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    The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

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.

The Sonoma County Library has copies of The Maze Runner available in many different formats. Check it out as a book, ebook, audiobook on CD, or downloadable audiobook.

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.  

Vote for 2014 Teens Top Ten!


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!

  • Artistic Representations

Artistic Representations of Books

Check out the awesome artwork submitted by teens to the Sebastopol Regional Library for Teen Read!

  • We Were Liars

Librarian Book Review: We Were Liars

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.”  

Welcome to our new Teenspace

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Explore our new Teenspace area and the beta website as a whole and let us know what you think. Get closer to leveling up on your Teen Read game card by posting your thoughts on the digital branch. You can get one stamp for providing feedback, just let the librarian at your branch know you posted about our new website. 

Here are some of the things you can do in Teenspace:

Some things to keep an eye out for are:
  • Is there something that should be here that you can't find?
  • What else do you want us to include in the teen area or the rest of the website? 
  • Does something look weird? 
  • What do you want more of?
  • What do you want less of?
We will be continuously working to improve the Teenspace area based on your input.
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Play the Game this summer at the Sonoma County Library

Join Teen Read 2014

JUNE 10 – AUGUST 1, 2014

If you're going into the 7th - 12th grade, you qualify for a chance to Win a Kindle

You can also attend Teen only workshops!
Some of the workshops scheduled include beading, cartooning, henna art, duct tape crafts, origami and more. Schedule of special events for Teen Read 2014 Here is the Teen Read 2014 program schedulein PDF format

How do you play?

Starting June 10th …

  • Register at your local library to pick up your Teen Read GAME CARD.
  • Read Books* and complete Library Activities** to earn stamps on your Game Card.
  • LEVEL UP to win five different prizes, including treats, gift cards and a FREE BOOK!
  • Get a RAFFLE TICKET for each book review you turn in***
  • Attend fun Teen PROGRAMS and WORKSHOPS – and get an extra raffle ticket!
  • Enter your RAFFLE TICKETS at your local library for CHANCES TO WIN PRIZES, including the GRAND PRIZE of a KINDLE!

Open to 7th-12th grades only****
Special thanks to our Library Friends groups for their generous support!

* Turn in a Teen Review Card for each book you read.
**Library Activities that earn stamps for your Game Card are listed below and on the Teen Read Flyer
***Maximum 2 raffle tickets for book reviews each week.
****completed 6th grade

Discover This!

Short on cash and need something to do? 
With the Discover & Go program you can reserve discounted and free museum tickets. 

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Here are just some of the museums that participate:

The California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
The Charles M Schulz Museum (Santa Rosa)
Exploratorium (San Francisco)
Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (Oakland)
Pacific Coast Air Museum (Santa Rosa)
Pacific Pinball Museum (Alameda)
Sonoma County Museum (Santa Rosa)
The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose) IMAX Theater

Use Discover & Go with your Sonoma County Library card number and PIN for free or discounted passes to museums and more.

  • You can search for passes by date or by location.
  • To reserve a pass, you must be at least 15 years old and you must live in Sonoma County.
  • You may have up to 2 reserved passes per library card at a time.
  • You may cancel a reservation if you have not printed the pass (once printed, it is not able to be cancelled).
  • Every venue determines how many tickets they make available, and at what discount level.

****Don't forget to check out the events at your local library!


Teen programs coming up!

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Rincon Valley

Wed, Dec. 4 - Castles and Crowns Chess Club - 3pm - 5pm

Wed, Dec. 11 - Castles and Crowns Chess Club - 3pm - 5pm

Thurs, Dec 12 - Build a House of Cards contest - 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Wed, Dec. 18 - Castles and Crowns Chess Club - 3pm-5pm


Thus, Dec. 5 - Board Games - 4pm - 5:30pm


Fri, Dec. 13 - Gingerbread House Contest - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Rohnert Park

Fri, Dec. 13 - Cartooning Workshop - 3:30pm


Wed, Dec. 18 - Copper Etching - 3:30pm - 5pm