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Improving your electronic book experience: Moving from Axis 360 to OverDrive

Update: We are happy to inform you that the Axis 360 holds were successfully transferred from Axis 360 to Overdrive. Please note that a snapshot of the holds lists was taken on the 25th of February and that is the point from which the lists were rebuilt. This means there may be items on hold for you that you have already had access to. If you have already listened to or read materials you had requested on Axis please cancel your current hold in OverDrive so the next person waiting in line can access the material. Thank you very much for your support and patience during this transfer process.  

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Dear Library Patron,

We are constantly working to enhance your digital experience, and we are improving our system for how you read, listen to, check out and reserve eBook and eAudiobook titles. The library is moving eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Axis 360 platform to our OverDrive website and Libby app. This change will go into effect on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Why make a change?

After receiving complaints and concerns about Axis 360, we studied both platforms and concluded that OverDrive is simply a better platform for our patrons. It’s faster, easier and offers more titles!

  • OverDrive (and its app, Libby) is easy to use and is very reliable.

  • Having eBooks and eAudiobooks in one place makes it easier to find what you want.

  • We are increasing your checkouts, from six to 8.

  • We are increaseing your holds to five.

  • You will be able to listen to MP3s on OverDrive.

Your holds will transfer

If you have holds on Axis 360, they will be moved to OverDrive, we will make an announcement on our website when this process is complete.

Please note: Any wish lists you have in Axis 360 will not move to OverDrive. The same titles will be on Overdrive, so you can add them to your wish list there after the move is complete.

Do I need to do anything?

No. Try exploring the OverDrive website and downloading the Libby app if you haven't used them before. Here is the OverDrive “Getting Started Guide,” including device specific instructions.

Please Note: Your current checkouts in Axis 360 will not move to OverDrive. We highly encourage you to finish reading or listening to your current checkouts prior to March 4th.

The timeline

  • February 19: No new holds can be placed in Axis 360. Look for new titles and always available eAudiobook titles in OverDrive or Libby!

  • February 25: No new checkouts in Axis 360. No worries, try OverDrive or Libby!

  • March 4: Axis 360 no longer available; eBooks and eAudiobooks that are moving to OverDrive will be unavailable for up to 24 hours until the move is complete.

  • March 5: all eBooks and eAudiobooks formerly on Axis 360 will be available on OverDrive.

  • March 5: Transferring of holds from Axis 360 to Overdrive starts. When the transition is complete email notices will be sent to Axis 360 users with current email addresses on their Axis account. Please check before Feb 25 to make sure your email is correct so we can keep you informed. You can also check out library news on our home page for updates.

We will let you know when the move is complete and the holds lists have been recreated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local branch or submit your questions online.

Questions can be submitted online for:

Sonoma County Library patrons at Contact Us: We Want to Help

Mendocino County Library patrons at: Ask a Librarian

Lake County Library patrons at: Ask a Question

 

¿Cómo mejorar su experiencia con los libros electrónicos? Estamos cambiando de Axis 360 a OverDrive

 Estimado Usuario de la Biblioteca,

Estamos trabajando constantemente para mejorar su experiencia digital, y estamos actualizando nuestro sistema que se utiliza para leer, escuchar, sacar en préstamo y reservar los títulos de libros y de audiolibros electrónicos. La biblioteca está cambiando sus libros electrónicos y audiolibros de la plataforma Axis 360 a nuestra página OverDrive  y a la Libby app. Este cambio entrará en efecto el lunes 4 de marzo de 2019.

¿Por qué hacemos este cambio?

Después de recibir varias quejas y comentarios acerca de Axis 360, analizamos ambas plataformas y llegamos a la conclusión de que OverDrive es simplemente una mejor plataforma para nuestros usuarios. ¡Es más rápida, más fácil y ofrece más títulos!

  • OverDrive (y su app, Libby) son fáciles  de usar y muy confiables.

  • Al tener los libros y audiolibros electrónicos en un solo lugar se hace más fácil encontrar lo que busca.

  • Estamos duplicando sus préstamos posibles, de 6 a 12.

  • Estamos duplicando sus reservas, de cinco a 10.

  • Usted podrá escuchar MP3s en OverDrive.

Sus reservas se van a transferir

Si usted tiene artículos reservados en Axis 360, se conservarán en OverDrive, le daremos una notificación en nuestra página de internet cuando este proceso sea terminado.

Por favor tome en cuenta que: Cualquier lista de deseos que tenga en Axis 360 no será transferida a OverDrive. Los mismos títulos estarán en OverDrive, asi que los puede añadir a su nueva lista de deseos, después de que el cambio se haya concluido.

¿Tengo que hacer algo?

No. Intente explorar la página OverDrive y bajar la Libby app si es que no las ha usado antes. Aquí está la “Guía para Principiantes” de OverDrive, que incluye las instrucciones específicas para cada tipo de aparato.

Por favor considere que: Sus préstamos actuales en Axis 360 no se cambiarán a OverDrive. Le invitamos a que termine de leer o de escuchar sus préstamos actuales antes del 4 de marzo.

El calendario para el cambio es como sigue:

  • 19 de febrero: No se pueden reservar artículos en Axis 360. ¡Busque los nuevos títulos y los títulos de audiolibros electrónicos que siempre se encuentran disponibles en OverDrive o en Libby!

  • 25 de febrero: Ya no se pueden sacar préstamos en Axis 360. Pero no se preocupe, ¡utilice OverDrive o Libby!

  • 4 de marzo: Axis 360 ya no estará disponible; los libros y audiolibros electrónicos que se pasan a OverDrive no estarán disponibles por un periodo de hasta 24 horas, hasta que el cambio sea terminado.

  • 5 de marzo: todos los libros electrónicos y audiolibros electrónicos que antes se encontraban en Axis 360, estarán disponibles en OverDrive.

  • 5 de marzo: Empieza la transferencia de reservas de Axis 360 a OverDrive. Cuando se termine esta transición, se les enviarán notificaciones por correo electrónico a los usuarios con direcciones de correo electrónico actualizadas en sus cuentas de Axis. Por favor asegúrese antes del 25 de febrero de que su correo electrónico es correcto, para que podamos mantenerlo informado. También puede revisar las noticias de la biblioteca en nuestra página de internet, para mantenerse actualizado.

Le avisaremos cuando este cambio esté terminado y las listas de reservas se hayan recreado. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, por favor contacte a su sucursal local de la biblioteca o mande sus preguntas en línea. 

Las preguntas se pueden mandar en línea a:

Usuarios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma en Contáctenos: Queremos Ayudarle

Usuarios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Mendocino en: Pregúntele a un Bibliotecario

Usuarios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Lake en: Haga una Pregunta

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Mock Caldecott 2019 Results

The votes are in! Sonoma County has chosen the best picture books of the year!

Every year, children’s book illustrators hold their breath as the Caldecott committee members read, examine, and critique the best illustrated children’s books of the year to finally determine which one deserves the highly regarded award.

For the fourth year in a row, you let us know which books you thought would win by voting in our Mock Caldecott contest.

The children's librarians of Sonoma County Library read hundreds of picture books published in 2018, narrowed their favorites down to 8 (not an easy task!), then left it up to you to choose our winner by voting for your favorites either online or at the library. 

Drum roll please . . . The Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...

The Sequoia Lives On
by Joanna Cooke
ills. by Fiona Hsieh

 

 

Check back on Monday, Jan. 28 to see what books win the official contest!

 

 

 

 

 

The numbers were close, but the following titles are our three Honor Books for the year.  

 Julian is a Mermaid

By Jessica Love

Dreamers 

by Yuyi Morales

  

Ocean Meets Sky

by The Fan Brothers

Mock Caldecott 2019

It's almost time to choose our favorite picture books of the year! 

Every year, children’s book illustrators hold their breath as the Caldecott committee members read, examine, and critique the best illustrated children’s books of the year to finally determine which one deserves the highly regarded award.

For the past four years, Sonoma County Library has been hosting our own "Mock Caldecott Contest," where we select the books WE feel are the best illustrated children's books of the year.  Below, you will see the 8 books we think are worth considering.  These books, selected by Sonoma County Library staff, all fit the criteria of books to be considered for the Caldecott Medal. You can find copies of these books at your local branch for review. 

Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites -- either online or at the library.  Voting will be open from January 2 through January 23.     

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online Jan. 25!

The Big Umbrella
by Amy June Bates
/ill. Juniper Bates


The Sequoia Lives On
by Joanna Cooke /
ill. Fiona Hsieh

 

Hello Lighthouse
by Sophie Blackall


Julián is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love

 

If I Had a Horse
by Gianna Marino

Drawn Together
by Minh Lê /
ill. Dan Santat

 

Ocean Meets Sky
by the Fan Brothers

Dreamers
by Yuyi Morales

 

 

VOTE NOW!
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    Joanna Kolosov and Simone Kremkau assist a patron with the library’s new copier. The patron is Robert Foster, a real estate agent who came in to research the history of a house located in Santa Rosa’s St. Rose neighborhood. (Photo by Katherine Rinehart)

History and Genealogy Library Reopens

Improved space for history collections

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library reopened Monday, Dec. 10 in downtown Santa Rosa, after a two-and-a-half month modernization of the facility.

Students, genealogists, historians, journalists and those researching a myriad of topics specific to Sonoma County and its environs will find a fresh and expanded experience at the library, located next door to the Santa Rosa Central Branch. The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library has new paint, updated heating and air conditioning, modern lighting and more space for reference and research.

The recent work was paid for by proceeds from Measure Y, a one-eighth of a cent sales tax approved by Sonoma County voters in 2016. The Sonoma County Library is in the early stages of a multi-year project to update and modernize all its branches and facilities. The History & Genealogy Library will be updated further in the future, as funds become available.

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library was established in 1967 as the Sonoma County Room and was located on the second floor of the Central Library. As the collection grew, in 1998 it was transferred to 725 Third Street, commonly known as “The Annex.”

Until this year, it shared space with the Sonoma County Library’s Adult Literacy program. When library administration moved to another facility in February, Adult Literacy moved into the Central Library.

“The History & Genealogy Library will now occupy the entire Annex, giving us more room to grow and space to comfortably accommodate patrons,” said Katherine Rinehart, History & Genealogy Manager. “This also gives us more space to properly store and process a backlog of materials, which we are eager to share with the public.”

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is open the same hours as most Sonoma County Library branches. It opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, closes at 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 6 p.m. all other days.

“Our staff is dedicated to collecting, preserving and making accessible local history, as well as genealogical materials of a national and international focus. We look forward to welcoming the community as we grow,” Rinehart said.

An open house and celebration is planned for January 9, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. More details will be available soon. For more information, contact Katherine Rinehart at krinehart@sonomalibrary.org.

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is online at sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library and on Facebook at facebook.com/Sonoma-County-History-Genealogy-Library-420254201495985/

Your Investment in Your Libraries

Measure Y increases hours and access, expands collections, program sand services, maintains library facilitiesIn November 2016, 72 percent of Sonoma County voters approved Measure Y, a one-eighth of a cent sales tax to support the 14-branch Sonoma County Library system.

The funds are being used to:

  • Increase hours
  • Increase access
  • Expand collections
  • Expand programs and services
  • Maintain library facilities

From early literacy programs, to improved access to historical materials; from child and teen programming, to help for veterans and job seekers; from expanded bilingual collections, to new online streaming; your sales tax pennies add up to exciting improvements at your local free public library!

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Sonoma County Library Commission appointed a diverse Measure Y Oversight Committee, volunteers like you who meet to review revenues and expenditures. The 2017-2018 committee report is here.

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Library Launches Video Game Collection

Sonoma County Library is excited to announce the launch of a new circulating video game collection. Games are becoming an increasingly important way people learn, interact, and have fun, addressing such educational needs as:

  • Games make learning fun by lowering the emotional stakes of failing, and players take risks and learn through trial and error.
  • Games have an infinite range of solutions, just like real life.
  • In the game world, players make their own discoveries and apply what they learn to new contexts.
  • When a player enters a game, they begin identifying core conditions and look for problems that must be addressed.
  • Games are a mode of active engagement. They encourage experimentation and risk-taking, and they view the process of solving a problem as important as finding the answer.
  • Games span across language barriers, and players do not necessarily need to speak English to participate.

According to the latest survey by the Entertainment Software Association, 67 percent of households own a device used to play video games. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the time Americans spend playing video and board games has risen 50 percent since 2003.

The Library’s Video Games collection intends to meet the needs of the gamers in our community, while providing access to high-quality educational and entertainment games. The collection has games available for two gaming platforms: Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The focus of the initial collection is video games for youth, including games rated EC (Early Childhood), E (Everyone), and E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. We plan to expand the collection to include games for teen and adult patrons in the next year. Find out which games we own, where they are located, and place your hold today: https://bit.ly/2SGMAK3

 

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Sonoma County Library adds film-streaming service Kanopy

Thanks to support from Measure Y, Sonoma County Library now offers library users free access to the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy. With a Sonoma County library card, patrons can easily stream and enjoy more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, the Criterion collection, indie and classic films, and world cinema. 

Kanopy aims to provide “thoughtful entertainment” by offering access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and inclusive programming that features foreign language films and films on race, culture and current affairs. Kanopy’s dedication to thoughtful entertainment includes educational and engaging videos for children through Kanopy Kids. This collection of titles for children of all ages includes PBS Kids programming and encourages social and emotional development, promotes respect for community diversity and inspires creativity.  Kanopy is also compatible for hearing-impaired (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

To use Kanopy, all users need is a valid library card, an email address and an internet connection. Visit https://sonomalibrary.kanopy.com/ to access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly. Each Sonoma County Library cardholder can stream Kanopy to watch up to six films, each with a three-day loan period and access to two Great Courses per month. Film credits are then refreshed on the first of the month. Stream whenever and wherever you like through your web browser or the Kanopy app available in the App StoreGoogle Play StoreRoku and Amazon Fire Tablet.

Start streaming now!

  • free access to new research products

Library Offers Four New Britannica Resources

Sonoma County Library and the California State Library bring you the Britannica Suite for your educational research and report building needs!  We have four new products to help make homework easier to research, create and present.  This suite is for all ages.

Britannica School: a comprehensive online encyclopedia with articles, images, and videos for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Escolar: a Spanish-language research resource for Elementary through middle school students.

Britannica Academic: The all in one online encyclopedia, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazine and newspaper articles for adult learners. All of the material is selected by notable experts.

ImageQuest: Millions of right free images to use for educational, non-commercial use. Make your reports and presentations shine with the vast array of images available to download and use.

Discover, learn, and share with your free access to the Britannica suite!

  • author Anastasia Higginbotham and her latest book Ordinary Terrible Things

Meet the Author: Anastasia Higginbotham

Join us for a special opportunity to meet acclaimed children's author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham.

Higginbotham's presents Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. It’s the fourth and latest book in her Ordinary Terrible Things series, which takes a child-centered approach to focus on the importance of resiliency and coping in the face of adversity. In the book a white child sees TV coverage of a police shooting — and has some questions. Not My Idea invites families to acknowledge the ways white children are conditioned to feel apart from conversations about race.

In the workshops, Higginbotham will present her latest book, and will lead a collage activity focused on identifying and processing emotional experiences. 

These author visits will take place at the following dates and locations:

  • Healdsburg Library                       Monday, October 1, at 10:00 am (grades K-6)
  • Northwest Library                        Monday, October 1, at 4:00 pm (grades K-6)
  • Central Library in Santa Rosa        Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm (this event is targeted for adults)
  • Sonoma Valley Library                  Tuesday, October 2, at 11:00 am (grades K-6)
  • Sebastopol Library                       Tuesday, October 2 at 3:30 pm (grades K-6)

Higginbotham is the author and illustrator of Divorce is the WorstDeath is Stupid and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma — all part of the critically-acclaimed Ordinary Terrible Things series. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

This author series is made possible with support from Measure Y. Thank you, Sonoma County voters!

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Sonoma County Library to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Sonoma County Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, commemorated each year Sep. 15 to Oct. 15, with a series of events to showcase the histories, cultures and contributions of Sonoma County residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Events are being hosted by different library branches throughout Sonoma County.

“We look forward to celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month every year at Sonoma County Library,” said Kathy DeWeese, Sonoma County Library Youth Services Administrator.  “Here at the library, we celebrate every culture and welcome all cultures in our community. We like to take this opportunity to highlight the special contributions of our Hispanic community.”

According to 2013 U.S. census data, 125,405 or 26% of Sonoma County’s residents are Hispanic. Eighty-four percent of Hispanics in Sonoma County are of Mexican descent, and the remaining 16 percent of the Hispanic population have origins in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. Over 4,000 local businesses are Hispanic-owned. Ninety percent of Hispanics in Sonoma County speak English, and 70 percent are fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

The month-long celebration kicks off on Saturday, September 15, with events at libraries around the county. Highlights include Latin Grammy award winning musical duo 1-2-3 Andres, Los Reyes Mariachi quartet, Frida Kahlo Paint Parties presented by Raizes Collective, and Mexican History in an Hour presented by SRJC professor Laura Gonzalez.

To continue the festivities, the Library has planned an array of programs that celebrate the rich and long history of Hispanic identity, civilization and culture. All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

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