Volunteer @ Your Library!

Want to give back to your community?  Do you enjoy working with kids?  Do you need to "beef up" your college application?  If so, we need you!

Every year teens across the county help us run our summer reading program.  If you are interested in helping at your local library give us a call because we need you!

These branches are actively looking for teen volunteers:

Central Library (downtown Santa Rosa):  Kathleen, 545-0831 ext. 514

Healdsburg:  Tiffany, 433-3772 ext. 6

Northwest:  Kim, 546-2265 ext. 6

Petaluma:  Kate, 763-9801 ext. 6

Rincon Valley:  Laura, 537-0162 ext. 6

Sebastopol (after 6/19):  Tiffany, 823-7691 ext. 6 or tbronzan@sonoma.lib.ca.us

Windsor:  Ana or Bill, 838-1020 ext. 6

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!

Testing & Education Reference Center


Sonoma County Library has several online databases you can access from home with your library card number.  Many of these databases will help you with research papers.  However, if you are planning on taking the SATs or ACTs  the Testing & Education Reference Center can help you prepare for the exam.


The Testing & Education Reference Center has a wealth of information for all Sonoma County Library patrons.  You can read online study guides and take practice tests for the following exams:


You can also find:


  • College and University Information
  • Distance Education Programs
  • Undergraduate Scholarships


You can access all of this from your home computer with a valid Sonoma County Library card.  


Speak Your Mind @ Rincon Valley

Every couple of months the Rincon Valley branch will pose a question to the teens.  Teens can write their answer down to be posted on the the information pillar.  At the end of the summer Rincon Valley asked the question “What was your favorite book this summer?”  Here are the responses in no particular order.

Did you have a favorite book this summer?  Let us know!

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Night World by L.J. Smith
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Perks of the Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Totally Joe by James Howe
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Get a Library Card Month

Library Card Do you have one?  If not this is the month to get one!  This card gives you access to free books, magazines, DVDs and more.  If you don’t have one hop on down to your local library and fill out a library card application.  If you are under the age of 18 bring a parent with you because they will need to sign the application.  We hope to see you soon!

Teen Summer Reading Book Reviews

This summer SCL is posting some of the book reviews teens are writing for the teen summer reading program.  Check daily for new teen reviews being posted.  You can find these short summer book reviews on the right hand side.

The book title links to our catalog if you want to read one of these books.

 Happy Summer Reading!

If you are interested in joining the Teen Summer Reading Program contact your local branch for more information.


Are you looking for a job and need help? www.MyFirstPaycheck.com can help you. This website is designed specially for teens looking for a job. It offers advice on how to build a resume, interview skills and job resources for teens. Employers can post jobs for teens too. However, currently there are no jobs in the Santa Rosa area but maybe that will change soon.

September is Get a Library Card Month

September is Get a Library Card Month. Getting a library card can enhance your life in more ways than one. These days it seems like everything is getting more expensive. Going to a movie with friends can set you back a lot more than it used to. Sometimes you have to choose between paying bills and buying your favorite new CD. And it’s not always possible to pay for a computer and the internet access you need to make the most of your computer. Did you know that your local public library owns all the current movie titles you’re dying to see? Or that you can check out the newest and hottest music CDs from your local public library ? Did you know that you can download free audio books using your library card? Need help finding information on home improvement projects, personal fitness, paying for college or writing the great American novel? Librarians are available in person and online to help you find the information you’re looking for. Need to type a homework assignment, resume, or catch up on your email? The library offers free internet access and word processing. The library has all these resources and more. And it’s all free with your library card. September is Get a Library Card Month. Stop by your local library today to sign up for a free library card and to learn more about what the library has to offer you.