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“Who Wants Love?” Screen Print Show

January 11th—

When she was in 4th grade, 826CHI student Quinn W penned the now-legendary poem, Who Wants Love? (watch her read it on-camera—now an 8th grader—here!). This piece has been read before the Library of Congress, on first dates, inside the White House, and as part of at least three weddings...and now, a one-of-a-kind screen printed poster, inspired by Quinn's insightful and heartwarming words, could be yours!

A Who Wants Love? Pop Up Print Show is Monday, February 8th, 2016 at Workshop Chicago, from 6-10pm. Twenty Chicago designers and illustrators have crafted original, 8x10" screen printed posters, all inspired by this beautiful, whimsical story about love. Entrance to the show is free and all sales and donations will benefit the creative writing programs of 826CHI, so that many, many more magnificent poems can be written by our young authors. Posters are $20, but holding a token of 826CHI history is (as the cliché suggests) priceless. RSVP here!

Love is a great thing because it’s made out of hearts and beauty and prettiness and handsomeness and awesomeness. And POW!
   Loves goes slow. Love is ridiculous. Love is fast like a pony with a wizard costume on and a green mustache. Love is sad. Love is crazy. Love is around the world. Love is a deck of cards. Family Love is happy and cool—boyfriend and girlfriend love is yuck and nasty.
   When it comes to love, a man has to have a job, a good diploma, and has to have an eight-pack. And he has to cook and has to look handsome. He probably has to be in his thirties.

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“The State of Stories” - Special Topic Training for Volunteers

January 8th—

Volunteers! Join 826CHI for our two-part “Vol/loquium” special topic training, “The State of Stories,” which will focus on the convergence of civic engagement, violence in youth writing, and our work as writing mentors.

>> (1/29, 5:30-7pm) PART 1 is in collaboration with the national poetry and storytelling project The People’s State of the Union, where we’ll paralell the POTUS’s State of the Union address with stories of our own, as they relate to writing, citizenship, and working with young people.

>> (1/30, 1-3pm) PART 2 is a round-table discussion about how to respond when violence comes up in students’ writing. We’re revising our blanket NO VIOLENCE policy to better reflect the reality of our students' experience with violence and want your input. Join us as we raise questions, discuss best practices, and consider our roles as compassionate and responsible writing coaches.

Please RSVP on the volunteer calendar. We hope to see you!

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Cole Haan - Thank You!

January 7th—

There are dozens of reasons to love Cole Haan (have you seen their winter boot collection?!), but we're particularly enamored with their generous spirit and commitment to supporting 826 chapters across the country. THANK YOU for contributing a portion of holiday sales to us, and for promoting our work in your stores!

826CHI Holiday Hours

December 23rd—

826CHI Offices Closed
>> Thursday, December 24th through Sunday, January 4th

Secret Agent Supply Store Closed
>> Thursday, December 24th & Thursday, December 25th
>> Thursday, December 31st through Tuesday, January 5th

Wishing you and yours a safe, merry, and restful holiday season. See you in 2016!

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Publications Extravaganza

December 21st—

Our bilingual chapbook, Swimming Among the Stars / Nadando por las Estrellas, features students' portraits of family and togetherness and epic tales of kitten overlords. An enormous thanks to our intrepid team of translators (including those in Colombia, Argentina, and Chile!), to Delia Jean for designing the cover, and Gage Salzano for laying out the interior. Get your copy in our Secret Agent Supply today!

We're also celebrating the release of And the Rest is Noise, a beautiful, full-color publication filled with our Teen Press Corps' interviews and reflections from Pitchfork Music Festival. Read a conversation with local eccentric Jimmy Whispers, a reflection on Chance the Rapper's role in unifying a historically segregated and racially tense city, and one Press Corps member's fear of the mic exploding in her face mid-interview. We are eternally grateful to Ryan Ford for designing this gorgeous piece of 826CHI publications history. Get your copy in our Secret Agent Supply today!

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