Dr. King: Honoring His Legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.

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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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

mock winners

Each year, CPL librarians get together for mock book award discussions in anticipation of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement in February. It's a fun time for staff to share their thoughts and ideas about popular, controversial, engaging and excellent titles for teens. Be sure to read through all our winners for a chance to vote for your […]

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New Teen Books at Austin Branch

We're all about series in teen fiction at Austin Branch. Start the new year by checking out the latest arrivals. We have a great selection including the Bluford High, Drama High, Kimani Tru and Urban Underground novels. Can't Stop the Shine Culture Clash The Keysha Diaries On the Flip Side Patterson Heights The Test The Water's Edge

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Connect With Your Community at Archer Heights

A collage of guns in the shape of the United States. Text reads, "Imagine a world without violence. Stop the violence."

Visitors to Archer Heights Branch can pick up a free zine made by neighborhood teens. The zines are on display next to the children's audiobooks and magazines and are available for patrons to take home and keep. Students in Topics in World Art at Curie Metro High School created spoken word poetry and zines to react […]

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Austin Branch Introduces Teen Tech Hangout


We're starting something new at Austin Branch: Teen Tech Hangout. Come join us at the library in January on Mondays for our open tech time for teens. You can hangout, and use one of our laptops for games, school work, or browsing the web. No reservations are necessary, but if you like headphones, you'll need to bring your own. […]

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YOUmedia at Adler Planetarium’s Teen Takeover

adler teen takeover

YOUmedia will be hosting a #SpaceSelfie photo booth on Wednesday, December 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Adler Teen Takeover: Dance Your Mass Off. This event is for teens ages 14 to 19 and only costs five dollars. There will be a free shuttle running between Harold Washington Library Center and the Adler Planetarium. Come […]

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Austin Branch Teen Zine Workshop a Success

purple book

Austin Branch hosted a teen zine workshop with Leslie Perrine Monday, December 1. Leslie showed examples of her zines and then the students got to work creating original, handmade mini-books. They made collages with animal pictures and wrote stories including "Dog Town with Monkey" and "Bad Monster in my Hometown." Our zine evening turned out to be a family event as teens participated with younger siblings. As we were wrapping […]

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Friendships in Teen Literature


Romantic partners come and go...but friends are FOREVER. Romance is great and all, but let's not forget our friends in the midst of all those butterflies, yeah? Friends will be there to pick you up when you're down, to remind you when you're being dumb and to keep you from making stupid choices. Friends keep you […]

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Teen Winter Challenge Book Cover Contest

teen winter challenge

Looking for something to do over your winter break? From December 15 to January 5, teens are invited to redesign a book cover that doesn't tell the whole story. Teens can create a new cover image in the artistic medium of their choice and submit it to to be entered in a raffle to win three […]

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