Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A special message from Stephanie Squicciarini

Hi TBF Fans!

It is hard to believe that planning TBF 2014 is well underway…our NINTH year! It has grown to be so successful thanks in large part to YOU! Thanks for your support and for attending TBF and spreading the word about TBF. We need you to continue to spread the word…so feel free to send this email along to friends and let them know to save the date for TBF 9: May 17, 2014! 

We are adding new authors often and have a goal of 30 again this year…so be sure to check www.teenbookfestival.org for our latest lineup and keep checking for new additions. Our list should be finalized VERY soon!

It is also the time of year that we kick off our fundraising. We continue to work hard to keep TBF FREE to attend. But we cannot do it without the help of dedicated fans and generous donors. Our main fundraiser is our TBF Read-a-Thon (RAT) that we hold each October. This year the RAT is on October 12th, 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Barnes & Noble in Pittsford Plaza (Pittsford, NY). If you are in the Rochester area (or are willing to drive a bit) we would LOVE to have your help in raising funds during the RAT. If you are not familiar with it, the RAT is like a walk-a-ton or marathon…except instead of finding sponsors to support your walking or running efforts…they will be supporting your reading efforts! If you want to take part in the RAT…AND can commit to raising a MINIMUM of $20…let me know and I will send you a RAT packet so you can start getting sponsors (please let me know by September 25th so I have time to get you your packet). Include in your email the name/location of your school so I can also check to see if your school librarians already have the info for you. If you are a teacher or librarian and you have a group of readers who want to be a part, let me know and I will get you all you need for your group! 

The teen who raises the most for the RAT will get TWO tickets to the TBF Author Welcome Dinner the night before TBF J If amounts are really close, we have been known to award two sets of tickets J The adult who raises the most gets $25 in TBF Certificates. We will also have door prizes, Advance Reader Copies of some books, and TBF shirts to give away to readers at the RAT.

As if that were not enough…we will also have a special guest this year! TBF Alum author A.S. (Amy) King will be in the area beginning on October 12th and she will kick off her tour at our RAT! At around 6:00pm Amy will join us for pizza (donated by TOPS Markets…along with snacks!) and then at 7pm she will be doing a reading/presentation followed by a signing. If you want to read more about why A.S. King will be in the area, take a look at the voucher.

If you cannot take part in the RAT and still want to help…you CAN! The same day, October 12th, we will also have a Barnes & Noble Bookfair. Everyone who shops at a B&N…ANYWHERE…and shows the attached vouchers will be supporting TBF…a portion of all sales that day (that come with a voucher) will be go to TBF. Cannot shop that day? The Bookfair is also valid from 10/13-10/18 online at www.bn.com Just enter the bookfair ID # that is on the voucher when you check-out. 

All money raised for TBF 2014 will go to the TBF Fundraising Challenge. If we raise $9000, in honor of our 9th year, I and several TBF planners will need to dress Steampunk Style for TBF!

Thank you again for your support of TBF. Let me know if you have any questions! 

With gratitude,
Stephanie A. Squicciarini, TBF Founder and Director

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