News & Events



February 19th—

Due to CPS' closure for extreme temperatures, all 826CHI programming has been cancelled for Thursday, February 19th. If CPS is open tomorrow, we will be too! 

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February’s Writer of the Month

February 18th—

We sat down with February’s Writer of the Month, Isaiah O., at a covert location wherein he shared important thoughts about his work—including how he came up with the word “yukerzaniusbagerdocker.”

Writers of the Month are among 826CHI's most elite secret agents. They've been recruited for their enthusiasm, originality, and determination in all things literary. Read Isaiah's full Author Q&A here and his latest story, Welcome to Unicornopolis, here >>

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Young Authors’ Book Project Update

February 12th—

Curie Metro HS students' narratives are in the final stages of copyediting, a title has been selected, our friends at Curbside Splendor are working on the book design, and the lovely Ian Merritt of IDM Photography has snapped portraits of the young writers, which will accompany their pieces in the book.

Around That Age, I Liked to Play with Fire will be released at this year's Printers Row Lit Fest in June; date/time TBA.

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Stem to Story

February 11th—

826National has published a new book: “STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8.” This new book inspires learning through fun, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans that fuse hands-on discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with creative writing. This project was made possible by support from Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds initiative.

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Scrabble for Cheaters Success!

February 4th—

Last Saturday, our 28 Scrabble For Cheaters teams raised more than $18,000 to support our programs – making this year's fundraiser the best yet.

Big ups to tournament champs Homeword Bound, runners-up Oshkosh North Spartans, and top fundraisers Verbal Assault!

A huge thank-you goes out to all our teams, friends, donors, and volunteers who helped with the event, and to Dimo’s Pizza, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Pipeworks Brewing Company, and 3 Floyds Brewing Company for keeping our scoundrels sated. 'Til next year!

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