Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Working Hard for the Money Book List

A book list about characters who are working their butts off. Some of their jobs may be less traditional than others, but who am I to judge the value of a hard days or nights work?


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Character: Gabe
Job: Radio DJ

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Character: Macy
Job: Works as part of a catering company


Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Characters: Tessa and Lucas

Jobs: Works at Tessa's family's grocery store


Character: Vera
Job: Delivers pizzas

Character: Sam
Job: Works at a fast food joint and moonlights as a necromancer

The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
This whole series is choke full of hardworking characters. 


Character: Cinder
Job: Mechanic

Character: Scarlet
Job: Works on her grandmother's farm

Character: Cress
Job: Hacker with the job of tracking down Cinder

Jackaby by William Ritter
Character: Abigail
Job: Helps investigate paranormal murders

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Character: Doug
Job: Delivers groceries

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Character: Joan
Job: Maid

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd
Character: Juliet
Job: Maid at a college

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Character: Blue
Job: Waitress

Character: Adam
Job: Mechanic

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Characters: Darcy
Jobs: Writer

Am I missing titles? Please comment with more suggestions!
This post was inspired by The HUB's blog post that can be found here.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Girls interested in coding, lend me your eyeballs!

Are you a girl in grades 6-12 who is interested in coding? Then we have a club for you! The Robbins Library will be hosting a Girls Who Code Club that will run Wednesdays, except for vacation weeks, from October 19 through June 14 from 3:30-5:30 p.m in the Community Room

What is a Girls Who Code Club?
A GWC Club is a group where girls learn coding skills, meet girls with similar interests, and discover how these skills can get them a job in the tech industry. 

The curriculum is provided free of charge by the organization Girls Who Code. Each sessions you will work at your own pace on a project based on your knowledge level allowing for the group to consist of girls with a variety of experiences with coding. Some will have no or littler experience, while others may already have a moderate level of knowledge. There will be three instructors to help answer questions you may have and a support system of 23 girls to encourage you along the way. Some sessions may include a guest speakers of a woman working in the tech industry who is there to share her experiences.

Click here for more information about the Girls Who Code organization and to find other clubs in the area.

How many spaces are available?
We have purchased enough Chromebooks for 12 girls to use during this program, but we will open the club up to 12 more girls who are able to provide their own laptop. 

Can I used my tablet?
I know many people have tablets, but the program you will be using to learn coding will not work on them.

How do I join?
We will be having a Girls Who Code Open House on Wednesday, September 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Robbins Library Community Room. We invite interested girls and their guardians to an open house to learn more about the club and to be entered into a lottery to receive one of the 24 available spaces. The first part of the evening will go over club specifics and introduce the girls to our volunteers. The second part of the evening will be a lottery for the 24 available spaces in the club. Attendance at open house is mandatory for lottery participation.

Click here to register for the open house starting September 1. Registering for the Open House does not enter you into the lottery. We just want an estimate to how many people might show up for the Open House.

What if I have more questions about the club?
All of your questions will be answered at the Open House. 

What if I have a question about the Open House?
Call us at 781-316-3233 and we will be happy to answer them!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Teen Events: Introducing Girls Who Code and TBT Book Group


A new month and new school year means that we are revamping our teen programs! I'm going to highlight some of our new programs but you can scroll down for a list with program details of all of our September programs for Teens (we use this term loosely and mean those in grades 6-12). We are very excited to be offering a Girls Who Code club at the Robbins Library starting on October 19th. We will have an Open House with more information about the club as well as a lottery to be entered for one of the 24 spots. 

Another exciting new program is our To Be Teens Book Group for those almost teens in grades 6-7. I know many of you were disappointed to graduate from Lauren's book groups in Children's and wanted to offer the chance to continue to share your love of reading. This group will meet every other month and discuss a book chosen by attendees at the last meeting. 

While we have infrequently offered Early Release Day programs for teens at the library, we are going to try to offer many more this school year. While I can't guarantee a program on every early release day, I am going to do my best to offer programs on most scheduled Early Release Days. Some programs will be in the Community Room and others will be in the Teen Area.

Back by popular demand will be the LGBTQ+ Drop In afternoons, which will now start at 3:30, Food Fridays, and the Writer'sWorkshop for Teens. Please keep in mind that the Community Room is closed for the book sale for most of September so most of these events will be in the 4th Floor Conference Room or Teen Area.


Event Details


LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, September 1
3:30-5 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference 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.
*Special Note: this month’s meeting will be in the 4th floor Conference Room.


Food Friday!
Friday, September 9
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.


To Be Teens Book Group
Tuesday, September 13
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Join us for our new bimonthly book group just for youth in grades 6 and 7. September’s book is Foiled by Jane Yolen. Copies will be available to pick up in the Teen Area by the end of August.





Writer's Workshop for Teens
Starts September 19
6-7:30pm
Robbins Library 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. If you wish, bring writing you’ve been working on (short story, novel excerpt, poetry). The group meets every other Monday for six sessions.  For ages 12-18. Registration begins September 6 at 9:00 am at http://teenwritinggroupfall2016.eventbrite.com


Early Release Movie:
Zootopia
Tuesday, September 20
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of Zootopia in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12.




Girls Who Code Open House

Wednesday, September 28
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
This school year, the Robbins Library will be hosting a Girls Who Code (www.GirlsWhoCode.com) club open to girls in grades 6 through 12. The club will meet Wednesdays October,  through June from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We invite interested girls and their guardians to an open house to learn more about the club and to be entered into a lottery to receive one of the 24 available spaces. The first part of the evening will go over club specifics and introduce the girls to our volunteers. The second part of the evening will be a lottery for the 24 available spaces in the club. Attendance at open house is mandatory for lottery participation.
Register for this open house starting September 1 at http://gwcrobbins.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Upcoming Happenings: LGBTQ+ Drop In, Holiday Hours and Food Friday!

 LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, September 1
3:30-5 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference 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. 
*Special Note: this month’s meeting will be in the 4th floor Conference Room.

The Robbins and Fox Libraries will be closed Saturday, September 3 through Monday September, 5 for Labor Day weekend. Both libraries will have regular hours on Tuesday, September 6th.


Food Friday!
Friday, September 9
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.




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Herbology Class: DIY Terrariums

Herbology 
Tuesday, August 30
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room

Come geek out about Harry Potter and create terrariums featuring magical creatures! If that isn't incentive enough, attendees signed up for the Hogwarts Summer Challenge will get a raffle ticket! Not signed up for the summer challenge? No worries, just sign up at the event and collect your raffle tickets.

Open to youth entering grades 6 and up.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

End of Summer Party with Pizza, Prizes and a Movie

House Cup Pizza Party
Wednesday, August 24
5:00-7:45 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
The 2016 Summer Challenge is coming to a close. Come celebrate with pizza, prizes and a screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  This movie is rated PG-13

Open to youth entering grades 6 and up.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Upcoming Events: LGBTQ+ Drop In and Games!

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

Teen Game Time Hang Time
Thursday, August 18
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, come hang out with board games, card games, PS4 games and Wii U games.