Friday, June 19, 2015

Game Hero Summer Challenge 2015

Registration starts Saturday, June 20th and ends on the last day of the Teen Summer Challenge, September 11th at 5:00 PM.  You can log your books starting June 20th at 9:00 AM through September 11th. Logs submitted after we close at 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 11th will not be accepted.

Registration is in the library.  Teens who register will be entered into raffles to win Amazon gift cards, and the grand prize WiiU gaming system.  Are you away for most of the summer?  Print your registration here and your log here. Print as many copies of the 2nd page of your log as you need to record all the points you have earned. Click here for printable bonus form.  Return them to the library by September 11th at 5:00 PM.

Looking for a list of all things gaming we have at the library? Click here for titles of books, movies, video games, and board games we have at our libraries.

***How to get points***
1 point per- Book read up to 499 pages, Program attended, Player you enroll
2 points per- Audio book completed, Book 500+ pages
5 points for getting BINGO on Game Hero Bingo and 30 points if you complete the entire Game Hero Bingo sheet. 

Teen Summer Challenge Event Schedule will be posted here, as well as on flyers at the Reference Desk and in Teen Area.

All Game Hero registrations, logs, and Bingo sheets must be submitted no later than Friday, September 11th at 5:00 PM.  Late materials will not be accepted.

(Click here for event details)
After Hours Teen Gaming
Friday, June 19th
6-9 pm
Robbins Library Community Room

LGBTQA Teen Drop In Night: Board Games!
Wednesday, July 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Teen Movie: Wreck it Ralph
Thursday, July 9
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area

Henna Art
Tuesday, July 14
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Please register here.

Teens Only LGBTQA Book Group
Wednesday, July 15
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Teen Game Time Hang Time
Thursday, July 23
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Avengers Extravaganza!
Monday, July 26
3-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Exclusively for youth going into grades 5 through 7

Heroes! Drawing Basics
Tuesday, August 4
4-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Please register

LGBTQ Drop In Night
Wednesday, August 12th
7- 8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Teen Game Time Hang Time
Thursday, August 13th
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Teens Only LGBTQ Book Group
Wednesday, August 26th
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room

Monday Movie Starring Ice Cream
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Monday, August 31
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Game Hero List: Books, Movies, Video Games, and Board Games

Here is a list of game related materials that we own at one of our libraries. I did add a few titles that are more virtual reality than gaming because I couldn't resist. Sorry!


Realistic Fiction
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff. 
Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Roar by Emma Clayton
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
For the Win by Corey Doctorow
Saving Thanehaven by Catherine Jinks
Sword Art Online: Aincrad by Reki Kawahara
Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
Epic by Conor Kostick
Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Graphic Novels
In Real Life by Corey Doctorow
Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! by Nico Tanigawa
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

More Fiction
Fallout by Gwenda Bond
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
The Master of Misrule by Laura Powell
Game Over, Pete Watson by Joe Schreiber
Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

Non Fiction
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris
Minecraft: the Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson... by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
Satoshi Tajiri: Pokemon creator by Lori Mortensen
The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft by Stephen O'Brien
Heroic Worlds: a History and Guide to Role-Playing Games by Lawrence Schick
Minecraft: the Complete Handbook Collection by Various Authors


Feature Films
Ender's Game
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
War Games
Wreck-It Ralph

Non Fiction
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
The King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters

Video Games

Games by Topic 

Games by Console
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One

Board Games

Did you know the library has board game you can play while in the Teen Area? These games are located on the shelf underneath the Video Games
Sampling of Board Games
Settlers of Catan
Apples to Apples

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Challenge Kickoff Event: After Hours Teen Gaming

After Hours Teen Gaming
Friday, June 19
6-9 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, our Community Room will reopen for an exclusive kickoff to the Game Hero: Teen Summer Challenge. Unwind with a night of WiiU, PS4, and board games. Pizza, beverages, snacks, and candy will be on hand to fuel you through the evening.
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 p.m. to avoid disturbing others while gaming. 
If you need to contact the facilitators from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. call 781-316-3246.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Upcoming Teen Programs June 8th through June 17th

LGBTQ Teen Drop In Night
Wednesday, June 10
7-8:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, ace, or questioning teen?  Are you a teen ally for LGBTQ 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 facebook:

Teens Only LGBTQ Book Group
Wednesday, June 17
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
A book group just for LGBTQ teens and their teen allies. June’s book is Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Even if you don’t get a chance to read the book, please join us to discuss future meetings and choose a book for the July meeting. Books are available in the Teen Area now.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Textile Workshop Wednesday!

There is still space in our Creating Textile with Adinkra Symbols workshop on Thursday, June 4 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room.
Workshop participants will learn the historical meaning of some of the Adinkra Symbols, each with its own unique shape, meaning, and how these symbols are transferred to textile by the Ashinti people of Ghana. “Creating Textile with Adinkra Symbols” challenges participants to expand their knowledge on Ghanaian culture all while engaging in a fun, innovative art focus workshop. 
This FREE event is for youth ages 12-18, register here. Minimum of 3 teens registered to run.