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  • 3D printed objects with text "3D Printing at the Library"

Sonoma County Library Offers 3D Printing Services

Sonoma County Library provides access to 3D printers and printing services at several branch libraries.

Sonoma County Library has purchased Lulzbot TAZ 6 printers, which will be used to teach classes on computer aided design, basic 3D printing techniques, and allow library patrons to sign up for sessions to print their own 3D designs at the Central, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley, and Windsor Libraries.

3D printing services are part of the Education and Innovation initiatives of the Sonoma County Library’s Strategic Plan. The Library strives to provide our residents with the educational and recreational experiences needed to succeed as citizens, students, and parents. We are committed to providing equity of access to resources--including technology--that allow our residents to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.

3D Printing at the Library is available for patrons of all ages to use. While this emerging technology is becoming increasingly available for personal use, as well as a becoming a major component in the manufacturing and technology industries, it is still new and largely unaffordable to the average person. The Library’s acquisition of 3D printers allows patrons to get hands-on experience with the technology in a safe and structured environment.

Check for upcoming informational sessions and 3D design classes at library locations across Sonoma County.

  • self-service tablet checkout station

First Launch of Hublets in North America

Sonoma County Library announces the first launch in North America of Hublets – a cloud-based lending unit of tablets available for use with the library’s WIFI (within the library branches) to patrons on a self-service basis with a checkout and check-in process that is fully integrated into the library’s ILS system.

Hublet has made loaning tablets easy; library patrons self-service check out a tablet with their library card and PIN code. The attractive design makes the library’s digital material visible and easy to use. No longer tethered to a desktop PC, library patrons are free to use the tablets in any location within the WIFI area.

With the centralized software management tool, library staff have control of the device content, can centrally manage updates, and can set loan parameters.  When the tablets are returned to the Hublet base the tablet is locked into place, all end-user information from the previous user is deleted, and the unit is re-charged.

The Hublets come pre-loaded with a variety of useful library applications (Libby, Hoopla, PrinterOn) and games. Patrons are also free to use their own Google Play account to download their own applications and games. The applications and all patron information is deleted when the Hublet is returned to its base.

The Hublets are currently available at the Central, Guerneville, Northwest, Rincon Valley, Sebastopol and Windsor branches.  They will be available at all branches soon.

  • Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

    Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

Children's Author Carol McCloud Visits Cloverdale Library 3:30pm and 6pm Wednesday June 27

Join us at 3:30pm for a children's event and 6pm for an adult event on Wednesday June 27, 2018, at Cloverdale Library for a talk and reading by bestselling children's author Carol McCloud as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida.

Library Commission Adopts Resolution in Support of Undocumented Residents/Immigrants/Dreamers

On June 4, 2018, the Sonoma County Library Commission adopted a Resolution in Support of Undocumented Residents/Immigrants/Dreamers - see full text (English/Español). The Commission stated, "Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Sonoma County Library (SCL):"

1.  Reaffirms its own "Statement of Inclusivity" "in light of the uncertainty many feel in our current society";

2.  Commits to enacting policies and programs recognizing the diversity of our community and furthering the inclusion of all residents living in Sonoma County;

3.  Supports DACA Dreamers and our immigrant community,  providing services to all County residents regardless of residency status; 

4.  Provides the resources to information on legal assistance/guidance extended by the County and other agencies within the County and State to undocumented students, immigrants, and their families;

5.  Continues Sonoma County Library policy of protecting the privacy of our patrons/customers by refusing to release any information regarding personal living situation, collections usage, or other information that might indicate the legal status regarding the documentation of students, families, and/or individuals, including allowing access to Library databases, permitting a search of any library branch or rural station, or responding to information requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or others, unless the appropriate legal request and documents are presented;

6.  Urges Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the confounding issues around immigration; and

7.  Encourages all residents to use the library regardless of documented status.

Learn Something New During Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Are you up for a challenge?

Here’s a little background: in 1978, U.S. Congress passed a resolution to designate a week to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders. Then, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed it to be Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Obviously, topics as vital as cultural heritage would ideally be celebrated and championed all year long--not limited to one week or one month per year.  At the same time, we know that ceremoniously highlighting various cultures creates opportunities for learning, courageous conversations, and expanding our collective perspectives about people, cultures, and the world around us.  

This month, we challenge you to learn something new about the contributions of generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.  Check out a book of sijo or haiku poetry. Learn to cook delectable dishes from India or the Philippines.  Watch a DVD to expand your views on life in the Pacific or local history here in Sonoma County. Download an eBook about the timeline history of the Transcontinental Railroad. Enjoy the displays at your local branch of the Sonoma County Library--most branches have curated inspiring offerings of relevant books for all ages!

Go ahead, spark your curiosity, engage with your community, learn something new, and grow--we dare you!  Not sure where to start? Scroll down for an enthusiastically curated list of resources about Asian Pacific art & music, poetry, foods, culture & historical context, with some electronic resources at the end.  OR, you may always find the nearest Sonoma County Librarian and pick their brain about interesting and thought-provoking materials that might ignite your imagination this month… and all year long.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month - Library Resources

Resources for Adults - Cultural and Historical Perspectives:

Art & Music ~

Music cultures of the Pacific, the Near East, and Asia

Arts of the South Seas : island Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia ; the collections of the Musee Barbier-Mueller

Growing up Asian in America : prize winning student essays & art

Art beyond the west : the arts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas

5,000 years of Korean art : an exhibition = [Hanʼguk misul ochʻŏnnyŏn]

Korean art guide.

The spirit of the brush : Chinese brush painting techniques : simplicity, spirit, and personal journey

The sculpture of Ruth Asawa : contours in the air

Jake Shimabukuro life on four strings (DVD)

Poetry ~

Tap dancing on the roof : sijo (poems)

Looking for the cow : modern Korean poems

A Korean century : river & fields : poems

100 Chinese silences

The art of haiku : its history through poems and paintings by Japanese masters

Haiku : love

Foods ~

Cuisines of India : the art and tradition of regional Indian cooking

Eating Korean : from barbecue to kimchi, recipes from my home

Chinese soul food : a friendly guide for homemade dumplings, stir-fries, soups, and more

The fortune cookie chronicles : adventures in the world of Chinese food

Everyday Harumi : simple Japanese food for family & friends

Historical & Cultural Context ~

The making of Asian America : a history

Asian Americans in the twenty-first century : oral histories of first- to fourth-generation Americans from China, Japan, India, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos

Filipino studies : palimpsests of nation and diaspora

Legacy to liberation : politics & culture of revolutionary Asian Pacific America

Islanders : the Pacific in the age of empire

Understanding Japan a cultural history

The loss of property of the Japanese during World War II : with special emphasis on Sonoma County, California

Farewell to Manzanar; a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment

Giri : the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League oral history project.

Giri giving back, going forward ; Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League oral history project. (DVD)

The cats of Mirikitani (DVD)

The Chinese in Sonoma County, California, 1900-1930 : the aftermath of exclusion (Reference)

Patriot number one : American dreams in Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown

My Chinese-America

Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad

Separate lives, broken dreams the saga of Chinese immigration (DVD)

Phoenix in a jade bowl : growing up in Korea

Resources for Teens

Fred Korematsu speaks up

Oishinbo, a la carte. Japanese cuisine

Cool Tokyo guide : adventures in the city of kawaii fashion, train sushi, and Godzilla

Write Your Own Haiku : Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition

Shinrin Yoku : The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing

Uprooted : the Japanese American experience during World War II

The Transcontinental Railroad

This land is our land : a history of American immigration

Yell-oh girls! : emerging voices explore culture, identity, and growing up Asian American

Atlas of Asian-American history (Reference)

Resources for Children -Cultural and Historical Perspectives:

Wabi Sabi

Extraordinary Asian Pacific Americans

Whale Rider (DVD)

Angel Island immigration

Kai's journey to Gold Mountain : an Angel Island story

Good fortune : my journey to Gold Mountain

Iron rails, iron men, and the race to link the nation : the story of the transcontinental railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad : a primary source history of America's first coast-to-coast railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad

To the Golden Mountain : the story of the Chinese who built the Transcontinental railroad

The puzzle of the paper daughter : a Julie mystery

Imprisoned : the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Cora Cooks Pancit

The Philippines


Let's explore India

Living in ... India

South Korea

North Korea

I love Korea!


The Asian Pacific American Experience (Hoopla Digital)

Asian & Pacific Short Stories (Hoopla Digital)

Philippines (Hoopla Digital)

Authentic Recipes From The Philippines (Hoopla Digital)

Art of India (Hoopla Digital)

A Timeline History of the Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)

The Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)

Building The Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)

Japanese Haiku (Hoopla Digital)

Japanese Music and Musical Instruments (Hoopla Digital)

Let's Cook Japanese Food (Hoopla Digital)

A Dictionary of Japanese Food (Hoopla Digital)

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Sonoma County Library Announces 2018 Summer Reading Program

Sonoma County Library is excited to announce its Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program, launching June 1, 2018. During June, July, and August, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Those who participate in fun and free activities available at all Sonoma County Library branches this summer can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program of events for all ages to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for enjoyment,” said Kathy DeWeese, Youth Services Administrator at the Sonoma County Library. “Our events support the Reading Takes You Everywhere theme, to help expand worldviews and provide windows into other cultures and experiences.”

To combat the summer slide, the Reading Takes You Everywhere program encompasses reading, science, technology, art, math, and fun for all youth.   The Library has a terrific line up of fun cultural, and educational children’s events including visits from Alphabet Rockers, Wildlife Associates, Didgeridoo Down Under, and Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater, as well as themed activities with Crafting Takes You Everywhere and Around the World with Magic Treehouse. A new addition this summer is to add hands-on workshops for children in grades 4-6 to explore skills and activities around science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Teens, entering grades 7-12, have a number of exciting, artistic and engaging events including drawing comics, DIY Spa Science, Henna Art, Summer Smoothies, and Watercolor Collage. Teens who participate in Summer BINGO have opportunities throughout the summer to win prizes including a ChromeBook!

Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer learning loss. “Studies indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” DeWeese added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families, and a big part of that is instilling the love of reading at a young age. We make it fun, but our goal is to keep everyone reading all summer long.”

The Library is also offering events for adults, providing enrichment for the entire family. Adult Summer Readers can participate in Summer BINGO and win prizes including gift cards to local shops, a Sonoma County Parks pass and more. Special events include author visits, as well as musical performances by Stephen Kent Didgeridoo, the Mideast Tapestry Ensemble, and David Carrera’s Latin Guitar Trio.

To learn more about this summer’s Reading Takes You Everywhere program, sign up at your local library branch starting on June 1. All Summer Reading events are free and open to all. 

Library Launches Odilo Spanish-Language E-Book and E-Audiobook Service

Sonoma County Library Launches Odilo, Spanish-language E-book and E-audiobook service

More eBooks and eAudiobooks in Spanish are now available for Sonoma County residents. Using their library card number and PIN, patrons can quickly browse, click, and enjoy thousands of new Spanish titles at

The eBook management platform, powered by ODILO, features quality Spanish titles from hundreds of publishers, to better serve the needs of the Hispanic community.

“Our Hispanic population makes up 25 percent of our community, and now the Library will offer thousands of native popular and bestselling titles," said Jane Greenwood, Collection Development Coordinator. “This provides quality Spanish content our patrons want.”

Library patrons will also appreciate the ability to enjoy the new digital content on many devices, whether a Chromebook; eBook reader (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK™, Kobo eReader, and Amazon® Kindle eReaders); iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch; PC or Mac® computer; or anything Android™. Readers will never incur any late fees - as titles automatically expire and return to the library collection.

Find out more about Odilo at:

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.

How Can I Participate?

  • Come in and check out a poetry book to take home and enjoy – we have poetry for adults, for children, for teens, and everyone in between!
  • Pick up a poem in preparation for Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26, 2018). Choose a poem that inspires you and carry it with you to keep and reread or take one to pass on. You never know when a poem will come in handy.
  • Tweet a haiku to the Sonoma County Library official twitter. Participants are invited to tweet a family-friendly haiku about reading and must tag @sonomacolibrary and have their submission(s) shared on the library's feed on Facebook.

Learn More

Follow these links to learn more about poetry and poetry month:

Read More

Read more about it at the Library (poetry is classified 811 on the shelf):

  • Spring Break 2018

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

Spring Break at the Library 2018

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 the spring school vacation weeks.

This year, spring break weeks don't all line up across the school districts, so we've got a couple of weeks of activities planned. Beginning Friday, March 23 through Saturday, April 7, the Library will offer free programs ranging from storytimes and Read to a Dog events to zany circus shows, from SAT and college workshops 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


  • Roseland Mon. Apr. 2, 10:00 am
  • Cloverdale Mon. Apr. 2, 2:00 pm
  • Sonoma Valley Tue. Apr. 3, 11:00 am
  • Windsor Tue. Apr. 3, 3:00 pm


  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Healdsburg Mon. Apr. 2, 10:30 am
  • The Three Little Pigs: Rohnert Park Thu. Apr. 5, 11:00 am
  • The Three Little Pigs: Roseland Sat. Apr. 7, 12:00 pm


  • Windsor Tue. Mar. 27, 4:00 pm


  • Rincon Valley Mon. Apr. 2, 3:00 pm


  • Rohnert Park Wed. Mar. 28, 6:00 pm (rated PG)


  • KIDS YOGA (6-12) ROHNERT PARK FRI. MAR. 30, 4:00 PM
  • ZUMBA FOR KIDS (5 & UP) Central Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm
  • Kids Can Cook (grades 1-3) Rohnert Park Mon. Apr. 2, 1:00 pm
  • Mindful Minis (6-12) Healdsburg Fri. Apr. 6, 4:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Tue. Mar. 27, 3:30 pm
  • Petaluma Thu. Mar. 29, 3:30 pm
  • Cemtral Wed. Apr. 4, 4:30 pm
  • Rohnert Park Thu. Apr. 5, 4:00 pm
  • Windsor Sat. Apr. 7, 2:00 pm


  • Water Colors                      Windsor           Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm 
  • Spring Crafts                      Roseland         Wed. Mar. 28, 6:25 pm
  • Design a Birds Nest          Sebastopol      Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm
  • Spring Craft Table             Rohnert Park  Mon. Apr. 2-Sat. Apr. 7, drop-in
  • Gnomes & Mushrooms    Sebastopol      Tue. Apr. 3, 2:00 pm

Events For Grades 4-6


  • Light-Up Sewing Healdsburg Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm
  • T-Shirt Hacks Cloverdale Wed. Mar. 28, 3:30 pm
  • Aluminum Etching Petaluma Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm
  • Hour of Code Roseland Thu. Apr. 5, 10:30 am
  • Hour of Code Rohnert Park Fri. Apr. 6, 4:30 pm


  • Healdsburg Mon. Mar. 26, 4:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley Wed. Mar. 28, 2:15 pm


  • Sonoma Valley Library, Wed. Mar. 28, 4:00 pm


  • Central Tue. Mar. 27, 4:00 pm
  • Healdsburg Mon. Mar. 26, 4:00 pm

DIY Journals for Tweens

  • Sebastopol Wed. Mar. 28, 4:00 pm

Tweens Create: Tie-Dye Book Bags

  • Healdsburg Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm

Events For Teens


  • Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Sat. Mar. 24, 2:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Library, Tue. Mar. 27 @ 1:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley Library, Mon. Apr. 2 @ 6:30 pm


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


  • Sebastopol  - Wed. Mar. 28, 1:00-3:30 pm & Fri. Mar. 30, 1:00-3:30 pm 
  • Windsor - Mon. Apr. 2, 10:00 am-12:30 pm & Tue. Apr. 3, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Central Santa Rosa - Mon. Apr. 2, 1:30-4:00 pm & Tue. Apr. 3, 2:00-4:30 pm
  • Rincon Valley - Wed. Apr. 4, 6:00-8:30 pm & Thu. Apr. 5, 1:00-3:30 pm


  • Healdsburg Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:00 PM
  • Rohnert Park Cotati Library, Thu. Mar. 29, 3:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Library, Thu. Mar. 29 @ 4:00 pm


  •  Rincon Valley Library, Tue. Apr. 3, 3:30 pm


  • Rincon Valley Library, Wed. Apr. 4, 3:30 pm

National Library Week observed April 8-14, 2018

Prepare to join us in celebrating National Library Week April 8-14, 2018.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries across the country - school, public, academic and special - participate.

For Sonoma County Library's celebration, we want to hear from you! Help us by sharing your favorite Sonoma County Library story. Please include your home branch, staff name (or title), and your story. We want to hear how your Sonoma County Library has made an impact in your life. 

Share your story here