Archive for April, 2010

Raising 100,000 Voices

This Sunday, at the George Eastman House’s Dryden Theater, teens from all over Monroe County will present 3 minute documentaries on teen issues. It’s part of Raising 100,000 Voices, a program that provides equipment and training to local teens so they can document the “strength and challenges they face as they transition into adulthood”.  Each of the mini-documentaries was written, filmed, & edited by a local teen. Very cool!  In the meantime, you can check out videos from past year’s on their website. The showing on Sunday begins at 2:00, and is free and open to the public.


We got totes!

Brighton Memorial Library now lends tote bags! No fines (unless bags are lost or destroyed!) so check them out. Be green! 🙂

Chili Photo Contest Deadline COMING UP!

Between April 8 and May 8 we will accept submissions of up to two 4”x6” photographs, plus an electronic submission of each. That means you have TEN DAYS left to send me your submissions!

You can get all the information on how to submit plus all the entry forms on the Chili Teen site here.

Any questions? Just ask Cathy at or call 889-2200.

Get Poetry Contest Entries in by Friday- $$Cash Prizes$$

Send your poem to by the end of the day on Friday 4/30/10 to enter Penfield Public Library’s 33rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Anyone who lives in or attends school in Monroe County and is in grades 6-12 can enter. There are three divisions: grade 6, grades 7 & 8, and grades 9-12. The poem can be about anything! One poem submission per person, please. Please email the poem as a Word attachment, and do not put your name on the same page as the poem, as the poems are judged anonymously. Instead, include a cover page with your name, grade, school, home address, and phone number. Type “Poetry Contest” in the subject line of the email. Winners will be announced in mid-May (and winning poems will be posted to this blog!). First place winners get $50, second place gets $35 and third place gets $25. Prize money is donated by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

Looking at poetry in a new way

I found this very cool blog post on 100 Scope Notes. Its called spine label poetry.

What a great challenge this would be! Why not try one and we can put your picture up on the site. I’m going to try and get some of our wonderful librarians to try some beforehand to get things started.

This was created by teens at the Ocoee Middle School in Orange County Florida. You can get the lyrics to the song here.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

So what are you going to do? There’s a ton of great stuff and since its Spring break (for many of you) why not do something right away!

There are a ton of walking/biking paths in Rochester. I found this site, that has a listing of some great places for walking.

Here are some books you can check out that show some options for walking and biking all available at libraries throughout Monroe County.

The Erie Canal. (DVD)
386.48 CRU
Learn about the canal’s mechanical structures; travel on a hire boat; visit charming canalside communities including Lockport, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Waterford and Little Falls; and tour attractions in Syracuse, Rochester, and, of course, Albany and Buffalo. Whether traveling by boat, car, bicycle, or simply walking on canalside trails, the Erie is one of America’s great waterways.

Take your bike : family rides in the Rochester area
by Rich and Sue Freeman
796.64 F855t

Best easy day hikes Rochester, New York
by Randi Minetor
917.4789 MIN

Walking along the Erie Canal is pretty cool. There are also some neat nature centers in Rochester.

Don’t want to go for a walk? Why not help your family (or a friend’s family) plant flowers or trees. Don’t want to plant? Why not weed! Even that doesn’t interest you? How about picking up the trash in your area. Okay, so that might be gross, but it will look SO much better

What will you do?

Cute little friends that you can make!

Recently I celebrated my birthday (this would be Cathy at the Chili Library) and someone must have known that I love to crochet, because I got a really cool crocheting book called
Amigurumi Two!: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too by Ana Paula Rimoli.Unfortunately, none of the libraries owns it. Ever the librarian, I had to see what amigurumi books were in Monroe County and look at what cute little gems I found!

Amigurumi animals : 15 patterns and dozens of techniques for creating cute crochet creatures
by Annie Obaachan
746.437 OBA

Amigurumi world : seriously cute crochet
by Ana Paula Rimoli
746.434 RIM

Tiny yarn animals : amigurumi friends to make and enjoy
by Tamie Snow
745.592 SNO

Kyuuto! Japanese crafts. Amigurumi
by Tomoko Takamori
746.434 TAK

Amigurumi! : super happy crochet cute
by Elisabeth A. Doherty
746.434 DOH

Fun Earth Day Activity Thursday- Scrap Art!

This workshop is going to be a blast. The “Scrap Art Lady” brings A TON of stuff into our meeting room (all odds and ends and recycled materials) and participants can just grab what they want and get creative. She said she will be bringing some things that could make cool picture frames, jewelry, and just sculptural arty stuff. So sign up and show up this Thursday, April 22 at 2:00 at the Penfield Public Library! Sign up by calling 340-8720 or go to and click onto “Program Sign-up.”

Some new YA book reviews by me

by C. J. Omololu

Lucy lives in a junk-filled house with her hoarding mother, but when Lucy has a chance for some normal teen happiness, she goes to even greater lengths to hide the truth about her home. This book offered a not-talked-about psychological issue that made it hard to put down. I really enjoyed the story, completely felt for the main character, and wondered about her future when I reached the end. The whole story takes place in 24 hours yet feels more than complete. Very well done YA.

by Jo Whittemore

Delilah wants her articles to grace the front page of her school newspaper, but when a French exchange student threatens her position and dates her crush, Delilah is forced to pledge The Debutants to get even…and get what she wants. I liked how the cliques didn’t follow cliched rules, the MC was smart and not perfect, and the story and friendships flowed. Nice tween novel.

by Rhonda Stapleton

Felicity continues her job as a Cupid and accidentally hooks up the whole school with her crush and works through her bff’s first bf drama for which Felicity is to blame. I laughed out loud at some lines in this novel like I did in the first of the trilogy (references to butt bows). It followed well and showcased an MC with flaws, personality, and a sense or humor. Despite the fantastical cupid job the MC has, the story, characters, and relationships still feel like how I remember high school. The surprise ending was a nice twist and I will definitely read the third installment of this chick lit YA series.