Category: Books

Author Linda Sue Park will be visiting libraries throughout the area during Teen Read Week™ to celebrate the Second Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read. Linda Sue will speak with teens about her newest award winning book, A Long Walk to Water. Join Linda Sue on tour: a kickoff at Teen Central at Rochester Public Library, Monday, 10/17, 3:30pm-5:30pm; a westside stop at Seymour Memorial Library in Brockport, Wednesday, 10/19, 6:30pm-8:00pm; an eastside stop at Penfield Public Library, Thursday, 10/20, 7:00pm-8:30pm; and several visits to schools throughout the Greater Rochester area.
The entire Greater Rochester community is encouraged to read A Long Walk to Water together. A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. Based on the true story of Salva Dut, who later came to Rochester, A Long Walk to Water is powerful and inspirational and will have readers of all ages eager to talk with Linda Sue about the book and Salva’s organization, Water for Sudan. For more information about Linda Sue Park visit her website and for more information about Salva Dut and Water for Sudan visit the Water for Sudan site. Copies of A Long Walk to Water are available at all libraries in Monroe County Library System.

For more information about The Greater Rochester Teen Read, an annual all community read begun by teen services librarians in Monroe County, please Contact Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Services Librarian, at 223-9091, or by email at This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Fairport Public Library. Teen Read Week™ is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association.


Banned Books Week

I don’t know about your library, but in Chili, I was totally behind the times and I completely dropped the ball on this one. Banned Books Week is concluding tomorrow. Bummer. It runs September 24−October 1. If you haven’t talked about banned books in your English class, I would take a look at the American Library Association’s website of Banned/Challenged classics. Its quite fascinating. You can also check out banned books by year. Have you read any challenged books recently?

Ray Bradbury turned 91 last Monday.  The writer who says he was “raised in libraries” wrote a work of genius warning of a future in which books are so dangerous that they are  burned. Where did he write it? In a library, of course, at UCLA, working on a rented typewriter.”  (LA Times 8/25/11)

Reading this, I think that I received my first library card when I was five.  Ms. Borrie, the librarian, had to see that I could write my name.  She and the other librarians at the Highland Branch put up with my sisters and I going to the library daily for years and years. They gave us book recommendations, friendly smiles and wonderful programs. They encouraged and helped my sisters when we were in search of what to do with our lives. Two of us eventually became pages (shelving books) in high school and then clerks (checking out books) while we were in college. They were an integral part in helping us chose our careers. Librarians! I’m a teen librarian and my sister is an adult librarian. My youngest sister must have read books that were a lot more impressive than the ones her big sisters read because later in September she will be presenting her dissertation to her peers so that she can finally have her PhD in experimental Nuclear Physics. That’s right. Without libraries (and our parents) I don’t think that we could have ever gotten as far as we did.

Now it your turn! How about you guys?  Anyone feel like they’ve “raised in the library?” Anyone want to be raised in the library? What do you think your librarian should do that would help you and guide you along your way?

Diversify Your Reading this Summer!

Teen readers! Go to the Diversity in YA website to learn how you can enter to win a ton of new books!
From the website:
Readers and Book Bloggers: We invite readers and book bloggers to read diverse MG and YA books throughout the summer (you choose the books!) and write an essay (at least 500 words) about your experience. You can post it on your website, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, or on Facebook; we only ask that your post be publicly readable.

What to read: You can read whichever diverse books you like! By diverse we mean: (1) main characters or major secondary characters (e.g., a love interest or best friend kind of character) who are of color or are LGBT; or (2) written by a person of color or LGBT author. If you need some suggestions, check out our monthly lists of new books, and these book lists at Black Teens Read.

Judging: Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo will select one grand prize winner in each category, and that winner will receive a giant collection of fabulous MG and YA books. In addition, our favorite blog posts may be posted on later this year.

Prizes: Many major publishers have generously donated books to serve as prizes for our challenge. You can check out the preliminary list of prizes here, and we will update the page as more donations come in.

Fine Print: This challenge is open to US libraries only, and prizes can only be sent to a US mailing address

Deadline to enter is 9/1/11.
Happy Reading!

To celebrate the anticipation of the release of the final movie in the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part II the Henrietta Public Library is excited to welcome four Wizard Rock bands including  Whomping Willow for a summer concert to be held on Friday, July 1 from 6:00-8:30pm.  Come and Rock Out with fellow HP fans!!!  No registration required.

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.

You’ve got to watch this!


Jack D Ferraiolo (author of Big Splash and Sidekicks) has a new blog and he created a delightful video! YOU MUST WATCH IT NOW!

Brian Jacques

I just found out that Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series, passed away on February 5th. There’s a ton of information about Mr. Jacques as well as a complete listing of all his books on his website.

You can get a complete list of his books available in Monroe County here.

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?