Happy Holidays! and Library Closure

The Sonoma County Library will close on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 pm, and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011.  This closure, with employees having to take a 4.5% pay cut, is part of the Library’s effort to reduce its budget shortfall in these difficult economic times.  Please click here for more information about the ten-day Library closure.

 We know that the closure will be difficult for those of you who count on the library for books, DVDs, homework resources, internet access, and more.  I hope you have all stocked up on good books to read over the break!


Here's what I'm taking home to read over the next ten days:

Bright Young Things, by Anna Godbersen

In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

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The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson (Millenium Trilogy, bk3)

If and when Lisbeth Salander recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge–against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

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Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking, bk. 3) 

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.

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Pies and Prejudice, by Heather Vogel Frederick (Mother-Daughter Book Club, bk. 4)

Four girls, and their mothers, continue their mother-daughter book club via videoconference between Massachusetts and England, reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," and try to put friendship before romance.

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To all of  you readers out there — I wish you a happy holiday season!

Attention: Teen Artists, Writers, and Performers!

The 25th Session of the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Seeks Teen Artists, Writers, and Performers

Summer 2011 Applications Must Be Postmarked on or before February 28, 2011

For 25 years, the California State Summer School for the Arts has sought the most talented high school-aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California.  The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country's premier summer arts institues on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 9 – August 5, 2011.

Over its history, CSSSA has provided its world-renowned four-week summer arts program to more than 12,000 talented high school students.  Instruction is offered in the fields of: Animation, Film/Video, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts.  For the 520 high school students accepted each year, CSSSA represents a unique opportunity to spend four weeks studying and working with professional artists, writers, and performers of national stature.  The talented teenagers who successfully complete the program receive three units of California State University course credit.

CSSSA provides the highest quality professional artistic training to the most deserving teenagers regardless of their economic situations.  Nearly 40 percent of our students receive financial aid.  CSSSA expects to equal or surpass that record in 2011.  No student who has the drive and talent to succeed in the application process will be denied admission, solely on the basis of inability to pay.

Alumni of the program include actors Zac Efron and James Franco;  animator Craig McCracken, writer Dakila Davina, dancer Sharon Grimsley Teague, and singer Katharine McPhee.

For more information or to obtain an application form, visit www.csssa.ca.gov, or call the Sacramento headquarters at (916) 229-5160.


Figment is a new social networking community geared towards teens with a focus on all things surrounding creative writing. Share your own writings, connect with other teen authors, find book reviews, read interviews of your favorite authors, participate in writing contests, and more. Check it out and sign up at www.figment.com.

It’s Slamming Time!

Got this info in from a reader– check it out, if you are a poet, or just like to watch a poetry slam:


@ Hopmonk Tavern
Sebastopol, CA
2$- 2nd sundays



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Note:  the event listed above is NOT a Library event… but it might be good practice if you do want to enter the Sonoma County Library Poetry Slamsclick here for information about dates, times, and locations!