Archive for February, 2011

DKI Acting Academy is teaming up with Penfield Public Library to produce a humorous short play based on Vivian Vande Velde’s “Cloaked in Red,” a spoof of Little Red Riding Hood. We are looking for 6th-12th graders to participate. Participants will come to 4 workshops on Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 4:00-5:30 pm. Everyone will get a role to play! The performance, open to the community, will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 3:00 pm. Participants must be able to attend a rehearsal on the day of the performance beginning at 12:30 pm. Interested? Contact Penfield Public Library at 340-8720 or go to and select “Program Sign-up.” This program is sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.


Humorous Suggestions?

Readers! Help us out!

In the days of dark, vampiric/wolvian/gothic/dead mother-sister-bff-bf novels, what are some FUNNY novels? Ones that really make you laugh out loud? Kelley, my intern here at BML, and I really want to know. (And yeah, reading the sad books during grey February does not help my disposition. :))

I still laugh thinking about some of the dialog in AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway. I also chuckled at the characters’ situations in MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer.

Got any more to add to the list?

In honor of President’s Day

Many of the libraries in Monroe County will be closed. To check if your library is one of them why not give us a call? Here are all of the libraries’ hours.

If your library is closed, watch this video for while you wait. In this video you can learn all the presidents (through Bill Clinton) as sung by the Animaniacs!

Like audiobooks? Don’t like them? Take the audiobook poll!

What’s your eBook personality?

I’ve got a new way to learn!

A friend of mine showed me this website. Its a new way of learning things. They call it “Challenge Based Learning“. It teaches you to use technology and real life experiences to enhance the learning experience.

“Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with other students, their teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to develop deeper knowledge of the subjects students are studying, accept and solve challenges, take action, share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues.”

It looks very cool. I wish we could do stuff like this when I was in high school. I think I would retain a lot more of the information I was supposed to be learning if I could apply it to the real world and how it affected me and my community.


Looking for a good mystery?

Do you enjoy mysteries? If so, you might want to check out this year’s teen Edgar nominees. The Edgar Awards are given out each year by the Mystery Writers of America. There is a section specifically for teen books. Yay!! Here are this year’s nominees. The awards will be presented April 28th.

The River, Mary Jane Beaufrand
Teenager Ronnie’s life is transformed by the murder of a ten-year-old neighbor for whom she babysat, and who had helped Ronnie adjust to living at a country inn on the banks of the Santiam River in Hoodoo, Oregon.


Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.


7 Souls, Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando
Inexplicable things have been happening to Manhattan socialite Mary since she awoke on her seventeenth birthday, and by the end of the day she has been killed, inhabited the bodies of seven people close to her, and faced some ugly truths about herself.


The Interrogation of Gabriel James, Charlie Price
As an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks.



Dust City, Robert Paul Weston
Henry Whelp, son of the Big Bad Wolf, investigates what happened to the fairies that used to protect humans and animalia, and what role the corporation that manufactures synthetic fairy dust played in his father’s crime.

We need your help!

Help decide who our winners are! The month of January we posted pictures up at the Chili Library, on our Facebook page and in our teen blog and people had the opportunity to post interesting captions relating to the photo. Now we need to vote for the winners and I need your help! Here’s the form to fill out to vote.

And here are the photos! Click on the photo to see the bigger picture. 🙂

Week 1: Tea at the Library

Week 2: Story Time at the Library

Week 3: Book Drop at the Library

Week 4: Socks at the Library