• What is Library of Games?

    Library of Games (LoG) is a video game journalism program sponsored by YOUmedia Chicago at the Chicago Public Library. LoG is open to all high school students who love video games and want to learn more about games, gaming criticism, and podcast and video production.

  • What can you create?

    The LoG team produces a weekly video game podcast as well as Let's Play videos for our own Let's Play channel. There are also opportunities to write editorials and reviews about video games, create music and animation for the podcast and videos as well as graphic design elements for the website..

  • Why?

    We believe that video games are an incredibly important part of people’s lives, especially teenagers, and we need an open and intelligent forum to discuss games. We want to represent the diversity of teen gamers and prove that teens can speak and write intelligently about video games.


Every week LoG teens record a podcast all about video games. From April 6-June 15 2015, the podcast program will run from 3:30-5pm every Monday at YOUmedia @ Harold Washington Library Center. The podcast is open to all high school aged teenagers and no pre-registration is required.

Let's Play Videos

Every week teens have the opportunity to become certified to use the YOUmedia studio to record Let's Plays. From April 10-June 19 2015, Let's Play Certification will run from 3:30-5pm every Friday at YOUmedia @ Harold Washington Library Center. Once a teen is certified they can book the studio to record Let's Plays for the LoG channel or for their own channels. Let's Play certification is open to all high school aged teenagers and no pre-registration is required.

  • Super Princess Peach

    Super Princess Peach

    Taylor and Violet play Super Princess Peach with guest appearances from most of the LoG Team. This is one of our very first Let's Play series and currently one of the longest. There is a lot of screaming, which we apologize for, but it couldn't be avoided. This game is truly terrible. We have finished recording this series but are still working on editing videos. The rest of the series will be coming soon. No. of Episodes: 24 Length: 7hr 17min
  • Pokémon White Version 2

    Pokémon White Version 2

    Jacob and Isaiah play Pokémon White Version 2. They are joined by Max for a couple episodes before it all peters out. This Let's Play was a casualty of one of our hard drive casualties and was never completed. This one will definitely not be picked up again unless you can convince Jacob to start recording again. No. of Episodes: 5 Length: 1hr 27min
  • Punch Out!!

    Punch Out!!

    Jacob and Isaiah play Punch Out!! (with some guest commentary from Max) as part of our Super Smash Bros. series. We never finished this series because our hard drive failed and we lost some of our video and also our game saves. Perhaps someday Isaiah will continue the series. No. of Episodes: 5 Length: 1hr 8min
  • Sonic Adventure 2

    Sonic Adventure 2

    Rolling around at the speed of sound... Oh, are you tired of us singing that? Too bad because this is Sonic Adventure 2 as played by Jacob "Shut up, stupid" Montalvo with assists from Isaiah and Max. We gave up on this series for...uh...reasons? It is still unclear why we quit this one. I think it was all the yelling and cursing. No. of Episodes: 6 Length: 2hrs 42min
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Another attempt at playing a Zelda game. Violet plays as Max, Phil, Adam and Taylor watch and comment. We had some issues with our recording software which led to this series being unfinished. Of all the unfinished series this one that is a little more likely to be finished. No. of Episodes: 3 Length: 47min
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Violet and Taylor play The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword. This is an unfinished series from our early days. We didn't finish because YOUmedia's WiiU was stolen and we lost our save data. Perhaps we will finish some day but most likely we will pick up another Zelda game instead. No. of Episodes: 2 Length: 54min

Our Team

All the content on Library of Games is created by Chicago high schoolers. In addition to working on the podcast and Let's Play's, teens have the opportunity to go to special events like C2E2, Zine Fest and BitBash.

  • Ethan Sieben
  • Calder Laban
  • Jacob Montalvo
  • Ashley Barajas

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By participating in Library of Games teens can earn badges through the Chicago City of Learning initiative. Badges help tell the story of what you know and what you can do.



    Prepare your voice to be heard by learning the basics of podcasting.



    Produce an episode of the podcast or a Let's Play series from beginning to end. Determine the content, format and shepherd the production from recording to release.



    Want to make Let's Play videos like your favorite YouTubers? Earn the Let's Play Certification badge to gain access to the YOUmedia studio.

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