YA Space: Chicago Public Library’s YOUMedia

I chose to look at a non-traditional YA space for my assignment, but wanted to also spotlight a library space that is pretty swell. I had a chance to check out Chicago Public Library’s YOUMedia space when it opened in Summer of 2009 (I was living in Chicago at the time) and was pretty blown away. Supported by the Pearson and MacArthur Foundations, YOUMedia seeks to provide teens with the space, tools, people, and inspiration to facilitate interest-based learning of arts and digital technology. Youth-driven visual arts, music/recording, literary arts/poetry/hiphop, social media, gaming, graphic design, videography, performance, and photography are the broad themes of activity, but good old reading, socializing and hanging out are cornerstones of the space as well. Check out the YOUMedia blog(s) for the most current examples of what this awesome space is yielding, including teens getting involved with library advocacy during difficult times for CPL.  YOUMedia is located at the downtown Harold Washington Library, itself an awesome space for Js, YAs, As, and everyone else.

From Very Secret Diaries to Clockwork Angel

Since a couple groups are reading books by Cassandra Clare (or Cassandra Claire…it’s the same person), I thought I’d post a little bit of humor on the blog. Some of you may be aware that Cassie earned her reputation as a writer of fan fiction, in particular parodies and/or extensions of several fantasy series such as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. CC’s early fiction still exists online if you know where to look. One of my all-time favorites is the Very Secret Diaries of the Fellowship of the Ring. The following warning is prominently displayed on the site, and I heartily agree:

~ Warning! ~
These are works of parody, and as such include content which may result in loud laughter, drinks sprayed across keyboards/monitors, et cetera. The creators of these works and this site assume no responsibility for any censure or damage which may occur. Use at your own risk.