Teen Read Starts Today!!!


Teen Read Starts Today! 

Sign up at your local branch

Read a book

Write a short review

Turn in your review for a raffle ticket

Win prizes!


Once you turn in 1 review you earn a FREE paperback book!!!


Grand prize is a FLIP camera!!!

We are still looking for teen volunteers!  Please see the May 19th post for details!!!

Stay tuned for Teen Read Summer Events!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 for "New Energy for a New Era".  (Chase's Calendar of Events, 2011). 

To help celebrate Earth Day try one of these green acts today:

Plant a tree 
Brush your teeth without running water
Commit to recycling in your home
Donate your clothes
Eat locally grown food
Start a garden
Use reusable grocery bags
Use green cleaning products

For more ideas:
The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet
by Joe Provey & Owen Lockwood

Here are some books to help you turn trash into crafts!

The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts
Eco Books:  Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin by Terry Taylor
Make It! by Jane Bull
Sneaky Green Uses for Everyday Things by Cy Tymony


For the complete list of "green" things to do please go to:

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 http://www.nanowrimo.org/.
To reach the Young Writer's challenge visit http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/.

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. 

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!

Meet Authors AND a Poetry Slam!

Am I dreaming?  BOTH these events in the same place on the same day?!  YES WAY, TED!  These two awesome events are both taking place at this year's Sonoma County Book Festival!

First:  Meet the Authors at a special Teen Author Panel

This is your chance to get up close and personal with three exciting authors of teen fiction!  The Teen Author Panel will be at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa, from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, September 25.  A panel discussion is fun because it's usually a pretty informal presentation, not a canned speech;  the authors can relax and joke with the audience.  They might talk about things like how they got started writing, or how they come up with their stories — things you want to know if you are an aspiring writer yourself!

Sounds good, right?  Well, if that wasn't enough reason to mosey your way to downtown Santa Rosa, then THIS will be!  Immediately after the Author Panel will be a TEEN POETRY SLAM with cash prizes for the winners!!

The Teen Poetry Slam starts at 3:00pm, but participants must check in by 2:30pm.  Participation is open to teens ages 13-19.  Blah, blah, blah, there are a few rules to follow, but that's only to be expected for a serious competition.  Not a poet, and you know it?  That's ok — come anyway to cheer them on!  Judges are selected from the audience, and plus it'll be fun to see how creative your fellow Sonoma County teens can be.  See below for links to the Registration Form and Rules.

Hope to see you there!

Poetry Slam & More

There is 1 more day left to turn in your Summer Reading book review cards.  Each branch will be pulling the grand prize ticket on Monday!  So get your review cards in now!

We had lots of great events this summer around the county.  Stay tuned for more program pictures!

Henna Art @ Cloverdale

Poetry Slam

Teenspace would like to give Jemal from Santa Rosa a huge CONGRATULATIONS for winning the Grand Slam at the Central Branch.  Every year adults and teens compete at branches around the county.  The 1st and 2nd place winners go on to compete at the Grand Slam at the Central Branch.  The winner of the Grand Slam gets money and the chance to emcee the next poetry slam season.  This year we had tie for 1st and 2nd place and the winner was high schooler Jemal!  He is an excellent poet and we look forward to him being the emcee for the next season!  Congratulations Jemal!

What’s Happening?

Summer Reading is almost over!  Only 2 weeks to go!  However, there are still lots of events happening around the county. 

Tuesday, July 20th @ 3 pm, Healdsburg, Stuffed Creatures Craft

Wednesday, July 21st @ 3 pm, Cloverdale, Henna Art for Teens

Thursday, July 22nd @ 2 pm, Windsor, Henna Art for Teens

Thursday, July 22nd @ 3 pm, Central, Stuffed Creatures Craft

Friday, July 23rd @ 2 pm, Northwest, Bleach Effect T-Shirts

All of these programs are FREE! 

Here are some photos from past teen events.

Henna Art for Teens @ Northwest:

Henna Art for Teens @ Sebastopol:

Bleach Effect T-Shirts @ Rincon Valley:

Pictures from Summer Reading Programs!

Bracelets & Rootbeer Floats @ Rincon Valley

Bracelets & Rootbeer Floats @ Rincon Valley

Bracelets & Rootbeer Floats @ Rincon Valley

Bracelets & Rootbeer Floats @ Rincon Valley

Bleach Effect T-Shirts @ Guerneville

Bleach Effect T-Shirts @ Guerneville

Bleach Effect T-Shirts @ Guerneville

Henna Art @ Guerneville

Henna Art @ Guerneville

Henna Art @ Guerneville

Henna Art @ Guerneville

Events Happening Next Week:

Tuesday, July 6th @ 3:30, Healdsburg, Henna Art for Teens

Thursday, July 8th @ 2, Rohnert Park, Stuffed Creatures

Friday, July 9th @ 2, Northwest, Henna Art for Teens

You don't want to miss out on these great teen events!