Library News

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

End-of-year Schedule

Stop by the library over the holiday week and pick up a good book or great movie to start your new year off!

Books and Movies

Library hours over the holidays:

Close at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, through Christmas Day, December 25

Open Wednesday, December 26 through 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29

Close at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9 through New Year's Day, January 1

Open regular hours starting Wednesday, January 2

Gingerbread houses and shorter closures

Gingerbread HouseCome to the library in December for special programs for all ages: gingerbread houses, author and music events, puppet shows, teen crafts, and even a teddy bear tea party!

This year the library will be OPEN the last week of December. 

  • Open regular hours until 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22
  • Open regular hours Wednesday, December 26 until 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29 - including regular storytimes and Read to a Dog
  • Open regular hours starting Wednesday, January 2

Libraries will be closed for two holiday weekends:

  • Closed 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25
  • Closed 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29 through Tuesday, January 1
  • Occidental Library will be closed all day Saturday, December 22 and Saturday, December 29.

Late December calendar of events

Books for book clubs

New titles for your book clubThinking of starting a book club? Already have a book discussion group going? The latest list of titles available to your group is now available.

Books include fiction and non-fiction from our general book discussion groups as well as mystery titles from our past mystery discussions.


All titles available to book clubs

Foundation news & State of the Library

ChartThe Fall 2012 edition of the Library Foundation newsletter is now available to read and download. 

The State of the Library report mentioned in the newsletter is now available to read online.

Election updates

VOTERegister to vote, find your polling place, research ballot measures, and track election results through the links in our Elections page.