Book Review: In Mike We Trust

mike.jpg In Mike We Trust by Patrick Ryan
Reviewed By Rachel, Library Associate

Garth’s dad drowned in a boating accident over a year ago. As if the pain of loosing his dad weren’t bad enough, imagine how weird it would be to have your dead father’s identical twin brother show up unannounced. Garth’s Uncle Mike appears on the doorstep one night early in summer. At first Garth is glad to have a guy around the house to help out with rent and to stick up for him to Garth’s mom. The best thing about Uncle Mike is that he doesn’t flip put when Garth comes out to him, unlike Garth’s mom who told him to “shelve the issue” until he is older. Garth can’t hide who he really is and Uncle Mike encourages him to be himself. But Mike isn’t all he appears to be and it doesn’t take long before Garth has spun a web of lies he can’t untangle. Soon Garth finds himself jobless, friendless, and dressed in a Superman costume. Could things get any worse? Find out by reading In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan.

Henna at Guerneville and Windsor!

The henna artist, Karen Baker, visited two more branches, Guerneville and Windsor.  Both branches had several teens come out to get their own henna tattoo.  Check out the pictures of some of the teen’s designs.  The next henna program is today at the Sonoma Valley branch at 3 p.m.  We hope to see you there!  Remember all library events are free!

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Stuck at Prom

The Duck Tape company holds a yearly competition where teens across the country make their prom outfits entirely out of duct tape for a cash scholarship of $3,000.   All the entries are online so you can view them.  Online voting started today and runs through July 2nd.  Check out stuckatprom.com to see the incredible outfits and vote for your favorite one.

This is just in time for Rincon Valley’s Duct Tape Mania program today at 3 p.m.  Come make a craft or two out of duct tape.  We have several colors of duct tape to complete your duct tape craft!  For more information call Tiffany @ 537-0162 ext. 5.

Teen Event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair!

Are you going to the Sonoma-Marin Fair?  The Sonoma-Marin fair is located at the Petaluma Fairgrounds and the opening day is Wednesday, June 24th.  If you show up before 5 p.m. admission price will be $10 instead of $15.  The Sonoma-Marin is having a special event called Teen Edge.  The Teen Edge event includes Guitar Hero, karoake, YouTube, text messaging competitions, a fashion show and a concert featuring bands from the Phoenix Theater School of Music.  For more information visit www.sonoma-marinfair.org.

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.

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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.

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.