Posted on June 08, 2015
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
Posted on May 29, 2015
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.
Posted on May 26, 2015
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.
Posted on May 01, 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!
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)
Healdsburg Parks & Rec
Lin Management (Cloverdale McDonald's)
Oliver’s Market (Montecito Shopping Center)
Silkies Screen Printing
Sonoma County Fair
Sonoma County Family YMCA
Posted on April 13, 2015
It's #NationalLibraryWeek 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 .
Posted on March 19, 2015
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:
- Tinkercad (https://www.tinkercad.com/)
- Sketchup Make (http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make)
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!
Posted on March 16, 2015
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!
Posted on March 12, 2015
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!
Posted on March 02, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on February 20, 2015
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.