Continuing the Now Is The Time initiative to take a stand against youth violence and intolerance, the Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Project joins Steppenwolf Theatre Company and DePaul University to present a series of performances and discussions at libraries across the city that convey the voices of tragedy, despair and hope as described in the new book, How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence—edited by DePaul professor and author Miles Harvey and published by Big Shoulders Books, with a foreword from award-winning author Alex Kotlowitz.

The youth event will arrive at the Austin Branch [5615 W. Race Ave.] Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

The How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence series features actors from Steppenwolf Theatre performing excerpts from the book, about the people whose lives have been changed forever by the bloodshed in Chicago’s streets. Each program will be followed by a community conversation about ending youth violence and intolerance in Chicago. For more information about the presentation in the Austin community call (312) 746-5038.

This program is open to teens, ages 13 and up, parents and community members is made possible by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

In addition, Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Project partners with MGR Youth Empowerment to present Arts in Action workshops in which teens can view and create art, inspiring hope and action related to youth violence in Chicago .

Art creations will be added to an exhibition at the branches with art pieces made by teens from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so together as a united front teens from Chicago and Pittsburgh can send the message that young people care and are taking a stand together to create positive change.

Arts in Action workshops take place:

  • Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m. Richard M. Daley Branch, 733 N. Kedzie Ave. For more information call (312) 743-0555.
  • Oct. 24 at 4:00 p.m. Lozano Branch, 1805 S. Loomis St. For more information call (312) 746-4329

The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology. Through its 79 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults. For more information, visit; or call the Chicago Public Library at (312) 747-4050.