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TBOM 2013 Summer Reads!

Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Anna in Books, Events, Programs
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The Teen Book of the Month (TBOM) group which meets once a month has chosen the next three books they will read over the summer! The group encourages anyone who has an interest in reading and discussing books to come, enjoy snacks, great conversations, and great company for an hour or two  once a month. Below you’ll find the books, as well as the dates and times of each discussion. Happy reading! And we hope you join us for one of these dates!

Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank will be discussed on June 12th at 3pm. June 12th happens to be Anne Frank’s birthday as well! So read the book between now and then and be ready to discuss the book and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate on the 12th.

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.
In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short

shadowfell

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier will be discussed on July 3rd at 3pm.

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

art of racing rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein will be discussed on August 14th at 3pm.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pull every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

 

Welcome to Teen Tech Week!

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Akunna in Events, Programs, Technology, Teen Services
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Teen Tech Week is a time to celebrate, learn more about and use tech resources in your  library!  Take a look at the different techie programs you can participate in this week.

It’s also a time for teen librarians to hear from teens about their current tech interests– anything from books about technology to video games you like to learning skills to be creative with technology. So, come talk to us– we really want to hear from you! Feel free to leave some suggestions in the comment section below, too.

And… if you want to beef up on tech history during the week, check out the blog  This Day in Tech History, which gives you brief information on a significant piece of tech history for each day. Today, in 2008 (a really long time ago, right?) Hulu, the online video streaming website, was first launched.  If you’ve got some other interesting tech facts, post them in the comments.

Enjoy the week!

Boston Youth Fund Job Fair!

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Anna in Events, Programs, Teen Services
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The Central Library Teen Room is hosting the Boston Youth Fund(BYF) on Saturday, February 16th. From 11:30am-2pm we will be having a job fair where Boston resident teens, age 15-17, will be able to register for a summer job through BYF and check out the various organizations that BYF works with.

As the City of Boston’s teen employment program, the Boston Youth Fund provides thousands of Boston teens between the ages of 15 and 17 with job opportunities during the summer months. The Boston Youth Fund participants work in a variety of jobs within community, faith-based, and government agencies. Positions include administrative assistants, mural painters, peer leaders and many more!

At the job fair:

  •  More than 100 organizations will be present to talk to about summer job opportunities for Boston resident teens.
  • Bringing a resume with you is recommended, but not required.
  • Some organizations will either conduct a short onsite interview or will schedule one for another date.
  • Computers will be available in the Teen Room for filling out job applications via the Hopeline, and BYF staff will be able to help with the process.

 Boston Youth Fund • Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Duct Tape Workshop

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by Anna in Events, Programs, Teen Services
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Last week we had an awesome duct tape workshop. I still find it amazing the things one can make from duct tape, and the fact that the tape itself comes in so many different colors and designs. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which color to use for a project!

Below, are two projects that were made that day, a colorful necktie, that really is knotted around Edward Cullen’s neck like a real tie, and a messanger bag that works just as good as anything you can buy in a store! Check them out! And if you’re interested in making anything with duct tape because you missed the exciting workshop, all you need are three basic things: duct tape in colors you love, a pair of tough scissors, and a ruler. Here are two books with fantastic design ideas for everyone:

Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson

Got Tape by Ellie Schiedermayer

 

 

 

 

November is NaNoWriMo month

Posted on November 10th, 2012 by Mary in Events
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 What is NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month. 30 days of novel writing fun.

NaNoWriMo began in 1999 with 21 participants in California and grew to 256,618 participants worldwide by 2011. In 2005, over 100 K-12 schools  joined in the fun with the Young Writers Program and this program has grown to over 2000 K-12 schools participating in 2011  and over 50,000 young writers. There are over 500 chapters worldwide as of 2011.  I think these are really cool stats for a yearly even which started with 21 people in California and it has blossomed worldwide.

You can find information about NaNoWriMo at http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and for the Young Writers Program at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/. You will find pep talks for if you get “stuck” in your thoughts of what to write. The word count goal for adults is 50,000 in 30 days but for the Young Writers Program (YWP), it allows the young writers to set an individual word count that is challenging but manageable.

Some particpants have gone on to publishing their novels either as an online book or paperbook. You can find a list of those authors at http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/publishedwrimos.

Not everyone who participates has to publish their novels when they are finished nor are they forced to finish the goal of 50,000.  It’s ok if you start out with so much excitement you could climb Mt. Everest and fizzle out or life gets in the way as the month goes on. The point is that you started writing something and you can continue again after NaNoWriMo ends.

There are great fun writing events that you can attend and meet other people just like you who are interesting in writing novels or just writing in general. In Massachusetts, there are three chapters: Boston, Metrowest and Norfolk/Bristol Counties. Our own Teen Librarian, Anna, is one of the municipal liasons for the Boston Chapter (http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-massachusetts-boston and http://nanoboston.org/). You will find the list of events, dates and locations on both pages. There are also forums for those who want to discuss their work or the writing process online if you can’t make it to any of the events. Please note that for some events, there are some age restrictions and requirements due to times and/or locations of the events, especially the 24 hour Write-in (The Big Event) but not for the entire day. See the event at http://nanoboston.org/24-hour-write-in/ for more information.

I have tried my hand at writing this month. I do better with short stories but it’s a start and I am writing.

For the rest of you, get your notebooks (paper or computer) and put on your “thinking caps” and just start writing!