Library News

New group: Amigos de la Biblioteca

UPDATE 7/18: Thank you to everyone who attended the kickoff meeting of

Los Amigos de la Biblioteca

"... good energy, good turnout, lots of ideas, and lots of work to do."  Stay tuned for news of the next steps of Los Amigos.

10 am to 12 noon on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Central Library in Santa Rosa

Amigos de la Biblioteca is a non-profit “Friends of the Library” group committed to fostering communication between the Sonoma County Library and the County’s Latino population, and to supporting library services to the Latino community through fundraising efforts.

Please RSVP to Becky Goodsell, Reservations Secretary: by July 10, 2013

Bilingual flyer to print out

E-books for children

We now have more e-books for kids to read and watch online! BookFLIX and Tumble-books

You can choose from BookFLIX or Tumble-books.

Our latest addition, Tumble-books are talking books that read themselves aloud.  Includes titles for preschool up to grade 5; books in French and books in Spanish; and read-alongs for older readers.

Three Summer Reading Series: Babies, Kids, Teens

Summer Reading and Teen Read 2013Summer Reading 2013 kicks off Tuesday, June 4!

Sign up at your local regional library, then come to special events over the summer.

Free books and great prizes!

Get ready for Summer Reading!

Dig into Reading!  Summer Reading Club signups start June 4.  Print and color this puzzle page, then post it on your fridge to remind you of signup day!

Possum and mice reading


Job & Career Kiosk!

Use the research computers in the library for free access to job hunting and career research, with no time limit.  On the main page of these computers, click Job & Career Kiosk for a quick list of top starting points.

JobScoutNew in the list: JobScout - take lessons, earn badges, and learn basic Internet skills to find a job.  Many employers these days expect online job applications or e-mailed resumes.  We recommend JobScout for your friends who need to get up to speed on the Internet in order to apply for jobs!

Ask a librarian to show you the location of the research computer at any regional library.

You can also browse our list of career resources anytime, by going to the Careers & Jobs page on our website.

A poem a day for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, so our librarians decided to start a new blog just for April:
Poem of the day

Every day during April, a different poem will appear.

Happy Spring and Happy National Poetry Month!

Library and system closures March 30 - April 1

All Library branches will be closed Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, in observance of César Chávez Day and Easter.

All Library websites, automated phone renewals, My Account, and other systems will be unavailable Monday, April 1 starting at 7 a.m. while we replace some network communication equipment.  The systems will be available again by 7 p.m.

communications equipment


The Big Read coming March 2013

Emily DickinsonJoin readers throughout Sonoma County in celebrating The Big Read, the month when everyone reads the same book!

The libraries will have book discussions as well as special events during March 2013 as part of The Big Read.

This year it's the poetry of Emily Dickinson.  Pick up a copy at your local library.

Also check out the new Big Read Sonoma County Facebook page.


Late start for tax season

Tax calculatorMost IRS tax forms will be late to arrive in the libraries, due to last-minute tax law changes.

Free tax help sessions will begin in February at some library branches. 

Please see our tax info for

  • Links to details on forms and e-filing, from the IRS
  • Schedule of free tax help in the libraries
  • Other free tax assistance
  • Downloadable forms


Digital Petting Zoo

e-devices anyone?

Got a new iPad, Nook, Kindle or smartphone over the holidays? Or planning to buy one?

Come to our Digital Petting Zoo!

Learn how to use the Library's free e-books and downloadable audiobooks.

Try out our devices or bring your own.

Workshop info and dates

About e-books from the library