Thursday, January 30, 2014

TAG Starting Back February 5th!

IT IS BACK!!!  Due to weather, scheduling issues or freezing temperatures in the building, we haven't had a TAG meeting in MONTHS!!!  Help us get back on track by attending the next Teen Advisory Group meeting Wednesday, February 5th from. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Why come to TAG?
It's your opportunity to share your ideas about how to make your library a better place for YOU!  Give ideas for events, materials, community service opportunities, clubs, and more. You can also get community service hours AND PIZZA!!! That's right FREE PIZZA! 

What do I need to do? 
If you just want to share your opinions or gain service hours, just show up to the Teen area on Wednesday.  BUT, if you want PIZZA then register here, we only buy pizza if 2 or more people register.  Get your friend to join us and register so you can scarf down a pre-dinner snack!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Teen Writers' Workshop Tonight!

imageCalling all teen writers!!!  Our Teen Writers' Workshop starts today, January 27th in the Teen Area of the Robbins Library.  If creative writing is your thing, then don't miss this FREE workshop.  It is exclusively for teens in Middle School and High School.

This group will meet Mondays twice a month for five sessions. Monday, Jan 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24, Apr 7 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.  There will be a Writer’s presentation on Sunday, April 13th from 2:30-3:30 PM.  This group is run by Lynette Benton, author of Polish and Publish.  She will help you 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).

*Lynette was recognized as having one of the "Top 100 Best Websites for Writers"!  Congrats Lynette!  Check out the library's blog post about Lynette's achievement here

February Teens Only Book Chosen!

Join us Wednesday, February 12th from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Robbins Library Teen Area to discuss "Being Henry David" by Carl Armistead.

This book group will meets the second Wednesday this month and will move to the third Wednesday starting in March.  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 "Being Henry David" by Carl Armistead are available in the Teen Area now!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Writers' Group is BACK!!!

You heard me!  It will meet six Mondays between January and April.  Get your calendars ready, I am going to throw some dates at you.  
Monday, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 7
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

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).
Location: meet at the Reference Desk. Teens will meet in the Teen area and together with Lynette write.

Please register here, space is limited.

Teens will be able to present their writing at the Teen Writers' Presentation on Sunday, April 13th from 2:30-3:30 PM. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Upcoming Events

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Teens Only Book Club
Wednesday, Jan. 15
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
This months book is “Winter Town” by Stephen Emond; copies are available in the Teen Area now.  No worries if you don’t finish the book, just come share other books you’ve read, eat snacks, and enjoy the discussion.

Movie for Teens
Friday, Jan. 17
3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Free Friday movie for teens.  Look for clues here or call the library for the title.

Winter Explosion
Thursday, Jan. 23
3:00p.m. -4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Drop in Thursday afternoon for a Winter Explosion in the Teen Area.  Make delicious hot chocolate creations, crafts, and enjoy some seasonal treats.  All teens are welcome.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Gear up for the Big Game!

With Super Bowl XLVIII on it's way and the Pats still in the playoffs *crosses fingers*, you can't help but catch football fever.  If your looking for some books to tie you over until the next game, then here is a list of some you can find here at the library.  Many of the books will be on a display until after the Super Bowl. Feel free to comment with more titles I may have missed.  Go Pats!!!

The Leverage- YA FIC COHEN
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Carter Finally Gets It- YA FIC CRAWFORD
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Gym Candy- YA FIC DEUKER, C.
Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Payback Time- YA FIC DEUKER, C.
Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past.

In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother's summer football league, "The League of Pain," against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems

Catching Jordan- YA FIC KENNEALLY
Jordan Woods is the female captain and quarterback of her high school football team and is fine with being treated like "one of the guys," as long as she lands an athletic scholarship for college, but when a new kid shows up, Jordan gets competition for her starting position and discovers she is developing a crush.

Second Impact- YA FIC KLASS, P.
When Jerry Downing, star quarterback in a small football town, gets a second chance after his drunk driving had serious consequences, Carla Jensen, ace reporter for the school newspaper, invites him to join her in writing a blog, mainly about sports.

Out of the Pocket- YA FIC KONIGSBERG
As Bobby Framingham, quarterback of his high school football team, finally acknowledges to himself that he is gay, events start to spin out of control when his sexual orientation is revealed in the student newspaper and then in the local press, and he learns that his father has cancer.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

The Blind Side- 796.332 LEW
story of a young man's rise to football stardom. The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the NFL. Plucked from the mean streets by a wealthy family, he took up football and school, and turned out to possess the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility needed to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

Raiders Night- YA FIC LIPSYTE
Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Inexcusable- YA FIC LYNCH
High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.

Shooting Star- YA FIC McKISSACK
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Growing up above his parents' Chinese family restaurant in Sexsmith, Alberta, Warren Chen has always dreamed of being a football star. At 90 pounds and five feet tall, he's not exactly built like a linebacker, but even short kids from tiny towns have big dreams. At first the coach is reluctant to even let him try out, but soon he sees Warren's strengths -- he is small, slippery, and no one can catch him. Warren is named the team's new running back.

Crossing the Line- YA FIC VOLPONI, P.
High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have- YA FIC ZADOFF
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Guess the movie title

Friday, January 17th we will be playing a free Movie for teens from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room. We can't tell you the name online, but here are some clues to help you figure it out. 

1- Many people think the card trick at the beginning of the movie is due to editing or CGI, but this is false. This is a real card trick.

2- In the original script, there were no females in the Four Horsemen.

3- This is the fourth movie to feature both Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. The other three movies were Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

4- During the car chase scene, Jack's car flips over and stops right side up. The camera then cuts to Alma and Dylan, then back to Jack's car which is still rolling and stops upside down.

If trivia isn't your thing, feel free to call the Reference Desk at 781-316-3233 for the title.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LGBTQ Drop-In Night

Don't miss tonight's LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night!!! 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.  

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When: Wednesday, January 8th
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!!!