Archive for March, 2009


If you’d like to take advantage of a FREE ride to and from the Teen Book Festival this Saturday (April 4) AND a FREE lunch – you need to have your permission slip in by tomorrow – Tuesday @ 5:00 pm.

You don’t want to miss it!mainlogo3

March 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Fun Friday – Don’t Worry

March 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm

TBF – Sharon Flake

sharon_flake_450Meet Sharon Flake at the Teen Book Festival on April 4th!


Did I mention it’s totally FREE?



And that you can get a free ride to and from Nazareth (please visit the Youth Services desk to pick up a parental permission form)?

Five Fun Facts about Sharon:
1. I like to go line dancing several times a week.

2. Candy is my favorite food.

3. Trees make me happy.

4. I love to watch television.

5. I like shopping for food more than I like shopping for clothes.

Books by Sharon Flake:

Murders are so common in his neighborhood that Mann and his best friend, Kee-lee, keep a running tally of all the deceased, since no one else seems to be paying attention. Mann escapes reality through painting and horseback riding, but eventually turns to fighting, cheap thrills, and much worse. In a last-ditch effort, his father does the one thing he thinks will teach his son how to survive. Drawing from an ancient African tradition, he abandons Mann and Kee-lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone. Can they survive? What will happen if Mann chooses the wrong path?

Begging for Change
Raspberry Hill, who once was homeless, vowed never to end up on the streets again. To her, money equals security. But when a troubled neighborhood teenager attacks her mother, Raspberry is desperate for things in her life to change and ends up stealing from her best friend. But nothing good comes from bad money. And as her thoughts alternate between the two men in her life-as her relationship with Sato blossoms and her relationship with her drug-addicted father erodes-Raspberry must finally confront the biggest of all her fears: is she really much different from her thieving father after all? How will her friends react when they find out what she’s done? Raspberry is certain…something’s got to change. (Sequel to Money Hungry)

Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Queen is a royal pain in the neck. Her Highness treats everyone as though they were her loyal subjects: her classmates, her teacher, even her parents! When a new kid comes to school, riding a broken bike and wearing run-over shoes, he immediately becomes the butt of all the jokes. Her parents insist she be nice to Leroy, but Queen does not see why she should. Leroy is not just smelly; Queen thinks that he tells fibs. And when he says he is an African prince from Senegal, sparks begin to fly. Queen is determined to prove that Leroy is an impostor. But along the way, Queen learns the unexpected from her Broken Bike Boy what being a good friend and happily ever after really mean.

Money Hungry
Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is starved for money. She will do just about anything legal to get her hands on the almighty dollar. Memories of being homeless, sleeping in the streets, and eating from handouts keep her eye on the only prize that matters to her: cold, hard cash.

Skin I’m In
Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they are not getting at her about her embarrassing home-made clothes or her good grades at school, it is about her dark, black skin – a deeper shade than any of theirs. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher’s attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she is in. Can Maleeka too?

Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
There is “The Ugly One,” whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In “Wanted: A Thug,” a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend’s bad-guy boyfriend. And then there’s Erika, who only likes white boys. Meet these and other characters you will never forget in this captivating collection of stories.

March 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

TBF – Matt de la Pena

Come and meet Matt de la Pena at the Teen Book Festival on April 4th!pena_matt

Five Fun Facts about Matt:

1. Throughout elementary school I kept the same Sunday night ritual: After dinner I’d sit outside with my dog, Peanut, and sing her the Love Boat theme song. And I have to say, I sang it rather well.

2. I’ve never worn a watch in my life. Not even once.

3. My dream car is a brand new Honda Accord. Black. With a CD player. I’d take an Accord over any luxury car on the market.

4. I haven’t had health insurance in 6 years. My mom is NOT happy about this.

5. I was a major reluctant reader in high school. It wasn’t until college that I fell for books. And it all started with The Color Purple.

ball-dont-lieBall Don’t Lie

Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong. But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.



mexican-whiteboyMexican WhiteBoy

Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he is not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boy is not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it. But at his private school, they do not expect much else from him. Danny is brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he cannot speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they have got him pegged. Danny is convinced it is his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that is why he is spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.


March 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

TBF-Ellen Hopkins

Meet Ellen Hopkins at the TEEN BOOK FESTIVALidentical08-author-hopkins on April 4th!

Five Fun Facts about Ellen:
1. I grew up with horses. Used to show English and Western, and also did gymkhana. I keep threatening my husband I’m going to buy a barrel horse and go rodeo.2. Through 8th grade, my family lived in Palm Springs, in the same neighborhood as some famous people, including Kirk Douglas, Elvis Presley and Bob Hope (who was a comedian and movie star). When my parents brought baby me home from the hospital, Bob Hope sent his nanny over to help take care of me.

3. I was adopted as a baby and when I tracked down my birth mother in the year 2000, I discovered she has written poetry her entire life and used to write scripts for Walt Disney.

4. I am majorly allergic to mangoes…. something I didn’t know until I tasted one and my throat swelled shut!

5. I am an excellent cook and like to bake, as well as can stuff I grow in my garden.




March 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm


mainlogoWe’re getting closer & closer to the Teen Book Festival on APRIL 4th

Check out the display next to Miss Catherine’s desk to read books by the visiting authors.

Would you like a free ride to and from the big event?  Pick up a permission form from the Youth Services desk to be eligible for one of the seats on the bus (they are limited).

March 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

John Green has advice for the guys too


March 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Thinking about college?


Saturday, March 14th @ 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Take advantage of this FREE college event to talk to representatives from schools all over the country as well as professional college counselors who can help you decide the right path for you. 

There will also be various workshops such as The College Application, Conquering the SAT, & Financial Aid 101.

Don’t miss this great chance to get all the info you need to discover the opportunities available to YOU!!

March 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

YA authors are the most fun

The great thing about YA authors is that they are usually down-to-earth people who just love writing stories.  They’re also generally pretty creative, and just a little bit wacky.  John Green, author of several books including Paper Towns (currently available on our new fiction spinner) likes video-blogging, and runs a website.  His video-blogs are usually good for at least a chuckle, and this just plain made me fall out of my chair laughing (not that it doesn’t include some good advice):

March 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

World travel without the passport!

Please join us for world travel without the passport during a special multimedia presentation about being a teenager in another culture. We’ll learn about growing up in Iran, how it’s similar to growing up in Rochester, NY and how it’s different!
We’ll end the presentation by celebrating together the Iranian New Year – Nowruz!

You won’t want to miss the sights and sounds, and most importantly the tastes of Iran, right here in our own neighborhood.

March 10, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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