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Teen Central, the Media Lounge

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

The new and exciting Teen Central is open for teens to discover, create and collaborate.  The Media Lounge is a place where teens can access video gaming platforms like Play Station 4, Xbox 1 (soon Wii U) and online games through the internet and compete in gaming with your friends.  At this time you have access to over 30 video games and it’s a list that is continuing to grow based on your game suggestions.  The Media Lounge offers free time for video gaming during the open hours in Teen Central as well as special programs.  Check the calendar of events for special programs in the Media Lounge.

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Teen Fitness Challenge

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services

Fitness

Snow piles over the city don’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. If you’re stuck inside and feeling a little of the old cabin fever, there are ways you can keep active and feeling great while stuck indoors.

Check out this interactive http://fit.webmd.com/teen/move/game/fitness-challenge-game from WebMd.  Easy challenges in rapid succession (jumping up and down on one foot 10 times, 5 sit-ups, etc.) you keep track of with an interactive stopwatch.  This tool is great if you want to challenge a group of friends.  Teens at the Grove Hall library participated in a challenge using this stopwatch, with quite hilarious results.

Newly renovated Teen Central

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

Teen Entrance

The newly renovated Teen Central opened in February 2015 and features a media lounge, a digital lab, diner-style seating, moveable collections, and plenty of books. The media lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Xbox 1, Play Station 4, online games, or showcasing digital creations.  The lab gives teens the skills to learn, create, code, and more with software including Anime Studio, Manga Studio, FL Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Comic Life. All the collection stacks are on wheels and can be moved out of the way when it’s time for a large program or event. Don’t forget about the books – teens can find all of their favorite fiction, mystery, science fiction, urban, LGBTQ, and summer reading books in Teen Central, while the teen nonfiction books are located in the adult nonfiction area. There’s something going on every day in Teen Central; please check the calendar for programs.

 

 

Book Review: Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Reviews - Staff, Reviews - Teens, Teen Services

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

“If your imagination isn’t working-and, of course, in oppressed people that’s the first thing that goes – you can’t imagine anything better. Once you can imagine something different, something better, then you’re on your way.” -Lee Maracle

New to BPL’s shelves, this book is a beautiful collection of art, photography, poetry, personal essays, songs and stories. Put together they tell a story of modern Native Americans outside of Hollywood movies. At times fascinating and sad to learn about current social injustices that Native Americans still face to date. At the same time, this book is a wonderful exploration of universal themes that Teens can relate to, such as bullying and finding one’s own identity.

Pages 84 - 85 features the merging of traditional Coast Salish art with everyday pop culture objects by Louie Gong.

Pages 84 – 85 features the merging of traditional Coast Salish art with everyday pop culture objects by Louie Gong.

Microwave Mac and Cheese

Posted on February 4th, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org 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:

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
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.

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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:

CookStormCookTeenEatFreshHowtoCookGreenTeenCreative