Henna at Cloverdale!

Yesterday afternoon six girls went to the Cloverdale branch and learned all about henna:    the history of henna, how to apply it and how to care for their new temporary henna art.  This is a free event and most branches are participating in the henna program this summer.  The next henna program is this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Guerneville branch.  We hope to see you there!  For a listing of all the Teen Summer Reading Events please go to our event page.


Teen Book Review: Night World Series

Night World Series by L.J. Smith
Review by Zoe in Rohnert Park
Zoe reviewed the first two books in the series, Secret Vampire and Daughters of Darkness

Secret Vampire
This is a fairly large book; I mean, its 729 pages. I read this really fast, not because I wanted to finish it, and not because I was borrowing it. I finished it fast because it pulled me in, and I couldn't stop reading. The novels inside of them are incredibly well written. Though I knew, the Night World is a confusing place; L.J. Smith made me want to live in it.
L.J. is one of those authors who's books were written like 10 years ago; and are starting to get re-published. Let's just say that I'm am really glad that her books are being re-published. All of them that I have read are awesome. If you enjoy paranormal books, or even if you don't. You should read this book.

Daughters of Darkness
So, I finished this book a few days ago. I honestly like the first one better. It was more addicting than this one. I mean, don't get me wrong, this was a lovely book. But, it didn't have as much things drawing me in. The stories were well though out and creative, but, they just weren't it. So, if you have read the first book, don't give up on the series because of this book. You may like it more than I do.

New Books!

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Contest: Sonoma County Leave Your Mark Teen Challenge

 Please note:  This contest is not sponsored by Sonoma County Library.  Please do not contact your public library about this contest, please contact the name and number below.  Thank you!

What:  A pledge-drive competition to reduce energy use in Sonoma County!
Sonoma County youth of ages 14 to 18 years sign up as teams of 2 to 5 members to inspire community members to sign pledge leaves as a commitment to reduce their energy use.  The team that collects the most pledge leaves WINS!
When:  Contest will run from July 13th to August 15, 2009
Call them NOW to sign your team up and schedule a 1-hour orientation to collect your contest resource packet (Last date for sign-ups is June 30th)
Why:  1.  Because reducing energy use is one of the easiest and best ways to stop climate change!
2.  Because you'll get to meet new people in your community!
3.  Because it's a fun way to spend your summer!
4.  Because there are great prizes!
5.  Because everyone wins!
Prizes:  $500 scholarship for the winning team!
Prize-filled goody bags for the team that collects 10 "leader pledges"
All team players:  Custom made t-shirt with tree graphic
Awards ceremony will be held at the "Leave Your Mark" event in September, with recognition by community leaders and the public.
Contact Sharon Templeton, Angela Bohl or Maitreyi Siruguri at 707-525-1665 ext. 115 or email us at contest@climateprotectioncampaign.org for registration details.
Contest sponsored by the Climate Protection Campaign.

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