Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Writers' Workshop and NaNoWriMo are back!

Break out your pens, quills, and laptops! November is writing month at the library! The Writers' Workshop for Teens and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) are starting back up!

Writers' Workshop for Teens
Mondays on the following dates: 
11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2. 12/9
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Meets in the Teen Area of Robbins Library
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). Please register here. Writers will have the option of reading their works at the Writers' Presentation on Sunday, December 15th from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Robins Library Community Room. Click here for an introduction to our Teen Writers' Workshop, as well as links to the previous group's works.

NaNoWriMo2013bannerIf you have ever dreamed of writing a novel, then this is the month to do it! The goal of joining NaNoWriMo is to try to write an entire novel, or 50,000 words in one month! The NaNoWriMo website provides great resources for writers including a list of Write Ins, pep-talks, and writing logs to help you through this endeavor. It is a great way to connect with other writers struggling with the same challenges as you.  Click here For more information on NaNoWriMo .

Why am I telling you about NaNoWriMo if it has NOTHING to do with the library?

1) We are hosting Write Ins at the library for anyone ages 13+ to come work on their novels! The first meeting will be Friday, November 1st from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. For a listing of dates and times, just click here for a PDF calendar. If mornings do not work for you, which will probably be a majority of teens, come to our Wednesday night Write Ins from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM November 6th-20th. Just keep in mind that adults can come to these sessions to, so don't be surprised if there aren't just teens in the room.

2) We are a fantastic resource for writers! We can help you reach your writing goals by offering laptops to use anywhere in the building, that means you can take one to the Quiet Floor (the 2nd floor) and type away without distractions. We have free wi-fi throughout our building, allowing you to update your NaNoWriMo progress from anywhere in the building. We also have plenty of books about writing and books to help inspire you throughout the process. One of the best ways to become a great writer is to read!

I know that 50,000 words sounds impossible, but if you are serious about being a writer then why not give it a shot? You may surprise yourself. If NaNoWriMo is just way too much to think about, then consider joining the writing group. Both these options are free and are meant to help you explore your creativity.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween Movie!

Halloween Movie for Teens
Thursday, October 31st
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Free Halloween movie for teens.  Here are some clues!

1) The main character in the film is Daniel Radcliffe.

2) Adrian Rawls, who played Harry Potter's father in the movies,  played the same rolls as Radcliffe in the 1987 version.

3) Radcliffe's godson plays the roll of his son in this movie.

Trivia from IMDB.com.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tell us what to do!!!

Do you know how to make the library a better place for teens?  Maybe you just have some ideas or opinions.  If any of these are the case then join us for a Teen Focus Group.  The group will meet Monday, October 28th from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room.

Why are we doing this?  The library is currently working on its long range plan, which relies heavily on feedback from our community.  We know teens have opinions that often get overlooked, so please come share them, even if they are bad!  We wont know how to improve unless you tell us. 
There will be snacks! Why are we doing this? Every three to five years, the library develops a new strategic plan which relies heavily on feedback from our community. 
Register here or just drop in.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Upcoming Events October 21st to 26th

LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night
Wednesday, October 23
7:30 PM -9:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
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.  This event is cosponsored by the BAHSQSA and the Robbins Library.

2nd Annual GSA Halloween Party
Friday, October 25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Second Annual GSA Halloween Party at the Robbins Library. Food! Games! and PRIZES! Come meet and socialize with other GSAs and interested youth in LGBTQ civil rights. Costumes and GSA membership not required.  This is an after hours event so attendees must come through the side entrance of the building.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Teen Read Week Contest

It may not be Teen Read Week yet, but you can get a head start by coming to the library and guessing what books have been jarred!  Each jar contains the contents of one book.  For each book you correctly identify, you will get a raffle ticket to win gift cards.

I know the idea of shredding a book sounds horrifying, but these books had reached the end of their lives (some were moldy and others just completely fell apart).  They were already removed from the collection, so we didn't destroy any healthy books in the making of this display.  I could never do that!

The books on the table are just some great Teen books that are worth checking out.  Feel free to take a bunch, they are free to borrow!  If you have never signed up for a library card then this is the time to do it.  Just bring your school ID and a document with your current address to the Circulation Desk across from the display.  Library cards are also free!  Anyone in the state can sign up for one!

Voting is now open for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten, a "Teens Choice" list where you vote for your favorite book of the last year.  Click here to place your vote, all votes must be in by the 19th.  The winner will be announced the week of October 21st.

You probably have no idea what Teen Read Week is, so I'll let you in on the not so secret. Teen Reads Week is all about encouraging teens to read all the amazing books out there (in any format) as well as getting them excited to use the library.  Us heavy library users know why the Robbins Library is so awesome, but non-users might need some convincing.  Libraries are not about shushing and quiet study, we are a lively place for people to gather.  We have much more to offer than just books.  We have DVDs, Video Games, Laptops, Mobile Printing, Databases, Magazines, and so much more!

Click here for more information on Teen Read Week.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Group goes graphtastic!

Teens Only Book Group
Wednesday, October 9th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library Teen Area
"Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol
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.
Copies of "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol are available in the Teen Area now.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

TAG Time!

Teen Advisory Group
Wednesday, October 2nd
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Robbins Library Teen Area
Share your thoughts for making the library a better place for teens. Give ideas for events, materials, community service opportunities, clubs, and more. Attendees will get Community Service hours.   Please register here for pizza.