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YOUmedia Chicago

YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at four of the Chicago Public Library branches, one of which includes the Thurgood Marshall branch in Auburn-Gresham. 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.

Middle school students can access thousands of books,  laptop computers, and a variety of media creation tools and software, all of which allow them to stretch their imaginations and their digital media skills. By working both in teams and individually, teens have an opportunity to engage in projects that promote critical thinking, creativity, and skill-building. 

Mentors lead workshops to help teens build their skills and create digital artifacts – from songs to videos to photography to blogging. Teens learn how to use a variety of technology and digital equipment, including still and video cameras, drawing tablets, and video and photo editing software. 

All a teen needs to participate in workshops and access YOUmedia equipment is a valid library card.


YOUmedia is open from 3:30PM - closing on Monday - Thursday, and 11AM - closing on Saturday.

Workshops start at 4:30PM for middle school students Monday - Thursday, and 12:00PM for middle school students on Saturday.


Mondays: Digital Music

Tuesdays: Radio/Podcasting

Wednesdays: Radio/Podcasting

Thursdays: Graphic Design

Saturdays: Digital Music