2024 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented since 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.


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Anonymous Teen Writers Group

Every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join us every week for some socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share your poems and stories in a supportive space or listen to others read.


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DIY Puppet Theatre for Teens

March 27, 28 & 29, 2:00 PM. Ages 13-16.

Become a puppet master during Spring Break! Spend two days creating the puppet of your dreams and then bring your puppet (and yourself) to an open mic event for you and your friends.


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Getting Started With the Glowforge

Wednesday, March 27, 1:30 PM. Ages 14 and up.

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you'll explore the exciting world of laser cutting and engraving using the powerful Glowforge Pro.


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Anonymous Teen Writers Group

Every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join us every week for some socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share your poems and stories in a supportive space or listen to others read.


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Community Kindness Day 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Community Kindness Day is an annual event when residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights pledge to commit acts of kindness!


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Getting Started With the Glowforge

Sunday, March 17, 1:30 PM. Ages 14 and up.

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you'll explore the exciting world of laser cutting and engraving using the powerful Glowforge Pro.


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Anonymous Teen Writers Group

Every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join us every week for some socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share your poems and stories in a supportive space or listen to others read.


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2024 Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor authors or illustrators for books that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


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2024 Stonewall Book Award Winners

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.


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Anonymous Teen Writers Group

Every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join us every week for some socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share your poems and stories in a supportive space or listen to others read.


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Getting Started With the Glowforge

Monday, March 04, 6:30 PM. Ages 14 and up.

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you'll explore the exciting world of laser cutting and engraving using the powerful Glowforge Pro.


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2024 Odyssey Award

The Odyssey Award is given annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.


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2024 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.


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Island Within a City: Call for Stories

History comes alive when we hear directly from those that experienced it. So we're offering an opportunity for you, the community, to shape future historical understanding of Norridge and Harwood Heights by writing short essays about your connections to the area.


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The Collectors: Stories Wins 2024 Printz Award

Every year, the Michael L. Printz Award honors the best book written for teens, based on its literary merit. The 2024 Michael L. Printz Award was given to The Collectors: Stories, edited by A.S. King. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.


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Winter Reading 2024

January 01 – February 29, 202.

It's the chilliest time of year! Grab your coziest blanket, your fuzziest socks, and warm up with a good book with our Winter Reading Challenge!


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LitWorks Author Chat & Pizza Party

February 21, 2024, 5:30 PM.

After a full day of fun at Ridgewood, four amazing Young Adult authors are heading over to Eisenhower! Drop in to meet Mark Crilley, Kit Frick, Kimberly L. Jones, and Adi Alsaid. Buy copies of their books, get them autographed, and enjoy some delicious pizza. For grades 7 through adult.

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