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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.

Gender Neutral Pronouns

Posted on November 30th, 2013 by Mary in News, Teen Services
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On Yahoo today, there is an interesting article ” ‘Preferred’ pronouns gain traction at US colleges”, that discusses the increased use of gender neutral or preferred pronouns to describe gender. The article discusses the “Mouthing Off!” group who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender at Mills College in Oakland, California. The group lists “ze”, “sie”, “e”, “ou” and “ve” as well additional gender pronouns to “he”, “she”, and “they”.  Schools, such as the University of Vermont, allow students to choose from he, she and ze on class rosters. Other colleges and universities are mentioned for how they are accepting gender neutral pronouns.


Do you know of additional gender neutral pronouns? Please come in to the Central Library Teen Room and share them with Teen Librarians, Anna or Mary.






Ugliest Jeans Ever?

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Anna in Teen Services
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OMG! Who thought these pants would win awards and sell for an astronomical price of $780.00????? But they’re out there. They’re called “Junya Watanabe combo straight jeans”.

The question is… would you wear a pair of jeans that looked like this? Blue jeans in the front and plaid in the back with leather pockets? The jeans featured here are some of the latest styles coming out. No joke. So, would you spend $780 on these? Would you even spend $10.00? Let us know in the comments below what you think of this crazy idea.

Halloween jeans

And what about these? Are you ready to go trick or treating as a zombie? All that’s missing from these jeans is the fake zombie blood! What do you think? These cost a whopping $525.00! I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have that kind of money lying around for a pair of pants that are barely there. “R13 shredded knit chap jeans” are what they’re called.

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And last, but not least, these pants are supposed to be men’s jeans designed to look like a school notebook that’s been drawn and written all over. If you’re a guy out there, would you wear these pants for $176.00? These might be the cheapest of the bunch, but that doesn’t make them any more wearable.  They are called “Joyrich x Gerlan cargo case men’s jeans”.

To post a comment, click on the title of this post and scroll to the bottom. Let us know what you think? Would you spend hundreds of dollars on jeans like these? Tell us why or why not? Or would you redesign them a little differently? Let us know your thoughts!

BPL Teen Read Week Top Ten Books Survey Results

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Mary in Teen Services

I hope everyone enjoyed Teen Read Week as much as I did. One activity we did from the Central Library Teen Room was a survey of the Top Ten Books based on the YALSA Top Ten Book Nominees. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has asked teens and teens at heart across the country to vote for their favorite 10 favorite books from the list of nominated books. We made the survey easier and asked for people to pick their favorite top 3 books from the list of nominated books. We had 16 people who participated. Below are the BPL Teen Read Week Top Ten Books survey results from 10 to 1:

10. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (1 vote)
9. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (1 vote)
8. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins (2 votes)
7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (2 votes)
6. Underworld by Meg Cabot (3 votes)
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (3 votes)
4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (3 votes)
3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (4 votes)
2. Croak by Gina Damico (4 votes)

And the #1 book chosen by our 16 participants is…….. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (5 votes)



We had a few runner ups with 1 vote each:

Every Day by David Levithan
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Immortal City by Scott Speer


The YALSA Top Ten Books results are:

10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
8. Every Day by David Levithan
7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

And the #1 book voted by teens and teens at heart across the country is….. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

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There were 3 titles on both lists although at a different number:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

I see some books from the YALSA list that were not on our list that I will have to read during the coming year. I hope you find some great titles to read too.

Thanks to everyone who particpated.