Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Anime Club
Thursday, January 20
6-8 PM
Wood Library & the Y team up to offer another amazing program! Watch the latest and greatest in anime with other anime fanatics, enjoy food and drinks and even win prizes! January's anime feature will be The Tower of Druaga. Come join us on Thursday, January 20 from 6-8 PM. Recommended for ages 13 and up. While Wood Library is undergoing major renovations, Anime Club has moved to the Canandaigua YMCA located at 32 N. Main St. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.
Stuck in the Middle Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 19
6:30 PM
Discuss a book over a hot drink and a dessert with other teens! Could it get any better? Stuck in the Middle is a book group for those teens in middle school who love to read and meet up with friends. The group will meet on Wednesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM. This month's book is Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information. Until renovations are completed at 134 N. Main St., this program will be held at Wood Library's temporary location - 5263 Parkside Dr., in the Town of Canandaigua.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Teen Nite
Thursday, January 13
6-8 PM
Teen Nite was a success last month at the YMCA! Let's keep it going! Join other teens and just hang out and play Rock Band, MarioKart, board games, and table games like pool and air hockey. You don't want to miss it! Food and drinks provided. Teen Nite will be held at the Canandaigua YMCA's Teen Center while Wood Library undergoes renovations. The YMCA is located at 32 N. Main St. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more info. As always, it's Free!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Stuck in the Middle Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, December 15
6:30 PM
Read a book, chat with friends, and just relax with a hot drink and dessert - could it get any better? Join other teens on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:30 PM to discuss Gordan Korman's No More Dead Dogs. After the meeting we will choose our next book. We will be meeting at the library's temporary home at 5263 Parkside Dr. (across from Tom Wahl's). For more information, contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or
Anime Club
Thursday, December 16
6-8 PM
Wood Library
Don't forget about Wood Library when it comes to Anime! Watch The Girl Who Leapt Through Time on Thursday, December 16 from 6-8 PM at Wood Library's temporary location at 5263 Parkside Dr. (across from Tom Wahl's). Makoto Konno regards herself as a normal high-school student. She's smart, but not brilliant; a little clumsy, but not a klutz; well-liked, but not a social star. Her favorite pastime is playing baseball with her best friends: handsome, studious Kosuke Tsuda and shaggy, offbeat Chiaki Mamiya. When Makoto nearly loses her life in a bicycle accident, she escapes by moving back through time. Her aunt tells her the talent isn't unusual in girls her age, and Makoto begins exploiting her ability. But her efforts to improve the present backfire, making school, friendship, and romance even more complicated and difficult--until she discovers a surprising secret about Chiaki. Prizes given away. Snacks provided too. Recommended for ages 13+. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more info.
Teen Nite
Thursday, December 9
6-8 PM
Long time, no see! Let's pick up Teen Nite where we left off - Rock Band, Super Smash Bros., Apples to Apples and other board games, and food and drinks. Bring your friends and just hang out on Thursday, December 9 from 6-8 PM. Due to major renovations at the library, Teen Nite will be held at the YMCA's teen center located at 32 N. Main St. There will definitely be plenty to do so stop by and check it out! Like always, it is FREE! Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more info.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Story Illustration Workshop Reception
Monday, November 1
7:00 PM

Everyone is getting together for the Story Illustration Reception! Over the summer, children, teens, and adults created their own visual interpretations of the story The Squeaky Door. Does each age group view the story differently? Come see what they all came up with on Monday, November 1 at 7:00 PM.Artwork will be on display in the large meeting room. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more info.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Just Chocolate Desserts
Saturday, November 6
Do you have a yummy recipe for a chocolate dessert? It could win a prize! Enter the 1st ever Chocolate Contest sponsored by Friends of Wood Library! On November 6, entries will be accepted between 10am-11am at Wood Library. Judges will determine the top three winners for both teens and adults based on best chocolate taste and presentation. Registration deadline October 22. No refrigeration available. Recipe must accompany dessert. After the judging, sample the desserts yourself for $1/tasting ticket! Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information. Go to to download the registration form.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Comic Book Launch Party
Thursday, October 21
7:00 PM

What on earth have teens been doing at Wood Library over the summer? On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 PM, stop by the Comic Book Launch Party to get your hands on a copy of this year's comic for a small donation. Get autographs, view the artwork, and just talk comics! Refreshments will be served. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.
Halloween Game Night
Friday, October 29
5:00-11:00 PM

It's that time of year again! Help kick off Wood Library's monthly Game Night by attending the scariest of them all! On Friday, October 29, play Halloween-themed board games with Canandaigua Midddle School Teacher Mr. Michalko from 5:00-11:00 PM. Pizza and snacks provided. Permission slip required. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.
Anime Club
Thursday, October 28
6-8 PM

Get together with teens who love Anime just as much as you! On Thursday, October 28 from 6-8 PM, watch X, about a man that stands alone at the crossroads between salvation and Armageddon. Destiny demands that Kamui decide the fate of a world he no longer belongs in. Torn between rival orders of superhuman warriors, the time has come for Kamui to choose his side. Either he fights with the Dragons of Heaven – fights to save civilization and the two friends he swore to always protect, or he must draw swords alongside the Dragons of Earth and deliver a death blow to the human race. Whatever his choice, there will be consequences. Friends will change. Friends will die. Life will never be the same. There’s a last time for everything. That time is now. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Snacks and prizes too! Contact Jenny Goodemote at or 394-1381 for more information.
Teen Nite
Thursday, December 9
6:30-8:00 PM

Yes, you read right! No Teen Nites until December! So make December's Teen Nite the best one ever! Hang out with friends and do what you want from 6:30-8:00 PM at Wood Library on Thursday, December 9. Play Halo or Super Smash Bros, board games, surf the web, and chow down on snacks. Come early to help set up. For more information, contact Jenny Goodemote at or 394-1381.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Anime Club
Thursday, September 16
6:00-8:00 PM

Get your monthly anime fix right here at Wood Library! On Thursday, September 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM, start a great new series with other anime fanatics - Sands of Destruction. What is it about?

Morte is a lonely beauty with an axe to grind and a grudge against the world. Her brother died in the war between men and beasts, and now, she's out to make everyone pay for her loss. That's where Kyrie comes in. This wandering cook may hold the key to unlocking the Destruct Code: a mysterious orb capable of eradicating everything in existence. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, but these heroes are up to no good.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Snacks provided and prizes given away! Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.
Teen Nite
Thursday, September 9
6:30-8:00 PM
Your first week of school is almost over, so why not celebrate it at Wood Library by hanging out with friends? Do what YOU want to do! Play videogames, like Halo & Super Smash Bros., and board games, surf the web, and enjoy snacks! It's all at Wood Library on Thursday, September 9 from 6:30-8:00 PM! Come early to help set-up! Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pizza Pizza!

The results are in! Close to 50 teens put their taste-buds to the test and carefully sampled 8 pizzas from local pizzerias. Pudgie's Pizza ran away with the competition taking all four categories - best cheese, best crust, best sauce, and best overall taste - but did tie with Domino's for best crust. A special thanks to the teens for their hard work and another thanks to Dean's Pizzeria, Pudgie's Pizza, Tops, Wegmans, Pontillo's Pizza, Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Mark's Pizza! Congratulations to Pudgie's and Domino's!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Teen Theater Performances - "Walk-Out Basement"

Friday, July 23, 7:00 PM
Veterans Hospital, Bldg #5
400 Fort Hill Ave.

Saturday, July 24, Noon
Wood Library

Come and discover what Canandaigua teens have been working on all summer. Experience an original play written and acted out by teens with the help of Canandaigua school teachers John Michalko and Scott Schauman! Watch as four teens explore the pressures of planning for the future. Free admission. Special thanks to Wendy's of Rochester for making this all possible. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yu-Gi-Oh! Club continues!
Tuesday, July 20
6:00-9:00 PM

Back by popular demand, learn the basics of playing Yu-Gi-Oh! from other teens at Wood Library on Tuesday, July 20 from 6-9 PM. Already know how to play? Get together and play tournament style. Bring your own cards to trade. Must have parents permission to trade. Cards will be available for those learning to play. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Summer Program Just Added!
Firefly Marathon

Wednesday, July 21
Wednesday, July 28
Wednesday, August 4
Wednesday, August 18
Wednesday, August 25 (movie starts at 7:00 PM)
8:00-11:00 PM

Hey all you Joss Whedon's Firefly fans out there! During 5 Wednesday nights this summer, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 18 from 8:00-11:00 PM, watch the entire series from start to finish with Canandaigua Middle School teacher Mr. Michalko at Wood Library. Firefly Movie will be shown on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 PM. Recommended for grades 8-12 (TV-14). $2/per person for pizza and must bring own drinks. Registration and permission slip required. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.
Late-Night Twilight Party Date Change
The Late-Night Twilight Party will now be held on Friday, August 27 from 6:00 PM-Midnight due to a scheduling conflict. Register by phone, in-person, or online. Permission slip is required. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teen Summer Programs
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Teen Summer Reading Program - June 24 - August 19
Read whatever you want this summer - books, magazines, graphic novels, manga, and even audiobooks - and win awesome prizes! For every hour you read get a raffle ticket and enter it into the prize that you want! All raffle tickets will then be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Flip Video Camcorder! Register online at:

Teen Nite Summer Reading Kick-Off - Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
To celebrate summer and to kick-off summer reading, Teen Nite will be an entire two hours long! But that's not all, FREE ice cream sundaes too! Get a jumpstart on summer by playing video games & board games, surfing the web, enjoying snacks, and just hanging out with friends. Teen Nites will be happening all summer long - July 8 & August 19 too!

Summer Drama Club - Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9, 1:00-3:00 PM
Get ready for the Teen Theater auditions and just have fun by learning acting tips from Education Major Katie Michalko, a Teen Theater and Academy Productions Alumna. Participants will have a blast with acting exercises and games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Club - Tuesday, June 29, 6:00-9:00 PM
A club designed for all playing levels! Learn the basics from other teens or jump right into playing tournaments and trading cards. Bring your own cards and drop in! Cards will be on hand for those wanting to learn how to play.

Vintage Video Game Club - Thursdays, July 1 & August 5, 6:00-8:00 PM
Can you beat Super Mario without using warp zones? Do you know where to find secret rooms in Zelda? Then, gamers UNITE! Experience vintage video games again or for the first time at Wood Library's newest club. Bring your own vintage gaming consoles and games to share. Open to ages 13 and up.

Tie-Dye Saturday - Saturday, July 3, 12:30-2:00 PM (teen session)
No matter what, tie-dye has always been cool. Here's your chance just to see how much fun it is to create your own tie-dye shirt with the colors and design that you want to wear! All participating teens are required to bring their own t-shirt. Drop in!

Teen Theater Auditions - Thursday, July 8, 7:00-8:30 PM & Friday, July 9, 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 12-23. Must attend both performances on July 23 & 24.

Anime Club - Thursdays, July 15 & August 26, 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 show in cool comfort with a bunch of munchies and cool drinks. Must be 13 years old and up. Prizes given away!

Stuck in the Middle Book Discussion Group - Mondays, July 19, August 2, August 16, August 30, 7:00 PM
Why not have fun while reading this summer? Hang out with other middle schoolers who love reading just as much as you do. Books will be selected at the first meeting. Snacks provided. For grades 6-8 only.

Little Big Planet Workshop - Monday, July 26 & Tuesday, July 27, 6:30-9:00 PM
A new workshop led by Gregory Bapst, local gaming enthusiast and creator of several levels for Little Big Planet, will assist a group of teens in scripting, designing, organizing, and publishing their own level to the online community. Registration required.

Mad Scientist Lab - Thursday, July 22, 3:00-6:00 PM
Science can be fun especially when you're making bottle rockets, silly putty, and fake dog "droppings" all with items easily found in your home. Snacks provided. Registration required. You don't want to miss this one!

Teen Theater Performances - Friday, July 23, 7:00 PM @ Veterans Hospital and Saturday, July 24, Noon @ Wood Library
Find out what teens have been working on all summer long - from writing to rehearsing to performing. Free admission.

Block Party - Thursday, July 29, 7:00 PM
No matter your age, Legos are always fun to play with! Work together with a group of friends and design a building that matches your assigned theme. Are you up for the challenge? For grades 6 and up. Registration required.

Picture That! Story Illustration Workshop - Saturdays, August 7 & August 14, 12:00-2:00 PM (teen sessions)
Art teacher and children's book illustrator, Joshua Mull, will teach adults, teens and children how to create a book cover for a popular children's tale using watercolor, pastels, colored pencils, and pen and ink. Each age group will meet for separate sessions. A final public show will bring the artists' works together. Materials provided. Registration required. Must attend both sessions.

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 Arts Center.

Comic Creation & Publishing Workshop - August 9-13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join a fabulous team of comic writers and artists! Michael Churchill, professiona writer and owner of Pulp Nouveau Comix, 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 both in print and on the web! Registration required. Recommended for grades 7 and up. Comic Book Launch Party will be held on October 7.

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 Arts Center.

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop - Tuesdays, August 10-31, 7:00-8:30 PM
Teens grades 7-12 will learn the art of Japanese calligraphy with Yasuko Spence, a teacher of Japanese calligraphy at the University of Rochester. In four 2-hour meetings, you will learn how to ink Japanese characters and pen your favorite saying in Japanese calligraphy suitable for framing. Materials fee: $5 made payable to “Wood Library”. Registration required. Must attend all sessions.

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 Arts Center.

Teen Make n' Take - Thursday, August 12, 7:00 PM
Time to get crafty with ordinary, every day things - like candy wrappers and bottle caps! Learn how to construct a unique candy wrapper bracelet and how to create your own expressive bottle cap pins! Supplies are included. Registration required.

Teen Nite/Pizza Taste-Off/Summer Reading Drawings - Thursday, August 19, 6:30-8:00 PM
A jam-packed evening! You couldn't ask for anything better than videogames, board games, friends, wifi laptops, pizza, and prizes all in one night! First, hang out during the Teen Nite festivities, then decide in a blind taste-test which pizzeria in Canandaigua has the best cheese, crust, sauce, and overall taste. Stay to the very end to 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 so you can stuff the boxes before the drawings. You do not have to participate in the Summer Reading Program to attend Teen Nite or the Pizza Taste-Off.

***NEW DATE*** Twilight Late-Night Party - Friday, August 27, 6:00 PM - Midnight
What better way to celebrate the theatrical release of Eclipse than by throwing a party? Make crafts like Edward or Jacob snow globes, play games and Twilight Saga Jeopardy, enjoy pizza and snacks, and simply relax and watch the first two films, Twilight and New Moon. Registration and permission slip required. Open to grades 7 and up.

For more information, contact Jenny Goodemote at 585-394-1381 or

Monday, May 24, 2010

Anime Club
Thursday, June 17
6:00-8:00 PM
Get out of the heat and into the air-conditioned comfort of Wood Library to watch some cool Anime. On Thursday, June 17, from 6-8 PM, sit back, relax, and watch Crest of the Stars Vol. 1 with other Anime fanatics. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Snacks provided. Win awesome prizes too! Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Here are the winning entries:

High School Category Winners

1st Place

Nikole Blowers

Canandaigua Academy

11th grade

Make a Wish {Blow a Kiss}

Nonliving gusts give life to lifeless flora, dispersing diminutive seeds like little

parachutes. Once attached to a safe and known identity, now propelled into a journey of

flight, their destination remains unknown. Alone and vulnerable, some never make it.

Some safely land, establishing roots and a presence.

In the absence of a mother

they are nurtured by nature.

Light and water give them life without living.

The sun gives yet loses nothing.

It returns day after day never to die;

said to be finite, seemingly limitless.

The seeds of future generations, whisked away by the wind because their mother is past

her days when although not wanted, at least had beauty.

Now grey, weak, and helpless, she has

no importance,

no more influence,

no more power then a young and tender human mother forced by an unforgiving society to

give her newborn child into unfamiliar hands.

The woman gives life not unlike the flower.

Each powerless-

Each aching from a loss-

they are equals.

But if they are equals then how can a woman pluck the remaining life from a flower

when a flower can’t take that same gift from her?

It is because of size; the woman towered above the undersized flower which stood without


But if that were true, then a trivial worm would not be able to harm a woman. However, it

can eat her away, piece by piece, from the inside out until her heart no longer beats and

her blood no longer flows.

Then it is because of strength; the woman dispatched the flower with ease.

But if that were true then an ape would come out victorious in a battle of strength against

a beetle. Yet somehow the beetle can carry ten times its weight for miles, while the ape

moves not a step.

Then if not because of size or strength, how can she do it?

How can she be so insensitive?

Is it fair to take the seeds away from their realm of safety; away from their giver of life,

and sacrifice them for a false hope of certainty?

I may not be fair but the girl is innocent, wishing only to meet her mother for the first


How could she know that with each wish a seed surrenders?

So she closes her eyes, picturing a grow woman, a version of herself.

She wonders if the woman is real, if they will ever reunite.

She thinks her wish, blows a kiss, never to know where it will go.

2nd Place

Leah Wolfe

Homeschooled, 10th grade

Gardner’s Delight

I see the roses,

They climb along the garden wall;

Their fragrance sweet and calming.

They are beauty and grace

They nod so tenderly in the breeze.

I see the Gardner,

He is kneeling in the moist soil,

His face shining as He speaks

Love drips from his hands,

As He tends to his beloved roses

His finger bleeds,

Yet he does not see it

He is so engrossed in His heavenly work

They bloom for Him and Him alone

It seems to me,

That they are his joy and delight,

Always I find Him smiling,

As He care for His blessed roses.

I look upon them,

Longing with all my heart,

That I might be a rose.

Would then the Gardner care for me?

I am not a rose,

I am not so sweet or delightful,

He does not lovingly care for me,

As He does for His roses

I am insignificant,

Only a lily, white and small

I bloom and yet He comes not

He does not lavish praise unto my ear.

It is evening now,

The moon bathes us

Its brilliant light like milk flowing over

Onto the garden life.

The Gardner sits,

His son is by his side

Silent are they as they behold

The divine spectacle of life

“Thy roses bloom most beautifully”

Said he; the son

“They are the very delight of Heaven”

The Gardner smiled, sweet and tenderly

“They are beautiful, it is true,

But no flower in my eyes is more than any other.

See my white lily?

Her perfume is entrancing

Her beauty pure and unmarked.

I placed her purposely here,

So as I sit and gaze at my garden

She stands out among them,

Little she may be,

But also delight to unto my eyes.

Each flower has a place in my heart,

Though some need more care,

None do I love more than another.”

The Gardner thus spoke.

Did I hear that right?

My Gardner delights in me?

I am beautiful?

I am pure?

He does love even me?

Yes it is true,

The Gardner loves us each,

Though some need more care,

He doesn’t love those any more than I.

I am my Gardner delight.

3rd Place

Elizabeth Carro

Canandaigua Academy

9th grade


I see him lying on the bed I sit next to,

He holds my hand as I stroke his.

As I look into his deep brown eyes,

the only thing that hasn’t changed,

I ask if he remembers the first day we met.

When he says, “no,” I feel one of my last tears slide out of my bloodshot eye,

down my wrinkled cheek,

and over my faded lips.

It makes him forget.

It is my enemy…

I tell him that when I was nine and he was ten, I was at the pier fishing with my dog.

My line got a knot in it, and in the process of fixing it, I got tangled up, and fell into the deep water of the lake.

I couldn’t swim.

I couldn’t breathe.

I saw a light, and then it faded to darkness.

I woke to his face lying in the fresh grass beside me.

It made sure he was there.

It saved my life.

It was my friend…

I turn to his eyes again.

They make another tear fall, and follow the same path as the first.

The tear reminds me what time had been like…

could have been like…

should have been like…

Now focusing on his face, I hope to see one with some recollection of this joyous memory.

All I see is a face like my dog’s- his eyes large and melancholy, his nose scrunched up, and his head cocked to the side.

A final tear creeps out of my eye, but this time his soft, trembling thumb stops it, and brushes it off my face,

questioning why I had been crying.

I can’t tell him.

It makes him forget.

It is my enemy.

I wish I could’ve stopped time there, there in the memory…

When the sun shined, and when it was filled with the happiness and innocence of our childhood,

because at this time, he doesn’t know who I am.

I’m the person who takes care of him when he’s sick, and holds his hand when he’s scared, and lies next to him at night.

I’m the one who he shared those memories with…

that Time gave us,

and that Time took away.

Honorable Mention

Sara Palmisano

Canandaigua Academy

10th Grade

Watch Me Dance

The beat of the music whispers to me.

The soothing melody beckons to me.

The beating of the drums call to me.

The sound of the horns yell to me.

My foot begins to tap.

My mind begins to think.

My body begins to move.

My spirit begins to soar.

I find my pace to the music.

I find my place in the song.

I find my feelings in the drum.

I find my story in the melody.

My arms are stretched.

My lungs are filled.

My feet are blistered.

My toes are pointed.

I dance through pain.

I dance through joy.

I dance through the anger.

I dance through calm.

For a moment everything is perfect.

For a moment everything is right.

For a moment everything is clear.

For a moment everything is true.

I live for this moment.

I live in this moment.

I live because of this moment.

I live according to this moment.

If you want to see me happy,

If you want to see me alive,

If you want to see me passionate,

If you want to see me shining,

If you want to see me…

Watch me dance.

Honorable Mention

Rayanna Chambers

Canandaigua Academy

10th Grade

Love, Love, Love

The universal language of love,

Means to adore one another forever,

To feel and to care from the heart,

Sharing from the soul, not just a kiss,

For someone else to be your inspiration,

For two souls, it sounds like music.

At some point, everyone hears the music,

For the Spanish it is amor,

Artists say it is their inspiration,

And their admiration lasts forever,

In a painted kiss,

Given and taken from the heart.

When you share your heart,

You feel the music,

Embraced in a kiss,

The French say amour,

Lasts forever,

And the beautiful language is their inspiration.

Unspoken words become your inspiration,

Tenderness granted from the heart,

The physical side won’t last forever,

It’s a complicated expression like music,

The Italians call it amore,

And it is so much more than a kiss.

To kiss or not to kiss,

Sharing with some one is an inspiration,

In Germany, they call it liebe,

We feel more than a beat from the heart,

A song that is not just music,

Will it last forever?

For some, it is a long time, that forever,

It is more than just a kiss,

Some people hear the music,

But it is not their inspiration,

Sharing with too many, their tender little hearts,

Like going Dutch on feelings, they call it liefde.

For the luckiest, it does last forever love is their inspiration,

From a kiss, feeling with your heart,

Like music, it carries through the air, like rakkaus (Finnish).

Middle School Category Winners

1st Place

Paige Gagliardi

Canandaigua Middle School

7th Grade

A Child’s Joy

Let your hair fall down,

Feel the breeze,

Have not a single care in the world

As a child dazed by the world’s wonder.

Let laughter spill from your tongue,

And happiness radiate from your skin.

Let the wind caress your cheek,

Or even blow you down,

And when it does,

Laugh absentmindedly.

Hum a happy tune

Then sing as if no one is listening.

Let rain splash down upon you,

And smile as each drop hits you.

Do not let your young heart be consumed by sorrow.

The world is too wondrous for sorrow.

Stop and stare at a star’s brilliant light,

And watch the grass grow,

The clouds roll by,

Or a flower bloom.

Marvel at water’s strange beauty,

And listen as it gently laps against the shore.

Listen for a bird’s song,

A beat of a butterfly’s wing,

Or a crack of thunder.



Listen if you can not hear,

And rhyme words that never rhyme.

Run if you have no legs,

Scream if you have no voice,

See if you have no sight,

Pray if you have no faith,

Paint if you have no color,

Dream if you have no hope,

And dance for joy.

A child’s joy,

For the world is a wondrous place.

In a child’s eyes,

The world is irresistibly perfect in every way.

In a child’s eyes,

Nature’s beauty is astounding,

Nature’s simple gifts.

A child teaches us this:

We need to cherish nature’s simple gifts,

And cherish each day as if it were our last,

Making the best of every day by

Forgiving the unforgiven,

Loving the unloved,

Caring for the ones in need.

One voice may be strong,

But when another voice is added,

The voices build,

And build,

Until the voices become the most beautiful song ever sung.



Listen for a song of a child’s joy

And the wondrous world around us.

2nd Place

Kelsey Towne

Canandaigua Middle School

6th Grade


The most casual,

everyday encounters

are the ones to be relished,

the ones often held closest to the heart

by those with





dinner with a loved one,

exchanges of mock-hostile words between a rival

(which is simply a code for friend),

the seemingly insignificant moments




the cracks




when they are




to hold on to such memories

is to be human,

to lust for simpler times

is to be a child,


to relives one’s mot beloved moments

is a miracle.

3rd Place

Lauren Bates

Canandaigua Middle School

8th Grade

You say I should follow my dreams; but what if I get lost?

You say I should live for today and deal with my decisions tomorrow; but what if I throw my tomorrow away?

You say I should smile and make everyone’s day better; but what if I need someone to smile at me?

You say I should be the bigger person; but what if I’m too small?

You say I shouldn’t judge; but what if judging is human nature?

You say I should put a good foot forward; but what if I go backwards?

You say I should always try my best; but what if I’m still not good enough?

You say I should believe in things that no one can see; but what if they really aren’t there?

You say I should shoot for the stars; but what if I miss and land on the moon?

You say I should shine; but what if I’m too dull?

You say I should always trust; but what if I’m na├»ve?

You say a lot of things; but I am going to be who I want to be, and that person is myself.

Honorable Mention

Sierra Russell

Canandaigua Middle School

6th Grade

Our River

A creek,

little but strong,

it pushes on

under ice

around snow

Cold wind ripples the water,

already bubbling and gurgling




The snow

covers the ground around the

little creek

It will someday melt and

Join the creek

Its fate has been determined

No question.

What about you?

And me?

What creek will we join?

And can we

make it stronger?

All of us

Can create

A river

Honorable Mention

Reece Balicki

Canandaigua Middle School

8th Grade

A Lake and a Pebble

Life is like a pebble filled with joy and sadness,

Dropped into a lake filled with mystery and awe,

Down it goes.

It reaches the bottom expecting sorrow and despair,

But finds itself surrounded by faith and hope.

What I am is what I am.

What you think I am, I am not.

For I shall be the lake and you the pebble, my gem loved and cherished by all.

Floating down never to return again.

Into mystery.

Into me.

You may wonder what the pebble found.

Maybe what I am,

Or just maybe who it was,

In my lake that tells all.

All you need to do is be my pebble to find out what you truly are.

For I am my lake and you are my all.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Teen Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of Wood Library's Teen Poetry Contest! It was a tough contest with over 70 poems being submitted!

High School Category:
First Place - Nikole Blowers, Canandaigua Academy, 11th Grade
Second Place - Leah Wolfe, Homeschooled, 10th Grade
Third Place - Elizabeth Carro, Canandaigua Academy, 9th Grade
Honorable Mentions -
Sara Palmisano, Canandaigua Academy, 10th Grade
Rayanna Chambers, Canandaigua Academy, 10th Grade

Middle School Category:
First Place - Paige Gagliardi, Canandaigua Middle School, 7th Grade
Second Place - Kelsey Towne, Canandaigua Middle School, 6th Grade
Third Place - Lauren Bates, Canandaigua Middle School, 8th Grade
Honorable Mentions -
Reece Balicki, Canandaigua Middle School, 8th Grade
Sierra Russell, Canandaigua Middle School, 6th Grade

A special thank you to the poetry judges! I couldn't have done it without you!

Join the winners as they read their poems and receive their prizes at the Poetry Award Ceremony this Wednesday at 6:30 PM at Phoenix Coffee in Canandaigua. Contact Jenny Goodemote at 394-1381 or for more information.