Library News

Summer Reading Club 2014 Fizz Boom Read!

How Do You Keep Kids Reading?

Robot and Friend Reading                               

Check out our Summer Reading 2014 page for program schedules and details for summer fun at the library! 

These are the years in which lifelong readers are formed, and the Library provides a place where reading is nothing but fun. Kids can build confidence reading to dogs, take part in after-school programs, get homework help and borrow chapter books with their very own library card.   


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E-books from Enki Library

Now you have a new choice for finding e-books to check out and read.  You can download them to most readers.  (Kindle users: works with Kindle Fire only).  You can also read them online.

Try Enki now

Enki Library information page

Some basic Q&A:

  • How long does each book check out for?
    21 days
  • Are there overdue fines on Enki e-books?
    No. The system returns the books automatically at the end of the check-out period. You will need to delete the expired files from your Adobe Digital Editions, e-reader, and/or mobile app on your mobile device.
  • Can I return a book early?
    YES. From the My Account page click on the Return Now button. 

Children's and Teens' Summer Reading

Robot readingOnce school is out, what to do?  Come to the Library!  Summer Reading for children and teens starts in June.

Sign up at any Sonoma County Regional Library starting June 10.

Special programs include puppets, music, and theater for kids, plus crafts, building, and body art for teens.

More about children's Summer Reading

More about summer Teen Read

New library director announced

New Library Director AnnouncedThe Sonoma County Library Commission is very pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Lear as the next Library Director. 

Read the complete press release

Find funding! Foundation grant workshop

Do you work with a non-profit?  Come to a workshop and learn to find grants available from foundations.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Central Library, downtown Santa Rosa

Register for the class at:

Lego Club

Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, and Windsor libraries are hosting spring LEGO CLUB for ages 6 - 12.  We provide the building bricks, you build your creation!

Lego Building Bricks


Public Forum - Library Director Finalists

The Library will host a public forum to introduce the finalists for the Library Director position.  The forum will be held on Thursday, April 3, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Forum Room of the Central Library at 211 E Street in downtown Santa Rosa.  The public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates during a brief reception following the meeting. 

Details and candidate info

Seeking public input!

Call for public participation on director interviews

The Sonoma County Library Commission is looking for members of the public to participate on panels that will be interviewing candidates for Library Director on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 24. Detailed information here.

Sound OffFeedback requested on fines & fees

In September 2012, the Commission approved changes to fines and fees, raising overdue fees for DVDs to $1.00 per item per day. As part of what is planned to be an annual review of fines and fees, and in response to staff and patron feedback, the Commission is now reviewing this policy.  Under consideration is reducing the overdue fee for DVDs to $.50 per item per day.

You can send your thoughts about this via email. You can also send feedback by mail to Library Commission, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, you can attend a Commission meeting and make public comment, or you can make public comment at any Library Advisory Board meeting.


International Wine Research Database

International Wine Research Database logo

New from our own Sonoma County Wine Library, a great source for your research on viticulture, enology, and more!

International Wine Research Database (IWRDB) at provides indexing and abstracting of articles on wine, winemaking, grapegrowing, the wine business and the history of wine.

Beginning in the 1980s as a clippings file, IWRDB received an initial grant forming, and the latest grant (2013–2014) has brought it to another exciting level. The items in the database include citations, abstracts and links to articles in the technical, academic, trade and consumer wine magazines and journals. There are also citations and summaries for newspaper articles, government documents, press releases, advertising brochures and other ephemera dealing with wine.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. In addition, the project has been supported, financially and otherwise, for many years by the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County and by several wine industry groups.

Library holidays, Catalog upgrade, Annex hours

MegaphoneFrom Saturday, February 15 through Monday, February 17, all library branches and offices will be closed in observation of Presidents' Day.

On Thursday, February 27, all library branches and offices will be closed for a Staff Training Day. 

Also on February 27, the library catalog, My Account, telephone renewals, and Pay Online will all be unavailable from 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a system upgrade.

Starting March 12, the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library, in the Annex behind the Central Library in downtown Santa Rosa, will change its hours to:

  • Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.