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  • 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

  • New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

    New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

Library Launches New Version of Mobile App

On December 22, 2017, Sonoma County Library launched the next generation of our Library App.  Built by Solus UK Ltd in tight coordination and integration with our library systems provider, Sirsi-Dynix, we are excited to give our patrons speedier and more detailed, direct access to our systems and services.

The Sonoma County Library app from Solus/Sirsi-Dynix offers our mobile users (staff and patrons) the ability to:

  • Search for library materials using familiar search designations, filters and fields
  • Locate their Nearest Library branch address, hours and phone number - with corresponding links to GPS for directions or easy calling on their mobile phones
  • Manage Library Account Checkouts, Holds, Devices, Display Preferences, Language Preference (English or Spanish)
  • View upcoming events at the patron’s branch or across the library system
  • Scan an ISBN Barcode to see if a book is available at the library
  • Directly access eResources like Discover and Go, Lynda.com, Mango Languages and ProQuest Newspapers
  • Search specifically for eBooks
  • Access the library’s social media pages
  • Link directly to Ask Us for any questions a patron may have

The new app is now available for download from the apple store and the android store.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonoma-county-libraries/id1256222234?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.sol.SonomaCountyLibraries

  • list of winter break events at the library

Winter Break Activities at the Library

The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the winter school break.

Beginning Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 8, the Library is offering free programs ranging from winter crafts, Lego Clubs and Read to a Dog events, to Magician Mike Della Penna, Circus of Smiles, STEAM programs, kids' yoga and zumba, crafts, coding, makerspaces, learning to do magic tricks, musical Jam Sessions, Virtual Reality, chess games, family movies, and more!

All events are free.

For more information, check the library’s online calendar at https://sonomalibrary.org/events, or Ask A Librarian.

Play and Learn at the Northwest 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 Rincon Valley Library, and is now making its home for the next two months in the Northwest Library, by Coddingtown Mall. 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 Northwest Library for December and January 2018, until we close down for our renovation. Check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

  • axis 360 logo

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 https://find.sonomalibrary.org/ 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: http://sonoma.axis360.baker-taylor.com/AppZone/ReaderList. You can also browse, checkout, place holds, and listen online:http://sonoma.axis360.baker-taylor.com/

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!

 

  • Food for Fines

    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 jduran@sonoma.lib.ca.us.  Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

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 www.refb.org 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 (http://sclib.us/4e).

“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 klavanish@sonoma.lib.ca.us. Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

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