Sunday, April 15, 2018

Teen Vacation Events!

Hey Teens!

Are you around this fine April vacation week?! We'd love to see you for the events we're hosting this week!

Tuesday, April 17th
Teen Movie - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Robbins Community Room

Wednesday, April 18th
Teen Drop-In Video Games
WiiU or PS4. Nintendo Switch COMING SOON.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Teen Area

Thursday, April 19th
Teen Drop-In Wanderlust Crafts
Map Magnets & Bracelet Cuffs
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

All these events are for grades 6 to 12. Please check out our events calendar for more information on each individual event!

Thanks for your time and support, and have a fantastic vacation!

See you around!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Want to Listen to a Book?

Climbing statistics from 2017 demonstrate that LISTENING to books is a THING. A THING. According to the Pew Research Center, about three-quarters of Americans picked up a book in the last year. The shocking change revealed that about one in five Americans listened to a book! SAY WHAT?! Furthermore, one in four 'young adults' listened to an audiobook! With these promising stats, we have a lot of LISTENING TO DO in 2018!

As someone who frequents audiobooks, I want to address some common misconceptions for commanding adults and teens alike...
  1. Audiobooks are bulky in CD or Playaway form. 
    • FALSE: You can listen to books on your smartphone with the help of a little app called Libby. Like an audiobook physically in the library, you may have to place a hold and wait for an available copy. However, its free and worth the wait! 
  2. Audiobooks via apps take up a lot of my phone's storage.
    • TRUE: If you continue to download files via the elder app, Overdrive, yes, it will take up some space for a bit of time.
    • WORKAROUND: If you download Libby, the flashy younger sibling to Overdrive, it will be quicker, and you won't have to store said files!
  3. Audiobooks take forever to finish.
    • TRUE: Yes, some audiobooks take forever!
    • WORKAROUND: You have 30 minutes to commute to school...Guess what you could be doing with those 30 spare minutes?! YESSSS, you could be listening to a book!  
    • WORKAROUND 2: Choose some teen audiobooks - most max out at around 10 hours. Think about that commute back and forth. You'll complete a book in 10 days! 
  4. Audiobooks are kind of like continuous podcasts.
    • TRUE: If that's how you want to consider it, YES. You could basically listen to a mystery and finish it, not having to wait for the following episode! WHAT?! 
  5. Regarding comprehension, listening to audiobooks just doesn't compare to reading books.
    • TRUE/FALSE: There are no real conclusive findings that demonstrate what works for each individual. According to psychologist Daniel Willingham, there's really no difference in the mental processes that are involved in listening and reading to a book. In other words, they're both beneficial! 
    • TRUE/FALSE: Your teacher tells you audiobooks are not comparable to physical books. Again, if we look at Willingham, it depends on your individual strengths!
    • HONESTLY, it depends on how you like to take in information! Do you enjoy listening to stories or would you instead immerse yourself in words on a page?! Similar to the books you choose to read, genres and topic habits, it depends on what you enjoy! 
Give yourself the time to read one book, and then try listening to another book. Compare & contrast how you retained the information from each book - the plot, characters, world-building, info from specific chapters, etc. See what happens! Surprise yourself or better yet, confirm what you already knew! 

Ultimately, we're here to help, and we look forward to finding you your next great book or audiobook! ;) 

See you soon! 


PS. We have at least a few listeners on the Reference Desk, and we'd all be happy to recommend an audiobook that fits your needs! 

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Teen Nail Art
Tuesday, April 3rd
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Community Room

Local teen and nail art extraordinaire, Natasha Colman, will walk teens through how-to make your own nail art! For each patron, she will paint one accent nail, and let you create your own art!  She will also discuss being a content creator for social media outlets like Instagram! Join us for an afternoon of nail artistry!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Varun Recommends 'Scythe' by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Recently I read the book Scythe by Neal Shusterman. In the book, there are two teens, Rowan and Citra. They live in a world where humanity has conquered death. As a means of population control, specially chosen men and women called scythes carry out random acts of murder, known as gleaning in the post-immortality world. The only way to truly die without a scythe gleaning you is to be burnt alive. A scythe known as Faraday, visits Citra’s home. He also visits Rowan, and suggests they both train to become scythes. They both accept with some reluctance and begin their training. During it, however, tragedy strikes and the two are forced into very different paths.

Overall, I think the book had some very strong parts and some not so strong parts. One thing I found that did annoy me was the relative predictability of the plot. Compared to some more spontaneous books, Scythe was definitely much easier to guess what would happen next. Also, a very large part of the book was covering the training of Rowan and Citra, and while I do agree it is important to show that they were training, and that they were working to become good scythes, I think too much of the book was more a training montage than filled with action scenes.

However, the book had many great things about it as well. The most interesting part about it would have to be the concept that the book explored. The concept of a post-immortality Earth, where people cannot die, where the act of killing is a necessity, and must be done by someone is a very chilling, yet interesting one. Another thing I really liked about the book was the character development and change over the book. We learned lots about all the characters from their actions, from Citra’s stubbornness, to Rowan’s easygoingness. Also, many of the characters changed across the book, them, and watching that development is very interesting.
especially the two main characters. Citra went from a cold, stubborn person to a much nicer, understanding person. And Rowan went from a joke-cracking, grinning person, to a much sadder, colder person. Their differing paths change

Overall I would probably give the book 3 out of 5 stars. While its concept and characters were very creative and interesting, the simple plot and lack of high-intensity thriller scenes made it lose two stars. I would, however, still recommend it to read, as even though it is a longer book, I think it is definitely one to read if you are a fan of dystopian, future books. It has similar themes to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, so fans of that book will enjoy this one as well.

The first review written by teen volunteer, Varun! Thank you and welcome, Varun!

Friday, March 23, 2018

6th Grade Book Club Reads 'Bronx Masquerade' by Nikki Grimes

6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, April 12th

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

Robbins Conference Room (4th Floor)

For our April edition of 6th Grade Book Club, we'll be reading a novel in verse to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Enjoy reading and talking about books? Looking to continue reading throughout the school year? Join us for our 6th Grade Book Club! Every month we’ll read a new book, discuss the present book, complete a papercraft activity based on the book, and choose a book for the following month. Refreshments will be provided! You can sign up HERE via Eventbrite.

Our selection is Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes - while studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

Please pick the book up at the Circulation Desk of the Robbins Library or at the Fox Library and bring it to the meeting held in the Robbins fourth-floor Conference Room!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


We're ECSTATIC that we can now share all the information for our LGBTQIA+ Alternative Prom! Please refer to the Drag Prom 2018 page for more information on all the lead-up events and the ULTIMATE event, DRAG PROM! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Middle School Advisory Board - THIS THURSDAY!

Hey Middle Schoolers!

We're having our second Middle School Advisory Board meeting this year, and we'd love for you to join us! We find that middle schoolers have a unique perspective and place in our library! If you looking to help the library, recommend items for us to purchase, or just hang out in the Teen Area, this group is for you! Drop-in to our meetings to help create fun events, meet new people, and get involved with the Teen Area and its future. There will be pizza and refreshments for attendees!

Have questions?! Please feel free to email Megan, Teen Services Librarian at

Thanks for your time and support, and we look forward to seeing you!