Teen Voices: Thurgood Marshall Teens “Make New History” with Chicago Architecture Foundation

"How many of you have ever taken a bus? At bus shelters, what do you see?" This is just one of the thought-provoking questions posed by the Chicago Architecture Foundation to teens at Thurgood Marshall Branch YOUmedia earlier this month. The event was part of the Chicago Biennial, in which teens were challenged to design […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Cindy

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Cindy is a senior at George Westinghouse College Prep and loves to read sad books (really, truly). Some of her favorite books include Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Spanish literature such as that […]

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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Library Announce New Public and Private Investments in YOUmedia Teen Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon, the Chicago Public Library Foundation and BMO Harris Bank CEO Dave Casper today announced significant investments in the Library’s YOUmedia program for teens. Private support, highlighted by a $1 million gift over three years from BMO Harris Bank to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, as […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Teen Winter Challenge Participants

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Jessica P.'s entry in the 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge stood out because of her deep reflection about life and self-expression through art. She integrated this personal statement with a stunning collection of works she creating using pastels, oils and pencil. The experimentation and her wide range of skills and techniques as […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Kayla

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Kayla G.'s submissions for the 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge stood out because of how charming they were; one juror noted they collectively felt like a "low-fi collage." It was evident that Kayla had spunk and sarcasm, in addition to a lot of inspiration behind her work, which included vivid images […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Antonio B.

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. It looked as though Antonio B had recently visited the museums of Illinois’ Cantigny Park (http://www.cantigny.org/museums), where teens can envision the experiences of U.S. Army figures. Using unique shading and experimentation with light, Antonio used an Artisto app to create some interesting 3-D like images he used to portray […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Assata M.

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Assata M.'s Teen Winter Challenge portfolio included very different pieces with great depth. We were excited to see her journey in experimenting with different mediums, such as watercolor and oil. One juror found her image with motion and smoke in the subjects’ eyes was so striking, and recommended Assata […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Tashauniel

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Tashauniel N.’s submission for the 2016-17 Teen Winter Challenge took our jury into a whimsical world of intriguing dimensions and lovely hues. Select jurors saw the political messages with quotes from Evita and were impressed by the layers and levels of these skillfully composed works. Not all of words […]

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Teen Voices: Featuring Alexis

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL. Alexis S.’s portfolio explored portraiture and human faces. One juror was so blown away with her vignette, that he suggested she create more from which to choose and edit in future portfolio submissions or gallery exhibits. Some felt Alexis’ work would make incredible posters and note cards too! What […]

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