Sebastopol Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Vote Now!!!

Sebastopol had their teen pumpkin carving contest on Tuesday.  Here are the pumpkins that they created.  Vote for your favorite one by Tuesday, October 30th by making a comment!


Pumpkin Bulldog

#2:  Gabe the Ghost

#3:  Bob Swarley

#4:  B.A.T.

#6:  David Dracula

#6:  Luna

#7:  As you see it

#8:  Heart O' Lantern

#9:  Starry Eyes




Pumpkin Carving Contest for Teens!


Free Pumpkin Carving Contest for Teens!
(Ages 12 to 19)

We supply the pumpkins...you supply the creativity!

These branches will be hosting the pumpkin carving contest for teens:

Windsor, Saturday, October 20th at 2 pm
Sebastopol, Tuesday, October 23rd at 4 pm
Cloverdale, Thursday, October 25th at 3 pm
Healdsburg, Thursday, October 25th at 4 pm
Rohnert Park, Tuesday, October 30th at 3:30 pm

Contestants will have 1 hour to carve pumpkins.
Library patrons will vote for their favorite pumpkin.
Prizes awarded to the top three pumpkins.


The results are in -- 2012 Teens Top Ten!

Teen readers across the country chose Divergent by Veronica Roth as their favorite book!  

This choice happened as part of the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association). Teens voted online between August 15 and September 15, with the official list announcement during this year's Teen Read Week (October 14–20). Click below to see a YouTube video announcement (2:05) of the winning books.




New Books!

How did I miss this?!?!

They made a movie of one of my favorite teen books!

Fat Kid Rules the World, by K. L. Going.
Check out this review of the movie (which opens this week it seems)!!


Teen Book Review: Unraveling

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Review by Anna S., Sonoma Valley Branch

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is an exciting, high-suspense novel about the end of the world. Janelle Tenner has many problems in her life, whether it is her buried-in-work father, her mood-swing-prone mother, or the fact that she has to save the world from a mysterious count down. Janelle finds an unlikely ally in Ben Michaels and his two friends. Despite the huge puzzle that could result in the end of all life, Janelle still has trouble not falling for Ben.

I don’t usually like sci-fi novels, or end-of-the-world themes, but I did really like this book. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and became pretty involved in the book. Janelle was a pretty likable character, and was always trying to help her family. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone except for people that need an extremely happy ending. It did not have the fairy tale ending I was hoping for.

Bad Lip Reading of the Hunger Games

Every night... I want to you to hold Marvin the Cat....


Teen Book Review: The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Review by Fallon D., Northwest Branch

Buttercup, one of the most beautiful women in the world, lives on a farm; her joys riding her horse and taunting the farm boy that works there. When an unexpected visit of the count and countess arrive, she realizes she loves the farm boy.  She professes her love, and he goes to America to seek his fortune so they can eventually marry.  Soon, she finds out that he has killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts.  Devastated and not caring about her life anymore, she agrees to marry Prince Humperdink, but the adventure doesn't stop there.

Loving the movie since I saw it  years ago, I wasn't disappointed. The movie was very close to the book, only leaving out minor scenes.  The book was really well written and has humor, though not maybe as much as the movie.The characters were very interesting and likeable, and the storyline was great. If you liked the movie I would definitely recommend this to you, but even if you haven't its a great book.

The Return of... the Sequel!

I read an interesting article about books that are being published lately which are sequels to books published 5, 10, even 20 years ago -- quite different from the usual publish-one-book-a-year cycle we see lately.  At least one of these (Unwind!) I have been waiting most anxiously for.

Have you read any of these?  Will a new sequel motivate you to go back and read or re-read the first book?


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Stuck In Neutral  
published 2001


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  Life Happens Next
  published 8/2012


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The Giver  
published 1994



  publishing 10/2012


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Stoner & Spaz  
published 2002  


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  Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz 2
  published 8/2011


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The Face on the Milk Carton  
published 1990



  Janie, Face to Face
  publishing 1/2013


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The Body of Christopher Creed  
published 2000  


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  Following Christopher Creed
  published 9/2012


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published 2007  


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  published 8/2012



Teens' Top Ten Vote Now!




The titles nominated are listed here.