Teen club at Youmedia (bottom floor of the Harold Washington library, 400 S State St  Chicago)is starting its fall program next week. There is an open house for parents and students Sept. 13th 1:30-3:30pm to come get a tour of the facility and an introduction to some of the projects they will be working on.

Here are the details from Matt: This past week, by the suggestion of several of the students we created artist trading cards.  The next projects that we have coming up focus on the projects that the library as a whole is working on and reflect a teen driven program that fits into the library curriculum.  Our schedule for the next eight weeks goes something like this:

Sept. 13: Orientation for the parents of incoming students
Sept. 20: Facing History and Ourselves tour and short reflection
Sept. 27: Start work on stop-motion film and other FHaO artwork
Oct. 4: Finish work on stop-motion film and other FHaO artwork
Oct. 11: Either extra day of work on stopmotion film or Jam session (Music)
Oct. 18: Begin One Book One Chicago work and planning
Oct. 25: Continue One Book, One Chicago – Book binding or photo tour
Nov. 1: Finish One Book, One Chicago art and programming

Its possible that the One Book, One Chicago programming will go longer than three weeks depending on how many projects the kids want to do surrounding the material.  The selection for this fall is The Book Thief.  We should have plenty of copies for the kids to check out and read.  I know that several of the students who are regulars have already read it and found it to be a very intense and thought provoking book with lots of ideas to work with.

One last reminder that you can send out to the other parents is to bring the required materials to make a library card if their student does not have one already.  Basically, if they have a state ID, that will be sufficient to make a card.  If not, any picture ID and proof of address can work instead.

Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the new students!

Matthew Jensen


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