In two weeks from this posting, we’ll be having laser tag in the library!
To kick off summer reading, we have an evening of fun planned on June 15th. First, we’ll have a Beatles tribute concert featuring New England’s best Beatles tribute band, 4EverFab, on the library lawn starting at 6:30 PM.
Then, at 9 PM, forty teens—that’s anyone going into 6th grade and up in the fall—will be invited to play laser tag in the library. Two teams at a time will compete for glory among the stacks, and there will be snacks, pizza, and soda. All participants will win a door prize! The fun will go until midnight.
But if you want to be one of the laser warriors, you’ll need to do a couple of things. First, you need to sign up on the library website. Then, you’ll need to returned a completed Laser Tag Liability Release to the reference desk.
Register online, turn in those forms, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!
New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.
First up, we have a returning program: Button Mashers.
Continue reading “Program Spotlight: Button Mashers”
Many thanks to Jim Parks and “Wingmasters” for bringing their “Birds of Prey” program to the library! Adults and school-age kids were treated to an educational program on the feeding habits and flight ergonomics of red-tail hawks, falcons and owls, and got to meet these flying beauties up close and personal. Enjoy!
Last night 11 teens and tweens got together and built a cardboard maze (from discarded large appliance boxes) that currently occupies the area of the Community Room, approximately 25′ X 25′. Below are some pics that showcases their mad maze-building skillz.
The maze is available today and Saturday during library hours for all ages to enjoy. Come be Ah-mazed, and have fun!!
Some of our a-mazing builders
Mugging for the camera
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1” is a great soundtrack to build to.
Still working hard at 8:30pm
Our Chocolate Olympics was a big hit! Events included Oreo Stacking, M&M Sorting, Whopper Relay, Candy Shuffleboard (with Teams Snickers, Milky Way, and 3 Musketeers battling it out), and Kiss Wrapper Relay. Full-size Hershey Bars and all-the-chocolate-you-can-fit-in-a-Market-Basket-plastic-bag were handed out as prizes. Yummy!
Unwrap a Hershey Kiss wearing oven mitts!
“Wow. This is HARD.”
Oreo stacking requires much concentration it does.
Working hard to get that Kiss out of the wrapper
Keep going! That wrapper needs to come off!
Almost got it!
Whopper Relay! Push a whopper across the room using only your nose.
Keep your Whopper in its lane!
Cheering on their teammates.
“Go! Go! Go!”
Check out how much fun we had with coding and Minecraft and robots and Raspberry Pi! Can’t be beat! Sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Program and get in on the fun!!
Hard at work – coding.
Instructor Thi Sarkis leads the group in coding.
Learning how to mod…
Modding in Minecraft.
Learning command syntax.
Grrrl CS Power Yaaas.
Hmmm…what’s the command for “go”? 😉
Instructor Thi Sarkis helps out some future computer scientists.
Teen Summer Reading Program
June 25 – August 5
Registration begins Monday, June 19!
Build a Better World this summer with the Rodgers Memorial Library Summer Reading Program (SRP)!
Click here to open the 2017 Teens SRP brochure and take a look at some of the choice summer events and prizes we’re offering for participating, then visit our ReadSquared Summer Reading site to register (click on the Teens [Grade 6-12] tab).
Some of the events this summer include (click on the event name to access the event in our calendar):
Prizes? We’ve got prizes! They include:
- Kindle Fire HD 7, with 32 gig memory card
- Day pass with parking to Six Flags New England
- Gift certificate to Launch Nashua
- Various MP4 players
Events and prizes will be posted here on our blog. Build a Better Word with the Rodgers Memorial Library this summer – and read!
In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.
The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.
(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)
Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.
The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.
Access the book in our catalog by clicking on the image above, or by clicking here.
To mark the opening of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening Thursday, November 17 and based on the J. K. Rowling book of the same name, the Rodgers Memorial Library has planned a Harry Potter party!
Anyone arriving in theme-appropriate costumes will go home with a special prize, and we’ll be raffling off some Harry Potter door prizes, including two (one child, one adult) tickets to the Thursday, November 17, 6pm of “Fantastic Beasts” at AMC in Tyngsborough!
Walk through Platform 9 3/4 and “visit” Hogsmeade with a trip to Honeydukes, which features Bertie Botts Every-Flavor-Beans, Cauldron Cakes, and Fizzing Whizzbees! (Honeyduke’s will also be featuring some treats from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, including U-No-Poo and Puking Pastilles – yum!)
Hop on over to the Three Broomsticks and sip on some delicious butterbeer and (non-alcoholic – sorry, kids!) fire whiskey!
Create your very own wand, and play some Quidditch, then settle down in the Hogwarts viewing area to watch trailers from the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” followed by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on our big screen! Come join us! Register here.
The Rodgers Memorial Library has partnered with the national organization “Girls Who Code,” and is officially a GWC Club, one of only four clubs in New Hampshire. If you’re a girl in grades 6 through 12, join our club and learn how to employ various programming languages to design and create a project of your choosin
g. There are no membership fees and no costs since we use only open-source software available for free, and store all projects on the cloud. Girls are welcome to bring their own laptop or use one of the library’s laptops.
For more information on GWC, and to learn about the continuing demand for computer science engineers, visit the Girls Who Code website here.
Join us on Monday, November 7 at 2pm for our first club meeting. Can’t come to the first one? Come see us on Monday, November 14 or 21. Register here, and I hope to see you at our Girls Who Code club!