Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Glee is a go!

Get ready! We got 8 sign-ups, therefore Glee Night @ FOX is actually happening. Remember to bring along some sheet music. Or, if you can't find the song you're looking for, google "your favorite song + chords." The pianist should be able to figure it out from there. See you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Professional Pianist Seeks Singer or Group

Let out your inner awesome. Glee Night at the FOX branch is: you and your songbook, Mario the piano guy, and other like minded singers cheering you on. Sing by yourself, sing with others, run through the music for whatever performance you've got coming up. The only hitch? We need at least 8 people signed up by Tuesday, December 28th, or we've got to cancel the Wednesday program. Sign up online, or email me at rmeehan@minlib.net.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tonight! The Doctor is in...

Well, the results seem to be a lock. We'll be watching: The Eleventh Hour, Vincent and the Doctor, and The Lodger. See you all at 5:30!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo wants to know if your novel is done yet?

No?? So, let's get 'er done! Thursday night, Teen Area, drop-in 6pm - 9pm. Grab the snacks from the reference desk and write away...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo does December!

As promised, NaNoWriMo is moving to Thursdays in December. Drop in anytime from 6 - 9 to work on your novel, eat some snacks, and get inspired. Or continue procrastinating.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giant Pizza? Giant Thursday!

Thanks, guy-in-photo, for making pizza eating look menacing. Really. Thanks.

So. Two things for tomorrow: Teen Advisory Group @ 5:30 in the staff lounge (at which you will be fed), and NaNoWriMo write-in, from 6 - 9 in the Teen Area (at which you shall have snacks).

Keep it cheesy,


Friday, November 12, 2010

Things to do in Arlington when you're...

Some quick bits for yez: Saturday (like, tomorrow) Nov. 13th is the Comic Art Workshop. This is the first of two workshops. Draw. Animate. Chris LeGare from the Arlington Center for the Arts will be teaching. 1:30 pm in the Conference Room. NaNoWriMo Thursdays in November (and beyond!): So a last minute thing that's generated a lot of interest. We're doing drop-in write-ins. Which translates to this: bring your novel, bring your ideas and write. We give you the place (the Teen Area - from 6 - 9 on Thursday nights), and some snacks (food is a must if you're busy procrastinating), and you work, uninterrupted on your Great American Novel. Or whatever it turns into. Stay tuned...

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010!

To the literaties (is it ever plural?), or aspirational literaties among us: November is National Novel Writing Month. One month. One novel. One serious caffeine addiction. Find out more. In related news...would anybody like to start a writer's workshop? I've got a couple interested teens, and I'm looking for a few more who want to write creatively without the pressure of being graded. Send me a facebook message, call 781.316.3226, or email rmeehan@minlib.net and we'll see what we can cook up.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

don't blame us if you lose a finger...

The sounds and smells of a fine Fall day. Calm. Cool. And oh, look! Pumpkins! And powertools! Get to it, ladies and gentlemen! Bring a pumpkin and a signed permission slip and head over to the Robbins to do a little crazy carving. 2PM today.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teen Advisory Group (a.k.a. TAG...surely we can come up with better acronyms?)

Here 'tis, all. The first meeting of the soon-to-be-renamed-with-a-cooler-handle Teen Advisory Group. The details: November 18th, 5:30 in the staff lounge (In the Lower Level, to the left of the Children's Room). Just follow your noses. I give you pizza and soda. You give me ideas on how to spend the money. Your fine ideas and pizza consumption = community service hours. And just so I know how much food to get...call, email (rmeehan@minlib.net), facebook, or send a smoke signal to let me know if you're stopping by.

Monday, October 18, 2010

This just in...

We're now inviting students 6th grade though 12th grade to our First! Ever! After! Hours! Video! Game! Night!*

                                                                                                            *No exclamation marks were harmed during the posting of this message.  But while we're talking punctuation, did you know that there's a mark called the "interrobang"?  Seriously.  It's what you get when you mix a question with outrage or disbelief.  Looks like a "?" with a "!" through it.  But since we don't have buttons for that, we usually just do one of these: "!?"  Let's use it in a sentence to cement the idea.  Example:  "What do you mean you're letting us hang out in the library after it closes?!  That's amazing!"    End of lesson. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sorry, steampunk. You made the mainstream.

Steampunkers, the inevitable has happened. The fabulous sub genre (think the new version of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downy Jr.) of sci-fi, the weird baby brother, is now mainstream. Woe unto us.

On this past Monday's Castle:

I admit it, I watched the episode and geeked out a bit, and went rummaging for some brass pistons and some spare cogs and wheels.... Which made me think about some excellent YA and adult steampunk to feed the beast or get to you started: Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld - Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve - Boneshaker, by Cheri Priest - Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology, edited by Nick Gevers.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dear people with eyes and brains,

That should include most of you (sorry if you were born without eyeballs, like my friends' cat). Okay, here's the thing. I was going through some of the summer reading reviews that many of you submitted, and they were good. Really good. So I got to thinking that we could definitely do something with this. I have, in my hot little hands, three Advanced Reading Copies (ARCS) for some of this Fall's best new teen fiction, and I want you to read and review it. A good, solid review usually clocks in at between 300 - 500 words, so keep that in mind if you decide to do this.
****SPOILER ALERT**** Yeah. Don't do that. Give away the ending and the coolest details in your review, and nobody will like you.

Alright. Genres up for grabs are:

Realistic Fiction with a bit of fantasy (an anorexic girl is tasked to become Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).

Sports Fiction with a hint of mystery (Carl Deuker wrote it, so you know...good stuff!).

Historical Fiction with a heap o' seafaring awesomeness (two words: Jacky. Faber.).

So, if you think that you've got the writing chops for this one, shoot me an email (rmeehan@minlib.net). First come, first served.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The 1st! Ever! After! Hours! Video! Game! Night!

Got to admit - I'm sort of stoked for this one. I looovvveee video games, but wasn't allowed to play 'em as a kid. So I snuck them at my friends' houses...Sonic the Hedgehog...Super Mario Bros...Duck Hunt (and, yeah, I realized "outsmarting" the game by standing in front of the TV with the gun muzzle pressed to the screen wasn't exactly challenging myself). I'm still what they call a "button masher". No idea what I'm trying to make the controller do, but whatever it is, I'm trying to make it happen at high speeds.

So. Like the idea of a video game night? Sign up at the Reference Desk (teens ages 14 and up (or if you want to get all classroom-y, 8th grade through 12th grade) (Update!  Now open to 6th graders - 12th graders!! Woo-hoo!  Something to do on Friday!). Also, I'm looking for superstars who want to help me set this up. Specifically, we need another system and some games (we've got the Wii and a bunch of games coming from other libraries). Oh, and a good sized bunch of people. See me if you want to put up some fliers around town.

Junk food is definitely provided. Friday, Oct. 22nd from 6 - 8:30

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's almost as good as a gold vault of your very own...

So. The teen summer reading raffle winners have been announced (you lucky 40 will soon know who you are...). For gift cardy-ish prizes, (a.k.a. ones that can be stuffed into an envelope and stored at the Reference Desk), please head to the Reference Desk to claim your prize. The iPods are safely stowed away in my desk, so you'll need to ask for me at the Reference Desk. Now here's the important bit: YOU GOTTA, GOTTA, GOTTA GET YOUR PRIZE BEFORE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST. After that, I feed your prizes to the dragons. Yeah, that's right. Dragons.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Forget your 99 degree classrooms.

Seriously. We have air-conditioning. The guy fixed it today. But tonight's Open Mic Night and End Of Summer (no!) Reading Raffle should help you forget about your obscenely hot classrooms. Come hear some local talent and win oodles of free stuff. 7PM in the Community Room. Which is mostly subterranean and therefore cavelike and cool. Like a hobbit hole.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Owl Infestation

Tomorrow at the FOX, watch some
Hoot and eat some tasty comestibles*. FOX @ 5 pm.

*Not sure what "comestible" means? Look it up on the interwebs.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Feel the burn!!

I'm stretching my quads out as we speak. Capoeira Brasil lands at the library tonight! 7pm in the Community Room (but grab a free ticket at 6:30 to reserve a spot).

Friday, August 20, 2010

You know the phrase, "killer dance moves"?

Meet Capoeira, an Afro-Brazillian art form that combines elements of martial arts, drumming & dance. This art requires two things: that you have killer quads and core strength, and that you can keep a beat (or are willing to try!). There's no need to sign-up, but you do need to grab your tickets 30 minutes before the program starts. The fine folks from Capoeira Brasil are running the show. Click to learn more.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Can you do this?

I'm pretty sure only this guy can do what he does. Which is lucky for you. Emily (former Teen librarian/yoga instructor) is going to be teaching a beginners class for anybody who'd like to give it a shot. So do the Happy Baby, the Upside Down Turtle, the Contemplating Cricket... Tuesday, August 19th @ 7pm.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fat quarters and other things to keep you warm...

Before I get myself in trouble.
Fat quarter: One-fourth yard cut of fabric that usually measures 18" x 22" instead of the typical 9" x 42" quarter-yard cut. Alright. Now that's out of the way, you should know that the FOX is running a series of quilting classes. Quilting I is today from 3 - 5, and Quilting II is next Thursday, same time. Bring your imagination, and try not to slice your fingers off with the deadly, deadly quilting pizza roller thingy.

Monday, August 2, 2010

What did you find in your garden?

Here's a couple of pix from cupcake decorating. The parameters? Anything you'd find in a garden. Peapods? Check. Sunflower? Check. Vegetable thingy that might be a radish? Check. Garden variety monster with blue lips? Frosting monster? Check! Check!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Great Balls of Fire (in my microwave)

So here's what happened: Got a tip that using melted Starbursts or Airheads was a good idea when decorating cupcakes, because if you melt it, you can mold it into just about anything. Sounded like a good idea to me. So I (all innocently, I assure you) unwrap an Airhead, stick it on a plate, and set the microwave to 5 seconds (this is in no way like the Peeps Explosion Incident of '08 which was completely intentional). Take it out: not soft enough. Stick it back in for another 5 seconds and then FIREBALLS ARE FILLING MY POOR MICROWAVE!!! So, come to the library on Wednesday afternoon, get ready to decorate cupcakes and hope that we don't set anything on fire. Wednesday, July 28th, from 3 - 4 (but might last a bit longer)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Do you know TOM(n)?

Awesome acronym for Teen Open Mic Night. Bring yr music, poetry, comedy - whatever you've got... What's that you say? Never been to an open mic night? Here's what happens. You get brave. You bring your performance. You sign up at the door. You watch cool people perform, and when your name's called, you step up to the mic and entertain everyone. It's the circle of life, or art, or something...

Also, did I mention the free food?? Tonight @ Robbins, 7 pm.

Chuck Norris Fact # 1

Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.