Posted on July 26, 2018
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.
Posted on June 25, 2018
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.
Posted on June 07, 2018
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.
Posted on May 25, 2018
Sonoma County Library is once again partnering with the Sonoma County Regional Parks to host a StoryWalkTM at Gualala Point Regional Park. The book to be showcased with this StoryWalk is Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino.
There will be a special event to kick off the collaboration from 10:00 am -12:00 pm on Sunday, June 24th; join us for this fun-filled story time outdoors as you meander down a trail while reading the bilingual story Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino.
A StoryWalkTM is an activity that promotes both literacy and physical fitness. Intended for young readers from infants to school age, the StoryWalkTM separates a book into two-page spreads, with activities in English and Spanish that are tailored to each page. The laminated pages are then attached to signposts, which are installed along a path. As participants walk through Gualala Point Regional Park, they will be directed to the next pages in the story, which are stationed around the trail for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story, and quality time spent together.
This StoryWalkTM continues the collaboration between the Library and Sonoma County Regional Parks, which has brought to our communities such partnerships as the Trails Challenge, P is for Parks storytimes, and bilingual recommended reading lists. Visitors are encouraged to share their StoryWalk experience on social media with photos, comments, or any suggestion you may have for the project, using hashtags #SonomaCountyLibrary #StoryWalk.
If you are unable to attend the StoryWalkTM kickoff event on June 24th, it will also be available to read and enjoy during Gualala Point’s open hours through July. Please note that there is a Regional Parks parking fee at the park where the StoryWalkTM is being hosted. Come down to Gualala Point Regional Park, either on June 24th or anytime in June or July, to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story and quality time spent together.
Posted on May 09, 2018
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 ~
Historical & Cultural Context ~
The cats of Mirikitani (DVD)
Resources for Teens
Atlas of Asian-American history (Reference)
Resources for Children -Cultural and Historical Perspectives:
Whale Rider (DVD)
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)
Posted on April 19, 2018
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.
Posted on April 02, 2018
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 https://sonomalibrary.odilo.us/opac/.
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: https://sonomalibrary.org/odilo
Posted on April 01, 2018
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.
Follow these links to learn more about poetry and poetry month:
- Academy of American Poets
- The Poetry Foundation
- Poem Hunter
- The Poetry Society of America
- Poetry 180
- The Poetry Archive
Read more about it at the Library (poetry is classified 811 on the shelf):
- Frost, Robert. 1994. Poetry for Young People
- Collins, Billy. 2005. The Trouble with Poetry
- 2001. Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work, from Tennyson to Plath
- Neruda, Pablo. 2005. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
- 2000. American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 2, E. E. Cummings to May Swenson
- Petras, Kathryn & Ross. 2012. The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry: Timeless Poems by Snooki, John Boehner, Kanye West, and Other Well-versed Celebrities
Posted on March 14, 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 All Ages
COVENTRY AND KALUZA: SAVING THE DAY WITH CIRCUS AND COMEDY
- 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
PUPPET ART THEATRE
- 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
FOAM MARTIAL ARTS
- Windsor Tue. Mar. 27, 4:00 pm
- Rincon Valley Mon. Apr. 2, 3:00 pm
SPRING BREAK CINEMA
- Rohnert Park Wed. Mar. 28, 6:00 pm (rated PG)
HEALTHY KIDS CLASSES
- 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
LEGO/BUILD CLUBS (AGES 5-12)
- 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
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
- 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
MAKER STUDIO: STEAM CLASSES
- 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
WRITING CLUB FOR KIDS 9 & UP
- Healdsburg Mon. Mar. 26, 4:00 pm
- Rincon Valley Wed. Mar. 28, 2:15 pm
JAM SESSION WITH SO CO MUSIC COALITION
- Sonoma Valley Library, Wed. Mar. 28, 4:00 pm
TWEEN BOOK CLUBS
- 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
TEEN LANTERN CRAFT
- Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Sat. Mar. 24, 2:00 pm
DEMYSTIFYING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
- Sebastopol Library, Tue. Mar. 27 @ 1:00 pm
- Rincon Valley Library, Mon. Apr. 2 @ 6:30 pm
TEEN BOOK CLUB
- Cloverdale Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:30 pm
FREE 2-PART SAT INTENSIVE PREP CLASSES (FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS)
(SPACE IS LIMITED - SEE INFORMATION DESK TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT)
- 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
INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY
- Healdsburg Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:00 PM
- Rohnert Park Cotati Library, Thu. Mar. 29, 3:00 pm
BUILDING YOUR TOP COLLEGE LIST
- Sebastopol Library, Thu. Mar. 29 @ 4:00 pm
TEEN ANIME AND MANGA CLUB
- Rincon Valley Library, Tue. Apr. 3, 3:30 pm
YOUTH CHESS CLUB
- Rincon Valley Library, Wed. Apr. 4, 3:30 pm
Posted on March 12, 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P9CP79L