If you have (or haven’t) attended a teen program in the last year, your opinion matters! Sarah’s job as teen librarian for The Field Library is to provide programming that you all want to attend–she can create programs that meet your expectations only if she knows what you want. Here’s where you come in: If you’re a teenager that uses The Field Library, please fill out this survey so that you can get the programs you want for the next year.
June is here, and so are the new Chromeboxes and iPads in the Teen Zone! Brand new chairs and tables too! You can also expect to see iMacs within the coming week, so watch our Twitter (@field_teens) or our Snapchat (fieldteens) for updates on that and other upcoming events in the Teen Space.
Programming is also going to be kicked up a notch with programs happening on Mondays AND Tuesdays. Pop-up programs will also be occurring in the teen space. Our last two were May 4th– Star Wars perler beads craft, and also a Tissue Paper Flower making pop-up craft. You can see the results of that program on display for this month’s LGBT Pride Book Display in the teen space.
Programs for the upcoming month kick off with an ACT Prep course on Saturday June 3 from 11-1 in the Teen Zone. If you’d like to come, but haven’t signed up yet, please call! You must bring your own calculator and pencil for this study session. We will have more SAT and ACT Prep sessions in the fall.
Join the peer powered Educate-Make-A-Difference team on this day to learn about what you need to know in order to pass the ACT Exam with flying colors!
Gaming Mondays, the first Monday of every month, returns with June’s featured game: Rocket League!
Teens that would like to play this high-octane game must show up in the Nutrition Room on Monday, June 5 at 3. This program goes from 3-5, and snacks will be provided! Requests for July and August’s games are being taken now.
When this program has completed, within the next 24 hours, teens are welcome to check out the game and bring it come to play. (Did you know we have a Video Game collection now?)
June’s first Tuesday program is great for any teen that’s feeling a little stressed out with upcoming State tests, Regents exams, and the end-of-school crunch. Make your own putty, perfect to help de-stress by mashing, kneading, and squishing!
All materials are provided, and putty is made on a first-come, first-served basis (or until materials run out). Meet in the Teen Zone on June 6 from 3-5 for this program!
Monday, June 12, and Tuesday June 20 are The Field Library’s two Battle of the Books General Interest meetings.
Are you going into grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 this fall? Are you a reader? Are you competitive? Do you like making new friends and free snacks? If you answered “Yes!” to any of those questions, Battle of the Books is for you!
Join The Field Library’s two coaches, Sarah and Petya, in the Gallery from 3-5 as they discuss the books for this year’s Battle, when, and where it’s going to be held, as well as practice times for the team.
All team members will get a shirt for the event too!
Sign-up for the team will open on June 12.
Tuesday June 13 will be a Teen Crafternoon! Interested teens can show up in the Teen Zone from 3-5 and make Pride Pins out of felt.
Minor sewing skills will be used and are easily learned. Materials are provided, and pins can be made until 5, or the felt runs out. Whichever comes first.
Teens who want to participate in this program are welcome to make more than one pin too. No sign-up is required, either.
Monday June 19 is the third Monday of the June. This is when The Field Library’s Anime & Manga club will meet!
June’s theme will be a redo of a previously cancelled one (Teen Librarian Sarah was out sick with a plague of some sort). The ever-popular Fruits Basket anime will be watched, and teens that attend will learn how to make the delicious snack onigiri!
Interested teens should come to the Gallery on June 19 from 3:30-5 to watch this endearing anime and smack on these yummy treats!
If you would like to attend and have an allergy concern, please contact Sarah either by phone 914-862-3290, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last official June Program is a teen request via Snapchat (fieldteens, add us) for Make Your Own Ice Cream!
Teens that want to make their own ice cream can come to this program on June 26 from 3-5 in the Teen Zone. Materials are provided, and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sign-up is not required, but highly encouraged.
April is coming to a close, and despite it being “the cruelest month” we had some excellent programming! Looking ahead to May, there are lots of things to do at the library in the teen section.
5/1 Gaming Mondays continues with
Retro Gaming Mortal Kombat! Join Teen Librarian Sarah from 3:00-5:00 in the Nutrition Room for this fun opportunity to play against your friends and enjoy snacks! Special thanks to one of our patrons for volunteering their game to make this happen.
5/8 Cooking in May! Now that the weather is finally warming up, keep cool with these cold food recipes you’ll learn to whip up from scratch: salsa, guacamole, and gazpacho! Sign-up in advance is required. This program will go from 3:00-5:00; all materials are provided.
5/15 Anime & Manga Club will meet this month in The Gallery from 3:00-5:00. This month will focus on historical anime, pre-Astro Boy anime, and the development of the style as we know it today. Snacks will be provided!
5/22 Project Prom is kicking off its first year with a free hair tutorial program held at the Empire Beauty School in Peekskill, NY. This program is open to only 12 high school participants; preference given to those going to junior or senior prom. Participants will learn how to do different braiding and up-do styles at the Empire Beauty School Salon from 3:00-4:30. Sign up is required.
Additionally, we are hosting our first ever Build A Business series of programs on 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, and 6/2. This is a four session program where America’s financial system, banking, business basics and planning, and budgeting are all explained! Snacks are provided to all participants, and on the last day there will be a pizza party celebration. Sign up is required.
April 3, 2017 ~ 3:30-5:15 ~ Nutrition Room
Come to this Super Smash Bros. Tournament and compete against other teens to see who the best player is! The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Game Stop!
DIY Seed Bombs
April 10, 2017 ~ 3:30-6 ~ YA Section
In celebration of Earth Day 2017, make seed bombs, learn about different native wild flowers to our region, and what “guerrilla gardening” means. Participants can make as many seed bombs as they like, then take them home the next day due to is a 24 hr drying period .
Instructions will be given out on proper use of the seed bombs.
Anime & Manga Club
April 17, 2017 ~ 3:30-5 ~ The Gallery
This month’s meeting will consist of drawing chibis and watching a few episodes of the Shojo Anime “Shugo Chara”. Materials will be provided, as will snacks! Recommendations for future animes to watch are always welcome, email Sarah at email@example.com to let her know which ones you want to see!
Black Out Poetry
April 24 ~ 3:30-6 ~ YA Section
April is National Poetry Month (if you didn’t already know) and participants in this program will be shown how to create a unique kind of found poetry called “Black Out Poetry”. Teens will have the opportunity to display their poems in the YA Section if they choose to do so, they may also choose to take their work home. Snacks and materials will be provided!
Pokemon GO! is receiving an update this week that has 80 new pokemon!
To help you catch em all, The Field Library will be having lure modules active daily during library hours, especially after school finishes, on days when Sarah is working.
Once the update is released, come in and share your catches, enter to win a 3-d printed badge made for your team, and (most importantly) stick around for the lure modules we’ll be placing!
Share your favorite catches with Sarah, compare strategies with other players, and have fun!
There might even be snacks on the day of the release, so don’t miss out!
These 2017 releases of YA Romance novels are sure to have you sighing, laughing, and falling in love on your own. Which ones are you excited for? Make sure to come in and place your holds on these titles!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han
Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
When Dimple Met Rishi*
by Sandhya Menon
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Once and for All
by Sarah Dessen
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
Thank you for reading all of these book lists, and for joining me on this journey to finding niche YA Romance novels. You can read other recommended reading lists here. What did you think of this challenge overall? Were there any categories you wanted to see that weren’t included? Let me know in the comments.
*= I’m reallyreallyreally excited for this one
So close to the end of our YA Romance Challenge! Today is also our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!
These novels are all re-tellings of myths or fairy tales with protagonists in even more danger than in their original stories. Perfect for readers who enjoyed Gale Carson Levine, the Lunar Chronicles series, or new readers to YA looking for something that might feel familiar with a dark twist.
by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
by Meg Cabot
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
by Alex Flinn
I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
What other re-created fairy tales or myths do you love? Tell us in the comments!