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Video Game Review Part 1 of 4

Posted on July 30th, 2015 by in Teen Services

My name is Angie, your local, fresh outta high school, video game and comic book nerd. For the next 4 weeks, I will be reviewing 4 games that the Teen Central is thinking of including into the video game library. These games are highly colorful and vivid, with great story lines and fantastic storytelling. If you like the game, or have any questions, feel free to comment. We want to know if you think these games are good additions for Teen Central.

Title: Infamous: Second Son

Rating: Teen

Platform: PS4

Graphics: 9/10

Storyline: 8/10

Overall: 9/10


Infamous: Second Son is a Playstation 4 exclusive, and the third game in the series, introducing a completely new protagonist and taking place in Seattle.


The “DUP” (Department of Unified Protection) has been rounding up conduits (people with superhuman powers) for years and imprisoning them in Curdan Cay. Delsin Rowe, lives in a small Native American town, lives with his brother, Reggie,  far away from any conduit activity. But when a DUP truck crashes in the town, releasing three conduits, Delsin finds he can absorb the powers of other conduits. When DUP reinforcements arrive, he tries to hide his powers from the DUP. Know he’s keeping secrets, they attack him and his town. When he regains consciousness, he charges to Seattle with his brother to avenge his family and friends and stop the DUP from taking conduits against their will.


Delsin struggles with his sense of right and wrong, willing to do anything to save his friends and family. The addition of powers makes him all the more sensitive to the unfair treatment of the DUP. As the player, you are able to choose between good and bad, facing the consequences of each as the game progresses and revealing two different endings. He comes across others, wronged by their friends and family, simply because they were different. Delsin can choose to show them that the world isn’t all that bad or have them embrace their dark side. Though in a fictional settings, many people can relate to those feelings of abandonment, exclusion, and frustration. Living through Delsin’s life, one can see how two paths of acceptance lead to two completely different outcomes.

Teens- Vote for your Favorite YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Book

Posted on July 20th, 2015 by in Teen Services

What is the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten? YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association. It’s a national division through the American Library Association that a number of Teen Librarians belong to and it helps provide support for serving teens in public libraries through a number of resources.  What is the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten?  It’s a teen choice list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  There are 24 2015 Teens’ Top Ten nominees this year.  Boston Public Library locations have these books and you can request them, read them and then VOTE on your favorites!  Teen Central  and the Grove Hall Branch  both have displays and several of the books from the Teens’ Top Ten.  Voting begins on August 15 and ends October 24, 2015 and you can vote at Teen Central, Grove Hall and online.


Summer in the Boston Public Library

Posted on July 7th, 2015 by in Teen Services

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Summer is here!  And what does that mean for Boston teens?  School is out, you may be working, looking for fun, interesting and stimulating things to do, maybe you have summer reading to do too.  The Boston Public Library has all kinds of great things to do, and they’re all free!

Summer Reading for Teens

The teen summer reading program will run from June 1-August 30. Earn a badge for every book you read, review you write, quiz you take and library program you attend – and more. If you earn 30 or more badges, you will be entered to win one of six grand prizes sponsored by the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library. Grand prize winners will be announced on September 5.


Summer Programs for Teens

Check out the Beat Bus! It’s a music workshop and performance venue on wheels, here’s the schedule for the summer.

Check out the Liz Prince programs. Liz is a graphic artist and cartoonist who has published four books.  Discover the empowerment that comes from telling your story when Liz demonstrates how to make your own autobiographical comic book. Learn how Liz discovered her drawing style and explore your own style as you create a six-panel biography of your life.

Find out other summer programs for teens in Teen Central and in the teen serviced locations.

Did you know you can request FREE museum passes by using your Boston Public Library library card? You can!  Check out if the ICA, MFA, Museum of Science, Natural History Museum and others are available for use.

My Summer Reading List for 2015!

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff, Teen Services
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Every summer I like to challenge myself to read eight books I wouldn’t normally read within the months of June, July, and August. Some of the books have been chosen by Boston schools as either previous, or current, summer reading books and others are books I’ve been interested in for awhile but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. There is always a mix of fiction and non-fiction. As I finish each book, I  will post a review here on this blog (and here on our Bibliocommons catalog: Summer Reading 2015) so that everyone can see what’s going on and determine whether or not something on my list will be of interest. So, without further ado, here is my personal summer reading list for 2015:




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The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury


The tattooed man moves, and in the arcane designs scrawled upon his skin swirled tales beyond imagining: tales of love and laughter darkness and death, of mankind’s glowing, golden past and its dim, haunted future. Here are eighteen incomparable stories that blend magic and truth in a kaleidoscope tapestry of wonder–woven by the matchless imagination of Ray Bradbury.





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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


In this classic of the 1960s, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.



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The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk


The novel that inspired the now-classic film The Caine Mutiny and the hit Broadway play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Herman Wouk’s boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. In the intervening half century, The Caine Mutiny has become a perennial favorite of readers young and old, has sold millions of copies throughout the world, and has achieved the status of a modern classic.





Monkey: A Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en


Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic combination of picaresque novel and folk epic mixes satire, allegory, and history into a rollicking tale. It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor spirits, gods, demigods, demons, ogres, monsters, and fairies.






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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that Mr. Hosokawa can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. Alas, in the opening sequence, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.







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The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts


Known as “The Mayor of Castro Street” even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk’s personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.




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 When I Was a Soldier by Valérie Zenatti


What is it like to be a young woman in a war?
At a time when Israel is in the news every day and politics in the Middle East are as complex as ever before, this story of one girl’s experience in the Israeli national army is both topical and fascinating. Valerie begins her story as she finishes her exams, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves for service with the Israeli army. Nothing has prepared her for the strict routines, grueling marches, poor food, lack of sleep and privacy, or crushing of initiative that she now faces. But this harsh life has excitement, too, such as working in a spy center near Jerusalem and listening in on Jordanian pilots. Offering a glimpse into the life of a typical Israeli teen, even as it lays bare the relentless nature of war, Valerie’s story is one young readers will have a hard time forgetting.





Beowulf by Unknown; Translated by Seamus Heaney


The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.





Welcome to National Poetry Month

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Mary in Teen Services

In April 1986, National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poet and has been celebrated by libraries, schools and poets of all ages. Check out the National Poetry Month’s website for more information.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Teen Central in Copley Square will be having a program, Books of Hope Open Mic on Monday, April 27, 4 p.m.


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