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Here's what BookMatch Teen has been geeking out over this week, including haircuts, conspiracies, video games and new routines! Love, Victor- This binge-worthy Hulu original series is a spin-off of Becky Albertalli’s beloved book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and the movie version, Love, Simon. A sweet watch: it follows a high school student as he navigates sexual orientation, issues at home, and other things teens know well.  Funky Quarantine Haircuts- How many teens have taken to new snips and shaves during this odd home-bound time? Judging by TikTok users, it’s too many to...

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Why not start off your week with some new books? Here's a list of science fiction titles from BookMatch Teen, most of which take place in space. Escape to colder and darker worlds during this heatwave, and share your favorite science fiction reads with us!

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Christly of BookMatch Teen shares what the group is geeking out over this week. Let us know your current geekouts in the comments! Want more recs from BookMatch Teen? Fill out our online form to get a personalized booklist made by teens, for teens.  Brighton Beach - It’s summertime and it is the perfect weather to go sit by the beach and enjoy the water. Brighton beach happens to be one of the better beaches in the Brooklyn area. Nothing better than a good swim in the ocean! Cooking - This is the best time to brush up on your cooking skills. Quarantine allows you to...

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We are pleased to share this insightful blog post by BookMatch Teen member Ripley Butterfield. Originally published on Struggle/La Lucha, Ripley talks about her involvement in protests in past years, her awakening as an activist, and how this moment is different. Read Ripley's post here:  https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/2020/06/11/from-a-high-school-activist-getting-radical-during-george-floyd-protests/ Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments. Have you been able to attend a protest, or found other ways to be involved? Have you written about it? We...


June is Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than reading? Here are a few of our many lists of LGBT2SQIA+ titles created by BPL librarians and by teen members of BookMatch Teen. Let us know your favorite titles in the comments! BKLYN BookMatch Pride 2020 - YA BKLYN BookMatchTeen: LGBTQ+ Pride BKLYN BookMatchTeen: LGBTQ+ Fiction and Poetry BKLYN BookMatchTeen: LGBTQ+ for a fan of Black-ish and Billie Eilish Want your own personalized list? Fill out a BookMatch (for recs from BPL librarians) or BookMatch Teen form (for recs from fellow teens) online and we'll...

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Teens Take the Met, an afterhours event just for teens, usually draws thousands of NYC teens to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a May Friday evening. This year, it's going virtual on Friday, May 29 from 11:00am-8:00pm, and is getting interest from teens all over the world.  Interns in BookMatch Teen, who are trained to give book recommendations to other teens, have created a virtual program that will take place on BPL's teen Instagram account, @bklynfuture. Join us in the Stories at 1:30pm on Friday, May 29 to get book recommendations, paired with songs and movies, and share...

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Announcing the 2020 Teen Writing Contest & Ned Vizzini Prize Winners

Karen Keys, Coordinator of Young Adult Services
April 25, 2020

We received hundreds of submissions, and the Teen Writing Contest Committee is pleased to announce the following prizes, honors, and selections for the 2020 Teen Writing Contest & Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize.    Poetry  Middle School First Place: Here’s To La Ciencia Emigrante by Iago Macknik-Conde Second Place: Blue Hands by Vaikuntha Tamayo Honorable Mention: Ode by Ihshan Jaman Honorable Mention: Basketball Game by Aidan Lebron Honorable Mention: All Might by Naomi Schulz High School First Place: The Roach In My Bed by Thisbe Wu...


BookMatch Teen is here for all of your book recommendation needs - fill out our online form to get your own personalized booklist, created by a fellow teen: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/bookmatchteenform In the meantime, here’s what BookMatch Teen members have been checking out during quarantine: Strange the Dreamer series by Laini Taylor. It’s easy to lose yourself in this fantasy series about the power of dreams and nightmares.  We Unleash the Merciless Storm, by Taylor Kay Mejia. The sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire, Carmen has to choose between love and La...

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On March 3rd, Emily Lockhart, author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud*, visited the Brooklyn Heights Library! Taking command of the room, Emily began by reading an excerpt of We Were Liars. After she elaborated on the role of fairy tales in her life, I realized that Emily utilized impactful moments of her adolescence as inspiration for her literary work. We Were Liars highlights teenage angst and the universal phase in our teen hood where we challenge the beliefs held by our elders. Before writing We Were Liars, Emily had identified as a comedy writer and a series of events had led her to...


Are you a teen who loves to read? If so, it’s pretty likely that: a. You’re not sure what to read next, b. Finding books that interest you seems impossible, or maybe c. You have some niche obsession that you’d just die to find a book about. If any of the above applies to you, you’re in luck! BookMatch Teen is a program that helps teen readers find books that they’ll actually want to read, even when they aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for.  The Bookmatch Teen staff is made up of book-loving teenagers from all over Brooklyn. It’s an internship, based in BPL’s...


Featured Artist: Frankia P.

Karen Keys, Coordinator of Young Adult Services
January 9, 2020

Two drawings from Frankia P., a patron of the Crown Heighs Library. Frankia attends MS 61, started drawing when she was six, and only likes to draw animals.   


On November 25, 2019, we welcomed the 2019-2020 Librarians of Tomorrow interns with an Opening Forum! As a Peer Leader intern, I was honored to assist with this event. The Librarians of Tomorrow internship program allows 10th-12thgraders who are interested in libraries to work behind the scenes at a BPL branch. As a former LoT intern, I can say that Opening Forums are awesome! As the event began, we all ate yummy food and began to meet the other cool interns and mentors present. After completing an icebreaker together, everyone settled into their seats and enjoyed listening to several...


Teens Take the Met has been one of NYC's most popular teen events since it started several years ago. Every year, The Met gives a floor of the museum just to teens! Organizations from around the city come together to host activities, including dancing, arts and crafts, science experiments, and BPL's table: BookMatch Teen! At our BookMatching table, people filled out a short form about their interests and taste in books. Then they dropped off the form with us before exploring some fun events, such as the silent disco right next door! While they were gone, we worked hard...


Brooklyn Public Library hosted New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas in its Grand Lobby | Photo by Gregg Richards  I had the honor of attending a discussion and interview led by poet and librarian Adeeba Rana with the YA author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give, On the Come Up). The audience got to know quite a bit about one of their favorite authors and let me tell you that many laughs could be heard that night! Angie and Adeeba went back and forth about relevant topics, especially about speaking one’s truth which really stuck with me. Angie ignited such raw emotion,...


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