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Library's E-Audiobooks Now Available Through Axis360

Effective November 15, 2017, Sonoma County Library has transfered our E-Audiobook titles from the OverDrive platform to the Axis 360 platform. OverDrive will retain our E-Book collection. All new E-Audiobooks will appear in Axis 360, so check there for the newest, hottest titles!

This change allows us to streamline how we provide access to our E-Audiobooks so the majority of E-Audiobook titles can be found in one platform and easy-to-use app. If you prefer to listen rather than read, you can look in Axis 360 to find the majority of titles you want. If you prefer to read rather than listen, you can look in OverDrive. If you typically use our library catalog to search for and find E-Audiobooks to check out, you will still be able to do so, and will be directed to the appropriate platform to borrow and place holds.

Our electronic resources can be managed more efficiently because we have split the E-Audiobooks from the E-Books; we can track usage of our collections, consolidate patron requests to the appropriate platform, and manage our funds more easily.

If you have any E-Audiobooks on hold in OverDrive, don’t worry! You will not lose your place on the waiting list. All current holds will be transferred to Axis 360 within 48 hours of the change. Those of you who currently have E-Audiobooks checked out in OverDrive will not be cut off on November 15, but will have until the end of your checkout to complete your book without interruption. You will not be able to renew that title on OverDrive, but you will be able to find it on the Axis 360 app.

If you have not already downloaded the Axis 360 app, you can do so here: You can also browse, checkout, place holds, and listen online:

E-Audiobooks check out for 21 days. There is a checkout limit of 5 titles, and a hold limit of 3 titles, on downloadable audiobooks. Electronic content will automatically return at the end of the loan period, so there are never any late fees.  Return items early to checkout additional titles.

Download the Axis 360 app for your mobile device and start listening today!


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    Food for Fines

Food for Fines Returns in 2017

This holiday season the Sonoma County Library is once again partnering with local food banks to offer a Food For Fines program. Local partners include the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping, the Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry, and the Healdsburg Food Pantry.

The Food For Fines program encourages library patrons to return overdue library materials and pay off accrued library fines by donating food to those in need. The donation of one unit of food will erase ALL fines from past due items for one account (note: food donations cannot be applied towards lost/damaged library items or collection agency fees – only fines). In 2016, the Food for Fines program collected 5,974 pounds of food for Sonoma County and forgave $6,853 in fines and fees for 574 patrons!

Food For Fines 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 2017 with the recent disasters affecting some many. Food For Fines Patrons can give to the community and get their library account back in good standing as we close out the 2017 year.

The 2017 Food For Fines program will run for a full 7 weeks beginning on Monday, November 13th and run through Saturday, December 30th . Food donation barrels will be found at all Sonoma County Library Branches.  According to our partnering Food Banks, the most needed non-perishable items are:

  • Tuna & Canned Meat
  • Peanut Butter
  • Low-Sodium Canned Soups & Chili
  • Rice & Dry Beans
  • No-Sugar Added Canned Fruits
  • Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal

Also, the REFB recommends the following guidelines when donating food:

  • No glass, which can break
  • Check that items are still within their “use before” date
  • All items should be unopened, opened packages will not be accepted
  • Home-made or home-canned items are not accepted

Byparticipating in your local library's Food For Fines program, library patrons will be joining thousands of Sonoma County businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to end hunger in our community by donating food.

For more information contact Teen/Adult Services Librarian Jennifer Duran 546-2265 or  Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,

About the Redwood Empire Food Bank: The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Since 1987, the REFB has provided food and nourishment to those facing hunger, currently serving 82,000 children, families and seniors in Sonoma County, while striving to end hunger in our community. The REFB collaborates with local and regional partners to obtain and distribute 15+ million pounds of food annually, the equivalent of more than 34,000 meals every day. Through more than 200 of our own direct service distributions and partnerships with 177 other hunger-relief organizations, we form a network of over 450 weekly and monthly distribution sites serving low-income residents in Sonoma, Lake, Del Norte, Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Visit or call 707-523-7900 to learn more.

Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November

Sonoma County Library celebrates National Native American Heritage Month in November with a series of events to showcase the rich history and traditions of Native Americans in Sonoma County.

The events kick off Thursday, November 2 with a children's Tribal History event presented by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria at the Petaluma Library, and continue throughout the month with lectures, presentations, and crafts at many branches (

“We look forward to celebrating National Native American Heritage Month every year at Sonoma County Library,” said Kiyo Okazaki, Sonoma County Library Public Services Division Manager.  “Here at the library, we celebrate every culture and welcome all cultures in our community. We like to take this opportunity to highlight the history and heritage of this important part of our Sonoma County community.”

Sonoma County is home to a number of Native American Tribes dating back to over 12,000 years. From the Coast, Miwoks; in the norther near the Mayacamas Mountain Range dwelled Wintuns, Wapo and Miyakmahs; in the lower Valley, Pomos; near the edge of San Pablo Bay, Koskiwok; and in the southeast corner, Patwins; to name a few.

The events are free and open to all.  For more information, contact Kris LaVanish, Events Specialist, at (707) 545-0831 x1572 or by email Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,

Comforting Books for Difficult Times

The world can be a scary place for children under normal circumstances let alone during times of crisis. Below are some resources that can help your child understand what is happening in the world around them.
ALA Books for Difficult Times: The American Library Association has created a list of books for children on a variety of topics. Books can be wonderful tools to use with children who have experienced difficult times. Reading (or being read to) and talking with adults can help them understand and cope with their feelings in a developmentally appropriate way. Reading also offers a great way to spend time with a child, reinforce a sense of normalcy and security, and connect with them, all of which are important to recovery from a traumatic experience.

NASP:Tips for Parents and Teachers: The National Association of School Psychologists have published a guide for talking to children about violence.
Sonoma County Library cares about our community and strives to provide welcoming and safe spaces for all our residents. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find resources like these and more.

Play and Learn moves to Rincon Valley 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 Roseland Library, and is now making its home for the next two months in the Rincon Valley 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 Rincon Valley Library for October and November 2017, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

Walk and Read at StoryWalk Under the Oaks

Join us for the launch of our latest StoryWalk!

Sonoma County Parks and Libraries have joined forces for a fun-filled storytime outdoors.  The StoryWalk will take place at your local county park. We will explore nature and a story together! All ages welcome.

The StoryWalk will be up for the whole month, but we will host a fun KICKOFF EVENT on Sunday, October 1, 2017, where the library and the parks department staff will be leading StoryWalks every half hour starting at 10:30 and ending at 1:00 pm.

Foothill Regional Park
1351 Arata Lane

Parking at Foothill Regional  Park costs $7.00, or is free if you have a Sonoma County Parks Pass. Come see us, and enjoy a hike with your family while you read a book!

String Quintet Concerts Kick Off Fall Symphony Collaboration

The Sonoma County Library is proud to continue a strong partnership with the Santa Rosa Symphony for the third year!

On Saturday September 23, the Santa Rosa Symphony String Quintet will be performing at the Guerneville and Sebastopol Libraries. These concerts are part of the 2017 symphony concert series offered through a unique, exciting collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony said “The Santa Rosa Symphony is delighted to renew our partnership with Sonoma County Library to bring performances of our talented musicians beyond the concert stage to library settings throughout Sonoma County that will provide library audiences a free, and up close enriching musical experience.” Interim Library Director, Tracy Gray, says “I am very excited about this partnership with the Santa Rosa Symphony. It is a great opportunity for our community members to be able to experience the symphony in our Libraries.”


Enjoy a musical journey to different places around the world during our family program where listeners will discover a wide variety of music from some of the most well-known composers and some not so familiar. Children will adore familiar pieces including music from The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, and Eine Kline Nachtmusik; Adults will appreciate memorable pieces composed by Benjamin Britten, Anton Dvorak, Amadeus Mozart.

  • Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12:30 p.m.
    Guerneville Regional Library
    14107 Armstrong Woods Rd.
    Guerneville, CA 95446

  • Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2:15 p.m.
    Sebastopol Regional Library
    7140 Bodega Avenue
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

Currently in its 90th season, Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. The Symphony is also recognized as having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 35,000 youth annually. The String Quintet is led by Andy McCorkle, and include bass musician Claire Marti, Aromi Park on violin, Alex Volonts on viola and Wanda Warkentin on the cello.

These concerts are free and open to all.

For more information, contact Kris LaVanish, Events Specialist, at (707) 545-0831 x1572 or by email Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,


2017 Summer Lunch at the Library Impact

In 2017, for the third year in a row, Sonoma County Library served free lunches to children ages 0-18 during the summer months, in an effort to help combat food insecurity on Sonoma County. Our library sites are eligible to participate if the closest public school to a library has more than 50% of its students eligible for free and reduced lunch during the school year. For summer 2017, we had 6 participating library sites - Central Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Northwest Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, and Sonoma Valley.

From surveys returned by participating children and families, we learned that through this program we:

  • Served 4669 meals to children and teens across the county (an increase of 26% over 2016)
  • Served meals on 238 days across 6 locations (decrease from 287 days/8 locations in 2016)
  • Supported the physical, emotional, and developmental health of low income children in the community
  • Engaged children and youth in summer reading programs and other library programming
  • Provided community service opportunities to teens
  • Provided a safe and trusted community space for children and families to go while school is out of session
  • Provided families with access to technology and other community resources and services.


We'll be back again next summer, and we'd love to have you volunteer to help serve lunches to the children of our community!

Library Hosts Array of Events for Hispanic Heritage Month

We've got a great lineup of events and classes to recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year -- from children's musical performances like Juan Sanchez, to film series highlighting different cultures and figures, to traditional styles of music from Cascada de Flores. 

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    Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum

Aztec Dance and Drum

We are happy to host Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum (Tezkatlipoka) to perform at eight branches of Sonoma County Library this fall.

Tezkatlipoka is a traditional Aztec dance circle and a community based performing arts dance group that promotes an appreciation and understanding of pre Colombian art forms through traditional Aztec dance and music. Tezkatlipoka works towards integrating all dimensions of Mesoamerican dance, music, and performance art while honoring the cultural traditions left behind by our ancestors.  Tezkatlipoka celebrates cultural diversity by exploring common links that bring and connect all people together in a celebration of movement, art and life.

Tezkatlipoka will share indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. The program begins by honoring the four directions, north, south, east and west and includes 4-5 dances. 

Join us for a truly unique and powerful Aztec Dance and Drum presentation at Sonoma County Library, and enjoy the thread of cultural information and dance.

Upcoming performances:

  • October 14, 11:00 am       Central Library
  • October 14, 2:00 pm       Rohnert Park Cotati Library
  • October 21, 12:00 pm      Sebastopol Library
  • October 21, 2:30 pm        Guerneville Library
  • October 28, 12:00 pm     Roseland Library
  • October 28, 2:30 pm       Petaluma Library
  • March 10, 12:00pm           Rincon Valley Library
  • March 10, 2:30 pm           Sonoma Valley Library

Upcoming Events

For all upcoming dates, visit our online events calendar.