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Teen Author Angela Content at Mill Basin Library

Jul 8, 2014 4:49 PM | 0 comments

You’re invited to the…

Book signing and author talk for Angela Content

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

At the Mill Basin Library


Angela Content, a former student from 'Andries Hudde Junior high',was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 29th, 2000. She has been creating books ever since she was in the third grade! It's been her dream to get one of her works published. It finally came true. Starting with the series 'The Blooded Wars'. Her first book is 'Awake & Alive'.

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The Science of Summer Reading

Jun 30, 2014 10:14 AM | 0 comments

Be sure to sign up for Summer Reading at your local branch for a chance to win an iPad, participate in science programs using cutting edge technology (Lego Robotics! Little Bits!) and, of course, get some good books to read.

Summer Reading is all about science this year, and summer is a great time to experiment with books. Try a new genre, or learn something new from nonfiction. Need recommendations? Check out our Summer Reading booklist for teens, available on We've also got a great list of science-related fiction and nonfiction up on Teenzone.

Highlights include the graphic novel How To Fake a Moon Landing, by Daryl Cunningham, which looks at the facts behind science controversies such as climate change, evolution, and the first moon landing and White Space, by Ilsa J. Bick, a literary look at the possibility of alternative universes. 

Here's to a summer full of new discoveries and great reads!

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Be Proud to Read What YOU Want to Read!

May 30, 2014 3:53 PM | 0 comments

June is Pride Month. What does that mean?

It means that we take pride in the advances made in civil rights for all people, of all backgrounds and sexual orientations. We celebrate. We march. We educate ourselves and others about the advances that have been made in the arena of LGBTQ rights.

And, as you know, one of your rights is to read freely, on whatever topics you choose, and this includes LGBTQ themed literature. In fact, the library has tons of books for you to read. Trouble is, how do you find the right book for you? Know that you also have the right to ask your librarian for help to find the right book for you, no matter what the theme.

In fact, on this month's YA Teenzone Page, we have listed various books that may lead you to some great reads. But in addition to these, there are so many more books to discover out there, and so little time. Below are some websites that you can go to for book recommendations for LGBTQ literature of all flavors. (Many thanks to YALSA's blog, The Hub, and the What Are You Reading Blog, which helpfully listed some of these and other sources on their post entitled Providing LGBT Reader’s Advisory Services.)


Young Adult specific resources:

Other sources for LGBTQ reads:

 Happy June, Happy Pride Month, and Happy Reading! 

Thank you to Barron Webster for the CC license (permission) to use his rainbow bookshelves image.

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2014 Teen Writing Contest

May 5, 2014 10:31 AM | 0 comments

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and honorees of BPL's 2014 Teen Writing Contest!!!

We thanks EVERYONE who participated this year by submitting entries! It was a very tough selection process and we hope that those who were not selected will try again next year.



Poetry Winners

1.  Where I'm From - Alin Haberle

2.  Hymen and Omnipresent - Khadijah Johnson

3.  Wednesdays - Nora Etienne

Poetry Honors

·     Poetry Month - Eliya Ahmad

·     Empty Bottles - Tasnim Halim

·     Reaching the Moon - Hinda Klass

·     Going Down - Umbreen Mohammed

Prose Winners

1. Yaakov and Ya'aqob - Daniel Edelstein


1. Chicago Reaper - Tasnim Halim


2. Mother's Contest - Judy Zhang


3. The Mussel in Me - Andrew Machaver Ravaschiere

Prose Honors

·     Passive Traveler - Mie Abouelkheir

·     Clear Skies, clear mind - Isabel Plakas

·     What Does Gray Mean to You? - Hinda Klass

Stay tuned for the e-book with the winning entries!

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Get Your Working Papers

May 1, 2014 2:49 PM | 0 comments

 Get Your Working Papers  

Preteens and teens are often excited to start working. This blog post will give you the information you need to get your working papers so you can get a job or participate in paid internship programs.

A teenager entering the job market needs working papers! In New York State you need to be between the ages of 14 & 18 years old to get your working papers. The best place to start when you are ready to find out more about the process is your school guidance Counselor’s office. 

Here are some steps you’ll need to take:

·         Get working papers or employment certificate application from school or Department of Labor.

·         Obtain a certificate of physical fitness from your doctor. You may need to have had a physical within the last year.

·         Submit the completed application with proof of age (copy of birth certificate, school record, school id, driver's license, or other document that lists your age).

·         A parent or guardian will need to sign the application and/or go with you to District Advocate office to complete the process.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is one program to consider once you get your working papers.  Teens 14 to 24 years of age are selected through a lottery system to work in various locations like hospitals, libraries, museums, parks and other non-profit organizations. The application deadline for this year is almost closed, but there’s always next year.  

Many Brooklyn Public Libraries accept teens as part of the Summer Youth program. Working in the library can be a great stepping stone for career paths to librarianship, for those who show interest in a career in technology, among other great fields.




·         Be sure to check if there’s a cut off period for application submission, which usually there are for various jobs and internships.

·         Having a great grade point average will help you to secure an internship position, job, or volunteer opportunity.

·         Volunteering is a great way to garner experience in the working world before applying for a real job.

·         Consider aligning your interest with available opportunities. For example, if you are studying computer science, engineering or a related field, check out Google internship programs.

Other websites that you may find helpful:


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