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Programs for Teens
The Library offers a wide variety of programs for teens, all for free! Make it, build it, read it, express it, act it--we have something for everyone.
Teen Programs You Can Try Now
Weekly, All Day
If you don’t want to wait for a live program, Miss Donna and Rachel post online activities for teens every week that can be done whenever! You can find these programs on our Library calendar, usually every Monday and Wednesday. Some examples include:
- May the Fourth Be With You – Virtual Star Wars Day (May 4)
- Cap’n Crunch French Toast (April 20)
- Chicago Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt (April 29)
- Halfway to Halloween (May 13)
Explore for yourself and keep an eye out for more!
Check our online calendar for upcoming fun!
Drop-in to the Teen Underground each FRIDAY for a range of fun programs. Check out our Movie and Pizza night each month, teen storytimes, book discussions, gaming, baking, and lockpicking. Check for upcoming Friday programs here: Check our online calendar to see what's happening in the Teen Underground this week!
Got a movie suggestion or program idea? Email us at email@example.com, or hit us up on Snapchat: teenunderground.
Join a Club!
Looking to meet new friends? We got you. Join one of our Teen Underground clubs:
Bullet Journal Club
Last Mondays of the Month | 5-7 p.m.
Share ideas and work on your bullet journal with a group of creative people. All supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. No registration required.
First and Third Wednesdays of the Month | 6-8 p.m.
Watch an Anime movie or TV show while you slurp Ramen and hang out. Stay after to discuss and suggest future titles to watch! No registration required.
Social Justice Reading Club
One Sunday a Month | 4-5 p.m.
Earn volunteer hours reading about and discussing social justice issues. Each month we’ll read a fiction book, nonfiction book, or collection of online resources about a social justice issue separately and then meet online to discuss it together.
Audiobook and Podcast Club
Listen to a YA audiobook or podcast and do a related craft. A group discussion will follow the listening.
Thursday, February 20, 5-6:15 p.m.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
Thursday, March 12, 5-6:15 p.m.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Ready for a challenge? Like to read? Gather a team of 2-6 people, find an adult sponsor, and call 847-663-6490 or drop by the Teen Underground to register. Read the titles on the Lincoln Award List and compete in a series of fun trivia contests on Wednesday evenings in February for the Lincoln Cup Championship. The winning team will be whisked away from school in a limousine to dine out. Check out the full Lincoln List here.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Last Saturdays of the Month | 12-1:30pm
Need Service Hours? Want the chance to help shape services for teens at the Library? Come join a friendly group of teens who meet every LAST Saturday of the month throughout the year. Help plan programs, create displays, advocate for teens in the community, and work on special projects throughout the library. Lunch served at every meeting! No registration required.