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Boston Teen Author Festival

Posted on October 24th, 2012 by Mary in Events
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Here is a great program if you like Teen literature.

The Boston Teen Author Festival
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Time: 1-6pm
Location: Emerson’s Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA


Authors included: Diane Renn, A.C. Gaughen, Laurie Stolarz, Steven Goldman and many more.

A limit of 160 people will be allowed to attend so it’s on a first come, first serve basis. This is due to Emerson College’s safety rules.

For more information including the schedule,  and the list of authors who will be at this event, visit: You can find information how to contact the organizers at this event at

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.

Banned Books Week

Posted on October 6th, 2012 by Mary in Books, Events, Teen Services
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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?

For information about Banned Books Week and Celebrating our Freedom to Read, check out or

The American Library Association has also created an interactive timeline to highlight some of the books that have been challenged or banned in the past 3o years.

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!!

What is kumihimo braiding?

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Programs
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Kumihimo is a style of braiding that was originally used in ancient Japan. They used the marudi loom for their braiding and make some really intricate and beautiful braiding. The following website will give you more information about the history of kumihimo braiding –

Today kumihimo braiding can also be done on a nice foam disk. Other types of looms or disks are used as well. Kumihimo braiding  is so simple and you can see results rather quickly if you aren’t gabbing with everyone. The following YouTube page has a great tutorial showing how to braid on a Kumihimo foam disk –

Why am I telling you all of this… well for Pride Month, on June 20, 2012, the Copley Teen Room Teen/Tween Craft Hour made rainbow braids using a kumihimo disk. We actually ended up making a pretty advanced mode due to the number of strands we used (18 strands). Usually beginners start with 8 strands. And I have to tell you, we did an amazing job. The following are a few pictures of what we made at various stages. It maybe be hard to notice the braids in the pictures but they were there. Also everyone ended up with a slightly different variation than what we started with and really made the braids their own creation.

1. Still on the disk:








2. Finished project








 You can make bracelets, necklaces keychains, fobs for your backpacks and more. You can get even more creative as you continue braiding on the kumihimo disk like using glow in the dark thread/floss or adding beads.  Kumihimo braiding is such a relaxing craft and you can do just about anywhere, even on the bus.  The hardest part is chosing your colors and placement of the strands. I suggest as a beginner to prepare that part at home.

Pride Parade 2012

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Anna in Events, Teen Services
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Pride Parade 2012

This was the first year the Central Library’s Teen Council got a chance to march in the Pride Parade. Homework and studying kept several members home, but Hyori and Jervani came out to join Jessi (our recently promoted Youth Services Coordinator) and myself.

Together we had a great time in the parade walking not too far away from Mayor Menino at the front of the parade. There were a lot of people along the parade route cheering the parade on. A lot of churches, organizations, and businesses were there. Seeing all the love and support was very uplifting and totally awesome!

Here are some pictures I snapped of Hyori, Jessi, and Jervani:








And these are some of the t-shirts that were made for the parade:

Teen Council getting ready for the Boston Pride Parade

Posted on June 9th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Teen Services
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Here are Anna, Jessi and Jervani getting ready to leave for the Boston Pride Parade.  

Modelling their Teen Council t-shirts and other rainbow accessories