Posted on January 27th, 2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org in Movies, Programs, Reviews - Staff, Reviews - Teens, Teen Services
Serial Experiments Lain [R 17+] is a powerful science fiction anime series from 1998. This psychological thriller centers on the experience of Lain Iwakura and her introduction to cyber-life in “The Wired” [Internet]. After a tragic suicide by a girl in her high school class, she and many other classmates receive emails from the girl after she has died. This mystery sets the scene for the main thrust of the story.
Other characters include Lain’ best friend Arisu Mizuki and her larger circle of friends, Masami Eiri – apparent designer and god-like figure of The Wired, Knights – “men in black” who are ambiguously involved with the wired, Lain’s family and father who is a computer expert, and a group of younger children who provide another perspective to the developing sense of cyber-life.
Masami serves as the main foil in the series. A large portion of the plot centers on ideas of self, divinity, physical versus spiritual, real versus virtual, and other wrenching questions often faced in the teen years. The visual palette contains strong use of “white field” contrasts and fills as well as other shadow fills using “blood pool” and collage-like patterns. The white fields get repeated emphasis as a sunlight effect in the morning scenes as Lain leaves her house for school. After a few appearances, the technique is familiar and the artistic style of the series is clearly set apart. Its continued use serves to amplify the sense of drudgery and emptiness that Lain experiences going to school. At the same time, the technique itself is stark and almost blinding, creating a confusing crosscurrent to an otherwise static and low energy scene. It’s truly masterful. The soundtrack is very strong with its selection of music and an audio “hum” effect that is used to represent the ever-present activity on The Wired. It is usually combined with views of power lines and transformers at scene changes.
Serial Experiments Lain has received notable praise from the critical community and I strongly recommend it for Anime fans. You can watch it for free on Kissanime.com and Animefrost.com
Posted on February 4th, 2015 by email@example.com in Books, Programs, Teen Services
Ah, Mac and Cheese. 90% of Americans’ favorite food (I just made up that statistic.) With over 40 inches of snow that has fallen on Boston in the last week, I would argue that a little comfort food is much needed. At the Grove Hall Branch, Teens this month learned how to make their own instant Microwave Mac and Cheese. No need for pots or strainers, all you need are four simple ingredients and a mug for this recipe:
1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Stir the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl.
2. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir. The water might overflow, the bigger the mug or bowl will lessen this.
3. Repeat microwaving and stirring for at least 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring at each 2-minute interval. The water should absorb completely and the pasta will be cooked through. If the pasta is still crunchy, add a little bit more water and microwave again. If the pasta is completely dry, it will burn in the microwave!
4. Once pasta is cooked, remove from microwave and stir in the milk. Microwave for another minute. Stir the cheese thoroughly into the pasta, our teens found they had to microwave again for 30 seconds to melt the cheese completely.
Might have gone overboard with the cheese…but when is too much cheese really a problem?
If you are interested in cooking, the Boston Public Library has cookbooks written just for Teens:
Posted on May 13th, 2014 by Angela in Events, Programs
Do you have a green thumb, or know someone that does? Did you know that the Boston Public Library is now part of a Seed Sharing Library that is sponsored by Boston Natural Areas Network and Greenovate Boston? The program is currently running at the Grove Hall, Mattapan and at the East Boston Branches. You will be able to borrow seeds from the library and at the end of harvesting season you return whatever seeds you were able to save from your new crops. To find out more information about the programs, you should visit the branches. And if you want to share your gardening skills both Mattapan and Grove Hall also offer gardening programs in the library if you want to get your hands dirty at some point.
Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Anna in Events, Programs
Tags: Andy Fish, art display, manga drawing
This is an intensive FOUR week program in which you will work to complete a six page manga comic book. Each session meets for 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of critiques and discussion. The workshop will culminate in a display of the work during the month of May.
The workshops are on Wednesdays at 3pm from April 9th through the 30th. They will be held in the Central Library Teen Room and the display in May will also be held in the same room.
Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by Anna in Books, Events, Programs
Tags: 2014, A Study in Scarlet, Catherine Fisher, Incarceron, Mary Stewart, Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle, TBOM, The Crystal Cave
Here’s our new and improved Spring and Summer 2014 schedule! We’ve decided to split books in half to give everyone time enough to read them.
March 27th 3pm Chapters 1-17
April 24th 3pm Chapters 18-end
Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …
May 29th 3pm Chapters 1-7
June 26th 3pm 8-14
This is the genre-defining work with which popular crime fiction was born. A potent mix of serial murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge, the novel introduces us to the world-famous characters of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Inspector Lestrade and sees Sherlock and Dr. Watson meet and join forces for the first time as they track a mysterious killer that stalks London’s streets.
July 31st 3pm Chapters TBD
August 28th 3pm Chapters TBD
Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man’s-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.