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Stop the Press: Patriot’s Day Filming

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in News, Teen Services
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With the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing this month, something that has been in the news a lot recently is the filming of Mark Wahlberg’s film Patriot’s Day.  Wahlberg, a Dorchester native, (who teens would mostly likely recognize from the Ted movies), has been spotted in the Boston area for filming.  His role in the movie is of a Boston Police officer during the events and the aftermath of the bombing.

Photo property of Jim Davis/Boston Globe.

Photo property of Jim Davis/Boston Globe.

As this NPR article points out, the filming in Boston has been controversial.  Wahlberg, whose own teenage years in Boston weren’t without controversy, was spotted just last week  filming scenes at the marathon finish line outside of the Central Library.  While some Bostonians are excited for the film, others feel that the recreations trigger too many incredible scary feelings they experienced just three years ago.

What do you think?  What are your memories of that day?  Do you think this film is a good idea, or do you wish they had waited a few more years?

 

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Are 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.

Hold The Popcorn: Deadpool

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by jlevins in Movies, Teen Services

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For those who like their Marvel heroes a little bit on the snarky side, there is Deadpool. Just when eccentric (to put it lightly) ex-military mercenary Wade Wilson (played brilliantly by Ryan Reynolds) falls in love with Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin), a woman whose troubled past he can relate to, he discovers he has a serious case of cancer. Wade allows Ajax (played by Ed Skrein), an evil and twisted government sponsored doctor, to treat his cancer and give him special powers. While Ajax may have been successful in getting rid of Wade’s cancer, in the process he completely messes up his handsome face. As a consolation prize for the face, however, Wade receives incredible Wolverine-like healing powers, thereby transitioning from Wade into Deadpool. Deadpool, along with sidekicks Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, seeks revenge against Ajax. This film is action packed and hilarious, although some of the saucy language and situations might be a bit over the top for younger teens. Deadpool is still in some theaters, probably for at least a couple more weeks and should be on DVD in May.

 

animatedInterested in watching this movie at home? You can place a hold on this item through our library catalog here.

Do you love watching movies? The Boston Public Library has tens of thousands of DVDs you can borrow with your library card and even more that you can access online through our streaming service, Hoopla. Plus, if you can’t find a movie you want to watch in all the ones we offer, you can always suggest a purchase. Start placing holds now, and you’ll never have to pay to watch a movie again!

 

*”Hold the Popcorn” features movie reviews by James, the Teen Librarian at the East Boston Branch, on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Ctrl+Z: Girls Makers & Coders Program

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by chalpin@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services
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Girls Makers & Coders, an 8-week program, is about to head into its fourth week here in the Lab at Teen Central. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for young women, ages 12-18, to gain experience with hands-on projects that incorporate different skill sets, including design processes and computer coding. The focus of these projects is around “wearables” – clothing or accessories that are fabricated using technology or have computers or technological functions built in to their design. (A current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts highlights the relevance and excitement coming out of this particular area of innovative design.) The program is being led by knowledgeable volunteers and 9 registered girls are participating.

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Learning about circuits and laying out their design.

Organizations such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Change the Equation are bringing awareness, seeking solutions, and providing programs to address the gender and minority gap in STEM related fields. (For more information specifically about the gender gap, look here). It is our hope that the library can also be place where an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math can be sparked and explored. The library, as an informal learning center where people are encouraged delve into their interests, is perfectly situated for like-minded youth to meet and work together in a low-stress, fun environment all while gaining new skills to build upon in the future.

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Success! After sewing with conductive thread, LED’s are properly connected to their battery.

 

After working on smaller, individual projects that aim to build a foundation in concepts such as circuitry, and an introduction to computer code, participants will collaborate to design and create a larger interactive project with colorful lights (LEDs) controlled by sensors and code with a wearable microcontroller. Through this process participants will also be able to employ crucial 21st Century Skills by exercising their creativity, thinking critically, effectively communicating with their team, and successfully collaborating to complete their unique project.

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Sewing with conductive thread.

 

 

 

 

When the program wraps up in the coming weeks, check back here and I’ll update with more info about their finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

hologram on 9-16-15 at 7.25 PM #3Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.

Teens Leading in the Community: Teen Tech Mentors

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

Welcome to this month’s post on Teens Leading in the Community. Each month I will feature an interview or a story about teens leading in the community. This could be a teen in a leadership position in school, in the library or in the community. We want to feature stories about teens leading and making a difference in their communities.

Teneh and Warheal, Teen Tech Mentors

The Teen Tech Mentors program is an opportunity for Boston teens in grades 9-11 and takes place in Teen Central. This is the pilot year of the program and Teneh and Warheal are the first ever Teen Tech Mentors. The Teen Tech Mentors program is a paid opportunity that runs from September through May, and the mentors are trained in a number of the software programs we have in the Lab (digital makerspace), such as Ableton (music creation software), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 123D Design (3D creation software) and more. They then develop and implement programs for teens in the Lab. So far they have run a logo creation workshop, a design a phone case program, 3D design programs, and will be leading some music creation programs in May. The Teen Tech Mentor program is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in technology, learning new skills and then teaching other teens those skills. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity and applying for next year, please email teencentral@bpl.org.

 

 

jessi250-150x150Are you interested in learning more about leadership opportunities? The Boston Public Library, Teen Central has a Teen Leadership Council that meets monthly in Teen Central and there is a job help page that provides information on  job opportunities, volunteer and internship opportunities.

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

*”Teens Leading in the Community” features interviews and stories about teens leading in their communities by Jessi, the Teen Services Team Leader, Central, on the third Tuesday of every month.

Get Crafty: 3D Origami Lucky Stars

Posted on April 15th, 2016 by Mary in Crafts, Teen Services
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Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty. How many of you love making origami items? This month, we are going to make 3D Origami Lucky Stars.

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Materials needed: Lucky star paper that comes in so many colors and textures or strips of origami paper or regular printing paper cut in strips. The bigger the paper, the bigger the star. That’s it!

 

Now you can start folding your paper. Sometimes it’s easier to learn how to fold the paper, especially making the knot at the beginning, by looking at a video. I found a great tutorial showing you how to create beautiful 3D Origami Lucky Stars. There is no speaking. Instead, there are captions to help you understand each step with some nice background music.

Did you ever want to know why they are they called Lucky Stars? You can learn about the story at time mark 5:51 on the video below.

For a non-video tutorial, check out the Origami-Instructions.com website for Origami Lucky Star Folding.

 

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This picture is shows the completed Step 1 where the paper is folded into a knot.

 

There are so many things you can do with your completed Lucky Stars. Here are a few examples:

 

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Put them in a Hello Kitty Jar or other decorative jar for yourself or to give as a gift.

 

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Draw funny faces on your Lucky Stars.

 

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Use your Lucky Stars to decorate a picture frame or the edges of a mirror.

 

I hope you have as much fun as I did making the Origami 3D Lucky Stars. Enjoy!

 

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Origami is so much fun to do. The Boston Public Library has a great collection of origami project books 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.

*”Get Crafty” features craft projects by Mary, a Teen Librarian at Teen Central, and is posted on the third Friday of every month.