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Teen Central, the Lab

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by in Teen Services



The new Teen Central opened in February 2015.  The Lab is a creative space for teens that houses 5 PCs and 5 Macs for teens use with 10 different creative software.  Teens may access FL Studio to create beats and mixes, or create a comic with themselves in it in Comic Life 3, or maybe you are interested in creating 3D objects in Autodesk 123D Design and then printing them out on the 3d printer.  Teens may do all of those things and more!  The Lab is open for creative use during the hours Teen Central is open and is offering programs in the different software, please check the calendar for dates and times.

Teen Central, the Media Lounge

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by in Teen Services

The new and exciting Teen Central is open for teens to discover, create and collaborate.  The Media Lounge is a place where teens can access video gaming platforms like Play Station 4, Xbox 1 (soon Wii U) and online games through the internet and compete in gaming with your friends.  At this time you have access to over 30 video games and it’s a list that is continuing to grow based on your game suggestions.  The Media Lounge offers free time for video gaming during the open hours in Teen Central as well as special programs.  Check the calendar of events for special programs in the Media Lounge.



Teen Fitness Challenge

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by in Technology, Teen Services


Snow piles over the city don’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. If you’re stuck inside and feeling a little of the old cabin fever, there are ways you can keep active and feeling great while stuck indoors.

Check out this interactive from WebMd.  Easy challenges in rapid succession (jumping up and down on one foot 10 times, 5 sit-ups, etc.) you keep track of with an interactive stopwatch.  This tool is great if you want to challenge a group of friends.  Teens at the Grove Hall library participated in a challenge using this stopwatch, with quite hilarious results.

Newly renovated Teen Central

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by in Teen Services

Teen Entrance

The newly renovated Teen Central opened in February 2015 and features a media lounge, a digital lab, diner-style seating, moveable collections, and plenty of books. The media lounge houses two eighty-inch monitors for playing Xbox 1, Play Station 4, online games, or showcasing digital creations.  The lab gives teens the skills to learn, create, code, and more with software including Anime Studio, Manga Studio, FL Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Comic Life. All the collection stacks are on wheels and can be moved out of the way when it’s time for a large program or event. Don’t forget about the books – teens can find all of their favorite fiction, mystery, science fiction, urban, LGBTQ, and summer reading books in Teen Central, while the teen nonfiction books are located in the adult nonfiction area. There’s something going on every day in Teen Central; please check the calendar for programs.



Book Review: Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by in Reviews - Staff, Reviews - Teens, Teen Services

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

“If your imagination isn’t working-and, of course, in oppressed people that’s the first thing that goes – you can’t imagine anything better. Once you can imagine something different, something better, then you’re on your way.” -Lee Maracle

New to BPL’s shelves, this book is a beautiful collection of art, photography, poetry, personal essays, songs and stories. Put together they tell a story of modern Native Americans outside of Hollywood movies. At times fascinating and sad to learn about current social injustices that Native Americans still face to date. At the same time, this book is a wonderful exploration of universal themes that Teens can relate to, such as bullying and finding one’s own identity.

Pages 84 - 85 features the merging of traditional Coast Salish art with everyday pop culture objects by Louie Gong.

Pages 84 – 85 features the merging of traditional Coast Salish art with everyday pop culture objects by Louie Gong.