Sarah Dessen!

Very popular, much loved author Sarah Dessen will be at the Petaluma Copperfield's on June 20th at 7 p.m!  She will be promoting her new book Along for the Ride.  For more information go to Copperfield's Website.  We hope to see you there!


Wanted: Poets and Illustrators

Do you live in Santa Rosa?  Do you write poetry?  Do you enjoy illustrating?  The Friends of the Library Newsletter is looking for library-loving artist to grace the pages of their newsletter.  For more information please call 849-9538. 


New Books!


Teen Summer Reading Starts Today!

It's that time again! Stop by your local library and sign up for Teen Summer Reading starting today, June 8. It's super easy - and just for signing up you get a free paperback book to keep. Also be sure to check the library's web calendar for special teen only events this summer.

Book Review: The Oxford Project

The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein & Stephen Bloom

Review by Rachel, Librarian, Healdsburg Branch

2009 Alex Award Winner
     "The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18." (YALSA)

Back in 1984, a college professor with a passion for photography moved to the small Midwestern town of Oxford, Iowa. With a population or under 700 people, Stephen Bloom wanted to get to know his new neighbors in a very real way. He decided to send a letter to everyone in town, asking them to come to his studio for a portrait. After making the right friendly connection with one of Oxford’s elders, Bloom was able to photograph all but 7 of the town’s residents. From near new born babies to elders in their nineties, the people of Oxford came to the studio and were photographed as they were. Some were walking their dogs, others coming from the grocery store. One man brought his pet 300 pound lion (no joke!). Satisfied with his work, Bloom put all the negatives from the Oxford Project into a filing cabinet and forgot them. Jump ahead to 2007. Bloom and his colleague Peter Feldstein decided to re-photograph everyone they had seen in 1984. Feldstein interviewed Oxford’s residents about their lives and their relationships to each other. What resulted is a fascinating look at a town and it’s evolution from 1984 to today. Imagine if someone came to your class room or town to record everyone as they are right now. What would you look like in 25 years? See what happened to the people of Oxford, Iowa by reading The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein and Stephen Bloom.

Teen Book Review: Children of the Lamp Series

Lily from Petaluma is our very first teen book reviewer.  She reviewed the first four books in the Children of the Lamp Series by Philip Kerr.
The Akhenaten Adventure
The Blue Djinn of Babylon
The Cobra King of Kathmandu
The Day of the Djinn Warriors
     These books are great, they are about two twins named John and Philippa Gaunt who find out that they are djinn on a trip to their Uncle Nimrod’s house. Djinn are also known as genies, they have the power to grant wishes. John, Philippa, Nimrod, and Nimrod’s butler, Groanin are soon wrapped up in a complex mystery trying to defeat the ifrit, the worst tribe of djinn, in getting the lost 70 djinn of akhenaten. I will not tell you what the lost djinn are for fear of giving away the ending, but I will tell you that they are what will balance out the power of the djinn. Philippa is a witty girl with red hair and glasses and John, is a tall dark boy who is clever but not as witty as Philippa.  I really like these books they are funny and suspenseful! I could not put these down! I highly recommend them for readers anywhere from 8 to 14, I had a blast reading them and I hope you will to.

Did you read this series?  Let us know what you thought of it!

Do you want to become a teen book reviewer?  E-mail Tiffany at teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us or go to http://sonomalibrary.org/forms/teenbook.scl


The Vampire Diaries on TV!

CW is creating a new teen television series based on the book series called The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.  CW is a channel for teen television series.  They created Gossip Girls, One Tree Hill, Smallville and more.  Check out CW's website for more information at http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries.  You can catch The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights at 8 pm starting this Fall! Here are the books in the Vampire Diaries series.  Check them out before you watch the show! The Awakening The Struggle The Fury Dark Reunion


Do you love baby animals?  Here is a website that you might enjoy!  Its updated with all the animals that were born in zoos and aquariums around the world!  You can find ZooBorns at zooborns.com.

Awesome Summer Reads for Teens 2009 by the Petaluma Library

The Petaluma Teen Librarian went to Kenilworth Middle School to highlight our summer reading program, our teen volunteer program and a few books.  Here are the books they shared with the students.  They picked funny short stories, biographies, thrillers, mysteries, adventure so there is something for everyone.

Bodies from the Ice:  Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
The Ranger's Apprentice #1:  The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Deep and Dark and Dangerous:  a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
Knucklehead:  tall tales & mostly true stories about growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
Team Moon:  how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Lay-ups and long shots:  an anthology of short stories by Joseph Bruchac, et al.
Peeled by Joan Bauer
Second Sight by Gary Blackwood
Oddest of All by Bruce Coville
Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Giblin
The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Coraline:  graphic novel by Craig P. Russell
The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa

New Books!