Book Spotlight: 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

97.jpg   97 Things To Do Before You Finish High School
By:  Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

Often we get caught up in our day to day routine of getting up, eating breakfast, going to school, doing homework, talking to friends and going to bed.  If you want to spice things up you should check out this book.  This gives you 97 positive ideas of what you can accomplish before you leave high school that doesn’t involve school or school work.  If you find a goal you would like to try this book will you tips on how to accomplish that goal.  The book is divided into nine sections:
One:  For Your Personal Development
examples:  Start a Collection, Attend a Theater Performance, Connect with a Role Model
Two:  With/For Friends
examples:  Host a Film Festival, Correspond with a Pen Pal in Another County
Three:  With/For Family
examples:  Research Your Family Tree, Plan a (Cool) Family Outing
Four:  For Your Body
examples:  Determine Your Blood Type, Study Food Labels, Plant an Herb Garden
Five:  To Get to Know the World Around You
examples:  Visit Your State Capital, Hike to a Mountaintop
Six:  To Express Yourself
examples:  Create a Comic Strip, Paint Your Room, Write Your Manifesto
Seven:  To Benefit Your Community and Environment
examples:  Go Green, Feed the Needy, Write an Op-Ed
Eight:  Because You Should
examples:  Make and Follow a Budget, Learn Basic Car Maintenance, Learn CPR
Nine:  Because You’re Only Young Once
examples:  Try a New Hairstyle, Get an Astrology Reading, Bury a Time Capsule

What goal would you like to accomplish before leaving high school?

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!  We are beginning to see them everywhere.  This year four branches are hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Teens.  We supply to pumpkins you supply the creativity.   There is a grand prize at each branch for the best pumpkin voted by the public.  We hope you come in and join the fun!  Check back soon for pictures! Petaluma Library:  Monday, October 19th @ 2 p.m. Central Library:  Monday, October 19 @ 4  p.m. Rincon Valley Library:  Thursday, October 22nd @ 3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Library:  Tuesday, October 27th @ 3 p.m. If you need some inspiration check out this website. Or check out a book by Tom Nardone, he has some interesting ideas.


Book Spotlight: I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets

secrets.jpg I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets:  Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure Edited by Smith Magazine
Smith Magazine came up with a concept:  tell your memoir in six words.  This started with the book Not Quite What I Was Planning, where hundreds of adults submitted their six word memoirs.  When that book became successful Smith Magazine asked teens to submit their memoir in six words.  There are over 600 memoirs in this book.  Some are funny, some are sad and some are interesting.

“Read the thesaurus on the toilet” by Dan R. (page 97)
“Only born because older sister died.” by Lyra W. (page 97)
“Learned that sometimes friends aren’t forever.”  by Victoria L. (page 101)
“Note to all boys:  I quit.”  by Lauren A. (page 48)

You can submit your own six-word memoir at

I created my own six-word memoir in honor of this book.
“Whatever I do is with passion.” by Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley

Smith Magazine is asking their readers “Everyone has a story-what’s yours?”

Scott Westerfeld and Sarah Rees Brennan at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma

This Friday, October 9th,  Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies, Peeps, and his new book Leviathan, will join Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon’s Lexicon, at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma.

This event is happening at 4 pm with a Steampunk High Tea theme.  For more information please visit Copperfield’s Books’ website.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Speak Your Mind @ Rincon Valley

Every couple of months the Rincon Valley branch will pose a question to the teens.  Teens can write their answer down to be posted on the the information pillar.  At the end of the summer Rincon Valley asked the question “What was your favorite book this summer?”  Here are the responses in no particular order.

Did you have a favorite book this summer?  Let us know!

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Night World by L.J. Smith
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Perks of the Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Totally Joe by James Howe
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Book Spotlight: Emily Post Teen Manners

emily.jpg Emily Post Teen Manners by Cindy Post Senning, ED.D & Peggy Post
You may be wondering, who is Emily Post?  Why does she care about manners?  Emily Post, who died in 1960, opened the Emily Post Institute in 1946 to teach manners.  Today its operated by third generation family members.  The Post family has published several titles from weddings, table manners, business etiquette to raising polite children.

In this small book, Emily Post Teen Manners:  From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond , the Post family creates a manual for teens.  This book has it all:

  • Why Etiquette
  • Keeping in Touch
  • The Manners and Art of Mealtime
  • School Daze
  • Getting a Job or Getting into College
  • Social Savvy
  • Out and About

Emily Post Teen Manners does a good job of explaining why we need etiquette, what it is, and how you can achieve it.  The passage on the history of the word etiquette is very interesting.
“A French Word From Yesterday for Today
In the seventeenth century King Louis XIV had a magnificent chateau with beautiful gardens and parks all around it.  Often, when he hosted parties, people would walk all over the grass, pick the flowers, wade in the fountains, and leave litter behind.  They didn’t have formal gardens and parks at their own houses and didn’t know how to behave.  The head gardener went to the king in great distress and asked what he could do to keep things nicer.  They decided to put up little signs all the over the place:  Keep on the Paths, Enjoy the Flowers, But Please Don’t Pick Them, Stay Out of the Fountains, Please don’t Litter.  The French word for “little sign” or “ticket” is etiquette.”  (Page 2)