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Banned Books Week

Posted on October 6th, 2012 by Mary in Books, Events, Teen Services

Well we have come to the end of another Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6, 2012). It is amazing how many books are added each year and the reasons for the books being added to the list. Goodwill Librarian posted a link on her Facebook timeline of a Youtube video showing many of the books that have been challenged and/or banned from 1990-2000. The video was from Banned Books Week in 2008, but it is still interesting to see what books were on the list. The book covers are shown for the viewer.

Have you read any of these books? What are you favorites? Do you think they should have been banned or challenged?

For information about Banned Books Week and Celebrating our Freedom to Read, check out http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek or http://bannedbooksweek.org/.

The American Library Association has also created an interactive timeline to highlight some of the books that have been challenged or banned in the past 3o years. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/timeline30-years-liberating-literature

If you are interested in reading any of the books, visit your local branch library or request them with your Boston Public Library card (or OneCards or any Massachusetts library cards registered at the Boston Public Library) on the online BPL Catalog.

Celebrate your freedom to read what you want to read!! Yay!!

Our New Blog and Website for Teens!

Posted on March 6th, 2012 by Anna in News

Welcome to our new blog and website for teens! If you’re coming over from our old blog, we’re glad you didn’t get lost somewhere along the information highway! If you’re brand new to the BPL’s site for teens, welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay here.

I just want to give you all some navigational pointers. This home page is our blog. What does that mean? You’ll see different things here from time to time. You might find a book review, or a news item, or a post about a program going on in a library branch near you. To the left of the blog, you’ll see a drop down menu. This is a list of categories specifically for the blog. So if you’re interested in all the news articles that have been posted, or all the book reviews by staff, you can find them with just the click of your mouse. It’s that easy.

Along the top of the page you’ll see a bunch of tabs. The “Home” tab brings you to the blog.

“Teens @ the BPL”  will show you all the branches that serve teens with a space you can call your own. Plus, you will find a link to the calendar of events there as well.

“Find It @ the BPL” links you to resources on the BPL website such as our catalog and our online databases.

“Guides and Resources” will link you to resources outside of the library. As examples we have resources for foster youth and LGBTQ teens.

“Homework and Test Help” links to internal and external resources to help you with your school work.

“Job Help” is here to help you find a job in and around the city of Boston.

“Teachers and Parents” covers resources and things parents and teachers need to know about the BPL and it’s branches with teen librarians.

Sound cool? Have a look around our new site. Play around, and tell us what you think!

BPL Compass Points: Teens!

Posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Anna in News

Are you a teen? The Boston Public Library is working to reinvent itself and is looking for YOUR input!

They have come up with a list of points geared toward our services for teens and they would like you to choose the top three that mean the most to you. Here is the link where they have listed the points and are seeking comments:  http://www.bpl.org/compass/

Thanks for participating! We look forward to serving you better!

-Teen Services

 

Alex Sanchez

Posted on May 1st, 2010 by Anna in Books, Events

A week ago today, we had an amazing author (Alex Sanchez) give a talk about what it was like moving to the states from Mexico when he was five, growing up gay, and how he found his way to writing LGBTQ books for teens today.  He spoke to a small crowd of about 25 teens, including a few adults. After his talk, he had a question/answer session and then hung around to talk to everyone who had more questions or just wanted to talk.

I think everyone who was there can attest that he’s a wonderful person to talk to, as well as a great author!

Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a great event! And the greatest thanks to Alex Sanchez for coming to the BPL!

If you’re wondering what books he’s written, here’s a list to date:

Rainbow Trilogy (Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, Rainbow Road)

Bait

Getting It

The God Box

So Hard To Say