Teens, come explore, create, collaborate, check out books, develop new skills and lead with us!
What We Do
YOUmedia is a library and studio space at Chicago Public Library designed specifically for teens. You can hang out, mess around and geek out on projects to create your own music, video, 2D and 3D design, photos and podcasts with help from skilled mentors.
YOUmedia equipment is available for free to teens in high school. First-timers need to sign up. Returning students just need to sign in.
- Albany Park
- Altgeld (recording studio)
- Back of the Yards
- Chicago Bee (recording studio)
- Chicago Lawn
- Douglass (recording studio)
- Harold Washington Library Center (recording studio)
- Independence (recording studio)
- Jefferson Park (recording studio)
- Kelly (recording studio)
- Legler Regional Library (recording studio)
- Little Italy
- Merlo (recording studio)
- Richard M. Daley
- South Chicago
- South Shore (recording studio)
- Sulzer Regional Library
- West Loop (recording studio)
- Whitney M. Young, Jr. (recording studio)
- Woodson Regional Library (recording studio)
Grades 6 - 8
Learn more about YOUmedia's history, philosophy and partnerships.
ChiTeen Lit Fest
ChiTeen Lit Fest is a safe and creative space for you to unlock and discover your unique voice through the literary arts as we bring together young people from Chicago to celebrate their talents and so they can express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Keep an eye out for opportunities to plan the fest, participate in workshops and attend special guest performances and events before the next fest.
We consider proposals for new and continuing partnerships twice a year to provide programs across the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) spectrum to teens throughout Chicago. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can hang out, mess around and geek out. All YOUmedia locations have laptops, cameras, music and gaming equipment, and some YOUmedia locations have 3D printers, vinyl cutters and more. It's an open environment where you choose what you want to do and skilled library staff provide coaching and assistance. And of course there are books, too!
YOUmedia is available at more than twenty CPL locations.
Check with each YOUmedia location for hours.
YOUmedia is free. It doesn't cost anything to use equipment or visit any YOUmedia space.