This month’s Library Newsletter had a great article about Teen dating violence. Here is what Sarah had to say:

“One in 10 teens reported being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. That’s a pretty scary fact, especially if you’re a teen or the parent of one. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness of the issue and to help protect teens from violence.

Did you know dating violence doesn’t have to be physical? While it can mean being pushed around or hit by your dating partner, it can also mean being attacked emotionally or electronically. Repeated obsessive or jealous testing, receiving inappropriate photos, being hurtfully teased or called names–these are all different things that can indicate a relationship is unhealthy. They may seem harmless, but they are all hurtful and can lead to more serious violence or stalking.

Not sure about a relationship? You can take this quiz to find out if your relationship may be a healthy one.

People experiencing dating violence may be afraid or embarrassed to tell friends and family, but understanding that violence is never acceptable and seeking help are important. Help is out there. You can text “loveis” to 22522, call 1-866-331-9474, or live chat with a Peer Advocate at http://www.loveisrespect.org to take action.

For more information, teens and parents can visit http://www.loveisrespect.org for great advice and quizzes that help sort out dating basics and create an action plan to stop teen violence.”

Stop the violence, increase the peace!


It looks like your envelopes just got a bit more hairy Harry. The United States Postal Service will begin selling commemorative HP stamps. Booya! Good day to be a Muggle.

Harry Forever!


Teen Reviewer: Hannah

Age: 14

Book or Audio Book Title: Tempted, A House of Night Novel (#6)

Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

How did you learn about this book? I found the first book in the series at Walmart and just fell in love with it. I’ve kept up with it so far and I’m not stopping yet.

What is it about? This is the 6th book in the House of Night series. The main character, Zoey, struggles with the ongoing battle with Neferet. Along with that there is a lot of romance (as always!). It is my favorite book so far.

Rating (Five=I can’t imagine my life before I got to know this. One=Please help me forget): Five! Changed my life for the better.

I listen to a lot of Podcasts in my free time. Planet Money, a simplified program about economics is one of my favorites. I know, you’re thinking “Ick, economics, I would rather stick string cheese in my ears”, but give me a chance. It is really cool! The hosts are young and funny and hip, and they even play popular music on occasion.


There was this one episode in particular that I want to share, because I thought it was awesome. “The Most (and least) Lucrative College Majors in One Graph” aired in September and really stuck with me.

After talking with a BNL High school Junior last night at the Library, I thought I would post about our conversation and the message in this Podcast. The high school junior, who we will call Cinderella (all names have been changed for privacy) expressed to me her confusion on the whole process and what she should even get into.

She said, “Ugh, I don’t even know what my passion is. They say you need to go with your passion,” to which I replied “you’re 16! It’s OK that you aren’t totally clear on a passion!” So this is my first piece of advice.

  • It’s OK to not be completely sure of the path you want your life to go on. You are young, and making big decisions means taking your time and being educated about your options.

Passions aside, you’re gut isn’t always right. Think of it like this: If you’re trying to be health conscience, but your gut is telling you to eat allllllll the left over and potentially stale Halloween candy, it doesn’t mean you should listen. More so than intuition, being KNOWLEDGEABLE on the options is always the right way. Take it from a Librarian!

  • Get yourself educated on the options that are out there! Don’t just look to your cousins, or your friends older siblings to make one of the most important decisions in your life!

If you knew that going into Social Work would earn you less than $40k a year, when choosing Business Administration could help you earn $65k a year and give you the option to work in a counseling type setting, which one would you choose? Below is a graph of the top ten majors with the highest and lowest earnings.


If you want to see more of the graphs and solid factual data on earnings for different majors, check out this great study by Georgetown University entitled “What’s it Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors”.  It’s easy to read and has a boat load of graphs and charts.

I know. I know. So many of you, myself included, want to go out and change the world. And you think that getting into Social Work or Psychology is the way to do it. Wrong. Having the passion is important, but being trained in the skill of management, administration, and leading an organization is how the real change happens. Your passion will back up your purpose, but your degree will tell potential employers you are capable of the other stuff, too.

I hope I don’t sound too preachy, but our friend Cinderella seemed pretty excited to learn about all the different options. She had no idea that there was any other choice besides Social Work that would help her fulfill her dream of working with kids in need. But there is.

Your school should have someone there to talk with you about all the options out there, but so can we. Additionally, all the college’s have people on staff that are there specifically to help you. Give them a call or shoot them an email, they tend to be really helpful and kind. If you are interested in finding out more about college majors, or earnings please don’t hesitate to call or write or just come into the Library!

Good luck!  Be in the know!

Teen Fairy Tales


I’ve been noticing a lot of Teen fiction with fairy tale themes. Since it’s getting chilly (it actually snowed this morning), and so many fairy tales have wintery undertones (like Hansel and Gretel and Snow White) I thought I would make a list of books with classic fairy tale themes. Here we go!

Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa


Julie Kagawa’s faerie-fantasy series The Iron Fey is a good place to start. The most recent book in the series, The Iron Traitor adds to the fantastical story of Meghan and her mythical faery king of a father. Ethan, brother of the most powerful faerie in Nevernever is having a hard go at trying to lead a ‘normal’ life outside the land of the Fey. This series will surely warm you up on a chilly winter night.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


One part classic story of Cinderella and her unfair, second class life, and one part seriously messed up dystopian cyborg fantasy, Marissa Meyer’s series Lunar Chronicles will definitely whisk you away to another world. The first book in the series, Cinder introduces us to Cinder, a mechanic cyborg (can anyone say Steampunk?), forced into indentured servitude by her stepmother and sick step sisters until she finds herself intertwined with a handsome prince (sound familiar?). The third installment of this series, Cress, is due out Winter 2014. It has heavy Rapunzel themes with that Marissa Meyer otherworldly flair. Should be a good one.

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

ImageThis. Book. Besides having the most awesome cover and title, the story isn’t half bad either! Set with the task of avenging her family, Ali learns to fight the undead. Zombies. The second book in this series, Through the Zombie Glass, (released in 2013), ali finds her self as a seasoned Zombie slayer and is faced with a whole new kinds of undead attack. The third installment of this series The Queen of Zombie Hearts is due for release Fall 2014 (September). It could be a long wait, but I am sure it will be worth it.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson


While preparing to write this blog post I stumbled upon Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson and can’t wait to read it (I’ve already placed the hold). It is an opulent retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale. This historical romance has so many elements that have me biting at the bit for its arrival. Antebellum South. YES. Gothic. YES. and the cover is just beautiful (Yes, I tend to judge a book by it’s cover. Sue me). Released in March 2013, Strands of Bronze and Gold is an awesome retelling of a traditional folktale with twists and turns that keep your skin prickly.

Splintered by A.G. Howard


This brand spankin’ new Alice in Wonderland-esque story is the debut release for A.G. Howard. The main character Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of flowers and bugs. Worried that she, like her mother, will be forced into a mental hospital before she is able to find true independence, she manages to work around the voices in her brain. This book has all the elements you loved about Lewis Carroll’s Adventures in Wonderland; a sea of tears and an intense wacky tea party. Throwing in a little first love and some romance, helps make Splintered the highly awaited Teen release for Fall 2013.

I think those should keep you busy for a while. Remember the Teen Reviews when you finish up reading one of these fantastical stories. We are always looking for teen reviewers! Happy reading!

Maybe you read our recent post about Hoopla and how awesome it is. I wanted to pop back in and also mention out new online catalog that you can access from our website. The catalog is new and improved and has some pretty neat features that make finding all of the new purchases at the library easy to find and fun to browse. From the catalog you have the option to choose from several new purchases lists. I, of course, recommend perusing the “New Teen Fiction and Non-Fiction” list.

When you login with your Library card number and pin (last four digits of your phone number) making holds is a SNAP. You can also ask for the Library to text you with the call number (regular text fees apply).


I wanted to get my paws on the new Lauren Myracle book, so I had them text me the call number. It was really easy. Now the hard part is going to be trying to get through The Infinite Moment of Us 1. without crying 2. without finishing it in 1 day (she doesn’t write books everyday like James Patterson, so I’ve gotta save it).


Sorry if this isn’t as exciting to you as it is to me! Us library folk get excited about the strangest things and have photos of our cats in our wallets and in frames on our desks.

Hoopla has arrived at Bedford Public Library!!! What is Hoopla, you ask? It is a new digital borrowing service that is free for you to use with your Library Card! You can access tons of movies, TV shows, and (my personal favorite) new music releases!


I tried it out the other day, and was surprised at how easy and awesome it is. All you have to do is visit the BPL website and click on the Hoopla image link. Once you have arrived and you have your Library Card handy, just click on “SIGN UP”. Hoopla will ask you some questions including the name of your home library (that’s us!). Once you’re all set up and ready to go, the fun truly begins. You are allowed to check out up to 10 titles a month with NO WAIT! See something you want? BOOM! You’ve got it. The app is pretty awesome and has a player built right in. Try it out. You will like it.


I browsed around for a good while and landed on two brand spankin’ new records that I love! I checked out Katy Perry’s new album, Prism. I am lovin’ that song Roar right now. I also checked out the debut album by my new favorite Teen Kiwi pop star, Lorde. Her debut album Pure Heroine is SO. AWESOME. You’ve probably heard the single, Royals on the radio. Golly, I LOVE IT. Did I mention that Lorde is 17 years old and from Auckland, New Zealand? Can you believe that? Check out the video for my favorite new song, Royals below.

Be sure to keep up with Hoopla. New stuff is added to their library all the time. If you need a little help setting it up, want to learn more, or just want to talk about the new Lorde record, come on in to the Library and find me!


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