Programs

Revolving Door Arts
[Y]volve Publishing
Revolving Door Arts
[Y]volve Publishing is Revolving Door Arts’ youth publishing house program and provides high school students with hands on experience and insight into the publishing industry as they curate, collaborate, and publish teen writing at the manuscript level as part of the Teen Chapbook Series. YPB uses models of creative workforce development to expose young people to possible future careers in the literary arts in a fun, and action- and impact-based environment.
Reading, Creative Writing, Workforce Development
Grades 9-12
Central
No
Yes
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After-School Drama Club
Shakespeare All-Stars
Our teaching artists can start a Shakespeare or Drama Club at your school. Students learn the fundamentals of acting and the language of theatre. Activities include playwriting, improv, character exploration and development, etc. We strive to build confidence and friendships while learning the art of theatre. Programs culminate in a performance showcasing new skills.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
No
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ALL – Adult Learning in the Library
Literacy Works
Drop in ESL and Adult Basic Education (ABE) tutoring services for adults in the Chicago Public Library. Locations currently include: Harold Washington Library Center, Albany Park branch, and the Back of the Yards branch.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, ELL/ESL, GED Prep
Adult
Central, Far North Side, Southwest Side
Yes
Yes
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Athletes for Media Literacy
iSpeakMedia
Student-athletes are taught media literacy essentials to guide them in a better understanding of their media use and how they are represented in the media, so that they can lead by positive example. They become ambassadors of iSpeakMedia.
Reading, Creative Writing, Teacher Training
Grades 9-12, Adult
No Physical Location
No
No
Turning the Page
Author Visits
Turning the Page
Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), Grades K-8
West Side
Yes
Yes