Kids News

A Visit with Children's Author/Illustrator Todd Parr!

Todd Parr's visit to the Healdsburg Library originally planned for a date in March has been RESCHEDULED to April 13 at 4pm.  Hurray!


We’re thrilled to mention another upcoming event that children and parents will particularly enjoy. Bestselling and beloved children’s author/illustrator Todd Parr will come to the Healdsburg Library on -- April 13 at 4pm. This event is great for families with children, ages 5-8, or anyone else who loves the work of Todd Parr.

So what happens at an author visit? 

Well, Todd Parr loves interacting with kids! During his presentation, Parr talks about being an author/illustrator, reads from four to five of his books (he has written more than 40), plays a game, does original sketches on an easel and conducts a Q&A with the kids and adults. At the end of his session in the auditorium, Parr will be available to sign copies of his books, which will be offered for sale courtesy of Copperfield's Books. Also, this will be an opportunity for children to learn about helping out — please bring in a new stuffed animal or book to donate. Your donation will be given to children living in shelters in Sonoma County.

Who is Todd Parr, Anyway?

Todd Parr is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He grew up in a small Wyoming town. Art was a passion of his in high school. Working at many other things in life, he knew that art was what he wanted to do. He entered into children’s publishing in 1998, and was able to take the messages of his art and “put them in a simple reading about acceptance, differences and empowerment for kids to feel better about themselves.” His books have been published in 14 languages and have won several awards, plus been featured on the “Rosie O’Donnell Show”. He has partnered with Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and Target to promote reading.  In 2015 Parr traveled to Singapore, and visited the Singapore American School—the largest one-campus international school in the world. In April he traveled to Canada on behalf of Read Aloud 2015. His children’s preschool show, “ToddWorld”, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award. “ToddWorld” is now airing in almost every country around the world. He lives in Berkeley, California.

This event is free and open to the public. The Visit with Todd Parr is funded by the Friends of the Healdsburg Library.


Library Collaborates with 4-H on Kids' Art & STEM Classes

In March and April, the Library is collaborating with the local 4-H Youth Development Program to present classes on arts, crafts, and STEM topics to children. 4-H is a youth development organization for ages 5-19 that promotes hands-on, experiential learning, and as such, it is a natural partner with the Library's mission and strategic plan initiatives around education.

The upcoming classes will be held at two library locations -- in Rincon Valley and Windsor -- and will focus on topics including Art Exploration, Cartooning, and Roller Coaster Science. Participation is free and open to all in the community.

4-H at the Library: After-School Crafts

The 4-H Youth Development Program presents 6 weeks of art adventures beginning in March. Arts and crafts classes are suited to the 5-9 year old and will be taught by Judy Ludovise, Sonoma County 4-H Program Representative.

    • Thursdays, March 2-April 6, 2017
    • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Rincon Valley | Forum Room, Rincon Valley Library

4-H at the Library: Art Workshop for Kids (Grades K - 3rd)

4-H will present a workshop on Art for children grades K through 3rd. Learn about cartooning and coloring in the workshop. For more information please contact the Windsor Library at 838-1020.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Windsor | Forum Room, Windsor Regional Library

4-H at the Library: Roller Coaster Science

This special event is for children grades K through 3rd. Come to the library and learn about the science of Roller Coasters and make a marble roller coaster! This is a free event presented by the 4-H Club.

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Windsor | Forum Room, Windsor Regional Library

The California 4-H program is a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide network of the University of California.

Central Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Central Santa Rosa Library building will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in February. The Sonoma County Library is excited to share events happening throughout the month to celebrate this historic building as an integral part of Santa Rosa.

The Central Branch of the Sonoma County Library was the fourteenth public library established in California, and has been providing library services to the citizens of Santa Rosa since 1859. The Santa Rosa Carnegie Library was built in 1904. The stone clad structure was damaged in the 1906 earthquake, but repairs were made and the building stood at the corner of Fourth and E Streets until 1960 when it was closed. Shortly thereafter, the Carnegie building was torn down and replaced by a new building, which was designed to serve as the center of operations and administration for the new city-county library system. Francis Joseph McCarthy was the building architect for what was considered a model of modernity at the time. The new building included vertical and horizontal conveyors to mechanize book-handling and teletype and fax transmission connection to other Bay Area libraries. Unique architectural features include sculptured redwood fences created by Stefan A. Novak, garden walls composed of stone from the 1904 Carnegie building and stained glass clerestory windows designed by artist Donald V. Drury. The building was dedicated on February 19, 1967.

We invite all members of our community to join us for Central Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, February 26th from 2-4pm in the Library’s Forum Room. Come celebrate this historic building and the impact the Library has made on the residents of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County community. Listen to local leaders celebrate this significant institution, enjoy light refreshments, walk down memory lane with us, and spend some time with local friend Snoopy!

In addition to the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Library will host two talks to commemorate Central Santa Rosa Library’s rich history:

  • Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00pm – Evolution of the Central Library, A Long and Winding Road: from the Carnegie Foundation to Urban Renewal Project presented by Katherine J. Rinehart, historian and manager of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00pm – The Central Library: Modernists Architecture in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Join architectural photographer Darren Bradley as he gives a presentation on the Central Library and the Francis Joseph McCarthy, the building’s architect.

Also, please drop-in at the Central Library’s Children’s Area anytime during the week of February 21st – 25th for a variety of activities celebrating Central Library’s 50th Anniversary.

All events are free and open to the public.

Are You Ready for LumaCon?

Are you ready for LumaCon?

  • Do you like Cosplay, Larping, and Fandoms? 
  • Do you write or draw, and like to share your work with your peers and your community?
  • Are you crafty and like to make things like the teens featured in this Press Democrat article?
  • Do you want to meet and talk to professional artists, illustrators, and other supporters of the comic arts?
  • Do you play MTG, or have you wondered about role playing and card games?

Well, you are in luck! 

Coming this Saturday is the third annual LumaCon-- the comic convention for youth, co-sponsored by the Petaluma branch of the Sonoma County Library and the libraries of Petaluma High School and Casa Grande High School.  Whether you come in costume or not, be prepared to be surrounded by enthusiasts of comic, art, and geek culture of all types and of all ages.

LumaCon is a joint venture of the Sonoma County Library, the Petaluma High School Library, and the Casa Grande High School Library, and it is held this year from 10am-4pm at Lucchesi Center in Petaluma on Saturday, January 28.


Caldecott Award Winners 2017

Well Sonoma County, we voted for our favorite picture books in our Mock Caldecott, but on Monday, January 23 the American Library Association (ALA) announced the official award winners at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.         

The winners are:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:


Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaca Steptoe

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Take a look at the Sonoma County Mock Caldecott winners.   



For more information and to find out about all the awards given, visit the American Library Association site.

PAL Heads North to Cloverdale

The Play and Learn Island™ is once again on the move! 

The Play and Learn Island™ (PAL) just finished a 3-month stay at the Windsor Library and is now on its way north, to Cloverdale, for the months of February and March 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 Cloverdale Regional Library through March, 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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Mock Caldecott 2017 Results

The votes are in! Sonoma County has chosen the best 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.

For the second year in a row you, Sonoma County picture book lovers, let us know which books you thought would win by voting in our Mock Caldecott.

The children's librarians of Sonoma County Library read hundreds of picture books published in 2016, narrowed them down to 10 (not an easy task!), then left it up to you to choose our winner by voting for your favorites either online or at the library. 

Drum roll please . . . The Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...

    The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and illustrated by Eric Fan 

Check back on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to see what books win the official contest!

The numbers were close, but the following titles are our three Honor Books for the year.  


by F. Campoy & T. Howell   illus. by R.Lopez

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Central Library Hosts Youth Art Show

Sonoma County Library is hosting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma County’s National Fine Arts Exhibit at the Central Santa Rosa Library until January 12th.

“We love seeing local youth art beautifying the shelves of our Central Library,” said Angelina Cacioppo, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Sonoma County Library. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County does such tremendous work with the youth of Sonoma County, we’re proud to display the artwork these kids have worked so diligently on.”

Each year the Boys & Girls Clubs of America reaches out to 4,000 Clubs across the country and conduct a search to identify talented, young artists. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County serves over 6,000 young people at 32 Club locations across Sonoma County. The National Fine Arts Exhibit will display works art in 9 media categories including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, watercolor, pastel, oil & acrylic painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, and group projects. Artwork for each media category is divided into age groups: 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, & 16-18.

On January 10th at 1:00pm at the Central Library, four local judges will evaluate each art category and age group and will select winners. This year’s judges are Brett Lear (Director of the Sonoma County Library), Kristen Madsen (Executive Director of Creative Sonoma), Pam Chanter (Vice President of Vantreo Insurance), and Briana Gonzalez (Community Coordinator for the Redwood Credit Union). 

Winners will continue to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit in the organization’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for judging at the national level besides Boys & Girls Club Members from around the country. Winning artists will receive engraved plaques and congratulations from Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s President Jim Clark.

We are thrilled to be able to host this exhibit, and grateful to the community partnerships that made it happen.  Stop by the Central Santa Rosa Library at 211 E Street in Santa Rosa to see the wonderful artwork of our Sonoma County children! The artwork will be displayed in the teen section until January 12th.


LumaCon! Returns for Third Year

The Third Annual LumaCon! Comic Convention for Youth takes place Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Petaluma Community Center and Lucchesi Park. Over 3,000 people attended last year’s event celebrating creativity and literacy, and this year’s organizers are ready for another big crowd. LumaCon! is a collaborative project created by the librarians of the Sonoma County Library’s Petaluma Regional Library, the Petaluma High School Library, and the Casa Grande High School Library. Admission is free.

The LumaCon! 2017 Artists’ Alley will once again offer an opportunity to meet well-known artists, illustrators and writers of comic books and graphic novels, and give local youth artists the chance to display and sell their artwork alongside established artists. Alexis E. Fajardo ("Kid Beowulf"), Svetlana Chmakova ("Dramacon"), Brian Fies (“Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?”), Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”), and many others will share their work and their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications. Children’s crafts, Live Action Role Play (LARP), a “Magic the Gathering” tournament, and a cosplay (costume) competition for teens are featured activities. Exhibitors include the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion, Golden Gate Garrison.

The LumaCon! Fiction Short Story contest for authors 18 years and under is open now! Original fiction and fan-fiction stories can be submitted at Prizes will be awarded the day of LumaCon! in two categories: authors 13 years old and younger, and authors 14-18 years. The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2017.

High school clubs, teen artists, and teen volunteers share their expertise, time, and creativity to run food sales, art, and assist with younger LumaCon! participants. Teens through the public library’s Teen Advisory Council are heavily involved in planning and preparing for the fandom and cosplay events. “I have been to many comic conventions before and am super excited to work on one myself!” says Jackie Friedland, a Casa Grande High School senior. 


For more information contact Petaluma Regional Library Teen Librarian Diana Spaulding at 707-763-9801 ext. 0713 or  Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,



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12 Days of Winter Break

Home for the holidays? Traveling to see friends and family? Not sure how to fill your time? The Sonoma County Library’s 12 Days of Winter Break is here to guide you through your winter days at home or away.

Day 1

On the first day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a cookbook to help feed my family. The Library has thousands of cookbooks to check out and plan delicious meals the whole family will love. Plan a meal following a special diet, learn a new cultural cuisine, or learn new twists on your favorite, go-to recipes. See available cookbooks on the Library’s website or visit your local branch today.

Day 2

On the second day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a free movie to watch with my family! Watch a movie for free using the streaming service Hoopla Digital. Library cardholders can also borrow audiobooks, movies, music, TV shows, and more and watch or listen instantly! Check it out today!

Day 3

On the third day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an e-book to read while traveling. Using your library card, you can download an e-book for free and directly to your e-reader or mobile device. Check out an e-book today:

Day 4

On the fourth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help researching my family. Getting nostalgic after visiting loved ones this winter? Visit the History & Genealogy Library to trace your roots and learn about your ancestors! Use resources only found within the Library including and historical records and periodicals to support your research.

Day 5

On the fifth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an audiobook to listen to! Tired of listening to holiday music? Traveling this winter? Download and borrow an audiobook for free using OverDrive or Hoopla Digital and listen directly from your mobile device:

Day 6

On the sixth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an engaging, fun Storytime for the kids! The Library offers a range of different story times across the county for children newborn to 5 years old. Get the wiggles out, learn new stories, read together as a family, or attend a bilingual story time at a local branch near you!

Day 7

On the seventh day of winter break, my Library gave to me… support with a healthy New Year’s resolution!  Join the Library’s Healthy Living at your Library Club. This series offers free educational classes and events focusing on nutrition and physical fitness. Attend 3 healthy living classes, check out a health book or fitness DVD, and complete a physical fitness challenge by May 31st, 2017 to be entered in the Healthy Living prize drawing. Find out more information here:

Day 8

On the eighth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a free subscription to my favorite magazine! Download and read your favorite magazine using the Library’s new service, Zinio for Libraries. Choose from over 160 magazines and read instantly on any device using your library card.  Download a magazine today:

Day 9

On the ninth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… advice on how to spend my money! Use the Library resources to set a personal budget including checking out new books on personal finance:

-       Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated, by Helaine Olen & Harold Pollack

-       Personal Finance For Dummies, by Eric Tyson, MBA

-       What your financial advisor isn’t telling you: the 10 essential truths you need to know about your money, by Lisa Davidson.

Visit your community library to use Morningstar Investment Research Center to learn about and track your stocks and fund investments. Find more information here:

Day 10

On the tenth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help studying for SATs. Planning for college? Attend a free SAT intensive prep class at one of the Library’s local branches. These 5-hour classes include study and review of problematic areas of all four sections of the new SAT. Find a workshop near you:

Day 11

On the eleventh day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a book group to join! Read a new book and discuss with others at your local library branch. Find the right book club to fit your reading taste and join today! Search branches and book groups here:

Day 12

On the twelfth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help learning a new language using Mango Languages! With just your library card, you can have access to Mango Language that offers over 60 languages to learn. Find a language you’d like to learn today: