Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concert and Bollywood

Counting the days until summer vacation?  We have some great programs coming up that will help make the time fly by!  Here are a couple of highlights from our upcoming June program schedule.

Teen Concert
Wednesday, June 5th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Whittemore Robbins Lawn
Join teen musicians and bands on the lawn of the Whittemore Robbins House for an outdoor evening of music. Bring a picnic and chairs! 

Bollywood Dancing for Teens
Monday, June 10th
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in some films from India.  It is a mixture of numerous styles.  These styles include belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, and "modern", jazz. Sarina will teach you a brief history of this dance and some exciting new dance moves.  Please register here.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Library will be Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

The Library will be CLOSED Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 28th with regular hours.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Looking for like-minded teens?

The Boston Area Home Schoolers' QSA Presents:

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or questioning teen?  Are you an ally for LGBTQ teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then the BAHSQSA wants you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun.  There will be music, snacks, and time to chat.

The first meeting will be this Thursday, May 23rd from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room.

This group will meet two more Thursdays in June: the 13th and the 20th same time, same place!

For more information, please contact BAHSQSA@gmail.com or Aimee at agagnon@minlib.net.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Events and such May 19th to May 25

Writer’s Workshop for Teens
Monday, May 20th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. 
Robbins Library 
Teen Area
Work with Lynette Benton, author of Polish and Publish, to move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. Bring writing you’ve been working on (short story, novel excerpt, comedy, poetry).  Teens will meet in the Teen area and together with Lynette write.
Group meets Mondays twice a month for five sessions.
Mondays: April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, June 3rd, and June 20th

**The Library will be CLOSED Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th**
for Memorial Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 28th with regular hours.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Disco Balls, Streamers, and Poofy Dresses!!!

Prom is just a few weeks away!  Stop into the library and pick up some prom themed books and movie!  Here is a list of just some of the items you will find on our shelves.  


Prom and Prejudice- YA FIC EULBERG, E.
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend

Ditched- YA FIC MELLOM, R.

When high school student Justina ends up in a ditch in the middle of the night after prom, she stumbles to a nearby 7-Eleven where she tries to recall exactly how she got there.

It’s Our Prom (So Deal with It) - YA FIC PETERS, J.

When Azure's principal gives her the chance to turn the school's traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders, she jumps at the opportunity. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends, Luke and Radhika, to join the prom committee as well.
Facing heavy opposition and admittedly clueless about prom logistics, the three friends are nonetheless determined to succeed -- if Luke's and Azure's secret crushes on Radhika don't push the committee members, and their friendships, to the breaking point first.

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom- YA FIC FRANKLIN, E.

Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

The Anti-Prom- YA FIC McDONALD, A.

On prom night, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg, students from the same high school who barely know one another, band together to get revenge against Bliss's boyfriend and her best friend, whom she caught together in the limousine they rented.

Prom Dates from Hell- YA FIC CLEMENT-MOORE

High school senior and yearbook photographer Maggie thought she would rather die than go to prom, but when a classmate summons a revenge-seeking demon, she has no choice but to buy herself a dress and prepare to face jocks, cheerleaders, and Evil Incarnate.

A Really Nice Prom Mess- YA FIC SLOAN

Gay high school senior Cameron Hayes endures a disastrous prom night after taking a girl as his date, and finds himself involved in a surprising on-stage performance, a police chase, and unexpected revelations.

Prom Nights from Hell- YA SS FIC PROM

Presents five stories about proms where unexpected events take a turn for the worse, offering up everything from fledgling superheroes to grim reapers to a creepy update on the classic three-wishes-gone-bad tale.

Cindy Ella- YA FIC PALMER, R.

Sophomore iconoclast Cindy Gold publishes an anti-prom letter in her high school newspaper, but when she develops a crush on her SAT tutor, on top of the ones she already has on popular senior Adam Silver as well as a boy she has been exchanging instant messages with, she begins to doubt her own convictions.

Illuminate- YA FIC AGRESTI, A.

A brainy, shy high school outcast interning at a Chicago hotel discovers that the hotel staff has an evil agenda planned for her classmates on prom night.

A Funny Thing About Love: Prom Crashers- YA FIC DOWNING

In “Prom Crashers” Emily has lost the number of the cutest guy she’s met in ages. All she knows is his first name and that he’s going to a prom. So she throws on a dress, hails a limo—and crashes every prom in town on her search for love!

Fake Boyfriend- YA FIC BRIAN

When Lane and Vivi's best friend Isabelle has her heart broken by her unreliable boyfriend, they decide to save her by inventing a new boy on the Internet to ask Isabelle to the prom, but the scheme quickly becomes complicated, and the results surprise them all.


A collection of prom stories from top teen authors including Jodi Lynn Anderson, E. Lockhart, Rachel Cohn, John Green, David Levithan, and more.

24 Girls in 7 Days- YA FIC BRADLEY

Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Percy and Natalie, Jack's so-called best friends, post an ad in the classified section of the online version of the school newspaper. They figure it couldn't hurt. After all, there's not much in this world sadder than Jack's love life. Soon Percy and Natalie have assembled a list of girls eager to go to the prom with Jack, including one mysterious girl known only as Fancy Pants. He has just seven days to meet and date them before he will ask one special girl to the prom.


A sixteen-year-old misfit, denied everything by her fanatical mother and abused by her classmates, unleashes her terrifying telekinetic powers on an entire town.


10 Things I Hate About You- YA DVD FEATURE TEN

In this loose A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Cameron is the new kid in school who becomes smitten with the beautiful Bianca. But Bianca's overprotective and domineering father forbids Bianca to date unless her older sister Kat, an surly and hostile senior, does. In a bid to get Kat a boyfriend, Cameron sets up a plan to have the school stud, Joey Donnar, bribe Patrick Verona, an outcast senior with a rumor-filled past, to take Kat out on dates so he can go to the school's homecoming dance with Bianca. However, neither Patrick or Kat expect their relationship to lead to something so much more.


A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.


Ren MacCormack moves from Boston to the small town of Bomont, where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out. Bomont's councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by invoking ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizes the town, and falls in love with the minister's troubled daughter, Ariel.

Napoleon is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight red 'fro, sweet moon boots, and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his older brother, Kip, and trying to avoid his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napolean's life - shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro - the trio launches a campaing to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body's wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer, Napoleon will have to unleash his own secret weapon.

When a young girl who has lived in Africa and been home-schooled moves to New York, she must enter a public high school. Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning when she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the most popular girl in school.

Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks, Washington to live with her father. She begins her junior year in high school and becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen. He holds a dark secret which is only known by his family. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for, a true soul mate. But he knows the further they progress in their relationship the more he is putting Bella and those close to her at risk. Edward tries to warn Bella that she should leave him, but she refuses.

In a parody of the Twilight film series, the drama of boyfriends and school in teenager Becca Crane's life comes to a head on prom night.

Good girl Mary and her best friend Hilary Faye are at the top of the high school food chain at American Eagle Christian. But after Mary becomes pregnant, Hilary Faye and her devoted "disciples" turn on Mary and label her an outcast. Now Mary's only hope for salvation and friendship is through a group of rebellious misfits. Together, can they navigate the treacherous halls of high school life and make it to graduation ... or will Hilary Faye make all their lives a living hell?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Teen Movie Friday May 17th...

Movie That Dare Not Speak Its Name!
Friday, May 17th
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Robbins Library
Community Room

Monthly movie for teens. We can't tell you what it is, but here are some hints and interesting facts about this months title. You can also call or come into the library for more information.

1-The main characters of the film draw inspiration from Donkey Kong.  Sergeant Calhoun was originally a male character.

2- Mario of The Super Mario Brothers was supposed to make a cameo in this film, but producer Clark Spencer couldn't figure out how to incorporate him into the story.

3- While most animated features have actors come into the studio to record their lines separately, the cast of this film sat together in the same room while recording lines. This lead to a lot of improvising.

4- The password King Candy enters to into his safe is "UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START" is a common cheat code used by game developer Konami in most of their titles, most famously in the game Contra. 

5- Kano does his signature Mortal Kombat fatality on the zombie during the Bad Guys meeting. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

We Need Your HELP!!!!

Help us Help you! 

We need summer volunteers and you need community service hours!  Or maybe you just want to do something fun and give back.  Here are a few of our Summer Opportunities.

Book Buddies- Teens, connect with children in Arlington by signing up to meet with a book buddy once a week for three weeks: Fridays, July 12th, 19th, and 26th.  Read your favorite and new picture books with your buddy from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  Register for this program by contacting Pam at 781-316-3210 or Aimee at 781-316-3204.  Please remember, sign up is for all three sessions.

Craft Leaders- The Robbins and Fox libraries are offering drop in crafting session this summer for youth and we need you to help!  We need creative, reliable, and friendly teens to dream up simple projects and run the programs.  You must be available one or two days (Tuesday or Thursday from 1:30 PM —3:30 PM) this summer.  Register for this program by contacting Karen Dillon @ russellfundcoordinator@gmail.com

Looking for more options?  Click here for information about other Teen Volunteer options.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Events Week of May 5th to May 11th

Writer’s Workshop for Teens
Monday, May 6th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. 
Robbins Library 
Teen Area
Work with Lynette Benton, author of Polish and Publish, to move forward on your writing projects. Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. Bring writing you’ve been working on (short story, novel excerpt, comedy, poetry).  Teens will meet in the Teen area and together with Lynette write.

Group meets Mondays twice a month for five sessions.
Mondays: April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, June 3rd, and June 20th

Teens Only Book Group
Wednesday, May 8th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library
Teen Area

This book group meets the second Wednesday of each month. Attendees will help select the book for each future meeting. The goal is to try new books; if you can't get into the selection then just put it down. No worries if you don't finish the book, just come share your thoughts on other books you have read, eat snacks and enjoy the discussion! Drop in and bring friends.

"Compund" by S.A. Bodeen, book selection for April, is available in the Teen Area now.