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November is National Novel Writing Month

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Mary in Teen Services
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Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? Once a year, writers all around the world try to write at least 50,000 words for their future novel. 50,000 words is about 175 pages. Both numbers sounds daunting but if you break down the number of words into a manageable amount each day, you will reach your goal by the end of the month. For more information about NaNoWriMo, check out There is still time for you to sign up and write away.


Teen Central is participating in the Young Writers Program. Here teens are able to choose the number of words that works for them. It could be 1000, 5000, 10000 or even more. Teens across the United States and many other countries join the excitement of writing their first novel or short story. So far teens across the globe have logged a collective word count of 177,421,593 and it’s sure to rise each day. For more information about the Young Writers Program (part of NaNoWriMo), check out or stop by Teen Central or call 617-859-2334 and ask for Anna. She can talk to you about Teen Central’s participation, sign you up and give you advice on getting started or overcoming a writer’s block. Teen Central’s Young Writers Program is for teens in grades 6-12.

Write, write, write….. and enjoy!

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on November 9th, 2015 by Mary in Books
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Teens Top TenThe Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominations for favorite books are listed during National Library Week in April and then teens vote for the 3 favorite books from August to Teen ReadWeek , this year was October 18-24, 2015. Following is the winners for the 2015 Teens’ Top Teen:

10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine

and the number 1 book is The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

How many books have you read from this list? If you haven’t read any of these titles but are interested, click on the title and it will take you to the catalog.



Sister Souljah Contest and Author Talk

Posted on October 14th, 2015 by in Teen Services

Contest for teens (grades 6-12)

You can win two tickets to see Sister Souljah on December 1 at 6 p.m. at Teen Central and win a copy of her new book,  A Moment of Silence.
You may do one of the following:

1.Submit a short work of fan fiction, a written piece based on the characters and world of Sister Souljah’s novels (this could also include poetry).

2.Submit a piece of fan art, a visual work based on characters and world of Sister Souljah’s novels.

3.          Submit a compelling question that you would like to ask the author.


The contest runs from September 28 through October 30.
Bring your work to any Boston Public Library location. For questions please email

Sister Souljah Contest and Author Talk. Meet one of the Winners!

Posted on October 14th, 2015 by in Teen Services

Tanajah shares this poem she wrote

Point of view of Bangz, the girl with the child that has a crush on midnight.

Why doesn’t he want me?

I know her cares about me

But that isn’t enough

I want him to want me

Why doesn’t he want me?

What does he see in her?

Why is he going away to see her?

When I’m near, she’s far

Why doesn’t he want me?

I know he will protect me

But why doesn’t he want me?

I know he wants the best for me

But why doesn’t he want me?

He doesn’t look down on me because I had child young.

So I’m sitting here already lost in the world wondering

Wondering why he doesn’t want me

I reviled my body and soul

But he still doesn’t want me

Why doesn’t he want me?

Am I not enough?


Jobs. Services. Young Leaders. Get Connected!

Posted on October 9th, 2015 by in Teen Services

Teens-are you interested in finding a job to connect you to learning valuable skills and earning money?  The school year applications are ready for SuccessLink.

DYEE School Year Employment 2015-2016 flier