Kids & Teens

Kids & Teens Updates

  • Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 4:58pm

    Missed the Teen Robotics demo last week? Then you didn't hear about how robots work, or see what a bomb-disposal robot sees as it climbs up and down a flight of stairs. See what you missed in this series of YouTube videos. (Links to the second two parts are in the video information.)

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:59pm

    The latest issue of Star Mag is ready!  It contains artwork, puzzles, movie and book reviews, and stories all created by kids, ages 8 and up.    Click here  to read the winter issue of Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room. 

     We will be working on the spring issue at our next meeting on March 7 at 3:30 pm.   All kids ages 8 and up are invited to come help.  There will be laptops, markers, crayons, and other materials to inspire creativity.  Kids unable to attend the meetings can drop off original artwork, stories, poems, book recommendations or other contributions  in the Children’s Room, or email to

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 5:04pm

    December was a fun month in the Children’s Room.  We had lots of great activities. 

    The Magic of Science came to the library.  The kids loved participating in the amazing demonstrations.

    See more Magic of Science photos

    The smell of sugar filled the second floor while the kids built gingerbread house with graham crackers, frosting and LOTS of candy.

    See more Kids Gingerbread Houses photos

    Food smells also filled the air during “New Year’s Snackin Eve”.  Kids made fruit kebabs, roll-ups, “hamburger cookies”, and snack mix, followed by a countdown and a toast with a glass of sparkling apple juice.


    Here’s to a great 2012  in the Children’s Room!

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 2:39pm

    Great books can get hidden by terrible covers. Now’s your chance to fix that. We’ll be putting the best covers on teen zone books, so check out the guidelines for entry at and submit your entry (or entries) by April 30.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 10:22am

    At the end of each year, newspapers and children’s review journals publish lists of the best children’s books of the year.  With thousands of children’s books published each year, it’s no surprise that there is not a consensus between the lists as to which the best books of the year are. 

     Here are three nonfiction books that appear on multiple lists.

    Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    by Candace Fleming

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    This engaging biography contains photos, maps, and handwritten notes that make the story of Amelia Earhart come alive. (Grades 4-7)

    Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans
    by Kadir Nelson

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    Narrated by a fictional woman who recounts the history of African Americans from colonial times through the last presidential election by telling personal stories, this beautiful book is illustrated with portraits of famous and forgotten people. (Grades 4 and up).

    Can We Save the Tiger?
    by Martin Jenkins

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    Geared toward younger children, this description of endangered species and the impact that humans have on animals features illustrations of tigers and 27 other species. (Preschool-Grade 2)

  • Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:57pm

    This fall a group of creative kids ages 8 and up have been working on Star Mag, a quarterly magazine made by and for kids.  At our monthly meetings,  participants used markers, crayons, pencils, and latops to create artwork, stories and activities like word searches and puzzles. Click here to read Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room.  Our next meeting will be January 4 at 3:45 pm.   We would love to have more kids join us.  If you have any questions about Star Mag, please contact Barbara Raab either at 978 694-2098 or

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 3:30pm

    So you've read all the teen books you've found on your own, and you're looking for suggestions? Brandy's spent the month updating the Recommended Reading pages on the Teen page. Sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, or realism, there's an updated list for you. (Mystery-lovers, please be patient; we're still working on your update!)

    Also, a reminder: you don't have to be a teen to read teen books--there's plenty that will appeal to adults, too. 

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 3:03pm

    June is a military genius, having aced her exams and graduated early from the academy. Her first assignment: track down the elusive Day, the Republic's most-wanted criminal, the boy responsible for killing June's brother, the only family she had left. Day, in contrast, failed all his exams and has been living on the streets ever since, smuggling his gambling winnings to his brother, the only member of Day's family who knows he's still alive. June wants to avenge her brother's death; Day wants to buy the cure to the plague that's ripping through his family's neighborhood. June is about to find out exactly what the Republic government is capable of--and that's something Day has known all along. 

    The book is LEGEND, by Marie Lu. It comes out November 29, and you can request your copy right here.

  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:06am

    A new crop of books in the Teen Zone: new books in Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series, Sara Shepard's Lying Game series, and Margaret Peterson Haddix's The Missing series, plus new titles from Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater, AS King, Harlan Coben, and more. Check our LibraryThing for all the new titles, and reserve them through our online catalog.

  • Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 4:00pm

    The library would like to determine the best days and times to offer Story Times for children from babies up to the time they enter kindergarten. Please complete the survey to let us know what is best for your family.