Library News

Library systems unavailable Sunday morning / early Monday

We will be performing an equipment upgrade on Sunday, December 7.  The library catalog, My Account, automated phone renewals, and other library systems may be unreachable from 7 a.m. to as late as 2 p.m.  We hope to have all systems available again before noon.  At the latest, they will be available again after 2.

The new Find catalog will also be upgraded, early Monday, December 8 from midnight to 4 a.m.  During this time, the Classic Catalog and all other library systems will remain available.

War Ink Exhibit launches November 11


As Americans struggle to find meaningful ways to honor the nation’s 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a powerful new online exhibit, WAR INK, opened on Veteran’s Day to support those efforts. The honest and emotionally raw collection of original video, photography and audio interviews uses the memorial tattoos and words of veterans to open a dialogue between civilians and returning vets.

Sonoma County Library joined with 20 other California libraries to play a critical role in recruiting local veterans to participate in the WAR INK exhibit.  As a depository for human stories and narratives, Sonoma County Library saw this exhibit as an ideal complement to its mission.

Stark, beautiful, disturbing and often darkly humorous, the featured tattoos in WAR INK are a visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult for veterans to discuss openly. But the creators of WAR INK and the 24 men and women who bravely shared their stories and tattoos hope their openness will help civilians develop a deeper understanding of their experiences and provide a safe entry point to engage honestly and authentically in a conversation.

View the moving video clip below for a taste of the powerful narrative, and visit the WAR INK exhibit at

  • Screen shots from CPUC on broadband survey

Rural Broadband Survey: Your Feedback Wanted!

Is your Internet slow? Really, really slow? The Library has been asked to spread the word about a survey the California Public Utilities Commission is running to discover where there are coastal and rural areas without reasonable access to high-speed Internet.  

Want to help with the survey? Please follow these links:

  • Online survey: Enter your address, then use the “Send feedback” link on the interactive map:
  • Paper survey: Print out and mail in the survey form:
  • Mobile app: Got an Android device? Download the CalSPEED app that tests the real speed of your Internet connection:
    Results are uploaded to a public repository at CPUC to provide you with the ability to compare broadband coverage at your location with other areas in California. A version for iOS is expected to be available soon.

We know many of our library patrons in rural areas have limited access to broadband networks, or no access at all. This makes Internet access slow and difficult. And that hampers our patrons' ability to get the online information and resources they need. With your help, we hope this survey will be the first step in getting high-speed Internet for all Sonoma County residents.

Need more information?
Broadband Availability Public Feedback page from the PUC:
California Broadband Council:

One More Library Network Update Sunday 10/26

UPDATE 2:  We have one more network update to do, Sunday morning, October 26.  The library catalog, My Account, automated phone renewals, and other library systems may be unreachable from 7 a.m. to as late as 12 noon.  All systems will be available again after 12.

UPDATE:  The network update October 12 was not successful and we must repeat it Sunday morning, October 19.  The library catalog, My Account, automated phone renewals, and other library systems may be unreachable from 7 a.m. to as late as 12 noon.  All systems will be available again after 12.

We will be performing a network update on Sunday, October 12.  The library catalog, My Account, automated phone renewals, and other library systems may be unreachable from 7 a.m. to as late as 2 p.m.  All systems will be available again after 2.

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Need help finding a good book to read?

Below are a few ways to get started. These resources are available year round on our Kids Books & Reading page.


These lists are created by local librarians to showcase great books for each grade level and different subject areas.

Novelist K-8
This program is specifically designed for young readers. Novelist can help you find books based on Lexile, grade level or author. Do you have a favorite book? Search for it and you will be given a list of similar books that may interest you.


We have multiple programs for children's books to be read online or on a device.

  • Try our Bookflix, created by Scholastic, this program pairs fiction books with non-fiction books for early readers.
  • Tumble Books has a whole collection of picture books that are animated for viewing or reading along. There are also collections of books in French and Spanish available.  This program is iPad compatible.
  • Downloadable Books
    Try our online e-books available from our Overdrive or Enki sites for download. Check them out with your library card and don’t worry about overdue fees, they return themselves.


Try Your Local Librarian if you need some suggestions. They will help you explore your branch’s collection of books to read. 


Want a list of good books sent to your email? Try subscribing to a list or two available from our Next Reads service. We have newsletters for Kids Books, Picture Books, Tween Reads and more!

  • Register by October 20

Register to vote - deadline October 20

Register online! - up to 11:59:59 October 20

Register by October 20 to vote in the November 4 general election

Never voted before?  Register today!  
Did you move, change your name, or change your political party?  Then you must register again.  
It's easier than ever.  You can register online anytime.

New Voter information from the California Secretary of State - available in 10 languages

Voter hotlines - available in 10 languages

Find your sample ballot & polling place from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

  • Find at the Library

Find at the Library

Try out our new public preview of Find at the Library, the new library catalog. Find will replace our old catalog, which has been in use since 2004. Find further enhances the Library’s ability to serve the community, helping you find the information you need quickly and easily.

The new system brings a single line search, relevant search results, easy-to-use navigation, search suggestions, and much more. It integrates with Overdrive, the Library’s source for best-selling and popular titles in both e-book and downloadable audiobook formats. This will allow you to search, see real-time availability and previews for e-content, and download most titles directly from Find.

Starting now, you can use either the "classic" catalog or the new Find to search for and place requests on books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and e-books.

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Sonoma County Food Resources

We recently received copies of these flyers from the hunger relief project the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, and other partners have been working on.

Sonoma County's Meal Gap: 2013 Hunger Index

Sonoma County Food Resources (English + español)

Find out more about what the Food Bank has been doing on their Facebook page!

Find more resources in your community for food, housing, and more through 211 Sonoma County or by calling 211 on your phone.

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National Book Awards Longlists

This week, the National Book Foundation is announcing the longlists for its annual awards.  

  • Monday, September 15 - the Longlist for Young People's Literature
  • Tuesday, September 16 - the Poetry Longlist
  • Wednesday, September 17 - the Nonfiction Longlist
  • Thursday, September 18 - the Fiction Longlist

You can watch the National Book Foundation website each day for the latest list!

Library catalog not available early Thursday, September 18

The Library catalog, My Account, and phone renewals will not be available early Thursday morning, September 18, from 12 midnight to 6 a.m. due to planned AT&T maintenance.  Specialized databases such as HeritageQuest will also be unavailable during this period.