Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teen Read Week: Book List(s)

As Teen Read Week wraps up I thought I would give you some ideas on great books you can find at our library! The picture above is a mix of new and older titles. All of them are great books! Below is a list of some of my favorite books I've read this year. Not all of them are new, but hopefully you will find something that piques your interest.

Let's Get Lost- Adi Alsaid
The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave book 2)- Rick Yancey
Revolver- Marcus Sedgwick
The Reason I jump- Naoki Higashida
Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders- Geoff Herbach
Say What You Will- Cammie McGovern
Attack on Titan, Volumes 1 & 2- Hajime Isayama
Orphan Train- Christina Baker Kline
Guy in Real Life- Steve Brezenoff
Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
If I Stay- Gayle Forman
Where She Went- Gayle Forman
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
The One- Kiera Cass
Roomies- Sara Zarr
Winger- Andrew Smith
The Impossible Knife of Memory- Laurie Halse Anderson

This list is a bit late for Teen Read Week, but better late than never!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Calling all LGBTQA Teens!!!

LGBTQ youth need more support in Arlington and surrounding towns. We are hoping to help them get the services they need by hosting a Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

This event is for any teen who wants to see changes in the opportunities available for LGBTQ youth in the area. Whether you wish there were more ways to socialize, see a need for support, or would like a larger variety of programs in the area; this is your chance to let BAGLY know what needs to change. 

Join members of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) and BAGLY’s director of programs for a discussion about local LGBTQA youth needs.  Come with all of your ideas and questions  – let’s fill the room!! 

Co-sponsored by the Robbins Library and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer/Straight Alliance.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

They're Here: Social Books!


The Social Books are finally here! It is so exciting! You probably have no idea what I am talking about so let me explain. Social Books are books that you can write in as a way to share your thoughts about what you are reading. Other teens can then pick up the same book and write their own comments. The goal is to make reading a social activity without having to be in the same room as someone else. I don't know about you, but I actually like to read in private. I get too distracted by other human beings. That is why social books are perfect! You can still share your thoughts and feelings about a book without the distraction of being around other people. You can then pick up the book you read later and see what other people said about it.

How do you know if the book is a social book or not? Look for the big Social Book label on the front cover of the book. These books do not have barcodes or any location label. Any books that do not have a big Social Book sticker are not meant to be written in. 

Is there a system to the social book, or do we just start writing all over them? There is a sheet where you can fill out your name and identifier. If you don't feel comfortable putting your name in the book then feel free to put a nickname or create a pseudonym for yourself. The identifiers are a way for readers to distinguish one person's comments from another. You can pick a specific color pen to write in or make a certain symbol (star, smiley face, ect) to identify your comments from others. Feel free to make small guesses about the plot, but do not go back and write in spoilers! 

These books do not need to be checked out of the library. Just read them while you are here or take them home with you and return them when you are finished. Look for the display in the Teen Area today.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 12th-18th

Happy Teen Read Week! TRW is all about reading for the fun of it. Whether you enjoy reading books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, comics, e-books, or any other media, we encourage you to read it this week! I could list studies and statistics about why reading is important, but that is boring. Besides, the top reason for reading is very simple, IT'S FUN!!! There are more books in print than you could read in a lifetime. If you pick up a book and are not enjoying it then just move onto the next one.

Later in the week, I will be unveiling a new collection just for teens- Social Books! Social Books are books that you can write in as a way to share your thoughts about what you are reading. Other teens can then pick up the same book and write their own comments. The goal is to make reading a social activity without having to be in the same room as someone else. I will post once this collection is up so check back!

While Teen Read Week is about reading, not all of our events are reading centered, view our full list of events below. 

The Doctor’s Companions:
Doctor Who Fan Club for Teens
Tuesday, October 14
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, join us for a discussions of the new season of “Doctor Who” and make a Doctor Who related craft.

Teens Only Book Chat
Wednesday, October 15
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
No worries if you don’t finish the book, because there is no book!  Just come share your thoughts on any books you have read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.  This is a great way to get reading suggestions, as well as share your love for reading.

Teen Coffee House
Thursday, October 16
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Open Mic. Pizza served. Come sing, dance, tell jokes, read poetry. For teens age 13 and up.
Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign up to perform.

Read Down Your Fines
Friday, October 17th
3:00-4:30 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area anytime between 3:00 and 4:30 to read down your fines! You get 50¢ off your fines for each 15 minutes you read. Just check in with Aimee when you get to the Teen Area and she will get you started. Here are the rules:
1- You have to be a teen between the ages of 13 and 17.
2- You can only read down your late fines. This does not apply to missing, damaged, or replacement fees.
3- You have to read in 15 minute increments. If you only read 7 minutes then it doesn't count. If you read 40 minutes you only get $1 of fines reduced.
4- You must be reading at all times. If you start chatting with a friend or using your phone it doesn't count.
5- You must stay in the Teen Area while reading.

Just as a reminder, the Library is Closed Monday for Columbus Day, but that does not mean you can't check out books! We have an ebook catalog through OverDrive where you can check out and read books anywhere you have the Internet. Get the app for your tablet or smart phone to read/listen to books. If you have an e-reader then go to the catalog where you can transfer books to your Kindle, Nook, or other device.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Teen Writers' Workshop Monday October 6th

Writers' Workshop for Teens
Mondays twice a month for six sessions.
Monday, Sept 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, November 3 & 17
6-7:30 p.m. 
Robbins Library
Teens will meet Lynette Benton by the Reference desk at 6:00 p.m.

Work with Lynette Benton, author of Polish and Publish, to move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. Bring writing you’ve been working on (short story, novel excerpt, comedy, poetry).   At the end of the workshop, teens have the option in participating in the Writer's presentation on Sunday, November 23rd 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TAG Wednesday October 1st!

TAG and Spooky Craft
Wednesday, October 1
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.
***Bonus spooky craft and snack***

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Teen Books on OverDrive

The awesome Jenny, you may know her from the Reference Desk, bought some great YA ebooks through OverDrive. Here is a list of just some of the wonderful books available to you anywhere you have the Internet.  

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Sheetal Sheth, and Heather Lind
Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
Delirium Series by 
Delirium (Book 1)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
The Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave (Book 1)
The Infinite Sea (Book 2)
Gone Series by Michael Grant
Hunger (Book 2)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman:
Just One Day (Book 1
Just One Year (Book 2)
Just One Night (Book 3)
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue  (Book 3) 
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi:
Shatter Me (Book 1)
Unravel Me (Book 2)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner: (Book) 4 

If you are noticing some not so new titles, that is because the licenses ran out so we had to repurchase them.  Oh the complications of ebooks!  If you need a refresher on how to us OverDrive then click here for video tutorials. Happy reading!