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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: 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!

College Essay Workshop @ Mattapan

Posted on January 5th, 2012 by bplteenblog in Events

Are you having trouble finishing your college essay? Do you need another pair of eyes to edit what you’ve written? We will be holding two workshops at the Mattapan branch.

Please bring either a print out of your essay or upload your essay on to GoogleDocs. You will need a Gmail account in order to use GoogleDocs; it is recommended that you create an account before coming to the workshops as we will be using GoogleDocs to write the essays.

What’s GoogleDocs? It’s a word processor but unlike the ones you use at home or school the information you enter is kept in what is called “the cloud” so you can retrieve your essay from any computer without having to save it on to a flash drive or on to the computer.  Still confused? Just ask the Teen Librarian for help.

The workshops will be offered on:

January 19, 2012 5:oo – 8:00PM

January 26, 2012 5:00 – 8:00PM

Checkers Tournament @ Mattapan Branch

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by bplteenblog in Events, Programs

Are you a fan of checkers? Are you also a competitive player?

Then join the teens at the Mattapan branch for the first ever Checkers Tournament.

When: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Prizes will be handed out to the top three players; the grand prize will be an iPod shuffle!

Refreshments will also be served, so come on down and play or cheer on your friends.

Eclipse Showing @ Copley

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by Anna in Books, Events, Movies

Last week we tried to show the movie Eclipse, but there was a busted cable to the TV and we were unable to do so. The cable has since been replaced, and this Thursday, we will finally be showing Eclipse!

Come to the Copley Teen Room at 3:30pm on November 17th to reaquaint yourself with the last movie just before the next one comes out!

We also still have a few free Breaking Dawn posters if anyone is interested. They will be left on a table beside the display of Breaking Dawn books until they are gone. First come first served! Better get them fast!