Every summer my office receives quite a variety of reading lists for children and adults. Occasionally I get one for teens, but it is usually the required reading list for a local school or one produced by an organization jumping on the bandwagon to tout literature for teens.
One unusual compilation that marks its 10th anniversary this year is the Monroe County Library System's Rave Reviews, a hand-sized publication developed by teen literature specialists, young adult librarians, and staff serving teens from each of the member libraries.
What makes Rave Reviews unique is how it is developed. Each year this library group reads, nominates, reviews, and votes on titles that don't necessarily make mainstream lists such as ALA's Notable lists or SLJ's Best Books of the Year.
The final 14 to 18 selections, usually fiction but not limited to this type, must receive five "yes" votes and must not appear on another recent genre list created by the team. This ensures that teens are exposed to titles that they may not necessarily know about from peers or other sources.
The annotated list represents a variety of genres and the titles are of good literary quality. Popular appeal is also a factor, but not the predominant one. You can pick up a copy of Rave Reviews from any Monroe County public library once summer reading programs begin.
--- Carolyn Schuler
Cool Kids Thurs, June 17, Dady Brothers, 7-9 p.m. | Fri, June 18, music and culture of India, 7-8 p.m. | Sagawa Park, Erie and Main Sts, Brockport, Free. 637-3984, www.brockportny.org.
Henrietta Public Library Fri, June 18, Father's Day craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Tues, June 22, summer program registration, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | 455 Calkins Rd. 359-7092
RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. A Trip to Saturn and Pluto, Saturdays 1 p.m. | The Sky Tonight, Sat 10:30 a.m. | I See The Sky, for ages 3-5, Sat 9:30 a.m.| Dave Matthews Laser, Sat 9 p.m. | Reserve seats. Tix: $4-$7. See "Movies" section for large-format film showings. 271-1880
Rochester Boys Choir Now auditioning for 2004-2005 season, boys grades 2-7, Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 381-9228, www.rochesterboyschoir.org.
Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Surprise! It's Science, through May 2005. | Body Carnival: the Science and Fun of Being You, ongoing. | Rochester's Frederick Douglass, through Jan 2006. | Live Science Demos, Wed-Fri 3:30 p.m., Sat 2, 3, 4, Sun 1:30, 2:30, 3:30. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org.
Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. Sat, June 19, Golden Link Folk Singers, 3 p.m. | Sun, June 20, Moonbeam2Earth Project, 3 p.m. | Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453, www.senecazoo.org.
Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Square. Making America's Music, through Sun, Sept 12. Opening weekend activities: Sat-Sun, June 19-20. | Long-term exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame, Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?, and Super Kids Market. | Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7; $6 seniors, students; $5 children. 263-2700
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Fri-Sat, June 18-19 and 25-26. Everyone's Theatre Company, Victor Educational Center Auditorium, 953 High St, Victor, 7:30 p.m., June 26 1:30 p.m. Tix: $10, $5 seniors, students. 415-4747
Having savings accounts for your kids is nice, but if you really want to give them a lesson in economics (and have fun), hit the East Avon Flea Market. Give 'em a couple bucks and stand back as they unleash their inner Donald Trump.
I've seen shy 9-year-olds bring dealers to their knees with steadfast refusals to pay the asking price for a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Visiting the largest Flea in Upstate New York sharpens math skills and builds confidence like no trip to the mall ever could.
Kids love the Flea for the same reason we adult devotees do. There are tons of really cheap, cool stuff to be had, old and new. Hey kids, need that elusive toy to complete your set? Anybody can have mom or dad search eBay. Come down to the Flea and mix it up with the pros in person. Go early for the best selection, or late for the best bargains.
The East Avon Flea Market is open Sundays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the large snack bar and live entertainment. Don't worry, they have flush toilets. Take 390 south to the Avon exit, bear right onto Routes 5 and 20, then turn right at the intersection of Route 15. The Flea is a mile down on the left. Like Trump Tower, you can't miss it. I recommend teaching kids the essential question, "Is that your best price?" during the half-hour drive.
Info: 226-8320 or www.eastavonfleamarket.com.
--- Linda Kostin (www.junkstorecowgirl.com)