Win a Copy of Beautiful Creatures!!!

Sonoma County Library is giving away a brand new signed copy of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl! beautiful.jpg

Want to know more?!?

Submit a review of any book by April 30th to to be entered into the drawing.  

Conditions:  Sonoma County Library must own a copy of the book you review.  Please check the catalog.

Please include the title, author, the review, your name, grade, branch and contact information with each review.  Only your first name will be published with the review.

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

When writing your review please write a summary of the book without giving away the ending or any big surprises.  If you liked the book, why or why not?  Would you recommend this book to a friend? If you have any questions please e-mail us at or leave us a comment. Have fun!

2010 Excellence in Nonfiction Award Shortlist!

Every year YALSA picks one book to represent the best nonfiction book for teens.  One of these books will be the 2010 winner!

almost.jpg Almost Astronauts:  13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by:  Tanya Lee Stone

“In the early 1960s, the doctor in charge of testing NASA’s astronauts decided to find out if female pilots were capable of passing the grueling qualification tests required of male pilots.  Feasible?  Yes.  Allowed?  No.  All testing of women’s potential for the Mercury program was done outside NASA’s purview and without their permission.  The reasons why will stun readers.”

charles.jpg Charles and Emma:  The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by:  Deborah Heiligman

“After creating a list of pros and cons of marriage, science-minded Charles Darwin chooses to marry his strictly religious first cousin.  Little does he know that he is about to embark upon the most loving, creative, and intellectually important relationship of his life.”

Claudette Colvin:  Twice Toward Justice claudette-colvin.jpg
by:  Phillip Hoose

“Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bust to a white woman.  Intereviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant.”

The Great and Only Barnum great.jpg
by:  Candace Fleming

“Thrill to the audacity!  Gasp at the hucksterism!  Come one, come all to the jaw-dropping, larger-than-life biography of expert humbugger, relentless curiosity seeker, and unparalleled showman P.T. Barnum.

written.jpg Written in Bone:  Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
by:  Sally M. Walker

“By presenting a detailed examination into the work of different types of forensic archaeology at excavations in both Jamestown, Virginia, and Colonial Maryland, readers are rewarded with both a picture of this fascinating work and an appreciation for what it contributes to our knowledge of history.”

Book summaries are provided by YALSA at

 YALSA Contest!

YAlSA wants YOU to make a book trailer for one of these books.  What is a book trailer?!?  A book trailer is just like a movie trailer but for a book.  Its a book review in pictures.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • The winner will receive a box of books plus $100 giftcard to a bookstore!
  • Any teen or group of teens (4 maximum) aged 13 to 18 can enter.
  • All videos must be original work
  • There is no fee for submitting the entry
  • The entry form must be submitted by Jan. 29, 2010
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight on Jan. 17, 2010

For more information please visit:

If you decide to submit a video let teenspace know!

The Luxe Series Contest!

The final book in The Luxe series is out!  If you log on to The Luxe website you can enter to win the complete series!  This contest ends December 14th.  If you like reading The Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar you will love The Luxe series!  The Luxe series is The Gossip Girl in the 19th century.  You want to read this series in order. 
The Luxe

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Contest: Letters About Literature

“Books have wings.  You can’t see them, but they are there just the same.  On books’ wings, readers can soar to new places where they meet intriguing characters and experience exciting adventures.  But a book’s wings can also help a reader rise above difficult situations so that they see the world – or themselves – with new understanding.  Has a book touched your life in a personal way?  If so, we invite you to enter this year’s LAL competition.  Have you ever felt the power and lift of literature?”
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target presents Letters About Literature.  There are prizes on both the state and national levels.  Everyone between the grades 4th through 12th can enter.  All you need to do is to read a book, fiction or nonfiction, a short story, poem, essay or speech that brings out strong emotions in you.  Next write a personal, reflective letter and submit it to Letters About Literature by December 12, 2009.  For more details please visit the Letters About Literature Website.

Contest: Sonoma County Leave Your Mark Teen Challenge

 Please note:  This contest is not sponsored by Sonoma County Library.  Please do not contact your public library about this contest, please contact the name and number below.  Thank you!

What:  A pledge-drive competition to reduce energy use in Sonoma County!
Sonoma County youth of ages 14 to 18 years sign up as teams of 2 to 5 members to inspire community members to sign pledge leaves as a commitment to reduce their energy use.  The team that collects the most pledge leaves WINS!
When:  Contest will run from July 13th to August 15, 2009
Call them NOW to sign your team up and schedule a 1-hour orientation to collect your contest resource packet (Last date for sign-ups is June 30th)
Why:  1.  Because reducing energy use is one of the easiest and best ways to stop climate change!
2.  Because you’ll get to meet new people in your community!
3.  Because it’s a fun way to spend your summer!
4.  Because there are great prizes!
5.  Because everyone wins!
Prizes:  $500 scholarship for the winning team!
Prize-filled goody bags for the team that collects 10 “leader pledges”
All team players:  Custom made t-shirt with tree graphic
Awards ceremony will be held at the “Leave Your Mark” event in September, with recognition by community leaders and the public.
Contact Sharon Templeton, Angela Bohl or Maitreyi Siruguri at 707-525-1665 ext. 115 or email us at for registration details.
Contest sponsored by the Climate Protection Campaign.