Teen Voices: Featuring Rosario

Roses by Rosario B

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. The Teen Winter Challenge jury was in awe of the portfolio and personal statement submitted by grand prize winner Rosario B. Qualities which made her entry stand out include the poetic choices of words and images in her portfolio, including bones, beauty and work completed over multiple canvases. One […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Brandon

Brandon N Photo

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Brandon N.'s entry in the 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge stood out because of his incredibly thoughtful reflection and detailed information about photography interests and process as an artist. His compelling and mature voice, and charming personality came through wonderfully. For Brandon, "photography is… interesting, to say the least." He described […]

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2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge Results

Rosario B Artwork

Congratulations and thank you to every artist who submitted a digital portfolio and personal statement for the CPL 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge; the original art works were phenomenal, and the scope of personal reflections about art and process was incredible. We wish every artist continued success, and have sent detailed notes about what we loved, […]

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Teens, Learn About Careers at 1st Saturdays

1st Saturdays Fashion Event

Teens 14-18, learn what it takes to be the next big scientist, sound engineer or fashion designer. Join us for these 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus events at Harold Washington Library Center: Biology & Chemistry, March 4 Music, May 6 Fashion, June 3 At 1st Saturdays: Careers in Focus, you’ll network with industry professionals to […]

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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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Laugh Out Loud Political Satire

Even if you're a budding activist or future politician, it can be overwhelming to talk about politics all the time. Why not take a break from the dinner table debate and enjoy a good belly laugh with some political satire for dessert? In 2036, politics are dictated by reality television stardom and viral video clips. But it's still a […]

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CPL’s 2016 Teen Mock Book Awards

Mock Printz Books

Each year before the winners of American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are announced, CPL librarians come together to nominate and discuss our own Mock Book Awards to honor some of our favorite titles of the year. Here are the 2016 teen books we chose. Mock Printz Award for Literary Excellence Winner: We Are the Ants […]

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Top Picks: Teen Self-Help

Meditation by the Ocean

Instead of putting pressure on yourself to keep New Year's resolutions, why not see January as a fresh start at taking better care of yourself? Winter often leaves us feeling tired and emotionally drained, but it can also be a quiet time for reflection. Here are our top picks for teen self-help books. Taking care […]

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Teen Books and Video Book Trailers

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I don't know about you, but I love a good video book trailer ... and especially when it's about a teen book I've read and enjoyed. Book trailers, by the way, are just like trailers for movies; they're designed to pique your interest as well as excite you about a character or plot. Some trailers […]

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