Monday, January 23, 2017

Upcoming Teen Events: Writers, Henna, Food, and Gap Year!

Writer's Workshop for Teens
Eight Mondays:
1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24
6-7:30 pm
Robbins Library
Meet at the Reference Desk
Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays. For ages 12-18.  Location: meet at the Robbins Reference Desk.
Teens will have the option of presenting their work on Sunday, May 7th from 3-4:30 pm
Click here to save your spot! 

Snowflake Henna
Tuesday, January 24 (snow date Jan 31)
4:00-6:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Join professional henna artist Mandy Roberge in this unique workshop where library patrons can receive beautiful henna tattoos while learning about the history of the art form, known as mehndi. The henna paste is applied artfully to the skin in breathtaking designs, and stains the skin for several weeks. It is safe for all skin types. Open to those in Grades 6-12.

Food Friday!
Friday, January 27
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.

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!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Replica

The concept of Lauren Oliver's novel Replica is very unique. The book is told from two perspectives, a girl named Lyra and a girl named Gemma. Instead of their narrations alternating, they each take up one side of the book. Their chapters take place roughly around the same times, so some of the conversations are similar. Ms. Oliver didn't keep the conversations exactly the same to show how experiences are different for all people.

The story takes place in modern times in the United States. Readers follow Gemma, a high school girl without many friends, and Lyra, a girl that lives in Haven, a place that creates clones, or replicas. After Gemma overhears her parents talking about Haven, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happens there, leading to her and Lyra crossing paths.

The book is very slow. Especially Gemma's parts. The exciting parts are mostly in the dialogue when one of the characters says a new, interesting fact. It wasn't until the end, at least for me, when tension really rose, leading to a wonderful finish. If you can wait for an exciting ending, you won't be disappointed.

The characters are relatable and each with their own distinct personality. The females are tough.  but not at all perfect. Ms. Oliver did a great job expressing each character's faults and strengths. By the end of each narration, you felt you had really gotten to know each of the girls as well as the other main characters.

I recommend Replica for anyone who doesn't mind a science fiction story that takes its time. The characters are unforgettable and the ending is beautiful. Despite the fact it takes place in a different version of our world, it still is relatable and an enjoyable read.

-Darcy, Teen Volunteer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sign Up Now for the Winter Session of the Writers Workshop!!!

Our Winter Session of the Writer's Workshop for Teens is starting Monday, January 23 at 6 p.m.! Space is limited, click here to save your spot before it is too late!!! Need more details? Well I've got the details!

Details:
When: This groups meets eight Mondays on the following dates:
January 23, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, and April 24
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Reference Desk of the Robbins Library

What: Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays.

Who: Those in grades 6-12

Anything Else?
Writers will have the option of reading their work at the Writers' Presentation on Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30 pm.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy 2017!!!: Happening this New Year!

Robbins Library will be closed Sunday, January 1st and Monday, January 2nd due to the New Year's Day holiday. We will have our regular Tuesday hours on January 3rd. 

Looking for something to do? Here are some of the programs we are offering at the beginning of January for those in Grades 6-12.

Teen Opinion Time
Tuesday, January 3
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
Thursday, January 5
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.

Early Release Movie- KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Tuesday, January 10
1:30-3:15 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of Kubo and the Two Strings in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12. 


GSA Summit: Supporting and Sustaining Your GSA
Saturday, January 14
2-6 p.m.
Fox Library Community Room
GSAs (Gay Straight Alliance) and QSAs (Queer Straight Alliance) play an important role in every school and community, much more than just a social club. Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), the Boston Area Homeschoolers QSA, and the Robbins Library invite you to join us in discussing ways to maintain a robust GSA for years to come. Discussion followed by a post conference party!  Refreshments will be provided. Open to ages 12-19, membership to a GSA not required. ASL Friendly. This space is not wheelchair accessible. 
Questions? Contact Aimee at avillet@minlib.net or 781-316-3204

Check back for details for more of our Teen Programs being offered later in January.

GSA Summit: Supporting and Sustaining Your GSA

GSA Summit: Supporting and Sustaining Your GSA
Saturday, January 14
2-6 p.m.
Fox Library Community Room

GSAs (Gay Straight Alliance) and QSAs (Queer Straight Alliance) play an important role in every school and community, much more than just a social club. Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), the Boston Area Homeschoolers QSA, and the Robbins Library invite you to join us in discussing ways to maintain a robust GSA for years to come. Discussion followed by a post conference party!  Refreshments will be provided. Open to ages 12-19, membership to a GSA not required. ASL Friendly. This space is not wheelchair accessible. 

Questions? Contact Aimee at avillet@minlib.net or 781-316-3204

***The Fox Library is located at 175 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. If you show up to the Robbins Library then you will be at the wrong place!***

Monday, November 28, 2016

December Events: LGBTQ+ Drop In, Food Friday and

Winter is Coming...

How is it almost December? Where has 2016 went? Okay, I need to just get over the fact that winter is nipping at our heals. Time to focus! I know this time of year is very hectic with holiday parties and projects due before December break so I hope you aren't shocked to notice that we've front-loaded our programming for the month. Here is our super concentrated program schedule for December!


LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, December 1
3:30-5 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.

Food Friday!
Friday, December 2
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.

Early Release Movie and Games: Finding Dory
Tuesday, December 6
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Enjoy the early release day with snacks, a screening of Finding Dory and Wii U games in the Community Room. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Teen Hour+ of Code
Thursday, December 8
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Are you curious about coding? Do you already know how to code but would like to meet more people who are into coding? If you answered yes to either of these questions then come to our Hour+ of Coding event! This events is just for youth in Grades 6-12.
Space is limited so reserve your spot at https://rltcode1.eventbrite.com/


Teen Writers’ Workshop Reading
Sunday, Dec 11
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Fall Teen Writers’ Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity. 

Come by the Reference Desk or find me in the Teen Area for more information about these program, or if you just want to pop into say hello.

Holiday Hours

The Robbins Library and Fox Library will be closed Saturday, December 24-Monday December, 26. This is due to Christmas landing on a Sunday. The Robbins Library will have regular 9-5 hours on December 31. Again, New Year's lands on a Sundays so the library will be closed Sunday, January 1 as well as Monday, January 2.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Upcoming Happenings: Forensic Science and Special Closings

Forensic Science Road Show
Thursday, November 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program that introduces you to the fascinating subject of forensic science.  Subjects include:   Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, Functions of Forensic Scientist, Blood, DNA, Fingerprints, Metal Detectors, Footwear Impressions.  For grades 6-12.

Robbins Library will be closed on Friday, November 18th for our yearly Staff Development Day. The Fox Library will be open for your convenience.

The Robbins Library and Fox Library will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and will remain closed through Thursday, November 24. Both libraries will be open regular hours on Friday, November 25.