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    3D Printing Workshop Schedule

3D Printing Service Moves to Petaluma

3D PRINTING SERVICES ARRIVE AT petaluma LIBRARY

Beginning August 5, Sonoma County Library's 3D Printing service and the MakerBot Replicator 2 will be hosted by the friendly folks at Petaluma Regional Library. The branch will offer Introduction to 3D Printing Workshops and individual printing sessions. Contact Petaluma Regional Library for more details.

Seeking Volunteers for Library Homework Help

We are recruiting volunteers who have a passion for helping K-12 students learn and succeed in school to help us launch a new Homework Help service in Fall 2015. The 2015-2016 Homework Help service will launch at three locations in September--Central Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, and Windsor--and will operate between the months of September through May. Expansion to more libraries will depend on availability of staff and volunteers.

Volunteers will assist children and teens with various homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the school year. Volunteers must be comfortable assisting students of all ages individually and in small groups on a drop-in basis. Training is provided. A criminal background check (paid for by the Library) is required for volunteers 18 and up.

Volunteer Application and Orientation Process

Prospective volunteers should submit their application forms to the Branch Manager at the Library offering Homework Help. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will take place in July and early August (and during the school year), to ensure a good fit between volunteers and the needs of this program. New Homework Helpers must attend a volunteer orientation and training session.

For more information, please read the Homework Helper Volunteer Profile, download a Volunteer Application Form, or contact Kathy DeWeese at kdeweese@sonoma.lib.ca.us or 707-545-0831 x1513.

Thank you for your interest in helping our young people succeed.
We look forward to meeting you!

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    The Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger at 6 library locations during the summer of 2015.

Free Summer Lunches for Children

The Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger at 6 library locations during the summer of 2015.

The Lunch at the Library program will distribute free meals to youth throughout the summer at the following library locations: Central, Cloverdale, Guerneville, Northwest, Petaluma, and Sebastopol Libraries. Tuesdays-Fridays from June 9 to August 14 anyone 18 and younger, regardless of income, can eat a healthy lunch for free. Provided by program sponsor Redwood Empire Food Bank as part of their Every Child, Every Day Hunger-Free Summer initiative, these nutritional meals are available on a first come, first served basis.

For many children and teens, the stability, nutrition, and education provided by the lunches they receive in the school cafeteria, and the learning opportunities they receive in the classroom, ends when school lets out for summer vacation.

Summer meal programs in public libraries help combat childhood hunger, obesity, and learning loss during the summer months by providing youth with:

  • regularly-scheduled, free and healthy meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program
  • introductions to library services and resources
  • teen volunteer opportunities

— all within a trusted space at the heart of the community.

Summer meal programs like Lunch at the Library keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer months to ensure all kids return to school in the fall ready to learn.

A list of all REFB summer meal sites by town, including serving times, is located here: http://refb.org/pdf/summer_lunch/Summer_Lunch_Site_List.pdf

More information about locations, dates, and times of Sonoma County Library's summer meal service can be found here.

  • 3D Printing Workshops in June & July

    Print Your Dreams!

3D Printing Service Moves to Guerneville

3D PRINTING SERVICES ARRIVE AT GUERNEVILLE LIBRARY

Beginning June 3, Sonoma County Library's 3D Printing service and the MakerBot Replicator 2 will be hosted by the friendly folks at Guerneville Regional Library. The branch will offer Introduction to 3D Printing Workshops and individual printing sessions. Contact Guerneville Regional Library for more details. The MakerBot will move to Petaluma Regional Library beginning in August.

Santa Rosa Symphony Events in June

Collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony continues 

 In the month of June, 2015, the Santa Rosa Symphony will be performing four ensemble performances as part of a unique, exciting and year-long collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony.  

Since this partnership launched in March 2015, we have had enthusiastic audiences of all ages at these symphony performances.   Among them was a family of four generations, including six months old Sarah and her eighty-eight years old great grandmother.  Sarah gently moved with the symphony music on great grandmother’s lap throughout the concert, and the lovely sight brought smiles to everyone in attendance.

Woodwind Quintet performances

Saturday, June 20
Rohnert Park-Cotati Library (6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park)

  • 1:00 p.m. Concert for children
  • 2:30 p.m. Concert for adults

These concerts are funded by the Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library

Harp Flute Duo performances for the whole family

Saturday, June 27

  • 1:00 p.m. Guerneville Library (14107Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville)
  • 2:30 p.m. Sebastopol Library (7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol)

These concerts are funded by the River Friends of the Library and the Sebastopol Friends of the Library.

  • Every Hero Has a Story

    Summer Reading 2015 Every Hero Has a Story launches June 9th!

Children's Summer Reading Club 2015

Every Hero Has a Story this summer at the Sonoma County Library Summer Reading Club! 

Read for fun and prizes this summer. Kids ages 0-12 are welcome to join the children's Summer Reading Club beginning June 9. Libraries will have free live performances, arts and crafts and more for all ages.

The Club runs from June 9, 2015 through August 1, 2015.

  • Sign up at any regional library beginning June 9, 2015.
  • Read to win prizes and a free book
  • We are BURSTING with books, crafts, stories and SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS! 

Parents!   Summertime is the perfect time for children to continue improving their reading skills. Bring your child to the library to check out books on all the subjects they love— those lazy summer days will be filled with imagination and exploration in the world of books!

All Summer Reading events are Free!

The 2015 Summer Reading Club is sponsored in full by the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation

We are so grateful to the SCPLF volunteers for their commitment to supporting literacy programs at the Sonoma County Library. We also would like to express thanks to the donors in our community who give to the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, for helping us to make this important program available to the children and teens of our Sonoma County communities!

Additional Sponsors:

Petaluma Seed Bank: For the third year in a row, the Petaluma Seed Bank has generously donated a packet of seeds for every child who participates in the Sonoma County Library Summer Reading Club.

Raley's NickelAid: Local grocery store chain Raley's makes a charitable donation of $.05 per bag for each time a patron uses a reusable bag in their stores, and those donations go to a charity chosen by their patrons. In 2014, Raley's patrons voted to award those donations to public library summer reading programs, so this year we are able to offer additional summer reading events in the four Sonoma County communities that host a Raley's grocery store.

OTHER DONORS:

These local businesses support the children in their community by providing incentives for kids to keep reading all summer long.  Thank you for your support!

Baskin Robbins (St. Francis Shopping Center)
A Bean Affair (Healdsburg)
Cafe Noto 
Cloverdale Reveille
Healdsburg Parks & Rec
In-N-Out Burger
Lin Management (Cloverdale McDonald's)
Oliver’s Market (Montecito Shopping Center)
Shari’s Restaurant
Silkies Screen Printing 
Sonoma County Fair
Sonoma County Family YMCA


  • banner for national library week, april 12-18 2015

    Our library, like many across the country, offers UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES to the people of Sonoma County --both during National Library Week and year-round.

Unlimited Possibilities during National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015

It's and we want to share some of our successes with you! 
In the past year, we have had:

  • 1,985,630 in-person visits to Sonoma County Library locations.

  • 3,511,962 items circulated.

  • 2,254,040 online visits to http://sonomalibrary.org

  • 76,448 attendance at library events.

Our library, like many across the country, offers UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES to the people of Sonoma County -- both during National Library Week and year-round.

Join us to celebrate the week of APRIL 12-18. Libraries across the nation are bringing communities together as new technologies continue to change the world around us.  No longer just places for books, libraries provide resources that reflect the needs of the communities they serve.   If you haven't visited us in a while, what better time to check out all the Sonoma County Library has to offer!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

National Library Workers Day (NLWD) will take place on Tuesday, April 14. It is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the organization for the advancement of library employees, annually sponsors National Library Workers Day. The ALA-APA invites the public to "Submit a Star" by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee at http://tinyurl.com/librarystar .

  • Two Santa Rosa teens are setting up the MakerBot 3-D printer at Central Library.

    Two Santa Rosa teens are volunteer tech docents who will be helping patrons with the 3D Printing service at the Central Library in March 2015.

Sonoma County Library Offers 3D Printing

3D Printing services @ sonoma county libraries

Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries, the Sonoma County Library purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2 in 2014. Since then, the Library's MakerBot has strutted its stuff at events around the county--but starting in March 2015, it will be available to patrons to print out their own designs!

The service is launching at the Central Library. The MakerBot will travel throughout the county to different library locations so that patrons across our communities will have the opportunity to see it in action and to use it to create.

Print your own designs

Attend a workshop to learn the basics of 3D Printing and design. Then, sign up for a two-hour printing session by visiting or calling the Reference Desk of the branch hosting the MakerBot.

No design experience required.

You can get started with 3D design right now! You don’t need to know CAD (computer-aided design) to make and 3D print awesome 3D models; all you need is a computer with internet access and a little time to go through a free online tutorial, and you can start dreaming up your design. 

Here is a list of library resources about 3D printing.
Here are some free design programs we suggest:

Sounds amazing! Must be expensive...

For the initial launch, we will be providing the service free of charge to patrons while we build up momentum and community support. That's right, FREE!  So come try it out!

  • A list of the local authors who will be at the Sonoma County Local Authors Symposium and Showcase on Saturday March 28 at the Central Library

    Lineup of local authors at the Sonoma County Local Author Symposium & Showcase.

Local Author Symposium

Sonoma County Library is proud to host the Sonoma County Local Author Symposium & Showcase--a gathering of local authors from all over Sonoma County--on Saturday, March 28 at the Central Santa Rosa Library.  The Showcase will be held from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, and the participating authors will have the opportunity to talk about their work, the writing process, and to answer questions.

This is a wonderful opportunity both to participate as an author and to attend as a member of the reading public, so that we can build our local community of creative people.

Authors have been lined up to hold down a spot at a table, where you may speak with them, possibly buy their books, and get to know some of the richness that Sonoma County's literary community has to offer. 

As of March 3, 2015, the participating authors include:
Sandy Baker, Jacqueline Harmon Butler, Diana Chambers, Daniel Coshnear, Robert Digitale, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Heidi Freestone, Sheri Graves, William Haigwood, Sharon Hamilton, Daedalus Howell, Christian Lane, Anne Leonard, Amanda McTigue, Arlene Miller, Pat Nolan, Jennie Orvino, Jonah Raskin, Sabrina Rawson, Jeane Slone, E. E. (Evelyn) Smith, Marshall B. Stearn, Waights Taylor, Keith Walker, Debbie White, Michelle Wing

Short author talks will take place throughout the day.

Please come--it's free to all!

  • Read a great book and take action in your community with Sonoma County Library's BOOK-TO-ACTION grant program.

    Read a great book and take action in your community with Sonoma County Library's BOOK-TO-ACTION grant program.

Sonoma County Library hosts BOOK-TO-ACTION Grant

This spring, the Sonoma County Library will host a new kind of book club through BOOK-TO-ACTION.

BOOK-TO-ACTION is a grant-funded program that builds on the traditional book club concept--but in addition to providing an opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book, BOOK-TO-ACTION enables readers to put their newfound knowledge into ACTION by engaging in a community service project related to the book's topic.

The book of choice for Sonoma County Library’s 1st Annual BOOK-TO-ACTION Program is A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron.  

Event Dates and Times

  • Pick up A Dog’s Purpose
    Beginning Thursday, March 12 at either the Central or the Rincon Valley Library (while supplies last).
  • Read the Book
    Share the book with family, friends and neighbors to increase awareness and action.
  • Attend a Book Discussion Group:
    Wednesday, April 15  at  6:30 pm          Rincon Valley Library       OR
    Saturday, April 18      at  1:00 pm          Central Library
    Join family, friends, neighbors and fellow community service canine assistance providers for A Dog’s Purpose book discussion group.  Guest speakers at both libraries include Canine Companions for Independence, 4Paws Learning and Wellness Center and Sonoma Humane Society.
  • Meet the Author!
    Saturday, April 18     at 1:00 pm
    Meet author Bruce Cameron, live at the Central Library book discussion group.   
  • Community Service Project 
    Saturday, May 2    from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm                                   
    Meet and volunteer at Doyle Community Park for a morning of sprucing up the park’s “dog park” area.  Materials
    provided by Recreation & Parks.  Bring your own gloves.                               

Join us as we get involved in a great book and in our community today!


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