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Sonoma County Library is having its first ever SCL Teenage Film Festival! Are you an amateur filmmaker? Has Tik Tok or YouTube awakened your passion for cinema? All Sonoma County teens ages 12 to 19 are invited to compete. Take some time over the break to shoot and edit your own 6-minute masterpiece. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films screened at the festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories as well as audience choice.

Accepting submissions now through Feb. 7, 2021, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SCLTeenFilmFestival.

Official Rules:

  • All short films must be written, directed, and edited by teens ages 12 to 19.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Sonoma County.
  • All entries must be teen-produced, and may be either a group project or individual work.
  • Adult guidance and instruction are permissible, but the planning and production must reflect teen effort. Note, however, that adults may act in and assist with your film.
  • Films may be on any topic, but must be G or PG rated in language and subject matter, as defined by the Motion Pictures Association, or they will be disqualified.

    G – General Audiences
    All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children

    PG – Parental Guidance Suggested
    Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give "parental guidance". May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.

  • Title pages and credits should be included in your film.
  • Unless relevant to the plot, please do not include bloopers in your submitted film.
  • Films may be no more than 6 minutes in length including credits.
  • Use of sound or video clips from other films, television shows, music videos, etc. within your submitted work is not permitted unless those clips are in the public domain or you have received written permission from the copyright holder. This includes the use of trademarked products or characters.
  • Filmmakers can also use their own original music. Additionally, copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly or creative commons copyright music can be used.
  • Each filmmaker may submit up to two, and no more than, two films.
  • All new footage should be made while following Sonoma County’s social distancing guidelines.

Legal Disclaimers:

By entering your film into the Sonoma County Library Teen Film Festival, the applicant agrees to all rules and regulations as defined in the official festival rules.

The applicant also grants a non-exclusive license, throughout the world and in perpetuity, to the Library to:

  • Show their film to a non-paying public at a future Sonoma County Library Teen Film Festival, other partner festivals and promotional events.
  • Display the film, in part or in its entirety, on the Sonoma County Library website, video streaming websites, and/or Sonoma County Library website and Facebook page.

 

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)

Princess Princess Ever After

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

The Tea Dragon Society

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

Reverie

Reverie
by Ryan La Sala (all pronouns)

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)

Beyond the Black Door

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

Six of Crows

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo (she/her)

Carry On

Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell (she/her)

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 Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

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

The Dark Tide

The Dark Tide
by Alicia Jasinska (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)

Help us celebrate the launch of virtual LumaCon! 2021 by participating in our first ever

LumaCon! Superhero Reading Challenge

from Nov. 25th- Jan. 25th.

Register on Beanstack and complete at least 5 of our 12 challenge prompts to earn a ticket in the drawing. Prizes will be gift cards to Petaluma businesses who have sponsored LumaCon in the past and every additional prompt will earn you another ticket.


1
Superheroes must be ready to face their fears: Read a book about something that scares you (Facing your Fears)!

2
Superheroes have to keep a great deal of secrets: Read a book about people keeping secrets.

3
Superheroes often have a sidekick who helps them fight crime: Read a book featuring a strong friendship.

4
Many superhero stories come from famous myths or folklore: Read a book involving myths/folklore or a retelling of a myth/folklore.

5
Superheroes almost always have some type of super power or ability: Read a book about a person with special abilities.

6
Superheroes often get their powers from some type of science experiment: Read a book involving science or technology.

7
Superheroes must be brave to fight crime: Read a book about someone you think is brave or is being brave in the book.

8
Superhero stories are often told in graphic form: Read a graphic novel, manga, or comic.

9
Many movies and TV shows are made based on superheroes: Read a book adapted for the movies or TV.

10
Superheroes come from all different backgrounds: Read a book by or about someone from a different background than yourself.

11
Superheroes often team up to defeat their foes: Team up to read a book with a friend!

12
It wouldn't be LumaCon if we didn't involve the arts: Read a book involving art.

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)

Check, Please!

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

Fence

Fence
by C.S. Pacat (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)

Joyride

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

Cemetery Boys

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

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls
by Rory Power (she/her)

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)