Monday, October 31, 2016

November Happenings: Forensic Science, Book Group, Movie, and more!

November is the start of the holiday season and is the month of our Staff Development Day so be on the lookout for days when the library wont be open. Here are the dates in November when the library is closed:
Friday, November 11 for Veterans' Day
Friday, November 18 for Staff Development Day
Wednesday, November 23 we close at 5pm and are Closed through Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.
*Please note this doesn't include closings due to weather or other unscheduled events.

We have some really great programs lined up for November so let's jump in!

Early Release Day Movie:
The Book of Life
Tuesday, November 1
1:30-3:00ish p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Join us for a screening of The Book of Life and snacks in the Teen Area!

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, November 3
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Elevator to LLR
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 an afternoon of fun.

To Be Teen Book Group
Tuesday, November 15
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
oin us for our new bimonthly book group just for youth in grades 6 and 7. November’s book is The Last Boy at St. Edith's by Lee Gjertsen Malone. Copies are available to pick up in the Teen Area.

Forensic Science Road Show
Thursday, November 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program that introduces you to the fascinating subject of forensic science.  Subjects include:   Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, Functions of Forensic Scientist, Blood, DNA, Fingerprints, Metal Detectors, Footwear Impressions.  For grades 6-12.

I have not listed the Teen Writer's Group or the Girls Who Code Club in this list of events because those programs are filled. You also may have noticed that Food Friday is not happening in November, this is due to all the holidays and Friday closings in the month. Don't worry, Food Friday will be back on December 2nd!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Horror! Book and Movie List

Halloween is just around the corner, or weekend to be exact! Now is the perfect time to get in the spirit with some terrifying books and movies. There is a display in the Teen Area with some of these titles; come in and pick your poison.

Enclave- Ann Aguirre
Shutter- Courtney Alameda
Bad Girls Don’t Die– Katie Alender
Dead Girl of Hysteria Hall- Katie Alender
The Night Gardener- Jonathan Auxier
Doll Bones- Holly Black
White Spaces- Ilsa Bick
The Bunker Diaries– Kevin Brooks
World War Z- Max Brooks
Through the Woods- Emily Carroll
A New Darkness- Joseph Delaney
Coraline- Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
What happened to Cass McBride?- Gail Giles
Feed- Mira Grant
Half Bad– Sally Green
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin
Carrie- Stephen King
Scowler- Daniel Kraus
And the Trees Crept In- Dawn Kurtagich
Daughters Unto Devils- Amy Lukavics
The Women in the Walls- Amy Lukavics
In the After- Demitria Lunetta
I Hunt Killers- Barry Lyga
A Madness So Discreet- Mindy McGinnis
A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
This Dark Endeavor- Kenneth Oppel
The Nest- Kenneth Oppel
Amity- Micol Ostow
Asylum- Madeleine Roux
The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
White Crow- Marcus Sedgwick
Cirque Du Freak- Darren Shan
Thirteen Chairs- Dave Shelton
The Madman's Daughter- Megan Shepherd
Full Tilt- Neal Shusterman
Lockdown- Alexander Gordon Smith
Welcome to the Dark House- Laruie Faria Stolarz
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- April Genevieve Tucholke
The Monstrumologist- Rick Yancey
Hotel Ruby- Suzanne Young

Short Story Collections
Extremities- David Lubar
Gotchic! Ten Original Dark Tales- Various Authors
Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read- Anthony Horowitz
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys- Various Authors

Horror Movies (keeping it PG-13 here):
The Boy
Drag Me To Hell
The Ring
Woman in Black
World War Z

Check out the Monster List from two years ago with even more scary books and media.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Book List!

Teens voted for the favorite books published last year and here are the winners!

Alive by Chandler Baker

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When by Victoria Laurie

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Click the titles of the books to see if they are available at the library. There is only one book that we don't own, as of the date of this post, but I've added it to my next list of books to order.

Want to nominate your favorite books from this year for the 2017 list? 

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via this form. Book title nominations submitted in the current year will be used for consideration of the following year’s list of nominees. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Upcoming programs: Ghostbusters and Coding!

Early Release Movie and Gaming
Tuesday, October 18
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Enjoy the early release day with snacks, a screening of Ghostbusters (2016), and Wii U in the Community Room. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Girls Who Code Club
Wednesdays Starting October 19 through June 14
Robbins Library Community Room
A club for girls (based on identity) interested in coding. Open to those in grades 6 through 12. All levels of coders welcome; this is a self directed learning environment with projects available based on personal knowledge base. Space is limited and will be first-come, first-served. Click here for more details.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Girls Who Code: Spaces are Available!

Are you a girl in grades 6-12 who is interested in coding? Then we have a club for you! The Robbins Library will be hosting a Girls Who Code Club that will run Wednesdays, except for vacation weeks, from October 19 through June 14 from 3:30-5:30 p.m in the Community Room.

What is a Girls Who Code Club?
A GWC Club is a group where girls learn coding skills, meet girls with similar interests, and discover how these skills can get them a job in the tech industry.

The curriculum is provided free of charge by the organization Girls Who Code. Each session you will work at your own pace on a project based on your knowledge level allowing for the group to consist of girls with a variety of experiences with coding. Some will have no or littler experience, while others may already have a moderate level of knowledge. There will be three instructors to help answer questions you may have and a support system of 23 other girls to encourage you along the way. Some sessions may include a guest speaker of a woman working in the tech industry who is there to share her experiences.

Click here for more information about the Girls Who Code organization and to find other clubs in the area.

How many spaces are available?
We have purchased enough Chromebooks for 12 girls to use during this program, but we will open the club up to 12 more girls who are able to provide their own laptop.

Can I use my tablet?
I know many people have tablets, but the program you will be using to learn coding will not work on them.

How do I join?
After our Open House, we still have spaces available. Fill out our online form here to sign up for the lottery. We will contact girls who have gotten into the club between Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13. Forms will be accepted before 9 am on Wednesday, October 12.  Update: Spaces will be filled first come first serve. We will contact girls if they have gotten into the club before 9 pm on Tuesday, October 18. Please read the entire form and fill it out accurately.

What if I have more questions about the club?
Call us at 781-316-3233 and we will be happy to answer them!