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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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East Boston’s First Teen Anime Club

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Angela in Programs, Teen Services



We at the East Boston Branch are happy to announce our very first Teen Anime Club.  Are you a teen who enjoys Anime or manga? Do you want to meet other teens that share your interest? Or do you have an interest in drawing? You should drop by our very first Teen Anime Club meeting on Friday, February 7 at 3:00pm.  Our first meeting will be a special one because we will be joined by artist Shauna Leva who will teach us how to draw manga.

New Teen Area in the East Boston Branch

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by Angela in Teen Services

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Have you had the chance to visit the new teen area in the East Boston Branch? The new branch has been open since November 2nd, and we’ve had quite a number of teens frequent the library after school.  We have a total of 13 computers available for teens to use only, and we also lend out laptops to  be used in the library.  In the past months we’ve been offering programs specific to teens, such as Zuma classes, Art & Crafts programs, and Wii Gaming.  Our Teen Council met before the holidays to get together to create gingerbread houses.

What is coming up for the next month? We will continue to offer Art & Crafts and Wii Gaming afternoons. Our  Teen Council will continue to meet  every other Saturday at 2:00 p.m. We also have a Teen Book Club, we are currently reading More Than This by Patrick Ness and we meet the last Wednesday of every month.  We are also in the process of creating a Teen Anime Club. There will also be a Bike Program for teens coming up in the months of February and March.  Keep checking the Events page to find out the latest information on programs available for teens at the East Boston Branch.