Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Upcoming March Events: Food, Opinions and LGBTQ+ Drop In

Food Friday!
Friday, March 17
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! This food tasting event is for those in grades 6-12.



Teen Opinion Time
Tuesday, March 21
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come share your opinions about the library, our programming, and materials so that we can make the library a better place for you.

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Tuesday, March 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ace, or questioning teen? Are you a teen ally for LGBTQIA teens? If you answered yes to either of these questions then we invite you to come to this event! Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy an afternoon of fun.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ART 2017 Kicks Off Saturday with Nicole Maines and Pizza!

Arlington Reads Together 2017 kicks off with a special event! Join us for an afternoon with Nicole Maines, the subject of our 2017 selection “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. Nicole’s talk “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story” will be inspiring to teens and adults as she recounts her life and work to tell the world who she is. This event will be held at Arlington’s Town Hall Saturday, March 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Following the event, The Book Rack will be selling copies of “Becoming Nicole” and Nicole will be signing books.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is suggested.


Following Nicole Maine’s talk at Town Hall, area teens are invited to a pizza social with Nicole. She’ll be speaking with First Parish and Arlington-area Youth. Hang out, play games, and have a chance to meet Nicole.

This event will be held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts at 630 Mass Ave, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. First Parish is located directly next to Robbins Library. This event is free and open to area teens. There will be a concurrent parent’s forum with Nicole’s father Wayne Maines.

Pizza generously provided by Za Restaurant in Arlington Mass.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Upcoming Teen Events: Nicole Maines!, LGBTQ+ Drop In, and a Movie

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Tuesday, February 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ace, or questioning teen? Are you a teen ally for LGBTQIA teens? If you answered yes to either of these questions then we invite you to come to this event! Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy an afternoon of fun.

Arlington Reads Together Kick off with Nicole Maines: You are Part of the Story
Saturday March 4
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave 
Arlington Reads Together 2017 kicks off with a special event! Join us for an afternoon with Nicole Maines, the subject of our 2017 selection “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. Nicole’s talk “Transgender: You're Part of the Story” will be inspiring to teens and adults as she recounts her life and work to tell the world who she is.  Following the event, The Book Rack will be selling copies of “Becoming Nicole” and Nicole will be signing books. Nicole’s appearance in Arlington is made possible by the Library Board of Trustees, Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, the Friends of Robbins Library, and the Friends of Fox Branch Library. This event is free and open to all. Registration is suggested at arlingtonreadstogether.eventbrite.com
Please contact Maura Deedy at mdeedy{at}minlib.net with any questions. 

Early Release Movie
Tuesday, March 7
1:30-3:15 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of a movie in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Winter Explosion is Coming...

Don't miss the 3rd annual Winter Explosion on Thursday, February 16, in the Robbins Library Teen Area from 3 to 4:30 pm. There will be hot chocolate, cookie decoration, and more! Whether you are stopping in for the whole time or just dropping by to get some hot chocolate to go, don't miss this once a year event! 

This program is free and open to youth in grades 6 through 12.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Upcoming Events: Gap Year, Writers, Early Release and Food Friday

What Is a Gap Year, and Is It for You?
Thursday, February 2
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you feeling uncertain or hesitant about going straight to college?  Have you looked into gap year options and been overwhelmed by what is out there? Do you worry 
about what a gap year may cost?  Come learn all about gap year from Jane Sarouhan, Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. Jane has been working with young adults, families and programs for 20 years as an educator, programmer, director and counselor.
Students, parents and staff are welcome to attend!  

Teen Writers Workshop
8 Mondays:
Monday, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24
6-7:30 p.m.
Writers' presentation on Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30 pm
Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or move forward on your writing projects. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays. For ages 12-18.  Meet at the Robbins Reference Desk. 
Register at:  https://writersworkshopwinterspring2017.eventbrite.com

Early Release Movie- The Princess Bride
Tuesday, February 7
1:30-3:15 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of the Princess Bride in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Food Friday!
Friday, February 10
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! This food tasting event is for those in grades 6-12.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Before I Fall

There are some books that you will remember forever. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is one of them. The book follows High School senior Samantha Kingston as she relives the last day of her life six times. 

The setting is very realistic. Samantha, or Sam, attends Thomas Jefferson High School in Connecticut with her three best friends Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. The school has bathroom graffiti, crowded lunchrooms, and busy hallways like any other school. This makes it much more believable and relatable. It's like you can see yourself within the walls of the book. 

The characters themselves are unforgettable. I loved how Sam's friends all have their faults and by the end of the book, she realizes it, but she doesn't stop loving and supporting them. I found this aspect to be very influential. Her friends are all popular and not afraid to criticize other people. The fact Sam continues to be friends with them despite their personalities is very inspiring. It really shows that you know when you've found your true friends. 

My favorite thing about the book was the ending. The story itself took a long time to unravel. It makes sense saying that you're watching the same day over and over again. Nevertheless, Ms. Oliver has you on your toes wondering what will happen next. The ending was beautiful. I can't say I'm a big fan when everything works out perfectly to the main character, but it all felt well-deserved after tumbling through the mess of days Sam went through previously. To be honest, I almost cried at the ending because it was so beautiful. 

Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall is an unforgettable book with a realistic setting, developed characters, and a wonderful ending. I recommend it to anyone who loves well written books.

Darcy, Teen Volunteer

Curious about Gap Years? Find out what they are all about!

Are you feeling uncertain or hesitant about going straight to college?  Have you looked into gap year options and been overwhelmed by what is out there? Do you worry about what a gap year may cost?  

Join us on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room to learn all about Gap Years through an engagning presentation by Jane Sarouhan. Jane is Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. She has been working with young adults, families and programs for 20 years as an educator, programmer, director and counselor.


Here are some topics she will cover:

  1. Define Gap Year: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  2. Benefits of gap time.
  3. Common concerns of gap time: Safety. Cost. Returning to school. College process.
  4. Tips on how to create structured, meaningful gap time.

All interested students, parents, guardians and counselors are encouraged to attend!