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Ninth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival an Epic Success!

By: Stephanie A. Squicciarini, TBF Founder & Director, Fairport (NY) Public Library

Thousands of teens came out to Nazareth College’s campus for a day of books, author presentations, writing and drawing workshops, and teen film

Eastridge High School Lancers Marching Band Drumline leading the TBF Author Parade!
 Two Teen Design Contest Winners: Above, 2014 Limited Edition T-Shirt design, Below, Program Cover Design Contest

festival showings.  The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, known as TBF and in its ninth year, featured 30 authors from around the country including Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Paolo Bacigalupi, Joelle Charbonneau, Simone Elkeles, Ellen Hopkins, E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, G. Neri, Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, and Terry Trueman. 

A huge collaborative effort between school and public librarians from two library systems and four counties, TBF has grown to be one of the most respected and celebrated festival of its kind thanks in large part to the welcoming home of Nazareth College and its School of Education.  Teens come from all over the region, with many librarians and teachers arranging buses for the day. 

During a time when there are many articles and studies conducted that claim that teen readership is down, TBF shows a very different story, bringing together teens across all socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender lines, giving them all a safe place to be proud to be readers together! 

In another sign that the book is far from dead, Barnes & Noble, TBF’s official bookseller, sold over $25,000 in

Hundreds pack Laurie Halse Anderson’s presentation room!
Authors arriving to the red carpet and screaming fans!  Stephanie Squicciarini dressed Steampunk Style because the annual fundraising challenge was met.  Over $9000 was raised through various efforts, many teen driven!

books in just 9 hours!  This year, TBF also featured a very successful and popular panel of teen authors.  This panel will be expanded for TBF 2015.

The TBF Planning Committee, which works year-round and is already planning the 10th Annual TBF, includes: Sabrina Beach, web designer, Pamela Bigsby,  Oliver Middle School in Brockport, Kelley Blue, Wood Library, Canandaigua; Stephanie Cervantes, Greece Public Library, Barnard branch; Colleen Crispino, Lincoln Branch of RPL; Carly Dennis , Fairport Public Library, Xandi DiMatteo, Teen Central, RPL; Olivia Durant, Webster Public Library; Ellen Glena, Henrietta Public Library; Karen Hultz, Irondequoit Public Library; Dr. Laura Jones, Nazareth College; Sara Kimmel, Rush-Henrietta HS; Matthew Kreuger, Irondequoit Public Library; Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, St. Rita’s School; Cathy Kyle, Chili Public Library; Ashley Lysiak, Nazareth College Student Intern; Carly Maldonado, TBF Alum; Lisa Osur, Holley Central School District; Beth Puckett, Monore #1 BOCES; Laura Reed, Rush-Henrietta HS; Kimberly Rouleau, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women; Stephanie Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library; and Hannah Squires, Gates Public Library.

For a quick peak at the opening session audience, watch this video clip (which features only PART of the attendance, with hundreds more attendees in hallways still arriving on buses, in rooms awaiting the first author presentation breakout session, and in bleachers beneath where the telephone video is being recorded!  

Visit www.teenbookfestival.org for more information, to keep track of the list of authors confirmed for TBF 2015, and to sign up to receive regular email updates!