Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Cheryl Recommends: Seafire By Natalie C. Parker

“Sisterhood is survival"




As soon as I read the blurb on the inside cover of Seafire, I was hooked. The premise of the book is an all female ship of sailors, rebelling against an all powerful male overlord, who is cruel and will let nothing stand in the way of his conquest.

As the book opens, we see the main character Caledonia Styx as a young girl, during the event that changed her path in life. This starting scene gives a relatable edge to caledonia, as she is portrayed as weak and helpless right off the bat. As the book progresses, we see her gain her feet and become a strong willed, powerful woman. She goes through grief and feels defeat, but she always looks up and beyond, saying “Hoist your eyes”.

As I read Seafire, I was captivated. Every word kept me glued to the page, and I found myself lost in the story. As the first of a trilogy, I have high hopes for Caledonia, and her ship of strong women. Natalie C. Parker is one of my newest authors to watch, and I’m ready to get into the trilogies next release.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Teen Space TED Talk


Come watch a curated playlist of Ted Talks based on refugee status; what it means, how we can help, and what it’s like to be one. We’ll discuss the talks and how it related to the Arlington Reads Together title, as well! Snacks, discussion, and entertaining, enlightening videos. For grades 6-12.
March 19, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (1 pm early release for all schools!!) 

March Food Friday (ft. M&Ms)


Mmmmmmm this Food Friday focuses on… M&Ms! Crunchy, peanuts, milk chocolate, mint…. So many to try! As a caution, M&M’s are made in a factory with peanuts so those with allergies may want to avoid this one. Food Friday is for grades 6-12.
March 8, 3:00-5:00 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tournaments and Tabletops

Hail, all adventurers young and old! 

Perhaps you've only heard whispers in the shadows about a mystical card game full of wizards, dragons, gorgons, and more fantastic beasts and want to learn what the hype is about. In such a case, stop on by and we'll set you up with a deck to play with and teach you the rules. If you're a seasoned dueler with hundreds and hundreds of cards to your name, feel free to bring your own deck and play with other planeswalkers. Regardless, ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 3:00 pm. Grades 6-12

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

February Queer Teen Drop-In

Join other queer teens and allies to chill, chat, and snack! No sign up required, just show up. Newcomers welcome! 

Monday Feb 4, 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Anti-Valentine's Day!

Sure, hearts and pink and love can be great and all but what if you’re just SICK of it by now? Everyone around you has been talking for days about what a sweet Valentine's Day gift they got for their wonderful s/o, and how beautiful the miracle of love is. Sure. If, however, you're sick of all that and want to spend an afternoon with like-minded people with no time for silly things like "love", then this event is for you! Plus, free food!

Tuesday, Feb 19 2:00-4:00, Grades 6-12, RSVP @ https://robbinsteenantivalentine2019.eventbrite.com

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

December New Books at the Library


Have you grown tired from years of reading and rereading every title in the entire teen section? Have you exhausted the whole collection back to front? If so, this post is for you! Here is a list of all the fresh new books we've added to our collection in December.

GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Honey Hunt Vol. 5 by Miki Aihara
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 15,18,19-21,22-24 by Hiromu Arakawa
Attack on Titan Vol. 23 by Hajime Isayama
FTL, Y'all!: Tales from the age of the $200 Warp Drive
The Girl Who Married a Skull, and other African stories: a cautionary fables & fairytales book
Naruto Vol. 25: Brothers by Masashi Kishimoto
Bleach Vol. 54: Goodbye to our Xcution by Tite Kubo
Paper Girls Vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan

DVD's and BLURAY
Paper Towns
Mamma Mia
The Meg
The Ring
Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
Stranger than Fiction

YA SPEED READS
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah Maas
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

NONFICTION and BIOGRAPHIES
A Witch's Bestiary: visions of supernatural creatures by Maja D'Aoust
Unfuck Your Adulting: give yourself permission, carry your own baggage, don't be a dick, make decisions, & other life skills by Faith G Harper
The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School: do this, not that advice every girl needs by Erica Catherman
Religion and World Conflict: holy wars throughout history by Caroline Kennon
Putting Peace First: 7 commitments to change the world by Eric David Dawson
Girls Write Now: two decades of true stories from young female voices
#MeToo: women speak out against sexual assault
Modern HERstory: stories of women and nonbinary people rewriting history by Blair Imani
Drug Abuse: inside an American Epidemic by Nicole Horning
How to be a Good Creature: a memoir in thirteen animals by Sy Montgomery
S.E.X.: the all-you-need-to-know sexuality guide to get you through your teens and twenties by Heather Corinna
the Space Race: how the cold war put humans on the moon by Matthew Brenden Wood
Cook with Amber: fun, fresh recipes to get you in the kitchen by Amber Kelley
The F*ck It List: all the things you can skip before you die by Kevin Pryslak
Fierce: how competing for myself changed everything by Aly Raisman
How Dare the Sun Rise: memoirs of a war child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

BOOKS ON TAPE and PLAYAWAYS
Blended by Sharon M Draper
Hamilton and Peggy!: a revolutionary friendship by Laura Elliott
Dear Evan Hansen: the novel by Val Emmich
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
A Blade so Black by LL Mckinney
Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by AW Jantha
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
Impostors by Schott Westerfeld

TEEN FICTION
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Princess Mia by Meg Cabot
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Namesakes: A Wicce Novel by Miriam Cumming
Someone to Love by Melissa De la Cruz
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
Copper Sun by Sharon M Draper
When a Woman Rises by Christine Engla Eer
Dodger Boy by Sarah Ellis
The Navigator's Touch by Julia Ember
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember
Borrowed Boy by Gene Gant
It's Only the End of the World by JA Henderson
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Runebreaker by AR Kahler
Among the Red Stars by Gwen C Katz
Not your Sidekick by CB Lee
Sleeping in my Jeans by Connie King Leonard
Girls on the Line by Jennifer L Liu
The Place Beyond by Ryan Lohner
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
The Griffin Mage: Book I, II & III by Rachel Neumeier
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
School's Out Forever by James Patterson
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Kids like us by Hilary Rel
Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Rivera
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Love A La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon



Cheryl Recommends #murdertrending By Gretchen McNeil

Cheryl Recommends
#murdertrending
By Gretchen McNeil
“Kill. Post. Repeat.”
Warning- Very violent deaths and mentions of kidnapping, abuse, and sexual assault.


I’ve never read any of McNeil's books before, but after finishing #murdertrending, I am gnashing at the bit to get my grubby paws on her other books. Her writing style absolutely blew me away.
#murdertrending is set in a world where criminals who are sentenced to death are sent to an island prison called Alcatraz 2.0. Their life is streamed 24/7 on an app called The Postman, up to and including their inevitable death. The island features a rotating cast of killers, otherwise living ordinary lives, who snatch and kill inmates.
The book follows 17-year-old Dee Guerrera, who was framed for her stepsister Monica’s murder and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 with a laughable trial. We follow Dee as she navigates life on the seemingly picturesque island, along with her new friends, nicknamed ‘The Death Row Breakfast Club’. Dee defies odds at every turn, but her odds become slimmer and slimmer.
In the first pages, we see Dee wake up in a warehouse, dressed up as Cinderella, prepped to be killed by the killer ‘Prince Slycer’. Instead of running and begging for her life, she notices a mirror she can use to fight back and kills Slycer in a twist of fate. This was my first moment of awe in McNeil's writing. The pure determination of Dee shined through in such a way that you could feel it in your bones. There also was a strong sense of breaking the boundaries of femininity, as Dee was delicate yet brutal as she fought for her life.
As with almost all books with a female main character, there was a mandatory male love interest. But, unlike other books, this wasn’t just shoved into the plot like an afterthought. The relationship between Dee and Neil, a Brit who was on diplomatic immunity and was sent to show her around, was written well and wasn’t a whirlwind. Unlike others, the romance was basically in the trunk, and not commandeering the story.
As for gore, #murdertrending delivers all you could want and more. With brutal decapitations, torture, and drowning, anyone's lust for blood would be sated. If blood and gore triggers you, stay as far away from this book as you can.
Going into this book, I was skeptical, but it blew me away, to the point where I recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries. The summary on the book doesn’t do it justice, and right now, I’d say #murdertrending is my favorite book. If you like gore, murder mysteries, and/or bada** female characters, then #murdertrending is for you.
-Cheryl, New Reviewer

Hey, I’m Cheryl! I love reading, and I’ve been terrorizing my local librarians for over 10 years with my voracious appetite. My favorite genres of books are murder mysteries, historical fantasy (especially LGBTQIA+), LGBTQIA+, and very specific subsets of nonfiction books. Also, I’ll read any- and everything Leigh Bardugo, Daniel H. Wilson, Sam Kean, and Traci Chee release. I’m currently a sophomore and going through anywhere from 1-6 books a week, so I always welcome new book recommendations. If you ever need anything/wanna rave about a book with me, shoot Katy a message and they’ll send you my way.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018 TOPS

At last, the new year is upon us. Perhaps 2018 was the best year of your life, and you're sad to see it go but excited to welcome in whatever 2019 has in store, or maybe 2018 wasn't as good for you and you're just hoping things will get better this year. Either way, you probably read a couple books over the course of the year, but of course, there is a slight possibility you've missed one or two of the hottest titles of 2018. Use this list to catch up on the books readers all over the internet consider THE. BEST. OF. THE. YEAR.

Winner of Goodread's Best Young Adult Fiction Award: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Winner of Goodread's Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Award: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Page Mia's pick!) 

NEW MOVIES THAT AREN'T ON NETFLIX

2018 has been a big year in the box office and in theatres all across the country. If you're like me, you probably spend more time watching movies on Netflix curled up in your bed pretending that the sun isn't beckoning, along with your responsibilities, outside. However, there's always that ONE movie you've been dying to see that just isn't on Netflix no matter how hard you pray to the Netflix gods. Here's a list of some of the hottest teen movies of 2018 that you can't find on Netflix but you CAN find right here in your own local library.

Love, Simon
Midnight Sun
The Miracle Season
Please Stand By
Every Day 
The Measure of a Man
Ocean's 8
A Wrinkle In Time
Truth or Dare
The Darkest Minds


TOURNAMENTS AND TABLETOPS: MAGIC THE GATHERING

Hail, all adventurers young and old! 

Come take part in the Robbins' FIRST EVER TOURNAMENTS AND TABLETOPS: MAGIC THE GATHERING MEETING! 
Perhaps you've only heard whispers in the shadows about a mystical card game full of wizards, dragons, gorgons, and more fantastic beasts and want to learn what the hype is about. In such a case, stop on by and we'll set you up with a deck to play with and teach you the rules. If you're a seasoned dueler with hundreds and hundreds of cards to your name, feel free to bring your own deck and play with other planeswalkers. Regardless, ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.

JANUARY 8 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the teen area, grades 6-12