Monday, June 22, 2009

Express Yourself @ Wood Library: Summer Teen Programs 2009

Teen Summer Reading Program - Thursday, June 25 - Thursday, August 13
So many reasons to join! Read whatever you want this summer - books, magazines, graphic novels, manga, and even audiobooks - and win awesome prizes! For every 100 pages you read, get a ticket and enter it into the prize drawing you want! Just think, read a 500 page book or five 100 page books and get 5 tickets! Visit Wood Library and check out the display case piled high with prize packs that contain your favorites like Anime, Sephora beauty products, Family Guy, Halo, fast food coupons, Target, Walmart, and Eastview Mall gift cards, and popular books. And don't forget about the Grand Prize this summer - a Flip Video Camera! Registration required.

Teen Photography Contest - Thursday, June 25 - Monday, August 3
Snap some great shots this summer and enter them into Wood Library’s Teen Photography Contest! Photos will be judged by Rikki Van Camp, photo journalist from Messenger Post Newspapers, Peter Blackwood, freelance photographer, and Canandaigua Middle School Art Teacher, Sally McKenna. Photos will be judged on overall photographic and artistic quality. Traditional photography as well as digitally altered images are allowed. Winner will receive a gift certificate to Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame to have his or her winning photo framed. Award reception held on August 10. See Main Floor Desk or visit for rules and guidelines.

Teen Nite & Summer Reading Kick-Off - Thursday, June 25, 7:00-8:30 PM
To celebrate summer and to kick-off Wood Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program, Teen Nite will be extended an extra half-hour. But that’s not all...FREE ice cream floats too! Get a headstart on summer by playing video games and board games, surfing the web, enjoying snacks, and just hanging out with friends. Teen Nites will be happening all summer long—7/9, 8/13 too!

The High Strung - Monday, June 30, 7:00 PM
For the past five years the quirky, carefree, energetic music of Detroit’s The High Strung has been electrifying patrons across the nation with the sunny three-part harmonies and witty,
lyrical bravado. This year the guitars that accompany the band’s catchy sing-along choruses are roaming the country again and are headed to Wood Library on Tuesday, June 30 at 7 PM. In addition to playing a full-set of their rousing Beatles-esque jams, concert goers will learn what
it’s like to tour year-round and what sort of enthusiasm it takes to maintain such faith in your art. With a new album coming out on Park the Van Records in spring 2009, The High Strung will perform a mix of favorites and new tunes, as well as writing and performing a new song at the library with the help of the audience. All ages welcome to attend. This organization is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered locally by Phelps Historical Society & Phelps Arts Center. A “Let’s Hear It!” Wood Library program.

Game Night - Tuesdays, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 6:00-8:30 PM
Time to go old school! Get away from video games and play strategy games with Canandaigua Middle School teacher John Michalko every Tuesday throughout the summer. Learn how to play Last Night on Earth, Touch of Evil, Family Business, Heroscape, and more! Challenge other teens and win by planning your next move!

Teen Theater Auditions - Thursday, July 9, 7:00-8:30 PM & Friday, July 10, 3:30-5:00 PM
Be a part of the fun! Whether you’re a seasoned actor and need to keep your acting skills sharp over the summer, or a novice performer who would like to have a taste of acting, Teen Theater is for you! Perform a play written by teens and work with Canandaigua Academy Drama Teacher Scott Schauman to bring it to life! Rehearsals take place from July 13-July 24. Must
attend both performances on July 24 and July 25.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament - Monday, July 13, 7:00 PM
Think you’re THE person to beat at Super Smash Bros? Prove yourself as you battle other teens who are vying for the right to be named The Super Smash Bros. Champion! The newly proclaimed champion wins a Mario T-shirt. Registration required.

Anime Club - Thursdays, July 16 & August 20, 6:00-8:00 PM
Get out of the heat and into Wood Library! Sit back, relax, and watch a Japanese animated film or TV film in cool comfort with a bunch of munchies and cold drinks. Must be 13 years old and up. Prizes given away!

Books & Bites - Mondays, July 20 & August 17, 6:00 PM @ Various Eateries in
Do you like to read? Do you like sweets? Or an ice cold refreshing drink? Read two different books this summer and join the discussion with other teens over some delectable treats. See Main Floor Desk for details.

Teen Theater Performances - Friday, July 24, 7:00 PM @ All Things Art & Saturday, July 25, Noon @ Wood Library
Find out what teens have been working on all summer long—from writing to rehearsing to performing. Free admission.

Comic Creation & Publishing Workshop - July 27 - July 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join a fabulous team of comic writers and artists! Michael Churchill, professional writer, and Ken Wheaton, professional artist, will guide you through the process of writing, drawing, and inking your own comic strip! Then see your artwork published into a comic book! Registration required. Recommended for Grades 7 and up. Comic Book Launch Party will be held on October 1.

Name That Tune! - Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM
Get the entire family together as you and your parents, grandparents, and siblings try to guess popular songs spanning multiple generations and genres. Duke it out with other families! Top prizes will be awarded. Family registration required. All ages welcome to attend.

Tie One On! - Thursday, August 6, 7:00 PM
Who would have thought that there are so many creative ways to tie shoelaces? Open up a whole new world of lacing styles as you create a distinctive tie pattern with shoe laces in your school colors. Registration required. Open to Grades 6-12.

Teen Photography Reception - Monday, August 10, 7:00 PM
Check out all the entries from this year’s Teen Photography Contest! All artwork will be on display in the Community Room for the month of August, starting with the reception on August 10. Winners will be announced and judges will be on-hand to discuss the winning works. Refreshments will be served. Everyone encouraged to attend.

Teen Nite/Pizza Taste-Off/Summer Reading Drawings - Thursday, August 13,
7:00-8:30 PM
A jam-packed evening! You couldn’t ask for anything better than videogames, board games,
friends, wi-fi laptops, pizza, and prizes all in one night! First, hang out with friends as you play video games and board games, then decide in a blind taste-test which pizzeria in Canandaigua has the best crust, sauce, cheese, and overall taste. Stay to the very end and find out who will win the prize packs from this year’s Summer Reading Program. Don’t forget to bring in the tickets you earned from the Teen Summer Reading Program so you can stuff the boxes before the drawings. You do not have to participate in the Summer Reading Program to attend Teen Nite and the Pizza Taste-Off.

The Recording Studio Experience - Saturday, August 22, 1:00-4:00 PM @ Finger Lakes Community College
Remember this summer with your song recorded on your very own CD! Take a tour of the
state-of-the-art recording studio at Finger Lakes Community College, chow down on a pizza lunch, and then get ready to record a song! Registration and permission slip required. Must have own transportation to FLCC. Be prepared with two songs of your choice. Permission slip available at

Teen Film Contest & Festival - June 25-August 20 Festival: August 27, 7:00 PM
What better way to express yourself this summer than writing and starring in your own film with family and friends? This festival showcases teen-made, -acted, -directed, and -edited movies and the teens behind them. Enter your movie into Wood Library's Teen Film Contest! Deadline is August 20. Winning film will be posted on Wood Library’s teen blog and Facebook page. For rules and submission guidelines, see Main Floor Desk or visit

For more information or to register for programs, contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381

A special thank you to all of our summer reading sponsors - McDonald's, Burger King, Seabreeze Amusement Park, Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Sephora, Eastview Mall, Arby's, Taco Bell, Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame, Adorn Jewelry, Starbucks, Target, and Charlie Riedel's. We couldn't have done it without you!