Smoke Signals

On August 14, 2010, the Healdsburg Post Office burned in a spectacular fire. 22 Engine companies from Healdsburg and all over the North Coast responded. Photographer Austin Brewin and local Healdsburg columnist and photographer Ray Holley captured the drama. The fire came after a rancorous public debate about moving the Post Office from this favored downtown site.
 

Photographs by Brewin and Holley will be on display at the Healdsburg Library through August 31. 

Art, music, books, Xtreme Science Magic!

Lots to do at the Library this August! An art show is at Guerneville Library August 4 – 18 and at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, a photo exhibit runs August 14 – 25.

Enjoy music of William Florian, the Susan Comstock Swingtet, and Catfish Jack, performing at libraries around the county.

At Petaluma Library and Sonoma Library there are book sales August 15 – 18, and at Guerneville Library, a book and bake sale August 22 – 25.

Xtreme Science MagicAnd on August 25, Xtreme Science Magic comes to Sebastopol Library and Northwest (Coddingtown) Library. Kids 5 and older, get ready for a fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations, and oodles of audience participation!

CalendarThis month at the Library

P.S. Thank you, Friends! Friends of the Library coordinate exhibits and book sales, support special programs for kids and adults, and help make August a great time to visit your Library!

New tools for genealogists

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries,New for Genealogists we have two new resources available for your genealogical and historical research!

GenealogyBank

  • Find local news from small-town newspapers dating as far back as 1690. Research in local histories, military records, and other hard-to-find documentation of family history.

San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922

  • Search through the full text of early issues, and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of the Chronicle.

These are available only at the Local History & Genealogy Library, located behind the Central Library in downtown Santa Rosa.

Sebastopol Library reopens June 19

Welcome back, Sebastopol library patrons!  The Sebastopol Regional Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. 

The newly repaired and remodeled library includes seismic upgrades, improved ergonomics, more public computers, and improvements for energy efficiency and access for disabled patrons.

Read the press release

Summer Reading for kids and teens

Summer Reading for Kids and TeensThe children's Summer Reading program and the annual summer Teen Read are starting soon!  Once again we are also having our summer early literacy program for babies, the Rubber Ducky Club.

Sign up at most regional libraries beginning June 5.  (Signups start later for Sebastopol Library – tentatively June 26.)

Rubber Ducky Club: summer reading for babies

Dream Big: READ!  summer reading for children

Teen Read details in our Teenspace blog

Sebastopol Library update

Sebastopol UpdateThe "Express Library" provides limited library service at the Youth Annex of the Sebastopol Community Center through today, May 11.

From Saturday, May 12 to Tuesday, May 15, the Express Library will be moving and no library service will be available.

The Express Library will  re-open in the rear of the Sebastopol Regional Library.  It will be accessible from the driveway at the back of the building. A book return will be available to use at all times.

The opening is slated for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, if the needed permits are issued on schedule.  Any changes or delays will be posted on the Sebastopol Regional Library page.

What’s new in what’s old: sharing stories in new ways

We love to collect and share the stories of Sonoma County through our thousands and thousands of old photographs, maps, postcards, and other treasures of Sonoma County's past. Now, highlights of these collections are just a mouse click away with our newest digital projects:  

From the photo archives
Sonoma Heritage Collections – flip through albums of photographs and maps from our Local History collections, historical materials from our Wine Library, and photos from the Sonoma County Archives and the Sonoma County Fair.  

 

From the photo archives

Sonoma County Local History - our newest blog features highlights from our photo collections, with historical notes.   

Browse through history from the early days of the wine industry, to early film shoots in the county, to architectural gems that still stand.  Share your story, too!  Let us know if you have the inside scoop on these mystery photos.

 

Library Commission to discuss fines and fees

What do YOU think about Library fines and fees?Come and make your voice heard!

The Library Commission will discuss possible increases in library fines and fees at its May 7 meeting. The topic is on the agenda for 7 p.m. at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library.

This discussion is the time for people to make their views known on paying more, including higher fines for overdue items and potential fees for requesting items.

The Commission will not take action on Monday night but action may be taken in the future.

Read about current library fines and fees