CPL’s 2016 Teen Mock Book Awards

Mock Printz Books

Each year before the winners of American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are announced, CPL librarians come together to nominate and discuss our own Mock Book Awards to honor some of our favorite titles of the year. Here are the 2016 teen books we chose. Mock Printz Award for Literary Excellence Winner: We Are the Ants […]

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Top Picks: Teen Self-Help

Meditation by the Ocean

Instead of putting pressure on yourself to keep New Year's resolutions, why not see January as a fresh start at taking better care of yourself? Winter often leaves us feeling tired and emotionally drained, but it can also be a quiet time for reflection. Here are our top picks for teen self-help books. Taking care […]

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Teen Books and Video Book Trailers

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I don't know about you, but I love a good video book trailer ... and especially when it's about a teen book I've read and enjoyed. Book trailers, by the way, are just like trailers for movies; they're designed to pique your interest as well as excite you about a character or plot. Some trailers […]

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Teen Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent with the World!

Artwork by Naji Sierra

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 these books about visual and performing arts, or drop into […]

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Get to Know Comic Artist Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese and Boxers Book Covers

The next time someone tells you that you need to do something with your life and stop reading comics, you may need to respectfully inform them about the literary merits of comics, manga and graphic novels. It might not hurt, too, to mention that a comic artist, Gene Luen Yang, was named a fellow of […]

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Hour of Code Events and Resources for Teens

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No matter what you plan to do in life, knowing how to code can help you be successful in college and your career. Learn about coding at our Hour of Code events for teens during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that […]

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Books About Trans and Non-Binary Teens


There's been a lot of progress over the past few years in diverse representation in teen books, but it can still be difficult to find books that feature stories about transgender, gender fluid or non-binary teens. If you're looking for books that go outside the rigid box of old-school gender identity, here are some picks to […]

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Teen Tales from Beyond the Grave

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As Halloween approaches, sink your teeth into one of these teen tales of the undead from shambling zombies to stalking ghouls. In Afterlife With Archie, Jughead gets more than he bargained for when he asks Sabrina the Teenage Witch to revive his beloved dog, Hot Dog. As the idyllic town of Riverdale is overrun with the […]

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Look to the Stars Events at CPL in November

Chinatown Alder Event

Teens, take a look at the sky through a telescope at our November Look to the Stars events at Back of the Yards Branch and West Englewood Branch. Wondering what these events are all about? At our most recent gathering, over 200 people came to Chinatown Square on October 8, which was also International Observe the Moon Night. We had […]

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Celebrate Literature with Teen Read Week

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Teen Read Week 2016 is here, and this year we're celebrating international and multicultural literature with the theme Read for the Fun of It—in every language! From October 9-15, join us for Teen Read Week events across the city, and check out our Teen Read Week reading recommendations for teens. Did you know that 22 percent […]

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