Teens, Check Out 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus

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On Saturday April 4, we're launching 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus, a career workshop series for teens at Harold Washington Library Center. The focus in April is writing and publishing, and you'll have the chance to explore all of the writing opportunities Chicago has to offer teens. This event is open to 100 teens, 14 to 18. Register on […]

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Teen Art Showcase Success

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Teens at the Richard M. Daley Branch celebrated creativity and art during the Teen Art Showcase on Friday, February 27, 2015. Teens used watercolors, a light box and animal x-rays to create works of art. Teen artist, David, brought in two flower illustrations, as seen below, from his high school to display, and he also drew the astronaut […]

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Explore Teen Reads Through eBooks

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Are you looking for your next read but don't want to brave the cold? You're in luck! Many eBooks from popular teen authors have recently been added to our collection, and you can check them out from the comfort of your own home. Rainbow Rowell won the hearts of many with her popular book Eleanor & Park about […]

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Legler YOUmedia is Now Open!

YOUmedia Maker Space

Attention West Side high schoolers: the new YOUmedia space at Legler Branch is now open! If you like art or technology or are just looking for a fun place to hang out, this space is for you. Bring your library card or school ID to check out laptops and video games for our new Play Station 3. We also […]

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Sulzer Regional YOUmedia Is Now Open!

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Attention high school students: the new YOUmedia space at the Sulzer Regional Library is now open, and we couldn't be more excited! We host open hours for equipment checkout Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., but you are welcome to hang out and use the space any time the library is open. You can record music, learn about digital photography, design your […]

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Teen Romance for the Hardest of Hearts


I'll be honest, I'm not a giant fan of romance books. I'm not anti-romance, I'd just rather see characters doing something other than daydreaming or moping, or scheming to get a partner. So it's all the sweeter when a book whose primary focus is the development of a romantic relationship catches my attention. And Valentine's Day is […]

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Rethink Gender: Diverse Books for Teens

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Currently in the teen writing world, there is a push to see books featuring more diverse characters, themes and narratives. We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the lack of books featuring characters with a variety of backgrounds. Think everything from race to income level to family dynamics. According to their mission statement, "We Need Diverse […]

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Woodson Regional YOUmedia Is Open!


Calling all high school students on the South Side. The new YOUmedia space at Woodson Regional Library is now open! We're open Monday to Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. New features include: comfy chairs to hang out, a maker table for messing around with new technology, some really […]

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Teen Winners of 2015 Youth Media Awards

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Every year at ALA's Midwinter Conference, youth librarians across the country look forward to the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards, and today was no different. So without further ado, here are the winners and finalists for literature for teens. Michael L. Printz Award I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson won the Michael […]

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Dr. King: Honoring His Legacy

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As we approach Martin Luther King Day, I feel that celebrating the life and work of Dr. King has never been more important than it is right now. The facts of Dr. King's life are well known: his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, his advocacy of non-violence, and his unfortunate assassination on April 4, 1968. I hope […]

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