Teen Read Week: It’s Written in the Stars

Every October libraries across the nation celebrate teens and reading. Created by the Young Adult Library Services Association, this celebratory week encourages teen to use their libraries and read for the fun of it. This year's Teen Read Week theme, It's Written in the Stars, focuses on reading outside the norm of realistic fiction, delving into sci-fi, horror and other such…
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Teen Art Exhibit and Printmaking Workshops Coming to Six CPL Branches

With the support of the Terra Foundation, the Harold Washington Library Center YOUmedia conducted an intensive art education program this summer for teens. Teens in the program found inspiration in the work of Chicago’s artists by exploring museum collections throughout the city.  They also learned sophisticated techniques in screen printing, relief carving and other mediums…
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Teen Voices: Gavin P., Photographer

Gavin P. just graduated from Von Steuben High School last June, where he spent his last year putting together a collection of photos taken for his 6th period photography class. These he compiled into a digital portfolio, along with an artist statement, which he submitted as part of the 2017-18 Chicago Public Library Teen Winter Challenge.  Many of Gavin…
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Albany Park Teens Improve Their Natural, Social-Emotional and Built Environments

Maggie, teen librarian, at Albany Park Branch was excited to collaborate with Stef Funk, the Outreach Coordinator at Plant Chicago, to organize workshops for local teens. Themes included aquaponics, native pollinators, vermicomposting and water chemistry, plus a Plant facility tour to see food production, energy conservation and material reuse firsthand. Maggie explained she particularly wanted…
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Check Out the Teens’ Rooftop Garden at Legler Branch

On the second floor at Chicago Public Library's Legler Branch, not only is there an incredible YOUmedia space for teens to hang out, explore their interests, create digital content (music, podcasts), play games, etc., but there's an outdoor balcony. Through mentorship, field trips and hands-on experiences, teens at Legler have built a brand new rooftop garden on…
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Teens at Chinatown Branch Study All of Chicago’s Environments

Teens at Chinatown Branch have been learning about their built (man-made), natural and social-emotional environments alongside Christina, their Teen Librarian, and Armani, their STEM Mentor, and many summer partner organizations. At Plant Chicago they were able to build their own self-watering system using the science behind aquaponics, while learning about sustainability and food production. They also…
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Hall Branch YOUmedia Teens Garden

  This summer Issa, the Teen Library Associate who works in Chicago Public Library's Hall Branch YOUmedia, wanted to work on a community garden with teens. Hall Branch Library already has a lovely landscaped front and back yard, but Issa's hope was to help promote relaxation and improve mental health though physical activity and connecting teens…
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