Kids News

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!

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Free Online Tutoring Now Available to Sonoma County Library Cardholders

Sonoma County Library is pleased to provide card holders with free access to live online one-to-one tutor support!

The online tutor support from Tutor.Com will support and enhance services the Library offers, through library reference, AskUs online reference, and on-ground volunteer-led Homework Help, in order to help our patrons to improve academic performance and increase the level of college and career-readiness, and to assist job seekers enter or re-enter the workforce.

Through Tutor.Com, students can access:

  • Live one-to-one help sessions (available 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunday to Saturday).  
  • SkillsCenter Resource Library (available 24/7) with access to thousands of fully-vetted online resources (websites, instructional videos, learning games, customizable flash cards, practice tests, and more) with educational information that both the student and tutor can use to complement a lesson.
  • 24-Hour Drop-Off Essay and Resume review.
  • 24-Hour Drop-Off Math review.
  • Career Center for live one-to-one sessions for job seekers to work with career coaches (available 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunday to Saturday).

Spanish Tutors:  Tutor.Com also offers Spanish-speaking support for students seeking live help for most math, science and social studies subjects. A single click toggles the entry page interface and pre- session survey between English and Spanish for Spanish-speakers. Tutor.Com takes the extra step to translate pre- session submission form into Spanish for those selecting this language option. Subjects, grade levels and form instructions are all translated for an easy connection to bilingual, subject-matter expert tutors.

Click here for more information, or get a tour of Then log in with your Sonoma County Library card number and PIN for a personalized experience and complete safety for the student.

Try this fabulous online tutoring service today -- it's a great opportunity to get help with your homework and help you succeed in school!

Tutor.Com is another new service brought to you thanks to our community's voter support for Measure Y.  

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.  

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!