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).


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


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

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

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


I am Legend
Monsters Inc.
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Ring
The Sixth Sense
The Village
The Woman in Black


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


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.