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.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Voting Day is Tuesday, November 8!!!


Congrats to those of you voting in your first election! If you are unsure of where to go or the details of your ballot then you have come to the right place. You can find all the information you need about voting by going to Massachusetts's Election Division website. The website is easy to navigate, but here are the most important links for you to have as you go in for voting:
  • Click here and enter your address to find out where you can vote and what will be on your ballot. It is more than just the presidency! 
  • Want to know more about the different Ballot Questions you will be voting on? Click here for the Massachusetts Information for Voters 
  • Depending on a few factors, you may be asked to show identification when checking in at your polling location, click here for more information on this.
  • Click here to learn about your voting rights. You may not have to know all of these, but it is good to have the information just on the off chance something comes up.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesday, November 8th. According to your voting rights, if you are in line at a polling location at 8:00 p.m. then you have a right to vote. You may be considered young to many, but your voice still matters.

I know many of you are too young to vote in our national election, but you can still express your opinions by voting for candy in the Teen Area and/or voting in Children's election of Gerald vs. Piggy for president!

Happy voting everyone!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book Review: The Lovely Bones

The moment I saw The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold on the table of the library, I knew I needed to read it. Not because it was recently turned into a movie. Not because the cover attracted me. Well, maybe both are slightly true, but the real reason is the story started with death.

Now you’re probably thinking I’m some crazy person with weird tastes and you might be correct, but I’ve always been interested in what authors have to say about afterlife and grief. Like most others, I know people who’ve died and met people who lost a family member, so those thoughts naturally are in my head.

I was glad I knew the book was going to be depressing before I started. Right away, the main character Susie died and went to her heaven. I tried to think of the book as a story of hope, teaching that there is light in the darkness. Soon I realized my thoughts became true as the story went on. If I got too lost in depressing aspects of the book, I never would notice the simple beauty and joy that was snuck in here and there. Those calm moments were what kept me reading.

After Susie comes to her heaven, she learns she can watch the living. She watches her family from her heaven, often annoyed by the limits of her abilities. Her family tries to move on, but at the same time feel guilty of the whole situation. Characters weave into their lives, most staying for the whole book.

I found it beautiful how The Lovely Bones was narrated by Susie. It was clear each sentence was said by her. I didn’t feel like I was Susie, I was Susie. This strengthened the book and kept me reading.

Another thing I liked about the book was how it raised questions about family. It talked about how some people never wanted to make a family but still ended up in one. It delved into the topic of sibling rivalry even though one may be gone. The book also explored how it's still possible to forgive a family member even after they ran away from you.

All these topics reminded me how powerful a family can be and how wonderful it is to be part of one.

Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones was a beautiful story to read and I highly recommend it to those in search of a unique tale.

- Darcy, Teen Volunteer

Monday, October 31, 2016

November Happenings: Forensic Science, Book Group, Movie, and more!

November is the start of the holiday season and is the month of our Staff Development Day so be on the lookout for days when the library wont be open. Here are the dates in November when the library is closed:
Friday, November 11 for Veterans' Day
Friday, November 18 for Staff Development Day
Wednesday, November 23 we close at 5pm and are Closed through Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.
*Please note this doesn't include closings due to weather or other unscheduled events.

We have some really great programs lined up for November so let's jump in!

Early Release Day Movie:
The Book of Life
Tuesday, November 1
1:30-3:00ish p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Join us for a screening of The Book of Life and snacks in the Teen Area!

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, November 3
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Elevator to LLR
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.


To Be Teen Book Group
Tuesday, November 15
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
oin us for our new bimonthly book group just for youth in grades 6 and 7. November’s book is The Last Boy at St. Edith's by Lee Gjertsen Malone. Copies are available to pick up in the Teen Area.

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.

I have not listed the Teen Writer's Group or the Girls Who Code Club in this list of events because those programs are filled. You also may have noticed that Food Friday is not happening in November, this is due to all the holidays and Friday closings in the month. Don't worry, Food Friday will be back on December 2nd!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Horror! Book and Movie List

Halloween is just around the corner, or weekend to be exact! Now is the perfect time to get in the spirit with some terrifying books and movies. There is a display in the Teen Area with some of these titles; come in and pick your poison.

Enclave- Ann Aguirre
Shutter- Courtney Alameda
Bad Girls Don’t Die– Katie Alender
Dead Girl of Hysteria Hall- Katie Alender
The Night Gardener- Jonathan Auxier
Doll Bones- Holly Black
White Spaces- Ilsa Bick
The Bunker Diaries– Kevin Brooks
World War Z- Max Brooks
Through the Woods- Emily Carroll
A New Darkness- Joseph Delaney
Coraline- Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
What happened to Cass McBride?- Gail Giles
Feed- Mira Grant
Half Bad– Sally Green
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin
Carrie- Stephen King
Scowler- Daniel Kraus
And the Trees Crept In- Dawn Kurtagich
Daughters Unto Devils- Amy Lukavics
The Women in the Walls- Amy Lukavics
In the After- Demitria Lunetta
I Hunt Killers- Barry Lyga
A Madness So Discreet- Mindy McGinnis
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
This Dark Endeavor- Kenneth Oppel
The Nest- Kenneth Oppel
Amity- Micol Ostow
Asylum- Madeleine Roux
The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
White Crow- Marcus Sedgwick
Cirque Du Freak- Darren Shan
Thirteen Chairs- Dave Shelton
The Madman's Daughter- Megan Shepherd
Full Tilt- Neal Shusterman
Lockdown- Alexander Gordon Smith
Welcome to the Dark House- Laruie Faria Stolarz
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- April Genevieve Tucholke
The Monstrumologist- Rick Yancey
Hotel Ruby- Suzanne Young

Short Story Collections
Extremities- David Lubar
Gotchic! Ten Original Dark Tales- Various Authors
Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read- Anthony Horowitz
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys- Various Authors

Horror Movies (keeping it PG-13 here):
The Boy
Cloverfield
Drag Me To Hell
Insidious
Mama
Ouija
The Ring
Woman in Black
World War Z


Check out the Monster List from two years ago with even more scary books and media.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Book List!

Teens voted for the favorite books published last year and here are the winners!





Alive by Chandler Baker

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When by Victoria Laurie

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten


Click the titles of the books to see if they are available at the library. There is only one book that we don't own, as of the date of this post, but I've added it to my next list of books to order.


Want to nominate your favorite books from this year for the 2017 list? 

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via this form. Book title nominations submitted in the current year will be used for consideration of the following year’s list of nominees. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016.