5 Books to Help You Wait 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 […]

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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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YOUmedia Launch Parties at Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries

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Come check out our latest YOUmedia drop-in, digital learning spaces. The YOUmedia Launch Party with Best Buy Geek Squad Academy is an open house for teens and families to familiarize themselves with YOUmedia’s new spaces at Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries. The events will take place Tuesday, September 9 at Woodson Regional Library and Tuesday, September 16 at Sulzer Regional Library. Presented in partnership with our Teen Services Department […]

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A Money Smart Internship Program for Teens

on the money

The On the Money program series is having an Interview Open House from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on August 27 at Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center on the lower level. In this journalism internship program, teens research, write and publish articles about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business while developing workforce skills and […]

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YOUmedia Challenge Final Videos

This summer teens at YOUmedia worked together in three groups to create videos for a Creativity for Good video campaign in collaboration with the Burberry Foundation. The video below, "I Am," made by Briana, Sydney, Shemshiy, Jessica and Unique, was chosen to represent YOUmedia at the Burberry Create Challenge Pitch. A total of 13 teens participated in […]

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International Youth Day

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Did you know that the United Nations celebrates youth every year on August 12? International Youth Day has been happening since 1999, and this year's theme is Mental Health Matters. This day raises awareness and works to drop the stigma attached to mental illness and youth affected by it around the world. Have you ever felt […]

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