Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pop Up Program: Masks and Skulls!

Join us Thursday and Friday, October 30th and 31st, for a Pop Up Program in the Teen Area of the Robbins Library at 3:00 pm! Decorate spoons and masks to look like calaveras de azucar, or "sugar skulls". The craft will be available until 4:45 pm both days, or until we run out of supplies. This craft is enspired by Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Click here to learn more about Dia de los Muertos.


Pop Up Programs are activities that happen with little to no notice. These may be posted online or just appear in the Teen Area at any time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It is Official: Robbins Library is Closed Until Friday, October 24th

It is official. The Robbins Library still does not have power so we have called it for the day. I’m really sorry to say that means no BAGLY Conversation today. We are hoping to reschedule and will keep you posted when we have a new date.
The Robbins Library will reopen tomorrow, Friday. The Fox Branch will be open until 5 pm today.

Currently No Power

You read the header correctly, we do not have power at the Robbins Library. There is a chance it could come back today, but we are closed for now.

If we get power back before 3:00pm today then we will be opening at 5:00pm. The BAGLY Conversation for tonight has not been canceled, but I will let you know no later than 3:00pm whether or not it is still on.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teen Events on October 23rd and 24th

Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
LGBTQA Youth and Allies
Teens Only (13-19)
Do you love the GSA, but wish there were more opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQA youth locally? Would you be interested in local programming for LGBTQA kids? What kinds of activities and supports would you like to see in place for local LGBTQA youth?
Please 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.

Food Friday!
Friday, October 24
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample a creepy treat. Join us the Fourth Friday each month for a food tasting and craft. This event is for Teens only.

***Not recommended for those with food allergies.***

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.