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Stop the Press: #BlackLivesMatter

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in News, Teen Services
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My heart is heavy. The recent news has been filled with so much violence, animosity, hate, distrust, fear, brutality and anger. Starting conversations is an important first step for us as citizens of the world to try to mitigate these somber times. I’d like to start with a conversation about the difference between #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter. I’ve seen arguments back and forth on the two expressions, and I admit I was confused at first as well. Let’s clear this up: #BlackLivesMatter started in 2012 following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin (CNN). It started as a conversation about police brutality and inequality. It does not mean that Black Lives Matter more, nor does it mean that only Black Lives Matter. It does not mean that Police Lives don’t matter either. What it is meant to draw attention to is that black lives have historically mattered less in the history of the United States. It means that Black Lives should matter too. An uncomfortable truth for sure, and one that I think many people have struggled with.

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How can I help?

Teen Vogue recently posted this article about 10 things that teens can do to help. This article is quite useful for those of us who would like to help but don’t know where to start. I found this quote by the article’s author to be especially powerful:

Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian for Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #BlackLivesMatter booklist for teens. If you’d like to start conversations about justice and race, be sure to check some of these titles out.  They are also all available at BPL.

 

icon of RebeccaAre 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.

Stop the Press: Brexit-what?

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in News, Teen Services
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Though it still sounds to me like some sort of shredded-wheat cereal, Brexit happened last week and it is a big deal. It’s all over the news and social media. You must have heard of it, but does it make any sense to you? Brexit has already affected American and world stock markets, and part of being a global citizen is knowing and understanding what is going on in the world around us. So here I’ll try to break it down in the most non-boring way possible. What better way to do that than with The Simpsons?!

 

This is the flag of the European Union (Lisa).

  This is the flag of Great Britain (Bart.)

Brexit= British + Exit. The possibility of Great Britain leaving the European Union, which currently includes these countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

After the Second World War there was a new movement to create unity between Germany and France, which would ultimately lay the foundations for the European Union four decades later, in 1993.

The European Union, or EU, gives those living in EU countries the right to travel, work and live in any other EU country.

Each of the countries within the Union are independent but they agree to trade under the agreements made between the nations.

(Credit The Telegraph)

A referendum – a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part – was held on Thursday 23 June, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

Leave won by 52% to 48%.

(Credit BBC)

So now you have a basic understanding of what everyone is talking about! From this point you can do your own research or listen to the news for the short and long-term implications of what went down.

 

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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.

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.

Gender Neutral Pronouns

Posted on November 30th, 2013 by Mary in News, Teen Services
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On Yahoo today, there is an interesting article ” ‘Preferred’ pronouns gain traction at US colleges”, that discusses the increased use of gender neutral or preferred pronouns to describe gender. The article discusses the “Mouthing Off!” group who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender at Mills College in Oakland, California. The group lists “ze”, “sie”, “e”, “ou” and “ve” as well additional gender pronouns to “he”, “she”, and “they”.  Schools, such as the University of Vermont, allow students to choose from he, she and ze on class rosters. Other colleges and universities are mentioned for how they are accepting gender neutral pronouns.

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/preferred-pronouns-gain-traction-us-colleges-064437446.html.

Do you know of additional gender neutral pronouns? Please come in to the Central Library Teen Room and share them with Teen Librarians, Anna or Mary.