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.

Silly Books from the Stacks

Need a chuckle? We have some weird and wacky books in our collection. Don't believe me? Take a peek below.


Glamourpuss:The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs

By Julie Jackson



by Fraser Lewry and Tom Ryan


Wreck the Hall

by Jen Yates


You have to F*cking Eat

by Adam Mansbach

Teens' Top Ten Winners Announced

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.

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile) 
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)

Did you vote for the Teens' Top Ten?

  • 7 Clues to Winning You

    7 Clues to Winning You, by Kristin Walker

Teen Book Soundtrack: Seven Clues to Winning You

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!

  1. Elements - Lindsay Sterling
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Song
  3. Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
  4. Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
  5. Tidal Wave - Owl City
  6. Am I Wrong - Neko & Vince
  7. Little Love Song - Mongol 800
  8. Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
  9. Raging Fire - Phillip Phillips
  10. Good Life - One Republic
  11. Let It Go - Jun Sung Ahn
  12. So Good - B.O.B.
  13. Long Live - Taylor Swift


  • The Maze Runner book cover

    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!