Saturday, January 27, 2018

STOLEN: Early 2018's Upcoming Queer Programming

As I've said before, the adult library blog has some pretty solid content! We've seen a few teens at adult LGBTQIA+ events lately, and with that in mind, today's stolen post links to our upcoming queer programming for teens and adults! I'm especially excited about our screening of Suited (2016) this Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 pm. CHECK IT OUT HERE

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

6th Grade Book Club Reads Brave!

Enjoy reading and talking about books? Looking to continue reading throughout the school year? Join us for our fifth 6th Grade Book Club! Every month we’ll read a new book, discuss the present book, complete an origami activity based on the book, and choose a book for the following month. Refreshments will be provided. This is not a series. Each participant will have to sign up monthly via Eventbrite. Click HERE to sign up.

This month, we’ll be reading Brave, a graphic novel by Svetlana Chmakova. As a superhero in his daydreams, Jensen has a pretty active imagination for a Berrybrook middle schooler. With the difficulty cranked up on academic and social problems at school, Jensen has to decide to escape to his daydreams or find real-life solutions to real-life problems. There’s only one way to find out which way Jensen sways! Join us to read Brave!

Please pick up the book at the Circulation Desk at Robbins, and bring the book to the meeting on February 15th at 4:30 pm.

For March, we will be reading the Arlington Reads Together selection Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Teen Video Games are on the Move!

We've moved... 

In an effort to streamline video games for adults and teens, we've placed our teen collection alongside our adult collection to the left of the reference desk.

We have games for the following consoles:
  • Nintendo Switch 
  • Playstation 3 & 4
  • Wii & Wii U 
  • XBox 360 & XBox 1
As we've moved the games, here's a reminder of our policies surrounding video games:
  1. 1-week loan for all of our games with no renewal.
  2. Games may not be placed on hold to pick up
  3. Games must be returned to the Arlington.
  4. Cap of 6 games per library card.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns by stopping by the reference desk or emailing Megan, Teen Services Librarian at

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Middle School Advisory Board - TOMORROW

Hey Everyone!

So we're starting up this new thing for all middle schoolers in the library! We're hoping to increase middle school use of the Teen Area, allocate opportunities for middle schoolers to help out around the library, and also take time to discuss what middle schoolers would like to see in their library!

Sound cool? Want to meet new people and get involved in the library's future for teens! Join us! THERE.WILL.BE.PIZZA!

Thank you for your time and support, and we look forward to seeing you for our first official meeting TOMORROW, THURSDAY at 6:00 pm!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Early Release Snowflake Henna - TOMORROW

Early Release Snowflake Henna
Tuesday, January 9th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Teen Area - Laptop Bar

Join Professional Henna Artist Mandy Roberge in this unique workshop where library patrons can receive beautiful henna tattoos while learning about the cultural and historical significance 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. For more information about the artist, visit Wicked Good Henna. Patrons are welcome to bring designs of their choosing, and there will also be plenty available for perusal. For grades 6-12.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Needle Recommends The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

“We don't like to admit it, but the idea of losing control is one that fascinates controlled people such as ourselves more than almost anything. All truly civilized people – the ancients no less than us – have civilized themselves through the willful repression of the old, animal self.” (38) 
I have given a five-star review to less than 5% of the books recorded on my Goodreads account, and The Secret History is now among the select few. That being said, I could easily understand why someone would dislike this book, or be simply unable to finish it.  
The story is presented as Richard Papen’s reflection, as an older man, about his years at a small liberal college in Vermont. Having studied classical Greek for two years in high school back in California, he becomes infatuated with the college’s mysterious, exclusive Greek class, composed of five pretentious students and led by the strange yet charismatic Julian Morrow. He drops all his other studies to join the class and soon becomes wrapped up in a dark, secretive business that results in him and four of the others murdering their classmate (this is revealed on the first page of the book). The first half of the book is more of a mystery, with Richard slowly getting to know his eccentric classmates and becoming aware that something even stranger than he realized is going on. The climax is only about halfway through the book, and the rest details the repercussions of their actions and all six students’ slow descent into madness, immorality, and evil. 
There are many things that I loved about The Secret History: it was intense, well written, complex, and suspenseful; the characters were, for the most part, fascinating and, for better or for worse, I saw aspects of myself reflected in them. As you might be able to tell from this winding, disjointed review, days later I've barely recovered from reading it. This all has a flipside, though: all of the characters are incredibly pretentious and annoying at times, which might make them distant and unrelatable for some. Even Richard, who is supposed to be a more average California kid, writes with a convoluted voice and vocabulary that some readers might find unnecessarily difficult. 
It’s also very long. The 500+ pages went by quickly for me (it was such a page-turner that I finished in 2 days), but if you find yourself easily tired by winding, more old-fashioned style writing then this may not be the book for you. I found strong connections to John Knowles’ A Separate Peace and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, so I highly recommend fans of those books to check out The Secret History

Note: there are COPIOUS amounts of drinking throughout the novel

Tartt, Donna. The Secret History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Review written by Needle, Teen Volunteer

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year: Lists ON Lists!

At the end of a year as well as the beginning, publishers, book reviewers, and librarians alike enjoy making lists of books that were well-loved in one year and books that are most anticipated in the coming year.

It's a lot. There are so many books to be read (TBR), but probably not enough time to sort through the noise of what you should have read versus what needs to be read in the coming year.

With that said, lists should not overwhelm you! They are merely suggestions from book industry people, and sometimes it's worth sifting through all the hype for one book that fits your needs as a reader.

So, here's my chance to overwhelm you with said lists! I'll start with the best books of 2017 and then the most anticipated books of 2018.

Best Young Adult/Teen Books of 2017
28 Of The Best YA Books Released In 2017 That You’ll Want To Read Immediately
Buzzfeed's more mainstream list gives you what the book is about and why the book 'shines.'

Best Teen Books of 2017 
Kirkus Review is a book review journal produced in NYC with reviewers from all over that write mostly quality reviews about new materials.

Best Books of 2017
National Public Radio combines reviews by staff and book critics to create a fabulous list for any reader! The NPR list is by far my favorite. NPR's visual representation of this list is so clean and stunning!

Best Young Adult Books of 2017
Similar to Kirkus, School Library Journal provides reviews for school-based populations, which includes teen books, otherwise known as young adult books.

Most Anticipated Young Adult/Teen Books of 2018
18 YA Novels that are Currently Being Developed for TV And the Big Screen
Buzzfeed's movie and TV list has you thinking about what you may want to read before you start watching it on a screen.

Guide to 2018 YA Releases
Book Bird is a blog put together by a woman in the UK who collates all the books with releases in 2018.

17 YA Books By Authors Of Color To Look Out For In The First Half Of 2018
Bustle's diverse book list covers all genres for the first half of 2018. Personally, I can't wait for Sandhya Menon's new book!

Most Anticipated YA Books of 2018 
As a fandom site, Hypable has some pretty intriguing picks for 2018!

If the lists above are not enough material for you to look through, there's always our favorite, Goodreads to get you going!

I particularly like looking at the monthly releases to create a TBR list. There are also lists that are organized by debuts, genre, and of course, all the books to be released this year for teen, which is 744 books thus far! You can also check out what we're reading at the library via Goodreads HERE.

Happy Reading!