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Teen Book of the Month (TBOM) Dates Changed

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Anna in Books, Programs

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The Teen book discussion group meets in the Central Library Teen Room and all teens are welcome. Throughout the fall we’ll be planning what to read during the spring months, so if anyone would like to join our group and help pick out the next books we read, we would love for you to join us. Snacks are always provided so come hungry!

Please note that some of our TBOM dates have changed for the upcoming months. Below are the new dates for the fall.

 

burning blue

Tuesday, October 1st 2013 at 3pm: Burning Blue by Paul Griffen

rogue

Wednesday, November 13th 2013 at 3pm: Rogue by Gina Damico (Croak and Scorch are the first two books in this trilogy.)

This date has NOT changed due to the fact that the author, Gina Damico, will be coming to our book discussion! YEAH!

the hallowed ones

Tuesday, December 10th 2013 at 3pm: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

TBOM’s Summer and Fall 2013 Reading List

Posted on July 10th, 2013 by Anna in Books

Want to read some fun books this fall? Here’s what our TBOM (Teen Book of the Month) group is reading!

Our group of fun teens and librarians meet once a month over cookies and sometimes hot chocolate to discuss the book we chose to read that month. We meet at 3pm in the Central Library Teen Room. All teens are welcome to join us, whether you’ve participated in the past or not. Drop-ins are welcome as well! As long as you’ve read the book we’re more than happy to have you join us!

the art of racing in the rain

August 14th: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

 

to kill a mockingbird

September 4th: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel—a, a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice—, but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.


burning blue

October 2nd: Burning Blue by Paul Griffen

How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?
When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that–he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He’s a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he’s in–and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turning into a suspect, including Nicole herself.


rogue

November 13th: Rogue by Gina Damico (Book #3 in the Croak trilogy)

Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.
The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed…but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

 

the hallowed ones

December 11th: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

Boston Youth Fund Job Fair!

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Anna in Events, Programs, Teen Services

The Central Library Teen Room is hosting the Boston Youth Fund(BYF) on Saturday, February 16th. From 11:30am-2pm we will be having a job fair where Boston resident teens, age 15-17, will be able to register for a summer job through BYF and check out the various organizations that BYF works with.

As the City of Boston’s teen employment program, the Boston Youth Fund provides thousands of Boston teens between the ages of 15 and 17 with job opportunities during the summer months. The Boston Youth Fund participants work in a variety of jobs within community, faith-based, and government agencies. Positions include administrative assistants, mural painters, peer leaders and many more!

At the job fair:

  •  More than 100 organizations will be present to talk to about summer job opportunities for Boston resident teens.
  • Bringing a resume with you is recommended, but not required.
  • Some organizations will either conduct a short onsite interview or will schedule one for another date.
  • Computers will be available in the Teen Room for filling out job applications via the Hopeline, and BYF staff will be able to help with the process.

 Boston Youth Fund • Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Winter snowflake craft

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by Mary in Teen Services

With the official start of winter on December 21, our thoughts move to winter type crafts. One craft is making paper snowflakes that you can tape to your window or door. You can make them white like snowflakes, use opalescent color paper to make it look like when the sun reflects off the soft powdery snow, or you can use any color of paper around and different types of textures. The thinner the paper the easier it is to cut.

I found this website from Martha Stewarts showing easy instructions for making snowflakes: http://www.marthastewart.com/276331/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes/@center/307034/christmas-workshop. The first image of the demonstration shows the pretty snowflakes she and her helpers made.

 

 

 

 

 

For more snowflake ideas, ask a librarian for books on papercutting. For our Youtube fans, you can find many videos using the search term: how to make paper snowflakes. There are some really creative videos out there showing more types of snowflakes to make. Even if you look on your favorite search engine, such as google, you can search for “how to make paper snowflakes” and find actual templates that you can printout to help you make some of the fancier snowflakes.

Most of all just enjoy all the paper cutting and don’t forget to pick up after yourself. Happy Paper Cutting!

If you have any pictures of the snowflakes you have made, please feel free to share them with your favorite Teen Librarian. You might just see your work posted on the blog.

Have a great winter…. snowy or not!

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!