• Bucket List film

    Bucket List film

Have Holes in your Summer Bucket List?


Have you done everything on your summer bucket list? You can watch the movie or get outside and get some things crossed off your own bucket list. Have you thought about doing any of the following?

Visit the Sonoma County Fair?

Go to the beach?

Play Hide and Seek at NIght?

Re-read an old favorite?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowling

Who hasn't read Harry Potter and loved him? Always a good book to re-visit!

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

This is a great summer story - friendship, romance and historical fiction all rolled into one.

Holes by Louis Sachar 

Definitely not your usual summer camp! Will Stanley Yelnats manage to survive another summer camp at Camp Green Lake? 

  • Morphine by Mikhail Bulgakov

    Morphine by Mikhail Bulgakov

Books, Our Drug of Choice

Teen read: art

Mikhail Bulgalkov's book Morphine inspired Central Library teen reader Daria to draw this chilling image. This is the best kind of artistic book review - it really makes me curious about this book! Thanks Daria!

From Page to Silver Screen

Read the next big blockbuster before it hits the screen.

It's nothing new for Hollywood studios to turn books into movies, but with the recent success of blockbusters like The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars film execs are more frequently turning to teen novels to get their inspiration. In fact it's not uncommon for studios to snap up the screen rights to books before they are even published! Impress your friends with some insider knowledge and check out these upcoming book-to-movies before they hit the screen:

Paper Towns

For years John Green’s books have been guaranteed hits, and it seems that this is true now for movies based on his work. When Quentin’s neighbor Margot—who he happens to be madly in love with—disappears shortly before high school graduation he uncovers a trail of clues that lead him from Florida to New York. Part mystery, part road novel, this witty, fun and ruminative adventure is sure to please. Movie to be released on July 24, 2015. 



The 5th wave

A tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic alien-invaded world. Plenty of thrills and chills that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Will the human race survive? Movie to be released on January 15, 2016.




 a monster callsA Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

13-year-old Conor, whose mom is dying from cancer, is living a real life nightmare and struggling to come to terms with his feelings. He wakes one night to find a giant tree-like monster looming over him. The monster tells him three stories, and demands Conor’s story in return. The catch? Conor’s story must be truthful, for through truth comes understanding. Movie to be released on October 14, 2016.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowlingfantastic beasts and where to find them

Diehard fans will recall mention of this tome in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The movie adaptation is set to be produced as a trilogy and will star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Order of Merlin, Second Class. Movie to be released on November 18, 2016.




let it snow

What could be better than a movie based on a John Green novel? How about a movie based on a collection of three interconnected novellas written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—a trio of teen lit’s biggest stars. Set during a Christmas Eve snowstorm, these romantic, fun and quirky stories are sure to bring warmth to the holiday season. Movie to be released on December 9, 2016



Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob’s grandfather always told him tales of an island where children with special abilities lived, but he never thought of them as more than that—stories. After his grandfather is brutally murdered by what looked like a monster, Jacob travels to the island hoping to find closure and understanding. What Jacob finds instead are the ruins of a creepy manor and something much more sinister. The movie is set to be directed by Tim Burton, so you know it will exude a sense of creeping terror. Movie to be Released on March 4, 2016.




After Luce’s boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire she is sent to a reform school where she meets, and is inexplicably drawn toward a gorgeous boy named Daniel. Luce begins to feel like she has met Daniel somewhere before and begins to investigate, eventually uncovering truths about his supernatural nature. Check this out if you are a fan of the Twilight series. Movie to be released in 2015 or 2016.  




Set in the future, the western states have seceded and California is part of the socially-stratified Republic. Beset by plague and inequality the have-nots of the Republic struggle to survive while the elite prosper.  Day is the people’s champion—a post-apocalyptic Robin Hood—but when he is accused of killing a Republic elite he must go on the run. June—the sister of the man Day is accused of killing—is hot on Day’s trail, but the closer she gets the more she questions what really happened. If you like The Hunger Games be sure to check out the Legend series. Movie to be released in 2016.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) - Nerdfighters Paper Towns Movie Event!

In the spirit of Nerdfighters and connecting our community with literacy and empowerment, the Sonoma County Library has planned an event where teens can donate books in good condition to six library branches and receive a free voucher to the latest John Green book to movie, Paper Towns. The book donations will go to the new Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Dream Center which will open this Fall in Santa Rosa. 

Book donations will be accepted the week of July 21-25, and the first 20 teens to donate books at each participating branch will receive a voucher for a showing of the Paper Towns movie at a local movie theater, Saturday, July 25th. Participating branches include CentralNorthwestPetaluma, Rincon ValleyRohnert Park, and Sebastopol.  See your local participating branch for details!

But first, you may ask yourself, "What is a Nerdfighter?" Nerdfighter is a term that came from the Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green. Watch this video to learn more about the positivity that Nerdfighteria is sending out into cyberspace to combat World Suck. 

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is an organization that provides opportunities and support to youth and families throughout Sonoma County facing homelessness, foster care, gang influence and the challenges that come with dealing with these issues. The Dream Center will provide housing, counseling and job training for youth. Wonderful is a short film series made by Erik Castro that spotlights moments with several youth who have experience with SAY. 




  • Bird by Angela Johnson

    Bird By Angela Johnson

Teen Read Art

reading inspires art

A Central Library teen reader enjoyed Angela Johnson's book Bird so much that they drew this wonderful picture. Patrons participating in Teen Read 2015 read books and win prizes. It's not too late to sign up!

  • a movie slate with the words book trailers on it

    Ready, set, action!

Making a Book Trailer

Ever seen a movie just because the trailer is so cool? During the Summer Reading Program, you can make a trailer for you favorite book to convince other people to read it and get points towards winning prizes! You can make a book trailer on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can add images, words, text, music, and more.

Here are some links to places that give advice on making your own book trailer:

Book Trailers: 11 Steps to Make your Own

How to Create a Book Trailer

5 Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos

And also check YouTube to see trailers that have been made for all kinds of books! This one caught my attention:

Reading Changes Us

What Book Changed Your Thinking?

We asked local college bound teens this question.

Read their responses, check out the books that changed their thinking, listen to the audiobook, watch the movie, make up your own mind!

Chris’s choice:

JAZZ by Toni Morrison (Audio)

Chris told us: “It completely shifted my perspective toward the nature of life itself as well as humanity’s ability to seek redemption.”

Courtney’s choice:

A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry (read the play; watch the movie)

Courtney told us: “I am reminded to not let the standards of others or outward pressures change my beliefs and dreams.”

Eleanor’s choice:

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Ken Kesey (read the book; watch the movie)

Eleanor told us: “It opened my eyes to the very different ways people perceive the world around them.”

Emma’s choice:


Emma told us: “It validated my quiet tendencies and empowered me to overcome my own shyness while embracing my introversion.”

Joe’s choice:

PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hahn

Joe told us: “It helped me view others and myself in a more positive and understanding way.”

Matt’s choice:

A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest J. Gaines (read the book; watch the movie)

Matt told us: “It taught me the inherent genuine human connection between us all.”

Maya’s choice:

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (read the book; watch the movie)

Maya told us: “It taught me that we are all vulnerable and have our own insecurities. Not everyone is who you think they are, and that everyone needs help and a good friend. ”

Ryan’s choice:

Anything CALVIN AND HOBBES by Bill Watterson

Ryan told us: “(These comics) remind me to never approach life too seriously and remember to laugh!”

Sofia’s choice:

1984 by George Orwell

“It opened my eyes to flaws in our society and taught me to ask questions as opposed to believing everything I’m told.”

Music and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

One of the options for the TeenRead Summer Reading Game is to create a playlist for your favorite book. One boy at the Windsor Library did just that and created a playlist for his favorite book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams.

Here are some pictures of the very cool CD that he made.

His song list included:

It's the End of the World and We Know it by REM

Rat a Tat Tat by Fallout Boy

On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

Sabotage by the Beastie Boys

This is a great list for a story about the travels around the galaxy of the only human to survive the destruction of the Earth after it is bulldozed to make way for an intergalactic freeway. And creating a songlist is a great project for this particular book because music was foremost in the mind of it's author, Douglas Adams, as he was creating it. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has had a long history in various media. Douglas Adams originally created the Hitchhiker's Guide in 1978 as a radio show for the British Broadcasting Corporation that lasted two seasons. He then turned it into a series of books, followed by a TV show. Since his death it's also been turned into a movie and then more episodes for the radio on the BBC. Music was an important part of the radio show, which began every episode with "The Journey of the Sorcerer", an instrumental tune by the Eagles. The first series of episodes ended with Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World".

 Douglas Adams was a huge fan of the Beatles and he conceived the Radio Show like a rock album  and all these years later, he'd probably be pretty impressed that a young person in Windsor, CA  read his book and then came up with his own list of music.

What playlists would you create for your favorite books? If you were adapting your favorite book as a radio show, what music would you use?


  • Henna design

    Henna design

Teen Read: Henna Art

The ancient art of mehndi

Teens around Sonoma County look forward to summer every year. Pool parties. Sleeping in. No homework. And HENNA @ THE LIBRARY! Our favorite Henna artist, Beth Bowman, makes the rounds to library locations sharing this beautiful, ancient art form. Take a look at the calendar for upcoming henna art workshops. Check out these books on mehndi design from your local library. See you this summer!

Traditional Mehndi Designs by Dorine van den Beukel

Mehndi Designs by Marty Noble

Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo by Brenda Abdoyan

  • Celebrate Dad on June 21, 2015

    Celebrate Dad on June 21, 2015

Celebrating Dad

Father's Day Reads

While we might not always get along with our dads, we certainly wouldn't be here without them. Love him dearly, miss him terribly, can't stand him, or set him on a pedestal - Fathers are really important people. Father's Day was first established in 1910. In the United States we celebrate dads each year on the third Sunday in June. Think of your dad this weekend on June 21. Make him breakfast if you can or just hold him in your heart.

Darth Vader & Son by Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader is a father, after all. He takes a break from ruling his evil empire to take Luke to the park and out for ice cream. The family saga continues in Vader's Little Princess and Goodnight Darth Vader.

 The First Part last by angela johnson

Bobby said goodbye to his carefree teenage life when baby Feather was born. But a tragic turn of events leaves Bobby to take care of his baby daughter. A haunting, brief, and moving story.

under the mesquite by guadalupe garcia mccall

This is the story of Lupita and her family as her mother battles cancer. Mami has been sick for so long, Lupita takes up the slack taking care of the younger kids. Lupita's dad Papi, strong as the mesquite tree. He holds tight to family and tradition. But Lupita wants to go to college and see the world. A wonderful family story.

dangerous by shannon hale

Dad's often encourage us to take risks, follow a path fraught with challenge, and to listen to our instincts. Maisie Danger Brown wins a coveted spot in a NASA-like space camp for budding astronauts. Her dad is as passionate about science as Maisie. He never let the fact that she was born without a hand hold her back from anything. Now all Maisie has to do is live up to her name as an extraterrestial conspiracy unfolds.