YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library's downtown Harold Washington Library Center. <br />
YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.<br />StudentSpeak goes behind the scenes to watch how students at YOUmedia, the Chicago Public Library’s digital space for teens, are using Toni Morrison’s book “A Mercy” to create new media projects around themes of slavery and empowerment<br />http://vimeo.com/15913863<br />
The philosophy behind the creation of the Chicago Public Library's YOUmedia was to enable teens to be more than just consumers of digital media, but to be creators as well. <br />“Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out”<br />Follow YOUmedia on Facebook<br />Follow YOUMedia on Twitter: @YOUmediaChicago<br />YOUmedia Google Calendar to track events and programs<br />The Story of YOUmedia... from YOUmedia on Vimeo.<br />
Chicago Teens by the Numbers<br />31.4% of all households in Chicago have children younger than 18 years old living in the home<br />20.8% of the approximate 725,000 school aged children are enrolled in grades 9-12<br />Currently, close to 50% of the population ages 18-24 either have less than or equal to a high school education<br />2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates<br />www.uscensus.gov<br />
Teen Department Bridges the Gap<br />Free WiFi service at any branch, teens are encourage to bring their laptops in order to stay mobile.<br />Quick links called Brain Candy to popular catalog searches on topics teens are interested such as getting a job, applying for college, dating, sex, homework help and more.<br />Teen Volume reads, an online Q&A with a favorite teen author. Teens are encouraged to email the librarian their ideas for future authors they would like to learn more about. <br />Teen Volume is also offering a Reader's Theater program with a video sample explaining what Reader's Theater is and how teens can get involved.<br />Chicago Public Library Teen Department<br />
Teen Department Bridges the Gap<br />Homework Help offers a telephone hotline Monday-Friday from 5-9 PM. They also offer online links to sites teens might find helpful including a mentoring search site. Librarians are also available by visiting the branch or emailing them.<br />Teens are also encouraged to submit their own book reviews! Through this simple form, teens can read about books other teens are enjoying and tell others about they liked.<br />The Popular Topics page offers databases and websites teens can peruse on a variety of topics including college, jobs and college, money, creative writing, LGBTQ and even creative writing. <br />The HowTo page offers a simple form for teens to be able to submit a question on any topic they want to Learn How To more about. <br />Chicago Public Library Teen Department<br />
Teen Department Access<br /><ul><li>While the website links direct anyone on the CPL Teen website page to the link, to access databases, one does need a library card. To submit questions on the HowTo page or the Book Reviews page, one just needs an email address.
Teens can access any of these pages on the Teen department's website from any computer making it easy to access information from a home computer, school computer lab, or the Chicago Public Library. While there is no online chat, email addresses are visibly provided for when a teen can contact a librarian. </li>