Archive for October, 2010

College Prep Series at Penfield Public Library

These programs take place in November. They are all presented by Kaplan and are FREE! You don’t have to be a Penfield resident to attend but you do have to sign up by calling (585) 340-8720 or by going to and selecting “Program Sign-Up.”


Monday, November 1


Grades 10-12, parents may attend.

This seminar is designed to help students discover the ins and outs of college admissions. Parents and students will learn what admissions officers want to see in college applicants and will receive tips for college success. REGISTRATION is required.


Monday, November 8


Grades 10-12, parents may attend.

This seminar is designed to show students and parents the key elements that make a personal statement noticeable to college admissions officers. It will examine the types of essay topics students will encounter, cover the four steps to a winning essay, and critique a sample essay. REGISTRATION is required.


Thursday, November 11


Grades 10-12

Participants will take a full Length Practice SAT to see how they would score on the actual test. Each student will receive a full score report including a breakdown of the test by section and personalized feedback based on their test scores. Bring a number 2 pencil and a calculator. Snacks and drinks are permitted as well. REGISTRATION is required.


Monday, November 15


Grades 10-12, parents may attend.

This seminar can be used as a stand-alone event or as a follow-up to the SAT practice test. The event will cover the format and content of the test, walk through various question types (directly from the practice test) using key Kaplan strategies, and give students and parents a basic study plan for success. REGISTRATION is required and begins November 1.


Monday, November 22


Grades 10-12, parents may attend.

Kaplan will provide advice from experts to help students score higher, including how to recognize what the essay graders want and inside strategies on writing high-scoring essays. REGISTRATION is required and begins November 8.


What kind of candy are you hoping for?

There are way more than the ones that I listed, but my mind started going into sugar overload thinking of it all.
My favorite candies of all time are peanut butter cups and peppermint patties. Chocolate and peanut butter? What could be better than that? 🙂

Zombies vs. Unicorns! Choose Your Side!

It’s a question I’ve often pondered in my quieter moments. And I’m not afraid to go on record with my choice. Folks, I am Team Unicorn! The awesome power of unicorns and rainbows will always beat zombies and death. Go unicorns!!! If you’re unsure of your choice, now is your chance to explore the question deeper with the new book Zombies vs. Unicorns. It’s edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier – with stories by Garth Nix, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Naomi Novik, Carrie Ryan, Margo Lanagan, Maureen Johnson, Diana Peterfreund, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Kathleen Duey, and Libba Bray!! Does it get any more awesome?

Teens’ Top Ten

For the past few weeks, teens all over the country have been voting for their favorites in the Teens’ Top Ten, a list of the best teen books of the past year. Well, the results are in. #1 was a personal favorite of mine from last year. In fact, I went to NYC in June to get an advance copy 2 months before the release date. Loved every page! Here are your Teens’ Top Ten. What do you think? Did your favorites make the cut?

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – Still pursuing a cure for her mother’s enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family’s past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter – A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen – When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

9. Fire by Kristin Cashore – In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.


Anyone in grades 6-12: Get ready for Hallow-Teen Psych Night III @ Brighton Memorial Library on Thurs, October 28 at 7PM! 

There will be two psychics doing free readings, a palm-reader telling fortunes, treats, a Ouija Board…..

Come in costume for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card!

Good times!

What kinds of pets are best?

We need to create videos like this…

And we can post them all up on our site!

I found this: Write It, Film It Video Contest

This video won gold:

The Three Modern Little Bears (Animation) by Jenny B.

and this won silver:

To Catch a Thief (Superhero Action) by Ryan C. & Kishan P.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure

Check this out on the Library of Congress’s READ site!

About the Exquisite Corpse Adventure

Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? It’s not what you might think. An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.

Our “Exquisite Corpse Adventure” works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has written the first episode, which is “pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!” He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.

Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.

What’s your favorite Horror?

poor poor poor Snape. So what’s your favorite scary movie?

Okay, so I don’t see the connection between Snape’s sad diary entries and scary movies either, but hey! Potter Pals are fun! Hmm… my favorite scary movie. One of my favorites recently has been:

Rated R for violent content and language.
It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth’s last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon. Deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission begins to unravel and they find themselves fighting not only for their lives, but for the future of us all.
(I really really like the soundtrack)

Technically, this is a “science fiction” movie and not a horror, although there are some pretty gruesome things that happen in it. So I also like this movie:

I Sell the Dead
This is “not rated” but its definitely R rated, and not for the squeamish.
It was a time of ghouls and most ghastly of all, the fine art of grave-robbing. Arthur Blake is a 19th century corpse snatcher, who pilfered the cemeteries and coffins of England until his capture by police. But just before Blake is to meet the hangman’s noose, he will confess to a peculiar priest his gruesome tale of vampires, zombies, and cadaver-dealing that takes him from the savagery of the criminal underworld to the terrors of the undead.

Now for costumes…

What are you going to be for halloween (if you celebrate)?

I haven’t decided yet, but zombies are awfully fun. Of course I have little kids at home, so I might need to wait until they’re a little older or I might traumatize them for life.