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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.
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: