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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Cereal Box Collage Pop Art with Michael Albert 

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Robbins Library Community Room 

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!  For grades 6 through 12. (All images of pop art by Michael Albert)