Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bookface Contest

New Year...New You Bookface Contest. For the New Year, create a New You! The Westborough Public Library is sponsoring a Bookface Photo Contest during the month of January. Photo entries may be submitted from January 1-23 and will be displayed in the library and on the library Facebook page. Voting will take place January 24-29 and the winner will be announced on January 30. The contest is open to all patrons but....I know that the teens will be a dominate force to be reckoned with!!! The creator of the winning photograph will win a gift certificate. (Sure to be somewhere that you'll enjoy!!!) For those of you who may not know, a bookface can be created by finding a book with a face, part of a face, or another body part on the cover of the book. You then strategically line up your face or body part alongside the book cover that features a matching body part so that it looks like you are part of the book cover. The best way to learn about bookfacing is to Google it and look at the many examples available on the Internet.
To enter the contest, email your bookface photos to WPLyoungadults@gmail.com and make sure to include your name and telephone number. Each person may submit two photos. So what are you waiting for??? Put on your creative hat and start planning out your bookface photo today!!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cookie Decorating

Cookie Decorating on Wednesday, December 16 at 3:30 in the Teen Zone. I will supply the cookies and decorations, you will supply the creativity. We will be decorating and donating cookies to some very special members of the Westborough community and we could really use your help! If you have any special holiday cookies that you are able to donate, we would love you to bring them to the event. Of course, there will be snacks for the decorators.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Drop In for Snacks and Snow Activities

Unfortunately, I have decided to cancel the So Much Snow program scheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 12. However, there are still plenty of reasons to drop into the library after school. There will be snacks and snow activities available in the Teen Zone all afternoon- at least until they run out.
There is still plenty of time to register for the Great Cookie Challenge on Saturday, December 12. Just bake your favorite cookie, bring the recipe and a few dozen to be sampled and you may win a Yummy treat! Sign up today.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Service Hours Available!!!

The Teen Zone is hosting a Gingerbread Crafting for kids in K-3 on December 12. I could really use some teen help assembling the gingerbread houses and cinnamon ornaments. Next Wednesday December 9, I will provide the supplies and snacks and I'm hoping you will provide the time to help make the houses that we need. Don't worry- it's not that difficult. I plan on cheating with graham crackers and a hot glue gun. Stop by anytime Wednesday afternoon or evening.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Events

Happy December. Check out all the events going on this month! Thursday, December 10 is a half day. Join us at 12 pm for "So Much Snow" We will have lots of "snow"snacks, snow games and we will be making Super Snowflakes and Sock Snowmen to donate to local nursing homes. Come and have a good time and help make a difference! You MUST sign up since supplies are limited. http://goo.gl/forms/YWaiSLbFHH
Do you like to bake? Take part in the Great Cookie Challenge on December 12. Bake your favorite cookie, bring several dozen to the library. The baker whose cookie receives the most "likes" will receive a gift card for some "Yummy" treats. Sign up today...
Even if you don't like to bake, stop by the Teen Zone on December 12 between 2-4 and do some cookie Tasting and Rating!! 
December 16 we will be creating crafts that can be given as holiday gifts. Again, if you're interested you MUST sign up. http://goo.gl/forms/S2JND223sI
Celebrate Star Wars weekend on December 18-19 in the Teen Zone with drop-in activities and contests.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giving Tuesday

This Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday. It is a day for you to give back to others. Stop by the Teen Zone and take part in some activities that will help to brighten someone's day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. (Spare some turkey and GOBBLE up some books!!) AND....

I have a very important challenge for you to complete this Thanksgiving...take part in the Great Thanksgiving Listen. Become part of an important movement to record the voices of a generation of Americans. Here is how you can participate....Commit to being part of this historic effort. Pick a grandparent, or neighbor, or family friend over the age of 65 who you’d like to interview. Simply download the StoryCorps app, use the built-in prompts to record and publish an interview over Thanksgiving weekend. There are resources on Storycorps.me to help you get the most out of your interview experience.

After you publish your interview, please log in to your account at StoryCorps.me and tag it for TheGreatListen2015[Your state abbreviation], i.e. TheGreatListen2015AZ or TheGreatListen2015KS.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mockingjay Party and Survival Challenge...November 19 at 3 pm

The Teen Zone is hosting a Mockingjay Party and Survival Challenge on Thursday, November 19 at 3 pm. There will be food, fun and PRIZES. If you sign up ahead of time you will also get a t-shirt. Sign up today because space is limited. 
Don't forget we will also be showing Mockingjay part1 at 6:30 to help prepare you for the final installment. Mockingjay Part 2 opens in theaters on November 20.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Marshmallow Madness: Tuesday, November 3

Join us for an afternoon of marshmallow themed games, races and Eating!!! There will be flinging, stacking, passing and throwing...and most importantly...lots of laughing. The fun begins at 2 pm. Who knew marshmallows could be so much fun???

Monday, October 26, 2015

High School Movie Night

High School students are invited tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 27) to watch Ghostbusters at 6:30. Bring a friend and some comfy pillows and we'll provide the movie and the snacks.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Terrifying Treats

Teens sign up for Terrifying Treats today!!! October 28 is a half day and what better way to spend your time than making and eating treats that are sure to terrify (or maybe disgust) you but taste amazing. The program starts at 12:50 so you will have plenty of time to grab lunch downtown and then come over to the library meeting room for this fun program. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Movies & Munchies Date Change

In order to accommodate the many Mill Pond students that have a school commitment, the 6-8 grade TAB meeting has been changed from October 22 to October 21. As a result, I will be changing Movies & Munchies to October 22 at 3:30. (The date list above the movie poll is incorrect but I can't change it without losing all the data. If you are planning to attend the movie, there is still plenty of time to vote. Sign up for your favorite snack : http://goo.gl/forms/ZHmyKPk9eb

Social Media is the Way to Go!

Slowly but surely the Teen Zone is catching up with all the latest social media tools. Thanks to the many teens who have volunteered to help as Social Media Makers, we now have an Instagram account....with posts. Follow us @wpl_youngadults
Don't have an Instagram account...no worries...you can follow the WPL Teens using this link....http://iconosquare.com/wpl_youngadults
You can also get updates on Facebook (Westborough Library Teen Scene) and on Twitter (@WPL Teen Scene) Stay tuned for more social media updates!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Movie Club Starting Friday

Calling all movie lovers in 6-12th grade. The Movie Club will be holding its first meeting on tthis Friday at 3:15-5:45. This club will be hosted by teen movie expert, Caden LaPlante. Join him each week to learn about and watch movies. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Call the library or email WPLyoungadults for more information.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Haunted Library on October 24

Enter if you dare!!! Come check out the Haunted Library on October 24 where scares and thrills and snacks await you. There will be tours available every fifteen minutes starting at 8 pm. The tours are FREE but you must sign up for the time that works best for you. Visitors will only be allowed into the library at their chosen tour time. This is a TEEN only event- you will not be allowed admittance into the library unless you are in the 6-12th grade. Make sure to sign up today since space is limited!!!!  SIGN UP NOW

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wow! We are Busy!

Hey everyone,
Wow is October going to be a busy time at the Library Teen Zone. (By the way...that’s the winning name that you all voted for!) Starting tomorrow we have the literary passport challenge. It runs from October 1 through October 24. The teen that earns the most points wins a DD gift card. All teens who participate will be entered to win a gift card to the store of the winner’s choosing. More information can be found on the library website on the Teen page.
We will be starting two teen book clubs in October. The Random Reads club meets once a month. There’s no need to read a specific book for this group, though, so just come to talk about books you’ve loved (or hated) and hear from your friends about books you might like. We’ll have snacks at this one too!  The first meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:45 pm. Sign up and let me know your favorite snack. http://goo.gl/forms/pJ2VmQUkkh
The other book club is called the Fiction Fight Club. Form a team of friends who love to read and who love to compete. Teams must have at least three members and no more than six. On October 20, I will release the official book list with book titles and authors that must be read. Teams can decide which members read which books. Then on May 21 teams will compete in an All Day Book Battle featuring different mental and physical challenges related to the required books. The once a month meetings are optional and provide team members a chance to prepare for the Battle. Sign your team up online: http://goo.gl/forms/knjtfXG2KQ
October 18 is Sundae Sunday- free ice cream sundaes for everyone. But also, we will have a showcase and sampling of food from around the literary world. I need your help. Please consider making a dessert that ties into your favorite young adult book.  For example rainbow cupcakes for the Wizard of Oz or Honey-cakes from the Hobbit. It doesn’t have to be a food actually mentioned in the book but something that you think a character would like. I really need volunteers to help with this- don’t forget you’ll get volunteer service hours. And...we will have the Patriot game on so you won’t miss a minute of Tom Brady and Gronk!!! Sign up today: http://goo.gl/forms/WtLJzivsfW
October 18-24 is Teen Read Week.  We have a Get Away @ Your Library Challenge that runs from October 1 through October 24. The Passport Challenge will be available starting October 1. Come into the library and pick up your passport and start earning points. The challenge will last until October 24 and a prize will be awarded to the teen who collects the most points. Click here for more information about this fun activity. You may also print out your own passport here.
October 19 learn about about alternative medicines- acupuncture and Reiki. The night will feature a presentation and demonstration- you won’t want to miss it. October 21 is Movie & Munchie afternoon. You can go to the library website and vote for the movie you most want to see. Right now Ghostbusters is in the lead. Vote today and plan on coming for a fun afternoon.
PLEASE consider signing up for Remind. Especially those of you who don’t read your emails. It allows me to send reminders of upcoming events and teen news to your email or your phone. Sign up today: remind.com/join/c02f0 Also be sure to check out the Teen Zone Instagram account: wpl_youngadults

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fiction Fight Club....What's That???

The Fiction Fight Club is for teens who love to read and who love to compete.Open to students in grades 6-12. Form a team of friends and sign up today. Teams must have at least 3 members and no more than 6. The official start date is October 20. The official book list with titles and authors will be released on this date. Make sure to save the date of the All-Day Book Battle....May 21. It's going to be EPIC!!!    Sign up here!!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another Busy Week

Another busy week ahead in the Teen Zone!
Volunteens: For teens who want to volunteer to work with the various children's programs, remember you must attend a training session. This week there are 2 sessions offered, Monday at 3:30 and Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Sign up http://goo.gl/forms/SvJAnbcvCw
   or drop in or contact Jen McGrath to set up a time that works better for you.

Wednesday is Movie and Munchies at 3:30. You voted and Harry Potter is the winning movie. We have chairs but feel free to bring pillows or blankets, You do not have to sign up but if you do you can vote for your favorite munchies!! http://goo.gl/forms/V5fP7W7YSe

Thursday is the kickoff meeting for the Fiction Fight Club. This is a very different type of book club. You'll form a team, get a list of books to read and then practice to be better than all the other teams at the end of year Battle in MAY. It promises to be a lot of fun- especially if a lot of teens join up. The more the merrier! This is a low commitment book club- the monthly meetings are optional as long as you meet with your team to be prepared for May. Join us on Thursday at 3:30.   http://goo.gl/forms/i72EfMbnPZ

Weekly Trivia Quiz is a new feature. Each week I will post a weekly quiz created by a teen volunteer here and on the Teen Facebook page. The first five teens with all the correct answers will complete a box on their Teen Reward Card. Remember 20 completed boxes earns you and 2 friends an invitation for pizza and ice cream. Quiz answers can be emailed to WPLyoungadults@gmail.com or drop in the library and bring them to the Teen Zone.
Here is this week's quiz:

  1. What is the Name of the first book ever printed?                               
  2. What is the total number of books in the world according to Google in 2010?                                 
  3. Who is the richest fictional writer?                                                   
  4. A window cleaner cleaning a window in 25th floor of a skyscraper and he falls. He didn’t have any safety equipment but still he doesn't get hurt, how?

    5.  Which president’s  birthday is in this month?                       
 (Did you know there is a Facebook page just for Westborough teens? Check it out:https://www.facebook.com/Westborough-LibraryTeen-Scene-1564062913853386/timeline/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6-8 Grade TAB Meeting

Tomorrow (Thursday) the 6-8 grade TAB will be meeting in the library. Join us for some games, some brainstorming and of course...some snacks!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Busy Week Ahead...Something For Everyone

This is going to be a very busy week at the library- lots of teen events. On Monday, join us for a fun Trivia Bee at 3 pm. As always, there will be snacks. http://goo.gl/forms/jhfCIecEwG

On Thursday at 3:15 PM, the library will be hosting a kickoff meeting for the 6-8th grade TAB (Teen Advisory Board.) Help plan your kind of library programs. Choose the books and movies you’d  like to see in the collection.  Earn hours for community service. And of course, there will always be delicious snacks.

On Friday at 3:30 PM, help us plan for our Haunted Library to take place in October. The Haunted Library is sure to be a huge hit but it's going to take your ideas and your help to make it work. http://goo.gl/forms/kP4rCZEIXD

On Saturday at 2:30 PM, attend a VolunTeen training session. For those teens who want to volunteer to be a Teen Leader Reader or Saturday Crafter, you must attend a one hour training session. Sign up for the session that works the best for you. http://goo.gl/forms/SvJAnbcvCw

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Preview of the Year Ahead...Check It Out!

Wow! Wait to you see all the great things that have been planned for this upcoming year AND there's still room for more! We want to offer programs that interest YOU but in order to do that, YOU need to tell us what YOU'd like to see. In the meantime, checkout the calendar of events that are in the works.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Monthly Movies

The library will be showing movies for teens and tweens every month. Most months we will show an afternoon movie called, "Movie & Munchies" and an evening movie called, "Dessert and a Movie" for High School students only. Help us choose the movies you want to see by voting for your movie choice. Voting can be found on this blog and on the library website's Teen Page.

Trivia Bee

Beat the Back to School Blues with a Teen Trivia Bee on September 14 at 3 pm. Bring some friends, enjoy some snacks and compete for bragging rights. Use this link to sign up.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Beat the Back to School Blues

The start of the school year doesn't mean an end to great programs for teens at the library. In fact, it's the beginning of a whole new era. There will be monthly movies and book club meetings, craft afternoons and fun programs for all students in grades 6 through 12. September 14 you are invited to Beat the Back to School Blues with a trivia bee at 3 pm in the library meeting room. Sign up now and save your spot. As always, snacks will be provided!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome to a New Year

In case you haven't noticed, the Young Adult room has been undergoing many changes.  Make sure to come in and check out the white board and leave a message. The name of the room will be changing from Young Adult to...... well, whatever you, the teens vote for. Right now the top contenders are Teen Zone, TeenScape, Teen Central and Teen Nook. If you haven't voted- it's not too late. Here is the link:Rename the Young Adult Room

Look for more changes in the very near future....bean bag chairs are on order and we are collecting board games to be used by you!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Survivor Style Auction on August 20

Plan on coming to the Survivor Style Auction on August 20 at 6:30. Stay tunes to see the list of all the great (and not so great) prizes that you will have a chance to bid on. More information coming soon!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Happenings

The Teen Summer Program will kick off on June 19th. Make sure to sign up for the Super Summer Scavaganza. More information coming soon.  Check on the library website (teen page) for our summer calendar.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where is Jack?

This week Jack is on the move again. He is doing some research on American History. Jack needs to study all about the American Civil War. He found some interesting books all about Gettysburg. Can you find Jack?????

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Can You Find Jack???

This week Jack is on the move again. His eyes are tired from all the late night reading he has been doing, so this week he thought he would try listening to a story. Jack is looking for an audiobook that is a teen series favorite. The book features vampires and werewolves. The author’s initials are S.M. Can you find Jack?????

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We Need Your Opinion

Take this quick survey and let us know which movie you would be most interested in seeing at this summer's Screen on the Green.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jack is on the move again!

This week Jack has moved to a new area of the library. He is in the mood for a real page turner. His favorite fiction writer used to be a lawyer. Many of his books have been made into movies.  Tom Cruise starred in one movie and Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts starred in another one. Can you find Jack???

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Haiku of the Day

The Bruins are great!
They really know how to skate!
They beat up the Habs!
-Jimmy Q

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We Haiku. Do You???

Did you know that April is Poetry Month? Help us celebrate by writing a Haiku poem. Even better, write a Haiku about a book you’ve read and enjoyed.
A Haiku is a traditional Japanese poem. It consists of three lines. The first and third line contain five syllables and the middle line contains 7 syllables.
Here is a Haiku about one of my favorite books. Can you guess what book?

Is Taught by Mcgonagall
In seven novels

Here’s another one:

The Curtis brothers
Live on the east side of town
Sun sets in both sides

Write your own Haiku in the comments section or email them to WPLyoungadults@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Prepare for the Teddy Bear Invasion

This Saturday, the Children's Room will be invaded by Teddy Bears and their human friends. A group of superior teens will be hosting this fun event.  If you are able to help, email WPLyoungadults@gmail.com

Jack is on the Move!

Jack is reading non-fiction this week.
Jack likes to read about art.
Right now, Jack can't decide whether to read about Gauguin or Monet.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Where is Jack this week?

Jack has been very busy reading nonfiction.  He especially likes to read about the lives of former presidents. Right now he can't make up his mind between Franklin and Theodore. Can you find Jack?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Welcome: March 29, 2015

     Welcome to the Teen Scene! Here you will find all the latest news about events and programs happening in the library for students in grades 6 through 12. Be sure to check back often as this blog will be updated frequently.
     Many thanks to those of you who have completed the Teen Services Survey. We really appreciate all of your feedback.  We will be using your comments and suggestions to help make improvements to the library.  If you haven't completed a survey, it's not too late! The survey can be found here or on the Teen Page of the library website.
     Be on the lookout for Jack....Jack in the Stacks.  Jack likes to spend hours searching the stacks for his latest great read. Follow the clues and find Jack. Let the librarians at the Circulation Desk know where you found Jack and receive a sweet treat for your trouble.  Clues to Jack's whereabouts can be found in this blog and on Facebook.
     Teens will be hosting a fun program in the Children's Room called, "TeddyBear Sleepover." This event will take place on April 11. The program will start with a story time and a craft for children and their stuffed animal friends. After the library closes, we will go around the library trying to capture the stuffed animals in "action." If you would like to help with this program, click here for more information and to sign up.