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Pride Month Programs for Teens

Posted on June 4th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

June is Pride Month. The Boston Public Library is celebrating this month with programs from GLASS (Gay Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) and The Theater Offensive. See below for branches, dates and times.

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Denim Day Patches

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

On Friday, April 11, Teens from the Central Library Teen Room made patches to prepare for Denim Day. They also listened to members of the Youth Empowerment Project/Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence talk about how Denim Day came about and what we can do to stop sexual violence against people. This year Denim Day will be on Wednesday April 23. During the week of April 23, the Teen Room will have our patches on display for Teens to see. For more information, check out Denim Day 2014.
















Inspired Poetry

Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

On Thursday, as part of National Poetry Month, the Central Library Teen Room, held its second poetry workshop: Inspired Poetry. Teens chose pictures that gave them inspiration to write free verse poetry. Here are a few examples:

“Time Dragon”

Mechanical Dragon
Keeps watch/on time
Dolling it out
60 seconds
Per minute
60 minutes
Per hour
24 hours
Per Day
The mechanical dragon
Allows no one
To Steal
Even a second.

He spreads
Metallic wings
And screetches,
His tail
Whipping out,
Claws ready
To sink into
The unexpected hand.

Time cannot
Be borrowed
For it cannot
Be given back.



“A Cat’s Life”
I wakeup
I eat
I scratch
I wash
I go out
I stretch
I watch
I duck
Those birds can’t see me
I duck
That dog can’t see me
I duck
Wait, that cat better see me
I duck
I watch
I stretch
I go in
I stretch
I eat
I scratch
I wash
I stretch
I sleep
I purr
The end.

Teen Tech Week March 10-15, 2014

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

Boston teens are invited to check out the Boston Public Library during Teen Tech Week, which takes place March 10-15. Seven neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system have events planned, ranging from coding and programming workshops to finding creative ways to re-use and recycle technology components via art.

Teen Tech Week is an annual and national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. In 2014, the theme is DIY @ your library (do it yourself) with the goal of raising awareness about how Boston Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media.

The seven Boston Public Library locations participating in Teen Tech Week are: East Boston, Egleston Square, Hyde Park, Grove Hall, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, and the Central Library in Copley Square. The complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week and beyond can be found by searching for “Teen Tech Week” in the Boston Public Library calendar, which is available via

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Boston Youth Fund Job Fair – February 15, 11am-2pm

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

If you are a Boston teen between the ages of 15 and 18 and looking for a summer job, come to the BYF Job Fair being held at the Boston Public Library – McKim Exhibition Hall on February 15, 11am – 2pm. Meet perspective employers from various organizations, register that day on the HOPELINE and attend workshops including Resume Writing, Interview skills and Job Etiquette. RSVP to reserve your spot at the job fair. For more information check out the flier.

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