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Summer Reading 2011 Video Challenge

Posted on December 10th, 2010 by Anna in Books, Contests

I realize it might feel like summer only just ended. After all, we had some pretty good weather rather recently, and Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet, although we’re getting close. Never-the-less, it’s time to start thinking about NEXT summer’s reading program.

As a Boston teen, you have the opportunity to participate in a Teen Video Challenge! Next year’s theme will be “You Are Here”, and the challenge will be to create a PSA promoting that theme.

Each participating state, will have one wining video and the winner will receive $250.00!

Be sure to visit this website to learn more, read the How to Enter section, and download a brochure to promote the contest:

Teens will be asked to create their video following the How to Enter guidelines and post their video on YouTube.  The contest is open to any legal U.S. resident living in MA aged 13-18.

All forms, including entry and model releases are available at the above link. Additionally, teens can find audio downloads and art to use in their videos on the collaborative website. Entry forms are due by March 1, 2010 and winners will be announced in April, 2011! 

The winning video will be used for promoting the 2011 Library Summer Program!

Teen Book Review: Unsigned Hype

Posted on October 7th, 2010 by admin in Books, Reviews - Staff

unsigned hype book jacketUnsigned Hype” by Booker T. Mattison is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good book . The story is about the sudden up-rise of a 15 year old disk jockey who gets the chance of a lifetime when he reaches the finals of a very important contest . During the story , he will go thru a lot of bullying , love & he learns what it really means to be a man .
This is definitely a book that will inspire anyone to do anything that they set their mind out to accomplish .

I can personally relate to the character because I too , am a dj . There are many difficult challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve what you want to accomplish . The way the character accomplished his goals were staying true to himself & caring for the others that are around him . Because of that , I feel as thou this book connects with everyone who resides in an urban area . There is always going to be someone who hates on your success , this book simply proves that as long as you stay true , you’ll get thru any hardships that comes your way .

Kyle, age 17

Want to put a book review online? Give one to your local teen librarian today – or simply add a comment to this blog and we’ll grab it and publish your words!

Vote for the top teen books of the last year

Posted on September 17th, 2010 by admin in Books, Contests


What do  you think were the top books written for teens in the last year?

CLICK HERE to go to the official ballot page and cast your vote!

Voting is only open for teens (age 12-18) – this is a Teen’s Choice Award! The books you can vote for were all nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Voting closes today,  Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23 that we’ll link to from this blog as well.

Here are the books on the list,  NOW GO VOTE!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep

MattapAnime Teen Host Club minutes for 8/30/2010

Posted on August 30th, 2010 by admin in Events

The MattapAnime Teen Host Club met today at its regular time – 2-4. The next meeting will be in two weeks on Monday, September 13th. Today we started planning for our first COSPLAY PARTY!!! (Don’t know what Cosplay is? This is a decent article to help you out). We hope to have it on Tuesday, October 19th from 2-5. We want to have food & drink, music, and entertainment.

  • For Food and Drink, Cris said she’ll be drafting her sister Rebeca to make these cool rice crispie vampire creations. Najah volunteered to make vegetarian sushi. Cris is planning on making edible broomsticks. Clayton’s going to take a trip to a large Asian Supermarket and bring Pokey and whatever other cool Japanese treats he can find. He’ll also be getting drinks (soda, juice, water), napkins, chips, and chop sticks.
  • For Music, Najah’s going to create some playlists on Groove Shark and share them with us. We’ll then figure the best way to get some CDs to play on the library’s CD player.
  • For entertainment, we HAVE to play some Anime. Bleach was suggested. We’ll decide later exactly what we’ll watch. We talked about having chopsticks and something small that would challenge people to improve their chopstick skills – you can only eat what you can pick up with the chopsticks. Clayton’s going to look into getting different colors of playdough so we can make pretend playdough sushi. He’s also going to look into getting supplies to make candy sushi. We also talked about how fun it would be to have a trophy (maybe made of candy sushi?) for best costume.

If you’ve never read Death note & xxholic, everyone really thinks you should! Also, WATCH LUCKY STAR!!!

Another book was also recommended (but its not manga): How Starbucks Saved My Life.

Some awesome sketches were done for a club logo. I’m going to photograph them and upload them soon!

Teen Book Review

Posted on May 14th, 2010 by afiske in Books, Reviews - Teens

Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Wills Hurwin

Davida Wills Hurwin brings you a book about hate, survival, hope and forgiveness. The book  is very good and is a very great lesson after you read it. Nothing is sugar-coated, which is great because it doesn’t lie. Hurwin tells the truth of real life in the book and shows that everything has bumps along the way.  (Cherokee, Grove Hall)