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The View From Space – A Video

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 by Anna in News
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Ever wondered what Earth looked like from the International Space Station? Well, now you can see it for yourself! The link below shows a video taken from the ISS. It shows some lightning storms and the Northern Lights! This is definitely not something you want to miss out on!

Space Video

Teens in the News: Do Teens Have the Right to Protest?

Posted on May 9th, 2012 by Akunna in News

 

Malik Ayala, 16, from the  Bronx, was given a summons by the NY Police Department for handing out fliers about a protest against the closure of his school, Lehman High. If convicted, he could go to jail for fifteen days. Don’t teens have the right to protest? Shouldn’t high school students have a say in whether their schools stay open?

Check out this article  about how he and other students are standing up for their right to protest  for good schools.

 

Friday is Day Of Silence

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by Anna in Events, News, Programs, Teen Services
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Day of Silence is a youth movement protesting the silence caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies. 

 By keeping silent for the day, you are fighting these injustices.

 What are YOU doing to end the silence?

 Come to the Teen Room at the Central Library to sign our banner with messages of hope, love, and encouragement. Show your support by wearing a DOS sticker as well. The two teen librarians, Mary and Anna will be participating in the day by staying silent on and off all day. While one is silent, the other will be available to answer questions and help patrons find the books and information they need. Then they will switch. Consider joining them in their effort to stand with the silent.

The following poem was written today for our Catharsis Through Poetry workshop while thinking about Day of Silence. It was written by an LGBTQ ally who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Love Who You Love”

Injustice.

It happens everyday.

Must I wear this

Rainbow shirt

To show I care?

Can’t we all

Just get along?

You can’t tell me

Who I am

Who to love.

Am I man?

Am I woman?

Or something

In-between?

Do I love her?

Him?

Hän?

Does it matter?

No.

Love who you love.

Be who you are.

 

*Hän is a gender neutral pronoun in Finnish.

What’s YOUR Library Experience?

Posted on April 10th, 2012 by Anna in Events, News, Programs, Resources, Teen Services

Tell us!

Here at the Boston Public Library we’re celebrating National Library Week. And one of the ways that we’re celebrating is by creating a page on our website dedicated to you and the joyious stories you would like to share about your experiences in the library. We would love for teens to talk about the branches they attend, the librarians they talk to on a daily basis, and the programming they couldn’t live without. Whatever it is about the library that you love… TELL US ABOUT IT!

Check out the webpage here: http://www.bpl.org/stories/ Read what others have to say, and share your own thoughts.

On Thursday of this week, we’ll be celebrating National Library Week with Library Snap Shot Day. This means we’ll be taking photos of the programs and the fun going on in the library that day to complete “a day at the library”. Show up that day and participate in the Video Games at the Copley branch and you could find yourself on our website! Yes, you could be famous just for using the library, and what could be better than that?

It’s More Than Just A Smart Phone…

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Anna in News, Resources
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So you’ve got a smart phone. And you lose it. Or it gets stolen. What do you do? What information do you keep stored on there that is now available to whoever finds it, steels it, or lends it to someone else, who might lend it to another person, and another…? Check out this awesome infographic from backgroundcheck.org to see what you can do to protect your phone and yourself: