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"Conflict and Compromise in History" is the National History Day Theme for 2017-18

For the third year in a row, Sonoma County Library is partnering with National History Day Sonoma County to offer workshops and research days for participating Sonoma County students. Each year, students --participating through a school classroom or individually signed up--will choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, and develop a presentation using one of five categories. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels.

The Library co-hosts a teacher informational meeting in September, and will offer workshops throughout the contest period ranging from topic choice and thesis development to search skills and resource evaluation. The emphasis on research and use of resources is a natural fit with the mission of the library, so we are very excited to participate. The program is open to students from all school settings in Sonoma County.  

Click here to see more about the SCL-NHD partnership, check out the great information about on the National History Day-Sonoma County site, and consider having your child participate this year!

 

Play and Learn at the Roseland 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 Sebastopol Library, and is now making its home for the next two months in the Roseland Community 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 Roseland Community Library for August and September 2017, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

2017 Regional Parks Trails Challenge

Trails and Tales

For the second year in a row, the Sonoma County Library is working with Sonoma County Parks to support this year’s Trails Challenge, which is a summer-long program encouraging people to get out into their regional parks and enjoy the outdoors. The Trails Challenge is an invitation to explore Sonoma County's parks and do something good for your body and mind. 2017 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Sonoma County Regional Parks system, so there are other fun challenges like an all-park challenge and a 50-Mile Challenge for Regional Parks' 50th!                              .

When you finish five hikes, submit a brief online trails log, and you'll get a free Trails Challenge gift. Share your Trails Challenge photos on social media with #TrailsChallenge #SonomaCountyParks to be eligible for monthly giveaways of park memberships and REI trail gear! 

But that's not all! 

For families with children age 0-12 who complete the Trails Challenge, the Library is offering a prize—a free paperback book-- available for pickup at any of our full-service branches. There are five different titles for children to choose from, including fiction, nonfiction, and bilingual. These books are funded by a mini-grant from the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, supplemented by a grant from the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

So what are you waiting for? 

Get out into our beautiful regional parks, and then get in to our libraries!

The Trails Challenge program runs from June through September 2017.

PAL Returns to Sebastopol This Summer

The Play and Learn Island™ is coming back to Sebastopol!

The Play and Learn Island™ (PAL) just finished a 2-month stay at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library and is now on its way to Sebastopol for the months of June and July 2017. 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 Sebastopol Regional Library through July, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

Play and Learn in Rohnert Park

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 Cloverdale Library and is now on its way south to Rohnert Park, for the months of April and May 2017. 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 Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library through May, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

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Kids "Read Without Walls" for Children's Book Week in May

This May marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

During Children’s Book Week this year (and on through the entire month of May), Sonoma County Library is challenging every kid — every reader, really — to explore the world through books through the “Reading Without Walls” reading challenge. This challenge was put forth by Gene Luen Yang, who is an award-winning author and artist, as well as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The goal of this reading challenge is to get kids to expand out of their reading comfort zones by reading books that will expand their knowledge and world.

So, stop in to any Sonoma County Library branch location during Children’s Book Week to pick up your reading checklist for the READING WITHOUT WALLS challenge; complete and return it by the end of the month to receive a prize!

Also, when you finish the challenge, take a photo of you and the book (or just the book if you’re shy) and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. You’ll inspire others to do the same!



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Money Smart Week at the Library

This week, and on into May, Sonoma County Library will host events and classes as part of a nationwide effort to promote financial literacy.

Money Smart Week is an initiative to help consumers manage their finances better. The program started in Chicago in 2002. It has expanded beyond just Chicago and more than 900 libraries across the United States participate in Money Smart Week. Money Smart Week helps consumers of all demographics and income levels better manage their personal finances. The Library is partnering with North Bay Credit Union and Redwood Credit Union to provide educational events that cover a variety of money-management topics.

Money Smart programs that the Library will offer include:

For Children:

Money Smart Art Market

  • Petaluma                   Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 pm (for ages 6-12)
  • Rincon Valley            Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30 am (for ages 3-6)

Money Smart Kids Workshop

(for ages 6-12, in partnership with North Bay Credit Union)

  • Healdsburg               Tuesday, April 25 at 4:00 pm
  • Rohnert Park            Thursday, April 27 at 4:00 pm

For Adults:

Personal finance: How to manage personal credit, debt and budgeting for financial health

(in partnership with Redwood Credit Union)

  • Rincon Valley            Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm
  • Central Santa Rosa   Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 pm

 

Library Hours Only the Beginning of Measure Y Changes

The Library’s first phase of restoring library hours is just the beginning of Measure Y changes at Sonoma County Library!

In the next few months, you will also begin to see increases in the books budget (more books), more classes and events being offered for children and adults, improved technology, and ongoing renovations to our library facilities.

Thank you to the voters in Sonoma County for the passage of Measure Y!

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    Children explored the insides of computers at a recent Take-Apart Day at the Windsor Library.

STEAM Events Spark Passion for Sciences

STEAM = Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Math!

When kids and teens explore, create and experiment in an informal learning environment like the library, they learn a lot--and have fun at the same time.
We've assembled a variety of free STEAM-related classes and workshops that will inspire and motivate kids and teens with fun, hands-on learning activities, to bring to all branches of the Sonoma County Library.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency among youth has been an educational goal in schools since the mid-’80s, when a series of reports indicated that many American children weren’t meeting competencies in these areas. The addition of “Arts” to STEM in the last few years to create “STEAM”, is indicative of a commitment to bring creative, open-ended thinking and innovative problem-solving into STEM activities.

Spend a day with us at the Library being an artist, explorer or researcher. The kids of today are the innovators of tomorrow. Let's spark their passion and creativity for the sciences now!

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    Spring Break 2017

Spring Break at the Library 2017

Looking for something to do with kids over Spring Break? The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the spring school vacation week.

Beginning Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 25, the Library will offer free programs ranging from storytimes and Read to a Dog events, to Magical Moonshine Theatre puppet shows, 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 https://sonomalibrary.org/events, or Ask A Librarian.

FREE SAT Math Refresher Classes (for High School Juniors) (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

  • Sebastopol     Tue. Mar. 21, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley  Wed. Mar. 22, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Sonoma Valley   Thu. Mar. 23, 3:30-5:30 pm

ZUMBA FOR KIDS (ages 5 & up)

  • Sebastopol      Fri. Mar. 17, 4:00 pm
  • Cloverdale       Tue. Mar. 21, 1:00 pm
  • Windsor           Wed. Mar. 22, 3:30 pm
  • Guerneville      Fri. Mar. 24, 11:00 am

The HANGOUT café

  • Windsor           Sat. Mar. 18, 2:00 pm (ages 9 & up)  (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

PAPER AIRPLANES!

  • Petaluma         Tue. Mar. 21, 11:00 am

SPRING BREAK CINEMA

  • Central            Fri. Mar. 17, 4:00–5:45 pm
  • Healdsburg      Tue. Mar. 21, 3:00 pm
  • Rohnert Park  Wed. Mar. 22, 6:00 pm (ages 6 & up)

MAKER STUDIO: STEAM CLASSES

  • Take-Apart Day          Rohnert Park  Tue. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Take-Apart Day          Windsor           Tue. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Doodle Bots                Rincon Valley  Wed. Mar. 22, 3:30 pm
  • Take-Apart Day          Guerneville      Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am
  • Doodle Bots                Healdsburg      Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Doodle Bots                Petaluma         Fri. Mar. 24, 3:30 pm

MAGICAL MOONSHINE THEATRE

  • CHANTICLEER THE ROOSTER:  Northwest        Wed. Mar. 22, 11:00 am
  • GOLDEN ARMADILLO:  Rohnert Park  Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am

LEGO STOP-MOTION WORKSHOP

  • Rincon Valley  Fri. Mar. 24, 10:00 am (ages 8-12) (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

4-H ART WORKSHOP

  • Windsor           Fri. Mar. 24, 4:00 pm (grades K-3)

A WALK IN THE PARK: STORYWALK AT CRANE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

  • Crane Creek Regional Park (Rohnert Park)  Sat. Mar. 25, 10:00-11:30 am

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