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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.
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:
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.
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!
Please note this festival is NOT affiliated with the Boston Public Library and therefore will not be held responsible for any issues that arise. We do not have any additional information other than what you can find yourself on The Boston Teen Festival blog website.
If you attend, have a great time and visit your local teen librarian to let them know what the program was like.
Well we have come to the end of another Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6, 2012). It is amazing how many books are added each year and the reasons for the books being added to the list. Goodwill Librarian posted a link on her Facebook timeline of a Youtube video showing many of the books that have been challenged and/or banned from 1990-2000. The video was from Banned Books Week in 2008, but it is still interesting to see what books were on the list. The book covers are shown for the viewer.
Have you read any of these books? What are you favorites? Do you think they should have been banned or challenged?
If you are interested in reading any of the books, visit your local branch library or request them with your Boston Public Library card (or OneCards or any Massachusetts library cards registered at the Boston Public Library) on the online BPL Catalog.
Celebrate your freedom to read what you want to read!! Yay!!