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    California Author Project

California Author Project

Sonoma County Library is participating in a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBooks in California. Winners will be chosen by librarians.

Winners in each category will receive $500 as well as:

  • Inclusion in Indie California, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at California public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news

This contest is a fantastic prospect to elevate the careers of indie-published authors. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the library, and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently-published
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction
  • Written by a California resident
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format


The contest will accept submissions April 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. Authors can submit here.


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Spanish eBooks and eAudiobooks Moving to Overdrive

El mensaje en español sigue abajo.

The Sonoma County Library is adding Spanish language eBook and eAudiobook titles to our OverDrive platform and its app Libby. OverDrive has a comprehensive catalog for Spanish language books, similar to Odilo. An Español room will be created in OverDrive in early April to house all Spanish language materials in one place for easy access.  

Having our Spanish language books on Overdrive (a platform where we have 40,000 registered users) helps us reach more people interested in our Spanish language collections. When this transition is complete in early April, we will discontinue the Odilo platform.

We are working with OverDrive to move the approximately 1,000 titles owned on Odilo to the OverDrive platform by April 20. Holds lists will be transferred when Odilo retires. For information about how to get started with OverDrive and Libby visit the Getting Started with OverDrive page.

The timeline:

March 2019 – We will start buying all new Spanish eBooks and eAudiobooks for Children, Teens and Adults in OverDrive.

April 8 – Launch of the Español room in OverDrive and Libby, check out the new space!

April 10 – Odilo retires and holds on file will be moved to OverDrive and Libby.

*Please complete reading or listening to titles in Odilo by April 9; your checkouts will not automatically transfer to OverDrive.

April 22-23 – All Odilo titles appear in OverDrive.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local branch or submit your questions online at Contact Us: We Want to Help 

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma esta añadiendo libros electrónicos y audio libros en español a nuestra plataforma OverDrive y a su app Libby.  OverDrive tiene un catálogo muy completo de libros en español, similar al de Odilo. A principios de abril, se va a crear una sala de español en OverDrive, para tener todos los materiales en idioma español en un solo lugar, donde sea fácil accederlos. 

Tener nuestros libros en español en Overdrive (una plataforma que tiene 40,000 usuarios registrados) nos ayuda a llegar a más gente que esté interesada en nuestras colecciones en ese idioma. Cuando esta transición esté terminada, a principios de abril, vamos a dejar de usar la plataforma Odilo.

Estamos trabajando con OverDrive para mover, para el 20 de abril, aproximadamente 1,000 títulos que tenemos en Odilo a la plataforma de OverDrive. Las listas de reservas se van a transferir cuando Odilo sea retirado. Para mayor información sobre cómo usar OverDrive y Libby visite la página Getting Started with OverDrive.

El calendario:

Marzo 2019 – Vamos a empezar a comprar todos los nuevos libros electrónicos y audio libros en español, para niños, jóvenes y adultos en OverDrive.

8 de abril – Lanzamiento de la sala en español en OverDrive y en Libby, ¡Cheque este nuevo espacio!

10 de abril – Odilo esta retirado y las reservas que estén registrados se cambiarán a OverDrive y Libby.

*Por favor termine de leer o de escuchar los títulos en Odilo antes del 9 de abril; los títulos que haya sacado en préstamo no serán transferidos automáticamente a OverDrive.

22-23 de abril – Todos los títulos en Odilo ahora aparecen en OverDrive.

Si tiene cualquier duda o pregunta, por favor contacte a su sucursal local o mándenos sus preguntas en línea a Contact Us: We Want to Help

  • Spring Break 2019

    There are lots of fun activities for kids and teens at the Library over spring break weeks.

Spring Break at the Library 2019

Looking for something to do with kids over the weeks of Spring Break? The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during spring school vacation weeks.

Beginning Friday, March 15 through Saturday, March 23, the Library will offer free programs ranging from storytimes and Read to a Dog events to silly Seuss shows, from gaming programs to Zumba for kids, STEM programs, paper airplanes, kids' yoga, crafts, makerspaces, and more!

All events are free.

For more information, check the library’s online calendar at, or Ask A Librarian.

For All Ages

(ages 4 & up)

  • Windsor         Sat. Mar. 16, 10:30 am
  • Petaluma                   Sat. Mar. 16, 1:00 pm
  • Cloverdale                 Mon. Mar. 18, 11:00 am
  • Rohnert Park Thu. Mar. 21, 10:30 am
  • Sonoma        Thu. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Guerneville                Sat. Mar. 23, 11:00 am
  • Central          Sat. Mar. 23, 3:00 pm


  • Petaluma        Fri. Mar. 22, 2:00 pm

ART TIME (ages 3-7)

  • Windsor                     Sat. Mar. 23, 10:30 am

ART WITH JENDALA (grades 3-6)

  • Healdsburg      Fri. Mar. 15, 4:00 pm

Family Movie time                             

  • Central               How to Train Your Dragon (PG)      Fri. Mar. 15, 4:00 pm


  •  Sebastopol     Tue. Mar. 19, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm


Events For Grades K-6


    • Northwest                    Fri. Mar. 15, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
    • Rincon Valley              Mon. Mar. 18, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm                 


  • Rincon Valley        Sat. Mar. 16, 11:00 am-1:00 pm


  • Rincon            Sat. Mar. 16, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm         


  • Northwest                  Mon. Mar. 18, 11:00 am
  • Cloverdale                 Mon. Mar. 18, 4:00 pm
  • Rohnert Park             Wed. Mar. 20, 4:00 pm
  • Petaluma                   Thu. Mar. 21, 3:00 pm
  • Windsor                     Fri. Mar. 22, 4:00 pm
  • Roseland                    Sat. Mar. 23, 12:00 pm 


  • Central             Fri. Mar. 22, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm


  • Windsor           Fri. Mar. 15, 4:00 pm

  • Healdsburg      Mon. Mar. 18, 4:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley  Thu. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Sebastopol      Fri. Mar. 22, 3:30 pm

Zumba for Kids 5 & up

  • Cloverdale       Fri. Mar. 15, 1:30 pm

  • Windsor           Thu. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Rohnert Park   Fri. Mar. 22, 4:00 pm
  • Central            Sat. Mar. 23, 1:00 pm


Events For Teens


Teen Anime & Manga Club

  • Rincon Valley, Tue. Mar. 19, 3:30 pm


  • Cloverdale Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:30 pm

Game On! Board Games

  • Cloverdale Library, Wed. Mar. 20, 2:30 pm

Magic the Gathering CLUB

  • Central Library, Wed. Mar. 20, 4:00 pm


  • Rincon Valley Library, Wed. Mar. 20, 3:30 pm

Dungeons & Dragons

  • Sebastopol Library, Thu. Mar. 21, 3:00 pm

Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament

  • Cloverdale Library, Sat. Mar. 23, 1:00-5:30 pm
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Women's History Month 2019

March is Women’s History Month, celebrate at your local Sonoma County Library!

Established in Sonoma County in 1978, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the first week of March National Women’s History Week in 1980 and in 1987 Congress officially declared March Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions of women and brings awareness to the historical impact women have made throughout the world.

The Sonoma County Library is offering a number of events throughout the county to celebrate women. These events include:

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Jose-Luis Orozco in Concert at Three Libraries

José-Luis Orozco is an acknowledged expert in children's music and a wonderful interactive performer. We are excited to welcome him to Sonoma County Library! Please tell your friends about this free concert for children, and check out one of his music CDs from the library after the show.

Roseland Library               Thursday, March 7 at 10:00 am
Windsor Library                 Thursday, March 7 at 4:00 pm
Sonoma Valley Library     Friday, March 8 at 10:30 am 


José-Luis Orozco es un experto reconocido en la música infantil y un intérprete interactivo maravilloso. ¡Estamos muy contentos de darle la bienvenida a la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma! Por favor, cuéntele a sus amigos sobre este concierto gratis para niños, y saque uno de sus CD de música de la biblioteca después del espectáculo.

Biblioteca de Roseland    jueves, 7 de marzo a las 10:00 am
Biblioteca de Windsor      jueves, 7 de marzo a las 4:00 pm
Biblioteca de Sonoma      viernes, 8 de marzo a las 10:30 am


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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.  

El mensaje en español sigue abajo.

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


by Yuyi Morales


Ocean Meets Sky

by The Fan Brothers

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Children's Winter Reading Challenge launches January 15

In January and February 2019, Sonoma County Library will be joining other libraries around the world to participate in a Children's Winter Reading Challenge. To participate, Sonoma County Library children ages 0-12 are challenged to read at least 600 minutes between January 15-February 28 and track those minutes in Beanstack. Children who meet the goal of reading 600 minutes will earn a free book!

Children and parents are encouraged to log their reading through Sonoma County Library’s new online reading program Beanstack, a web and mobile application, to track self-directed reading time and help build a culture of reading in school and at home. The software makes it easier for students and families to record reading and stay motivated while providing insights and data about reading habits to school and library administrators. It can also suggest book titles readers might enjoy based on their interests and reading “doorways.”

“We’re excited to bring this new platform to Sonoma County, and families can easily register at or through the link on the library’s website homepage,” says Kathy DeWeese, Sonoma County Library’s Youth Services Administrator. “January is a great time to start new habits and we hope everyone will be excited to start off the year by making time for reading!”

To enroll, visit or your branch library. Paper logs for keeping track of your reading time are also available. To qualify for the challenge, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by February 28, 2019.

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

by Yuyi Morales



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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

The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library is online at and on Facebook at