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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.”  

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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:
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  • What else do you want us to include in the teen area or the rest of the website? 
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  • 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

Petaluma

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

Cloverdale

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

Rohnert Park

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

Northwest

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

 

Teen Book Review

Review by Anna, Sonoma Branch

The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder

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     Amy Holder creates a nightmarish high school experience in The Lipstick Laws. April Bowers, despite being at the same high school for two years, has no friends. She doesn’t stay friendless for long when she becomes gym partners with Britney Taylor, the most popular girl in school. But April discovers not everything is as ideal as it seems when Britney reveals the totalitarian rules that everyone who is Britney’s friend must abide to. Soon April falls from grace, and retaliates by creating the Lipstick Law Breakers. She is then thrust into an all-out clique war she started herself.

            I strongly dislike this book. It is predictable down to the characters’ names. The so-called resolution was superficial, close-minded, and a temporary fix at best. Even the Lipstick Law Breakers, the “good” guys in this plot, take actions that are only propelled by hatred and the urge to point out the flaws of other people. The only reason I would recommend this book is if you wish to feel better about yourself by the time you finish it.

Northwest Day of the Dead Pictures

Check out these cool skulls made by Northwest Teens at the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos program!

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Teen Book Review

Review by Lexi

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare on March 27, 2007
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                 Clary Fray is a fifteen year old girl that lives in New York with her mother.  One night out with her best friend, Simon Lewis, she witnesses a murder. The strange thing is, no one saw it but her! She soon comes to realize who the murderers are. They call themselves Shadowhunters. They dedicate themselves to protecting the "mundanes" from the demon world. She soon learns about her role in all of this, including how she was the only one able to see them when they murdered the demon. Her mother is soon taken, and she has to fight to save her and the famous Mortal Cup, one of the three Mortal Instruments.
                       What did I like and not like about the book? I really enjoyed the witty and sarcastic dialogue between all of the characters. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job with all of her characters. I was even catching myself laughing out loud, many times, with their hilarious conversations. It was also so different from all of the other books I have read, which I really enjoyed. Cassandra Clare always kept you on your toes through out the book. She had a really nice storyline, and a really shocking twist to the end that I was begging for more! To be quite honest, there wasn't much that I didn't really like in this book. I was able to find some things though. Of course, in almost every book you read there is always that awkward love triangle. I was kind of hoping from an escape from that because it's in almost every series there is. Also part of the ending was so obvious that I was able to see it a mile away. Maybe I just have really good intuition or something? I enjoyed this book a lot, even with the tiny flaws.
                I would recommend this book to any gender. There is both love and action involved so it entertains both sexes. I would most likely set the age limit to like 14-15+. There is a little vulgar language, but nothing major.
 
If you enjoyed this book, check out the whole Mortal Instruments series!

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