Archive for May, 2011

The winners of Penfield Public Library’s 34th Annual Teen Poetry Contest were announced today. The contest, which is sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library, was open to anyone in grades 6-12 who lives in or attends school in Monroe County. This year 122 poems were entered into the sixth grade division; 97 poems were entered into the 7th and 8th grade division; and 81 poems were entered into the senior high division (grades 9-12). Thank you to everyone who entered. There were many outstanding submissions!


“Ignorance is Bliss” by Abby Rockwell, a student at Webster Schroeder High School

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss,
For if you know not,
Then gush you not, for nothing is amiss,
No abundant tears hot.
The absence of knowing
Of  a tragedy
Spares the sowing
Of heartbroken gravity,
Sleepless nights,
Endless worry,
Resulting frights,
And staying up early.
However, if ignorance is happiness,
Why aren’t more people happy in this?


“Black Ink” by Norah Cooper, a student a School of the Arts

Black Ink

Nothing, absolutely nothing,
will ever best the splendor of the human body,
Look at the skyline on its inky canvas.
Your ribs are the hills,
your eyes are newborn stars burning blue,
and your spine is the barely perceivable curvature of the earth.
Your nails are splintering spring ice,
and your skin in the crust of earth on which we wander,
Your body’s crimson waters are more vibrant than any tide.
Yes, relief is not for the living–
engraved in our guts are things lost,
what might have been, like initials on a tree.
Yet no matter how tragic,
there is not anything that will ever be capable
of usurping the wonder of your existence.
Your breath is everything virtuous,
and your smile is change on the horizon.
You are the blackest ink,
the most damned in the world


Congratulations to all the winners of Chili’s Fourth Annual Teen Photo Contest. You can view all the photos here.

12 – 15 year winners

1st place: Searching by Natalia Bradley from Pittsford

1st place: Visions of Africa by Juliana Cole from Spencerport

2nd place: Cinder by Mary Yare from Chili

3rd place: The Responsibility of Being Five by Marleese Patterson from Churchville

16 – 18 years

1st place: Snowbreese by Amelia Schneider from Chili

2nd place: mis fit by Hannah Clark from Greece

3rd place: Red Admiral by Shaina L Steiner from Chili

Seriously. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has an article on their website on how to protect yourself from the zombie apocalypse. …

Seriously, its in case of a catastrophic event. Still, it gets you thinking and planning, doesn’t it?

Here’s some of the ways the CDC says you can protect yourself. And even though I’m pretty sure that there’s no chance the zombies are going to get us, its really better to be safe.

Better Safe than Sorry

Photo: Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Want to see some pics of TBF 2011?

Here’s some to start posted by a fan and her daughter!

Dear 16 year old me

This seems totally appropriate for our wonderful weather. This is not meant to frighten or terrify you, but seriously people. DO NOT go outside without putting on sunscreen and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES go out tanning. Please Please Please. Watch this. This video is about people who were diagnosed or have family who died from Melanoma. We don’t think about this. Yeah, we know not to smoke. Smoking causes cancer. But who thinks about putting on sunscreen when hanging outside? Please think about it now.

You can learn more details about Melanoma here:
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Melanoma can appear on normal skin, or it may begin as a mole or other area that has changed in appearance. Some moles that are present at birth may develop into melanomas.

Interview on Author2Author is here!

Got an Itch in your Nose?

It could be a MAGGOT! YAY! Check out the book the video is based on here on Goodreads.