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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. Students in LoG produce a weekly video game podcast and produce all of the content on the LoG blog including articles, editorials, videos, graphic design and more.

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.

All LoG workshops are conducted at YOUmedia Chicago at the Harold Washington Library Center at the Chicago Public Library. LoG is generously supported by the Chicago Public Library and the MacArthur Foundation.

 YOUmedia is a library and studio space at Chicago Public Library designed specifically for teens. You can hang out, mess around and geek out on projects to create your own music, video, 2D and 3D design, photos and podcasts with help from skilled mentors.

YOUmedia equipment is available for free with your valid Chicago Public Library card. First-timers need to sign up. Returning students just need to sign in.

There are currently seven high school YOUmedia locations and four middle school YOUmedia locations. For more information about these location visit chipublib.org/youmediateens.

All you have to do is show up to one of our workshops at the Harold Washington Library Center YOUmedia location at 400 S. State St. in Chicago, IL. For the Spring programming season we will be running the podcast workshop on Mondays from 3:30-5pm and the Let’s Play workshop on Fridays from 3:30-5pm. If you can’t make either of these times staff can also work one-on-one with students on Let’s Play Certification by appointment. Please use the Contact page to inquire about one-on-one certification.

All students must be high school aged in order to participate in the program.

Let’s Play Certification is a three part process that includes an informational workshop, a shadowing session and a final test (it’s easy to pass…don’t worry). Once students are certified they can schedule time in the studio to record Let’s Play for Library of Games or for their own channel.
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