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] (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!