutierrez, Financial Outreach Manager from the office of Kurt Summers, City Treasurer of Chicago, presented certificates of completion and […]

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Get Creative With PROjectUS

fashion runway

If you love fashion, music, photography or blogging, and are between the ages of 13 - 23, join PROjectUS, an initiative for you to build real world skills for success in your creative endeavors. Apply by February 5 to participate in this unique collaboration, between YOUMedia, Commonwealth Foundation and Donda's House, that inspires participants to work on and reach their creative goals. Learn more […]

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Teen Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent

snow in trees

Share your talent with the world through this year's Teen Winter Challenge! Submit a portfolio with three original creations and an artist’s statement for the chance to win a scholarship or gift card—and see your work featured on our website. Need help with your portfolio? Check out our events and resources to get started today! Teen Winter Challenge Requirements When: December 14, […]

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Do You Wanna Build _ _________? (Holiday Music)

Admit it; it’s so easy to fill in the blanks for those beautiful, but oh-so-tired lyrics! It’s kind of crazy how often the same old songs are played over and over again, especially around Christmastime. The holiday tunes one hears on the radio and in almost every store this time of year have similar expressions […]

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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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