• Book cover: Shadow Scale

    Shadow Scale

Shadow Scale: The Book I’ve Been Waiting Two Years to Read!!

I read a fair amount so it goes without saying that one of my greatest joys is hearing the news that an author I like is writing a new book. Even better is when that new book is a sequel! There’s a certain anticipation that avid readers will quickly identify with this type of news. Symptoms of said anticipation might include re-reading the prior titles in the series, displays of elated joy, and in some cases incessant chattering about unresolved plotlines. But when that anticipation lingers a bit too long (read: A Song of Ice and Fire) I have witnessed negative side effects: despondency, a feeling of listlessness, and even frustrated keyboard mashing.

Now I never reached that point with Shadow Scale—no dark night of the reader’s soul for me—but it was drawing close (two years is pushing it). Luckily for all those eagerly awaiting, it’s being published this March! So what could possibly make me so excited about Shadow Scale? If you’ve read Seraphina, the first title in the series, you’ll likely know. If you haven’t read Seraphina, let me whet your appetite.

The kingdom of Goredd has enjoyed decades of tenuous peace with the neighboring kingdom of dragons. Under the terms of the peace humans cannot enter the dragons’ territory, and dragons—who can transform themselves between human and dragon form—must remain humanlike while in Goredd. As the 40th anniversary of the peace draws close, the crown prince of Goredd is found murdered in a suspiciously dragon-like way: his head has apparently been bitten off. Seraphina Dombegh, an attendant at the royal court, finds herself thrust into a world of chaos as the kingdom threatens to crumble. The truth behind the prince’s murder must be found before all is lost, and Seraphina has an inkling as to what’s really afoot. The trouble is that finding the truth might bring her dangerously close to revealing a long-held secret. She herself is half-dragon. This book has it all: spies, assassins, political intrigue, and a plucky heroine whose journey is absolutely unforgettable.

Need another endorsement? Tamora Pierce loved it!

Rest assured, come March 10th there will be no frustrated keyboard mashing, just the quick thumbing of pages and a satisfied grin.

Celebrating Women

The term feminist has recently come to the forefront of popular culture with the media asking famous young women to define or identify what feminism means to them. Feminism has been defined as, "The advocacy of womens rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes." (x) The following list of available titles in books, movies and music will empower, engage, encourage, explore and inspire feminist ideas. 

Tomboy, by Liz Prince a graphic novel based on Liz’s personal experience with non-conformity.


Rookie Yearbooks One, Two and Three edited by Tavi Gevinson. Articles, photographs, art and interviews from the Rookie online magazine. Tavi Gevinson started blogging at age 12 and founded the website Rookie in 2011 aimed at teenage girls. 


Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks. Gloria Jean Watkins, also known as Bell Hooks, is one of today's most prolific writers and activists on issues of gender, race and capitalism.


The Punk Singer - A Film about Kathleen Hanna. Best known as the singer for the band Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, this film also documents Hanna's involvement in the Riot Grrl movement of the 1990's. 


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. As well as containing incredible footage of the civil rights and black power movements, the interviews with feminist and social activist Angela Davis are powerful and relevant to our current political and social climate. 


The Guerrilla Girls' bedside companion to the history of Western art. The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of women artists exploring the domination of male art over generations. 


Music titles created by women artists:

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah. Part one (4th world war)


Lorde - Pure Heroine.


Lila Downs - La Sanduga.


Have you come across feminist material that you don't see in the library catalog? Click on Suggest a Purchase.

Teen Authors

When I was five the only thing I wanted to be more than a unicorn was a writer. Some pretty famous works were written by people under the age of 20: here’s a round-up of some of the reads you can get from the library by teen authors.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

 The Halo trilogy, published when Adornetto was seventeen, wasn’t even her first book. That was The Shadow Thief, written and published in Australia when she was fourteen.

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Her first book, published when she was fourteen, kicked off her “Den of Shadows” series about vampires, ghosts, witches, and more. She’s been publishing ever since, and has over 15 books with more to come!

Truancy by Isamu Fukui

A dystopian series of novels about a totalitarian education system, Fukui started having them published when he was fifteen and in high school himself.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

One of the books you might encounter in school, Hinton started The Outsiders when she was fifteen and published three years later. Considered a classic, it has been turned into a film and even briefly into a TV show.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Paolini started this book when he was fifteen, and ended up publishing and promoting it himself before it got picked up by an official publisher. The story of a boy and his dragon led to three more books and a movie.


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Another classic taught in classrooms, Shelley famously started this when she was eighteen on a dare. Frankenstein's monster is Shelley's most well-known creation.

Just Jake by Jake Marcionette

One of the youngest writers on this list, Marcionette debuted this book at age thirteen. A sequel is forthcoming this year.

Check out some of these teen authors, and maybe get inspired to write a masterpiece of your own!

  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there are lots of ways to celebrate this weekend.

1)      See the new film “Selma.”  It got rave reviews and was nominated for several Oscars this week, including Best Picture.  It’s playing in theaters across Sonoma County.

2)      Take a trip into the city on Monday for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival.  The Festival begins at 1pm at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Garden in San Francisco – there will be conversations with civil rights activists and performances by celebrated artists.  The event is totally free. 

3)      If you’d like to keep it local, Santa Rosa High School will be hosting an MLK celebration on Sunday, January 18th in its auditorium from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  There will be a dance performance, speeches, and music.  For more information, you can call 707-795-1044.  This free event is open to all. 

4)       Stop into the library for books on MLK, the civil rights movement, and African-American history.  Here are just a few of the books we have on hand:


  • MakerBot Replicator 2

    MakerBot Replicator 2

3D Printing @ Your Library in 2015

MakerBot 3D Printing is coming to a library near you in 2015!

Keep your eye out for announcements for workshops and introductory sessions. You can even sign up for a 2 hour printing session with the MakerBot.

In the mean time you can get familiar with 3D Printing technology by checking out our collection of up date 3D Printing information.

New Year --New You???



Check out these book for some easy ways to keep those resolutions!

GET HEALTHIER Healthy doesn't just mean losing weight. It can also mean playing more sports, making healthier eating or just resolving to get off the couch a little more often. Make one small change and you be healthier before you know it.


GET HAPPIER  Happiness can mean different things to different people. See if you can find ways to boost your self esteem or just spend more time doing things that you love instead of things that make you feel bad about yourself. BE A BETTER FRIEND The more love you give to your friends, the more love they'll give back to you. So, basically, if you stick to this New Year's resolution you've got nothing to lose. Find a couple of ways to help a friend out this month.



BE A ROLE MODEL It is easier than you think.  All you have to do is make smart decisions - and then make sure that other people are listening in on it.


BE A BETTER PERSON Being a good person - by donating your time (Click here to look for volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood) or donate some old stuff to those in need. Or better yet, just throwing some random acts of kindness toward the people in your life.





Learn to Knit LEARN TO KNIT

 You can find many more idea for your New Year's Resolutions in our Find catalog, some can even be read online.

  • Join us for LumaCON, Petaluma's first annual youth comic convention. January 17, 10am-4pm, at Herzog Hall in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

    Join us for LumaCON, Petaluma's first annual youth comic convention. January 17, 10am-4pm, at Herzog Hall in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

LumaCON Youth Comic Convention on Jan. 17

Don't miss LumaCON 2015, Petaluma's first annual comic convention! Come for the cosplay and costume competition, the live action role play, the crafts and fandom walls, and stay to hear panels of local comic and graphic novel artists and illustrators discuss their work and careers.

The LumaCON comic convention -- at Herzog Hall in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- is produced by a team that includes the librarians of Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, and the Sonoma County Library. LumaCON aims to gather families and students in the community to celebrate the creativity of our local area. This literacy-based event will highlight reading, art, crafts and imagination and encompasses comics, movies, popular culture, and young adult literature.

Special Guests

Tom Yeates (“Prince Valiant”), Brent Anderson (“Astro City”), J.W. Rinzler (“The Making of Star Wars”), and Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”) and many others will be displaying their work, and sharing their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications with teens and kids. Exhibitors include Brian’s Comics, Copperfield’s Books, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Outer Planets Comics and Games, and Rancho Obi-Wan, the amazing Star Wars collection.

Volunteer and be part of the fun!

Would you like to help out at LumaCON and earn volunteer hours? Have fun, work with your friends, and enjoy the energy of a comic convention. We can track your volunteer hours for college applications, scholarships, or wherever you may need to show them. Simply fill out the short application, bring it to the Petaluma Library by Jan. 6, and attend a brief orientation on Sat. Jan. 10 at 11 am.

Shadow an artist or join Youth Artists Alley!

Sign up to sit side by side with a professional artist or writer for half an hour. Registration for “shadow an artist” and for the Youth Artist Alley are open now--see the LumaCon website: http://lumacon.weebly.com.

  • Simply Sublime Gifts

    Simply Sublime Gifts

Create for the Holidays

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. 

New Metal Foil CraftsButton it UpEco-Craftwrapagami
Star Wars Craft bookFeisty StitcherWashi Tape ChristmasHandmade Gifts
  • St. Lucia's Day buns

    St. Lucia's Day buns

St. Lucia's Day: December 13

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.

Wintery Holiday Reads

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

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town. You probably already know and love the work of John Green. But don't miss out on the great books written by his collaborators Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson.
The authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist are back with another NYC collaboration. This story is told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily as each of them carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what - or who - they will find.
Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's Eve, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love - and twelve authors to fall in love with.

Marley's Ghost - by David Levithan

A new spin on the Dicken's classic. The spirit of Ben's girlfriend Marly returns with three other ghosts to haunt him with a painful journey though Valentine's Days past, present, and future.
The Black Butterfly - by Shirley Reva Vernick
Penny's skepticism about ghosts, love, and family change when her ghost-hunting mother sends her to a "friend's" inn in Maine for Christmas, where Penny confronts her own supernatural gift, an alluring boy, and staggering family secrets.
The Princess Present - by Meg Cabot
Spend the Christmas holiday in Genovia with Princess Mia and her family and friends.