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

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Knitting in the Teen Room … on TV!


Hey all,

For those of you interested in our knitting workshop, or just want a peek into the cool times spent in the Teen Room at the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library, you can catch a 12 minute clip of the workshop we had here two weeks ago on TV!

That’s right. If you have Comcast the clip will be on channel 9 and if you have RCN it will be on channel 15. What time, you ask? Here’s the schedule:

September 21st @ 8:30pm

September 23rd @ 4:30pm

September 25th @ 7:00am

And if you were a part of that workshop tell all your friends and family you’ll be on TV… three times! How sweet is that?

Newspaper Blackout Workshop Tomorrow!


Hey guys! Guess what?

Tomorrow we’re having our first of two Newspaper Blackout Workshops!

It starts at 3:30pm in the Copley Teen Room.

What is Newspaper Blackout? It’s a really cool, ultra fun way to create poetry and even extremely short stories! All you need are a newspaper and a black marker, both of which are provided by the library. Come learn how to blackout a paper and write poetry while you do it!

The newspaper used to be boring old news day in and day out. Who wants to read that? Now the paper is fun!

This workshop is based on the book Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon.

The second workshop will be on February 16th at 3:30pm.

Capturing The Moment: The Digital Photography Workshop for Everyone


Capturing The Moment

This photography workshop will cover the basics of taking pictures with a digital camera.  You will learn how to carefully select your subject, visualize the results you wish to achieve, compose the photograph just right, and in the end, achieve those results you were seeking. 

Topics will include:

  • Composition (Should my subject stand off to the side or stay dead center?)
  • Camera modes and functions (What does that button do anyway?)
  • Post-processing  (I’ve taken the picture and uploaded it to my computer. Now what?)

This is a FREE workshop for any and all teens who are interested in learning how to take great photographs!  Even if you don’t want to become a professional photographer, the skills you are going to learn from this workshop will help you improve the picutres you post on facebook, flickr, or anywhere else you share photos with friends and family.  Take this workshop and amaze them all with your new skills!

Remember, it’s FREE and it’s FUN! You may bring your camera with you for one-on-one assistance, though having a camera is certainly not necessary for the workshop. A question and answer session will also follow.

July 10th @ 3pm in the Copley Mezzanine Conference Room.

If you want the flier for the workshop, click on the link at the top of this post.