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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.


Let’s Visit Maplewood Branch!

Things are blooming at the Maplewood Branch! Let’s see what it is.
Here’s how you can get there.
And here’s when you’ll be able to get in there!

Plus check out this awesome grant that Maplewood is trying to get to help immigrants in their area. VOTE NOW!

Look at the bee-U-tiful flowers! What a great way to start our trip.

Thank goodness for you Monty Monkey! He’s going to show us how to get where we need to be.

Always a group favorite, the comic books!

Monty wanted to make sure everyone got some exercise before leaving.

Fhew! That was a workout!

Manga Drawing at Penfield Public Library

Artist Kevin Serwacki came to PPL last night to teach a

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class on manga drawing! Check out these pics!

Batty flew ahead to find out where the teen section was, but while we wait, why don’t you find your way here too?
Here’s how you can get there.
Here’s their hours and programs.

Batty! You found the teen section! Good for you!

These guys are a hoot. They didn’t have any trouble finding a book about one of their famous cousins.

Hey! Who pinned you poor guys to the wall? That wasn’t very nice of them! Oh you had something that they wanted? Well I can think of some better ways to get what you want.

Ah ha! So that’s what you guys wanted! Well, I guess I can’t blame you too much. I loved that book too.

What are you doing up there all by yourself? They want to play hide and go seek? Do you think its a good idea to run around and play games in the library? Oh the librarian let you, just this once? hmmm… I’m not so sure about that.

Guys, I don’t know if its a very good hide and seek game if you hide in the same place!

That game really tired you out, didn’t it? Oh, well don’t worry about it. Almost time to go anyway. Just rest a little here.

Not when the sign told them how to get there!
Here’s how you can get there.
And here’s when you’ll be able to get in there!

So this was why they didn’t have a hard time getting to the teen area. Here it is!

Even here they had to get up to no good. I think someone needs to teach them how to behave in a library! Are you supposed to climb up the bookshelves?

I think they need a time out.

Unfortunately, by the time they got out of time out, it was time to wait for the box to pick them up.

Welcome to Lincoln

Owly would like to introduce you to the Lincoln Branch, where he’s awfully fond of curling up with a good book and one of his many friends.
Here we are on the map.
And here’s when you can come and visit us.

Here’s a shot of my friend and I showing all the mascots our magazines. I like to perch here when I’m not interested in reading a long book. (Which isn’t very often).

Here my new friends can get a “bird’s eye view” of the whole library! They approve very much.

More antics at Irondequoit

They next traveled to the Evans Branch of the Irondequoit library. The librarians tried to calm them down, but the excitement of the summer was just too much.
Here we are on the map.
And here you can find our hours and much more.

So as soon as these little troublemakers got out of their traveling box, they found an even more exciting box to get into. Summer Reading prizes! Yay!

Tomo Picatso knew better than to be naughty, at least at his own library he would behave. 🙂 That’s why he decided to read a story to one of his friends.

The rest of the group decided that it would be very educational to watch the vlogbrothers before they had to leave.

As usual, it was important to rest before their next trip.

Some of the mascots got a little too excited at the McGraw Library in East Irondequoit. But before we get to that, Maxi McGraw would like to give you a couple of handy details.
Here we are on the map.
Here’s when we’re open and a couple more details about the library.

Anyway, onto why things are batty at McGraw. Apparently Maxi’s friend Batty from Brighton took one look at the library and immediately took flight.

Some of his friends got on top of the shelves to get him down, but he liked it where he was so while they were there, they checked out the books.

Other friends couldn’t be bothered with him so they played games instead.

Maxi watched on, amused by his friends antics.

Finally, pooped out, everyone sat and waited for their next destination.

Hey there Zero, the Lion hero of the Sully Branch! Are you going to introduce us and your new friends to your library?
Here we are on the map.
Here’s when you can visit us.
And here’s how much fun my new friends and I had at the library!

First let me show you our comic books!

Then I showed some of my friends our paperbacks.

Here I am getting comfy with some of my new friends!

And now its time to say goodbye to my friends as I go on my travels.

All summer long the fluffy (or not so fluffy) guys that you’ve been viewing will be traveling throughout the Monroe County Library System checking out all the fabulous libraries that many of us may never see.

Here is a list of all the libraries with mascots:
1. Brighton Memorial Library
2. Brockport-Seymour Library
3. Central Library (Teen Center)
4. Charlotte Branch
5. Chili Public Library
6. Fairport Public Library
7. Gates Public Library
8. Greece Public Library
9. Greece – Barnard Crossing Branch
10. Henrietta Public Library
11. Highland Branch
12. Irondequoit – Helen McGraw Branch
13. Irondequoit – Pauline Evans Branch
14. Lincoln Branch
15. Ogden Farmers’ Library
16. Parma Public Library
17. Penfield Public Library
18. Phillis Wheatley Community Library
19. Pittsford Community Library
20. Sully Branch
21. Webster Public Library