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Teen Book Review: The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

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Review by Sedona, Healdsburg Branch

     This book is about Kayla and her suspicion of the bar code tattoo.  The bar code tattoo is supposed to be a convenient way of life, but people who get the tattoo are miserable.  But Why?  Kayla figures this out and is sad to be living in such a harsh world.

     I picked this book because I wondered if humanity was an item, just like a bar code indicated.

     I finished it because I heard in the book that they were going to figure out why the bar code tattoo made everyone's life miserable.

     I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi and love mysterious conspiracies.  Also, this book is packed with action.

Rating: 5 stars

 

Teen Programs for Week 4

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Wednesday, June 26

Duct Tape Mania - 2:00, Sonoma Valley Branch

Henna Art - 2:00, Rohnert Park

Monster Make-Up - 3:00, Petaluma

Thursday, June 27

Comedy Improv - 3:00, Rincon Valley

Gelatin Printing - 3:30, Cloverdale

Friday, June 28

Bleach T-Shirts - 3:00, Sebastopol

Saturday, June 29

Monster Make-Up - 2:00, Northwest

 

Teen Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X (with the assistance of Alex Haley)

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Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

     Through a series of interviews with Alex Haley, Malcolm X , one of the most controversial speakers in history, details his struggles to break free from the "white man's"  oppression. From being raised by a widowed mother to becoming a thief and drug dealer in Harlem to eventually preaching in the Nation of Islam and becoming one of the biggest names in the Civil Rights movement, Malcolm X tells his story.
 

     I read this book for my book report and found it very enlightening. I heard from multiple sources that it was a good book, and they were correct. While his ideas and preachings are almost unbelievable, you get to see his growth as a person throughout the book, which was very interesting. I usually do not read autobiographies or books about the Civil Rights movement, but I think we can all learn something from Malcolm X's life.
 

Pictures of Henna Art from Northwest

Here are some of the awesome tattoos done at the Henna Art program at the Northwest Branch!  If you haven't attended this program yet, look for it at some of the other library branches. (links following the pictures)

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Sonoma: 2:00 Wednesday, June 19

Central (Santa Rosa): 2:00 Thursday, June 20

Windsor: 3:00 Friday, June 21

Rohnert Park: 2:00 Wednesday, June 26

Guerneville: 3:00 Wednesday, July 10

Cloverdale: 3:30 Thursday, July 11

Healdsburg: 2:00 Wednesday, July 17

Rincon Valley: 3:00 Thursday, July 25

Sebastopol: 3:00 Friday, July 26

 

Teen Programs For Week 3!

Programs this week:

Remember, you get 2 stamps on your game card and an extra raffle ticket for each program you attend - Good Luck on winning the Kindle!

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Wednesday, June 19

     Henna Art - 2:00, Sonoma Valley

     Beading 101 - 2:00, Rohnert Park

     Duct Tape Mania - 2:00, Healdsburg

Thursday, June 20

     Henna Art - 2:00, Central

     Gelatin Printing - 3:00, Rincon Valley

     Bleach T-Shirts - 3:30, Cloverdale

Friday, June 21

     Henna Art - 3:00, Windsor

Cool Summer Programs!

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Do you have one of these calendars of teen events at the library?  If not, be sure to stop in and get one so you don't miss out on any of the fun!  Remember, you can earn stamps for your game card and extra raffle tickets for attending the programs.

Wednesday programs:

STUFFED CRITTERS at 2:00 in the Sonoma Valley Branch

MONSTER MAKE-UP at 2:00 in the Healdsburg Branch

ALTERED BOOKS at 3:00 in the Petaluma Branch.

Thursday programs:

DUCT TAPE MANIA at 3:00 in Rincon Valley

Friday programs:

GELATIN PRINTING at 3:00 in Sebastopol

MONSTER MAKE-UP at 3:00 in Windsor

Saturday programs:

HENNA ART at 11:00 in Northwest

 

Teen Book Review: The Book Thief

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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

     Living in Nazi Germany hasn't been easy for Liesel Meminger. With both her parents gone and brother dead, she is adopted by the Hubberman's at the age of ten. She finds a friend in blond Rudy Steiner, along with a few enemies. Her adoptive father, Hans, begins teaching her to read using a book she stole from the snow beside her brother's grave. Told from the perspective of a not-so malicios death, The Book Thief chronicles the next four years of Liesel's life, from simple childhood joys to the danger of the war.

     This book is one of my favorites. It gave an insight to Germans who were not pleased with Hitler's plans but were still suppressed with violence and other threats. The book also described some of the propaganda used by the Nazis, but what I liked most about this book was the balance. While it talked about the dark times Germany and the rest f the world faced, a portion of the book was about Liesel growing up and her adventures with Rudy. I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of what genre you read.
 

 

Sign Up for Teen Read 2013!!

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    Tuesday, June 4, is the first day to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!  We have a new game card this year where you earn stamps and prizes.  We still want book reviews and will be giving out raffle tickets again this year.  Each branch will be giving away a kindle for the raffle prize - so make sure you read lots of books and collect those tickets!
 

Click here to see our teen events programs and calendar

Book Spotlight: Son by Lois Lowry

giver     Everyone remembers The Giver, that dystopian book by Lois Lowry that we all had to read in school? Children receive their lifetime assignments at the ceremony of 12 years.  When Jonas becomes the community's Receiver of memories, he discovers a terrible truth about the community he lives in.  20 years later, Lois Lowry has answered questions about what happened to Jonas and the baby he was protecting in a sequel called Son.

son   In Son by Lois Lowry, Claire has been assigned the job of Birthmother in her small community but unlike the other birthmothers, she becomes attached to her baby and feels a terrible loss when he is taken away.  When things don't go as planned for the child, Claire goes to extreme measures to find and rescue her son.  You can't go wrong with Lois Lowry and this book is well-written, unpredictable, and exciting!  Claire's life has such a roller-coaster of feelings, it is impossible to put the book down.  Read or re-read The Giver first if you can - to better understand Claire's community.

This book was nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books of 2013!

To learn more about YALSA's Top Ten books, click here

To see the list of nominated books, click here

Rohnert Park's Teen Read Display

The Rohnert Park library has a Sneak Peek display set up for summer reading. Teens can scope out the newly designed game card and rules for Teen Read 2013 where a kindle is the grand prize!

Rohnert Park is also hosting their third Teen Challenge where teens can examine books that have been hacked up and placed in jars and try to guess which books they are.RPTeenread

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