Monday, December 21, 2015

Plan your week!

It is Christmas week and the library will have abnormal hours! Basically, both libraries are closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25. I doubt any of that is too surprising! 

If you are looking for some seasonal reads, there is a display in the Teen Area now. I can't guarantee there will be many more books left on Wednesday but there are plenty as I type this!

If you are going on vacation then it is the perfect time to load your tablet with ebooks. Click here to browse our OverDrive catalog. In case you were wondering, there is an app for that.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Miyazaki Day!!!!!!!!!!

あなたの顔は、痔のように美しいです


According to Google translate, this means "Your face is as beautiful as a hemorrhoid." (Thanks, John Green!). So at least I'm aware of my very poor Japanese. Why am I writing things in Japanese?


BECAUSE MIYAZAKI DAY IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, Praise He

On January 9, 2016 (snow date January 13), the Robbins library will hold its very first Miyazaki day for grades 6+ in the Robbins library community room (the LLR button in the elevator)! And what does a Miyazaki day consist of, you may ask? Well I'll tell you, like-minded nerd!

First off, you cannot have a Miyazaki day without a Miyazaki movie. This event will be showing two of his movies. The first is The Cat Returns. It's a very charming movie that I believe doesn't get enough credit. Also, CATS!!!!!!!!!!

And the next movie we are showing is...

...are you ready....

...here we go...

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




That's right, we've got Totoro, baby! Totoro is love, Totoro is life.

      But that is not all we are offering, oh no! This event is costume friendly, so you may wear a Miyazaki-themed costume to the movie screenings. If you don't, that's fine; we will not judge you. However, if you don't wear a costume, you might not win a prize.
      Oh yes, my friend, we're holding a Miyazaki costume contest! Participants will walk down a catwalk (possibly to the tune of Ponyo) and will be voted on a by council of peers. Winners will get to choose which kind of prize they want.
      They will be:
  • A stuffed Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro


  • A stuffed mouse-baby from Spirited Away





















  • A stuffed Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service



































  • Possibly a gift card to somewhere, we're still figuring that out




We also have

and

So if you are coming, you need to register for this the event, so we have enough food. Please go to this link
and sign up. You do not need to bring a ticket.

I hope a lot of people can come, and I want them to have fun. So if this interests you, please come! I hope to see you Miyazaki fans there!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Upcoming Happenings: LGBTQ+. Superfight!, Pigs and Writers!


Feed the Pig
Now - Dec 19th
Robbins Library Teen Area
You pick the winner!  December’s theme is fandoms:
 Steven Universe  vs. Adventure Time! 
 Which one is your favorite?
Stop by the Teen Area to pick up your ballot and then just feed it to the pig behind my desk!

LGBTQ+ Drop In Night:
Superfight!
Tuesday, December 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ace, or questioning teen?  Are you a teen ally for LGBTQIA teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then we invite you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun. We will listen to music and play Superfight!

Teen Writers' Presentation
Sunday, Dec 13
3-4:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Fall Teen Writers' Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity. All are welcome.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Upcoming Teen Programs

Writer's Workshop for Teens
Mondays on the following dates:
September 21, 
October 5, 19, 
November 2, 16, 30
6-7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Robbins Library Reference Desk
Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or 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, poetry). For ages 12-18.  

Food Friday
Friday, December 4
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! This food tasting event is for teens only. Food Friday is not recommended for those with food allergies.


LGBTQ+ Drop In Night:
Superfight
Tuesday, December 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ace, or questioning teen?  Are you a teen ally for LGBTQIA teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then we invite you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun. We will listen to music and play Superfight!


Teen Writers' Presentation
Sunday, Dec 13
3-4:30 PM
Robbins Library Community Room
Join the Robbins Library as we celebrate the culmination of the Fall Teen Writers' Workshop lead by local author Lynette Benton. Listen to powerful writing, enjoy refreshments and celebrate teen creativity. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Libraries are Closed: Happy Thanksgiving!

The Fox Library and Robbins Library are closed for Thanksgiving. Both libraries will have regular hours on Friday, November 27. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happening This Week: LGBTQ, Lumberjanes and Turkey!

Teens Only LGBTQ Book Group:
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Tuesday, November 24
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
A book group just for LGBTQA teens and their teen allies. November’s book will be Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis. Even if you don’t get a chance to read the book, please join us to discuss future meetings and to choose a book for the January meeting. Books are available in the Teen Area.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 25 Robbins Library and Fox Library will close at 5:00 pm for the holiday.
Thursday, November 26 both libraries are closed. Happy Turkey Day!!!
Friday, November 27 both libraries will have regular 9-5 hours.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Library Closed for Staff Development Day

The Robbins Library is closed today ( Friday, Nov 20) for staff training. The Fox Branch is open today from 9-5. The Robbins Library will have regular weekend hours, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 2-5. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Big Book List: Historical Fiction Pre 1900s Edition

I have caught wind of a Historical Fiction project happening now! If you are one of the students looking for Historical Fiction set before the 1900s then this is the list for you! If you just love historical fiction then you have stumbled upon a great resource. Keep in mind that this list features books for varying reading levels and maturity levels. Not all books will be appropriate for every reader. I hope that you will find at least a couple of titles that will pique your interest. There is a Historical Fiction display (as seen to the left) in the Teen Area with many of these titles on it for easier browsing. As always, myself and other staff are here to help so let us know if you have trouble locating any other these books. 

Fever 1793- Laurie Halse Anderson
The Shakespeare Stealer-Gary Blackwood
The Way of the Warrior- Chris Bradford
Year of Wonders- Geraldine Brooks
VIII- H.M. Castor
The Ransom of Mercy Carte- Caroline B Cooney
Ghost Hawk- Susan Cooper
The Stolen One- Suzanne Crowley
The Other Countess- Eve Edwards
Elijah of Buxton- Christopher Paul Curtis
Catherine, Called Birdy- Karen Cushman
Contagion- Joanne Dahme
The Sacrifice- Kathleen Benner Duble
Gabriel's Story- David Anthony Durham
Wildthorn- Jane Eagland
Give Me Liberty- L.M. Elliott
Troy- Adèle Geras
The Luxe- Anna Godbersen
Blood Red Horse- K.M. Grant
Samurai Shortstop- Alan Gratz
The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory
Legacy of Kings- Eleanor Herman
Incantation- Alice Hoffman
Petals in the Ashes- Mary Hooper
The Crimson Cap- Ellen Howard
Pagan's Crusade- Catherine Jinks
Gilt- Katherine Longshore
Tarnish- Katherine Longshore
The Devil's Paintbox- Victoria McKernan
Bloody Jack- L.A. Meyer
The Glory Field- Walter Dean Myers
The Vespertine- Saundra Mitchell
Hush- Donna Jo Napoli
The King of Mulberry Street- Donna Jo Napoli
Jip: His Story- Katherine Paterson
The River Between Us- Richard Peck
Pirates!- Celia Rees
Witch Child- Celia Rees
Three Rivers Rising- Jame Richards
Mutiny's Daughter- Ann Rinaldi
The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Elizabeth George Speare
The Sign of the Beaver- Elizabeth George Speare
The Brothers Story- Katherine Sturtevant
Ladies in Waiting- Laura L. Sullivan
Forged in the Fire- Ann Turnbull
Of Monsters and Madness- Jessica Verday

Looking for more Historical Fiction titles? Click here for our a Google Doc featuring Historical Fiction through the 1900s.