Figment

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.

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!

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!

Hogwarts online?!

OK, some people have too much time on their hands … but lucky for the rest of us, much entertainment is the result! 

When HP and the Sorcerer's Stone was written, way back in 1997, all of the social media hoopla that people take for granted nowadays wasn't even thought of yet.  Jump forward 13 years… the final book is finally being released as a movie (ok, only part one, but… countdown to November!), it seems that almost everyone has a Facebook page, and sites like youtube, twitter, etsy, and foursquare are part of our cultural identity.   Dan Kois, of NY Magazine's Vulture News, created these fun screencaptures of Harry's Facebook page, Draco's Twitter page, and more! 

Hogwarts Finally Hooks Up to the Internet

Enjoy, and click through to the original page, to read more of Hogwarts in the 21st century!

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!

Top Reasons to Celebrate September!

American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Month –

September 26, 10:00-3:00 the County-Wide Dog Training Club, Inc will host an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day complete with activities and testing of your dog for certification as a Canine Good Citizen.  You can also talk to experienced breeders and get care tips for your dog. The even will be held at Montgomery Village.

Backpack Safety Month

Go to this website for good information on backpack safety and how to start a program in your community.

College Savings Month

Plan ahead for college.  This website has good information on many different plans to help you plan for future college costs.  Our Teen Blog also has lots of good information and books to check out to assist you in your financial planning for your future college days.  

 

California Wild Rice Month

Everything you ever wanted to know about California Wild Rice can be found on this website.  For more entertainment, go to the Free Rice program and play some games to help end world hunger. It is also National Rice Month.

Library Card Sign-up Month

Check out this site for 52 ways to use your library card.  September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, sponsored by the American Library Association.  It began in 1987 in the hopes of ensuring that every child should obtain a library card – and use it! 

Million Minute Family Challenge – September through December

This is a fun activity for the entire family or group of friends. Every minute your group plays and logs contributes to our goal of reaching 1 million minutes of game play across the United States and Canada before December 31, 2010! We know people enjoy the entertainment and education value of non-electronic games and here is your chance to prove just how popular they are!

National Honey Month

This month is set aside to honor the 212,000 beekeepers and 2.41 million colonies of honeybees which produce more than 200 million pounds of honey each year.  This local website offers many links to all kinds of information about honey.

National Mushroom Month

Our local Sonoma County Mycological Association has everything you ever wanted to know about mushrooms.  The Mushroom Council in San Jose has designated this month to promote the greater appreciation and use of fresh mushrooms.  Happy foraging!