Saturday, October 31, 2015

Write an Entire Novel in November!

November is only hours away bringing with it brisk weather, peppermint flavored drinks, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, the goal is to crank out an entire novel or at least 30,000 (or 50,000 if you are older than 17) words of a novel by 11:59 PM on the last day of November. Crazy, right?! 

Why would someone put themselves through a month of nonstop writing without being paid? For the challenge of it! Having to write a certain amount of words everyday or week can also get you into a routine of writing on a consistent basis, which is a huge challenge for many writers. 

To participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, you register online and track your writing progress through the site. For the 18+ challenge, just click here. I'll be attempting this feat so feel free to chat me up when you need motivation or if you need to commiserate with another WriMoer. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Teen Events through November 14

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.  
Reserve your spot here.

Teen Advisory Group w/ Sharpie Mug Decorating
Wednesday, November 4
3-4 pm
Robbins Library 4th Floor Conference Room
Special craft edition of our bimonthly Teen Advisory Group (TAG). TAG is your chance to share ideas, plan programs, recommend materials, and much more.  Attendees will receive Community Service Hours.

Making Mini-Comics
Tuesday, November 10
4:00-5:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Mini-comics are small comic booklets that anyone can make. In this fun, fast-paced workshop, we'll create many characters and stories together, and you'll learn how to start making your own mini-comics. 
For ages 10-14. Space is limited; please pick up a ticket in the Children’s Department 30 minutes before the program. 


LGBTQA Drop In Night:
Welcome to Night Vale Night
Tuesday, November 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 LGBTQA 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 episodes of Welcome to Night Vale featuring Carlos!


Food Friday
Friday, November 13
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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

All of these Movies Sucked (For Teen Read Week)

Movies can be super awesome. Sometimes they can be super lame. Sometimes they can wave the original creator's severed head on a stick in front of their weeping mother.





But, in lieu of those harsh times, bad movies bring us closer to the literary material that we hold so dear. Every Dr. Seuss movie adaptation has shown us this, so here are some more examples! In honor of Teen Read Week, here are the best books that stemmed horrible movies

For those of you who are curious, THE TWILIGHT SERIES OR THE HOST WILL NOT BE UP HERE. OR 50 SHADES OF GREY. STEPHANIE MEYER SHOULD SIT IN THE CORNER AND THINK ABOUT WHAT SHE HAS DONE WITH HER LIFE.


Eragon by Christopher Paolini
      When you hear about this book, you think one of two things:
  1. Dragons! Cool!
  2. I can't believe a kid wrote this!
When you watch the movie, you think one of two things:
  1. Dragons! They look so fake!
  2. I can't believe a kid didn't direct this!
The movie blows, read the book, end of story.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
       I'll be honest, I really like the version with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, but I can understand why most people don't like it. It's very dark, and most of the cast just seem bored. With the book on the other hand, it's a strange road trip towards opium-induced daydreaming. This book may have been written decades ago, it's still very magical and very fun.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
      This movie should have gotten the attention The Last Temptation of Christ did. People should have flooded the streets and movie theaters, protesting the atheist tones marketed towards children. This movie should have made of lot of money... if they kept in what made this book controversial in the first place. The movie is bland and all around confusing. Even though the polar bear effect is great, you'll probably be snoozing by the time the movie gets there. The book does a much better job at explaining the complicated details, and has the great advantage of treating you like a thinking person. Give it a shot!
Watchmen by Alan Moore
     I freakin' loved this book! It has everything: suspense, violence, action heroes, beautiful graphics, and a well-written story. Unfortunately, this graphic novel got what I called the "Zach Snyder" treatment: it wasn't fun, it was all over the place, the colors were muted, and of course, the awkward sex scene no child should have to watch next to their parents. Read this instead!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
      All Christianity symbols aside, the Disney movie adaptation was long, slightly racist, and had an emo floppy-hair boy as the title character. The original source is much better, and to be fair, does that come as a shock to anyone anymore?

The Giver by Lois Lowry
      Okay, seriously, what the hell happened? This novel has been a staple of middle school reading list for years and yet your movie adaptation still sucks? You see, this is the problem with having a post-apocalyptic novel adapted to the big screen, during which post-apocalyptic futures are huge cash cows. They added unnecessary elements to the story, like a grand escape, another love story, and, oh yeah, the whole thing is in color.
      If you're sick of the genre as I am, this novel is the most unique take you'll read.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    So far, this is the only Jodi Picoult book to be adapted in film, and I can see why. How could Jodi ever trust a movie studio again after what they did to her work? The major reason why this book is on here is because the original ending was changed in the movie. Like many of the authors listed here, Jodi hated with what they did with it, and so did the fan base. You know the drill, read this book.
Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events
      Why, Jim Carrey, why? Other than the completely misguided casting for the sinister Count Olaf, the movie also crammed in not one, not two, but three of the first books in Lemony Snicket's series into a two hour story. And yes, it was bad. Much of the mystery was skipped to fill in the time slot, but that's where the heart of the book was: its mystery. There hasn't been a children series like this one, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested.
The Princess Diaries AND The Princess Diaries: Royal Engagement by Meg Cabot
      Before Anne Hathaway was taken seriously as an actress, she starred in the Disney-produced fluff simply known as the Princess Diaries series. While the first one was harmless, the other acted like it gave good morals to the little girls even though it just promoted consumerism. And Anne Hathaway's derpy-clumsy character didn't help the movie in it's favor. Speaking of which....
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
     Yet another horrible adaptation produced by Disney starring Anne Hathaway! What are the odds? Okay, so this book got really dark, which didn't hype with Disney's image at the time. So in it's place were neutered jokes that hardly ever got a giggle. The book is so much better, yadda yadda yadda.
But Anne Hathaway's cover of "Somebody To Love" should be watched over and over.
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
       One of the lowest grossing movies Disney ever made. The characters are annoying, the animation isn't that spectacular, and once again, it doesn't hold up against it's maker. You've heard me say it more times before, READ THE BOOKS. DON'T WATCH THE MOVIES.
I've missed a lot of horrible adaptations, but I focused more on the young adult novels people actually like to read (ahem, The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gastby). So let me know your opinions on the worst book-to-movie adaptations you've seen. Happy Teen Read Week! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Upcoming Teen Events

Gobsmacked!  Magic Show
Thursday, October 22
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room 
Magician and Mentalist  Méliès will give a stunning performance.  Méliès is a local professional magician whose unique blend of classic sleight of hand, humor, and mind-reading leaves audiences truly "gobsmacked," with an experience of the impossible they never forget.   Come take a journey into the impossible!   Following his show, Méliès will offer a free, 30-minute workshop in magic. Space is limited to 15.

Food Friday
Friday, October 23
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.

Teens Only LGBTQ Book Group:
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Tuesday, October 27
7-8 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
A book group just for LGBTQA teens and their teen allies. Coda by Emma Trevayne is October's selection. 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 November meeting. Books will be available in the Teen Area.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Get Gobsmacked!


Gobsmacked! Magic Show
Thursday, October 22
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Magician and Mentalist Méliès will give a stunning performance. Méliès is a local professional magician whose unique blend of classic sleight of hand, humor, and mind-reading leaves audiences truly "gobsmacked," with an experience of the impossible they never forget.Come take a journey into the impossible! Following his show, Méliès will offer a free, 30-minute workshop in magic. 
Space is limited to 15.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Teen Events This Week...

LGBTQA Drop In Night
Tuesday, October 13
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 LGBTQA 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.

Harry Potter Fest
Wednesday, October 14
3-6:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Teens, join us for an afternoon celebrating Harry Potter. Harry Potter Fest wills start with trivia then a screening of one of the movies and will end with a short discussion of the series. There will be snacks and prizes! This event is exclusively for teens.
Click here to reserve your space!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Harry Potter Fest

Harry Potter Fest
Wednesday, October 14
3-6:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room

Teens, join us for an afternoon celebrating Harry Potter. Harry Potter Fest wills start with trivia then a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and will end with a short discussion of the series. There will be snacks and prizes! This event is exclusively for teens.

Click here to reserve your space!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Banned Book Art by AHS Students

Banned Books Week may be over, but I had to share some fantastic banned book artwork created by talented Arlington High School students. I know the picture quality is not great (my phone was on the fritz when these were taken) luckily these pieces are on display on the 1st Floor of the Robbins Library. You can view them anytime the library is open.

Book Title: The Color Purple
Artwork By: Naomi

Book Title: Lord of the Flies
Artwork By: Alex
Book Title: Looking for Alaska 
Artwork By: Emina

Book Title: Fahrenheit 451
Artwork By: Charlotte


Book Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Artwork By: Jackie

Book Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Artwork By: Gracie

Book Title: The Hunger Games
Artwork By: Anonymous

Book Title: The Jungle
Artwork By: Brendan

Book Title: The Giver
Artwork By: Ian

Book Title: Catch-22
Artwork By: Abe