Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday Hours for New Year's

Another holiday week is upon us! The Robbins Library will be closing at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31st and is closed Thursday, January 1st. The library will be open Friday, January 2nd from 9-5.

If your looking for some book recommendations, here is a list of my favorite books released in 2014. Click on the title for a summary and to see if the book is available. Want more titles? Click here for a full list of my favorite books I read in 2014, including books published in earlier years. Find out what books other staff members are buzzing about from 2014 here.


  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  2. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various Authors
  3. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  4. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  5. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
  6. The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass
  7. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
  8. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  9. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  10. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
For more recommendations, click on the Book Lists tab at the top of the page. There are book lists based on genre, read-a-likes, and more! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Closings December 24th and 25th

The Robbins and Fox Libraries will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th. Both libraries will be open 9-5 on Friday, December 26th.

Here is a list of teen Christmas themed books that are available now (as in 10:02 am Monday) if you want some last minute reads!
Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
Ex-mas by Kate Brian
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Winter's Kiss: Two Romantic Comedies to Cozy Up to by Jennifer Echols and Catherine Hapka
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson
The Rifle by Gary Paulsen
Dream Soul by Laurence Yep

The Robbins Library does have weekend hours Saturdays from 9-5 and Sundays 2-5. For more information about library hours and directions click here. Please note that holiday hours are not listed on this page, but can be viewed on the calendar.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Upcoming Teen Events: HTTYD 2 and Book Chat

Friday Flick: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Friday, December 12th
3-4:40 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area after school for a free movie and snacks. This month's movie is rated PG.

Teens Only Book Chat
Wednesday, December 17th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
No worries if you don't finish the book, because there is no book!  Just come share your thoughts on any books you have read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.  This is a great way to get reading suggestions, as well as share your love for reading.


***There is no Food Friday in December because I will be on vacation, sorry!***

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mala Beads and Meditation Event Canceled

I have sad news. Tomorrow's Mala Beads and Meditation Workshop has been canceled.

Sorry everyone.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Teen Events Week of Nov 30th: Hot Chocolate and Meditation

TAG with Hot Chocolate!
Wednesday, December 3rd
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.


 Mala Beads and Meditation for Teens
Thursday, December 4
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Come create your own unique set of Mala meditation beads In a fun and informal workshop.  Mala beads can be used to meditate with but can also be worn as a funky wrap bracelet or necklace to remind you to breathe and enjoy the moment.  Connie is a local Arlington mom and a yoga teacher/jewelry maker in her "spare" time! 
Space is limited. Reserve your spot here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Hours for Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I just wanted to let you know about our hours this week.
Wednesday, November 26th, the Robbins Library will be open from 9-5 and the Fox Branch is open 12-5.
Arlington Libraries will be CLOSED Thursday, November 27th.
Both Libraries will be open Friday, November 28th from 9-5. The Robbins library will be open with regular hours this weekend.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reserve Your Spot for the Mala Beads and Meditation Workshop!

Mala Beads and Meditation for Teens
Thursday, December 4
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Come create your own unique set of Mala meditation beads In a fun and informal workshop.  Mala beads can be used to meditate with but can also be worn as a funky wrap bracelet or necklace to remind you to breathe and enjoy the moment.  Connie is a local Arlington mom and a yoga teacher/jewelry maker in her "spare" time! 

*** Space is limited so register here to guarantee your spot! ***

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Events: Yoga, Food, Books, and a Reading!


Teens Only Book Chat
Wednesday,November 19th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
No worries if you don't finish the book, because there is no book!  Just come share your thoughts on any books you have read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.  This is a great way to get reading suggestions, as well as share your love for reading.


Teen Yoga and Meditation
Wednesday, November 19th
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Laugh, move, and breathe your way to a happier, healthier you. Strengthen your body and calm your mind as we blend traditional yoga poses with fun yoga inspired activities. Both energetic and relaxing, this is a class not to be missed! Please bring a towel or mat and register online: http://teenyoganov.eventbrite.com

Food Friday!
***Friday, November 21st***
This is 1 week early because of Saturday Scheduling
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food trend. This event is for Teens only. ***Not recommended for those with food allergies.***


Teen Writers' Workshop Reading
Sunday, November 23rd
3:00-4:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Winter Teen Writers' Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Events Nov 12th and 13th: Discussion with BAGLY and Movie

Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs
Wednesday, November 12th
6-8 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
LGBTQA Youth and Allies
Ages 13 – 19
Do you love the GSA, but wish there were more opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQA youth locally? Would you be interested in local programming for LGBTQA kids? What kinds of activities and supports would you like to see in place for local LGBTQA youth?
Please join members of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) and BAGLY’s director of programs for a discussion about local LGBTQA youth needs.  Come with all of your ideas and questions  – let’s fill the room!! 

Co-sponsored by the Robbins Library and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer/Straight Alliance. With event will replace the LGBT Drop-In Night

Teen Movie: Maleficent
Thursday, November 13th
3-4:40 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area after school for a free movie and snacks. This month's movie is rated PG.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tuesday Nov 11th Library Closed for Veterans Day

On Tuesday, November 11th both Arlington libraries, The Robbins and The Fox Branch, will be closed for Veterans Day. Both libraries will open will regular hours on Wednesday, November 12th.

Click here to learn about how and why Veterans Day became a federal holiday in the US.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Teen Events w/ Rescheduled BAGLY Discussion Date

TAG 
Wednesday, November 5th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.


Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs
Wednesday, November 12th
6-8 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
LGBTQA Youth and Allies
Ages 13 – 19
Do you love the GSA, but wish there were more opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQA youth locally? Would you be interested in local programming for LGBTQA kids? What kinds of activities and supports would you like to see in place for local LGBTQA youth?
Please join members of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) and BAGLY’s director of programs for a discussion about local LGBTQA youth needs.  Come with all of your ideas and questions  – let’s fill the room!! 

Co-sponsored by the Robbins Library and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer/Straight Alliance. With event will replace the LGBT Drop-In Night

Teen Movie: Maleficent
Thursday, November 13th
3-4:40 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area after school for a free movie and snacks. This month's movie is rated PG.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Monsterous List

This is a terrifyingly large list of some the monster (using the word loosely to include things like ghosts and paranormal element) materials that you might libraries own, or at least the ones I can remember.  If you find that I am missing some, which will definitely happen, feel free to write a comment with the title and author/director (if available).


Books

Humor:
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Drink, Slay, Love- by Sarah Beth Durst
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky
The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Thirsty by MT Anderson
A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand's
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Cold Cereal trilogy by Adam Rex
Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
Croak by Gina Damico
Reformed Vampire Support Group by Jinks
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Paranormalcy- Kiersten White

Romance:

The Gathering- Kelley Anderson
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown- Holly Black
The Morganville Vampires- Rachel Caine
Marked- P.C. Cast
City of Bones- Cassandra Clare
Nightshade- Andrea Creamer
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer
Beautiful Creatures- Kimi Garcia and Margie Sohl
Alice in Zombieland- Gena Showalter
The Forbidden Game- L.J. Smith
Night World series- L.J. Smith
Shiver- Maggie Stiefvater

Scary:
Ashes- Ilsa J. Bick
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Enemy- Charles Higson
The Immortal Rules- Julie Kagawa
Carrie by Stephen King
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Rot & Ruin- Jonathan Maberry
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Bonechiller by Grahame McNamee
The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
Lord Loss by Darren Shan
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Marbury Lens- Andrew Smith
The Waking Dead by Robin Wasserman
The Monstromologist- Rick Yancy
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Short Stories
Horrowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz
Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link
Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales by Various Authors
Prom Nights From Hell by Various Authors
What are You Afraid of?: Stories About Phobias by Various Authors
Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Various Authors

Classic
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Movies


Coraline
Grudge
I am Legend
Insidious
Jaws
Monsters Inc.
Nightmare Before Christmas
ParaNorman
Poltergeist
The Ring
The Sixth Sense
The Village
The Woman in Black


TV

American Horror Story
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Grimm
Supernatural
The Walking Dead
The X-Files


Podcast

Welcome to Night Vale

*Any titles that are highlighted are staff favorites!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pop Up Program: Masks and Skulls!

Join us Thursday and Friday, October 30th and 31st, for a Pop Up Program in the Teen Area of the Robbins Library at 3:00 pm! Decorate spoons and masks to look like calaveras de azucar, or "sugar skulls". The craft will be available until 4:45 pm both days, or until we run out of supplies. This craft is enspired by Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Click here to learn more about Dia de los Muertos.


Pop Up Programs are activities that happen with little to no notice. These may be posted online or just appear in the Teen Area at any time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It is Official: Robbins Library is Closed Until Friday, October 24th

It is official. The Robbins Library still does not have power so we have called it for the day. I’m really sorry to say that means no BAGLY Conversation today. We are hoping to reschedule and will keep you posted when we have a new date.
The Robbins Library will reopen tomorrow, Friday. The Fox Branch will be open until 5 pm today.

Currently No Power

You read the header correctly, we do not have power at the Robbins Library. There is a chance it could come back today, but we are closed for now.

If we get power back before 3:00pm today then we will be opening at 5:00pm. The BAGLY Conversation for tonight has not been canceled, but I will let you know no later than 3:00pm whether or not it is still on.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teen Events on October 23rd and 24th

Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
LGBTQA Youth and Allies
Teens Only (13-19)
Do you love the GSA, but wish there were more opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQA youth locally? Would you be interested in local programming for LGBTQA kids? What kinds of activities and supports would you like to see in place for local LGBTQA youth?
Please join members of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) and BAGLY’s director of programs for a discussion about local LGBTQA youth needs.  Come with all of your ideas and questions  – let’s fill the room!! 

Co-sponsored by the Robbins Library and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer/Straight Alliance.

Food Friday!
Friday, October 24
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample a creepy treat. Join us the Fourth Friday each month for a food tasting and craft. This event is for Teens only.

***Not recommended for those with food allergies.***

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teen Read Week: Book List(s)

As Teen Read Week wraps up I thought I would give you some ideas on great books you can find at our library! The picture above is a mix of new and older titles. All of them are great books! Below is a list of some of my favorite books I've read this year. Not all of them are new, but hopefully you will find something that piques your interest.

Let's Get Lost- Adi Alsaid
The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave book 2)- Rick Yancey
Revolver- Marcus Sedgwick
The Reason I jump- Naoki Higashida
Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders- Geoff Herbach
Say What You Will- Cammie McGovern
Attack on Titan, Volumes 1 & 2- Hajime Isayama
Orphan Train- Christina Baker Kline
Guy in Real Life- Steve Brezenoff
Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
If I Stay- Gayle Forman
Where She Went- Gayle Forman
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
The One- Kiera Cass
Roomies- Sara Zarr
Winger- Andrew Smith
The Impossible Knife of Memory- Laurie Halse Anderson

This list is a bit late for Teen Read Week, but better late than never!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Calling all LGBTQA Teens!!!

LGBTQ youth need more support in Arlington and surrounding towns. We are hoping to help them get the services they need by hosting a Discussion with BAGLY About Local LGBTQA Youth Needs on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

This event is for any teen who wants to see changes in the opportunities available for LGBTQ youth in the area. Whether you wish there were more ways to socialize, see a need for support, or would like a larger variety of programs in the area; this is your chance to let BAGLY know what needs to change. 

Join members of BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) and BAGLY’s director of programs for a discussion about local LGBTQA youth needs.  Come with all of your ideas and questions  – let’s fill the room!! 

Co-sponsored by the Robbins Library and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer/Straight Alliance.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

They're Here: Social Books!


The Social Books are finally here! It is so exciting! You probably have no idea what I am talking about so let me explain. Social Books are books that you can write in as a way to share your thoughts about what you are reading. Other teens can then pick up the same book and write their own comments. The goal is to make reading a social activity without having to be in the same room as someone else. I don't know about you, but I actually like to read in private. I get too distracted by other human beings. That is why social books are perfect! You can still share your thoughts and feelings about a book without the distraction of being around other people. You can then pick up the book you read later and see what other people said about it.

How do you know if the book is a social book or not? Look for the big Social Book label on the front cover of the book. These books do not have barcodes or any location label. Any books that do not have a big Social Book sticker are not meant to be written in. 

Is there a system to the social book, or do we just start writing all over them? There is a sheet where you can fill out your name and identifier. If you don't feel comfortable putting your name in the book then feel free to put a nickname or create a pseudonym for yourself. The identifiers are a way for readers to distinguish one person's comments from another. You can pick a specific color pen to write in or make a certain symbol (star, smiley face, ect) to identify your comments from others. Feel free to make small guesses about the plot, but do not go back and write in spoilers! 

These books do not need to be checked out of the library. Just read them while you are here or take them home with you and return them when you are finished. Look for the display in the Teen Area today.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Teen Read Week: October 12th-18th

Happy Teen Read Week! TRW is all about reading for the fun of it. Whether you enjoy reading books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, comics, e-books, or any other media, we encourage you to read it this week! I could list studies and statistics about why reading is important, but that is boring. Besides, the top reason for reading is very simple, IT'S FUN!!! There are more books in print than you could read in a lifetime. If you pick up a book and are not enjoying it then just move onto the next one.

Later in the week, I will be unveiling a new collection just for teens- Social Books! Social Books are books that you can write in as a way to share your thoughts about what you are reading. Other teens can then pick up the same book and write their own comments. The goal is to make reading a social activity without having to be in the same room as someone else. I will post once this collection is up so check back!

While Teen Read Week is about reading, not all of our events are reading centered, view our full list of events below. 

The Doctor’s Companions:
Doctor Who Fan Club for Teens
Tuesday, October 14
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, join us for a discussions of the new season of “Doctor Who” and make a Doctor Who related craft.

Teens Only Book Chat
Wednesday, October 15
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
No worries if you don’t finish the book, because there is no book!  Just come share your thoughts on any books you have read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.  This is a great way to get reading suggestions, as well as share your love for reading.

Teen Coffee House
Thursday, October 16
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Open Mic. Pizza served. Come sing, dance, tell jokes, read poetry. For teens age 13 and up.
Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign up to perform.

Read Down Your Fines
Friday, October 17th
3:00-4:30 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area anytime between 3:00 and 4:30 to read down your fines! You get 50¢ off your fines for each 15 minutes you read. Just check in with Aimee when you get to the Teen Area and she will get you started. Here are the rules:
1- You have to be a teen between the ages of 13 and 17.
2- You can only read down your late fines. This does not apply to missing, damaged, or replacement fees.
3- You have to read in 15 minute increments. If you only read 7 minutes then it doesn't count. If you read 40 minutes you only get $1 of fines reduced.
4- You must be reading at all times. If you start chatting with a friend or using your phone it doesn't count.
5- You must stay in the Teen Area while reading.

Just as a reminder, the Library is Closed Monday for Columbus Day, but that does not mean you can't check out books! We have an ebook catalog through OverDrive where you can check out and read books anywhere you have the Internet. Get the app for your tablet or smart phone to read/listen to books. If you have an e-reader then go to the catalog where you can transfer books to your Kindle, Nook, or other device.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Teen Writers' Workshop Monday October 6th

Writers' Workshop for Teens
Mondays twice a month for six sessions.
Monday, Sept 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, November 3 & 17
6-7:30 p.m. 
Robbins Library
Teens will meet Lynette Benton by the Reference desk at 6:00 p.m.

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).   At the end of the workshop, teens have the option in participating in the Writer's presentation on Sunday, November 23rd 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TAG Wednesday October 1st!

TAG and Spooky Craft
Wednesday, October 1
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.
***Bonus spooky craft and snack***

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Teen Books on OverDrive

The awesome Jenny, you may know her from the Reference Desk, bought some great YA ebooks through OverDrive. Here is a list of just some of the wonderful books available to you anywhere you have the Internet.  

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Sheetal Sheth, and Heather Lind
Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
Delirium Series by 
Delirium (Book 1)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
The Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave (Book 1)
The Infinite Sea (Book 2)
Gone Series by Michael Grant
Hunger (Book 2)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman:
Just One Day (Book 1
Just One Year (Book 2)
Just One Night (Book 3)
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue  (Book 3) 
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi:
Shatter Me (Book 1)
Unravel Me (Book 2)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner: (Book) 4 

If you are noticing some not so new titles, that is because the licenses ran out so we had to repurchase them.  Oh the complications of ebooks!  If you need a refresher on how to us OverDrive then click here for video tutorials. Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Food Friday!

Food Friday!
Friday, September 26th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample this years contestants for the new flavor of Lay's!  This is the first edition of our Food Fridays! program.  You can sample any flavor you desire.  If you don't like them then there will be a craft you can make out of them!
 ***Not recommended for those with food allergies.***

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It is Banned Books Week!!!

We are celebrating our right to read at the Robbins Library with catchy Banned Books Week displays featuring amazing books that have been banned or challenged!  

We live in a country that prides itself in it's citizens having freedom, so many people do not realize that books are being challenged or banned all the time in the United States.  Many people challenging materials thinking they are protecting others by getting rid of books that they believe are inappropriate for an age group or they do not think have value to them. Most of the time they have the best intentions with these challenged; the problem is that when a book is removed from a library or book store it means nobody has access to it.  The information is no longer available for people who may want or need.

It may seem weird to have displays highlighting books that people think of as inappropriate for others to read, but many of the challenged or banned books are popular, sometimes bestselling, titles.  Below is a list of challenged or banned books.

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- by Stephen Chbosky
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I Hunt Killers by Berry Lyga
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Intensely Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Twilight (series) by Stephanie Mayers
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son by Richard Wright
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

There are plenty more books that have been challenged or banned, there is a whole display of them in the Teen Area.  I just wanted to highlight some titles that you have probably read or thought about reading. One of these books may even be a favorite of yours. You might not like, may even hate, some of the books on this list.  But imagine for a second what the world would be like if you didn't have access to any of the books on this list. Many challenged books are teen fiction titles, so imagine what the Teen Area would look like if these titles and many more weren't there.  Many paranormal books would probably be gone. Books that feature magic, violence, sex, drugs, swearing, lgbtq characters, and other unsavory topics would not be on the shelves.  Honestly, I don't think there would be much left.

You may be expecting me to ask you to do something to fight the good fight against banning books, but you have done your part by reading this post. If you appreciate your right to have access to any information you may need in your life, then you have done your duty. You don't have to read all or any of these books, just be happy that you could read them if you wanted to.

The American Library Association (ALA) website is a great resources for information about Banned Books Week (that's where I got the information used in this post).  Click here to learn more about Banned Book Week.

Happy Banned Books Week!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Extra Hours this Weekend!

The Robbins Library will be open extra hours this weekend! Not only are we back to our Saturday hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but we have bonus hours on Sunday September 21st from 2 pm to 5 pm!  That means more chances to pick up books, video games, and movies!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Teens Only Book Chat Wednesday!

If you are a teen who loves to read then join us for a Teens Only Book Chat Wednesday, September 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Robbins Library Teen Area!

What is a book chat?  It's an opportunity to get together and talk about books.  There is no monthly recommended book to read leaving the conversation open to any and all books.

Why a book chat?  It is a way to learn about new books as well as share your love or reading with other fans of books. You are able to read any book you please taking away the stress of finishing a book by a specific date.

There are a couple of ground rules for our book chat in order to make it an enjoyable experience for all.

1- Be respectful of the other readers.  Everyone has their own opinion, especially when it comes to what we like to read.  If you hate a book that someone loves, try not to bash it. You can have your own opinion without belittling their love of a book.

2- No spoilers!!!  I know this is hard, but just try to keep them to yourself so a book doesn't get ruined for someone else in the group.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Town Day!


The library is closed today for Town Day. We have a fantastic book sale happening from 10-3 today so stop by and check it out! 
The library will be open tomorrow Sunday, September 14th from 2-5 pm.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Teen Events Week of September 7th

Writers' Workshop for Teens
Mondays twice a month for six sessions.
Monday, Sept 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, November 3 & 17
6-7:30 p.m. 
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).   At the end of the workshop, teens have the option in participating in the Writer's presentation on Sunday, November 23rd 3-4:30 p.m.
 Please register here.

The Doctor’s Companions: Doctor Who Fan Club for Teens
Tuesday, September 9
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, join us for a discussions of the new season of Doctor Who!  How does Peter Capaldi hold up against previous Doctors?

Friday, September 5, 2014

W.A.T.S.! Logs Due Saturday!!!

Don't forget to turn in your W.A.T.S.! Summer Challenge logs by this SaturdaySeptember 6th! The library will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. If you can't get to the physical building, you can e-mail your log to agagnon[at]minlib.net (there is an actually "@" in the e-mail address, I'm just trying to avoid spambots) and pick up your swag later.

Haven't signed up?  No problem!  You can still sign up and log what you read through the summer.  Just use June 21st as your start date and write down what you have read since that day.  Each item you log is an entry into our end of summer raffle!  The grand prize is an Aseus Nexus 7 tablet!!! 

The best of luck to all participants!