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826CHI in the News: Chicago Tribune & Chicago Reader

June 3rd—

If you're on the fence about attending the world release of this year's Young Authors Book Project—The Monster Gasped, OMG!—let the recent editorial coverage from Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader convince you to join us!

WHEN: Saturday, June 11th from 2-3pm
WHERE: Printer's Row Lit Fest > on the South Loop Stage in Page Break Park

The event is free and open to the public. Free author autographs and complimentary high fives for all in attendence.

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“Laughing and Humming to Pass the Time,” Memoirs from Wells HS Students

June 2nd—

We're thrilled to announce the release of our latest chapbook of student-written memoirs from the brilliant minds of Wells HS students! Within the pages of "Laughing and Humming to Pass the Time," read stories of learning English and adjusting to life in a new country, falling in love for the first time, memories of important famliy members, the perils of learning to drive, and more! Avaliable now in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.!

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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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