Favorite Literary Character

If you are reading a good book, the characters will come alive to the reader.  Many times a character will stay with you long after you close the book.  We asked Sonoma County Librarians who their favorite literary character is and this is what they said. 

Tiffany, Sebastopol Branch:
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Death from The Book Thief

Julie, Rincon Valley Branch:
Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

Kate, Petaluma Branch:
Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time

Kim, Central Branch:
Jenny Linsky from Jenny and the Cat Club

Rachel, Central Branch:
Katsa from Graceling

Laura, Windsor Branch:
Charlotte from Charlotte's Web

Jennifer, Rincon Valley Branch:
Charles and Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie

Roxane, Central Branch:
Tom Ward from The Last Apprentice

Cindy, Cloverdale Branch:
Tiffany Aching from The Wee Free Men

Do you have a favorite literary character?  Tell us by posting a comment!

Book Spotlight: Zombie Haiku

 Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol

What do you get when you combine Zombies with Poetry?!?  Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum.  Mecum creates a story told through haiku.  A Haiku is a poetry form that consists of “three simple lines composed of five syllables, ten seven syllables, and another line of five syllables”.  I wanted to keep reading because of how clever the haiku were even though I was extremely grossed out at the same time.  The story follows someone who gets bitten by a zombie and you see the transformation from human to monster.  When he is a zombie he is a monster, eating everyone and anyone, including his own mother.  Between the haiku and the pictures this book isn’t for the faint at heart.  Here are some examples of Mecum’s haiku:


“As I stumble out,

the sick people walk toward me

and I’m in trouble.


The only option

Is a nearby billboard sign,

which I quickly climb.


My town is broken.

From this view, I see the end.

Below, they gather.”  (page 19)


“Turning on her road

and seeing the porch light on

makes me salivate.


What is that low growl?

I look around and notice

That moaning is me.”  (page 37)

Book Spotlight: How They Croaked

 How They Croaked
By Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley & Sebastopol

As the name would imply, this book tells the stories of the bitter end for some historically famous people.  We all know that Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, and George Washington died, but how did it happen?

There are warnings all over the book telling you that if you can't take blood and guts then this isn't the book for you.  From my experience, the first story, about King Tut, is very gory, but the other stories aren't that bad.

I don't consider myself a morbid person, but I couldn't stop reading about how all these people died.  The introduction said it nicely, "There are nice things to say about everybody, but this book is full of bad news.  There are funny crying parts and disgusting stupid parts and hideous cool parts, but it's pretty much one train wreck after another.  And who can tear their eyes away from a train wreck?"

I also like how the author adds interesting details about the person's life and interesting historical facts at the end of each chapter.  The sad part is that many of these people died simply because modern products like antibiotics did not exist.

I couldn't decide which story was my favorite, so you will have to read the book and decide for yourself.

Short Stories!!!


Have you ever tried reading a short story?  There are books published with a theme and different authors write a short story within that theme.  Each story is different since each author has a different view point.  Short stories are great when you don't want to get involved with a longer title.  Teenspace compiled a list of short stories awhile ago, but more have been published.  Check out these short stories for some great tales.

 Fear:  13 stories of suspense and horror
Stories by:  R.L. Stine, Heather Graham, Suzanne Weyn, Jennifer Allison, Heather Brewer, Peg Kehret, Alane Ferguson, Ryan Brown, F. Paul Wilson, Meg Cabot, Walter Sorrells, James Rollins and Tim Maleeny

 How Beautiful the Ordinary:  Twelve Stories of Identity
Stories by David Levithan, Eric Shanower, Ron Koertge, Jacqueline Woodson, Francesca Lia Block, Margo Lanagan, William Sleator, Ariel Schrag, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Julie Anne Peters, Emma Donoghue and Gregory Maguire

 Kisses from Hell
Stories by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong and Francesca Lia Block

 Kiss me Deadly:  13 Tales of Paranormal Love
Stories by Michelle Zink, Justine Musk, Sarah Rees Brennan, Becca Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Kittredge, Carrie Ryan, Michelle Rowen, Rachel Vincent, Daniel Marks, Maggie Stiefvater and Daniel Waters

 Pick-Up Game:  a Full Day of Full Court
Stories by Charles R. Smith, Jr., Walter Dean Myers, Bruce Brooks, Willie Perdomo, Sharon G. Flake, Robert Burleigh, Rita Williams-Garcia, Joseph Bruchac, Adam Rapp, Robert Lipsyte

 Teeth:  Vampire Tales
Stories by Genevieve Valentine, Steve Berman, Christopher Barzak, Neil Gaiman, Delia Sherman, Garth Nix, Suzy McKee Charnas, Kaaron Warren, Cecil Castellucci, Jeffrey Ford, Nathan Ballingrud, Kathe Koja, Catherynne M. Valente, Melissa Marr, Ellen Kushner, Cassandra Clare & Holly Black, Lucius Shepard and Emma Bull

 Truth & Dare:  20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness
Stories by Matthue Roth, Sarah Rees Brennan, Michael Lowenthal, Jennifer R. Hubbard, Sherry Shahan, Saundra Mitchell, Heidi R. Kling, Courtney Gillette, Jennifer Knight, Shelley Stoehr, Jill Wolfson, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Liz Miles, Ellen Wittlinger, Luisa Plaja, Cecil Castellucci, Emma Donoghue and Sara Wilkinson

 Zombies vs. Unicorns
Stories by Garth Nix, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Naomi Novik, Carrie Ryan, Margo Lanagan, Maureen Johnson, Diana Peterfreund, Meg Cabot, Cassandre Clare, Kathleen Duey and Libba Bray

Photos from Rincon Valley!

The Rincon Valley teens are having a good time this summer at the library.  Here are photos from some of the events this summer.

Teen Craft Surprise:  Make an African Mask:


Bleach Effect T-shirts:


There are two more events at the Rincon Valley Library this summer:

Beading Bonanza on Monday, July 11th @ 3 pm
Call 537-0162 ext. 5 for your space

Make Smoothies & Play the wii on Monday, July 18th @ 3 pm

Teen Events!

Teen Events @ Your local library!

Teen Events are still happening around the county!  For every event you attend you get a ticket into the weekly raffle.

Make Smoothies @ the Guernevill Library, Tuesday, July 5th @ 2 pm

Book Folding Art @ the Sebastopol Library, Tuesday, July 5th @ 3:30 pm

Example of  book folding.  Turn your old book into art.

Duct Tape Mania @ the Healdsburg Library, Thursday, July 7th @ 2 pm

Beading Bonanza @ the Rincon Valley Library, Monday, July 11th @ 3 pm

Teen Origami @ the Northwest Library, Wednesday, July 13th @ 3 pm

Harry Potter Celebration @ the Petaluma Library, Wednesday, July 13th @ 7 pm

Copper Etching  @ the Rohnert Park Library, Thursday, July 14th @ 3 pm

Make Smoothies & wii @ the Rincon Valley Library, Monday, July 18th @ 3 pm

Beading Bonanza @ the Sebastopol Library, Tuesday, July 19th @ 3:30 pm

Beading Bonanza @ the Cloverdale Library, Wednesday, July 20th @ 2:30 pm

Copper Etching @ the Central Library, Thursday, July 21st @ 2 pm

Make Smoothies & wii @ the Healdsburg Library, Thursday, July 21st @ 2 pm

Please contact your local branch for more details of the programs.


Stay tuned for pictures of previous teen events!