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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 www.sonomalibrary.org/student-success 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. 

  • Black History Month 2018

    Black History Month 2018

Black History Month 2018

The Sonoma County Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month by offering a variety of events and curating displays and resources for residents of Sonoma County. Enjoy as we pay tribute by celebrating and learning about the generations of African Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Since 1976, the month of February has been designated Black History Month, or National African American History Month, and is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history of African Americans.

The month-long celebration includes programs and events for Children & Families, Teens, and Adults. The Library will feature the following:

  • Black History through Music with Fam Team: take a musical journey through the ages highlighting the innumerable contributions of Americans of African descent to American music and global culture (all ages).
    • Central Santa Rosa Library – Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00pm
    • Sebastopol Regional Library– Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30pm
    • Roseland Community Library – Saturday, February 17th at 12:00pm
    • Petaluma Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am
  • Black History Month Film Series:
    • Marshall (PG-13) – This film is about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturday, February 3rd at 1:30pm
      • Petaluma Regional Library – Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm
      • Cloverdale Regional Library – Wednesday, February 14th at 6:00pm
      • Windsor Regional Library – Saturday, February 17th at 1:30pm
    • Moonlight (R) – This films tells the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.
      • Cloverdale Regional Library – Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Tuesday, February 20th at 1:30pm
    • Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Not Rated) – This documentary presents archival footage of notable civil-rights activists as well as recent interviews with activists and historians on the Black Power Movement.
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Monday, February 26th at 10:30am
      • Roseland Community Library – Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30pm
      • Petaluma Regional Library – Monday, February 26th at 6:00pm
      • Central Santa Rosa Library – Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm
  • African Village Celebration with Onye Onyemaechi: this exciting musical program with master drummer Onye Onyemaechi uses rhythm, music and instruments to journey with children and families to explore the beauty and soul of the drum in African village life (all ages).
    • Sonoma Valley Regional Library – Saturday February 10th at 11:00am
    • Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library – Saturday, February 10th at 2:00pm
    • Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturday, February 17th at 10:30am
    • Cloverdale Regional Library – Saturday February 17th at 2:00pm
    • Guerneville Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am
    • Windsor Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm
  • Together at the Table: Blackness in America: this community conversation led by experts from local organizations and agencies in Sonoma County will discuss Blackness in America and what is currently happening in Sonoma County.  
    • Roseland Community Library – Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00pm
    • Petaluma Regional Library – Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00pm

For additional information on Together at the Table, visit sonomalibrary.org/togetheratthetable.

 

The events are free and open to all.  

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.

VOTING IS OVER!

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.

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

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