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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2018 Teen Services Summit for Educators on November 6

Join us Tuesday, November 6 at Harold Washington Library Center for a half-day active learning summit for in-school and after-school educators who work with teens and learn about the opportunities for teens at CPL. Registration is limited. Please sign up online.  Schedule Welcome/Launch: 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.) Breakout Sessions I and…
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Water, Water, Everywhere … and Especially at Sherman Park Branch

At Sherman Park Branch, teens are working alongside their teen librarian, Faith, on a summer-long water conservation study with partners including Mark Hauser from Friends of the Chicago River and Professor Mike Bryson of Roosevelt University's Sustainability Studies Program. (You can check out the Sustainability Studies Program blog to learn more.) In the teens' STEM-focused…
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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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Teen Voices: Photographer Ashlyn G.

A patron of the Toman Branch, Ashlyn G., Age 17, graduated from Infinity High School in June. She was one of several talented artists to submit a digital art portfolio and artist statement for the 2017-18 Chicago Public Library Teen Winter Challenge.  Ashlyn explained, "My artwork is about framing people, but not showing their face. This…
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