Creating Teen Spaces: Looking at Cutting Edge Libraries

Posted on November 30th, 2015 by Mary in Teen Services
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Many libraries throughout the United States are creating new teen spaces from scratch or re-inventing their old teen spaces to be a lively and vibrant learning environment for Teens. Teen Central of the Boston Public Library, Central Library was opened in February 2015. The Teen Leadership Council, formerly the Teen Advisory Group, assisted with the design of Teen Central along with staff, the design firm and architects to create a space that teens would love and help bridge the digital divide. The philosophy of Teen Central follows the theme of “HOMAGO – Hang out, Mess Around and Geek Out”.  Teens enjoy using the Media Lounge for gaming and watching videos; a seating area where teens can “hang out”, work on their homework and meet new friends; and a state of the art Digital Lab where they can enhance their skills while learning about new softwares that can help them during high school,  college and their future careers. Programs in Teen Central are driven by teen input such as 3D design, learning how to code, college preparedness and author visits.  Teen Central has seen a 45% jump in visits to the space since February 2015.


Teen Central recently was highlighted in an article by School Library Journal on November 30, 2015, along with other libraries throughout the United States, which have recently opened new teen-driven spaces.  To check out the article from School Library Journal, “New Spaces from Coast to Coast by Ryann Uden, go to http://bit.ly/1QPZgcF.

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Sister Souljah Author Event

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by Mary in Teen Services
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Sister Souljah will be speaking in Teen Central at the Central Library on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first come basis.

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Sister Souljah will be talking about her new book, A Moment of Silence – Midnight III, which was released on November 11, 2015, as well as her other books, Midnight, Midnight and the Meaning of Love, also part of the Midnight series. Other books she has published are The Coldest Winter Ever, A Deeper Love Inside, and No Disrespect. You can find copies of her books in our catalog at http://bit.ly/1ImWy6w

Copies of her new book, A Moment of Silence – Midnight III, and her other books will be on sale.


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

Posted on November 27th, 2015 by Mary in Teen Services
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Antaliyah shared this poem:


Winter is cold

And I ain’t talking about the weather

She’s a girl, a fierce young adult….that’s all about herself.

Winter, the cold one

She’s stuck on Midnight

And I ain’t talking about nighttime

I’m talking about a tall, dark and handsome one

And he doesn’t pay Winter any mind

Winter, freezing cold

Had everything she ever wanted

Winter was spoiled and rotten

Ricky Santiaga brought her anything she ever wanted

But she kept wanting more and more.

Then day after day…

Night after night

She ended up with nothing..

Hopeless…and in trouble.

Winter is a perfect example of a spoiled brat who had everything in the beginning but ended up having nothing.


Sister Souljah will be at Teen Central on Tuesday, December 1 at 6 p.m.

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 http://nanowrimo.org/. 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 http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ 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.