Kids News

Sonoma County Library and Santa Rosa City Schools partner to launch Student OneCard

 Beginning in March, the Student OneCard allows all Santa Rosa City Schools students to use their school-generated student ID as a public library account, giving students access to all library services, including online. All Santa Rosa City Schools students will be automatically enrolled in the program, unless a parent chooses to opt-out, and there are no overdue fines for items checked out on this account, though students will be responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.

“One of the Library’s primary goals is to develop partnerships with school districts, like our partnership with Santa Rosa City Schools, to promote student success,” said Kathy DeWeese, the Library’s Coordinator of Children’s Services. “Through the Student OneCard initiative, we’re looking to provide students with access to materials that support their learning and supplement school resources.”

A part of the Sonoma County Library’s student success initiatives, the Student OneCard is designed to benefit the community by eliminating barriers to library access, increasing literacy, and supporting educational success. In addition to the Library’s extensive catalog of materials, the Student OneCard account allows students to access electronic resources, including music, e-books, magazines and more, receive free one-on-one tutoring in English and Spanish, use computers at all library locations, borrow up to 10 items from any library location, request books from partner libraries including academic collections--and it’s all free.

          In addition to the Student OneCard, the Library launched the Educator Card countywide in February 2018, as another avenue to support students’ learning and remove barriers to use of library resources.  Developed specifically for teachers and educators in Sonoma County, the Educator Card provides extended check out periods (6 weeks), expanded borrowing limits (up to 50 items at a time), and does not accrue fines. Visit for additional information on the Library’s student success initiatives.

  • Read Across America 2018

    Read Across America 2018

Celebrate the 20th Annual Read Across America Day March 2nd

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Read Across America Day – celebrate at your local the Sonoma County Library branch! Established by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the goal of developing a nation of readers. Since its creation, educators, parents, caregivers and students have embraced Read Across America and helped to turn it into the largest reading celebration. On March 2, we encourage EVERYONE to pick up a book and read to a child. So, whether it’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book or something new and exciting, we encourage you to: Grab your hat and read with the cat!

To encourage a love of reading and increase literacy support, Read Across America Day all Library branches are offering fun events for children and teens including reading from the library's extensive collection, visiting a Dr. Seuss inspired #SeussSelfieStation to take photos, and more!

Find out what your branch is doing to celebrate here: Read Across America Day Events

Caldecott Medal Winners 2018

Well Sonoma County, we voted for our favorite picture books in our Mock Caldecott, but on Monday, February 12, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the official award winners at its Midwinter Meeting.

See who we thought should win!

See previous Mock Caldecott winners.

Mock Caldecott 2018 Winners!

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.

You let us know which books you thought would win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  

Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...

Check back to find out the official winners of the 2018 Caldecott Medal - it will be announced by the American Library Association on Monday, February 12th.
  • 2017 Food for Fines Results

    2017 Food for Fines Results

2017 Food For Fines Program Collects Over 13,000 lbs of Food!

The 2017 Food For Fines Program Collects over 13,000 pounds* of food!

The Sonoma County Library’s collected 13,097* pounds of food in the 2017 Food for Fines program, that’s 10,914* meals! This impressive amount surpasses the 2016 totals by 4,800 pounds. Each year, the Library partners with local food banks including the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping, Healdsburg Food Pantry, and Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry encouraging residents to donate food to those in need and get their library fines forgiven in return. In 2017, the Food for Fines program ran for 7 weeks in November and December, waiving $23,977 in patron fines and fees!

The Food for Fines program has two primary goals—to remove barriers to library access due to overdue fines, and to help end hunger in our communities. This is even more important in 2018 with the recent disasters affecting so many. In 2017, Food for Fines was able to give 1,664 patrons an opportunity to give back to their community and get their library account back in good standing for the 2018 New Year.

The Sonoma County Library is proud to join thousands of Sonoma County businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to end hunger in our community.

For information about how to donate food or time to your local food bank, visit the links below.

*Amounts reflect food collected for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping, and Healdsburg Food Pantry only. 

Play and Learn at the Windsor Library

The Play and Learn Island™ is once again on the move! 

The Play and Learn Island™ (PAL) just finished a 2-month stay at the Northwest Library, and is now making its home for the next two months in the Windsor Library. The Play and Learn Island™ travels periodically around the County to different library branches to host and share with their communities.

Babies and children learn through play and as part of the Sonoma County Library’s mission to promote the value and joy of reading, we offer opportunities for young children to play while building the skills for learning and literacy in all stages of life. One such opportunity is through our Play and Learn Island™. The hands-on activities provided with the Play and Learn Island™ incorporate problem solving, sorting, sharing, early literacy skills, design and testing, and collaboration. Their colorful design, scale and varied activities appeal to a range of ages, encouraging families to play and explore together, while they imagine, discover, create, and bring learning to life.

Come check out the island--at the Windsor Library for February and March 2018, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

It's time for the 2018 Mock Caldecott Contest!

It's 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. The Caldecott Medal, named for illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

You will see the 11 books we think are worth considering above. 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. For more information, visit our Mock Caldecott page on the website. 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 8 - February 7.

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online February 9.


Northwest Library Will Temporarily Close for Refresh January 16

The Northwest Library will move to a temporary location beginning on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, to permit extensive renovation of the existing building.  The renovations will continue into Spring 2018.
The temporary site will have a Book Drop and Holds may be picked up.

Please visit us at the temporary location, from January 16 to April/May, 2018:

Guerneville Road Plaza
1331 Guerneville Road, Suite O.

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat: 10am-2 pm
Wed: 3pm - 7pm

  • New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

    New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

Library Launches New Version of Mobile App

On December 22, 2017, Sonoma County Library launched the next generation of our Library App.  Built by Solus UK Ltd in tight coordination and integration with our library systems provider, Sirsi-Dynix, we are excited to give our patrons speedier and more detailed, direct access to our systems and services.

The Sonoma County Library app from Solus/Sirsi-Dynix offers our mobile users (staff and patrons) the ability to:

  • Search for library materials using familiar search designations, filters and fields
  • Locate their Nearest Library branch address, hours and phone number - with corresponding links to GPS for directions or easy calling on their mobile phones
  • Manage Library Account Checkouts, Holds, Devices, Display Preferences, Language Preference (English or Spanish)
  • View upcoming events at the patron’s branch or across the library system
  • Scan an ISBN Barcode to see if a book is available at the library
  • Directly access eResources like Discover and Go, LinkedIn Learning (formerly, Mango Languages and ProQuest Newspapers
  • Search specifically for eBooks
  • Access the library’s social media pages
  • Link directly to Ask Us for any questions a patron may have

The new app is now available for download from the apple store and the android store.

  • list of winter break events at the library

Winter Break Activities at the Library

The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the winter school break.

Beginning Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 8, the Library is offering free programs ranging from winter crafts, Lego Clubs and Read to a Dog events, to Magician Mike Della Penna, Circus of Smiles, STEAM programs, kids' yoga and zumba, crafts, coding, makerspaces, learning to do magic tricks, musical Jam Sessions, Virtual Reality, chess games, family movies, and more!

All events are free.

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