It’s Slamming Time!

Got this info in from a reader– check it out, if you are a poet, or just like to watch a poetry slam:


@ Hopmonk Tavern
Sebastopol, CA
2$- 2nd sundays



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Note:  the event listed above is NOT a Library event… but it might be good practice if you do want to enter the Sonoma County Library Poetry Slamsclick here for information about dates, times, and locations!

Check out this cool new website  Basically, it is a website for students, 13 and over,  to compete for college scholarship money by playing online video games. Competition rounds repeat every 45 days.  The first round began November 1st, but you can get in on the action mid-December.  The site is free to register and play.  Sounds like a great excuse to play video games to me.

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!

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!

Review and Win!

Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Submit a review of any book OR movie by Friday, August 6th to to be entered into the drawing for a brand new copy of Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis.

Please check Sonoma County Library's catalog before submitting your review.  Sonoma County Library must own the book or movie to be eligible for the drawing!

Please include the title, author, the review, your name, grade, branch and contact information for each review.  Your last name will not be published.

You can submit a maximum of 2 reviews for 2 chances to win.

When writing your review please give a summary of the book or movie without giving away the ending or any big surprises.  If you liked the book or movie, why or why not?  Would you recommend this book or movie to a friend?

If you have any questions please e-mail us at or leave us a comment!

Good luck!

For more information on the author please click here.

From the dust jacket of Whisper:
"I'd love a cup of coffee…I wish she didn't hide how pretty she is…I hope she didn't find out what Ben said about her…I wish I knew how many calories were in a bit of muffin…

Joy is used to Hearing Whispers.  She's used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires.  She uses this talent for good – to make people happy and give them what they want.  But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people's lives – especially Joy's – miserable.  Still, when Joy Hears Jessica Whisper I Want to kill my Hearing dead, and kill me too if that's what it takes, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car, and running away with a boy she barely knows – a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.


A Trip to Costa Rica?!? Essay Contest!

Here is a chance to go to Costa Rica for FREE!  Global Leadership Adventures is offereing a trip to Costa Rica for one high school student this summer.  The winner will get an all-expense paid 10-day Tropical Ecology & Service program from August 14th to August 23rd.

Students between the ages of 14 to 18 can enter.  You must write an essay answering this question "Tell us how you've shown leadership in your community?  And, how would performing community service in an international setting help you further develop your leadership skills on a local and global level?

The essays are due June 25, 2010!

For more information please visit

*Please refer all questions to the above website.  Sonoma County Library is not sponsoring this contest!  Thank you!*