Thursday, March 29, 2018

Nail Art THIS COMING TUESDAY!

Teen Nail Art
Tuesday, April 3rd
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Robbins Community Room

Local teen and nail art extraordinaire, Natasha Colman, will walk teens through how-to make your own nail art! For each patron, she will paint one accent nail, and let you create your own art!  She will also discuss being a content creator for social media outlets like Instagram! Join us for an afternoon of nail artistry!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Varun Recommends 'Scythe' by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Recently I read the book Scythe by Neal Shusterman. In the book, there are two teens, Rowan and Citra. They live in a world where humanity has conquered death. As a means of population control, specially chosen men and women called scythes carry out random acts of murder, known as gleaning in the post-immortality world. The only way to truly die without a scythe gleaning you is to be burnt alive. A scythe known as Faraday, visits Citra’s home. He also visits Rowan, and suggests they both train to become scythes. They both accept with some reluctance and begin their training. During it, however, tragedy strikes and the two are forced into very different paths.

Overall, I think the book had some very strong parts and some not so strong parts. One thing I found that did annoy me was the relative predictability of the plot. Compared to some more spontaneous books, Scythe was definitely much easier to guess what would happen next. Also, a very large part of the book was covering the training of Rowan and Citra, and while I do agree it is important to show that they were training, and that they were working to become good scythes, I think too much of the book was more a training montage than filled with action scenes.

However, the book had many great things about it as well. The most interesting part about it would have to be the concept that the book explored. The concept of a post-immortality Earth, where people cannot die, where the act of killing is a necessity, and must be done by someone is a very chilling, yet interesting one. Another thing I really liked about the book was the character development and change over the book. We learned lots about all the characters from their actions, from Citra’s stubbornness, to Rowan’s easygoingness. Also, many of the characters changed across the book, them, and watching that development is very interesting.
especially the two main characters. Citra went from a cold, stubborn person to a much nicer, understanding person. And Rowan went from a joke-cracking, grinning person, to a much sadder, colder person. Their differing paths change

Overall I would probably give the book 3 out of 5 stars. While its concept and characters were very creative and interesting, the simple plot and lack of high-intensity thriller scenes made it lose two stars. I would, however, still recommend it to read, as even though it is a longer book, I think it is definitely one to read if you are a fan of dystopian, future books. It has similar themes to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, so fans of that book will enjoy this one as well.

The first review written by teen volunteer, Varun! Thank you and welcome, Varun!

Friday, March 23, 2018

6th Grade Book Club Reads 'Bronx Masquerade' by Nikki Grimes

6th Grade Book Club

Thursday, April 12th

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

Robbins Conference Room (4th Floor)


For our April edition of 6th Grade Book Club, we'll be reading a novel in verse to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Enjoy reading and talking about books? Looking to continue reading throughout the school year? Join us for our 6th Grade Book Club! Every month we’ll read a new book, discuss the present book, complete a papercraft activity based on the book, and choose a book for the following month. Refreshments will be provided! You can sign up HERE via Eventbrite.

Our selection is Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes - while studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

Please pick the book up at the Circulation Desk of the Robbins Library or at the Fox Library and bring it to the meeting held in the Robbins fourth-floor Conference Room!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DRAG PROM INFO IS LIVE!

We're ECSTATIC that we can now share all the information for our LGBTQIA+ Alternative Prom! Please refer to the Drag Prom 2018 page for more information on all the lead-up events and the ULTIMATE event, DRAG PROM! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Middle School Advisory Board - THIS THURSDAY!

Hey Middle Schoolers!

We're having our second Middle School Advisory Board meeting this year, and we'd love for you to join us! We find that middle schoolers have a unique perspective and place in our library! If you looking to help the library, recommend items for us to purchase, or just hang out in the Teen Area, this group is for you! Drop-in to our meetings to help create fun events, meet new people, and get involved with the Teen Area and its future. There will be pizza and refreshments for attendees!

Have questions?! Please feel free to email Megan, Teen Services Librarian at mcoffey@minlib.net.

Thanks for your time and support, and we look forward to seeing you! 

Megan

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Feed the Pig!

There's this PIG we have in the Teen Area that takes suggestions. The PIG likes to know what you think we should offer for events, how the Teen Area can evolve, and what things we may be missing in our collections that you want to see!

The PIG lives on the laptop bar in the Teen Area. The PIG enjoys being feed every now and then...We look forward to hearing your feedback so we can have the Teen Area be a place for everyone to feel safe and comfortable! :)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Teen Early Release Tomorrow Afternoon @ 2:00 PM

Looking for something to do after school tomorrow?! Experience 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' on the big screen! Written and adapted by author Stephen Chbosky, the film is a coming-of-age story exploring themes of mental health, friendship, and empathy for others in a time of need. It will make you laugh, cry, and feel infinite! Sound interesting? We'll have snacks and drinks for a 2:00 PM start! This event is for grades 6 to 12.