Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Calling all volunteers for TBF (Teen Book Festival)

Are you ready for TBF 2013?!? The excitement is building as we anticipate welcoming 33 fabulous authors and the crowds of teens who love them. And we need YOU to help make TBF 2013 the greatest ever!

Each year, we rely on over 200 volunteers…teens (grade 6-12) and adults…to help the day go smoothly from early set-up through clean-up. Every volunteer receives an official volunteer t-shirt, a light breakfast, and pizza lunch as well as a fun-filled experience of a lifetime!

A mandatory volunteer training will be held at Nazareth College in the Shults Center on Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. You'll receive your official volunteer shirt and learn vital information about your important role at this meeting.

To volunteer, fill out the online form by noon on Monday, March 25th. Just click here to get started:

Once you complete the online form, you will receive confirmation that it was successfully submitted.

If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of this form, please email our TBF Volunteer Committee and a paper copy will be sent to you along with directions on how to submit it.

Once you have completed your volunteer registration, you should receive an email notification verifying we have received your form. If you do not receive this confirmation or if you have other questions about volunteering, please feel free to email:

Dates to etch in your brain (or at least on your calendar!):
Monday, March 25 - volunteer form deadline at Noon
Tuesday, May 14 - mandatory volunteer training at Naz
Saturday, May 18
- TBF LIVE 2013!!!!

Thank you so much!
TBF Volunteer Committee
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Missing Downton Abbey?

Are you a big fan of Downton Abbey?  I am, and I am missing it terribly right now!  Here are some Teen books that will help you get through your "I miss my Downton Abbey" blues!  If you want some more suggestions, check out the Greece Public Library Pintrest board "Missing Downton Abbey?"

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Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . . This witty take on the classic Regency--Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade--is like literary champagne!

“If you’re a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply funny tale of courtship. A delicious confection.” -- Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm
“Take one Austenian heroine in desperate financial straits. Put her in a crumbling castle, give her two evil stepsisters and some very unsuitable suitors. Make it funny! Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle is an absolute charmer!” -- Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

I am reading this myself right now!

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One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.

Wentworth Hall
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A lush, historical novel about the secretive Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall!The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…

Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.

It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed facade rapidly comes undone.

Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Middle School Monday: New book by Jerry Spinelli

Hokey Pokey

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From Publishers Weekly
Spinelli (Stargirl) creates a surreal landscape reminiscent of J.M. Barrie’s Never Land in this poignant celebration of childhood exuberance. Don’t bother looking for adults in Hokey Pokey, where boys and girls dine on flavored ice and spend their days watching cartoons, playing cowboy games, and using their bicycles as trusty steeds. Jack’s bike, Scramjet, is the most coveted of all, and one day it’s stolen by his archenemy, Jubilee. This marks the first of a series of unsettling events that give Jack, a boy on the brink of adolescence, the eerie impression that “things have shifted.” It isn’t just that his tattoo, the mark of all residents, is fading; something deep inside him is pulling him away from familiar landmarks, friends, enemies, and routines. Spinelli’s story will set imaginations spinning and keep readers guessing about Jack’s fate and what Hokey Pokey is all about (so to speak). The ending is both inevitable and a risk (it invokes one of the more clich├ęd tropes in literature and film), but Spinelli’s dizzying portrait of life in Hokey Pokey will keep readers rapt. Ages 10–up

Friday, February 15, 2013

Beautiful Creatures: Book or Movie, or Both?

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I remembered reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl several years ago, and was interested in re-reading the book when I heard it was being made into a movie.  If you like books about paranormal romance, Southern Gothic novels with a mystery - this book (and series, it is followed by three more books Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption) may be the winter read for you!  Here is a summary of the book from

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

There are several noted actors in the cast of the movie, which opened on Valentine's Day.  On the Rotten Tomatoes website, reviews are decidedly mixed, from "A boring, proposterous mess" by Christopher Tookey (The Daily Mail, UK) to "A very enjoyable and welcome addition to the ever-popular supernatural teen romance genre and a worthy heir to the Twilight throne."  by Alex Zane, the Sun Online.  I am still debating on whether to go to see it, or stay home and watch my Downton Abbey episodes again!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Calling all talented teens - Photography Contest!

Chili Teen Photo Contest
serenityBetween February 1 and April 1, 2013, the Chili Public Library will be accepting photos for our Sixth Annual Teen Photo Contest! This contest is open to all teens ages 12-18 years of age and living in Monroe County. The contest will be divided into two age divisions: 12-15 years and 16-18 years. Photos can be either color or black and white.
For questions and entry information call 889-2200 and ask for Chili’s teen librarian, Cathy Kyle.

Title: Serenity Artist: Kaela Sittig, Rochester NY First place winner: 12 - 15 years

Title: I Believe I Can Fly Artist: Jordan Proietti, Webster NY First Place Winner: 16 - 18 yearsi believe

Get the entry forms and more information HERE!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Good Time Had by All at the Chili Cook-off!

Tops Cooking School supplies all the meats, spices, tomato sauces, chilis, and beans.  Two teams of teens created their own personalized recipes, and made two amazing batches of chili!  A good time was had by all!