Thursday, November 13, 2014

A $500 Prize, wow!

I'm so excited to tell you about how one of our great Teen patrons won $500 for the Library! Read on...
In honor of YALSA’s Teen Read Week™, held every October, author Donna Labermeier sponsored a contest for 6th – 12th graders to win money for themselves and their Library. Marlborough resident Sophie Caplan, age 13, entered the contest and won third prize in her category! The contest had something for every talent and interest – whether you liked acting, writing, public speaking, art, film‐making, music and more. Sophie made a book trailer based on the author’s first book, The Healers. Here is a link to her video on YouTube: 
YouTube Book Trailer

In addition to winning $500 for herself, Sophie won $500 for the Richmond Library. The Library also received the second book in the author’s Healers Trilogy. The money will be put toward Teen materials and/or programs. Thanks to Sophie for being so creative and for thinking of us! 

More on the Healers book:
"They live in separate countries and don't know each other, but three teenage heroes share an astounding destiny: they were born to heal the world...They are “The Healers”.
With the guidance of an old master named Agostino, the three teenagers embark on separate missions around the globe to vanquish the planet's darkest forces. Koemi saves people from self‐destruction. Harata thwarts would‐be terrorists. Eleanor helps others grow their natural psychic abilities. Individually, The Healers are powerful agents of good. Working together as a group, who knows what unimaginable energy might be unleashed?!
The question is, what drives the villainous Venceslao, who is on a mission to capture the three Healers and others like them, then harness their talents for his own malevolent purposes? It will be up to The Healers to find a way to stop this deadly adversary in time to save all of humankind from utter annihilation."

From the author:
In Donna's own words, she says, "I sincerely hope that my readers will come away from these books with the realization that they have more power than they ever dreamed possible.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's a Wrap!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Teen Summer Reading Program! We had our largest number of registrants ever!
Special thanks to those of you who played some of our 'games'!

Here is a list of the WINNERS from the weekly drawings, as well as names of participants who earned the most 'raffle entries' and who didn't win a weekly prize - you can stop in and choose a runner-up prize or book from our Teen cart!

Weekly Winners
Week #1: Kylie D. (Starbucks gift card)
Week #2: Kara G. (3 Fellas Pizza gift cert.)
Week #3: Kaitlin N. (Jessica's Garden gift cert.)
Week #4: Adam W. (Colchester Cinemas gift cert.)
Week #5: Erin M. (Barnes & Noble gift card)

Grand Prize Winner: Anya V. (Amazon gift card)

Runner-Up Winners (book or prize from Teen Cart)
Khalia C.
Ryan D.
Natalie D.
Dante M.
Mary Grace O.
Maeve O.
Alexis P.
Reagan F.
Caitlyn L.
Isaiah V.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Games Update & Doodle Program

This is the last call for anyone interested in the Doodle Art program on Monday - if we don't get enough teens to sign up, we will have to cancel the program!!! So please call by Saturday!

Scientific Scavenger Hunt - 2 chances still available for our last clue post. Here it is:
Scientific Scavenger Hunt #3: 
Marlborough is home to a rather large, 83-acre oligotrophic mass with
low nutrient concentrations and low plant growth.
Go find it and take a selfie with it! Then stop in RML for a prize book and extra raffle entries.

Clue for Week #5:
With 'Science' being the theme of the Summer, staff members Nancy M., Sandy, Aubrey and Christine were in charge of planning a great science program for the Library kids. They got together one night after hours here at RML to plan and make sure their experiments would work. After closing themselves in the storytime room to prevent any weird smells from getting into the rest of the Library, they started experimenting. After testing out their 'Fizz, Boom, Pop' reactions, they realized how late the time was. They quickly threw the chemicals and mixtures into the sink for cleanup, forgetting that you should never mix sodium hypochlorite and acetic acid together. Ever. Or your Fizz and Boom could cause your lungs to go 'Pop'!
What 2 common household products did they accidentally mix?

This is the last 'Posionous Things' clue - bring in your orange sheet with all 5 correct answers to earn 5 extra raffle entires in our weekly drawings!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Doodle Art & Games Update!

You asked for it so here it is! Staff member Heidi (the doodle art queen) is back with a Doodle Art program just for teens! She'll introduce you to doodling in magazines, and finding 'new' poetry in old books! 
Monday, July 28 at 1pm. Registration required, ages 12 & up.

Games Update:
Scientific Scavenger Hunt #3: 
Marlborough is home to a rather large, 83-acre oligotrophic mass with
low nutrient concentrations and low plant growth.
Go find it and take a selfie with it! Then stop in RML for a prize book and extra raffle entries.


Clue for Week #4:
Director Nancy Wood is a cyclist. Having recently organized RML's 90th Anniversary Bike Ride, she was looking for a relaxing ride through the wooded areas surrounding her home. Having recently been reading (she IS the Library Director ya know) a field guide to mushrooms, she decided to take a roadside water break and go in search of some to add to her dinner. She spent more time than she wanted to wandering around, and realized it was getting late and her doggies at home would be very hungry.
Just then, she spotted the white caps of what she thought was Agaricus campestris, commonly known in North America as the meadow mushroom. It is a widely eaten gilled mushroom closely related to the cultivated button mushroom known as Agaricus bisporus
But in her haste to get home, she grabbed another variety of mushroom that is not one you would want in your dinner. She actually cooked up Amanita bisporigera, of one of the most deadly poisonous mushrooms known to mycologists.
It's amatoxins cause gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain) after five to twelve hours. However, symptoms usually remit after that, and one might assume that the worst has passed without going to the hospital. By the time the symptoms get worse again, after a day or two, it's usually too late for the victim.
Luckily for Nancy, her doggies knew something was wrong when they smelled dinner cooking. Lizzie was just glad she wouldn't have to eat it, but Ruggles was smart enough to know to call 911, as Nancy had taught him.
What is Amanita bisporigera also known as?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teen Program This Thursday!

This Thursday at 5pm we have a fun program for Teens ~ Kitchen Science! Join Ms Patty as she takes over the Senior Center kitchen to experiment with food and science! (She may even blow something up.)

Call us at 295-6210 to register, or go to our website at and find the pink 'register now' button. Ages 12 & up.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Poisonous Things Week #3 & Games Update!

 Be sure to check out our Scientific Scavenger Hunt game! We haven't had anyone find the Week #2 answer and bring in a picture of themselves with the item. You get a free teen book and more entries in our weekly prize drawing!

Weekly Prize drawing #1 Winner: KYLIE D. She wins a Starbucks gift card!

Clue for Week #3:
Staff member Mike went away on vacation to Cape Cod. He and all his buddies thought it would be a great idea to have a bonfire on the beach after a long day of sun, sand, and swimming. Being city boys not from the Cape, they weren't that knowledgeable in building fires, having learned the little they knew from teen beach movies. Unfortunately for them, they thought some nearby plants, growing as a low shrub, would make a great addition to the bonfire, along with some driftwood. Little did they know that the plant leaves would emit something called urushiol, which when it attaches itself to the skin would cause itching, swelling, rashes, and oozing blisters. And they had breathed it in all night.
It wasn't a pretty sight. Mike was last seen being carried off on a stretcher to the Cape Cod Medical Center, yelling (in a garbled voice due to all the blisters in his esophagus), "But I wasn't finished roasting my hot dog!!!". Not a fun way to end a vacation. 
What was the poisonous thing they breathed in?


(You can find the game sheet on the GAMES page on this blog)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scientific Scavenger Hunt #2

Your clue is:

Asclepias syriaca

Habitat loss due to development and the widespread use of chemicals on crops and roadsides has seriously reduced the number of these critical plants, with negative consequences for butterflies.
Why? Monarch butterfly offspring, emerging as caterpillars, must eat the leaves of only this plant to reach the next stage of growth.


Your mission: go find this species and take a 'selfie' with it. Bring it to RML and earn a free YA book as well as 3 raffle entries in the Summer Reading Program.
(If you need more help, shoot me an email at for another clue)