Cooking with Caren: Personal Pizzas

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by crosales in Recipes, Teen Services


Step 1: Gather your ingredients!


Step 2:  Spray the pan with cooking spray so your pizza will not stick to the bottom of the pan.  Place your pita bread crust on the pan.

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Step 3: Add your sauce!  You can use any sauce you like.  Today we we used Classico Tomato and Basil  pasta sauce.

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Step 4:  Add cheese and spices!!  We used shredded mozzarella, garlic powder, basil, and oregano.

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Step 5: Bake at 425 degrees until cheese is melted.

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Now go forth and create your own personalized pizzas! Make it your own and have fun!

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icon of carenAre you still looking for more recipes? The Boston Public Library has a huge collection of cookbooks that you can browse, check out and take home.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


*”Cooking with Caren” features recipe posts by Caren, the Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch, on the second Friday of every month.

Reading Backwards, Watching in Japanese: Mob Psycho 100, the Manga!

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by jkenney in Books, Resources, Reviews - Staff, Technology, Teen Services


Happy Fall Otaku! I hope you all got to see Mob Psycho 100 on a streaming site. The first season is now over! So that was fast, but it did actually start in July. At this point I wondered, “what about the manga?” Well it doesn’t seem to be widely available  in the US. I won’t be able to order copies for the BPL, but it is online! Go and read on MangaFreak here. Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually read right to left (kuso!) but the browser is pretty nice. Go ahead and pop out the larger version. You can also find it here on MangaReader, but be wary of non-teen ads. It does work with AdBlock so you can try that too.


Looking at the manga, you can see the basic art style in the story panels. Drawing is simplified line work with some more advanced light and shadow. More detail is given to the creepy spirit characters and psychic power effects.



The online manga sites scan entire and partial softcover foldouts as you can see here below:


So there you have it. The complete run of the manga is available on these online sties. The browsers work well and have high quality scans. The thumbnails were a little blurry for this post but don’t let that disappoint you. Click the images for full resolution. Go online and read Mob Psycho 100 backwards. The pages may flip left to right but the panels on each page are still right to left. Enjoy!


john250-150x150Did you know that in addition to physical books and DVDs, your library card gives you access to anime and graphic novels online? The BPL subscribes toHoopla, a streaming service that allows you to check out and enjoy the media you love on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can learn more about the BPL’s digital media collections here.

Want company while you’re watching anime? The Hyde Park Teen Anime Club meets on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.

*”Reading Backwards, Watching in Japanese” features reviews of anime and manga by John, the Teen Librarian at the Hyde Park Branch, on the second Tuesday of every month.

Curl Up & Read: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by vkovenmatasy in Reviews - Teens, Teen Services


Title: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Read by: Josh, Dudley Branch

Summary: This book follows a girl named Jayden, expected to live up to her parents’ wishes as well as restore her father’s honor by marrying into a more powerful family. After an attack by an enemy tribe, her father loses most of the family’s camels, and their survival depends on her arranged marriage to Horeb, the future leader of the tribe. The responsibility weighs heavily on her and eventually she loses much support following the death of her mother and the betrayal of her sister. After she witnesses Horeb murdering the current leader of the tribe, Jayden is forced to flee the safety of her home with Kadesh, a young man who has been taken in by her family, and takes up the search to find her mother’s lost baby.

Genre/Subgenre: Fantasy

Standalone/Series: First book in a projected trilogy

Length: 389 pages

Personal Thoughts:

I thought this book brought a unique perspective to the heroine’s coming of age and making realistic decisions. Whenever Jayden made a move, it didn’t seem smart but it didn’t seem dumb, either, because the outcome was often affected by outside forces beyond her control. Jayden is learning about the gray areas of life; she discovers that the answer is often neither yes nor no, but maybe. Forming and breaking ties as more and more she sees that standing on her own two feet means abandoning a lot of what she knows: her tradition, family, and ultimately her ignorance of the world beyond. This story challenges the basis of control and belief that ties characters to what they are and how they react to hardliner decisions for their survival and for their needs. Often Jayden sought out the advice of the women in her camp, until one day she saw that respect and face aren’t always a reflection of character. Horeb proved lacking in chivalry and hid a craven, often twisted outlook for others, but ended up commanding his people’s trust and their love. As it were his blunders freed her to do what she had to do, commit herself to a love that was mutual.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this one before. I give Forbidden a solid 8.5 out of ten and I would recommend it to fans of the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.



josh-iconLooking to borrow a book mentioned in this post? These links will take you to our catalog:

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow these books? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


* “Curl Up & Read” posts book reviews by librarians and teens like you on the first Friday of every month. If you’re a teen and you’re interested in having a book review posted on the Teen Blog, please email vkovenmatasy (at) bpl (dot) org and pitch your idea. We might even be able to hook you up with an Advance Reader’s Copy of something coming out soon, so you can really be ahead of the crowd!


Meet the Teen Gaming Specialists in Teen Central

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by jsnow in Teen Services




Meet the 2016-2017 Teen Gaming Specialists in Teen Central; Ananda and Jorge! What are the Teen Gaming Specialists you may ask? Two Teen Gaming Specialists are hired (and paid) for the school year to work with the Teen Librarians in developing programs for the Media Lounge (video gaming space), build the gaming collection by working with other teens in Teen Central as to their input for new video games, write blog posts on new video games coming out, write blog posts on programs they develop and participate in career readiness workshops to help build career readiness skills.

George is a sophomore at Excel High School and Ananda is a freshman at Boston Latin School and they are the first ever Teen Gaming Specialists for Teen Central. We’re excited they will be working with us being instrumental in building a bigger and better gaming collection and developing programs centered around gaming that teens will be interested in participating in. Stay tuned for posts throughout the year by George and Ananda.

If you or another teen you know may be interested in being a Teen Gaming Specialist, check in with us here in Teen Central or email teencentral@bpl.org in May 2017 as we will be interviewing teens for the next school year.

Stop the Press: Fact Checking the First Presidential Debate

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by rschmelzer in Teen Services



Last week, two presidential candidates that have said a lot of things about each other, finally got the chance to say it to each other’s faces. Whether we pulled out the popcorn, threw/yelled things at the TV, vented on social media, or pretended the whole thing didn’t exist… presidential debates are an important part of our democratic process. We have three more debates before the election, the next of which is tonight!

October 4, 2016 – Vice Presidential Debate

October 9th, 2016 – Second Presidential Debate

October 19th – Final Presidential Debate

You’ll hear the term “fact-checking” in regards to the debates. What this means is that candidates, believe it or not, may make statements with varying levels of truth to them. Why they do this, I’m not sure. It may be they remember  incorrectly, or they’re trying to bend the truth in their favor. Maybe they hope that people will listen to what they say at face-value and not do the research for themselves. Luckily, many places do the fact-checking research for you! Two non-partisan sites are the Politifact Truth-o-meter and Factcheck.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If you will be 18 years old by election day, your absolute LAST day to register to vote is October 19th. This means registered online, or your paper application is postmarked (stamped by the post office) on this day. You can pick up a paper application form at your local library, or if you have a Massachusetts RMV ID you can register online https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ (if you don’t have a RMV ID you can start the process online, but will still have to print and mail a paper application.)


icon of RebeccaAre you interested in keeping up with the news and current events? The Boston Public Library has subscriptions to newspapers that you can read in the library or online.

*”Stop the Press” features current events posts by Rebecca, the Teen Librarian at the Grove Hall Branch, on the first Tuesday of every month.