Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Almost Halloween!

In the spirit of this fun holiday, here are some things from around the blogosphere and social media-osphere (?) that you may enjoy! Stay safe! 

Here's a link to NPR review, interview and more with American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang, on his new graphic novel set we recently got in called Boxers & Saints. Or is it Saints & Boxers? I keep confusing it.

Boxers & Saints

Not your thing? How about a Zombie crossword then? Thanks Book Riot!

School Library Journal recently had an interesting article about "horror" as a YA genre that is not only here to stay but full of it's own crazy categories. Such a HUGE choice compared to when I was a teen. And here's 2 more creepy looking titles I'm ordering:

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's YOUR YA Section!

 Just a reminder - I'm always taking suggestions for books (and audio, CDs, etc) that you would like to see in the RML Teen Section.
I saw this list on the truly awesome Teen Librarian Toolbox site and had to share. Take a look and then tell me - what do you want to see on our shelves?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Craft Programs @ RML!

October is the perfect time to get creative and make some crafts for the season! Join us at RML for:

Origami Wreath Making Program
ages 10 & up
Wed, Oct 23 @ 6pm
We'll supply the paper you need to make one! Registration required.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

September at RML

I think we have finally cleared away the last remnants of Summer Reading here at the Library! As much fun as we have, it's nice to clean it all out when Summer is over. Now on to fall....
Some of you may not realize that we have a group called the FTLA (Fantastic Teen Library Assistants) here at RML. It's sort of half book-club and half service for the Library club. They meet on alternating Fridays here at the Library. If you are interested, just contact me with your information and I can pass it on to them. They will soon be sharing some book reviews here on this blog, so keep a lookout. Here are some pics of them helping out at past Library programs:

In book news, here are some recently purchased YA titles that will be available soon to check out:

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Michael Vey #3: Battle of the Ampere by Richard Paul Evans
Rogue by Gina D'amico
September Girls by Bennett Madison
This Side of Jealousy by Lili Peloquin
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Walking Dark by Robin Wasserman

and in non-fiction:
The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College by Sefanie Weisman
A Teen Guide to Fast, Delicious Lunches by Dana Meachen Rau

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Katniss Had Been Found for the Last Time!

I'm writing from Maine, but I have heard that Katniss was found today by Robert B.! Congrats!
Thanks to everyone who participated - it's awesome that she was found each week by a different person!
Final prize drawings are this Friday!
Though I'm not sure I ever want to come home after sitting out here under the stars in Ogunquit!

Katniss, Final Week, Clue #2

Clue #2:
When you're on your own in the wild, sometimes you have to fish for your dinner. 
If she only knew...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rock Candy!

We were experimenting with making rock candy last week at our "We Will Rock You" program - still waiting to see if it will work or not!

 We also had fun painting and decoupaging rocks:

Katniss - Final Adventure!

Clue #1:
Katniss can be found near something ordinary.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Katniss has been found again! Also ROCKS!

Ooh!  Nathaniel L. is good!  He discovered Katniss's hiding spot in the dug-out at  Park Road Field.  Congratulations!  He wins a book of his choice.

Katniss will hide again next week.  

And don't forget tomorrow (Thursday) at 3:00 at the library we will rock you: we will make rock candy (or at least attempt to) and other rock related art.  Registration is required so call the library (860-295-6210) before 3 tomorrow. 

Katniss Week 4, Clue #2

Katniss is stealthily sneaking through the woods. She comes across a Field. Better to hide above in this shelter than be seen.
(You may have to Park off the Road to find this one)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Katniss Week 4, Clue #1

Katniss is usually so serious, but this time she is playing games with us.

Happy hunting!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Found in the Ground Week #5

 Week #5 Clue:
The vivid rainbow colors in this body of water are the result of pigmented bacteria in the mats that are growing around edges of the mineral-rich water.  However, the center is a lovely blue color, because it's 70 degrees in the middle - much too hot for bacteria.
The answer is 3 colorful words!

Don't forget to bring in your paper and get (5) more raffle entries for all five correct answers!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Need A Book to Read?

 I know some of you dread having to read ANYTHING over the summer, but for those of you looking for a good read, here are some recommendations to check out:

I think we have most of these, but not Summer Prince. I will order it next week though.
NPR Summer Recommendations for Teens

If you see something interesting that we don't own at RML, drop me a note and I will order it! (in most cases)
Mashable Summer YA Reading List

Also, here are some recent titles that were purchased for RML and can be found either on the NEW YA shelf, or if they are checked out, you can place a HOLD on:

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Just for Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Tides by Betsy Cornwell
Theodore Boone: the Activist by John Grisham 
Whil & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
Crushed by Sara Shepard

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Katniss Has Been Found!!!

Kylie D. has found Katniss in the Marlborough Green at 4 corners.! Congrats!

Katniss Clue2

Week 3, Clue 2:
She's located in something green, near things that are blue, red and white.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Katniss Week #3, Clue #1

Clue #1:
Katniss is smart. She knows, sometimes hiding out in the open is a great form of camouflage.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Found in the Ground, Week #4

Late again! We were so busy last night trying to contain the teens who were taking over the Library!

Thanks to everyone who came out and had fun with Ms Patty and I - we bleached t-shirts, ate 'dirt', played glo-stick bowling, trivia, Apples to Apples, and hide 'n seek in the dark library stacks. Us old people are tired today.

Our winner of the weekly Teen SRP drawing was: Caitlyn L.

So here's your clue for Found in the Ground, Week #4:
Brazilians, Japanese, granite, and the marine God Poseidon? They have something in common that made the news back in May. Your answer is 3 words that describe the place these unlikely fellows came together. 


Friday, July 19, 2013

Katniss Has Been Found!

Nathaniel L. located Katniss this morning, hiding in the Century Cemetery next to the Library. He chose a brand new advanced reader copy book by Brandon Sanderson. Stay tuned on Monday for another Katniss Adventure!

Katniss, Week #2, Clue #3

Here lies (centrally located) Daniel Hosford's widow who died Nov 3, 1773.

Happy hunting! Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Katniss, Week #2, Clue #2

It's hot. Hunt responsibly.

Clue #2:
Katniss is sort of close to where she was last time. But who she is with, is far, far away.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Hunt for Katniss EverGnome, Game #2

So Katniss was found last week, and she's off on another adventure! See if you can figure out where in Marlborough she is hiding! Another clue on Wed and Fri.

Clue #1:
You won't find her in 100 years...or will you?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Found in the Ground Week #3

I could have sworn I did this yesterday!

Found in the Ground Week #3 Clue:
Ever since 1868, a certain country has been a leading producer in mining a very special gem. With 7 mines around that country, name the company that controls the primary sources of those sparkly gems.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Katniss Has Been Found!

So Katniss EverGnome was found in "The Connecticut Topographical Atlas" here at the Richmond Memorial Library.  Congratulations to Erin M. for figuring out where she had hidden.   

True to form, Katniss EverGnome will hide again.  Having been caught once, she'll likely be harder to locate the next time.  Stay tuned for Clue #1 on Monday.  Remember, if you do find Katniss you get to choose a book or CD of your choice or you may choose an advanced reader copy book (some signed, some not yet released) that Ms. Eileen and Ms. Patty picked up at the Book Expo. Erin M. took home a copy of Divergent with all of its award stickers!

Katniss EverGnome Clue #3

Ok, here it is!
Clue #3:
REF 912 p.54

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Hunt, Week #1, Clue #2

The Hunt for Katniss EverGnome game, Week #1
(scroll to past blog posts to see the first clue and the 'Games' page to see how the game works)
Clue #2:
She's hiding in the hills and dales of Marlborough, even though, in this book, they are completely flat and as 2-dimensional as she is.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Katniss EverGnome Begins!

I don't know why I start things on Monday - I don't even (usually) work on Mondays! That's why these posts are always late!

So here's your first clue for "The Hunt for Katniss EverGnome" game, Week 1. There will be another clue on Wednesday, and another on Friday. Your mission is to find where Katniss is hiding, go get her, and bring her to the circ desk at the Richmond Library. (just so you know, she is flat like Flat Stanley in this game!) She can be hiding anywhere in Marlborough, a.k.a. the Arena! It's likely you won't find her based on the first clue - just start thinking about a location.
Clue #1: Where she will end is where she starts.

Now on to our "Found in the Ground" game, Week 2.
Clue for Week #2:
Three words complete the answer to this one. This heavenly body of water is found at the bottom of one of our nation's most popular tourist destinations. It's actually found on the North side of another large body of water that runs thru the famous place.

If you need Week #1, go here:

Also, there are still a few spots in Wednesday's Doodle Art class! 6:30pm. Call or go to to register.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Games update!

This crummy weather has just been messing everything up! We've postponed "The Hunt for Katniss EverGnome" game until next week. Maybe it won't be so rainy!

You can stop in and get the 'Groundbreaking Reads' book cover ID game - I'll also try to get that up here on the blog today.

Sorry this is also late, but here is your first clue for "Found in the Ground". Stop in and get an answer sheet where you can write down your weekly answers. 5 total - next one, this Friday. I'll leave this clue up for a while as well. Earn an extra raffle entry for each correct answer. Submit all 5 correct for 5 more raffle entries.

Clue for Week #1:
The Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of this mountain complex located in the western United States. They also supervised the construction of an operational center within the granite mountain. The complex falls under the control of the U.S. Air Force Space Command. What is the name of the facility OR the operations center? 


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Free Zen Garden just for Signing Up!

When you register online for our Groundbreaking Reads Teen Summer Reading Program, you can stop in the Library and pick up one of these fun little Zen Gardens! Help to relieve stress by 'raking' your garden and arranging the rocks. Or share it with mom or dad this summer - they may need it.

You can also register for this really fun program that will also help you to relax and chill this summer - Doodle Art! It's doodling re-invented, sometimes called Zentangle in a certain form.
Join Eileen and Heidi as we show you how you get started, and all the cool things you can add your doodles to! You don't even need to have any artistic talent!

Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Time for Groundbreaking Reads!!!

Summer reading has begun! You can sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program through the big purple button on the Library homepage, or through this link:

Tonite is our Summer Reading Kickoff - stop in and tell us you have signed up online, or you can register at the Library. We'll have an incentive prize for you, and you can collect the Teen Summer reading flyer which has information on how to participate and how to earn entries into our weekly raffles for great prizes!
(incentive prizes are available while supplies last!)

In the coming weeks I hope to add that information onto this blog as well. See you soon!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's June...Summer's-A-Comin'!

We are getting ready for Summer Reading time here at RML, but I know many of you are waiting for that "end-of-school" time instead! After you get out of school, sleep for a few days and then get yelled at by your parents because you aren't doing anything but sleeping, please consider our Teen Summer Reading Program!

If you've participated in the past, you know that it's completely a do-as-much-or-as-little-as-you-want kinda thing. This year, we are using the Evanced system which allows you guys to log what you're reading online! Beyond that, we will still have fun games you can do and great programs as well, just for you!
Summer Reading kicks off on Monday, June 24 at 6pm. We even have a really cool registration prize for you - not telling what it is.

(thanks to The Daring Librarian for this image)

 But I wanted to mention a few things that I will talk more about as the summer draws near:
1. I have heard from RHAM Middle School about reading requirements - fairly similar to last year, so we will make sure we have the books here at RML on your lists. They do recommend the Nutmeg titles, which we already have and have been flying out of here! This year they have two teen categories: Teen Nutmegs and High School Nutmegs.

2. Please let me know if you'd like to join my Teen e-mail list. I won't bother you normally - just a way to get you information of the Teen Summer Reading Program.
And let me know any books you'd like to see us purchase this summer, or any programs too. We have some ideas (Ms Patty and I are thinking of repeating our success last summer with a movie night - yes, there will be food too).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Welcome to our new home - Teens@RML!

We spent 6 great summers over at our blog on wordpress, so I am a little sad to leave it. But in order to streamline all the blogging going on at RML, this shall be our new home! (If you're dying for some teen recommendations, you can still head over there to revisit everyone's past summer reviews -

I will be jazzing this site up in the next few months in order to be ready for Summer Reading 2013 - this year's Teen theme being:

If you have any programs ideas you'd like to see here at RML for the summer, please e-mail me (Eileen) at

In the meantime, I'll also leave you with a twist on book recommendations - and the Huffington Post reviews have teamed up to bring you:
In this edition, they are doing one of my favorite recent YA books - John Green's The Fault in Our Stars - I'm assuming you've read it? If you haven't, maybe this will inspire you.
Have Your (Cup)Cake & Read It Too!