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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!

826CHI on Vocalo 2/3

February 2nd—

Tuesday morning, catch 826CHI on WBEZ's sister station, Vocalo, chatting with the "Morning AMp" crew about our arts education work with Chicago youth. The program runs 8-10am, but we'll be on right around 9!

If you're in Chicago, tune in to 89.5 FM, 90.7 FM, or 88.7 FM. You can also listen to a live stream at


February 2nd—

The 826CHI offices are closed this Monday, February 2, due to the blizzard. There will be no programming. We'll keep you posted about Tuesday's schedule. Stay warm, everyone!

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