Category Archives: Contests

Summer Reading 2011 Video Challenge

Posted on December 10th, 2010 by Anna in Books, Contests
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I realize it might feel like summer only just ended. After all, we had some pretty good weather rather recently, and Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet, although we’re getting close. Never-the-less, it’s time to start thinking about NEXT summer’s reading program.

As a Boston teen, you have the opportunity to participate in a Teen Video Challenge! Next year’s theme will be “You Are Here”, and the challenge will be to create a PSA promoting that theme.

Each participating state, will have one wining video and the winner will receive $250.00!

Be sure to visit this website to learn more, read the How to Enter section, and download a brochure to promote the contest:


Teens will be asked to create their video following the How to Enter guidelines and post their video on YouTube.  The contest is open to any legal U.S. resident living in MA aged 13-18.

All forms, including entry and model releases are available at the above link. Additionally, teens can find audio downloads and art to use in their videos on the collaborative website. Entry forms are due by March 1, 2010 and winners will be announced in April, 2011! 

The winning video will be used for promoting the 2011 Library Summer Program!

Picture Winner!

Posted on November 18th, 2010 by jessika--intern in Contests
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You might have noticed a new picture at the top of our blog. The picture is the first winner of the Blog Art Contest.

Our artist is Dhameer from the South End Branch of the BPL. We did have to crop the original just a smidge so it would fit, but you can view the full photo in the “choose the picture” page under Previous Winners.

We are so pleased to have such an awesome picture for our blog. Thanks, Dhameer!

And remember, if you want to submit a photo for the next round of voting, you can email a photo either of your work, or just a photo you took to bplteenblog@yahoo.com

Blog Art!

Posted on October 14th, 2010 by jessika--intern in Contests

We are currently accepting entries for the art which will appear as the header in November. Please submit a digital photo, or a digital photo of your artwork, to our blog email: bplteenblog@yahoo.com

Your work will appear on the Choose the Picture page of the blog site, and will be voted on this month. The winner will then appear on the top of the blog.

Blog Art Contest

Posted on September 20th, 2010 by jessika--intern in Contests
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We are going to have a monthly contest to determine the picture which appears as the Header of this blog.


  • Artist is 12-18 years old, living in Boston, MA
  • One entry per person per month
  • Artwork can be in any medium, such as photography, painting, graphic design, sculpture even, so long as you created the work. Submit a digital photo (or a digital photo of the artwork) to your friendly Teen Services Librarian, or to our blog email: bplteenblog@yahoo.com. Please include your name, library branch, and library card number along with your submission.

New work will be voted on by readers of the teen blog every month. You can see the current submissions and vote for your favorite under the “choose the picture” tab above.

This is your chance to get your artwork seen by tons of people around the city and (maybe) around the world.

If you don’t feel very artistic, this is your opportunity to decide how the Teen Blog looks. Vote for your favorite piece under the “choose the picture” tab.

Vote for the top teen books of the last year

Posted on September 17th, 2010 by admin in Books, Contests
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What do  you think were the top books written for teens in the last year?

CLICK HERE to go to the official ballot page and cast your vote!

Voting is only open for teens (age 12-18) – this is a Teen’s Choice Award! The books you can vote for were all nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Voting closes today,  Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23 that we’ll link to from this blog as well.

Here are the books on the list,  NOW GO VOTE!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep