College Essay Workshop @ Mattapan

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

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

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!


Teens’ Top Ten Books From 2011

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), had nine thousand teens vote on their top ten book choices of 2011. What did they pick? Here’s a video done up by our one-time Teen Librarian (from the Grove Hall branch), Amy Fisk Check it out and see which ones you need to check out today!

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten.

The number one teen pick of 2011 was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! Below is her acceptance video. Check it out!

Can’t view the video above?  Here’s the top ten list:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

For more information on YALSA and the Teen’s Top Ten, check them out here:

Most Recent Staff Book Reviews!

These are the most recent staff reviews of teen books. All staff reviews can be found under the above tab “Librarians Read Too!”, but I thought I would highlight the recent ones here, so you know they exist, that we’re still reading teen books. We always read teen books.

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is crazy and insane all at once. It’s the story of a boy who finds himself kidnapped after getting drunk at his friend’s party and attempting to walk home alone. Going to England for a few weeks to see if he wants to attend a boarding school, he’s given a pair of glasses from a stranger. These glasses show him a war-torn world where he’s forced to fight against his best friend.

In short, this book is one insane ride. It’s like getting hooked on drugs… but without the drugs. You’ll find yourself sucked into the world of Marbury, and unable to leave, similar to the characters in the book. I highly recommend it.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

Do you like fancy parties, flappers, stage performances, rich dresses, a little side romance, along with a dish of violence?  Then this is the series for you. This book, the first in a new series, was a truly fantastic read set in 1920′s New York City. It’s the story of two young girls who move to the city to find themselves and make a name for themselves. Set in a time when it was illegal to sell or drink alcohol, these girls find their way into the speakeasies of the city and into the homes of the greatest alcohol sellers of the time. What they find there, both surprises and scares them. It’s a truly great read, a page turner that’s garunteed to keep you reading late into the night!

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinx

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is the sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group also written by Catherine Jinx. Not having read the first book, I didn’t feel out of place at all. In fact, I rather enjoyed this book. It wasn’t cheesy, and the only mention of “mates” was because it was set in Austraila where everyone calls each other “mate”. It was funny, some parts were scary, his mother was annoying in that way that only a mother can be, and his friends, new and old were pretty cool. I would love to recommend this book to anyone looking for a werewolf book that’s a little out of the ordinary. My favorite quote from the book?

“Barry can’t be the first vampire who’s fanged a werewolf. And the whole ideas of zombies must have come from somewhere.” –The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

Why I Need My Library

How important is your library to you?

Do you go there after school to get your homework done? Do you use the library’s resources to help you write your paper? Or do you go to hang out with your friends? Do you participate in the free programs offered to you? Or do you devour all the fiction you can get your hands on?

Whatever the reason you need and love your library, the American Library Association (ALA) is asking teens to create a video explaining these reasons. Enter that video in their contest and you could win up to $3,000 for your library!

Here’s the youtube video they made to explain the contest: ttp://–E

And here are the rules:

Make a video!

  • Gather your friends and put together an original 1-3 minute video about why you need your library.  Up to six people can work together to submit a video.
  • Pick your technique: Entries can be live-action, animation, machinima, or a combination of these.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.
  • Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Upload your video to YouTube

  • Upload the video to YouTube between January 11, 2011 and midnight April 18, 2011.
  • Be sure to tag your video with alaneedmylibrary15 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 13-15 or alaneedmylibrary18 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 16-18.

Mail in your entry form

  • One more thing: Don’t forget to mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible. 
  • Read the complete guidelines for more information.


From each age category (13-15 and 16-18):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1,000 each for their selected libraries.
  • Two second place winners will receive $2,000 each for their selected libraries. 
  • One winner or group of winners will receive $3,000 for their selected library, plus $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

The Why I Need My Library Video Contest is an initiative of 2010-2011 ALA President Roberta Stevens to engage teenagers as library advocates.

For more information, contact

Teens, Tell the UN What’s Important to YOU!

From December 2 – 14, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations is accepting videos and written submissions from young people around the world who respond to the following question:

“What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation? Tell the UN Security Council what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.”

 Selected submissions will be incorporated into the agenda of the Security Council event on December 21, which will be broadcast live via the web.

For more information, visit and follow Ambassador Rice at and