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  • 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.


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

  • 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 .

  • 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 has arrived!

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, and then starting in May, 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

Sign up for a two-hour printing session by visiting or calling the Reference Desk at the Central Library. During this first month of launch, sessions are available three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Attendance at an introductory workshop is a prerequisite for a printing session.

No design experience required.

In March and April, we are offering weekly Introduction to 3D Printing workshops at Central, and you do need to attend one of these workshops before you can sign up for a time slot.

Can't wait for it to come to your branch? Or can't make it to Central?  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!

  • Sonoma County Library partners with the Santa Rosa Symphony to offer free concerts.

    Sonoma County Library partners with the Santa Rosa Symphony to offer free concerts.

Free Santa Rosa Symphony Concerts

The Sonoma County Library is thrilled to partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony to host free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches in March and April 2015. These are the first ensemble performances of a unique, exciting and year-long collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony. The performances are all small-group ensembles, and will include not only a performance of wonderful music, but also an up-close- and-personal look at what it takes to become a professional musician.

Saturday, March 7: String Quintet performances for the whole family

  • 1:00 p.m. at the Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
  • 2:30 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library (150 Coddingtown Mall Center, Santa Rosa)

These concerts will feature familiar pieces like The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Eine Kline Nachtmusik, a Looney Tunes Fugue and maybe Sponge Bob and Star Wars, along with a few other popular pieces.  Children will learn about the various different instruments and how they produce sound, along with their role in the orchestra. Both performances are funded by the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries.

Saturday, March 14: Brass Quintet performances

Sonoma Valley Regional Library (755 West Napa Street, Sonoma)

  • 1:00 p.m. Performance for children
  • 2:30 p.m. Performance aimed at adults

The first performance, targeted for kids, will take a fun look at the inner workings of a chamber music ensemble, answering burning questions like "What makes a brass quintet?  How do musicians communicate with each other during a performance? How do they turn popular music into a piece they can play?" The second performance will feature music from well-known composers--and some not-so-familiar--covering four hundred years of classical music, including works from composers Giovanni Gabrieli (16th-century Italian), Johann Sebastian Bach (18th-century German), Gioacchino Rossini (19th-century Italian), and Enio Morricone (20th-century Italian). Both performances are funded by the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library.

Saturday March 28: String Quintet performances

Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street Healdsburg)

  • 1:00 p.m. Performance for children
  • 2:30 p.m. Performance aimed at adults

The concerts will feature familiar pieces like The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Eine Kline Nachtmusik, a Looney Tunes Fugue and maybe Sponge Bob and Star Wars, along with a few other popular pieces.  Children will learn about the various different instruments and how they produce sound, along with their role in the orchestra. The quintet’s musicians are violinists Jay Zhong and Eugenia Wie; Meg Eldrideon on viola; Adelle-Akiko Kearns on cello; and bassist, Randall Keith. Both performances are funded by the Healdsburg Friends of the Library.

Saturday April 18: Percussion Trio performances

Sebastopol Regional Library (7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol)

  • 1:30 p.m. Performance for children
  • 3:00 p.m. Performance aimed at adults


Seating for all performances is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please refer to the Library's press release, or contact Kiyo Okazaki at

  • NEA Logo

Read Across America

Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read!

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program developed by the National Education Association (NEA) that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

How do you celebrate reading?  Why, by reading, of course!

Here are some proven techniques and a variety of strategies to motivate a child to be a reader:

  • Set a good example – let kids see you reading every day whether it be novels, cookbooks or magazines.
  • Make reading fun! 
  • Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house.
  • Visit the library often and shop for books at yard sales, used bookstores, and at library book sales.
  • Get your child their own library card and let them choose some of their own books.
  • Don’t worry if your child is only reading comics right now.  The important thing is that they are reading!  Encourage it and they are likely to move on to more advanced titles as they get older.
  • Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters.
  • Carry books to read to your child wherever you go – the doctor’s office, in line at the store, etc.
  • Check out our Early Literacy Calendar for the preschool crowd – it provides daily activities to promote literacy and the love of reading.
  • Join us at the library for our many events throughout the year.
  • Get your library card free at your library

Get your library card - it's free and now it's forever!

Get a free library card at any branch of the Sonoma County Library and you can

  • Get free museum passes
  • Download e-books and e-audiobooks
  • Take practice tests
  • Search Consumer Reports
  • Access auto repair manuals
  • Share stories and learning activities with your child

This month we're holding a Library Card Drive.  We'll be contacting all 7th and 8thgrade classrooms across the County because we want every student entering high school in Sonoma County to have a library card. Students can turn to the library for books on a broad spectrum of subjects, programs and services that support academic achievement. Students can use their library cards from home, to reach our collections of online research sources and our extensive collections of e-books and downloadable audiobooks.

Also this month, we're launching a NEW kind of card -- one that never expires.  In the past, you had to renew your card every two years.  Starting now, your library card is forever!

Don't have a card yet?  Visit your local library!  Got a card?  Help spread the word -- tell your friends and neighbors!


  • Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners

Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners!

The votes are in!

The Newbery Medal, awarded annually by the the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, goes to…

The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander

 Newbery Honor Books:

El Deafo, written by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming, by  Jacqueline Woodson

 The Caldecott Medal, awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children goes to…

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat!

 Caldecott Honor Books:

Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock

Sam & Dave Dig a Holeillustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

  • Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Mock Newbery and Caldecott Awards

Every year authors, librarians, teachers, parents, kids and readers of all ages await the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Awards.  Think of these as the Academy Awards of children's books.  

But, before the winners are chosen, groups across the nation like to pick which books THEY think should win. 

Find out who the real Newbery and Caldecott Award winners are when they are announced on Feb. 2, 2015.  

But, for now, the popular choices are below!

Mock Newbery Winners:            

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Some Honors to consider:

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

Mock Caldecott Award Winners:

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

 Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Some Honors to consider:

Draw! by Raul Colon

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah Harrison

Gravity by Jason Chin