YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space which is currently located at five Chicago Public Library locations. YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.
High school and middle school age students, engaging with YOUmedia, can access thousands of books, laptops and desktop computers, and a variety of media creation tools and software, all of which allow them to stretch their imaginations and their digital media skills. By working both in teams and individually, students have an opportunity to engage in projects that promote critical thinking, creativity, and skill-building.
Chicago Public Library librarians and Digital Youth Network mentors lead workshops to help teens build their skills and create digital projects – from songs to videos to photography to podcasts. Teens learn how to use a variety of technology and digital equipment, including still and video cameras, drawing tablets, and video and photo editing software. YOUmedia at the Harold Washington Library also provides an in-house recording studio featuring keyboards, turntables, and a mixing board.
All high school age students are welcome, at the Harold Washington Library location. All middle school age students are welcome at the Lozano, Richard M. Daley, Humboldt Park and Thurgood Marshall locations. YOUmedia technology is available for free with a valid Chicago Public Library card.