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Do You Like a Good Challenge?

This past summer, the Sonoma County Library found out that yes indeed--teens do thrive when offered the pressure and perspective of a decent challenge!  Studies show that students who read at least six books over the summer beat the “summer slide” and start school in the fall ready to learn--so we decided to offer a little bit of motivation to help make that happen.

Ancient, Art, Climb, Courage, High, Man, Outdoors

Teens across Sonoma County read book after book, and received prize after prize all summer long... including free books, treats, earbuds, book bags, gift cards, and of course a raffle ticket for the GRAND PRIZE: a Chromebook!

Now that students are back in school, you might be wondering who managed to escape the “summer slide”... AND, who won those fabulous Chromebooks from the various branches of the Library?

Beautiful, Business, Computer, Female, Girl, Internet

More teens than ever participated in the TeenRead program.  Many played, most had fun, and a few lucky souls were the winners of the 6 Book Challenge raffle tickets. If you didn't win, we hope you at least had a great summer full of incredible and fantastic books. Curious about the lucky winners?  Scroll down for the photo gallery.

Congrats to our TEEN READ 2017 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!

These lucky teens who participated in the teen summer reading program won a CHROMEBOOK!!

Central - Congratulations Phineas!

Cloverdale - Congratulations (name not published by request)!

Guerneville - Congratulations Riley!

Healdsburg - Congratulations Maggie!

Northwest -Congratulations Mateo!

Petaluma - Congratulations Will!

Rincon Valley - Congratulations Zannet!

Rohnert Park / Cotati - Congratulations Adeline!

Roseland - Congratulations Naomi!

Sebastopol- Congratulations Claire!

Sonoma Valley - Congratulations Y. Valezquez!

Windsor - Congratulations Eliana!

 

 
  • image of Sather Tower with text [A Path to College Sonoma County Library]

More Path to College Workshops Announced

The Sonoma County Library is continuing our popular Path to College workshops supporting college-bound high school students and their families. With these workshops the Library seeks to meet the needs of students through all stages of the college preparation and application process.

“Preparing for college can be a stressful time for high school students and their families. We’re proud to support these students and give them the information they need to achieve their higher education goals. Best yet, all our workshops are free!” said Petaluma Library Teen Services Librarian Diana Spaulding.

The Library will be providing workshops this fall on writing compelling college application essays and answers to the UC prompts; approaching the college application process with confidence and a plan; paying for college and completing the online FAFSA; and planning ahead for the transfer from a Junior College to a 4-year University. All workshops are led by qualified local experts and are free and open to high school students and their families.

 

Path to College Fall 2017 Workshops include:

  • How to Tackle the Essay & UC Prompts (pre-registration required)*:

    • Wednesday 10/4 from 6:30-8:00pm – Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library

    • Monday 10/9 from 6:30-8:0pm – Petaluma Regional Library

    • Saturday 10/14 from 11:00am-12:30pm – Central Santa Rosa Library

  • Demystifying & Simplifying the College Application Process

    • Saturday 10/7 from 11:00am-12:30pm – Central Santa Rosa Library

    • Wednesday 10/11 from 6:30-8:00pm – Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library

  • Paying for College

    • Saturday 11/4 from 10:30am-12:00pm – Petaluma Regional Library

    • Monday 11/20 from 6:30-8:00pm – Central Santa Rosa Library

  • The JC Transfer Option

    • Saturday 11/4 from 10:30am-12:00pm – Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library

    • Saturday 12/2 from 10:30am-12:00pm – Central Santa Rosa Library

*How to Tackle the Essay and UC prompts workshops require pre-registration due to limited space because it is a hands-on class for students rather than families. It will be taught in English only. All other workshops have bilingual staff and support for Spanish speaking attendees.

 For more information, contact Teen & Adult Services Librarian Diana Spaulding at 763-9801 ext. 0731 or dspaulding@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

But seriously… WHAT'S ALL OF THE HOOPLA ABOUT?

hoop·la ~ ˈho͞oˌplä,ˈho͝opˌlä

Hoopla Digital is a streaming service that offers over 500,000 titles

(movies, music, tv, eAudiobooks, & eBooks) to choose from.

Find the App.  Try it, you might just LOVE it.

  • 10 Hoopla Digital checkouts per month. [NOTE: reduced to 6 checkouts beginning 7/1/2018.]
  • Borrowing durations are:

-72 hours (3 days) for Movies and TV

-7 days for Music Albums

-21 days for eBooks, Comics and Audiobooks

If you owe more than $5.00 in fines on your account,

come in and talk with a Teen Librarian at your local Library Branch.

Got Questions?  We have answers, ask us!

~Your Friendly Teen Librarians

Vote for the 2017 Teens' Top Ten!

FOR TEENS ONLY!

Did you read any phenomenal books last year?  Did you have favorites?  If so, your vote is wanted! (And if not, check out the list below--you just might find some really great reads.)

The time is now to choose your favorite three books from this past year.  Voting is open from August 15th through October 14th (10/8 to 10/14 = Teen Read Week). The Top Ten winning titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017

Check out the 26 nominated titles and vote for up to 3 Books –

THIS VOTING IS FOR TEENS ONLY: https://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2017-teens-top-reads

Check out this Video to See the Top 26 Nominees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLqTlHyzsDU&feature=youtu.be

Or, just take a peek at the list here:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck. Tor Teen.

  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.

  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.

  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.

  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.

  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.

  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.

  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.

  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.

  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.

  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.

  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.

  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.

  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.

  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.

  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.

  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.

  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.

  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.

  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.

  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.

  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.

  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.

  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.

  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.

  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

Contact the Teen Librarian at your Local Branch of the Sonoma County Library for more information!


  • white woman, white man, black man - actors in the tv show Timeless

Women’s History through "Timeless"

One of my recent “guilty pleasures” is the new NBC series Timeless. This TV series mixes history with time travel as a present-day team chases bad guys through time using a prototype time machine. Each episode visits a different era of history, and features famous historical figures who unwittingly assist the narrative in different ways.

 In honor of Women’s History Month, we're using the time travel in this TV series to explore more about their featured women from history, including Nonhelema, Katherine Johnson, Bonnie Parker, and Josephine Baker.

Nonhelema

 

The Timeless team meets up with the Shawnee peace chief Nonhelema in 1754, near the beginning of the French and Indian War. The adult book Warrior Woman tells the fictionalized story of this tough, no-nonsense chief of the Shawnee tribe as she leads her people’s resistance against the Virginians.

Katherine Johnson

 

Johnson is more well-known today, thanks to the recent film Hidden Figures. The film shares the account of African-American women mathematicians at NASA who helped put men on the moon in 1969, and Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race is the book it is based upon.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World includes Johnson among its subjects.

 

Bonnie Parker

  

Not all historical women are heroines – Bonnie Parker is definitely more infamous than heroic, for she and her partner Clyde Barrow ran a gang of outlaws that terrorized the central United States in the 1930s. Read more about Bonnie’s tragic story in Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, for adults, or Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography, for teens. 

 

Josephine Baker

 

A singer and dancer, Baker is compared to Beyoncé on the show, giving an indication of her stardom and talent. In addition to being an entertainer, she also helped the French Resistance as a spy during World War II.

Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker is a children's biography of Baker's life. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy gives an account of Baker's life and the many roles she played in her professional and personal life. This title is intended for teens and adults.

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