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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



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.

  • Women's History Month 2018

    Women's History Month 2018

March is Women's History Month

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:

  • Women’s History Month Quiz (ages 9-17) – All Month – Central Santa Rosa Library
    • Stop by the Children’s Reference Desk to take the Women’s History Month Quiz. Participants with perfect scores earn an entry ticket to a grand prize $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble. The grand prize drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 2nd
  • Sojourning and Settling: Women’s Living History (all ages)– Thursday, March 22nd at 3-4pm –  Sebastopol Regional Library
    • Local educator and living historian Lorie Florence portrays Nancy Kelsey, the first women of European descent to have crossed over the mountains into California. Florence will share Kelsey’s harrowing adventures over the mountains as well as teaching participants basic map skills and tips about surviving in the wilderness.
  • Together at the Table: Women’s Rights (all ages): join us for a community conversation with experts from local organizations working on Women’s Rights in Sonoma County.
    • Monday, March 12th at 7pm – Sebastopol Regional Library
    • Wednesday, April 18th at 6pm – Rincon Valley Regional Library
  • Women’s History Month Film Series
    • Iron Jawed Angels (Not Rated): starring Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor, this historical drama tells the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s.
      • Monday, March 5th at 6pm – Petaluma Regional Library
      • Friday, March 30th at 2pm – Healdsburg Regional Library
    • Queen of Katwe(PG): this biopic tells the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi journey from the slums of Katwe, where she is focused to abandon her schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world.
      • Monday, March 12th at 6pm – Petaluma Regional Library
      • Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm – Cloverdale Regional Library
      • Saturday, March 24th at 2pm — Healdsburg Regional Library 
    • Wonder Woman(PG-13): An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict.
      • Monday, March 5th at 6pm – Cloverdale Regional Library
      • Thursday, March 8th at 10:30am – Healdsburg Regional Library
      • Saturday, March 10th at 12pm – Roseland Community Library
      • Saturday, March 10th at 1pm—Central Santa Rosa Library
      • Saturday, March 17th at 1:30pm – Windsor Regional Library
      • Monday, March 19th at 6pm – Petaluma Regional Library
  • 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.