Monday, February 1, 2016

Snowflake, Hot chocolate and Henna! Oh My!

This has been a very mild winter and many of us are missing the snow. Luckily, we have some winter themed programs to help us get our yearly snowflake quota.

Snowflake Henna
Wednesday, February 3 
3:30-5:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Who says Henna is just for summertime? Henna tattoos actually last longer and stain deeper on winter skin! Come to Robbins Library to get your own henna design, with plenty of wintry snowflake designs to choose from.
*Snow Date Wednesday, February 10

Winter Explosion!!!
Thursday, February 11
3-4:30 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area
Back by popular demand! Drop in Thursday afternoon for a Winter Explosion in the Teen Area.  Make delicious hot chocolate creations, crafts, and enjoy some seasonal treats.  All teens are welcome.  This event is free!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Upcoming Teen Programs January 26-February 4

FanAntics!
Tuesday,  January 26 
7-8 pm
4th Floor Conference Room
A fandom group for teens. Each month will feature a different fandom. January’s meeting will feature either Steven Universe or Adventure Time.

Game Time Hang Time
Thursday, January 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, come hang out after school and play some PS4 and WiiU games.

Snowflake Henna
Wednesday, February 3 
3:30-5:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Who says Henna is just for summertime? Henna tattoos actually last longer and stain deeper on winter skin! Come to Robbins Library to get your own henna design, with plenty of wintry snowflake designs to choose from.
*Snow Date Wednesday, February 10

LGBTQ+ Drop In 
Thursday, February 4
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happenings January 17-23: Holiday and Food


Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 18
Robbins Library is closed and will have regular hours on Tuesday.

Food Friday
Friday, January 22
3-4 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! This food tasting event is for teens only. Food Friday is not recommended for those with food allergies.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Best Books of 2015

With a long weekend coming up, now is the perfect time to get caught up on some reading. There were so many great books that came out in the last year that you may feel overwhelmed with where to start. That is where this post comes in! Not only am I going to share 20 of my favorites books released in 2015, but I will also provide links to other recommended titles.

My Top 20 Books of 2015

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
The Heir by Kiera Cass
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Carrie On by Rainbow Rowell
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
George by Alex Gino
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


Award Winners

Morris Award
Winner:
Honor Books:
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Click here for more award details

Printz
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Click here for more award details

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Honor Books:
by Tim Grove
by M.T. Anderson
Click here for more award details

Edward Award
Click here for more award details

Alex Award
All Involved by Ryan Gattis
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Girl at War by Sara Nović
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen
Click here for more award details

Still need more suggestions? Check out the Page O' Lists tab for a giant selection of book lists. You can also try the website What Should I Read Next?.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Events this Week: Writers Group and LGBTQ+ Movie Night!

Writers Workshop for Teens
Mondays every other week for six sessions
Monday, Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, March 7, 21
Writers' presentation on Sunday, April 3, 3-4:30 pm
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. Meet at the Robbins Reference Desk. 

Please register here.

LGBTQ+ Drop In: Movie Night
Tuesday, January 12
7-8:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 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 a night of fun. This event will feature a movie.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Teen Writers Workshop starts Monday

Our new session of the Writers Workshop starts Monday, January 11th and will meet biweekly from 6:00-7:30 pm. Registration is recommended but showing up day of is great, too!

Don't have any writing you are working on? Not a problem! We encourage those looking for help on getting started with their writing project.

Meeting Dates: January 11th and 25th, February 8th and 22, March 7th and 21st.

More Details: 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. If you wish, bring writing you’ve been working on (short story, novel excerpt, poetry). This program is open to those in grades 6 through 12 or ages 12-19.

Want to share your writing? Those who attend the Writers Workshop for Teens will have the opportunity to present their writing at the Writers Presentation Sunday, April 3rd from 3-4:30 pm.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Events January 4-9: Teen Task Force, Gap Year and Miyazaki

Teen Task Force
Wednesday, January 6
3-4 pm
Robbins Library 4th Floor Conference Room
TTF is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.


What Is a Gap Year, and Is It for You?
Thursday, January 7
6:30-7:30 pm
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!  


Miyazaki Day!
Saturday, January 9th
12:30-4:30 pm 
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, come watch highly acclaimed Miyazaki movies The Cat Returns and My Neighbor Totoro! There will be a prize for best costume and pizza for anyone who registers
*Snow Date Wednesday, January 13 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.