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KIDS | "Seedfolks"/Teen Book Festival


Two events taking place this week focus on literature geared toward children, and can help families wrap up the school year while emphasizing summer reading, community, and healthy choices.

The Southwest Area Neighborhood Association's youth after-school program will present its production of "Seedfolks," a play celebrating gardening, youth, and community. The play has been adapted from Paul Fleischman's book by Lisa Barker, director of SWAN's Grow Green Program, and Tom Lake, children's arts specialist. The piece was performed by the kids last May, and will return to the stage on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Wilson Foundation Academy (200 Genesee St.). The production will feature music by the SWAN band and will be followed by a potluck reception.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit the Grow Green program, which seeks to engage the community in urban agriculture and healthy eating. For more information, visit

On Saturday, May 18, Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) will host the 8th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, during which thousands of teens will come together to meet their favorite authors. Among the 34 award-winning authors from across the nation and beyond, featured writers include Tom Angleberger, Kate Brian, Andrea Cremer, Ellen Hopkins, Mark Shulman, Margaret Stohl, and Terry Trueman. The festival includes a panel, breakout sessions, teen films selected from the Rochester Teen Film Festival, a performance by the Wilson Pearls Steam Team, and a special presentation by Michael Morpurgo, author of "War Horse." Books by authors in attendance, lunch, snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event takes place 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information visit