Thursday, February 22, 2018

What is a Zine?!

Zines are independently made “magazines” about whatever you want! Zines are a way to express yourself and to read about topics that aren’t addressed in 'officially' published books. YOUR voice matters and zines are an excellent opportunity to express yourself and share your experiences with the world! In short, zines can be about whatever you want! 

According to Dawn Stahura, resident Zine Librarian at Simmons College, a zine is...
  • Self-published and the publisher (you) doesn't answer to anyone
  • Small, self-distributed print run
  • Motivated by desire to express oneself rather than to make money
  • Outside the mainstream media 
  • Low-budget - no special equipment necessary! 
  • Support DIY culture/ethos - you write the stories that need to be heard 
Want more information, including a history, refinement, cataloging, and description of why you should make zines? Click HERE to take a look at Dawn's recent presentation for Simmons students!  

Want to learn even more about zines and zine libraries? Check out Dawn's guide HERE

Sound interesting?! Join us for an afternoon of Zines with zine enthusiast and librarian, Des Alaniz, to physically construct and build narratives for your zine! In addition to zine supplies and paper, we'll also have zine related and adjacent books!

Teen Zine Workshop
Tuesday, March 27th 
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area 

We look forward to seeing you! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

STOLEN: Dare to Share for the Talking Chair!

For National Poetry Month, we'll be hosting poems from you, the people of Arlington! Want to submit a poem?! Check out this stolen post HERE! Teens can submit their poems to the following address

We look forward to hearing your poems! :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



GAHHHH. It's that time of year! Just like film, library award season is upon us! Yesterday, the following awards relating to the teen and young adult world we announced: the Coretta Scott King Book Award, William C. Morris Award, Michael L. Printz Award, Stonewall Book Award, and the Alex Award. Below, you will find the winners and the honorees for each award along with a link to each in Minuteman catalog! If you're curious about the winners and honored books from previous years, please click HERE to look at Minuteman's listing of all awards. If you'd like to know more about the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, please click HERE for this year's press release.

Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing African American authors and illustrators of
outstanding books for children and young adults.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author for teens. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.  

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

Stonewall Book Award for children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
The 57 Bus by Daska Slater

As The Crow Flies written and illustrated by Melanie Gillman

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Malagash by Joey Comeau
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Learn about the 'Insides' of a Computer!

Deconstruct a Computer!
Tuesday, February 27th
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room 

Ever wondered what was inside our technology? Well, more specifically a Central Processing Unit? Join us to take apart a CPU, and learn what lives inside it! We’ll use tools to take a computer apart, look at its brain, and talk about the different components! This event is for those in grades 6 to 8. Please sign up via Eventbrite HERE.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the computers that are just begging to be taken apart by some lovely middle schoolers!

Have questions? Feel free to email, Megan, Teen Services Librarian at

Friday, February 9, 2018

LGBTQIA+ Recap from 2/8

We were thrilled to have a drop-in last night! It's been AWHILE! We introduced ourselves with name, alternate persona, and pronouns. We also had a short brainstorming session to consider what we'd like to do in future drop-ins, but we may have been a bit too distracted and excited to fully consider our options!

For our next drop-in, which is Thursday, March 1st, I've asked teens to complete a small task as an icebreaker...

  • Each person will bring a favorite queer book 
  • We'll each book talk or sell our book choice to the group - tell us why this book resonated with you and why someone else may like the book!

In the meantime, I've given myself a task too! I will update and revamp our booklists! 

Here's the info on our next meeting:

Thursday, March 1st
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Robbins Library Community Room

Beyond the next drop-in, I wanted to make you aware of two events in the near future:

Zine Workshop w/Des Alaniz
Tuesday, March 27th
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Robbins Library Teen Area

Drag Prom 
Saturday, May 19th
Time TBD
Arlington Senior Center Main Hall
*We will also be hosting a shopping trip and a possible contouring session prior to the event. Check the blog for more details in the coming weeks! 

Have more questions or ideas?! Shoot me an email at or find me in the library!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Teen LGBTQIA+ Drop-In
Thursday, February 8th
7:00 pm to 8:30 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 evening of fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

OMS 810 English Assignment Ideas

So you have to read a Sci-Fi and Fantasy book? We're here to help! With a masterful reading assignment in progress for Ms. Packer's English class, we've come up with a list of 60 books that we think would fit the Term 3 reading assignment.

Here's a quick reminder about the assignment:
  1. Total page count: 700 pages 
  2. Read one Science Fiction book (no fantasy crossover) 
  3. Read one Fantasy book (no horror or sci-fi crossover) 
  4. No books that are movies 
Want to look over the assignment? Click HERE to go to 810s class website. 
We'll let you worry about the reading part with post-it notes!

Each recommendation will have the title, a link to our catalog, and the number of pages in our copies of the booksWe've done our best to fit the requirements of the assignment, but please remember to check-in with your English teacher to make sure the book is appropriate for the task at hand. Finally, the number of pages may differ in various editions of the book. I've pulled the numbers from our available editions in Arlington. 

Science Fiction Recommendations
  1. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (392 pages) 
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir (305 pages)
  3. Ashfall by Mike Mullin (466 pages) 
  4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (468 pages) 
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (390 pages) 
  6. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (503 pages)
  7. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (407 pages)
  8. Feed by M.T. Anderson (299 pages) 
  9. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (380 pages) 
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (599 pages) 
  11. Larklight by Philip Reeve (399 pages) 
  12. Legend by Marie Lu (305 pages) 
  13. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (440 pages) 
  14. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (347 pages)  
  15. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (416 pages) 
  16. The Living by Matt de la Peña (311 pages) 
  17. Matched by Ally Condie (369 pages) 
  18. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (422 pages) 
  19. Orleans by Sherri Smith (324 pages) 
  20. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (486 pages) 
  21. Proxy by Alex London (379 pages) 
  22. Railhead by Philip Reeve (333 pages) 
  23. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan (520 Pages) 
  24. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (433 pages) 
  25. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (325 pages) 
  26. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (386 pages)
  27. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (406 pages) 
  28. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (335 pages) 
  29. Want by Cindy Pon (327 page) 
  30. Warcross by Marie Lu (353 pages) 

Fantasy Recommendations
  1. The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp (303 pages) 
  2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (349 pages) 
  3. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (375 pages) 
  4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater  (311 pages) 
  5. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (462 pages) 
  6. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (411 pages) 
  7. The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman (449 pages)
  8. Caraval by Stephanie Gerber (407 pages) 
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (522 pages) 
  10. Cruel Prince by Holly Black (370 pages)
  11. Deep Secret by Dianna Wynne Jones (375 pages) 
  12. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (310 pages) 
  13. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (454 pages) 
  14. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (471 pages) 
  15. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (295 pages) 
  16. Mark of a Thief by Jennifer Nielsen (339 pages) 
  17. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (307 pages) 
  18. Railsea by China Miéville (424 pages) 
  19. The Reader by Traci Chee (442 pages) 
  20. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (516 pages)  
  21. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (388 pages) 
  22. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (317 pages) 
  23. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (378 pages) 
  24. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (406 pages) 
  25. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (297 pages) 
  26. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (536 pages)
  27. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (398 pages) 
  28. Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (376 pages)
  29. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (251 pages)  
  30. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (355 pages) 
All of these selections can be found in the Teen Area at Robbins. Additionally, we may have copies in the Robbins Children's Room or at the Fox Library. 

Want more recommendations that fit your assignment and your interests? Don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk or shoot me an email at

Happy Reading 810! 



Next week's nail event has been postponed until sometime in April. We apologize for the inconvenience!  We will get back to you with a new date as well as a more local nail artist for everyone to meet!