Race Equality Week & Festival

The Race Equality Week and Festival starts this Sunday, September 13th.  The purpose of this week is twofold:  to spotlight the issues of racism and discrimination and the problems that many are still facing and to showcase what Santa Rosa and Sonoma County are doing to promote race equality and celebrate our diversity. There are several events happening around the county to celebrate Race Equality Week.  For more information please visit:  www.rewfestival.net.

Sunday, Sept 13th @ 3 pm @ Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa:  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”:  Unite with fellow community members, share conversation and engage in dialogue that crosses boundaries and barriers in our social, cultural, economic, academic and political environment.

Tuesday, Sept. 15th @ 5 pm @ Northwest Library, Santa Rosa:
Dance Azteca Ohtl Yoliliztli Presents Aztec Dance & Culture Workshop using language, instruments and ragalia

Wednesday, Sept. 16th @ 6 pm @ Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Rohnert Park:
Seminar/Demonstration, Multi-Cultural Tae Kwan Do

Wednesday, Sept. 16th @ 6:30 pm @ Central Library, Santa Rosa:
“I am from…” Cultural Awareness Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 17th @ 4 pm @ Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Rohnert Park:
Chinese Culture Presentation & Calligraphy Writing Class

Friday, Sept. 18th @ 2 pm @ Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Rohnert Park:
Storytelling Workshop

Friday, Sept. 18th @ 3 pm @ Rincon Valley Library, Santa Rosa:
Tae Kwan Do Workshop

Friday, Sept. 18th @ 3 pm @ Sonoma Valley Library, Sonoma:
Travadores Community Theater Presentation

Saturday, Sept. 19th @ 9 am @ Elsie Allen High School, Santa Rosa:
“Understanding Whiteness:  Unraveling Racism” Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 19th @ 11 am @ Healdsburg Library, Healdsburg:
“Remembering our Manongs (Elders)”

Sunday, Sept. 20th @ 1 pm @ Elsie Allen High School, Santa Rosa:
Race Equality Week Festival:  Free cultural arts presentations, children’s activities, and information tables; crafts and food sales

We hope to see you at some or all of these events!

Book Spotlight: David Inside Out

david.jpg David Inside Out by Lee Bantle
Review by Tiffany, Young Adult Librarian, Rincon Valley
David, a member of his local high school cross-country team, is having an internal struggle.  His friend, Kick, a girl, seems to have a crush on him, but he isn’t interested.  At the same time, he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean.  He thinks his feelings for Sean are wrong and tries to push them down.  This book is about discovering yourself and accepting who you are.  Lee Bantle, the author, wrote this book based on his own experiences as a teen.

This is a quick read for a mature high school student.

Teen Book Review: Sleepaway Girls

sleepaway.jpg Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
Review by Nina, Sonoma Valley, 8th grade
Sleepaway Girls is a story about Samantha Montgomery and her summer.  She is going to camp for the first time as a CIT to get away from her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend.  When she arrives she is immediately recognized as the girl from the Dial and Dash commercial.  This does not make her or her new enemy Ashley very happy.

Throughout the book Sam makes new friends and learns to be her own person.  She makes enemies and makes videos of the “sleepaway girls”.  She falls for the wrong guy and tries to fix things with the right one.  During the first summer away from home, Sam learns a lot about herself and not being a push over.  This book is full of surprises and does not get boring.  It is a great book with romance, friendship and humor combined.

Book Spotlight: The Teen Guide to Global Action

The Teen Guide to Global Action:  How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change by Barbara A. Lewis Do you want to make a difference in the world?  This book will point you in the right direction.  It gives you facts, a plan of action, and websites to help you get started.  Take a peek into the chapters of this book: Introduction:  What's Happening Around the World?;  Why More Youth Today Are Involved in Service and Social Action; How to Use  This Book; Make Your Difference 4 Steps to Global Action Connecting with Others Human Rights Hunger and Homelessness Health and Safety Education Environment and Conservation Youth Representation Peace and Friendship Place a hold on it today and start changing the world tomorrow!

The Road to College


 The public library has a wealth of information that will help you prepare for college.  College may seem like years away but in reality its right around the corner for many students.  How do you pick the right college?  What do they look for in an applicant?  What should I major in?  How can I study for the SAT?  You may have these questions and more.  We can help you.  We have created a pathfinder to help you find the books you need to get you started.  This pathfinder can be found here.  You can always find the college pathfinder on the right hand side of the screen under “The Road to College”.

If you have a question please contact your local branch and the librarian will be more than happy to help you.

Get a Library Card Month

Library Card Do you have one?  If not this is the month to get one!  This card gives you access to free books, magazines, DVDs and more.  If you don’t have one hop on down to your local library and fill out a library card application.  If you are under the age of 18 bring a parent with you because they will need to sign the application.  We hope to see you soon!