Archive for June, 2010

What are you going to read?

This summer for school? Many of you will have required reading to do over the summer, but a lot of schools are making your required reading very flexible.

Here’s a list of all the school district book lists.

What kinds of books do you like to read? Are there any books on your list you can’t wait to read? Let us know!



Okay, maybe it is a little creepy, but when I used a shovel to open up a bag of soil for my garden the other day it made me think of lopping the heads off zombies.  Why you may ask?

A character in the book Dead Tossed Waves has the job of  decapitating water-logged zombies as they wash ashore in order to defend her village.  I couldn’t help but make the connection!  So… if you like zombies (and who doesn’t?) you might like Carrie Ryan’s books-the first one in the series is The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

So, go ahead, Make Waves at Your Library-but make sure you get the zombies that wash up onto shore!

It’s your turn to vote for your favorite photo!

Check out the Flickr photos contest set. Each photo is numbered and there are two pages of photos.

All you need to do is send me an email at with the heading “Viewer’s Choice Award”. The body just needs to contain the number.

Easy Peasy!

Make Waves Beach Party!

You are invited to a Teen Beach Party on Wednesday, June 30 from 7-8:30 pm at Penfield Public Library! Partygoers will be greeted with leis and gold coins. Spend your gold at the Make Waves Beach Cafe and Store on some tropical drinks and souvenirs. Get a henna tattoo from our mehndi artist. Try coconut bowling and some other beach games to win more gold. Make a beautiful shell photo frame. All this is brought to you for free (paid for by the Friends of PPL). Pre-registration is required, so call Penfield Library at 340-8720 or go to and click onto “Program Sign-Up.”  Hope to see you there!

Get Crafty at the Maplewood Branch

Drop-in Craft: Teens
Wednesday, July 14, 2010; 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Drop-in craft for teens: make waves at your library!
For more information check out the Maplewood Branch’s library here.

Where were you?

Where were you when the earthquake hit? Did you feel the earth move? I didn’t feel a thing, but other people said they did. Tell us what your experience was like!

Summer Reading Competition: Chili VS Gates!

Summer Splash-Off the Chili Public Library against the Gates Public Library
For teens between 11-18 years old

This summer the Chili Public Library teens will be competing against the Gates Public Library teens to see who can read the most books!

Between June 28th and August 6th read as many books as you can! For each book you read, you will be entered into our weekly drawings. We will also be keeping track of total numbers of books each library reads.

At the end of the competition the winning library will have a trophy to display.

Go to our summer reading blog or come into the library for more information.

Mini Competitions

Weeks One and Two
The first contest is a photo contest. Photos should be water related and cannot contain people’s faces. Upload your photos to the blog, or bring them in for us to upload for you. Photos need to be submitted by July 9. Once photos are all submitted, vote on your favorite one the and person whose photo gets the most votes will get a prize!!

Weeks Three and Four
The second contest is an artwork contest. Artwork must be in a format that can be scanned or, for 3-D artwork, a photo can be taken of it and uploaded. Upload the art image yourself or bring the image in for us to upload for you. Artwork needs to be submitted no later than July 23. Once all the artwork is submitted, the voting can begin. Again, there will be a prize awarded to the person whose artwork receives the most votes.

Weeks Five and Six
The final contest is a poetry contest. You can upload poetry to the blog, send us an email with your poem or bring in your flash drive or floppy and we can load them for you. And, you guessed it, poems should be water related. Poems must be submitted by August 6. Once all the poems are up, voting can take place. The person whose poem receives the most votes will win a prize.

Today we can officially begin enjoying summer

This morning was the summer solstice, officially beginning summer for us.

Here’s an article from the Washington Post about how some people celebrate the Summer Solstice.

The Associated Press
Monday, June 21, 2010; 6:22 AM

SALISBURY, England — The first day of summer is here. The summer solstice was began as thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight Monday as a bright early morning sun rose above the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice.

About 20,000 people crowded the prehistoric site on Salisbury Plain, southern England, to see the sunrise at 4:52 A.M. (1152EST), following an annual all-night party.

The event typically draws thousands of alternative-minded revelers to the monument, as they wait for dawn at the Heel Stone, a pockmarked pillar just outside the circle proper, which aligns with the rising sun.

Unlike previous recent years, when the sunrise has been obscured by cloud – the bright sun bathed the monument in orange and gold on Monday.

“One time in maybe 10 we get a decent sunrise, and that was a good one,” said Simon Banton, a 45-year-old education volunteer for English Heritage, the body that manages the site.

As the sun rose, a woman climbed a rock in the circle center and blew a horn, welcoming in the longest day of the year north of the equator. Drums, tambourines, and cheers reverberated in the background.

“It means a lot to us … being British and following our pagan roots,” said Victoria Campbell, who watched on, wearing a pair of white angel’s wings and had a mass of multicolored flowers in her hair. The 29-year-old Londoner, who works in the finance industry, also said that “getting away from the city” was a major draw.

“It is stunning,” said Stewart Dyer, a 43-year-old National Health Service worker and dancer on his first trip to the solstice celebration. “To actually be able to dance amongst the stones, to be able to touch the stones, to be that close to such an ancient monument is unbelievable.”

The annual celebrations at Stonehenge, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of the capital, are a modern twist on solstice celebrations which were once a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar. They survive today largely in the form of bonfires, maypole dances and courtship rituals.

Andy Barrett, a 62-year-old restaurant owner from Kent, said he has been coming to solstice celebrations at Stonehenge for decades.

“It’s amazing. The wonderful thing is all these people experiencing it and wondering what this was all for trying to work out in their own minds – what was it all?” he said.

Stonehenge’s origins remain a mystery, but theories suggest the grounds were part of a huge astronomical calendar. Others say an ancient sun worshipping culture aligned the structure with the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset. The site was used as a cremation cemetery since its inception, archaeologists say, but it is unclear if that was its main function.

“The truthful answer is we don’t know exactly what it was for,” said Amanda Chadburn, an archaeologist with English Heritage, which manages the site.

Whatever its origins, the construction of Stonehenge – built with massive stones drawn from up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) away – gives insight into an ancient culture, Chadburn said.

The World Heritage site was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 850,000 visitors a year. The solstice is one of the few times access is granted inside the stone circle, which has been roped off since 1978, following years of erosion and vandalism.

Stonehenge was closed during the solstice after clashes between police and revelers in 1985. English Heritage reopened it to midsummer celebrations in 2000, and the event has remained largely peaceful.

Police said Monday they had made 34 arrests, the majority for drug possession, and reported no serious problems.

To learn more online about the Summer Solstice, check this out.
To learn more online about Stonehenge, check this out.
Also check out the Nonfiction sections of your library in 394 and 508

Don’t forget!

Father’s Day is on Sunday! Even if your present is promising not to scream at your younger brother/sister, I’m sure that too would be super appreciated.

Any ideas of what you’re going to do?

Rock out at the Henrietta Library

Saturday, July 31 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
“The Butterbeer Experience” will headline.
Ages 10 and up.  No registration required.
Refreshments will be served.
Find more info at the Henrietta site.