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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.

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!

LGBTQ College Fair

Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Anna in Events
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Let BAGLY and Campus Pride help you make an informed decision, as over 30 colleges and universities come together at this year’s LGBT College Fair & Prep Day. Need some reasons to attend? Here are just a few:
  • It’s FREE!
  • Easy to reach location (Bus and T: Red, Green, and Orange Line accessible – just up the hill from Park Street Station)
  • Learn about financial aid opportunities and how to apply
  • Get a sense of how different campuses offer different experiences for LGBTQ youth – and if you’ll feel safe, accepted, and supported
  • A chance to talk directly to school representatives and find out what they’re looking for in applicants
  • We’ve got BAGLY SWAG BAGS!
So what’s new this year? 
FREE statewide transportation provided through the AGLY Network!  BAGLY wants to make sure that all who would like to attend aren’t prevented due to the expense of travel.  If you would like to learn more about the FREE buses being provided to attend the LGBT College Fair, please contact Logan Ferraro.
So here are the important details:
What: LGBT College Fair & Prep Day
Where: Massachusetts State House, Great Hall
When: October 11th, 2013 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Who: All LGBTQ students, allies, and families
We look forward to seeing all of you soon! For more information, e-mail us at!