Kids News

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.  

LearningExpress comes to Sonoma County Library!

We're so excited to announce the launch of LearningExpress Library, a new online resource that offers educational support for users of all ages!

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. LearningExpress is a targeted learning center providing users of all ages with easy-to-use, intuitive online navigation to interactive tutorials, test preparation, and eBooks to support learning.

The very first time you use LearningExpress Library, you will have to "Register" with your Library Card Number, but then you will have access to all courses, tests, and resources in LearningExpress Library.

We are thrilled to add LearningExpress to Sonoma County Library's collection of online resources made available to our customers. Log in, play around, and let us know how you like this new resource brought to you by Measure Y funding!

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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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