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Teen Read Week October 13 – 19, 2013

Posted on October 13th, 2013 by Mary in Teen Services

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Welcome to Teen Read Week. This year’s theme is “Seek the Unknown @ your library”.

This week the Central Library Teen Room will have a UFO craft on Wednesday at 3pm. We will be making UFO’s out of blank cds and embellishments. Maybe we can even get them to hang.

Our full week event is the survey of your favorite top three books that comes from the list of books that YALSA (Young Adult Library Service Association) is going to vote for this year’s YALSA Top Ten.

The survey can be found at:  Anyone can take the survey. Both Teens and Teens-at-heart. All branches are welcome!

I can see my top three choices but we want to know what you want to see on the final Top Ten list.

For a list of activities and events happening at other branches, see the October 4, 2013  blog entry.

“To boldly go where no one has gone before” spoken by Capt. Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek Voyager. Helps to sum up this year’s theme: Seek the Unknown. Read a new genre of book, read about a faraway land, maybe you will make a great discovery. Whatever you do, enjoy reading!

We hope you enjoy Teen Read Week as much as Teen Librarians do!

Program that may be of interest to teens

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Mary in Teen Services

You must RSVP to attend this program. The person to email or call is listed below under cost.


EVENT:                 A Panel  Discussion:  News From the Endometriosis Front

WHO:                    Mary Lou Ballweg, Moderator, Endometriosis Association

WHERE:                Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., Boston

WHEN:                  October 16, 2013, 6:00-9:00 PM

COST:                    Free–RSVP required to or 414.355.2200


The panel includes three prominent researchers, and a teen, Emily Hatch, who will speak about her experiences with the disease.  Most girls and their parents do not know that period pain is not normal, and the sooner a girl can be diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.


Here is a link to an interview of Emily Hatch, the teen who will be speaking at the event:


Teen Read Week 2013

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Laura in Teen Services

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Seek the Unknown at your Boston Public Library during Teen Read Week! Come to the branches listed above for special Teen Read Week programming, or stop by any Boston Public Library branch to take home some great teen books and get reading!

It’s Banned Books Week and Teen Books Are Getting Special Attention

Posted on September 24th, 2013 by Akunna in Books, News, Teen Services
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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.


Boston Teen Author Festival

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. (

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

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: All submissions must be in by August 21st and the winners will be chosen by August 21st. Good luck!

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