Posted on September 24th, 2013 by Akunna in Books, News, Teen Services
Tags: banned books, Banned Books Week, Chaos Walking series
Banned Books Week, promoted by the American Library Association (ALA), is a time to celebrate the freedom to read!
This is especially important for teens because teen books are more frequently challenged or banned. Why? According to president of the ALA Barbara Stripling
“Young adult [books] is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books…There is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material…
Teenagers tell us that they like to read about what’s going on…They say ‘what do they [adults] think we are?’, as if teenagers remain naive and uneducated when facing these issues every day. The best way to protect them is to give them an array of things to read. If they are over-sheltered, they will enter the world without coping skills.”
So read, read away and feel free to ask your local librarian questions about banned books!
If you’re looking for reading suggestions–
Top Ten Most Frequently Banned Books in the Past Year
Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking series, has some books to recommend , too.
Posted on July 13th, 2013 by Mary in Teen Services
The Boston Teen Author Festival is going to be held this year on September 21, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Cambridge Public Library. (http://embraceya.weebly.com/index.html)
There are going to be some great authors there such as Gina Damico (Croak, Scorch, Rogue) and Diana Renn (Toyko Heist) who visited our Central Library Teen Room last fall. Other great authors can be found at http://embraceya.weebly.com/authors.html.
There is also a great contest for Teens that include designing the program cover, designing the BTAF2013 bookmark and being creative to win a spot as a panel moderator. For more information check out: http://embraceya.weebly.com/enter-to-win.html. All submissions must be in by August 21st and the winners will be chosen by August 21st. Good luck!
They are on Facebook and Twitter. Their home page has a links to their social media apps.
Posted on July 6th, 2013 by Anna in Programs, Teen Services
Tags: Hollis Shore, pizza, World Building, writing workshop
Starting July 9th from 11am-1pm we will be having a four week writing workshop with YA author and Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Hollis Shore.
Come and learn the nuts and bolts of world building so your stories turn out better than ever!
And yes, there will be pizza!
This workshop will run every Tuesday from July 9th to July 30th.
11am-1pm in the Central Library Teen Room.
Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Laura in Teen Services
The Boston Public Health Commission is hosting their 4th annual Break Up Summit! On Wednesday, July 24, from 10 am to 3:30pm, at Simmons College. The Break Up Summit is a FREE day long gathering for youth ages 14-18 years old to talk about relationships, communication, gender, and how to have a safe and healthy break-up. Registration is happening now.
Contact Nicole Daley, 617-534-2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Anna in Events, News, Programs, Teen Services
Tags: changes, dates, Escape Aveda Salon, hair, makeup, workshops
Our Escape Aveda Salon hair and makeup workshops have switched dates!
Wednesday, June 19th at 3pm will be the MAKEUP workshop.
Thursday, June 20th at 3pm will be the HAIR tips and tricks workshop.
Previously, the makeup workshop was scheduled for Thursday and the hair workshop was scheduled for Wednesday.
For fast updates on the programs and happenings in the Central Library Teen Room, follow us on Twitter: @BPLTeenCentral.