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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.
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!
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?
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:
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon gave a recent speech telling the world that we all need to speak up for Human Rights. There are many places around the world where gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning, and gender neutral people (LGBTQ) are hurt or even killed just for being who they are. Ban Ki-Moon is calling for an end to the hate. Check out his moving speech here:
Welcome to our new blog and website for teens! If you’re coming over from our old blog, we’re glad you didn’t get lost somewhere along the information highway! If you’re brand new to the BPL’s site for teens, welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay here.
I just want to give you all some navigational pointers. This home page is our blog. What does that mean? You’ll see different things here from time to time. You might find a book review, or a news item, or a post about a program going on in a library branch near you. To the left of the blog, you’ll see a drop down menu. This is a list of categories specifically for the blog. So if you’re interested in all the news articles that have been posted, or all the book reviews by staff, you can find them with just the click of your mouse. It’s that easy.
Along the top of the page you’ll see a bunch of tabs. The “Home” tab brings you to the blog.
“Teens @ the BPL” will show you all the branches that serve teens with a space you can call your own. Plus, you will find a link to the calendar of events there as well.
“Find It @ the BPL” links you to resources on the BPL website such as our catalog and our online databases.
“Guides and Resources” will link you to resources outside of the library. As examples we have resources for foster youth and LGBTQ teens.
“Homework and Test Help” links to internal and external resources to help you with your school work.
“Job Help” is here to help you find a job in and around the city of Boston.
“Teachers and Parents” covers resources and things parents and teachers need to know about the BPL and it’s branches with teen librarians.
Sound cool? Have a look around our new site. Play around, and tell us what you think!