Monday, November 28, 2016

December Events: LGBTQ+ Drop In, Food Friday and

Winter is Coming...

How is it almost December? Where has 2016 went? Okay, I need to just get over the fact that winter is nipping at our heals. Time to focus! I know this time of year is very hectic with holiday parties and projects due before December break so I hope you aren't shocked to notice that we've front-loaded our programming for the month. Here is our super concentrated program schedule for December!

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Thursday, December 1
3:30-5 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 an afternoon of fun.

Food Friday!
Friday, December 2
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! This food tasting event is for those in grades 6-12.

Early Release Movie and Games: Finding Dory
Tuesday, December 6
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Enjoy the early release day with snacks, a screening of Finding Dory and Wii U games in the Community Room. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Teen Hour+ of Code
Thursday, December 8
3-4:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Conference Room
Are you curious about coding? Do you already know how to code but would like to meet more people who are into coding? If you answered yes to either of these questions then come to our Hour+ of Coding event! This events is just for youth in Grades 6-12.
Space is limited so reserve your spot at

Teen Writers’ Workshop Reading
Sunday, Dec 11
3:00-4:30 p.m.
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. 

Come by the Reference Desk or find me in the Teen Area for more information about these program, or if you just want to pop into say hello.

Holiday Hours

The Robbins Library and Fox Library will be closed Saturday, December 24-Monday December, 26. This is due to Christmas landing on a Sunday. The Robbins Library will have regular 9-5 hours on December 31. Again, New Year's lands on a Sundays so the library will be closed Sunday, January 1 as well as Monday, January 2.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Upcoming Happenings: Forensic Science and Special Closings

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.

Robbins Library will be closed on Friday, November 18th for our yearly Staff Development Day. The Fox Library will be open for your convenience.

The Robbins Library and Fox Library will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and will remain closed through Thursday, November 24. Both libraries will be open regular hours on Friday, November 25.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Voting Day is Tuesday, November 8!!!

Congrats to those of you voting in your first election! If you are unsure of where to go or the details of your ballot then you have come to the right place. You can find all the information you need about voting by going to Massachusetts's Election Division website. The website is easy to navigate, but here are the most important links for you to have as you go in for voting:
  • Click here and enter your address to find out where you can vote and what will be on your ballot. It is more than just the presidency! 
  • Want to know more about the different Ballot Questions you will be voting on? Click here for the Massachusetts Information for Voters 
  • Depending on a few factors, you may be asked to show identification when checking in at your polling location, click here for more information on this.
  • Click here to learn about your voting rights. You may not have to know all of these, but it is good to have the information just on the off chance something comes up.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesday, November 8th. According to your voting rights, if you are in line at a polling location at 8:00 p.m. then you have a right to vote. You may be considered young to many, but your voice still matters.

I know many of you are too young to vote in our national election, but you can still express your opinions by voting for candy in the Teen Area and/or voting in Children's election of Gerald vs. Piggy for president!

Happy voting everyone!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book Review: The Lovely Bones

The moment I saw The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold on the table of the library, I knew I needed to read it. Not because it was recently turned into a movie. Not because the cover attracted me. Well, maybe both are slightly true, but the real reason is the story started with death.

Now you’re probably thinking I’m some crazy person with weird tastes and you might be correct, but I’ve always been interested in what authors have to say about afterlife and grief. Like most others, I know people who’ve died and met people who lost a family member, so those thoughts naturally are in my head.

I was glad I knew the book was going to be depressing before I started. Right away, the main character Susie died and went to her heaven. I tried to think of the book as a story of hope, teaching that there is light in the darkness. Soon I realized my thoughts became true as the story went on. If I got too lost in depressing aspects of the book, I never would notice the simple beauty and joy that was snuck in here and there. Those calm moments were what kept me reading.

After Susie comes to her heaven, she learns she can watch the living. She watches her family from her heaven, often annoyed by the limits of her abilities. Her family tries to move on, but at the same time feel guilty of the whole situation. Characters weave into their lives, most staying for the whole book.

I found it beautiful how The Lovely Bones was narrated by Susie. It was clear each sentence was said by her. I didn’t feel like I was Susie, I was Susie. This strengthened the book and kept me reading.

Another thing I liked about the book was how it raised questions about family. It talked about how some people never wanted to make a family but still ended up in one. It delved into the topic of sibling rivalry even though one may be gone. The book also explored how it's still possible to forgive a family member even after they ran away from you.

All these topics reminded me how powerful a family can be and how wonderful it is to be part of one.

Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones was a beautiful story to read and I highly recommend it to those in search of a unique tale.

- Darcy, Teen Volunteer