Awesomely Odd Books for Teens

Weird Picture of People in Witch Costumes in 1978

With cold in the air and ads everywhere for Halloween costumes and party supplies, you might be in the mood to read something a little strange. I've got books for your weird mood, featuring strange characters - the sort of characters that would be (and in some cases are) at home in a sideshow, mad scientists or a […]

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Dancing Through Books

dancer's feet in tondue

When I was young, I dreamed of being a ballerina. Not in a casual way-- was serious about it. (And by serious, I mean sort of a little bit obsessed.) And to this day, I will immediately grab any book that is a tiny bit about dance. Pointe shoe on the cover? Done. Street dancers mid leap? […]

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Star Wars Reads Day at Edgewater Branch

Star Wars Reads Day Street Art

A short time from now, in a galaxy close, close by... The Edgewater Branch presents: Star Wars Reads Day. The children's and teen librarians have joined up to create a celestial afternoon of fun from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 9. We'll premiere our Star Wars Reads Day with Star Wars-themed crafts and activities to appeal […]

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National Coming Out Day

Source: drhenkenstein, Flickr

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day when people celebrate living openly as LGBTQ. It’s totally normal to be nervous about coming out (I sure was!), but it’s also normal to feel excited, too. Every person is different. Some people start by telling only a few friends and family while others post it on […]

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Get Ready For Mockingjay: Part 1

The Hunger Games Series of Books

With Mockingjay Part 1 still two months away, the Hunger Games fans among you might be getting a little antsy. You're seeing more and more trailers, posters, celebrity interviews and posts all over the Internet. If you’re obsessed with books set in a messed-up future, like The Hunger Games or Divergent, you should probably get your hands on […]

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Celebrate Banned Books Week

Source: Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

We're celebrating the freedom to read with events across the city during Banned Books Week, September 21-27. This year's focus is on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has released a free Banned Books Week Handbook to help fight censorship and celebrate books. You can also find more resources about the background of […]

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Central District Teen Wins eReader

Deshawn - Jacob branch manager - Erica teen librarian

This year we had our first ever Teen Summer Challenge, Make Your Imprint, where teens across the city read, learned, created, discovered and achieved. For completing the challenge, teens were entered into a raffle to win an eReader. Congratulations go out to our Central District winner Deshawn G. of Westinghouse College Prep! Deshawn was awarded an […]

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YOUmedia LOG Podcast: Season 10


Library of Games is in its 10th season. That’s right, the schism has healed and gamer teens in YOUmedia are back to good old Library of Games episodes. For the first episode of the 10th season, teens discuss the games they played at BitBash, Chicago’s Indie Game Festival. If you love gaming, join us in September to learn more […]

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Poetic Teen Novels

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Poems are like stories in themselves, but even more extraordinary to me is when an entire novel can be written as a poem. It’s like meditating about a character or experience, and I love how easy it is for my eyes to travel across the sparsely-filled pages, absorbing so much with so few words. There […]

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YOUmedia Spotlight on Michael

Michael YOUmedia

YOUmedia participant Michael loves to perform regularly at F.L.O.W. We talked to him a little about performing and what he enjoys about the space. In his own words: I am currently a sophomore, but my dream is to be a professional choreographer. I started dancing when I was 8 years old. I've been self taught […]

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