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