Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

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 & 3D design, photos, and podcasts with lots of help from skilled mentors. And it’s all free!

High School Student Locations:
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street
Albany Park Branch, 3401 W. Foster Avenue
Back of the Yards Branch, 2111 W. 47th Street
Chinatown Branch, 2100 S. Wentworth Avenue
Hall Branch, 4801 S. Michigan Avenue
Legler Branch, 115 S. Pulaski Road
Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted

Middle School Student Locations:
Humboldt Park Branch, 1605 N. Troy Street
Richard M. Daley Branch, 733 N. Kedzie Avenue
Lozano Branch, 1805 S. Loomis Street
Thurgood Marshall Branch, 7506 S. Racine Avenue

Library of Games Podcast Extrasode: Interview with Katie Salen

In our final Chicago Humanities Festival Interview we talk to Katie Salen the founder Katie Salen is professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, and former director of the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School for Design, a research center in New York focused on emerging trends in design and media. Read the rest »

YOUmedia turns teens into DIY rock stars

“Enter Harold Washington Library from the State Street entrance and you might just think you’ve gone in the wrong building. You’ll find the room filled with teenagers listening to booming music and glued to laptop screens. You’re in the right place – you’ve just found YOUmedia, a whole new take on library culture.” Read the rest »

Matthew Byrd on Misogyny in Video Games

YOUmedia Chicago teen, and Library of Games regular Matthew Byrd wrote a great, thought-provoking piece on misogyny in video games for Huffington Post Teen.

Click here┬áto read the essay. Read the rest »