Posted on December 10, 2014
It can be frustrating trying to find the right gift for someone, especially around the holidays, and best gifts are from the heart, right?
Maybe your family members have everything, you are not sure what someone is into at the moment, or it could be you have a new friend and you are still getting to know them. Whatever your gifting dilemma, you can try your hand at creating some heartfelt unique gifts for your friends and loved ones. No need to buy shiny new things, you can upcycle, recreate, and redesign the most ordinary of things.
Did you already finish your gift shopping or think you are not a good crafter? Don’t worry about it, you can also jazz up a store bought present with a heartfelt wrapping or a handmade tag. Check out the books below to get some ideas on how to put your heart into gift giving this season or just have some fun crafting.
You can find many more crafting books full of ideas in our Find catalog, some can even be read online.
Posted on December 09, 2014
Let's be honest here. St. Lucia's Day, while an entertaining celebration of Christmas holiday tradition in Scandanavia, is really all about the special saffron flavored buns. Lussekatter are shaped like cats curled up to nap on a cold winter's night. They go deliciously well with pepparkakor (fancy Scandanavian gingerbread cookies). Oh, and don't forget the thrill of wearing lit candles on your head while carrying a tray of hot coffee and pastries to your parents before sunrise. Besides the fun of baking and eating the excellent treats involved, you also get to participate in the Christmas tradition of Kirsten Larson, one of the original American Girl Dolls. Baking, eating, dressing-up, and reading. What's more fun than that?
Watch the video St. Lucia for Dummies created by the Swedish experts on all things St. Lucia's Day. It's pretty funny and educational.
Posted on December 03, 2014
Get yourself a fluffy blanket, a mug of hot cocoa (with marshmallows, natch) and a cuddle buddy.
You're going to settle in for a long winter's read.
Let it Snow : Three Holiday Romances - By John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
Posted on November 18, 2014
Need a chuckle? We have some weird and wacky books in our collection. Don't believe me? Take a peek below.
By Julie Jackson
by Fraser Lewry and Tom Ryan
by Jen Yates
by Adam Mansbach
Posted on October 20, 2014
Teens across the country voted and the results are now in!
View a list of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten titles here (pdf). Or click the links in the titles below to go straight to the library catalog.
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
- Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)
- Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
- Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
- The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
- The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)
Did you vote for the Teens' Top Ten?
Posted on October 06, 2014
The list below is a playlist of songs, compiled by a Santa Rosa teen, to go along with the book "Seven Clues to Winning You," by Kristen Walker. Read, listen, and enjoy!
- Elements - Lindsay Sterling
- Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Song
- Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
- Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
- Tidal Wave - Owl City
- Am I Wrong - Neko & Vince
- Little Love Song - Mongol 800
- Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
- Raging Fire - Phillip Phillips
- Good Life - One Republic
- Let It Go - Jun Sung Ahn
- So Good - B.O.B.
- Long Live - Taylor Swift
Posted on August 26, 2014
Scheduled to hit the big screen on September 19, The Maze Runner is the newest in a series of highly successful books written for teens that have been optioned by Hollywood film studios. Interested in reading the book before the movie is released? Here’s what you need to know:
This page-turner of a book starts when Thomas wakes up in a strange walled-in community known as the Glade. He has no memory of how he got there, or what his life was like before. It begins the same for everyone who arrives at the Glade—every 30 days a new boy arrives via a giant elevator. No memories. No family. No friends. There have never been any girls in the elevator—just boys and enough supplies for the Gladers to last another month. Thomas must quickly learn the rules and adjust to life in the Glade, which is surrounded by a massive maze. It is through the maze that the Gladers believe that their freedom will be found, but it is an unforgiving landscape populated by lethal creatures known as Grievers. Life in the Glade continues as normal until one day the elevator arrives. In it is a girl, Theresa, with a message: there will be no more arrivals and no more supplies. It becomes quickly apparent to Thomas, Theresa, and the other Gladers that the only hope that they have for survival is to solve the maze and gain their freedom. They must all become maze runners.
If you finish The Maze Runner and want to find out what happens next then you should definitely check out the rest of the series:
Highly recommended for fans of both the Hunger Games and Divergent series.
Posted on August 14, 2014
Voting opens for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten THIS Friday, August 15!
The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.
Want a quick overview of the nominees? Check out the video above!
Posted on July 08, 2014
Check out the awesome artwork submitted by teens to the Sebastopol Regional Library for Teen Read!
Posted on June 25, 2014
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Regional Library & Rincon Valley Library
A group of three cousins and one friend: this family is the wealthy, privileged Sinclairs. They spend their summers on a private island and become very close every year. Cady arrives on the island the year she is 17, with medical problems lingering from the summer two years ago. She knows something happened the “summer of 15”. No one is telling her what happened, everyone is lying to her. What happened the summer of 15? Why won’t anyone tell her?
Why I picked it up: This book is getting a lot of buzz from the media so I was curious about it. I have read other books by Lockhart and enjoyed them, so I wanted to give it a try.
Why I finished it: You can’t start this book without finishing it. You need to know what happened to Cady.
I’d recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good fast summer read.
I love the dust jacket for this book. The last paragraph says “Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”