Monday, July 24, 2017

LINEN BEADED BRACELETS

Linen Bracelets 

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Teen Area


In this maker event, teens will learn to make a simple braided bracelet. Using a selection of different colored beads and linen strands, this bracelet goes far beyond the classic embroidery floss bracelet! Drop-in while supplies last!

Friday, July 21, 2017

WHAT'S YOUR FOUR?!

WHAT'S YOUR FOUR, ROB? 


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, Rob, will be sharing their four for this summer! 

Rob, Adult Services Librarian

Rob's four must read YA books of the summer are Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard.








Jem and the Holograms is a graphic novel with stunningly colorful artwork throughout. The story is a raucous, musical adventure full of likable characters from start to finish.  One of my favorite things about the art style is how diverse the body types and faces are - the characters look like real people and come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.











The Female of the Species
 is not for the faint of heart, but tackles rape culture, weaves an incredibly compelling story, and has fantastically written characters.  It's topped off with an ending that punches you right in the gut and leaves you thinking long after you're done.












History Is All You Left Me
 is a story about love, jealousy, grief, and figuring out how to pick up the pieces after life takes a turn you don't expect.  It's about how sometimes the person you least expect can be the only person who understands how you feel.  












Girl Mans Up has one of my favorite main characters in Pen.  She's flawed but learns from her mistakes. The story is all about her journey of self-acceptance, standing up for herself, and respecting herself enough to know when to draw the line." 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Teen Summer Reading Challenge - SIGN UP NOW

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

There's still time to join the Teen Summer Reading Challenge at Robbins and Fox! The theme of this summer's challenge is 'Build a Better World,' and to do so, we've thought of a myriad of activities to complete! 

Here's a rundown... 

Each activity is a square on the bingo sheet, and for each square completed, participants will receive a raffle ticket to put into the prize(s) of their choosing! 

If participants 'blackout' the bingo sheet, meaning they've completed all the squares on one side, they will be eligible for a MYSTERY PRIZE!

On September 5th, the official end of the challenge, we will pull the winning raffle tickets for each individual prize.

PRIZES: 



Prize #1 'Build a Better Beach Day' 

Unicorn Float
28-quart Igloo Cooler
LED light-up Frisbee
Shark Week Towel




Prize #2 'Months of Music'

Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth Headphones
3-months of Spotify premium
















Prize #3 'Kindle Kindness' 

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle charger


















 Prize #4 'Build a Better Dystopia'

1984 George Orwell
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Want by Cindy Pon 
Funko Pop Vinyl figures
Will from Stranger Things
Clarke Griffin from The 100









Prize #5 'Reading More Diverse Books' 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Persepolis Volume 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi
Shadowshaper by Daniel JosΓ© Older
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner








Prize #6 'Vinyl Dreams'

Crosley Portable Record Player
$40 Amazon Gift Card to start your record 
collection (we also lend records at the library)

















  MYSTERY PRIZE?! 



















Sound fun? Stop by the Reference Desk to sign-up. We hope you're enjoying your summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the library!




Monday, July 17, 2017

HENNA ART TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is our Drop-in Henna Program from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Teen Area. Not sure what design you'll get? Here's a quick board to get you started! Check out more event details here
Henna Design by Mandy Roberge

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mario Kart Tournament


Mario Kart Tournament


Friday, July 21st, 2017
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Robbins Teen Area
Join us a Wii U gaming tournament featuring Mario Kart! No registration required. Snacks will be provided! This event is for grades 6 to 12.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Harry Potter Birthday Party 

Monday, July 31st, 2017
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Community Room
Sign-up required. Grades 6 to 8.

Help us celebrate Harry’s birthday with a Hogwarts themed party with food, games, and trivia!

Sign-up here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harry-potter-birthday-party-tickets-36210723248

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Food Friday - TOMORROW



Food Friday
Friday, July 14th, 2017
3:00 to 4:00 pm 
Teen Area 

Teens, come to the Teen Area and sample the latest food gimmick! Can you guess what we'll be testing this week?!  Stop by for a few minutes or hang out for the full hour. This food tasting event is for those in grades 6 through 12.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CEREAL BOX COLLAGE AND POP ART WORKSHOP

Cereal Box Collage Workshop 

Tuesday, August 8th 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
Robbins Library Teen Area

NY-based pop artist & author Michael Albert brings his Modern Pop Art Experience & Cereal Box Collage workshop to the Robbins Library! All participants will make their own collage out of cereal boxes & other printed cardboard packages. Save your own cereal boxes and bring them to the workshop–make a collage of your favorite song lyric, quote, or whatever you like! 


Thursday, July 6, 2017

TEEN SUMMER READING EVENTS 2017

Here's a list of our events this Summer at Robbins Library. The vast majority of the events are for grades 6 through 12 and do not require sign ups. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at mcoffey@minlib.net.





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Henna Drop-In

Henna Drop-in With Mandy Roberge

Tuesday, July 18th 
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
Robbins Library Teen Area
Thinking about a not-so-permanent tattoo? Drop by our henna program to receive a gorgeous temporary design! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Introduction & Summer Events Update


Hey Folks!

I just wanted to introduce myself! I am the new Teen Services Librarian, and I am thrilled to be here in Arlington! Please feel free to stop by and say hello. I won't be in costume, but I'd love to learn more about you and your interests!

I also wanted to thank you for your patience as we're transitioning with Teen Summer Reading and events for the summer! As of right now, required school summer reading books are available as well as our Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Our summer events should become available towards the end of this week. 

I hope summer is off to a fantastic start! Thanks for your time, and I look forward to meeting you!

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Megan







Saturday, June 24, 2017

TEEN SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2017



It's summer, which means Teen Summer Reading is back at Robbins! Stop by our display across from the circulation desk to register in person or sign up online. Then stop by the reference desk to get a bingo sheet to get started! You can count anything from June 10th until September 5th.

I'm looking forward to 'building a better world' with you this summer! Enjoy your summer and stop by and say hello in the Teen Area.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Caricatures!
Thursday, April 27
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come to the teen area and have your caricature drawn by a professional artist!  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Goodbye, All!

Dear Teens (or other library users, but mainly teens),

It has been amazing being your Teen Services Librarian. The Teen Area has gone through a drastic transformation in my 5+ years here; it may not be perfect (if only there were walls!), but I've done my best to leave you a space that is safe and comfortable.

There won't be as many programs until a new librarian is hired but the staff at the Reference Desk are wonderful, they will do their best to help you with whatever you may need. 

While I'm gone, do not hesitate to leave feedback for the next person in the Pink Pig. Dont' know what I'm referring to? Just come into the Teen Area, you are sure to find it.

You are all awesome, it has been a blast!!!

Best,

Aimee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Upcoming March Events: Food, Opinions and LGBTQ+ Drop In

Food Friday!
Friday, March 17
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.



Teen Opinion Time
Tuesday, March 21
3-4 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Come share your opinions about the library, our programming, and materials so that we can make the library a better place for you.

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Tuesday, March 28
3-4:30 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.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ART 2017 Kicks Off Saturday with Nicole Maines and Pizza!

Arlington Reads Together 2017 kicks off with a special event! Join us for an afternoon with Nicole Maines, the subject of our 2017 selection “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. Nicole’s talk “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story” will be inspiring to teens and adults as she recounts her life and work to tell the world who she is. This event will be held at Arlington’s Town Hall Saturday, March 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Following the event, The Book Rack will be selling copies of “Becoming Nicole” and Nicole will be signing books.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is suggested.


Following Nicole Maine’s talk at Town Hall, area teens are invited to a pizza social with Nicole. She’ll be speaking with First Parish and Arlington-area Youth. Hang out, play games, and have a chance to meet Nicole.

This event will be held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts at 630 Mass Ave, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. First Parish is located directly next to Robbins Library. This event is free and open to area teens. There will be a concurrent parent’s forum with Nicole’s father Wayne Maines.

Pizza generously provided by Za Restaurant in Arlington Mass.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Upcoming Teen Events: Nicole Maines!, LGBTQ+ Drop In, and a Movie

LGBTQ+ Drop In
Tuesday, February 28
3-4:30 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.

Arlington Reads Together Kick off with Nicole Maines: You are Part of the Story
Saturday March 4
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave 
Arlington Reads Together 2017 kicks off with a special event! Join us for an afternoon with Nicole Maines, the subject of our 2017 selection “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt. Nicole’s talk “Transgender: You're Part of the Story” will be inspiring to teens and adults as she recounts her life and work to tell the world who she is.  Following the event, The Book Rack will be selling copies of “Becoming Nicole” and Nicole will be signing books. Nicole’s appearance in Arlington is made possible by the Library Board of Trustees, Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, the Friends of Robbins Library, and the Friends of Fox Branch Library. This event is free and open to all. Registration is suggested at arlingtonreadstogether.eventbrite.com
Please contact Maura Deedy at mdeedy{at}minlib.net with any questions. 

Early Release Movie
Tuesday, March 7
1:30-3:15 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of a movie in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Winter Explosion is Coming...

Don't miss the 3rd annual Winter Explosion on Thursday, February 16, in the Robbins Library Teen Area from 3 to 4:30 pm. There will be hot chocolate, cookie decoration, and more! Whether you are stopping in for the whole time or just dropping by to get some hot chocolate to go, don't miss this once a year event! 

This program is free and open to youth in grades 6 through 12.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Upcoming Events: Gap Year, Writers, Early Release and Food Friday

What Is a Gap Year, and Is It for You?
Thursday, February 2
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you feeling uncertain or hesitant about going straight to college?  Have you looked into gap year options and been overwhelmed by what is out there? Do you worry 
about what a gap year may cost?  Come learn all about gap year from Jane Sarouhan, Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. Jane has been working with young adults, families and programs for 20 years as an educator, programmer, director and counselor.
Students, parents and staff are welcome to attend!  

Teen Writers Workshop
8 Mondays:
Monday, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24
6-7:30 p.m.
Writers' presentation on Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30 pm
Work with Lynette Benton, published writer and writing instructor, to begin or move forward on your writing projects. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays. For ages 12-18.  Meet at the Robbins Reference Desk. 
Register at:  https://writersworkshopwinterspring2017.eventbrite.com

Early Release Movie- The Princess Bride
Tuesday, February 7
1:30-3:15 p.m.
Robbins Library Teen Area
Enjoy the early release day with snacks and a screening of the Princess Bride in the Teen Area. Open to those in grades 6-12. 

Food Friday!
Friday, February 10
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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Before I Fall

There are some books that you will remember forever. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is one of them. The book follows High School senior Samantha Kingston as she relives the last day of her life six times. 

The setting is very realistic. Samantha, or Sam, attends Thomas Jefferson High School in Connecticut with her three best friends Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. The school has bathroom graffiti, crowded lunchrooms, and busy hallways like any other school. This makes it much more believable and relatable. It's like you can see yourself within the walls of the book. 

The characters themselves are unforgettable. I loved how Sam's friends all have their faults and by the end of the book, she realizes it, but she doesn't stop loving and supporting them. I found this aspect to be very influential. Her friends are all popular and not afraid to criticize other people. The fact Sam continues to be friends with them despite their personalities is very inspiring. It really shows that you know when you've found your true friends. 

My favorite thing about the book was the ending. The story itself took a long time to unravel. It makes sense saying that you're watching the same day over and over again. Nevertheless, Ms. Oliver has you on your toes wondering what will happen next. The ending was beautiful. I can't say I'm a big fan when everything works out perfectly for the main character, but it all felt well-deserved after tumbling through the mess of days Sam went through previously. To be honest, I almost cried at the ending because it was so beautiful. 

Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall is an unforgettable book with a realistic setting, developed characters, and a wonderful ending. I recommend it to anyone who loves well-written books.

Darcy, Teen Volunteer

Curious about Gap Years? Find out what they are all about!

Are you feeling uncertain or hesitant about going straight to college?  Have you looked into gap year options and been overwhelmed by what is out there? Do you worry about what a gap year may cost?  

Join us on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room to learn all about Gap Years through an engagning presentation by Jane Sarouhan. Jane is Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. She has been working with young adults, families and programs for 20 years as an educator, programmer, director and counselor.


Here are some topics she will cover:

  1. Define Gap Year: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  2. Benefits of gap time.
  3. Common concerns of gap time: Safety. Cost. Returning to school. College process.
  4. Tips on how to create structured, meaningful gap time.

All interested students, parents, guardians and counselors are encouraged to attend!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Upcoming Teen Events: Writers, Henna, Food, and Gap Year!

Writer's Workshop for Teens
Eight Mondays:
1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24
6-7:30 pm
Robbins Library
Meet at the 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. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays. For ages 12-18.  Location: meet at the Robbins Reference Desk.
Teens will have the option of presenting their work on Sunday, May 7th from 3-4:30 pm
Click here to save your spot! 

Snowflake Henna
Tuesday, January 24 (snow date Jan 31)
4:00-6:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room
Join professional henna artist Mandy Roberge in this unique workshop where library patrons can receive beautiful henna tattoos while learning about the history of the art form, known as mehndi. The henna paste is applied artfully to the skin in breathtaking designs, and stains the skin for several weeks. It is safe for all skin types. Open to those in Grades 6-12.

Food Friday!
Friday, January 27
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.

What Is a Gap Year, and Is It for You?
Thursday, February 2
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Robbins Library Community Room
Are you feeling uncertain or hesitant about going straight to college?  Have you looked into gap year options and been overwhelmed by what is out there? Do you worry 
about what a gap year may cost?  Come learn all about gap year from Jane Sarouhan, Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. Jane has been working with young adults, families and programs for 20 years as an educator, programmer, director and counselor.
Students, parents and staff are welcome to attend!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Replica

The concept of Lauren Oliver's novel Replica is very unique. The book is told from two perspectives, a girl named Lyra and a girl named Gemma. Instead of their narrations alternating, they each take up one side of the book. Their chapters take place roughly around the same times, so some of the conversations are similar. Ms. Oliver didn't keep the conversations exactly the same to show how experiences are different for all people.

The story takes place in modern times in the United States. Readers follow Gemma, a high school girl without many friends, and Lyra, a girl that lives in Haven, a place that creates clones, or replicas. After Gemma overhears her parents talking about Haven, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happens there, leading to her and Lyra crossing paths.

The book is very slow. Especially Gemma's parts. The exciting parts are mostly in the dialogue when one of the characters says a new, interesting fact. It wasn't until the end, at least for me, when tension really rose, leading to a wonderful finish. If you can wait for an exciting ending, you won't be disappointed.

The characters are relatable and each with their own distinct personality. The females are tough.  but not at all perfect. Ms. Oliver did a great job expressing each character's faults and strengths. By the end of each narration, you felt you had really gotten to know each of the girls as well as the other main characters.

I recommend Replica for anyone who doesn't mind a science fiction story that takes its time. The characters are unforgettable and the ending is beautiful. Despite the fact it takes place in a different version of our world, it still is relatable and an enjoyable read.

-Darcy, Teen Volunteer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sign Up Now for the Winter Session of the Writers Workshop!!!

Our Winter Session of the Writer's Workshop for Teens is starting Monday, January 23 at 6 p.m.! Space is limited, click here to save your spot before it is too late!!! Need more details? Well I've got the details!

Details:
When: This groups meets eight Mondays on the following dates:
January 23, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, and April 24
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Reference Desk of the Robbins Library

What: 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. For students who like to write stories, poems, or essays.

Who: Those in grades 6-12

Anything Else?
Writers will have the option of reading their work at the Writers' Presentation on Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30 pm.