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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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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Teen Voices: Bryam P., Age 17

Bryam P., Age 17, just graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. A patron of the Portage-Cragin Branch, he explained that he has learned a lot of lessons since migrating to the United States at the age of eleven. He's from a small family with a single mother, and has been driven to grow and learn…
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Teen Self-Expression at Austin Branch

Armena, the Teen Services library associate at Austin Branch, joined Chicago Public Library just a little over six months ago. She arrived with enthusiasm and energy, ready to engage neighborhood teens in all kinds of activities. Many of Austin's teen workshops focus on art expression. From button making and painting to creating a town out of…
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Rapture Ready (But First, Prom)

Being a teenager can really stink sometimes. Religion can make it easier, or it can make it even more of a chore. You're at that age where you question everything, like the characters in these books, who come from conservative backgrounds and aren't given much freedom to explore spirituality (or anything else) on their own…
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Teen Voices: Kaila C., “Upcycler”

Kaila C. of Chinatown Branch's YOUmedia often notices that there are piles of unused paper at various events, such as pamphlets from last year's summer learning challenge among other things. Since she enjoys arts and crafts activities, particularly origami, she thought of creative ways to make use of the unused paper (that might otherwise be…
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Teens Stretching Minds, Hearts and Bodies at Richard M. Daley Branch

Interested in exploring energy, community businesses, creative writing and/or photography? Find out more about how you can get involved in teen events at Richard M. Daley Branch. Teen librarian Roy wanted to focus this summer's events around every aspect of the environment, the social-emotional, neighborhood and natural environments for local teens. He's worked to convert…
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Teen Voices: Artist Alanis M.

Alanis M., a 17-year-old from Garfield Ridge Branch, shared that Chicago provokes many feelings in her and that "different perspectives" of her hometown are endless. Her goal as a photographer is to capture the city's "relaxed face," life as familiar and comforting. Alanis explained, "My true inspiration for my artwork came from how dangerous this…
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