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New Teen Area in the East Boston Branch

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

eastie teen room

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.

Giant Knitting Man

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.


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.







Ugliest Jeans Ever?

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Anna in Teen Services
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plaid pants

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.

men's jeans

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!