Friday, November 17, 2017

Teen Early Release Movie - Spider-Man: Homecoming

Next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, we'll be showing Spider-Man:Homecoming (2017) on the big screen at 12:30 pm in the Community Room on the lower level of Robbins! There will refreshments for teens! We look forward to seeing you! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6th Grade Book Club Reads NIMONA

This month we're taking on Nimona by Noelle Stevenson! Nimona, a young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy, and Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, set out to prove that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his friends are not the heroes everyone thinks they are, but Lord Blackheart soon realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. Her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. This graphic novel is relatable and entertaining.

This will be our second session of 6th Grade Book Club this year. The last session we read Ghost by Jason Reynolds, and in our December club meeting, we'll be tackling The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman. We'll continue throughout the school year and hopefully meet at the Fox Library once this academic year!

Beyond being a place for discussion and hang out, we'll also complete an activity related to the book each month. Last month we made and raced origami frogs to demonstrate the metaphoric hardship of Ghost's past and his track career. We'll enjoy another activity this month for Nimona!

While book club will be every month, there will be sign-ups via Eventbrite each month.

Feeling interested? You can stop by the Robbins Library Circulation Desk to pick up the book, and join us for our meeting on November 16th at 4:30 pm. Please sign up HERE

Not quite sure you can make it this month, but maybe you'd like to try our December 14th meeting? You can sign up for The Metropolitans HERE.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Time To Decompress - TEEN YOGA!

Experience an afternoon of yoga with Erin Carter from Strength in Connection. This workshop integrates the timeless mind, body, and social wellness principles of yoga into a fun, meaningful and relevant class for teens. There will be movement activities to have fun, get energy flowing, and clear the mind. Followed by yoga sequences to release tension and stress, strengthen and stretch the body, and calm and center the mind. We will end with guided relaxation and simple, guided meditation. No yoga experience necessary, all levels of experience and ability are welcome! Bring a mat if you have one. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Build Something Competition!

We're less than a week away from our Build Something Competition! While the word competition is in the name of the event, this isn't your typical game or race. We're looking for you to put on your creative thinking cap, and build something out of the random materials you're provided with at the beginning of the event! Here's a quick agenda of our afternoon:


                                        1:30 - 1:40 pm Explain building rules and answer questions
                                        1:40 pm Begin building
                                        2:40 pm End building 
                                        2:40 - 3:00 pm Share our creations to the group! 

Sound interesting? Sign up HERE today! We look forward to seeing you and your creations next Tuesday afternoon!

PS. Here's a SMALL SNEAK PEEK of SOME of the MATERIALS you'll be able to use on TUESDAY! There's sooooo much more to come! :) 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Needle Recommends: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith 

Book cover of 'Wild Awake' by Hilary T. Smith, orange background with hints of yellow and purple with person whipping long hair in foreground.
“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square.” (282) 

When Kiri Byrd’s parents go on a summer cruise, leaving her alone to practice for Battle of the Bands and her audition for a prestigious piano program, she’s happy to be left alone to her own devices. When she gets a call from a sketchy old man claiming to be holding the belongings of her late older sister, who Kiri idolized before she died in an accident, Kiri gets pulled into a series of discoveries that lead to her meeting her “love-bison”, a mysterious Canadian boy who collects old radios and finding out that she hadn’t been told everything about her sister’s death.

Book cover of 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart, two figures playing in the water with text in the forefrontI liked the book because it is told in a very interesting voice that clearly degenerates along with Kiri’s mental health. The story deals with various characters that are clearly mentally ill, the narration follows and reflects their struggles. Although there is a lot of music and art within the plot, it is by no means only for those interested in the arts. The writing style and subject matter together form an interesting storyline and lively, vivid narrative that is different from many other YA novels. I wouldn’t say Wild Awake is a romance, although there is some romance: it is more of a messy, convoluted story about grief. This book reminded me of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart because they both are narratives by someone in an altered mental state and both unfold like a mystery.   Warning: There is a lot of drug use, mainly marijuana so it might not be appropriate for younger readers.
Smith, Hilary T. Wild Awake. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.  
Review was written by Needle, Teen Volunteer

Friday, October 27, 2017


Monday, October 30th
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Conference 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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pumpkin Flavored Food Friday!


Similar to Linus' search for the Great Pumpkin, we're in the search for the latest and greatest pumpkin flavored food gimmicks, including Oreos, trail mix, M&Ms, and even Pop-Tarts. Experience pumpkin pandamonium this Friday in the Teen Area. This event for grades 6 to 12.

Food Friday
Friday, October 27th
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Teen Area 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Volunteer with the Library

Hey Teens!

Are you in high school? Looking to do some volunteering or complete community services hours with the library? We're happy to have you help us make library life better for all teens!

Here's a list of just a few things you can help us do in the library:
  • Write book reviews - Enjoy writing reviews or making videos? We could use some teen-produced book reviews to inform other teens of new books to read! Click HERE for an example.  
  • Join the Teen Cleanup Crew - Enjoy the space of the Teen Area? Make it your special mission to keep it clean by dusting, cleaning shelves and tables, straightening bookshelves, and refilling book displays. 
  • Takeover the Teen Area  - Interested in making a book display or two? You could make a book display with your favorite books. Make a display sign, decorate the display space, and even grab 10 to 20 books you think everyone should read! Look at Bryce's example above.
  • Write postcards to ARL newborns - The library sends a postcard to every child born in Arlington to come to the library to get a free book. We'd love to have you address postcards! 

Have we pulled you in yet? If not, let us know what you'd like to do for the library! We're open to many possibilities, and we'd love to have teen input and ownership over new projects! :) 

Want more information? Please email Teen Services Librarian, Megan at

We hope your school year is off to a brilliant start, and we look forward to hearing from you! 

Monday, October 16, 2017


Looking for something to do after school tomorrow? Stop by our early release big-screen showing of Wonder Woman in the Robbins Community Room! We'll have refreshments and snacks!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Teen Read Week Is Almost Over - Vote Now for Your Favorite Books!

There's ONE more day to vote for the Teen Top Teen! Vote for your three favorite books on the list, and see what ones make the top ten teen books of the year! For more information on Teen Read Week and the Teen Top Ten, please feel free to visit the Young Adult Library Services Association!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time to Prepare for NaNoWriMo!

Have you ever considered writing your own book?

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo or even just NaNo, encourages writers to stretch their writing muscles and write nonstop for one month!

The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November. 

Adults are set to complete 50,000 words and must do so by 11:59 pm on November 30. For participants 17 and under, the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows for writers to set a 'reasonable-but-challenging individual word-count goals.' In other words, you can write as much as you'd like over the month of November! 

Are you interested in noveling this November? Stop by our NaNoWriMo Prep event on October 23rd at 6:00 pm with local author, Lynette Benton! She'll give you some motivational advice, tips, and some pacing goals for your challenge!

We look forward to hearing all about your experience! Best of luck in your NaNo adventures! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What is Teen Read Week?

Teen Read Week began in 1998, almost 20 years ago, by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It brings awareness to teen choice and literature, which we think is pretty solid!

This year, we'd like you to get involved in Teen Read Week, which will be October 8th - 14th. Each year, there are activities put out by YALSA that explore more about libraries and young adult books. This year, we're asking you to vote for the Teens' Top Ten.

The Teens' Top Ten is a 'teen choice' award for the best books each year. The best part of this process is that teens pick the nominees and determine the winners! We're a bit behind in the nomination process, but Arlington Teens can still choose the winners!

Want to know what books were nominated? Take a peek at this list or watch this video by the stars of this year's Everything, Everything film!

Want to choose your favorite books? Go to this link to vote for your top three books!

Missed a nominee? Don't worry, we've got a display of nominees! Want to vote in the Robbins Teen Area? Do it! Find this book display, and place your nominees in the jar!

Finally, want to celebrate Teen Read with us?! Join us for a special Food Friday, October 13th at 3:00 pm where we'll celebrate Teen Read Week with some cake and refreshments.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday the 13th! ;)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Needle Recommends: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

Marcelo In the Real World by Francisco Stork

“‘Be in the world but not of the world.' The words are from Jesus. But I have not the slightest idea how to accomplish that or even if it's possible. The world will always poke you in the chest with its index finger.” (201)

Marcelo Sandoval, a 17-year-old with an unidentifiable autism-like condition of that allows him to hear music in his head, has always gone to a school for kids with disabilities where he is cared for and is among other people who understand him. However, during his summer before senior year, his father, a lawyer, thinks that it will help him to get out into the real world and has Marcelo start working at the law firm mailroom instead of with his beloved ponies at his school. There, he is plunged into a world of competition, jealousy, and selfishness, and he realizes that in the real world, things are not always the way they should be. When his curiosity and desire to do the right thing lead him deep into what could become a scandal for the law firm, Marcelo has to make decisions that balance justice, morality, and his father’s job, as well as get used to the unfortunate reality that not everyone
always has pure intentions.

Marcelo is very interested in religion, but the story is in no way only aimed towards religious people: both religious and nonreligious readers will understand and relate to the struggles he has understanding the injustices of the world in context with his own morality and belief in God/humanity. The narration is quiet, honest, and elegantly simple, but peppered with gorgeous passages. The book reads quickly: it's an intriguing mystery as well as a study on morality. It’s very much on the same wavelength as The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time, if maybe slightly more mature, so if you read and liked that, definitely look into Marcelo in the Real World.

Stork, Francisco. Marcelo in the real world. NY, NY: Scholastic Corporation, 2009.

Review written by Needle, Teen Volunteer

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Just a quick update! Our Girls Who Code open house is tomorrow. Need more information?! Check out this link to find more details! We look forward to seeing all prospective coders and parent/guardians!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

6th Grade Book Club

6th Grade Book Club
Thursday, October 12th
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Robbins Conference Room 

Enjoy reading and talking about books? Looking to continue reading throughout the school year? Join us for our first 6th grade book club! Every month we’ll read a new book, and choose a book for the following month. Refreshments will be provided. This is not a series. Each participant will have to sign up monthly via Eventbrite. In our first meeting, we’ll be reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Sign-up for the first meeting here.Please pick up the book in the Teen Area at Robbins or at the Circulation Desk at Fox, and bring the book to the meeting on October 12th at 4:30 pm.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Teen Coffeehouse

Teen Coffeehouse

Friday, September 29th
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Teen Area 

In recognition of National Coffee Day, we’ll be providing a coffeehouse-style afternoon for teens! We’ll have several coffee flavors as well as juice and a few snacks! This event is for grades 6 to 12.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Needle Recommends: The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

“There’s not a single thing on this planet – not an organism, a sea, a river or lake, and even the weather that surrounds us, that hasn’t been changed by human beings. For good or bad, we’re in charge of the rate at which everything changes now. Every living thing and the majority of nonliving systems too. We’ve become our own God, I suppose" (263).

This not-your-average YA dystopian is undeniably weird. It tells the story of Ariel, a 15-year-old boy who is brought to a semi-dystopian America to live with a foster family after his war-ridden home in the Middle East is attacked. The story is told in several different sections that are interspersed throughout the book then connected at the end: the primary narrative is a first-person account by Ariel about his time at a summer camp that offers to separate teenaged boys from technology. This narrative is broken up by sections detailing Ariel’s hardships during the time between the attack on his village and his arrival in America, told to his foster brother Max (another teenaged boy who talks almost exclusively in euphemisms for masturbation), sections about Leonard Fountain, the melting man, who hears Joseph Stalin’s voice in his head, and logs from an expedition on a ship named the Alex Crow in the 1880s. Other relevant topics are biotech, the process of reviving extinct animals, and the role of masculinity in society.

This was a fast read for me, the story is captivating and well-written
yet very chaotic: things are treated in a matter-of-fact way in some of the sections, so very little is explained for much of the book. Readers must be patient and accept the fact that they will be confused for the vast majority of their time reading The Alex Crow.

Like some of Smith’s other books, the characters are predominantly male teenagers and behave pretty much how you’d expect, so if you’re looking for strong, women-centric stories, this book may not be for you. If you liked Grasshopper Jungle, also by Andrew Smith or Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, you might enjoy this book (conversely if you liked The Alex Crow, you might like those other two).

Warning: there is a fairly graphic rape scene.

Smith, Andrew. The Alex crow. NY, NY: Speak, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.

Review written by Needle, Teen Volunteer

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Teen Writers Workshop - Spaces Still Available!

Teen Writers Workshop

This workshop will occur o the following Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm: 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27 with a presentation on 12/10.

Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or move forward on your writing projects (poetry, short story, novel excerpt). Ms. Benton will inspire and guide you on your writing journey. If you’d like to, bring writing you’ve been working on (this is not required). For ages 12-18. Register now via Eventbrite

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Library of Things Petting Zoo   

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Teen Area

Did you know that you can check out 'things' from the library? Stop by the Teen Area to learn more about board and lawn games, kitchen gadgets, a record player, outdoor screen to watch your favorite movie, or a kit to learn a new skill or craft! A staff person will be present to assist teens in learning more about things to check out from the library. This event is for people in grades 6 to 12.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Hey Everyone!

For the second year, the Robbins Library will be hosting a Girls Who Code club open to girls in grades 6 through 12. The club will meet Wednesdays October through May from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We invite interested girls and their guardians to an Open House to learn more about the club and to be entered into a lottery to receive one of the 24 available spaces.
The first part of the evening will go over club specifics and introduce the girls to our volunteers. The second part of the evening will be a lottery for the 24 available spaces in the club. Attendance at the open house is mandatory for lottery participation.
Please attend the meeting with a personal email address that the participant can use to create an account for the Girls Who Code software!
Register for the Open House at Go to to learn more about the organization and other programs in the area.
Please use the Eventbrite sign up as a way to demonstrate your interest for the Open House. Spaces will not be drawn on the evening of the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, Megan, Teen Services Librarian, at 

Thanks for your time and interest! We look forward to seeing everyone on the 28th! 

Friday, September 1, 2017


Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. We are challenging everyone in Arlington to choose four books to read over these summer months! We'll be sharing the 4 titles from some of our staff and community members this summer to inspire you! Share your selections on social media. Use the hashtag #WhatsYourFour?

In this post, our Head of Adult Services, Linda, will be sharing her four for this summer! As we're edging towards the end of summer, Linda may have already completed some of her picks. Like Jenny, Linda reads a lot of teen books, as she also runs our "Not So Young Adult" Book Club for adults that like to read young adult books! 

Linda, Head of Adult Services

A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Think of this as an18th-century take on the road trip novel. Two teenage boys embark on a grand tour of Europe, as was the fashion at the time. Monty and Percy are best friends and are super excited about taking this long trip before they have to deal with the realities of their adult lives. Monty's sister Felicity is coming with them for part of the trip and will be dropped off at a finishing school along the way. They're also accompanied by a chaperone (boo!) But of course, the trip is complicated by many things: Monty is in love with Percy. Percy has a medical condition he's been keeping secret. Felicity would rather go to medical school than finishing school. And Monty steals something along the way that changes the course of their trip - they are attacked by highwaymen, captured by pirates, and have a very different sort of adventure than they had planned!

The Good Braider by Terry Farish: Written in verse, this short novel follows a teenage girl as her family flees war-torn Sudan, settles in Cairo for a couple of years, and finally arrives in Portland, Maine. Viola's life in Sudan was hard and dangerous, and they risked their lives to come to the United States. Once here, they have a more comfortable life than they're used to, but some parts of American culture are very different. Do they give up their Sudanese heritage to fit in, or stay in their close-knit community of people from their homeland? This book is very short and quick to read, but is so vivid and filled with emotion!

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman: This is another novel in verse, but this time it takes place in India! Veda is a dance prodigy, who lives and breathes dance and has dreams of becoming famous. But then she's in a horrible accident, and one of her legs is amputated below the knee. Everything she has lived for is now lost. But maybe Veda adjusts to her new prosthetic, she also starts taking beginning dance lessons, determined to continue doing what she loves most. When she meets a young man who sees dance as a spiritual pursuit, Veda gains a whole new perspective on what dancing truly means to her.

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson: What the media reported is that a white baby died under the care of a church-going black woman and her 9-year-old daughter, and that becomes the only story that matters. Mary doesn't speak out in her own defense and is sent to a juvenile detention center for 6 years. When she is moved to a group home, she soon has a boyfriend and her own baby on the way. Now that she is threatened with losing custody of her baby, Mary must finally tell the truth about what happened. This is a gritty novel about truth and the failures of the American justice system.

Monday, August 28, 2017



This is a quick reminder about redeeming Teen Summer Reading Challenge tickets. We're just over a week away from the end of summer reading. If you haven't already redeemed your sheet, please stop by the Reference Desk to receive your tickets over the next 8 days!

If you're around on Thursday, stop by the Robbins Library lawn to redeem your sheet, play some lawn games, and eat some ice cream! You'll receive an additional ticket for joining us on the lawn!

We'll be picking winners on September 6th. Thanks for participating, and best of luck with the start of the new academic year!

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Summer Reading Party  

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Robbins Lawn  

Participate in our Teen Summer Reading Challenge, or looking for something to do before school starts?! Celebrate the end of summer with lawn games and ice cream! This event is weather permitting and may be moved to the Teen Area. 

Don't forget to vote for your favorite ice cream flavor in the Teen Area! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Review: City of Saints & Thieves

Book Review: City of Saints & Thieves 

As part of the Goonda's gang, Tina or 'Tiny Girl' scans the fictional city of Sangui, Kenya for things to steal. While she's a good thief that enjoys the risk and reward of taking things, her ultimate goal is to get revenge on her mother's killer, which she is convinced is her mother's former employer, Roland Greyhill. As she executes her revenge on the Greyhill estate, Tina's caught by Greyhill's son and her childhood friend, Michael. In disbelief of Tina's accusation, Michael offers to work alongside Tina to find her mother's true killer.

Using a classic revenge plot, The City of Saint & Thieves keeps the reader interested in Tina's story by demonstrating her unresolved emotions towards completing the vendetta against the Greyhills and gently unfolds experiences that lead Tina to question her mother's actual killer. It is not until the last few chapters that we find out who killed her mother and the motivation behind her murder.

Tina's struggle to understand each piece of new information is so relatable. The author commits to exploring Tina's feelings towards the corrupt resource-driven world of modern-day Kenya. Also, the secondary characters are well-developed to place Tina in each moment of disbelief and confusion.

Beyond the characters, Anderson does an excellent job describing Kenya and the underworld in which Tina conducts her business and revenge. On the whole, this book was fantastic, and I recommend it to any crime or mystery fans!

PS.  City of Saints & Thieves has been optioned as a movie with Kerry Washington and Will Packer to produce! 

Here are some similar books to consider:

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - Historical Fiction/Mystery
This book follows Hanne in Nazi controlled Amsterdam. Like Tina, Hanne works underground in the black market to find people goods that are no longer available in World War II. Through her job, she's offered a job to find a missing Jewish girl. Hesitant to work with the resistance to find her, Hanne must make tough choices to solve the mystery of the missing girl in the blue coat. To keep you enticed, there is a massive twist at the end of this one!

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan - Realistic/Contemporary Fiction
While City of Saints & Thieves takes place in present-day Kenya, Golden Boy is set in modern Tanzania. This book explores the culture around albinoism. As the main character, Habo struggles to find his place in his family and village. Forced to leave their village, Habo and his family move to a place where albinos are killed because their body parts are believed to bring good luck. To survive, Habo must outrun a poacher, and also realize his worth and place in the world beyond his skin tone.

Scarlet (series) by A.C. Gaughen - Folk Tales
Scarlet satisfies the Robinhood-like aspect of City of Saint & Thieves. To escape Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet joins Robin Hood's thieves pretending to be a man. Intent on keeping her identity secret from the city of Nottingham and Gisbourne, she fights alongside the thieves for an action-packed romance adventure story. There are two other books in the series: Lady Thief and Lion Heart.

Friday, August 18, 2017



Friday, August 25th, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Taco Tuesday & Super Smash Brothers 

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Teen Area 

Come hang with us in the Teen Area a week from today! Taking on your favorite day of the week, we invite teens to come eat tacos and play in a Super Smash Brothers Tournament. No registration required, but tacos are drop-in while supplies last! 

Monday, August 14, 2017


Photo Scavenger Hunt 

Create your own team, meet up at the library, grab the list of items to find around town, snap a photo of the found items, and hustle back to see if your team completes the challenge first. There will be prizes. This event is for grades 6 to 12.

It would be best to have a partner in crime to complete the hunt, as there are selfies and high-fives involved! Documentation is essential, and we look forward to seeing you! Rules will be established at 1:00 pm and we will start officially around 1:15 pm from the Teen Area. Teams can choose to start later, but the first team to complete the hunt will receive a prize!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt 

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Teen Area & Arlington Center

Create your own team, meet up at the library, grab the list of items to find around town, snap a photo of the found items, and hustle back to see if your team completes the challenge first. There will be prizes. This event is for incoming teens grades 6 to 12.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. We are challenging everyone in Arlington to choose four books to read over these summer months! We'll be sharing the 4 titles from some of our staff and community members this summer to inspire you! Share your selections on social media. Use the hashtag #WhatsYourFour?

In this post, our Adult Services Librarian, Jenny, will be sharing her four for this summer! Jenny is also our resident book recommendation guru! I highly recommend asking her for suggestions on Friday mornings via our "Put Your Face in a Book" recommendations on the Robbins Library Facebook Page! 

Jenny, Adult Services Librarian

Her top 4 must read YA books this summer are "The Runaways" by Brian K. Vaughn, "The Pearl Thief" by Elizabeth Wein, Dodger by Terry Pratchett, and "Holding Up The Universe" by Jennifer Niven.

The Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan: I don't usually read a lot of comic books or graphic novels, but once I found out that Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, etc.) was going to pick up the Runaways series where it left off, I knew I'd want to read it, and I should start at the beginning. The Runaways is completely addictive - it's about a bunch of kids who find out their parents are supervillains. They run away together, discover their own powers, and work to defeat their evil parents.

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein: I loved, loved, loved Code Name Verity, and this book features Julie, a character from that book, before WWII begins. She returns home from boarding school for a last summer in Scotland on her family estate, which they've had to sell to be turned into a school. It's a story of mystery, adventure, thievery, friendship, and a dash of romance.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett: Set in early Victorian London, this is a marvelous adventure story with a great sense of humor. The main character, Dodger, is an orphan who makes a living as a "tosher" - he searches through the city's sewer system for money, jewelry, and other treasures. One night he sees a young woman being attacked, and he rescues her; then he declares himself her protector and is determined to find out who is after her and why. (Also, he falls in love with her.) Real historical figures, like Charles Dickens, also make an appearance. The audiobook version of this is fantastic.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: Two teens in an Indiana high school collide (literally and figuratively) and, instead of becoming enemies, form a friendship and help each other. Libby, formerly "America's Fattest Teen," ate her grief after her mom died, and is returning to public school after a few years of homeschooling (and a lot of therapy). Jack, a popular kid, has a secret that keeps getting him into trouble: he has prosopagnosia, which means he can't recognize faces, even those of his family and close friends. This reminded me a little of Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, another great teen book about two very different individuals coming together.

Friday, August 4, 2017


A Few Summer Reminders 

We wanted to update you on what's happening for teens at the library this summer! Here are some reminders about events and the Teen Summer Reading Challenge!
  1. Teen Summer Events can be found HERE.
  2. There's still time to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, which is HERE.
  3. Earning tickets for the Summer Reading Challenge is easy. Tickets can be earned by: 
    • Attending a library event
    • Reading a required school summer reading book
    • Recycling
    • Completing a random act of kindness
    • Saying hello to the Teen Librarian
    • Recommending a book to someone else
If you're interested and have yet to sign up, visit the links above or the desks at either library!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you at the library this summer!

Thursday, August 3, 2017



3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Teen Area

The crickets are here! The crickets are here! Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! Stop by for a few minutes or hang out for the full hour. In this edition, we'll look into insects! We'll have an insect to taste, and insect inspired candy. This food tasting event is for those in grades 6 through 12.