Archive for December, 2010


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“Around the World” was the theme of our first Ultimate Gingerbread Challenge held on December 23. Five teams chose building supplies and embellishments from a dizzying array of candies and raced to make the best structure. Ultimately team “Candy Lovers 101” took first place for their sweet interpretation of the Parthenon. Other teams created the Eiffel Tower, the North Pole, a yurt, and Notre Dame Cathedral (which suddenly collapsed but was quickly re-fashioned into a leaning tower). The winning team received gift certificates to Candy Nation. The event was for students in grades 6-12 and was sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.


Want to learn how to be published?

Check out picture book author Verla’s Kay’s Message Board. Published authors of pic books, middle-grade novels, and young adult novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction for kids, contribute to this site. There’s even a special area for teens! You can learn a ton about the business and craft of kidlit here.

See the winners of BML’s Go Postal! Art Contest!

Congrats to our winners! Reception is this Thursday, Dec. 16 @ 7 PM.
Click here for link to winners’ artwork.

Already sick of the snow?

I know. I know. I shouldn’t be such a baby. This is what happens when you live in the north. I could move south and live with bugs the size of small dogs. I guess I’ll take snow… although sometimes I’m not so sure. Plus I hate all the really oppressive moist heat. Gosh! I’m such a baby! Anyway, here are a couple of books that take place in summer. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a single one, but I may have to in order to ignore all the cold and snow.

Cathy at Chili

Frozen rodeo
by Catherine Clark

High-school junior Peggy Fleming Farrell finds herself without a car, working at the Gas ‘n Git, and fantasizing about a boyfriend during the hot summer her distracted parents are expecting yet another baby to join their ice-skating family.

The Juliet club
by Suzanne Harper

When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.

How to steal a car
by Pete Hautman

Fifteen-year-old, suburban high school student Kelleigh, who has her learner’s permit, recounts how she began stealing cars one summer, for reasons that seem unclear even to her.

Love, Cajun style
by Diane Les Becquets

Teenage Lucy learns about life and love with the help of her friends and saucy Tante Pearl over the course of one hot Louisiana summer before her senior year of high school.

by David Lubar

While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend’s serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.

by Amanda Marrone

Rising high school senior Megan has been haunted by her twin for ten years, but now Remy is trying to warn her about terrible danger surrounding Megan’s summer job at an amusement park called the Land of Enchantment.

Peace, love, & baby ducks
by Lauren Myracle

Fifteen-year-old Carly’s summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.

Cruel summer
by Alyson Noël

Ditching her best friend to become a member of the popular clique in high school, Colby’s priorities change after spending the summer on a Greek island and sharing an intense relationship with a local boy. Told through letters and journal entries.

by Charles R. Smith, Jr

The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.

Maze Runner – The Movie

So, another popular teen book may be on its way to the theater. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, looks to be one of the latest projects of Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first Twilight film. This is still early, so who know if it will work out. If you haven’t read the book, it’s about a group of boys trapped in the Glade, a horrible maze-like world. The story focuses on Thomas, the newest boy to enter the Glade with no memory of his life before and no idea how he got there. Each day, Runners are sent out into the maze to try to figure a way out. But the walls keep moving, and there are killing machines inside the maze. It’s a page turner, and the sequel, The Scorch Trials, was just released in October.

Register for TWEEN ESTEEM at BML

Brighton Memorial Library has slots left for TWEEN ESTEEM! Open to ages 9-13 — but older teens will not be turned away. Call 784-5300 or email me (Librarian Deena) at

Tween Esteem
Sunday, December 19 @ 1:15 PM
With inspiring world beat music, participants will be introduced to the mind-body connection utilizing movement activities which promote a healthy body image, encourage lifelong fitness ideals, and emphasize stress reduction techniques. Taught by Joy Kinetics founder Susan Dobroski. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants ages 9-13. Sponsored by the Friends of BML.