Thursday, August 14, 2014

Upcoming Teen Programs

 Teen Steampunk Craft
Monday, August 18
2-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Join us in the Teen Area for a Steampunk inspired craft!

Teens Only Book Group
Wednesday, August 20th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
This months book is “Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier; copies will be available in the Teen Area by July's meeting.  No worries if you don’t finish the book, just come share other books you’ve read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.

Teen BYON Notebook Decorating
Thursday, August 28
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Get ready for school by listening to records and decorating your notebook.  Just bring your notebook and we'll provide the supplies to decorate it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3D Printing 101 Wednesday!!!

There is still space in the 3D Printing 101 for Teens on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room.  
We recommend you reserve your space by registering here, but feel free to drop by Wednesday and see if there is still room.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Awesome Audio Books List

Audio books are wonderful!  They are a great way to sneak in reading, even if you have a busy schedule.  You can listen whether you are on a long road trip, stuck on a bus, working out, or doing chores. Listening to a good audio book can make any activity (especially a tedious ones) more enjoyable. While the story and writing are important components to any good book, a great narrator can make or break the audio version. 

Here is a list of great audio books!  Some of them are my personal favorites and others are award winning.  The links will take you to our catalog where you can find what's available at the Robbins Library.

Feed by M.T. Anderson, read by David Aaron Baker

White Cat by Holly Black, read by Jesse Eisenberg

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, read by Caitlin Greer

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, read by author

The Diviners by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl

Swim the Fly by Don Calame, read by Nick Podehl

Heist Society by Ally Carter, read by Angela Dawe

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, read by Nicola Barber

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, read by Kim Mai Guest

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, read by Kate Rudd

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan, read by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, read by Kirby Heyborne

I Hunt Killers by Berry Lyga, read by Charlie Thurston

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, read by Jeff Cummings

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy  by L.A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve, read by the author

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, read by Lincoln Hoppe

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman, read by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and Laura Hamilton

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Steve West & Fiona Hardingham

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, read by Moreven Christie and Lucy Gaskell

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Doctor's Companions: Teen Doctor Who Fan Club

Teen Whovians, we will be meeting again Tuesday, August 12th from 3-4:30 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.  Join us for our second meeting of our Doctor Who fan club for teens!  We will be discussing our thoughts on the new Doctor, sharing fan art, and watching an episode.  

Club Rules:
1- Teens Only!- Grades 6 to Grade 12 (or in that age range)
2- Be respectful of others.
3- Have fun!
4- For all levels of fandom.
5- “Spoilers!” They may happen, so if you are not caught up on all the episodes, be aware that you may need to apply earmuffs.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Movie Clues for Friday's Movie

We are playing a Time Travel themed movie for teens tomorrow, Friday August 8th, in the Robbins Library Community Room from 2:30 to 4:15 PM.  
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the title here, but I can give you some clues!

1- Two teenage guys travel through time in a telephone booth to preparation for a school presentation.

2- Nintendo Power magazine gave the phone booth time machine away as part of a contest to promote the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure video game.

3- Keanu Reeves and George Carlin starred in this movie.

4- The original script featured a van as the time machine, but there was a concern it would look like a rip-off of Back to the Future.

*These facts are from

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August's Teen Only Book Group Selection

Copies of August's book, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, are in the Teen Area  now for the next Teens Only Book Group meeting!  The group will meet Wednesday, August 20th from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Robbins Library Teen Area.

In Ruby Red, Gwen learns about her Time Travel gene when she is finds herself back in time.  Gwen's cousin was supposed to be the time traveler in the family, but now Gwen must navigate her new life as part of the secret society called The Guardians.  

Yes, I know.  I picked a book with a girl with a big red dress on the cover.  I'm aware that it might not interested everyone, but as always, you don’t have to read the book to come to the meeting.  Just come share other books you have read and enjoy the discussion.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Swords, Cake, and 3D Printing!!!

Science of Swordplay
Monday, July 28
6:30-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
A chronological presentation of several different eras of European sword use. Links the correlation between the book and the sword with examples from historical combat manuals and physical demonstrations of the use of several different types of swords. Be prepared for a demo, and a question and answer/"MythBusters" segment where we discuss the common misconceptions about swords.
Please register here to guarantee your spot.

Cake Decorating
Wednesday, August 6th
4-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join a  talented cake decorator  from Whole Foods in Arlington to learn  some simple tips and techniques for decorating cakes and cupcakes. This is a hands on and delicious workshop where you can eat your creations. Not recommended for teens with life threatening food allergies.This program is made possible by the generosity of Katie Lamie  from Whole Foods Market Arlington, MA.
Register here to reserve your spot.
***Registration closes July 30th***

3D Printing 101 for Teens
Wednesday, August 13th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Have you heard about 3D printers on the news? Although the technology has been around for over 20 years, the personal 3D printer movement makes anything seem possible. In this fast-paced workshop you'll get to "meet" a 3D printer, discuss the history of the technology, then dive into some basic 3D design with a free tool you can use at home. Please register here.  Space is limited!
 ***If you can bring your own device or check out one of our laptops 10 minutes before the start of the program, we have 6 more spaces available! If you are using your own computer, check to make sure the browser will work for the program by click here. If you do not receive an error message or are using one of our laptops, you can contact Aimee at 781-316-3204 or by e-mail at These spaces are first come, first serve.***