Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Items in the Teen Space!

Check out the cool new items Robbins just got in!

GRAPHIC TEEN FIC LOCKJAWKibblesmith, Daniel,Lockjaw :;who's a good boy?
GRAPHIC TEEN FIC UKAZUUkazu, Ngozi,Check, please!.;Book 1,;#Hockey!
GRAPHIC TEEN FIC VALENTEValente, Tony,Radiant
GRAPHIC TEEN FIC VENOMWells, Zeb.Venom.;Dark origin
SPEED READ TEEN FIC HAN, J.Han, Jenny,Always and forever, Lara Jean
SPEED READ TEEN FIC THOMAS, A.Thomas, Angie,The hate u give
SPEED READ TEEN FIC YOON, N.Yoon, Nicola,Everything, everything
TEEN CD-BOOK FIC BARRBarr, Emily,The one memory of Flora Banks
TEEN CD-BOOK FIC BLAKEBlake, Kendare,Two dark reigns
TEEN CD-BOOK FIC KEPLINGERKeplinger, Kody,That's not what happened
TEEN CD-BOOK FIC OLIVEROliver, Lauren,Broken things
TEEN CD-BOOK FIC ZOBOIZoboi, Ibi Aanu,Pride
TEEN FIC PINBOROUGH, S.Pinborough, Sarah,The double-edged sword
TEEN PS4 ADVENTURE TIME: PIRATES OF THE ENCHIRIDIONAdventure time :;Pirates of the Enchiridion
TEEN PS4 DRAGONBALL XENOVERSE 2Dragonball xenoverse 2
TEEN PS4 KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8: FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUEKingdom hearts HD II.8 final chapter prologue
TEEN PS4 MADDEN NFL 19Madden NFL 19
TEEN PS4 MARVEL SPIDER-MANSpider-man
TEEN PS4 NBA 2K19NBA 2K19
TEEN READERS' ADVISORY REF 016.8093 FICFichtelberg, Susan.Encountering enchantment :;a guide to speculative fiction for teens
TEEN SWITCH ADVENTURE TIME: PIRATES OF THE ENCHIRIDIONAdventure time :;Pirates of the Enchiridion
TEEN SWITCH CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKERCaptain Toad: treasure tracker
TEEN SWITCH LEGEND OF ZELDA. BREATH OF THE WILDThe Legend of Zelda.;Breath of the wild
TEEN SWITCH LEGO. THE INCREDIBLESLEGO The Incredibles
TEEN SWITCH SPLATOON 2Splatoon 2
TEEN SWITCH SUPER MARIO ODYSSEYSuper Mario odyssey
TEEN XBOX 360 ONE SHENMUE I & IIShenmue I & II
TEEN XBOX ONE MADDEN NFL 19Madden NFL 19
TEEN XBOX ONE ONRUSH. DAY ONE EDITIONONRUS
FIC FISCHER, N.Fischer, Nancy Richardson,When elephants fly
TEEN FIC BOWMAN, A.Bowman, Akemi Dawn,Summer Bird Blue
TEEN FIC CALETTI, D.Caletti, Deb,A heart in a body in the world
TEEN FIC DERISO, C.Deriso, Christine Hurley,Things I'd rather do than die
TEEN FIC FARIZAN, S.Farizan, Sara,Here to stay
TEEN FIC GOODLETT, E.Goodlett, Ellen,Rule
TEEN FIC HEIDICKER, C.Heidicker, Christian McKay,Attack of the 50 foot wallflower
TEEN FIC HESSE, M.Hesse, Monica,The war outside
TEEN FIC HOUCK, C.Houck, Colleen,The lantern's ember
TEEN FIC HOYLE, M.Hoyle, McCallMeet the Sk
TEEN FIC LONDON, A.London, Alex,Black wings beating
TEEN FIC ZOBOI, I.Zoboi, Ibi Aanu,Pride
TEEN SS FIC UNBROKENUnbroken :;13 stories starring disabled teens

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This is Halloween!


Join us for a wicked cool Halloween Party! Come in costume or just as yourself to enjoy candy, a movie, cider, and maybe some spooky surprises. We love Halloween here in the Teen Space, so come celebrate with us!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Love, Simon


Come join Reel Queer to watch a great movie! And afterward, put a hold on the book that inspired it, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens. 17-year-old Simon Spier is in the closet and is falling in love with an anonymous person he's been emailing with. Trying to solve his problems prove complicated and life-changing.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Girls Who Code!


That's right! Girls Who Code is BACK for it's third year running! There will be an Open House on October 4th for interested girls. Girls Who Code and the Robbins Library define 'girl' as anyone who would take that identity for themselves so if you call yourself a girl, you are welcome here! The Open House includes a lottery drawing for club participation so attendance is mandatory for those who want to join the club. Please contact Katy if you have circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from attending.

Can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Back to School? More like Back to the Robbins for FUN TIMES!











At the Fox
Sept 6 @ 3pm: Vine Watching Party
Sept 21 @ 3pm: Middle School Movie

Teen Space!
Sept 28 @ 3pm: Food Friday

And don't forget to sign up for the Writing Workshop for Teens!

See the Event Calendar for more details!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Needle is Disappointed by At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun Hutchinson


At the Edge of the Universe
by Shaun Hutchinson

“Don't get so focused on where you're going that you forget the people you're traveling with. There's no point reaching a destination if you arrive alone.”

WARNING: This book is often pretty dark and discusses sensitive topics including rape, self-harm, drug use, child abuse, homophobia, racism, and violence.


After having read and fallen in love with one of Hutchinson’s other books, At the Edge of the Universe was one of the titles that I was most eagerly looking forward to reading. Unfortunately, while I certainly enjoyed the book, it didn’t quite live up to my (admittedly perhaps unfairly high) expectations.
Ozzie and Tommy had been elementary school friends then boyfriends since middle school and relied on each other for everything. Then one day, it’s as if Tommy had never existed. None of Ozzie’s classmates remember Tommy having ever gone to their school and even Tommy’s own mother’s history has been altered so that Tommy was never born. As the days go by, Ozzie realizes that Tommy’s erasure was just the first step in an ongoing shrinkage of the universe and that only he remembers the way things used to be.
The book is about Ozzie’s search for Tommy, and even more so about his relationships with the others around him. It’s dark and gritty, and readers should definitely not expect an easy, adventure-filled sci-fi experience. While the premise seems really cool, here’s where I start to have a few complaints. As a non-white member of the LGBT community, I wholeheartedly agree that it is important to have diverse representation in books. However, it sometimes rubs me the wrong way if it seems the author is trying too hard. Ozzie himself is a white, gay male, Tommy is half black, Ozzie’s best friend Lua is genderfluid and alternates between she/her and he/him pronouns, a character is presumably bisexual, and late in the book a Chinese-American character is revealed to be asexual. Maybe it’s just me, but while I appreciate Hutchinson’s attempt to include diverse and less mainstream identities, it felt a little forced.
My biggest complaint, however, is the similarity between this book and We Are the Ants, Hutchinson’s other augmented-reality/sci-fi novel. When reading At the Edge, I was at times reminded of the beautiful, existentialist poetry that I loved so much in Ants, but the similarity of the plot and feel dulled the vibrancy of these moments for me. The messages in At the Edge also seemed just a little more heavy-handed than in Ants, leaving me with an overall feeling that I had just read a slightly worse, slightly clumsier, less original version of We are the Ants.
So, if you like sci-fi or realistic fiction or a little of both, and if you can only read one of the two books, I would definitely recommend We Are the Ants over At the Edge of the Universe, but I overall recommend both. Also, if you liked E. Lockhart's We Were Liars, I think you’d probably enjoy At the Edge for reasons that I cannot say without spoiling both books.


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