Sunday, March 30, 2014

TAG April

Though it may not feel like spring, April will soon be upon us! That means another meeting of our Teen Advisory Group!  TAG will be held meeting Wednesday, April 2nd 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!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Doctor Who After Hours

Dust off your fez and test your sonic screwdriver, The Doctor is back!!!  Well not really, there is still MONTHS until the new season airs, but we can sustain ourselves on some amazing old episodes in the meantime.  How can you resist Doctor Who and all his wibbly wobbly time-y wimey... stuff?!?!

Join us for Doctor Who After Hours Friday, April 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room
We will be screen 3 episodes of the new series, one for each doctor. Vote for your favorite episodes here! Dressing as your favorite Doctor or character is optional, but encouraged and maybe even rewarded... There will be pizza and trivia questions between episodes. Register here to reserve your spot, you don't want to miss your appointment with the Doctor! 

This event will be happening on a Friday night when the library is closed.  Teens will have to come into the Community Room side entrance.  All attendees should be in the building by 6:00 PM as to not disturb the screening of the episodes.

If you need to contact the facilitators during or an hour prior to the event then call 781-316-3246.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Announcing April's TOBG Book: Beautiful Music...

Our next Teens Only Book Group selection is "Beautiful Music for Ugly Children" by Kiristin Cronn- Mills.  The group will meet Wednesday, April 16th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the 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.

Copies of “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children" are available in the Teen Area now.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tonight's the night for Divergent madness!

Whether you are going to an 8 PM., midnight, opening day, or opening weekend screening, it is hard to think of anything else but DIVERGENT this weekend!  

In case you haven't seen the giant banner on the side of the page, we are having a Divergent Party tonight, March 20th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room!  Even if you are going to a midnight screening, you still have plenty of time to come by, eat pizza, and celebrate the movie release as your favorite faction would!  Everything is framed around the different factions, so you can design your own tattoo as part of Dauntless!  I wont give away the rest of the plans, but the even will definitely get you psyched for the movie.

If you think you are going, please register so we can try to have enough pizza and supplies for everyone!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ch-ch-changes: New Non Fiction

If you frequented the library, you've notice that there have been big changes to the location of materials in the Teen Area.  Doesn't it look great! There are still a few more minor changes happening to the collection and some big changes coming to the furniture!

Now that we have more space for Teen materials, we were finally able to move the New YA Non Fiction books into the Teen Area!  These books can now be found at the end of the Fiction collection, next to the Short Story and the New Fiction collections.  I realize that the term YA is a bit confusing, because it gets used differently by different people.  When we say YA at the library we are talking Teenagers!

The rest of our YA Non Fiction collection will remain on the 2nd and 3rd floors mixed in with the Adult Non Fiction books.  These books can be found by their Dewey Number.  This may sound weird, but there are two main reasons for this.  A great reason is that we just don't have the space for all the YA Non Fiction books to be in the Teen Area.  A better reason is that when you are doing research for school, you will probably need to use some of the Adult Non Fiction books.  While there are great non fiction books written for teens, not all of them are going to have the amount of detail you'll need for some of your bigger projects. This will also give you the chance to explore the rest of the library, so when the day comes that you want to move on from the Teen Area you wont feel quite as overwhelmed (we hope).  

Friday, March 14, 2014

TTW 2014: Video Games for Teens

Did you know you can check out Video Games at the library for FREE?!?!?!  We have a collection of games selected for Teens in the Robbins Library Teen Area.  The collection features games rated Everyone to Teen for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, XBox 360 and XBox One.  You may have walked right by the collection and not even noticed it.  The collection is deceiving because it looks very small, but in actuality we have over 220 games just for teens!.  

These little cards that you see in the white boxes are obviously not the games.  When you pick out the games you want to take home, keeping in mind you only get them for one week with no renewals, you bring them to the Circulation Desk by the front door and they will give you an actual case with the game inside.  Again, the games are FREE to check out!

For a list of the Teen Games we own click PS3PS4WiiWii UXBox One, or XBox 360.

P.S. I know that the sign shows a board game and it is next to the video games, but we do have board games you can use in the Teen Area that are underneath this shelf of video games.

Teen Events Week of March 16th

Teens Only Book Group
Wednesday, March 19th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library Teen Area
“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
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 Book Thief” by Markus Zusak are available in the Teen Area now.

Divergent Party
Thursday, March 20th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
The “Divergent” movie is almost here!  Join us for an event celebrating the many facets of the different factions in the series.  There will be trivia, games, snacks, and more! 
If you don't register, you might not be able to participate in all the activities, so please register here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

TTW2014: Print from Anywhere

One of the most frustrating things is when you're writing a paper and working on an assignment and your printer decides to break.  It happens to everyone when they need their printer most.  You do have the option of printing here at the library, but many people don't want to log into a computer just to print a one or two page document.  What many people don't realize is that you don't have to do this!  You can actually send your print job from your home computer to the Robbins Library printer. Then you just come in with your library card, enough cash in hand to print the job, and go directly to the print station.  When you sign into the station with your Library Card Number, your job will come right up. 

How does this work?  Just click here to find out! Make sure you type in your library card number without any spaces.  
1- This is what you'll see on your screen when you first get to the website.  As you can see, there is no color printing option, everything will just be printed in black and white.  You just put your library card number in the "User Info Section" where it says "MLN Library Card #".  Make sure you type this in correctly, or you won't be able to retrieve your job in the library.  To select the item you want to print, you can then browse your computer for a saved file or copy then paste the URL under "Select Documents".

***It is best to print documents that you have saved on your computer.  You can print webpages; however, if you had to sign in at any point on the page to get to the information then it will not print the webpage correctly.  Keep this is mind when printing e-mails!  Save them to your computer and then attach the saved file to print.***

 2- In the next screen you can chose to print single or double sided, multiple copies, or specific pages of your print job. 

***To chose Double Sided Printing, you will select "Double Sided-Long" OR "Double Sided- Short".  Double sided long is a regular printed page back to back (8''x11''). If you pick short, you'll have to flip the page upside down.***

Once you've selected the correct options, then press the forward arrow on the right side of the screen.  

3-The website will then count the number of pages.  A Green Print icon will come up at the bottom right side of the Screen.  Click that to Print Icon complete the printing process.  

4- A new screen should come up.  Be sure it says "Your request has been processed" before you close the window.  This is what it should look like when your job has been submitted.

What will you need to print?  You will need your library card number to submit and retrieve the print job.  It costs 15 cents a side to print, even if you select double sided printing.  We can break $10 dollar bills at the Reference Desk if you don't have the proper change, the machine will take $1 and $5 bills. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TTW2014: Fiction Book List

Not ready to test drive a new technology?  Maybe one of these fiction books featuring technology will help! Feel free to comment with any books I may have missed!

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Spacer and Rat- YA FIC BECHARD
Jack's predictable existence on Freedom space station is transformed when Kit, the Earthie rat, enters his life and enlists him and a sensitive robot in an effort to outwit the Company.

Ender's Game- YA FIC CARD
Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist- YA FIC COHN
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Eye of Minds- YA FIC DASHNER
Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

The City of Ember- YA FIC DuPRAU
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

The House of the Scorpion- YA FIC FARMER
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El PatrĂ³n, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Don't Turn Around- YA FIC GAGNON
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based biot that can stop bots, but at risk of the host's brain.

Eve & Adam- YA FIC GRANT
While recuperating after a car accident in Spiker Biotech's lush San Francisco facilities, sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he's never questioned anything ... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn't right, and Evening's mother may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Want to go Private?- YA FIC LITTMAN
Insecure about the changes high school brings, Abby ignores advice from her parents and her only friend to "make an effort" and, instead, withdraws from everyone but with Luke, who she met online.

Struggling to fit in after her parents' divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother's house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.

Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment- YA FIC PATTERSON
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox- YA FIC PEARSON
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Across the Universe- YA FIC REVIS
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

Under the Never Sky- YA FIC ROSSI
Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies--one highly advanced, the other primitive--hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can't stay together.

Kayla and Mishalla, two genetically engineered non-human slaves (GENs), fall in love with higher-status boys, discover deep secrets about the creation of GENs, and in the process find out what it means to be human.

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

The Gospel According to Larry- YA FIC TASHIJIAN
Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention.

Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade)- YA FIC VEGA
Seventh-grader Erin Swift writes about her friends and classmates in her private blog, but when it accidentally gets posted on the school Intranet site, she learns some important lessons about friendship.

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Book descriptions from Minuteman Library Catalog.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TTW 2014: Play a WHAT?

If you've been in the Teen Area lately, you may have noticed that the materials were shifted.  The location of the "New Books" has been replaced by these little orange cases and you might have wondered what they could possibly hold.  Well today I am going to let you in on the not-so-secret secret; they are Playaways!

Playaways are AWESOME!!!  They are players that play an individual audio book.  To get them working, you just need headphones/earbuds and a AAA battery, that is it!  Some people even leave a battery in them, so you might just need the earbuds!  This may not seem very impressive to you, but now you can take your audio book anywhere without carrying a CD player.  No need to worry about switching or scratching discs.  You can even speed up or slow down the audio, which is perfect for when you get to the end of a book and you are dying to know what happens, but the narrator is just too slow!!!  *Deep breathe*  Getting back on track, they are so compact that they will fit in your pocket of your skinny jeans.  I use them at the bus, on airplanes, and working out at the gym.  Audio books can be pricey and e-audio books from OverDrive can only go out for 2 weeks (which isn't much time considering the length of most audio books), but you get 3 luxurious listening weeks with our Playaways.

Why not just try one?  They are free to check out, so you having nothing to lose!  Click here to browse just some of our Playaway collection for Teens.

Monday, March 10, 2014

TTW 2014: We have Ebooks for Teens!

One of the great benefits of having a library card is that you have access to tons of free books!  But did you know you can check out books from the library from the warmth of your home?  We have an eBook collection that you can access anywhere you have the Internet.  That means if the library is closed, you can still check out great books!  All you need is your library card number and your pin.  If you don't have a pin, you can set one up here.  Just type in your library card number, leave the pin field blank, and press "submit".

How do you get started?  If you are on your computer, then just click here.  For any device, you will need an Adobe Account in order to get the licensing rights to borrow books. I recommend setting up an Adobe Account here before trying to download books.  If you are using an iPad, iPhone, tablet (including kindle or nook versions), or smartphone then I would go to your app store and download the "Overdrive Media Console" app.  The app is free to download and books or audio you check out will download directly to the device.  Before you browse for books, be sure to Sign In to your account with your library card and pin.  You'll want to select Arlington/Robbins Library, if you live in Arlington that is, when it asks you to select your library.  Logging in will give you accurate information about whether we own an item or if it is available.  Once you are logged in you can browse and search for items!  You can limit your browsing to books for Teens and only display items that are available.

Other basic information you should know:
There are text eBooks and audio eBooks.  Like regular books, only one person can have an eBook checked out at a time.  That means there are wait lists for books. You can only have 7 eBooks on your "Holds List" but you can have an unlimited number of books on your "Wish List".  You can also only have 7 eBooks checked out at a time.  EBooks can be checked out for up to 2 or 3 weeks, depending on the book.  Once that time limit has been reached, the book will no longer be accessible on your device.  You can return books early through most devices.  Here is a basic guide on how to use OverDrive.

Device specific information:
If you are going to read on an eReader, that will involve going through the OverDrive website and then syncing the content onto your device.  Click here for information on how to download eBooks to specific readers and other devices.  For Nook eReaders you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions (be sure you've set up an Adobe Account) in order to transfer eBooks via the USB cord.
***Be sure to plug in your Nook using the USB cord BEFORE downloading any ebook to your computer.  Your computer needs to recognize the nook before it opens Adobe Digital Editions.***.  When using a Kindle reader, you'll need to go through your Amazon account to wireless send your book to your Kindle.   We recommend being logged into Amazon before borrowing books through OverDrive.  ***If at anytime Amazon is asking you to buy the book, then something has gone wrong with the process, don't buy the book! Once you purchase the book, you won't be able to get your money back!***

Does this sound confusing?  It can be!  If you ever need help figuring out any of this information, our Reference Staff is available to help!  There are also plenty of help videos if you are more of a visual learner.

Teen Tech Week 2014

It's Teen Tech Week (TTW)!!!  That means we are celebrating all things Tech this week for teens.  Many people don't realize that the library has more to offer than just books!  We have DVDs, Laptops, WiFi, Video Games, a Scanner, Ebooks, and Playaways!  This week, we will be posting short blog posts about just some of these great resources, so check back after school each day for new information.

We are having a special teen program to celebrate TTW, join us Friday, March 14th for 3D Printing 101 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room.
You've probably heard about 3D printers on the news, but now is your chance to get up close and personal with one! In this fast-paced workshop you'll discuss the history of the technology, then dive into some basic 3D design with a free tool you can use at home.  Please register here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Teen Events Week of March 9th

Writers' Workshop for Teens
Mondays twice a month for five sessions.
Mondays: Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 7
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.  Please register here

LGBTQ Teen Drop-In Night
Wednesday, March 12th
7:00 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 Boston Area Homeschool Queer/Straight Alliance 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 Boston Area Homeschool QSA and the Robbins Library.

3D Printing 101
Friday, March 14th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Heard about 3D printers on the news? Although the 
technology has been around for over 20 years, the personal 3D 
printer movement makes anything seem possible. In this 
fast-paced workshop you'll get to "meet" a 3D printer, discuss 
the history of the technology, then dive into some basic 3D 
design with a free tool you can use at home. 
Please register here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Arlington Reads Together Month!

It's that time of the year again!  Time to gather together as a community and read the same awesome book!  Whether you plan on coming to the Arlington Reads Together events or you just want to read the book for your personal enjoyment, be sure to check out "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak!  Not only is it a wonderful book, but the main character is a teenager!  I will not lie to you, this is one of those terribly sad Holocaust books where people die.  That's actually how Liesel's story starts off, with the death of her brother.   There is much more to the book than death, I promise!  Though he does narrate the story... Anyway!  Here are some highlights: Liesel becomes a book thief and an amazing story-teller.  She makes friends with a boy who dreams of being Jesse Owens.  Her foster mother may be terrifying at times, but her interactions with her husband are hilarious!  Liesel even helps her foster parents hide a Jewish man in their basement.  If you haven't tried listening an audio book, this would  be a great one to try.  It is one of my all time favorite audio books!

Okay, that's enough about the book.  We have some really great events planned in March as part of the Community Reads.  Here are just a few of the highlights, check out the full schedule here.

During An Afternoon with Child Holocaust Survivor Janet Singer Applefield,  Ms. Applefield  will discuss her experiences during the Holocaust, as well as share her thoughts on "The Book Thief".  She had some similar experiences as Liesel, so it will be a fascinating presentation. Ms. Applefield will grace us with her presence Saturday, March 15th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

We will have a special  Teens Only Book Group on Wednesday, March 19th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Robbins Library Teen Area where we will discuss "The Book Thief".  Copies can be tricky to get a hold of, so keep your eyes out for copies in the Teen Area and on the ART display by the elevator at Robbins. We have a bunch of e-book copies through OverDrive, so click here and login with your library card number and pin to check for availability.  There were some ready to download last time I checked!

Scholar Geoffrey Brahmer, M. Div. will tell us about Librarian and socialist Herman Kruk during the event The Diary of Herman Kruk: A Librarian in the Vilna Ghetto.  Herman Kruk  kept his diary from the beginning of World War II to the day before he was murdered in Lagedi, Estonia on September 18, 1944.  Mr. Kruk hid books from the Germans to keep them from being burned, one might say he is also a Book Thief... This event will take place Monday, March 24th at 7:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

There are no registrations for any of these events!  Just drop in and enjoy!  Click here for the full schedule of events.  

"What the heck is Arlington Reads Together?"
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is this year’s community-wide read, known as Arlington Reads Together, which will take place during the month of March.  Each year, representatives from Arlington’s libraries and community leaders select a book with a strong message that will touch a variety of community members. The goal is to get as many people of all ages to either read the book or participate in the events relating to themes found in the book.