Visiting Music Studio Mentor Joins YOUmedia

Teen musicians, singers, rappers and producers, listen up: Harold Washington Library Center YOUmedia has a new Visiting Music Studio Mentor—local hip-hop producer and performer Hakim Dough. When he's not writing beats and laying tracks for his forthcoming album, or performing throughout Chicago, Hakim provides one-on-one assistance and group workshops just for teens in YOUmedia. Want to…
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Teen Winter Challenge: Express Yourself

Teens, it's that time of year again to share your art with our Chicago community! Express yourself this winter by participating in our Teen Winter Challenge art competition. Need help getting started on your portfolio? Check out our Teen Winter Challenge events around the city to get started today! We also have our Teen Winter Challenge resource booklist to…
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Read Like a Wicked Queen

Everyone knows your standard princess tale, but each wicked queen has her own story to tell. Is she evil or misunderstood? What spurs an evil queen to act? Check out these titles for queens who may or may not be evil, depending on how you look at it. Heartless starts at the beginning, before the…
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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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