Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hour and Events Dec. 29th- Jan. 4th

Tuesday, December 31st the libraries will close at 5:00 PM and remain CLOSED Wednesday, January 1st.  Both libraries will have regular hours Thursday, January 2nd.  Just a reminder, the Robbins Library is open 1:00 PM-9:00 PM on Thursdays.

TAG will be Thursday, January 2nd from 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the
Robbins Library Teen Area.
What is TAG?
It is your chance to share your thoughts for making the library a better place for teens. Give us ideas for events, materials, community service opportunities, clubs, and more. Attendees will get Community Service hours.   

Please register here for pizza, we only buy pizza if 2 or more people register.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Schedule @ Robbins and Fox Libraries

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to make sure everyone knew when the library would be closed for the next two weeks.  Hopefully this will help you avoid those awkward and frustrating moments when you walk up to the library and find it locked.  Here we go!

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th the libraries will be CLOSED.  Both libraries will open regular hours on Thursday, December 26th.  Just remember that Robbins opens at 1:00 PM on Thursdays!

Tuesday, December 31st the libraries will close at 5:00 PM and remain CLOSED Wednesday, January 1st.  Both libraries will have regular hours Thursday, January 2nd.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Marvelous List of Mystery Books

Mystery Books for Teens 

Reality Check- YA FIC ABRAHAMS
After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

Down the Rabbit Hole- YA FIC ABRAHAMS
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls.

You Killed Wesley Payne- YA FIC BEAUDOIN
When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school's social hierarchy, and get paid.

When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

The Diviners- YA FIC BRAY
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Desert Crossing- YA FIC BROACH
A summer trip across the New Mexico desert turns nightmarish for fourteen-year-old Lucy, her older brother Jamie, and his best friend Kit, as they become involved in the suspicious death of a young girl.

Shakespeare’s Secret- J FIC BRO
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.

Heist Society- YA FIC CARTER
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You- YA FIC CARTER
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

Half- Moon Investigations- J FIC COL
Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.

The Terrorist- YA FIC COONEY
Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.

The Rag and Bone Shop- YA FIC CORMIER
Trent, an ace interrogator from Vermont, works to procure a confession from an introverted twelve-year-old accused of murdering his seven-year-old friend in Monument, Massachusetts.

Hal feels eerily connected to his comatose older sister as she hovers between life and death in a hospital. Hal believes his sister is trying to communicate with him as he tries to solve the mystery of her accident.

Killing Mr. Griffin- YA FIC DUNCAN
A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder?

The Butterfly Clues- YA FIC ELLISON
Having experienced compulsive behavior all her life, Lo's symptoms are getting her into trouble when she witnesses a murder while wandering dangerous quarters of Cleveland, Ohio, collecting things that do not belong to her, obsessing about her brother's death.

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.

The Morgue and Me- YA FIC FORD
Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

Four students, who have formed a study group to prepare for the SAT exam, sustain each other through the emotional highs and lows of their junior year in high school.

What Happened to Cass McBride- YA FIC GILES
After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

High in the French Pyrenees, fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's race to win an extreme sports challenge becomes a race to survive when he is accused of causing the death of a mysterious Basque monk who has predicted a cataclysmic ecological disaster.

Paper Towns- YA FIC GREEN
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

The Girl is Murder- YA FIC HAINES
In 1942 New York City, fifteen-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet.

Prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces the young James when he is just starting boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure.

Falconer’s Knot- YA FIC HOFFMAN
Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.

Pretty Little Devils- YA FIC HOLDER
Life seems rosy for the Pretty Little Devils, the most popular girls' clique in high school, until its members begin to experience threats and assaults.

Stormbreaker- YA FIC HOROWITZ
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, seventeen-year-old Jasmine stumbles upon a murder mystery that she attempts to solve with the help of her friends, recently arrived from California.

All Unquiet Things- YA FIC JARZAB
After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joins forces with Carly's cousin Audrey to try to solve her murder.

Fell Down- YA FIC KERR
Seventeen-year-old Fell's determination to investigate his best friend's death in a car crash leads him to a ventriloquists' convention and an unsolved disappearance from almost twenty years ago.

Death Cloud- YA FIC LANE
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

The Agency: Traitor in the Tunnel- YA FIC LEE
Queen Victoria has a problem: there's a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency assigns quick-witted Mary Quinn to the case. Posing as a domestic in the royal household and fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales are challenge enough, but when the prince witnesses a murder in an opium den -- and scandal threatens the royal family -- Mary learns that the accused killer may be someone very close to her.

Creyer’s Cross- YA FIC McMANN
Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.

LuLu Dark Can See Through Walls- YA FIC MADISON
When someone steals her purse and her identity, high-school junior and reluctant girl sleuth Lulu Dark investigates.

Acceleration- YA FIC McNAMEE
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Caught in the Act- YA FIC MOORE
Everyone believes that sophomore honors student Ethan Lederer is a top-notch scholar and a great guy, but a new student helps Ethan to discover and disclose that he is just acting a role, even as she reveals her own mental instability.

When three teenaged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend's disappearance, they must navigate a maze of assorted clues, fraying friendships, violence, and Dostoevsky's "Crime and punishment" before learning the truth.

The Boxer and the Spy- YA FIC PARKER
Fifteen-year-old Terry, an aspiring boxer, uncovers the mystery behind the unexpected death of a classmate.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect- YA FIC PATTERSON
Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents' murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel's perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what.

The Body of Christopher Creek- YA FIC PLUM-UCCI
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

The Night My Sister Went Missing- YA FIC PLUM-UCCI
When his sister goes missing under mysterious circumstances, seventeen-year-old Kurt spends a night at the local police station overhearing statements from a variety of witnesses that reveal the deep prejudices and shocking secrets of his small beach community.

Death and the Arrow- YA FIC PRIESTLY
After his friend Will, a pickpocket in London in 1715, is murdered as part of a series of mysterious deaths, fifteen-year-old Tom Marlowe asks his friend Dr. Harker to help find the killer.

Fifteen-year-old Matt and his new friend Robin search the globe to retrieve an ancient code--rumored to have brought down the ancient civilization of Atlantis--from the hands of a madman who is bent on destroying the modern world.

The Liar Society- YA FIC ROECKER
When Kate receives a mysterious e-mail from her dead friend Grace, she must prove that Grace's death was not an accident, but finds that her elite private school holds secrets so big people are willing to kill to protect them.

Pretty Little Liars- YA FIC SHEPARD
When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.

As David enters his senior year of high school, a family secret emerges that could solve the mystery of why his mother was murdered two years ago.

The Case of the Missing Marquess- YA FIC SPRINGER
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

Live and Let Shop- YA FIC SPRADLIN
Beverly Hills teenager Rachel Buchanan gets in trouble with the law and winds up at mysterious Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania, where she uncovers secrets about the school and becomes entangled in a case of international espionage.

The Mysterious Benedict Society-  J PB STE
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

After a disturbing freshman year at New York University, Mimi is happy to get away to her father's remote Canadian cottage only to discover a stranger living there who has never heard of her or her father and who is convinced that Mimi is responsible for leaving sinister tokens around the property.

Book synopses taken from the Minuteman Library Catalog.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Closing at 4:00 PM

The Library will be closing today at 4:00 PM due to heavy snow fall. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Get to the building now if you want to bunker down with any video games, books, or movies!

LGBTQ Socialization Time

Don't miss the LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night tomorrow!!! What does that exactly mean?  It means you have a chance to meet some awesome, friendly, fun, and amazing people!  This group is your change to meet like-minded teens from the community.  There will be music, snacks, and time to hangout.  

The Ws:
When: Wednesday, December18th
What Time: 7:30 PM -9:00 PM
Where: Robbins Library Community Room
Who should attend this group?  Any lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning teen and their teen allies!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Deface this board!

Have you noticed the giant board in the Teen Area?  Maybe you are just looking at this picture thinking "What the heck is that for?" In either case, it is for teens to share what they want to see in the next 5-10 years from the library.  We need your opinions and guidance to help bring changes that are most important to you.  I am a reader of books, not minds.  We can only go off of what teens tell us, so don't let one or two people speak for you.

Some examples of what you can ask for:
A place to play video games.
A cubbyhole where you can curl up with a book.
Bean bag chairs to lounge in.
A screen that drops down so you can watch movies.
Hammocks that hang from the ceiling.
An indoor laser tag arena.
A stereo to listen to music.
A robot to help you find materials.

So basically anything you can come up with. We may not be able to make everything happen, but it will give us a better understanding of what you want.  Even if it is far fetched, it can still help us come up with some great ideas of services we can provide.

This board will be up until the end of the week, so please stop in soon!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Crafts and Creative Writing Weekend the 14th and 15th

Youth Craft Fair at Robbins
Saturday, December 14th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Need to do some holiday shopping?  Then our Youth Craft Fair is the perfect opportunity!  Come support Arlington’s youth and purchase handcrafted soaps, jewelry, recycled paper crafts, bookmarks, crocheted items and more ingenious items for sale by Arlington’s enterprising youth ages 8 to 18. Prices will generally be set between $1.00 to $5.00. 

Teen Writers’ Workshop Reading
Sunday, December 15th
3:30-4:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Fall Teen Writers’ Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Events Week of Dec 8-14

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). 

Teens Only Book Group
***Book and Movie Discussion***
Wednesday, December 11th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library Teen Area
"The Golden Compass"- Philip Pullman
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 "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman will be available in the Teen Area in November.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Teen Movie with Snow and Bears

Movie for Teens
Friday, December 6th
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Free movie for teens.  This movie will be a part of our Book and Movie edition of our Teens Only Book Group the following Wednesday.  Here are some clues to help you figure out the title of the movie.  You are also welcome to call the library.

1) This movie was adapted off a book originally published in the UK as "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman.  Even though the book was part of a trilogy, only the first movie was made.

2) Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Kathy Bates, Ian McKellen, and Christopher Lee are just some of the big name celebs in this movie.

3) Christopher Lee was cast with insistence by New Line Cinema executives, but ended up with only one line in the entire movie.

4) Parts of the scenes were filmed in Norway, but the actor were not allowed to be on sight.  The Producers couldn't find an insurance company that would allow the crew to walk around with shot guns and because of health issues they could retain from the extreme temperatures.

5) "The 'real world' night scene Oxford that opens the film included a digitally added skyscraper that doesn't exist in the 'real' Oxford. The scene morphs to the 'alternate world' Oxford which is, in fact, the actual current Oxford street scene."

Trivia taken from