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So Silver Bright – A Review

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
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So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

Here is my review for the first book in this trilogy, Eyes Like Stars: http://www.bpl.org/teens/2012/02/22/eyes-like-stars-a-review/

Here is my review for the second book in the trilogy, Perchance To Dream: http://www.bpl.org/teens/2012/08/22/perchance-to-dream-a-review/

So, I began reading this trilogy two years ago (!) when the third book, So Silver Bright, arrived at the library. The cover caught my attention and made me go back and check out the first two. But, in reviewing them, others checked them out, and I couldn’t check out the third book right away. Life happened, as life tends to do, until now. I should have picked up the third book sooner. I should have put it on hold. But anyway, none of that matters. What matters is that even two years later, this series is still fantastic!

This is the story of a young girl named Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, who wants nothing more than to see her parents reunited and her family brought back together again. Her mother is Ophelia from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. Her father, was the stranger she fell in love with 17 years ago. Beatrice, known to her friends as Bertie, has two suitors. One is a pirate called Nate, who hails from the play The Little Mermaid. The other is the air sprite from another play by Shakespeare, The Tempest. And her four best friends are the little fairies from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. See where this is all going? Bertie lives in a magical theater where every character from every play ever written lives, trapped there by The Complete Works of the Stage, the book that holds all those plays. Bertie heads off on an adventure in an effort to save Nate from the Sea Godess, Sedna, and to find her father and bring him back to the theater for her mother. Of course, nothing goes as planned. The group meets new friends along the way, but also meets up with those who would do them harm for a few magical trinkets. Bertie finds that she has magical powers of her own too. She is known as Mistress of Revels, Teller of Tales, Forest Queen, and she’s a word-smith on top of all that!

Over all, this is a great, light-hearted trilogy, even with dire happenings. The four fairies are still hilarious with their jokes about pie and other things, and I still consider them one of the best parts about the whole trilogy. I loved finding a book that could make me laugh at stupid things the way they did, even when their situation wasn’t as fun as eating through an entire chocolate cake. Throughout the book you’re left to wonder how on earth Bertie will be able to choose between her two suitors. I wouldn’t dare give that one away, but the ending is quite satisfying, if I do say so myself! Her Gracious Majesty, Queen of the Distant Castle, would like to award Bertie one wish-come-true. Can she use it to bring her family back together again? Or is that something beyond magic?

You’ll have to read to find out. But I promise a great adventure while you do! I’m not sure this review does the trilogy justice, but know that this series rocks! And I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

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.

Learn to Knit at the Library!

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Anna in Events, Programs
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We welcome teens aged 12-18 to learn how to knit in this weekly one hour workshop on basic knitting.

The workshop will take place in the Central Library Teen Room from 3pm-4pm each of the three days.

January 8th: You’ll learn the most basic knitting stitch there is: the knit stitch.

January 15th: We’ll continue working on the knit stitch and then we’ll go over how to finish a project, otherwise known as casting-off.

January 29th: You’ve learned to knit, and cast-off, now we’ll learn the hard part: starting a project, known as casting-on.

Students will be given a ball of yarn and a pair of needles for the workshop. Those who wish to continue knitting at home should bring their own size nine needles.

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But wait… knitting is for guys too!

 

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.

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/preferred-pronouns-gain-traction-us-colleges-064437446.html.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dystopian Flow Chart or What To Read Next…

Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Anna in Books
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This is a flow chart graciously shared by the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS! Wondering what to read after The Hunger Games? This flow chart can help! Click on each of the five panels for a larger, readable image.

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