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 Winter Challenge: Share Your Talent with the World!

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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. Submission Guidelines Who: High school students ages 14-18; must reside in the City of Chicago. What: […]

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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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Teen Shakespeare Retellings

Exit, Pursued by A Bear book cover

Did you know Shakespeare invented the romantic comedy? And about 1,700 words? If you want to get the gist of Shakespeare's stories without decoding the "wherefore arts," here are some teen retellings of Shakespeare's plays that will have you rolling or shaking in your seats. Exit, Pursued by A Bear by E.K. Johnston is a mix of The Winter's Tale, […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Jarvis

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This year we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Jarvis W. visited Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant and wrote a review of his selections from lunch menu. Jarvis' Story: Today I will be talking about Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant near downtown Chicago at 516 N. Clark. I am writing a restaurant review on the items […]

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Join CPL at the 2017 ChiTeen Lit Fest Open House!

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Calling all educators, teachers, community/neighborhood representatives and publishers. Come learn about how you can get involved and help support the 2017 ChiTeen Lit Fest at our Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. October 12 at the Chicago Literary Alliance. Through teen-led discussion/activity stations, we hope Open House attendees will gain a better understanding of what's […]

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Observe Banned Books Week with Events, Recommended Reads

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Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week from September 25 to October 1. Join us for special events at libraries around the city, and check out some of our reading recommendations for teens. This year's theme is Diversity, and we're showcasing all the fascinating perspectives you can find in our city and our world. Why do […]

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