Postcards from Rural America

If you've lived your whole life in the shadow of skyscrapers, it might be hard to imagine what it's like to live in rural America. But even though the scenery is different, high school is much the same: classes, friends, dates and plenty of drama. Check out these stories about teens who've grown up far […]

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Girl Superpower

If you loved Ms. Marvel or Squirrel Girl and you're looking for more superhero comics with girl power, try one of these awesome spin-offs and reboots from 2016. When Dinah joins the freshly renamed rock band Black Canary as its new lead singer, her bandmates have no idea that she's really a supersonic superhero whose voice can shatter more […]

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Monstrous Love: Lovesick Movie Monsters

Cat People

As Valentine's Day approaches, tales of first kisses, secret admirers and first loves abound. But relationships aren't always candy hearts and chocolate kisses. In fact, in these cinematic classics, love turns downright monstrous. Dracula: "There are far worse things awaiting man than death," Count Dracula warns the beautiful Mina Harker. Eternal loneliness is inevitable when you just can't stop […]

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Snow Awesome! Winter Sports Reads for Teens

Snowboarder flies through air with pine trees in the background

It’s already February, and Chicago is still mostly mild and totally snow-free! If missing out on that "real" Chicago winter has left you wishing for snow, and you don’t already have plans to head to the mountains, you’ll be happy to hear the groundhog saw his shadow. That’s six extra weeks to find the winter […]

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Let CPL Help You Make History with History Fair

Chiago Metro History Fair

Are you participating in History Fair this year? Does your teacher expect you to conduct historical research? Are you wondering where and how to begin? Are you looking for primary resources or images for an exhibit board, website or documentary? At CPL, we can help you with all of these. Getting Started After you’ve selected your topic, start […]

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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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Get the Facts: 5 Articles About Fake News

friends sharing news

While I'm sure no one would mistake the headline “Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Elope in Vegas While Grandma Scuba Dives in Bermuda” as real news, recent studies show people are having difficulty judging real news from fake because of the rapid rise of internet-based fake news sites. This trend is especially true on social […]

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Horror Movies

Christmas Candle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year! If the lyrics of Edward Pola and George Wyle's ubiquitous Christmas single are more apt to fill you with dread than cheer, you've come to the right […]

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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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Teen Tales from Beyond the Grave

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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