Monday, March 23, 2015

Teen Event Week of March 22nd

Teen Writer's Group
Mondays twice a month for six sessions
February 23, March 2, 23, 30, April 6, 13
6:00-7:30 pm
Meet at Robbins Library Reference Desk
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). There will be a special writer's presentation on Sunday, May 3 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Teen Job Skills: Resume Writing
Thursday, March 26
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Teens, landing a job or being accepted into a top rate college is becoming harder than ever but a great resume can help set you apart from other applicants. This workshop will show the process of writing a resume that will highlight your skills and past experience. 
Please register here to guarantee your space.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Teen Events Week of March 15th

Teens Only Book Chat: ART book
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Wednesday, March 18th
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
This month’s book chat will focus on the Arlington Reads Together selection “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.” Come share your thoughts on the book and make superhero rings! Books will be on display in the Teen Area.

Food Friday!
Friday, March 20th
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick!  Join us each month for a food tasting event!  This program is for Teens only. 
***Not recommended for anyone with food allergies!!!***

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TTW2015: Now With More Games!

The Robbins Library now has video games for adults! What does that mean? We have games rated Mature as well as extra copies of popular titles. That means patrons can finally check out Halo, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, and many more! Anyone can check these games out free of charge using their library card!  Adult video games have the same rules as the Teen and Children's Collection (one week loan period, not renewable or requestable).

With the addition of this new collection, we have changed the way we display the video games. You will now be able to easily browse the collection because the empty boxes are on the shelves. No more flipping through bins for individual platforms! 

Want to browse our collection by system before you come into the library? Just click on a list bellow:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TTW 2015: Always Available Music and Movies

Almost a year ago, the Robbins Library subscribed to an online service called Hoopla where library users can check out music, movies, TV shows, and audio books from the comfort of their homes. Not only is this service free for Arlington residents, but the titles on Hoopla are ALWAYS available! That's right, NO WAITING LISTS!!! If that isn't good enough, Hoopla has an app which can be used on most smart phones and some tablets, click here for the list of compatible devices.

What does this all mean? It means you can listen to that hot new artist's album for free using your phone! If there is a song stuck in your head, you can just borrow the entire album. Maybe you will discover other songs you love in the process. Hoopla has an AMAZING music selection. 

I will not lie to you, Hoopla's TV show and movie holdings are not great. You will probably find a few things that interest you, but it is no Netflix. With that being said, their selection has gotten better in the last year that we've had the service. The audio book selection is also pretty sparse on teen titles. If you are a teen who enjoys British TV, documentaries, and/or adult literature then you will definitely enjoy using Hoopla. 

The bottom line, it is worth checking out especially if you love music. You really have nothing to lose, click here to get started. Hoopla has a great help section that goes over all the details of using their collection. If you have questions about using it or get stuck anytime when trying to access it, please get in contact with  me either in the building, electronically, or via phone and I'll help you out.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TTW 2015: Video Game Lists

At over 250 games and counting, our video game collection keeps on growing!  

To make finding the perfect game a little more manageable, librarian-in-training Rob has put together some video game lists - available for your viewing pleasure on Grouvee.  You can find them all on our Page O' Lists.

In the mood for an RPG?  There's a list for that!

Want games with female playable characters?

Curious if your favorite movie was made into a game?  There's a list for that!

Grouvee is a great site, but it's not the easiest to see what console we have a game for.  The best way to figure that out is to use the "Filter Options" on the right side of the lists.  Just click the console you're looking for in the "Platforms on Shelf" drop down box, then hit the "Show Me the Games" button right below to see only the games for that system that are on each list.   It doesn't remember your filter options when you switch between lists, so you'll have to select the filter option again if you move to another list.  

(We've also got lists of games by platform if you prefer to browse that way.)

Stay tuned for more lists and feel free to leave suggestions for future lists in the comments. Until then, game on!

Monday, March 9, 2015

TTW 2015: Teen Books Brought to the Screen

The film industry has been using technology to bring our favorite books to life for over 100 years. While the first film adaptations may have started out only being a few minutes long; our culture has now come to appreciate detailed reimaginings of books into full length films, some even becoming TV shows that take 10 hours or longer to view a single season. Fans of the books tend to be the harshest critics of these adaptations to film, I am definitely guilty of this behavior. But I still gravitate towards seeing these films because when they are done well I can't help but fall in love with the story all over again. Once in a blue moon, I will watch a movie or film that will inspire me to read a book I may not have picked up on my own (Game of Thrones!) and I will end up falling in love with the book even harder than I fell for the film adaptation.

Here is a list of some teen books, or books of interest to teens, that were made into movies or TV shows. If you click on a title it will bring you to the catalog listing for the book version. You can use the search bar at the top of the webpage to see if the movie or TV show is available.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training in order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
When Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes to avoid an ex, they never imagined it would lead to an epic night they would never forget.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
A year ago four teens covered up a horrifying accident; they thought they got away with it until they started being harassed. Someone knows the truth and is out for revenge.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Mia struggles to piece together her fragments of memory after a tragic accident takes the lives of her family.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes struggles to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The story of Hazel and Augustus, two teens who meet at a cancer support group and who share a love story filled with small infinities.

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger
Bianca Piper starts a fling with the hot sleazeball of her high school. At first he is a distraction, but Bianca soon realizes they have more things in common than she ever could have guessed. 
This movie is still in theaters and is currently unavailable at the library.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
John must develop his legacies before the Mogadorians find and kill him and the other surviving Loric children.

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead
After two years on the run, best friends Rose, a half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy Jackson is the prime suspect.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
At 16, Beatrice Prior must decide which of the five factions she will devote the rest of her life to.

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
14-year-old Susie Salmon is brutally raped and murdered by her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Three years after their best friend disappears, four girls start getting threatening texts from someone who knows all their secrets.

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
Golden girl, Elena, has peaked the interest of two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon.  Stefan wants only to protect Elena and Damon intents to take her as his own even if it means taking her life and those closest to her in the process.

The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien-
Bilbo Baggins sets off with a band of Dwarves to help win back their home from a great dragon.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger finds escape in the pages of stolen books during WWII in Germany.

Coming to the Big Screen:

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The sequel to the maze runner. I'm not writing a description because I don't want to give away the ending of the first book!

Paper Towns by John Green
After a wild night with long time crush and neighbor, Margo, Quentin has hopes of them finally getting together until she mysteriously disappears.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
As if her boyfriend dying wasn't enough to deal with, Luce is sent to a reform school because she is the prime suspect in his murder. 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob finds his way to an island where he meets some children with peculiar talents.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Sequel to Divergent. Another book I'm not putting a description for to avoid giving away anything in the first book.

*Some synopses are from the YALSA's 2015 Book to Movies: Ripped From the Pages list.

Teen Tech Week 2015 w/ Event List

It's Teen Tech Week (TTW)!!!  That means we are celebrating all technology that may be of interest for teens. When people hear the library the first thing that comes to mind is shelves filled with books, but this week we are going to highlight some of our other great collections! We have DVDs, Laptops, WiFi, Video Games, a Scanner, Ebooks, and Playaways! Check back after school each day for new information about some of the great tech resources the library has to offer. 

This morning, I will kick things off by highlighting the Teen Events this week at Robbins.

LGBTQ Drop In Night
Wednesday, March 11th
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, ace, or questioning teen?  Are you a teen ally for LGBTQA teens?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer Straight Alliance (BAHS QSA) invites you to come to this event!  Meet like-minded teens from the community and enjoy a night of fun.  There will be music, snacks, information on BAGLY, and time to chat. This monthly event is cosponsored by the BAHS QSA and the Robbins Library. 
The BAHS QSA meets every Tuesday morning, and all teens are welcome. For more information, contact or or visit us on facebook:

Game Time Hang Time
Friday, March 13th
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, come wind down after school and play some PS4 and WiiU games. 

Teen Percussion Workshop
Saturday, March 14
1-2:30 p.m
Robbins Library Community Room

A workshop for teens ​to make and play their own foot percussion instruments. Bring your own recycled materials, found objects, and broken musical gear to beat with your feet. Magnets, and magnetic things work great for this too. Jay will supply rubber bands, velcro, duct tape, etc. 
Please register here. Teen Percussion Workshop needs 3 teens registered to run.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Make Some Noise!: Teen Percussion Workshop

Looking for something different to try on a Saturday afternoon? Then check out our Teen Percussion Workshop Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room! This free workshop will show you how to construct foot percussion instruments out of recycled materials. The best part of this program is that once you have your instrument we encourage you to make noise!

I hate to ask you to bring supplies, but you'll need to bring recycled materials, found objects, and/or broken musical gears. Need inspiration? You can bring pots, pans, scrap wood, scrap metal, broken musical instruments, spoons, marbles, tubes, and other things that ring, chime, or bang.

We need 3 teens registered to run this program so be sure to register here

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Teen Events Week of March 1st

Teen Writer's Group
Mondays twice a month for six sessions
February 23, March 2, 23, 30, April 6, 13
6:00-7:30 pm
Meet at Robbins Library Reference Desk
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). There will be a special writer's presentation on Sunday, May 3 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Teen Advisory Group
Wednesday, March 4th
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.