Top Reasons to Celebrate NOVEMBER!

Native American Heritage Month

"Pride in Our Heritage, Honor Our Ancestors" is the theme for the 2010 Native American Heritage month.  There are lots of great books about Native Americans in the library — what better to remember their contributions than to check one out?

Aviation History Month

Observe Aviation History Month by creating paper airplanes!  Take them out to a local park or just outside your school, and see how many folks line up to watch!  Lots of fun designs for paper airplanes can be found here, or check out a book at the library!


Family Stories Month

Every family has thousands of stories.  Whether happy, sad, silly, outrageous, or nostalgic, they are all important.  Call up a relative and ask them to tell you a story about your parents when they were young.  Tell your parents about your first memories.  Reminisce about "the good old days."  Or maybe actually write some of your favorite family stories down — you are never too young to start your own memoirs!


Peanut Butter Lovers' Month

Here's a bunch of facts about peanut butter.  Did you know the average kid will eat 1500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they graduate high school?.  Try my favorite — grilled peanut butter and banana!


1     El Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration, a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones.  It is believed that the souls of the dead visit their families between October 31 and November 2 ;  families make altars with photos and offerings to welcome them. 


2     U.S.A. Election Day

The first Tuesday after the first Monday.  Don't forget to vote!!


5     Guy Fawkes Day

"Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November."  A day of bonfires and fireworks to mark the 1605 date of a failed plot to assassinate the King of England.  It's an exciting bit of history — check out a book to learn more!


7     Daylight Savings Time Ends

First Sunday in November.  Don't you just hate how dark it is when you go home at night?!


11    Veterans Day

Veterans Day began as a celebration of the anniversary of the WWI Armistice.   "At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" fighting ceased in World War I.  No matter your political views or your thoughts about war, there are ways you can show your gratitude to those who have served in the Armed Forces.   How can you celebrate Veteran's Day
—–Make a thank-you card and bring it to a local VA group. 
—–Watch a movie that celebrates our veterans.
—–Ask your living relatives who are veterans to share stories with you.
—–Click the link above for other great suggestions.

14    National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

 Besides the fact that it needs to be done, and your parents may be shocked of the offer to help, you get to compare notes about the grossest thing you found in the fridge!


25    Thanksgiving Day

It is thought that the first Thanksgiving traces back to a 1621 harvest feast at the Plymouth Plantation.  In 1789, it became the first US holiday by presidential proclamation.  Thanksgiving became an annual tradition, and then in 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.  What are you doing for your Thanksgiving this year?  Perhaps check out some cookbooks and try some new recipes!

It’s that time again — NaNoWriMo!!

November is National Novel Writing Month! 
NaNoWriMo officially begins at midnight—whatever your local time—on Monday, November 1.  People around the country will be hunkering down to crank out a full novel in just 30 days.  

NaNoWriMo doesn't care about quality writing, they care about quantity.  To get the words and ideas down on paper.  It's all about output.  This allows you to write without worry, to write with no risks, to just write.

Teens who want to participate have a choice of doing the regular (adult) NaNoWriMo program or the Young Writers' Program.  The regular program is for ages 13 or older, and on November 1, you will begin writing a 50,000 word novel.  The Young Writer's Program is for 17 years and younger;  you still have to complete a novel in one month, but you can set your own word-count goal instead of being limited to the 50,000 words.

Which one will you go for? 

While you're writing, you get to talk to other writers on the website forums, get ideas from the "Dare Machine," and if you finish, you not only get the pleasure of having completed an entire novel, you get a snazzy certificate! 

To reach the 50,000 word challenge visit
To reach the Young Writer's challenge visit

And get ready to become a novelist!

Fun & Cheap stuff to do for Halloween

You dressed up for costume day at school.  You came to the Pumpkin Carving Contest at your local Sonoma County Library branch.  You MIGHT be able to get away with one more year of trick-or-treating.  But what ELSE is there to do around Halloween?  If you are still looking for fun & cheap (or free!) things to do this weekend, check out some of these:



Blind Scream and Doc’s Horrortorium.  Through October 31, open 7pm-11pm.  $12 for the Horrortorium;  $15 for the Blind Scream, or $18 for a ticket to both.  Manly Honda, 2770 Corby Ave. in Santa Rosa. 

Campfire in the Corral. Friday, October 29, from 5-9pm (weather permitting).  Admission $10.
Roast a hot dog or marshmallows, have some hot cider and cookies, and take a night time hay ride. Muelrath Ranch Pumpkin Farm, 3800 Walker Avenue, Santa Rosa

CHOPS Halloween Carnival.  Saturday, October 30, from 5-8pm.  Free to help, or admission $4.  Teens are running this carnival for Sonoma County families, and they are looking for more volunteers!  509 Adams Street in Santa Rosa.  707-284-CHOPS (2467).

Dr. Evil’s House of Horrors.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 29-31, from sundown to 11pm.  $10 Admission.  16101 Neely Road in Guerneville.


Dragon’s Head Inn Haunted House.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 29-31, 7-11pm.  Normally $12 Admission, but check out these great deals:

  • Friday, October 29:  Give blood at the mobile bloodmobile of the Blood Bank of the Redwoods and get a free pass!
  • Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31:  Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys-For-Tots and get a free pass!

Halloween Improv Show at 6th Street Playhouse.  Saturday, October 30 @ 8:00 pm.  $14 Admission.  52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, California in Railroad Square.

Petaluma Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm.  Friday and Saturday nights 6-9 pm. $9 Admission.  So fun to run around in the maze in the dark!   550 Stony Point Rd. in Petaluma. 

We have a winner!

Congrats to the winner of our Teen Read Week contest! 

We did a random drawing of all the comments on last week's "What are you Reading" post, and the lucky winner is ISAMAR!

Isamar has won a BRAND-NEW, HARDCOVER copy of:

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

This is a new, hot book – kind of a paranormal-science fiction-thriller.  It was written by controversial adult author James Frey under a pseudonym. 

Imagine this:  invaders take over the alien planet of Lorien — all except for nine special babies who are brought to Earth.  Now they are separated, nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. These nine have grown up in hiding, but now they are being hunted down.  They can only be killed in numerical order… and numbers 1-3 are already dead. 

Movie is already in the works (coming out in February 2011 I think?), with Dianna Agron (from Glee) and Alex Pettyfer (from Stormbreaker & Beastly) as two of the leads. 

Isamar, I've sent you an email with instructions on how to pick up your prize.  Congrats again!!

Pumpkin Carving Contests

Got carving skills?  Check out one of these great Teen Pumpkin Carving contest at a library near you.  Teens will have one hour to carve pumpkins. When they are finished, pictures will be taken of each pumpkin and posted for the public to cast a vote. Prizes will be given out to the top three pumpkins. Pumpkins are provided.

Cloverdale Library
Wednesday, October 20th @ 2:30 PM

Rohnert Park Library
Tuesday, October 26th @ 3:00 PM

Rincon Valley Library
Tuesday October 26th @ 3:30 PM

Hope to see you there!

Teen Top Ten announced for 2010~!!

The "Teens' Top Ten" is a list of each year's very best books, chosen by TEENS LIKE YOU.  Members of teen book groups around the country nominate their favorite books, and then teens everywhere vote on their favorite ones (did you vote?!).  This year, the voting occurred between August 23 and September 17;  the winners were announced TODAY, to kick off Teen Read Week. 

And the winners are:

# 1

Catching Fire 
by Suzanne Collins

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# 6

Beautiful Creatures 
by Kami Garcia and 
Margaret Stohl

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# 2

City of Glass 
by Cassandra Clare

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# 7

Along for the Ride 
by Sarah Dessen

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# 3 

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

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# 8

If I Stay 
 by Gayle Forman

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# 4

by Maggie Stiefvater

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# 9

by Kristin Cashore

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# 5

 Hush, Hush 
by Becca Fitzpatrick

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# 10

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Click this link  for the official announcement, and to see the special webcast featuring video announcement featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Eve Torres!