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May’s Social Justice Club / Club de Justicia Social de mayo

May’s Social Justice Club

Every week day through Zoom from 4-5pm, the Sonoma County Library has programming for teens 13-18 and Thursdays is Social Justice Club. Social Justice Club is for teens and librarians to meet and discuss different controversial issues happening in society. Each month we pick a theme which guides our conversations. If possible we also try and schedule members of the community to talk about these issues and how our teens can make a positive impact for change. For May the topic is “mental health” and we are lucky enough to have scheduled some guest speakers. Mental health is an especially relevant topic coming out of quarantine as people are feeling more isolated than ever before and facing unusually high levels of stress. To sign up for one or all of our meetings this month register here.

May 6th, we will have guest speakers from SAY (Social Advocates for Youth). SAY will be talking about all the different counseling services they offer and giving advice on how to care for your mental health. They will also be discussing all the other services they provide free to our community’s youth.

May 13th and 20th, librarians will present other resources on mental health including practicing self-care, suicide prevention, books and media discussing mental health, and how to handle stress.

May 27th, we will have a guest instructor, Ozlem, to teach meditation and mindfulness. We regularly hire Ozlem to teach yoga and meditation and she will be back Mondays during the Summer Reading Program to teach our Mindfulness Mondays for teens.

Club de Justicia Social de mayo

De lunes a viernes a las 4pm-5pm, la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma ofrece eventos virtuales para adolescentes que tienen 13 a 18 años. Los jueves son del Club de Justicia Social en la cual adolescentes y bibliotecari@s reunen a conversar sobre temas controversiales sucediendo en la sociedad. Cada mes elegimos un tema que nos guiará las conversaciones. Si sea posible, también intentamos invitar miembr@s de la comunidad a platicar sobre los temas y cómo los adolescentes pueden hacer impactos positivos para efectuar el cambio. Este mayo, el tema es la salud mental y tenemos suerte de haber confirmado la asistencia de unos oradores invitados. La salud mental es un tema especialmente relevante mientras salimos de cuarentena y podamos sentirnos más aislados que nunca además que llevar altos niveles de estrés poco usuales. Regístrate aquí para una o todas las citas de este mes.

El 6 de mayo tendremos oradores invitados de SAY (Social Advocates for Youth «Promotores sociales para los adolescentes»). Hablarán de los servicios de consejería que ofrece SAY y te darán consejos para cuidar tu salud mental. También platicarán de los otros servicios que proveen gratis a los adolescentes de nuestra comunidad.

El 13 y 20 de mayo, bibliotecari@s presentarán otros recursos para la salud mental, incluyendo prácticas de cuidados personales, prevención del suicidio, libros y otros materiales sobre la salud mental, y cómo manejar el estrés.

El 27 de mayo asistirá instructora invitada, Ozlem, que nos enseñará meditación y la conciencia plena. La biblioteca contrata a Ozlem con regularidad a enseñar yoga y meditación y ella regresará los lunes durante el Programa de Lectura de Verano para enseñar Yoga Lunes consciente para adolescentes.

 

 

 

May’s Virtual Teen Pride Club: Queer Memoirs and Personal Essays

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer memoirs and personal essays! You can select a book, movie, TV show, or other media that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own!

We will be meeting online at 4:00pm every Tuesday in May. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the May Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

  • May 4th
  • May 11th
  • May 18th
  • May 25th

Our Recommendations:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

All Boys Aren’t Blue

All Boys Aren’t Blue
by George M. Johnson (they/them)

Brave Face

Brave Face
by Shaun David Hutchinson (he/him)

Displacement

Displacement
by Kiku Hughes (she/her)

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
by Alex Bertie (he/him)

Honor Girl

Honor Girl
by Maggie Thrash (she/her)

The Fire Never Goes Out

The Fire Never Goes Out
by Noelle Stevenson (any pronouns)

Flamer

Flamer
by Mike Curato (he/him)

Spinning

Spinning
by Tillie Walden (she/her)

Body Talk

Body Talk
edited by Kelly Jensen (she/her)

Being Jazz

Being Jazz
by Jazz Jennings (she/her)

They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei (he/him)

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required
by Arin Andrews (he/him)

Gender Queer

Gender Queer
by Maia Kobabe (e, em, eir)

The Times I Knew I was Gay

The Times I Knew I was Gay
by Eleanor Crewes (she/they)

When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terrorist
by Patrisse Cullors (she/her) and asha bandele (she/her)

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin (he/him)

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde
by Audre Lorde (she/her)

 

 

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Nothing About Us Film Screening

Although it has been nearly 67 years since Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional, schools in the United States are still deeply segregated and unequally funded. According to a 2019 study by the non-profit EdBuild, "predominantly white school districts get $23 billion more than their nonwhite peers, despite serving a similar number of children."

To raise awareness about this issue, high school students with the Epic Theatre Ensemble in New York City have created an educational show and film called Nothing About Us, which discusses segregation and racism in schools today. They are partnering with The National Coalition on School Diversity and Dodd Human Rights Impact to organize film screenings and community discussions in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. These discussions will culminate in a national event on May 17, 2021, the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Sonoma County Library will participate by hosting a local virtual screening of Nothing About Us on Saturday, May 1 at 4pm.

The film screening will be followed by a community conversation about racism and segregation in high schools facilitated by teens from the Epic Theatre Ensemble. This event is open to all ages. We strongly encourage teens, educators, administrators, and parents to join the conversation! Spanish interpretation will be available.

To view the trailer for Nothing About Us, visit: https://youtu.be/9jeEaSrrAzY

A local representative will be elected to share out our community’s thoughts during The Fifty State Conversation on May 17. Register for the national event at: www.epictheatreensemble.org/fifty/

 

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April’s Virtual Pride Club: Musician Michael Mwenso

Join us on April 20 at 4 pm for a special session of Virtual Pride Club for Teens featuring musician, artist, and social commentator Michael Mwenso of the band Mwenso & The Shakes. Michael will be joining us to talk about his experiences as a Black LGBTQ+ musician.

Recently, Mwenso partnered with Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center to present his five-part online Black Music Series offering his unique and ancestral perspective on Black music as an African-born queer man growing up in London and New York.

Mwenso will be visiting us at Virtual Pride Club to have a small and personal group dialogue about music, identity, and changing the world. This particular session will be a unique opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with a world-class musician!

For ages 12-18.

Experience the music of Mwenso and the Shakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQwaEp0KwPU

Virtual Pride Club for Teens is a weekly club to discuss books and other media that showcase queer voices and experiences. Each month there will be a different theme. You can select books or other media that fit that theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own. This club is a great way to make friends, foster community building, and discover queer media all at the same time!

 

Aspiring Comic Writers Wanted!

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Do you love comics and graphic novels, but have trouble putting your ideas into action? Have you always wanted to have your comics published for the world to see?

Starting on March 20th, 2021, Gio Benedetti, writer and illustrator, will be working with SCL to put on an 8 week comic workshop. In this course, Gio Benedetti will guide participants through each step in creating, writing, drawing and inking their own original 8-12 page mini-comic.

The class will go over techniques for writing for comics, graphic story-telling concepts, comic layout, materials, and - most importantly - following through to completion!

At the end of the 8 weeks, each participant will have their own 8-12 page mini-comic which will be collected and published as our collective Mini-Comic Anthology Volume 1. Registrants must be between the ages of 10 and 19 years old.

The comic workshop will take place on Saturdays 11-noon via Zoom. Supplies will be provided to registrants via curbside pick-up one week prior to the course beginning. This is an 8-week series of classes and will require a commitment to complete all 8 sessions. The comic anthology will be printed and circulated through the Sonoma County Library system for everyone to enjoy. Who doesn’t want to add published comic author to their resume?

Space is limited to 25 participants and will go quickly.

Course dates: 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15.
No class on 4/3 to accommodate Spring Break.
Register here!

 

March’s Virtual Pride Club: Queer History & Historical Fiction

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer History and Historical Fiction! Queer history and the people that advanced our rights don't always receive the recognition they deserve, so it is important that we work to highlight the activists and moments that helped us reach where we are now. This month we will have a special guest presentation from folks at the Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County and OutWatch, Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival. We will also delve more into local queer history by exploring Sonoma County Library’s very own History and Genealogy collections. Here are some links, resources, and of course books to get you thinking about LGBTQIA+ History!

We will be meeting online at 4:00pm every Tuesday in March. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the March Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

LGBTQ+ Historical Databases & Resources that we recommend:

Books:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

Like a Love Story

Like a Love Story
by Abdi Nazemain (he/him)

All Out

All Out
edited by Saundra Mitchell (she/they)

We Are Lost and Found

We Are Lost and Found
by Helene Dunbar (she/her)

Dread Nation

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland (she/her)

Blood Countess

Blood Countess
by Lana Popović (she/her)

 
The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang (she/her)

Music From Another World

Music From Another World
by Robin Talley (she/her)

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club
by Malinda Lo (she/her)

Queer, There, and Everywhere

Queer, There, and Everywhere
by Sarah Prager (she/her)

 
Branded by the Pink Triangle

Branded by the Pink Triangle
by Ken Setterington (he/him)

Stonewall

Stonewall
by Ann Bausum (she/her)

Brave Face

Brave Face: A Memoir
by Shaun David Hutchinson (he/him)

No Way, They Were Gay

No Way, They Were Gay?
by Lee Wind (he/him)
Coming to a library near you April 2021!

 

February’s Virtual Pride Club: Bisexual and Pansexual Representation in YA!

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Bisexual and Pansexual Representation in YA! You can select a book, movie, TV show, or other media based on recommendations by librarians, or you can choose your own! We will be meeting online at 4:00pm every Tuesday in February. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for February Pride Club

Here are some of our recommendations:

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die
at the End

by Adam Silvera (he/him)
Recommended by Javier (he/him)

You can find this book here in a variety of formats.

All of Us with Wings

All of Us with Wings

by Michelle Ruiz Keil (she/her)
Recommended by Melissa (she/her)

You can find this book here in a variety of formats.

Deposing Nathan

Deposing Nathan

by Zack Smedley (he/him)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)

You can find this book here in a variety of formats.

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor

by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her) and
Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)
Recommended by Terra (she/her)

You can find this book here in a variety of formats.

More Bisexual and Pansexual Representation in YA Books:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to go to the library catalog)

Reign of the Fallen

Reign of the Fallen
by Sarah Glenn Marsh (she/her)

In Other Lands

In Other Lands
by Sarah Rees Brennan (she/her)

Witches of Ash and Ruin

Witches of Ash and Ruin
by E. Latimer (she/her)

Who I Was with Her

Who I Was with Her
by Nita Tyndall (they/them)

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn
by Melissa Bashardoust (she/her)

I Kissed Alice

I Kissed Alice
by Anna Birch (she/her)

The Henna Wars

The Henna Wars
by Adiba Jaigirdar (she/her)

I’ll be the One

I’ll be the One
by Lyla Lee (she/her)

Verona Comics

Verona Comics
by Jennifer Dugan (she/her)

Odd One Out

Odd One Out
by Nic Stone (she/her)

Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli (she/her)

Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde (she/they)

Faith: Taking Flight

Faith: Taking Flight
by Julie Murphy (she/her)

Inkmistress

Inkmistress
by Audrey Coulthurst (she/her)

Let’s Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love
by Claire Kann (she/her)

The Last 8

The Last 8
by Laura Pohl (she/her)

You Asked for Perfect

You Asked for Perfect
by Laura Silverman (she/her)

Belly Up

Belly Up
by Eva Darrows (she/her)

I Wish You All the Best

I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver (they/them)

Little & Lion

Little & Lion
by Brandy Colbert (she/her)

Bingo Love

Bingo Love
by Tee Franklin (she/her)

Heartstopper: Volume 1

Heartstopper: Volume 1
by Alice Oseman (she/they)

Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming
by Francesca Lia Block (she/her)

Radio Silence

Radio Silence
by Alice Oseman (she/they)

Ship It

Ship It
by Britta Lundin (she/her)

All the Invisible Things

All the Invisible Things
by Orlagh Collins (she/her)

Girls Made of Stars

Girls Made of Stars
by Ashley Herring Blake (she/her)

Perfect on Paper

Upcoming!
March 2021!

Perfect on Paper
by Sophie Gonzales (she/her)

Cool for the Summer

Upcoming!
May 2021!

Cool for the Summer
by Dahlia Adler (she/her)

 

January’s Virtual Pride Book: Queer YA Fantasy!

Our Virtual Pride Book Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer YA Fantasy. You can select a book that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own! We will be meeting online at 4:00pm every Tuesday in January. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for January Book Clubs

Here are some of our recommendations:

You Brought Me the Ocean

You Brought Me the Ocean
by Alex Sanchez (he/him) and Julie Maroh (they/them)
Recommended by Javier (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this graphic novel for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this graphic novel digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.
And on Hoopla!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn
by Melissa Bashardoust (she/her)
Recommended by Melissa (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.

Raybearer

Raybearer
by Jordan Ifueko (she/her)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.
And on Hoopla!

Elatsoe

Elatsoeby
Darcie Little Badger (she/her)
Recommended by Terra (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.
And as an e-book and an e-audiobook on Hoopla

More Queer YA Fantasy:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to go to the library catalog)

Reign of the Fallen

Reign of the Fallen
by Sarah Glenn Marsh (she/her)

The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi (she/her)

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Red Scrolls of Magic
by Cassandra Clare (she/her) and Wesley Chu (he/him)

Shatter the Sky

Shatter the Sky
by Rebecca Kim Wells (she/her)

Pet

Pet
by Akwaeke Emezi (they/them)

Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost
by Zoraida Córdova (she/her)

The Tea Dragon Society

The Tea Dragon Society
by Katie O’Neill (they/them)

Reverie

Reverie
by Ryan La Sala (all pronouns)

Princess Princess Ever After

Princess Princess Ever After
by Katie O’Neill (they/them)

Ash

Ash
by Malinda Lo (she/her)

Blanca & Roja

Blanca & Roja
by Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (he/him/they/them)

Six of Crows

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo (she/her)

Carry On

Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell (she/her)

Beyond the Black Door

Beyond the Black Door
by A.M. Strickland (they/she)

Girls of Paper and Fire

Girls of Paper and Fire
by Natasha Ngan (she/her)

Witchlight

Witchlight
by Jessi Zabarsky (she/her)

In Other Lands

In Other Lands
by Sarah Rees Brennan (she/her)

Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty
by Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Girls Made of Snow and Glass
by Melissa Bashadott (she/her)

The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death
by Amy Rose Capetta (all pronouns)

Mooncakes

Mooncakes
by Suzanne Walker (she/her) and Wendy Xu (she/her)

I’m A Gay Wizard

I’m A Gay Wizard
by V.S. Santoni (he/they)

Witches of Ash and Ruin

Witches of Ash and Ruin
by E. Latimer (she/her)

The Scapegracers

The Scapegracers
by Hannah Abigail Clarke (they/them)

The Dark Tide

The Dark Tide
by Alicia Jasinska (she/her)

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (she/her)

Huntress

Huntress
by Malinda Lo (she/her)

Ruinsong

Ruinsong
by Julia Ember (she/her)

Each of Us a Desert

Each of Us a Desert
by Mark Oshiro (he/they)

December’s Virtual Pride Book

Queer YA Books with Found Family!

Our Virtual Pride Book Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer YA Books with Found Family. You can select a book that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own! We will be meeting online at 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the November 3rd book club, visit https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479861

Here are some of our recommendations:

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki (she/her) and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (she/her)
Recommended by Javier (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this graphic novel for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this graphic novel digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.

Our Dreams at Dusk

Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani (they/them)
Recommended by Melissa (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this manga for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.

The Fascinators

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos (he/him)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.

Like A Love Story

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (he/him)
Recommended by Terra (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-audiobook via Hoopla.

More Queer YA Books with Found Family:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to go to the library catalog)

On A Sunbeam

On A Sunbeam
by Tillie Walden (she/her)

Fence

Fence
by C.S. Pacat (she/her)

Check, Please!

Check, Please!
by Ngozi Ukazu (she/her)

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After
by Kacen Calleder (they/them)

The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast
by Amy Rose Capetta (all pronouns)

The Weight of the Stars

The Weight of the Stars
by K. Ancrum (she/her)

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (he/him/they/them)

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls
by Rory Power (she/her)

Joyride

Joyride
by Jackson Lanzing (he/him) & Collin Kelly (he/him)

Camp

Camp
by Lev A.C. Rosen (he/him)

The Brightsiders

The Brightsiders
by Jen Wilde (she/her)

The Disasters

The Disasters
by M.K. England (they/them)

Not Your Sidekick

Not Your Sidekick
by C.B.Lee (she/her)

Spellhacker

Spellhacker
by M.K. England (they/them)

When We Were Magic

When We Were Magic
by Sarah Gailey (they/them)

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan (he/him)

Reverie

Reverie
by Ryan La Sala (all pronouns)

Once and Future

Once and Future
by Amy Rose Capetta (all pronouns) and Cory McCarthy (they/them)

The Misfits

The Misfits
by James Howe (he/him)

Six of Crows

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo (she/her)

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta (he/him)

 

 

 

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Join the Big Library Read!

Join the Big Library Read!

Every month the Libby App, AKA Overdrive, offers a unique book club experience across all libraries with their service. This month’s selection for the “Big Library Read” is Reverie by Ryan La Sala, a young adult fantasy. Kane Montgomery was found after a terrible accident half-dead in the river with amnesia. As he settles back into the world something doesn’t feel quite right and Kane is determined to get to the bottom of it. Dreams begin to become reality and Kane doesn’t know where to turn.

For the “Big Library Read”, from November 2nd through the 16th, the e-book and e-audiobooks are available through the Libby app simultaneous use. This means there is no wait list and no holds! In addition to offering the book without a wait list, Overdrive always sets up a virtual discussion to tie to that month’s read. This month’s virtual discussion with the author will take place live on November 10th at 2 pm. Register for the live event while there is still space here.

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