Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hour of Code - December 4th to 10th

Some Hour of Code FAQs

Who can complete the Hour of Code? 
Anyone can take part in an Hour of Code! From pre-readers to adults, there are activities for everyone!

What is Hour of Code? 
Hour of Code is an annual week of programming for people around the world to take an hour of time out of schedules to code.

When is Hour of Code? 
This year, the week of Hour of Code falls between December 4th and 10th. You can conduct your hour anytime throughout this week! We're hosting one at the library for middle schoolers, but you can complete your own hour by visiting to learn more about what tutorial may work for you!

How do I complete the Hour of Code? 

If you're looking to complete a tutorial from the Hour of Code website, there are many options to complete anything from fandom block coding to language specific tutorials! Once you make it to the website, you can browse to see what options work for you! If you're not sure about which hour you'd like to complete, there are different ways to narrow your search by topic, age, activity type, length, language, and necessary technology!

Where can I complete the Hour of Code? 

Anywhere! There are even activities to be completed without wifi or a device. The Hour of Code is meant to be for all, and we're certainly looking forward to promoting and hosting a session! Our session is December 4th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. You can check for availability HERE!

Why take part in the Hour of Code? 
The core people and organizations behind Hour of Code believe that a quality computer science education should be available to every child, not just a lucky few. To make this an essential subject and goal in all education systems around the world, Hour of Code is meant to demonstrate the solidarity and significance of coding for all! If you think this is a pretty solid goal, get involved and complete the Hour of Code!

Would you like more information or to coordinate your own Hour of Code at the library?
Please contact Megan, Teen Services Librarian at

Happy coding!

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