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.