Do I Hear a Waltz? Teens Dancing in Chicago

prom court

Weekends in May mean prom for many Chicago teens. After months of planning, the big night has arrived. Now it’s time to slip into formal dresses, rented tuxedos, corsages and boutonnieres. If you look under any flowering tree on Saturday night, you’ll probably see a group of teens posing for pictures to commemorate the evening. […]

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Prama: Teen Books about Prom

Young man in tuxedo places corset on the arm of a young woman in a dress

Prama (noun): drama that ensues before, during or after a high school prom. I first heard the word prama early in my senior year of high school (yes, a long time ago). By winter break I had fully learned its meaning. The buildup to prom can be filled with anxiety, awkwardness and, of course, tons of […]

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Instant Downloads for Teens

I'm a big believer that spring break should mean taking an actual break. Take some time to read magazine, watch television, and enjoy comics. And the best part is, you can do all that without ever leaving your house (even if your parents changed the Netflix password). Check out these instant digital downloads available to you […]

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Books for Teens: Writing Fiction & Comics

Have you ever gotten a great idea and then sat down to write it, only to find it you had no clue how to get it from inside your head onto the paper? Don't worry, you're not alone. If you're a teen interested in writing fiction, comics or graphic novels, here are some books that can help […]

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New Teen Novels in Verse

You don't need to read old-school Shakespeare to celebrate National Poetry Month. These new novels in verse capture teens' thoughts and feelings in modern language. If you want a clever Shakespeare retelling, Ronit & Jamil updates Romeo and Juliet with a modern political plot. Set in present-day Israel, the novel reveals how Ronit, an Israeli pharmacist's daughter, and Jamil, a […]

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Teen Novels Hit Big and Small Screens

Adaptations of some extremely popular teen novels are debuting on television and in theaters this month. Thirteen Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher's 2007 book, will start streaming on Netflix on March 31. The TV series breaks the story down into 13 episodes, one for each cassette tape Hannah leaves behind after her suicide. Thirteen Reasons Why is […]

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Doom and Gloom: Ill-fated Characters of Teen Literature

fortune cookie fortune 'Your luck is about to change'

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, many people have luck on their minds. Unfortunately, not everyone can have the luck of the Irish. In fact, some people have a life riddled with bad luck and misfortune. One might even say that some people are ill-fated, destined to a life of constant trials and tribulation. While every […]

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Teen Tech Week: Be the Source of Change


The theme of this year's Teen Tech Week, Be the Source of Change, encourages teens to use the library's digital resources to improve their lives and their community. Brilliant graphic novel author Gene Luen Yang was named as its national spokesperson. You can learn more about Yang in this blog post. Pick up these titles if you're ready to channel […]

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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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