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  • Cloverdale reopens

    Cloverdale reopens

Cloverdale Reopens

Just in time for the holiday season, the Cloverdale community will receive a special gift on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The Sonoma County Library invites the community to join us for the reopening celebration at the Cloverdale Regional Library!

A ribbon cutting ceremony with community leaders and library officials will kick off the reopening celebration. Refreshments and music will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The residents of Cloverdale have waited patiently, and the wait is finally over,” said the new Cloverdale Branch Manager Stephanie Hope-Cochran. “Patrons will take great pride as they re-enter their treasured community jewel filled with a vibrant new look and amenities such as a single service desk and an express check-out kiosk.”

The facility closed in September for the “refresh” project but will resume regular operations on December 20 at 10:00 a.m. The 7,200 sq. ft. building interior flaunts a fresh coat of paint, and the beautiful space features newly installed carpeting, furnishings, new layout, technology additions and, seismic bracing. Cloverdale Regional Library also received an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) upgrade in the parking lot.

Mock Caldecott 2017

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.

Below, you will see the 10 books we think are worth considering.  These books, selected by Sonoma County Library staff, all fit the criteria of books to be consideredfor the Caldecott Medal. You can find copies of these books at your local branch for review. 

Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  Voting will be open from December 13 through January 10.     

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online Jan. 24!

 

Digital Magazines Made Available to Sonoma County Library Cardholders

Effective December 6, 2016, Sonoma County Library is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries for its cardholders.  Zinio for Libraries provides a quick and easy way for users to read digital copies of over 160 magazines on any device with a valid library card.

Set up your Zinio for Libraries account at:    https://www.rbdigital.com/northnetca/service/zinio

"We're excited to offer this innovative, convenient service," stated eResources & Discovery Specialist Rauno Saarinen.  "The passage of Measure Y has made Zinio possible. We look forward to growing our collection of digital services even more.  With Zinio, you can access over 160 magazines that can be easily viewed on any internet-enabled device inside or outside the library," notes Saarinen.

Zinio operates on a number of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle Apps. With an array of magazine offerings, cardholders can browse through titles in a number of genres including magazines for men, women, news-based, science & technology, entertainment, sports, travel, art & photography, to name a few.

Don’t have a library card yet? Library cards may be obtained by visiting any one of Sonoma County Library’s 15 branches with a current identification or you can obtain an eCard online to immediately start using our online resources, like Zinio. 

For download links and more information on Zinio.

Celebrate 20 Years at Windsor with the PAL

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 on its way to the Windsor Regional Library, just in time to help celebrate Windsor's 20th anniversary!  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 Regional Library for November and December 2016, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

The PAL Comes to Northwest!

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 on its way across town to the Northwest Regional Library, by the 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 Regional Library for September and October 2016, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

Visit the PAL in Rincon Valley

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 Healdsburg Library and is now on its way to Rincon Valley, for the months of July and August 2016. 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 Regional Library through August, 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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Caldecott Medal 2016

Well, Sonoma County, our Mock Caldecott is over and we didn't get our picks this year; however, there is still next year! 

Here are the official winners of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

            

                Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS; Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

 

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Mock Caldecott Winners!

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.

You let us know which books you thought would win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  

Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson!  Way to go Kadir!

Our three honor books, in order of popularity:

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Julia Sarcone-Roach

Toys Meet Snow

Emily Jenkins

ill. by Paul O. Zelinsky

 

 

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Sally M. Walker

ill. by Jonathan D. Voss

 










Check back to find out the official winners of the 2016 Caldecott Medal.

Announced by the American Library Association on Jan. 11th.

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    The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Mock Caldecott 2016

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.

Below, you will see the 10 books we think are worth considering.  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. 

Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  Voting will be open from December 15 through January 7.

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online Jan. 8th!

Official winners announced Jan. 11th!

Water is Water 

Miranda Paul

ill. by Jason Chin

Toys Meet Snow

Emily Jenkins

ill. by Paul O. Zelinsky

Seaver the Weaver

Paul Czajak

ill. by The Brothers Hilts

In a Village by the Sea

Muon Van

ill. by  April Chu

Winnie

Sarah M. Walker 

ill. by Jonathan D. Voss

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Julia Sarcone-Roach 

 

Float

Daniel Miyares

 

Drum Dream Girl

Margarita Engle

ill. by Rafael Lopez

If You Plant a Seed

Kadir Nelson

 

The Night World

Mordicai Gerstein

 

 

 

 

  • Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners

Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners!

The votes are in!

The Newbery Medal, awarded annually by the the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, goes to…

The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander

 Newbery Honor Books:

El Deafo, written by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming, by  Jacqueline Woodson

 The Caldecott Medal, awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children goes to…

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat!

 Caldecott Honor Books:

Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock

Sam & Dave Dig a Holeillustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

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