Stop the Press: Patriot’s Day Filming

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in News, Teen Services
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With the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing this month, something that has been in the news a lot recently is the filming of Mark Wahlberg’s film Patriot’s Day.  Wahlberg, a Dorchester native, (who teens would mostly likely recognize from the Ted movies), has been spotted in the Boston area for filming.  His role in the movie is of a Boston Police officer during the events and the aftermath of the bombing.

Photo property of Jim Davis/Boston Globe.

Photo property of Jim Davis/Boston Globe.

As this NPR article points out, the filming in Boston has been controversial.  Wahlberg, whose own teenage years in Boston weren’t without controversy, was spotted just last week  filming scenes at the marathon finish line outside of the Central Library.  While some Bostonians are excited for the film, others feel that the recreations trigger too many incredible scary feelings they experienced just three years ago.

What do you think?  What are your memories of that day?  Do you think this film is a good idea, or do you wish they had waited a few more years?


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Are you interested in keeping up with the news and current events? The Boston Public Library has subscriptions to newspapers that you can read in the library or online.

*”Stop the Press” features current events posts by Rebecca, the Teen Librarian at the Grove Hall Branch, on the first Tuesday of every month.

On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in May

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by vkovenmatasy@private.bpl.org in Books, Previews

Get your library card handy and call your local library to reserve these new May releases! Due to a hiccup in the BPL’s online catalog, their records are not currently displaying properly, but library staff will be able to place a hold for you.

Please note: all summaries are taken from WorldCat unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.


court of mist and furyA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Summary: Though Feyre now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, but as she navigates the feared Night Court’s dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it.

Why We’re Excited: It’s the next Sarah J. Maas book. Need I say more? Okay, how about this: one of my teens came up to the desk a few weeks ago to tell me that she’d just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and she had to have the next book. I trust her judgment.


geek feminist revolution coverThe Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
Summary: The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley. The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including We Have Always Fought, which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume. Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus, Tor.com, and others on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing.

Why We’re Excited: Who run the world of speculative fiction? GIRLS. If you like reading science fiction or fantasy — and those genres make up a big part of the YA landscape these days — it’s worth reading about how science fiction and fantasy have treated and are still treating women (whether you happen to be a woman or not). If you can’t wait until The Geek Feminist Revolution comes out to read Hurley’s pearls of wisdom, you can read “‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative,” the essay she won a Hugo Award for, here.


if I was your girlIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Summary: Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Why We’re Excited: As #WeNeedDiverseBooks continues to change the landscape in the young adult publishing world, one thing I think we all need to keep in mind is to look for and listen to #OwnVoices in particular. There are several well-known and well-respected YA books about trans characters, but If I Was Your Girl is the first book on the scene I know of whose author writes from experience. I’m also excited for a happy ending, honestly; this area of YA has a history of being brutally dark, and while many of those sad books are very worthy reads, all grimdark all the time leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Transgirls deserve happy endings too!


summer days and summer nights coverSummer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Summary: Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Why We’re Excited: Stephanie Perkins has a strong reputation in the field of YA romance (see: Lola and the Boy Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, and Isla and the Happily Ever After), so she knows what she’s doing when it comes to putting together a collection of short stories about summer romance. (Did we mention that she also edited a holiday romance collection, My True Love Gave to Me? This lady has series bona fides.) Plus, check out that list of contributing authors! Leigh Bardugo? Libba Bray? Veronica Roth? Come for your favorite writer’s story, stay for the other eleven.


outrun the moon coverOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy’s aftermath.

Why We’re Excited: Lee’s debut novel, Under a Painted Sky, was one of my favorite YA novels of 2015. I’m beyond thrilled to have another historical novel coming out from her so soon! The Great San Francisco Earthquake isn’t a time period I know much about, but everything I know about the California Gold Rush I learned playing Oregon Trail, and that didn’t make me love Under a Painted Sky any less. I’ve actually read Outrun the Moon already (thank you, Penguin Random House, for the ARC at ALA Midwinter), so I can promise you that Mercy Wong is an absolute delight of a protagonist. If you like history or take-charge heroines, this book is for you.


icon of VeronicaDid I get you interested in reading one of these books? Just call your local library and let them know! Library staff can place a hold for you even before the book comes out, so you’ll be the first to have it in your hands when it hits our shelves.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


*”On the Radar” features book previews by Veronica, the Teen Librarian at the Dudley Branch, on the last Tuesday or Friday of every month.

Hold The Popcorn: Deadpool

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by jlevins in Movies, Teen Services

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For those who like their Marvel heroes a little bit on the snarky side, there is Deadpool. Just when eccentric (to put it lightly) ex-military mercenary Wade Wilson (played brilliantly by Ryan Reynolds) falls in love with Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin), a woman whose troubled past he can relate to, he discovers he has a serious case of cancer. Wade allows Ajax (played by Ed Skrein), an evil and twisted government sponsored doctor, to treat his cancer and give him special powers. While Ajax may have been successful in getting rid of Wade’s cancer, in the process he completely messes up his handsome face. As a consolation prize for the face, however, Wade receives incredible Wolverine-like healing powers, thereby transitioning from Wade into Deadpool. Deadpool, along with sidekicks Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, seeks revenge against Ajax. This film is action packed and hilarious, although some of the saucy language and situations might be a bit over the top for younger teens. Deadpool is still in some theaters, probably for at least a couple more weeks and should be on DVD in May.


animatedInterested in watching this movie at home? You can place a hold on this item through our library catalog here.

Do you love watching movies? The Boston Public Library has tens of thousands of DVDs you can borrow with your library card and even more that you can access online through our streaming service, Hoopla. Plus, if you can’t find a movie you want to watch in all the ones we offer, you can always suggest a purchase. Start placing holds now, and you’ll never have to pay to watch a movie again!


*”Hold the Popcorn” features movie reviews by James, the Teen Librarian at the East Boston Branch, on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Ctrl+Z: Girls Makers & Coders Program

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by chalpin@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services
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Girls Makers & Coders, an 8-week program, is about to head into its fourth week here in the Lab at Teen Central. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for young women, ages 12-18, to gain experience with hands-on projects that incorporate different skill sets, including design processes and computer coding. The focus of these projects is around “wearables” – clothing or accessories that are fabricated using technology or have computers or technological functions built in to their design. (A current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts highlights the relevance and excitement coming out of this particular area of innovative design.) The program is being led by knowledgeable volunteers and 9 registered girls are participating.


Learning about circuits and laying out their design.

Organizations such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Change the Equation are bringing awareness, seeking solutions, and providing programs to address the gender and minority gap in STEM related fields. (For more information specifically about the gender gap, look here). It is our hope that the library can also be place where an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math can be sparked and explored. The library, as an informal learning center where people are encouraged delve into their interests, is perfectly situated for like-minded youth to meet and work together in a low-stress, fun environment all while gaining new skills to build upon in the future.


Success! After sewing with conductive thread, LED’s are properly connected to their battery.


After working on smaller, individual projects that aim to build a foundation in concepts such as circuitry, and an introduction to computer code, participants will collaborate to design and create a larger interactive project with colorful lights (LEDs) controlled by sensors and code with a wearable microcontroller. Through this process participants will also be able to employ crucial 21st Century Skills by exercising their creativity, thinking critically, effectively communicating with their team, and successfully collaborating to complete their unique project.


Sewing with conductive thread.





When the program wraps up in the coming weeks, check back here and I’ll update with more info about their finished project!







hologram on 9-16-15 at 7.25 PM #3Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.

Teens Leading in the Community: Teen Tech Mentors

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

Welcome to this month’s post on Teens Leading in the Community. Each month I will feature an interview or a story about teens leading in the community. This could be a teen in a leadership position in school, in the library or in the community. We want to feature stories about teens leading and making a difference in their communities.

Teneh and Warheal, Teen Tech Mentors

The Teen Tech Mentors program is an opportunity for Boston teens in grades 9-11 and takes place in Teen Central. This is the pilot year of the program and Teneh and Warheal are the first ever Teen Tech Mentors. The Teen Tech Mentors program is a paid opportunity that runs from September through May, and the mentors are trained in a number of the software programs we have in the Lab (digital makerspace), such as Ableton (music creation software), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 123D Design (3D creation software) and more. They then develop and implement programs for teens in the Lab. So far they have run a logo creation workshop, a design a phone case program, 3D design programs, and will be leading some music creation programs in May. The Teen Tech Mentor program is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in technology, learning new skills and then teaching other teens those skills. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity and applying for next year, please email teencentral@bpl.org.



jessi250-150x150Are you interested in learning more about leadership opportunities? The Boston Public Library, Teen Central has a Teen Leadership Council that meets monthly in Teen Central and there is a job help page that provides information on  job opportunities, volunteer and internship opportunities.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Teens Leading in the Community” features interviews and stories about teens leading in their communities by Jessi, the Teen Services Team Leader, Central, on the third Tuesday of every month.