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“The Monster Gasped, OMG!” Reading at City Lit Books

May 25th—

Join us on Tuesday, June 14 at City Lit books as we continue to celebrate the amazing achievement that is our latest Young Authors Book Project anthology, “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” Led by their intrepid instructor, Mr. Harlan, five student authors will share all new stories of their magnificent creatures as illustrations (lovingly depicted by a legion of local artists) of them are projected for all to see!

Books will be available for purchase ($20) and to be signed by our esteemed authors.

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YAB Chapbook Release: A Record in Space

May 24th—

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our Youth Advisory Board’s (YAB) latest chapbook, “A Record in Space,” which will be unveiled on June 6th. Inspired by the work of Zadie Smith, John Cheever, Tavi Gevinson, Nate Marshall, and Ladan Osman, among others, the teen writers of YAB have crafted original stories exploring everything from nostalgia to war to love to space travel.

826CHI’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is an inspiringly diverse, driven, and literary-minded high school students from all over Chicago. Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, our YAB writers have been meeting bi-weekly for sessions that are part writer's workshop, part leadership lab, as well as proudly serving as ambassadors of 826CHI at literary events throughout the city. Join us on June 6th to celebrate their achievements and their writing! RSVP >>

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Vol/Loquium: Engaging English Learners

May 18th—

Word Lab, the summer program for English Language Learners is coming soon and we hope to have a legion of excited and prepared volunteers to work with our students. Not familiar with working with ELL students? Fear not! Program Manager Sarah Kokernot, a former bilingual elementary school teacher, will be leading a volunteer training session specifically on engaging English learners on June 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Even if you’ve worked with ELL students before, this is a great refresher and a place to connect with other Word Lab volunteers before the program begins.

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After-School Tutoring and Writing Oral History Project

May 17th—

This spring, After-School Tutoring and Writing students have been studying the art of the interview, inspired by NPR’s StoryCorps. For the past couple weeks, students have been practicing interview techniques and drafting questions for important adults in their lives, asking questions about parents’ childhoods and stories of family members our students never had a chance to meet.

After weeks of drafting their interview scripts and practicing interviewing techniques with their tutors, students begin recording their interviews this week! Last week Maki and Leah practiced asking each other questions using the recorder to get a feel for their voices and the equipment, and they earned recording tips such as how close to hold the microphones to their mouths, and when they should move it towards their interviewees.

When the interviews are complete, the audio will be edited by our intrepid volunteer team and be made available to families in fall 2016. Stay tuned for more updates!

Workshop Registration Notices - Coming Soon

May 17th—

If you've applied for one of our summer Camps or Workshops, you'll hear from us soon! We're currently evaluating all applications and will be in touch via email by Wednesday, May 25th. If you have questions, please email

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