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Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Steps For Curbside Pickup

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Sonoma County Library is committed to protecting our community members and employees. Under the “Stay Well Sonoma County” health order, we follow the County Health Officer’s recommendation to provide services via curbside pickup and remote/virtual activities.

  • Beginning April 26, the Sonoma County Library offers in-person Express Services six days a week (plus Sundays at Central Library in Santa Rosa). Express Services will allow those who have limited access to our online library, or who miss their in-person library experience, to join us in reopening gradually and safely. Eleven regional libraries in the county will open twice a day, for one-hour sessions, at less-than-normal capacity. Reservations are encouraged and are available here. Services include browsing and borrowing books, movies and more; use of public computers, printers and copiers; free WiFi; and staff assistance with library cards, reference and technology.
  • Curbside pickup is available at all library branches, Monday–Saturday. Visit our locations page for open hours and contact information. Curbside requests can be placed in the online catalog (and by phone) and delivered to your local library. You can also request tax forms – call your library for more information!
  • Returns are accepted during curbside service hours or until the book drop is full. Please do not leave items if the book drop is locked or full. Because we quarantine returned materials, your items may not be “checked in” for up to a week or more. We do not charge fines for overdue materials.
  • At this time, the library cannot accept book/media donations.
  • Librarians are available to answer questions, help with digital resources and eBooks, update library accounts and explain services. Contact us by webform, email, phone, or text 707-632-4591.
  • Looking for your next book? Request reading recommendations.
  • Enjoy virtual programs like storytime, crafts, book clubs, and other online workshops, sign up for Summer Reading or try a creative challenge.
  • Your 24/7 online library never closes! Check out films, TV shows, eBooks, databases, magazines, classes and much more, and try these expanded offers!
  • Tell your story! Sonoma Responds: A Community Memory Archive is the Library's collective effort to document, preserve, and share our experiences, perspectives, and memories during the ongoing COVID pandemic.
  • New to Sonoma County Library? Get a free library eCard online to use our resources right away.
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Como recoger libros

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La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma se compremete a proteger a nuestra comunidad y empleados. Bajo la orden de salud “Manténgase saludable Condado de Sonoma" observamos la recomendación de la Oficial de Salud del Condado de Sonoma, de ofrecer servicios a través de la recogida en la acera y actividades remotas / virtuales.

  • A partir del 26 de abril, la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma ofrece Servicios Express en persona seis días a la semana (además de los domingos en la Biblioteca Central de Santa Rosa). Servicios Express permitirá que nos acompañen en una reapertura gradual y segura aquellos que tienen acceso limitado a nuestra biblioteca en línea o los que extrañan su experiencia en la biblioteca en persona. Once bibliotecas regionales en el condado abrirán dos veces al día, para sesiones de una hora, a capacidad menos a la normal. Se recomienda hacer reservaciones y están disponibles aquí aquí. Los servicios incluyen la búsqueda y el préstamo de libros, películas y más; uso de computadoras públicas, impresoras y copiadoras; WiFi gratuita; y asistencia del personal con tarjetas de biblioteca, referencia y tecnología.
  • El servicio de recoger desde la acera está disponible en todas las sucursales de la biblioteca, de lunes a sábado. Visite nuestra página de “Hours & Locations” para obtener información sobre horarios, direcciones y contactos. Puede pedir materiales del catálogo en línea (o por teléfono) y recoger en su biblioteca preferida. También puede solicitar formularios de impuestos. ¡Llame a su biblioteca para obtener más información!
  • Las devoluciones se aceptan SOLO durante las horas de la recogida desde la acera, o hasta que el buzón esté lleno. Por favor no deje materiales si el buzón está lleno o cerrado. Los materiales serán puestos en cuarentena y no serán registrados de inmediato, hasta una semana o más. Hemos eliminado las multas por los prestamos vencidos.
  • Actualmente no aceptamos donaciones de libros u otros materiales.
  • Los bibliotecarios están disponibles de lunes a sábado para responder a preguntas, ayudar con recursos digitales y libros electrónicos, actualizar cuentas de la biblioteca y explicar servicios: formulario web, correo electrónico, teléfono, o mensaje de texto 707-632-4591.
  • En busca de su próximo libro? Solicitar recomendaciones de lectura.
  • Disfrute de programas virtuales como hora de cuentos, programas de manualidades, clubes de lectura y otros talleres en línea, inscríbase en Lectura de Verano o pruebe una reto creativo.
  • ¡Su biblioteca en línea nunca está cerrada! Disfrute de películas y programas de televisión, libros electrónicos, recursos de aprendizaje, periódicos y revistas, cursos en línea y mucho más con servicios nuevos o ampliados.
  • ¡Cuenta tu historia! Sonoma Responds: Un Archivo de Memoria Comunitaria es un esfuerzo colectivo para documentar, preservar y compartir nuestras experiencias, perspectivas y recuerdos durante la pandemia de COVID.
  • ¿Nuevo en la biblioteca del condado de Sonoma? Obtenga una tarjeta electrónica en línea para usar los recursos de inmediato.¡Es gratis!
  • Manténgase actualizado sobre la biblioteca en nuestro sitio web, síganos en las redes sociales @sonomalibrary y suscríbase a nuestro boletín.

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All Sonoma County Library facilities are Closed

Effective 6 pm Saturday, March 14, 2020, all Sonoma County Library facilities are closed to the public.

This decision was not made lightly. It comes after a week of increasingly strict notices and advisories. We will continue to follow the recommendations of county and state officials, and will reopen as soon as we are told that it is safe to do so.

Book drops will be closed and locked. You are encouraged to hold onto and enjoy loaned items – due dates will be extended on all materials, including technology such as hotspots and Chromebooks. Our digital resources are available 24/7, as always.

I am confident that we will manage this crisis together, and I take comfort from your support for our libraries in this uncertain time.

Ann Hammond, Library Director

 

What's the Story? - Nov. 3 to May 4

“What’s the Story?”
is a KRSH Radio podcast

Hosted by Joy Lanzendorfer and
co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Library

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Podcasts


Selection for May 4

Right Back Where We Started From

Right Back Where We Started From
by Joy Lanzendorfer

A sweeping, multigenerational work of fiction that explores the lust for ambition that entered into the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation’s ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness.

(Print book)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The Far River

The Far River
by Barbara Wood

For as long as anyone could remember, the Schallers and the Newmans had been enemies. When the skeletal remains of a victim of foul play are discovered at the Schaller estate, a decades-old feud between the rival winemaking families is reignited and dark secrets begin to see the light of day.

(Print book, eBook)

Frontier Grit

Frontier Grit
The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

by Marianne Monson

The stories of 12 women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Muñecas chinas

Muñecas chinas
por Lisa See

Es 1938 en San Francisco: se prepara una feria mundial en Treasure Island, una guerra se está gestando en el extranjero, y la ciudad está llena de posibilidades. Grace, Helen, y Ruby, tres mujeres jóvenes de muy diferentes orígenes, se conocen por casualidad en el exclusivo club nocturno Ciudad Prohibida.

(Print book, eBook)

Daughter of Moloka’i

Daughter of Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert

Rachel Kalama was quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement and forced to give up her daughter, who is adopted by a Japanese couple and raised on a farm in California. After World War II, the daughter receives a letter from Rachel. As the two meet and come to love one another, she discovers a past she knew nothing about.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farmworkers on the eve of the Great Depression.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Between Before & After

Between Before & After
by Maureen McQuerry

Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother Elaine’s growing depression. As Molly digs into her mother’s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother’s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating to 1918 New York – a secret that could save or destroy their future.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark
A Cultural History of the Great Depression

by Morris Dickstein

Shows how our worst economic crisis in the 1930s eroded American individualism and punctured the American dream, but produced some of the greatest writing, photography, and mass entertainment ever seen in this country.

(Print book, book on CD)

La búsqueda de un sueño

La búsqueda de un sueño
una autobiografía

por Reyna Grande

Como Right Back Where We Started From, esta es una historia de la determinación de una mujer de seguir sus sueños, en una California que promete oportunidades y presenta obstáculos en igual medida.

(Print book)


Selection for April 27

Empire of Pain

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
by Patrick Radden Keefe

A portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.

(Print book, large print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

Long Bright River

Long Bright River
by Liz Moore

A suspense novel that also looks at the anatomy of a Philadelphia family rocked by the opioid crisis and the relationship between two sisters – one, suffering from addiction, who has suddenly gone missing amid a series of mysterious murders; the other a police officer who patrols the neighborhood from which she disappeared.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Dopesick

Dopesick
Dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America

by Beth Macy

Chronicles America’s more than 20-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Cherry

Cherry
by Nico Walker

Rashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout turned soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

El traidor

El traidor
el diario secreto del hijo del Mayo

por Anabel Hernández

La autora se adentra en el Cártel de Sinaloa a través del relato de Vicentillo, quien exhibe de manera descarnada cómo funciona el sistema interno que da vida a la organización criminal, la violencia, las mil formas de traficar droga y la complicidad entre políticos, empresarios y fuerzas del orden. Pero sobre todo devela el perfil de quien durante el último medio siglo ha sido el rey del narcotráfico. Quien nunca ha pisado la cárcel y quien desde su trono ha visto caer a amigos, enemigos, socios, competidores, familiares, empleados del gobierno y hasta sus propios hijos, sin que eso haga mella en su poder, el padre de Vicentillo: Ismael el Mayo Zambada.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic
From Vicodin to Heroin

by Eric Braun

Learn how the nation is trying to deal with the opioid crisis and discover practical tips on how to help someone suffering from an addiction.

(Print book, eBook)

Dig

Dig
by A.S. King

Only a generation removed from simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. Now the five teenagers are lost in a tangled maze of family secrets. One of the teens sells pot; one has cancer; all are estranged from the family. As they come together for Easter dinner, will they be able to find their ways back to each other?

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Bottle of Lies

Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

by Katherine Eban

Drawing on exclusive accounts from whistleblowers and regulators, as well as thousands of pages of confidential FDA documents, Eban reveals an industry where fraud is rampant, companies routinely falsify data, and executives circumvent almost every principle of safe manufacturing to minimize cost and maximize profit, confident in their ability to fool inspectors. Meanwhile, patients unwittingly consume medicine with unpredictable and dangerous effects.

(Print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

La nueva guerra

La nueva guerra
del Chapo al fentanilo

por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

La guerra contra el narco, la alternancia en los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos, la captura y extradición de capos, la atomización de cárteles, el surgimiento de nuevos líderes, las fluctuaciones del mercado nacional e internacional y la evolución en el tráfico y consumo de estupefacientes han creado un nuevo México, que atraviesa la mayor crisis de violencia en 80 años.

(Print book, eBook)

Laberinto

Laberinto
por Eduardo Antonio Parra

Esta novela es un brillante artificio literario, un laberinto de ecos y, a la vez, el implacable testimonio de la desolación que la voracidad del narcotráfico ha sembrado en el norte de nuestro país.

(Print book, eBook)

 

 


Selection for April 20

Who is Maud Dixon?

Who is Maud Dixon?
by Alexandra Andrews

A stylish psychological thriller about how far into the darkness you're willing to go to claim the life you always wanted.

(Print book, eBook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The Passenger

The Passenger

Released in 1975, this film explores the temptations and perils of a reporter assuming the identity of a dead man. Set in Africa, it also touches on issues of post-colonial poverty and military conflicts.

(DVD)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person – but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased, but there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year
by Joanna Smith Rakoff

A coming-of-age memoir about an aspiring writer's entry-level job at a fading literary agency where her boss’ main responsibility was the non-business of J.D. Salinger.

(Print book, eBook)

Vanity Fair Profiles of Women

Vanity Fair Profiles
of Women by Women

by Radhika Jones with David Friend

An imminently enjoyable collection of profiles from the 1980s to the present such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Cher, Tina Turner, Emily Post and Frida Kahlo. A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much.

(Print book)

I Killed Zoe Spanos

I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick

Working as a nanny in the Hamptons before starting college, Anna learns of her weird connection to a missing girl. After she confesses to manslaughter, a podcast producer isn't satisfied. Can her podcast uncover the truth?

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

When Life Gives You Mangos

When Life Gives You Mangos
by Kereen Getten

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But the only thing out of the ordinary for Clara is that something happened to her memory that made her forget everything that happened last summer after a hurricane hit. But this summer is going to be different. A new girl in the village is about to make big waves on the island – and give Clara a summer she won't forget.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith

Unusual circumstances transform Tom Ripley from a petty con man into a suave, amoral criminal, who will stop at nothing – even murder – to achieve his goals.

(Print book, book on CD, eBook)

 

 


Selection for April 13

The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans

Driven Out
The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans

by Jean Pfaelzer

Presents the shocking and violent history of ethnic cleansing against Chinese Americans from the Gold Rush era to the turn of the century.

(Print book)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The White Devil's Daughters

The White Devil's Daughters
The Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown

by Julia Flynn Siler

Starting in the mid-19th century, Chinese immigrants arrived in California to participate in the Gold Rush and work on the Transcontinental Railroad. The vast majority were men. A lucrative human trafficking operation developed that smuggled Chinese women and girls to the United States, forcing them to work in brothels or as domestic servants. This is the story of the Occidental Mission Home, established in San Francisco in 1874, that worked to free these women.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

How much of these hills is gold

How much of these hills is gold
by C Pam Zhang

Two orphaned Chinese immigrant siblings flee the threats of their gold rush mining town across an unforgiving landscape where their survival is tested by family secrets, sibling rivalry and disparate goals.

(Print book, large print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Paper Son

Paper Son
Lee’s Journey to America

by Helen Foster James and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh; illustrated by Wilson Ong

Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

(Print book, eBook)

The Fortunes

The Fortunes
by Peter Ho Davies

Four interlinked stories examine the Chinese-American experience from the 19th century to the present. Like The Welsh Girl, author Peter Ho Davies’ debut novel, The Fortunes sensitively explores issues of identity and belonging.

(Print book, book on CD, eBook)

The Poker Bride

The Poker Bride
The First Chinese in the Wild West

by Christopher Corbett

Polly, a young Chinese concubine, accompanied her owner to a mining camp in the highlands of Idaho. After he lost her in a poker game, Polly found her way with her new owner to an isolated ranch on the banks of the Salmon River. As the Gold Rush receded, it took with it the Chinese miners, but left behind Polly, who would make headlines when she emerged from the Idaho hills nearly half a century later to visit a modern city and tell her story.

(Print book, eBook)

Paper Daughters of Chinatown

Paper Daughters of Chinatown
by Heather Moore

Donaldina Cameron arrived at the Occidental Mission Home for Girls in 1895 intending to teach sewing skills to young Chinese women immigrants. She discovers that the job is much more complicated than perfect stitches and even hems. A fictionalized account of the early years of Cameron's work.

(Print book, eBook)

The Chinese in America

The Chinese in America
A narrative history

by Iris Chang

Chang takes a fresh look at what it means to be an American and draws a complex portrait of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in their adopted country, from building the transcontinental railroad to major scientific and technological advances. A saga of human tenacity and a testament to the determination of a people to forge an identity in a strange land.

(Print book)

The Dragon's Child

The Dragon's Child
A Story of Angel Island

by Laurence Yep

Ten-year-old Gim Lew leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass – without stuttering – at California's Angel Island. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author’s family.

(Print book)

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club
by Malinda Lo

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. With deportation looming over her father – despite his hard-won citizenship – Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

 

 


Selection for April 6

Wild Women and the Blues

Wild Women and the Blues
by Denny S. Bryce

A historical fiction novel that weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 in a tale of history, love, and secrets that only family can define.

(Print book, eBook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals

by Saidiya V. Hartman

Reconstructs the lives of unknown black female urban rebels from the early 20th Century, everyday women whose existences are hinted at by court records, social workers’ notes, and photographs.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States
by Daina Berry Ramey

A compact introduction to the history of black women in America, rooted in everyday heroism and how black women have significantly shaped our nation.

(Print book, Playaway, eBook, eAudiobook)

Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

by Patricia Hruby Powell

This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz.

(Print book, eBook)

Jazz Owls

Jazz Owls
A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

by Margarita Engle

In early 1940s Los Angeles, Mexican-Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night with their zoot suit-wearing younger brother, Ray, as escort until the night racial violence leads to murder.

(Print book, eBook)

The Wicked City

The Wicked City
by Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Given Day

The Given Day
by Dennis Lehane

An unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation at the end of World War I, caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future.

(Print book, eBook, book on CD, eAudiobook)

1919

1919
by Eve L. Ewing

In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event--which lasted eight days and resulted in 38 deaths and almost 500 injuries – through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

 

 


Selection for March 23

Vera

Vera
by Carol Edgarian

A grand adventure set in 1906 San Francisco—a city leveled by quake and fire—featuring an indomitable heroine coming of age in the aftermath of catastrophe and her quest for love and reinvention.

(Print book, eBook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

Outrun the Moon

Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

The Nature of Fragile Things

The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner

Moving to early 20th Century San Francisco to escape New York tenement life, an Irish mail-order bride uncovers transformative secrets involving a silent child and two other women before her precarious existence is upended by the great earthquake of 1906.

(Print book, large print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World
America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

by Simon Winchester

An exploration of not only what happened in Northern California in 1906, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

How Much of these Hills is Gold

How Much of these Hills is Gold
by Pam Zhang

Two orphaned Chinese immigrant siblings flee the threats of their gold rush mining town across an unforgiving landscape where their survival is tested by family secrets, sibling rivalry and disparate goals.

(Print book, large print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

San Francisco is Burning

San Francisco is Burning
The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires

by Dennis Smith

Told through the stories of the people who lived through it, Smith reveals many unknown details from the city's great vulnerability to fire due to its corrupt building practices, to the widespread racism the quake unleashed and the atrocities committed by national guard members.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

Hija de la Fortuna

Hija de la Fortuna
por Isabel Allende

Una trama de una saga familiar, ambientada en la mitad del siglo XIX, y que viaja entre Chile y California a causa de la fiebre del oro. Sus personajes viajan entre la narración de Allende, para posarse poco a poco en la retina del lector.

(Print book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

El terremoto de San Francisco, 1906

El terremoto de San Francisco, 1906
by por Lauren Tarshis

A Leo le gusta ser repartidor de periódicos en San Francisco. Es un lugar en el que todo parece posible. Sin embargo, una mañana de primavera, esto cambia de repente. El mundo de Leo se estremece, literalmente, y el chico se halla solo en medio de la ciudad mientras esta se quema. ¿Podrá Leo sobrevivir este devastador desastre?

(Print book, eBook)

Lily and the Great Quake

Lily and the Great Quake
by Veeda Bybee

Lily is the oldest of three children in her Chinese American family living in San Francisco when the 1906 earthquake hits. Her family survives the quake, but as the city starts to burn Lily and her younger brother are separated from the others and must get to the safety of Oakland and hope that the rest of their family and friends are there waiting for them.

(Print book)


Selection for March 16

Anne Brigman

Anne Brigman: The Photographer of Enchantment
by Kathleen Pyne

Pyne traces the groundbreaking photographer’s life from Hawaii to the Sierra and elsewhere in California, revealing how her photographs emerged from her experience of local place and cultural politics.

(Print book)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The Age of Light

The Age of Light
by Whitney Scharer

Inspired by the life of the Vogue model-turned-renowned photographer, Lee Miller relocates to 1929 Paris, where she becomes the muse and colleague of the mercurial Surrealist, Man Ray.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook, Playaway)

Through a lens darkly

Through a lens darkly
black photographers and the emergence of a people

A cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens

(DVD)

Photographic

Photographic:
The Life of Graciela Iturbide

by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

A symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of an iconic photographer. Iturbide's journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers.

(Print book)

Group f.64

Group f.64:
Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists who Revolutionized American photography

by Mary Street Alinder

Revolutionary in their day, a group of San Francisco Bay Area photographers formed Group f.64, considered one of the first modern art movements equally defined by women. Local author, Mary Street Adlinder, and former assistant to Ansel Adams, Alinder knew most of the artists featured. Featuring 50 photographs by and of its members: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston.

(Print book)

Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz street photographer

In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. Director Charlie Ahearn pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition.

(DVD)

Mary Coin

Mary Coin
by Marisa Silver

An extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that although a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

(Print book)

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico: Photographs
by Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide is a photographer known for her black-and-white images of local people in her native country of Mexico. She most often depicts women, believing them to embody independence and sexuality. In 1979 she notably published Juchitán de las Mujeres, a book of photographs which inspired her lifelong support of feminist causes.

(Print book)

La Fiesta y la Rebelión

La Fiesta y la Rebelión
por Antonio Turok

Antonio Turok nació en 1955 en la Ciudad de México. A los diecisiete años llegó a Chiapas, donde vivió veinticinco años y comenzó su carrera fotográfica. Fue corresponsal en Nicaragua, El Salvador y Guatemala en la década de 1980. Fue el primer fotógrafo en dar cuenta del levantamiento zapatista, y más tarde, en Oaxaca, fotografió el movimiento de la APPO. Estuvo en Nueva York el 11 de septiembre de 2001 y ha tomado imágenes de los mexicanos en Estados Unidos y de la crisis industrial del Medio Oeste.

(Print book)

Meet Cindy Sherman

Meet Cindy Sherman:
Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Infusing the narrative with Sherman's photographs, as well as children's first impressions of the photographs, this is a biography that goes beyond birth, middle age, and later life. It's a look at how we look at art.

(Print book)

 

 


Selection for March 9

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

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Exhalation

Exhalation
by Ted Chiang

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

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Our Robots, Ourselves

Our Robots, Ourselves:
Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

by David Mindell

Mindell offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines.

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Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me
by Ian McEwan

Presents the story of two lovers in an alternative 1980s London who construct a perfect synthetic human before finding themselves in a morally complex love triangle.

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La ciudad que nos unió

La ciudad que nos unió
por N.K. Jemison

Jemisin, la tres veces ganadora del Premio Hugo a la mejor novela y superventas del New York Times, nos trae La ciudad que nos unió, una historia revolucionaria de cultura, magia y mitos en la Nueva York actual.

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The Innovators

The Innovators:
How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities who created our current digital revolution, such as Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Robert Noyce, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

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The Kingdom

The Kingdom
by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species roam free. Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time ... love. When Ana is accused of murdering Owen, it ignites the trial of the century, uncovering a tale of love, lies, and cruelty – and what it truly means to be human.

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SAM

SAM:
One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

by Jonathan Waldman

A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers, and hard-earned milestone achievements.

(Print book)

Friendroid

Friendroid
by M. M. Vaughan

Told through journal entries, 12-year-old Danny and his best friend Slick recount how their friendship begins and when they discover Slick’s true identity and ultimate fate.

(Print book)


Selection for March 3

Between Two Kingdoms

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

An Emmy Award-winning writer and activist describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.

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American Road Trip

American Road Trip
by Patrick Flores-Scott

A road trip novel that explores the bonds of family, growing up, living through trauma and recovery.

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
by Kate Bowler

A divinity professor at Duke University found her life turned upside down in her mid-30s with a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. Here, she chronicles her journey from what seemed a death sentence to surviving as a result of the effects of a clinical trial and a stalwart community of friends and family.

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From Scratch

From Scratch
by Tembi Locke

A memoir of grief, love, food and home, narrated by the author in lyrical English and Italian.

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No Time Like the Future

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
by Michael J. Fox

In his fourth book, Fox expresses gratitude for the past and looks to the future with a firm grasp on how to be “both a realist and an optimist.” A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives.

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Halfway Normal

Halfway Normal
by Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old cancer survivor Norah struggles to fit in at middle school after two years of treatment, but she finds her voice with the help of new friend Griffin, who shares her love of mythology.

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance
by Kati Gardner

Teenage cancer survivors Mari and Jase have flirted for years at Camp Chemo, but when she transfers to his high school their different approaches to their history cause trouble.

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All the Water in the World

All the Water in the World
by Karen Raney

Sixteen-year-old Maddy, who has cancer, grapples with her first romantic relationship, searches for the father she has never met, and tests the limits of her relationship with her mother, all while facing an uncertain future.

(Print book)

We Own the Sky

We Own the Sky
by Luke Allnutt

When a devastating illness takes his beloved family from him, a man who once believed himself incredibly lucky takes solace in photographing the skyscrapers and cliff tops his son and he once visited before embarking on a powerful journey through forgiveness back to life.

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Selection for February 23

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

In 1995 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, 7-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

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Maya’s Notebook
by Isabel Allende

To escape a life of drugs, crime and prostitution, 19-year-old Maya Vidal flees California to a remote island off the west coast of Chile.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Ricky is a kid in foster care who lands at a new home, only for tragedy to strike, causing him to head out on his own. But the friends he makes along the way have him discovering what family, identity and home really mean for the first time. A tender and often hilarious story with unforgettable characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

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Dominicana

Dominicana
by Angie Cruz

Coral Pena narrates Cruz’ story of Ana’s fraught marriage, migration to the US and her struggles to support and honor her family back home in the Dominican Republic. The story is equal parts coming of age, an exploration of migration and identity, and a meditation on family ties.

(eAudiobook, Playaway)

The Path Made Clear

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose
by Oprah Winfrey

Everyone has a purpose. According to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” That journey starts right here.

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All of Us With Wings

All of Us With Wings
by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Seventeen-year-old Xochi’s life changed when she became governess to precocious 12-year-old Pallas, but the duo unintentionally summons a pair of ancient creatures determined to right the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence.

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For the Time Being

For the Time Being
by Annie Dillard

A compassionate, informative, and enthralling personal narrative that surveys the meaning and significance of life, from Pulitzer-winner Dillard.

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Gabi, Fragmentos de una adolescente

Gabi, Fragmentos de una adolescente

Por Isabel Quintero. Gabi Hernández está en su último año de la preparatoria. Para entretenerse, escribe todo lo que le pasa en su diario: las solicitudes a las universidades, el embarazo de Cindy, cuando Sebastián salió del clóset, los chicos guapos de su clase, la adicción de su padre a la metanfetamina, y toda la comida que se le antoja. Pero lo mejor de todo lo que escribe es la poesía que la ayuda a ser quien es.

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The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen
by Laua Resau

On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an 11-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning – it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.

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Selection for February 16

Citizen Reporters

Citizen Reporters by Stephanie Gorton

A fascinating history of the rise and fall of influential Gilded Age magazine McClure’s and the two unlikely outsiders at its helm – and a timely, full-throated defense of investigative journalism in America.

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The Race for Paris

The Race for Paris
by Meg Waite Clayton

Determined to be the first photographer to capture images of Paris’ liberation from the Nazis, Liv defies orders and teams up with a fellow woman reporter and a British photojournalist to race to Paris ahead of Allied forces.

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The Jungle

The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair

As Stephanie Gorton reveals in Citizen Reporters, McClure’s magazine was instrumental in paving the way for reporters to battle corruption and drive change in society. Read another example of groundbreaking investigative journalism with this title in which the horrifying conditions of the Chicago stockyards are revealed through this narrative of a young immigrant’s struggles in America.

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We Say #Never Again

We Say #Never Again: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
edited by MSD teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner

This collection of essays looks at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control – as told by the student reporters for the school’s newspaper and TV station.

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Creem

Creem: America’s only rock 'n' roll magazine

Capturing the messy upheaval of the ‘70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the documentary explores the publication’s humble beginnings, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later.

(DVD)

In Extremis

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie
by Lindsey Hilsum

American journalist Marie Colvin’s experiences at the front lines of war zones in this inspiring, vivid biography.

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Are You Somebody

Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
by Nuala O’Faolain

O’Faolain, a journalist for the Irish Times, was asked to collect her columns for publication, but the introduction she sat down to write eventually expanded into this beautifully cadenced and moving memoir.

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Ida M. Tarbell

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!
by Emily Arnold McCully

Tarbell investigated and published works about the Standard Oil Trust for McClure’s Magazine that informed the world of shady business dealings and skyrocketed her into the public eye.

(Children's book, eBook)

La Ira de México

La Ira de México: Siete voces contra la impunidad.
por Lydia Cacho, Sergio González Rodríguez, Anabel Hernández, Diego Enrique Osorno, Emiliano Ruiz Parra, Marcela Turati, Juan Villoro

Siete destacados periodistas mexicanos comparten relatos de víctimas de la violencia, corrupción, y violaciones de derechos humanos en México hoy en día. México continua ser uno de los países más peligrosos de ser periodista, y esas voces son feroces e importantes.

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Selection for February 9

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Meet 1920s flapper Lorelei Lee, aka Mabel Minnow from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has it all: a millionaire “benefactor,” a lavish lifestyle, and dazzling good looks. The problem is she may be falling in love with a man who is temporarily married—and permanently poor.

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Flappers

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation
by Judith Mackrell

A biography of six women who declared their independence during the Jazz Age. British heiresses Diana Cooper and Nancy Cunard, Russian artist Tamara de Lempicka, African-American entertainer Josephine Baker, actress Tallulah Bankhead and aspiring writer Zelda Fitzgerald were daring women who defied expectations about what a woman's life should be.

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

A thoroughly entertaining Australian TV series about an unflappable woman detective solving crimes and righting wrongs in the backrooms of jazz clubs and speakeasies in 1920s Melbourne.

(DVD)

Jazz Moon

Jazz Moon
by Joe Okonkwo

Ben is a Harlem Renaissance poet swept up in the scene and winds up in Paris. This powerful debut novel explores tensions of race and class against the backdrop of the profoundly important cultural scene of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age Paris.

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City
by Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

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Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity
by Kevin Kwan

A more modern perspective on diamonds being a girl’s best friend. When George, the man with whom she had brief fling several years earlier, unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, newly engaged Lucie Churchill is drawn to him again and spins a web of deceit in an attempt to block him from her life – and her heart.

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Flapper: The Notorious Life

Flapper: The Notorious Life and Scandalous Times of the First Thoroughly Modern Woman
by Joshue Zeitz

An entertaining, well-researched and charmingly illustrated dissection of the 1920s flapper, who flouted conventions and epitomized the naughtiness of the Jazz Age as she “bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs.”

(Print book)

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The audiobook version of this novel, which NPR called a “best book of the year,” sparkles and crackles with the glitter of Jazz Age Mexico City and the power of Mayan gods. Yetta Gotteson narrates this book with careful skill, building out the characters’ force and energy as the story unfolds.

(eAudiobook)

Speak Easy, Speak Love

Speak Easy, Speak Love
by McKelle George

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. It’s a rundown old mansion, where Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement. As Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy, they are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

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The Good Thieves

The Good Thieves
by Katherine Rundell

In 1920s New York City, a young girl with a deformed foot recruits her new friends, a female pickpocket and two circus performers, to help recover an emerald from her grandfather’s mansion in upstate New York after he loses his home to an unscrupulous tycoon.

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Selection for February 2

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for 20 years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

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Mud and Stars

Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and other Geniuses of the Golden Age
by Sara Wheeler

Russian literature fans will appreciate these nonfiction works on what makes for great writing. A Swim in a Pond analyzes short stories by the greats; Mud and Stars travels around Russia exploring the environment that produced Tolstoy, Gogol, and Turgenev.

(Print book)

A Night in the Cemetery

A Night in the Cemetery: and Other Stories of Crime and Suspense
by Anton Chekhov

Take a deeper dive into Chekhov and Russian literature with this short story collection. Though billed as featuring crime and suspense, the volume has a broad range, including morality tales and stories of both dark and puckish humor.

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Stalin's Scribe

Stalin's Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov
by Brian Boeck

Sholokhov was an obscure 21-year-old short story writer when he wrote his classic novel, And Quiet Flows the Don. The first two volumes were bestsellers, but in 1930, his editor regarded further installments as insufficiently pro-revolutionary. Sholokhov refused to make changes but agreed to visit Maxim Gorky, the nation's literary idol, to discuss the matter. To his amazement, the meeting included Stalin. Grilled on the controversy, Sholokhov satisfied Stalin, who considered himself a patron of the arts. He not only approved publication, but gave the author his personal secretary's phone number. Like naïve patriots throughout history, Sholokhov considered his ruler blameless but betrayed by evil underlings, and he remained a protégé, producing fawning speeches and writing that he struggled to repress after Stalin's death.

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Aetherial Worlds

Aetherial Worlds: Stories
by by Tatyana Tolstaya

Praised by Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky (1940–96) as “the most original, tactile, luminous voice in Russian prose,” Tolstaya, two decades on, is all that and more in this edgy, brash, slyly surreal, and mordantly funny short story collection, which begins with the sudden awakening of a woman’s literary imagination, an inherited gift.

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

This books guides the reader through Russian history and culture via the keenly observant eyes of a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy. The situations become more absurd and the characters more sympathetic as the story unfolds. Also in Spanish: Un caballero en Moscú.

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Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia
by Ian Frazier

Frazier himself narrates his account of his travels around Siberia, discovering the people, foods and history of the vast landscape. Humorous, informative and meditative at times, Frazier is a humble, self-deprecating guide to this land. An excellent road trip audiobook.

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Diario de un joven médico

Diario de un joven médico
by Mikhail Bulgukov

Estas nueve narraciones muestran el nacimiento de la mente de un novelista, y son la materia prima que alimentó el surrealismo de la ficción posterior de Bulgákov.

(Print book)

Foreshadow

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA
edited by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma

Presents an anthology of 13 short stories by contemporary young adult authors, ranging from fantasy to the experience of Mexican-Americans living in border cities. Each story is followed by an author's note, commentary by one of the editors on such topics as voice, imagery, and mood, and some, with story prompts.

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Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Bookjoy, Wordjoy
by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colon

An inspiring collection of the author's own glorious poems celebrating a love of words and all the ways we use and interact with them: reading, speaking, writing, singing, and storytelling.

(Print book)


Selection for January 26

If I Disappear

If I Disappear

When her favorite true-crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.

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Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Returning to her hometown after a long absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

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A Spy in the Struggle

A Spy in the Struggle

Lawyer Yolanda Vance becomes embroiled in espionage, activism, romance, and—you got it—a mysterious death that needs to be solved. De Leon’s spy thriller focuses on Vance’s rationale for wanting a comfortable life versus coming to terms with her own moral compass when working undercover for the FBI.

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Where They Found Her

Where They Found Her

Struggling with memories over the loss of her own baby while investigating the discovery of an anonymous infant in the woods, journalist Molly Anderson traces a string of unreported assaults spanning 20 years.

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I'll be Gone in the Dark

I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared. Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath.

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We Keep the Dead Close

We Keep the Dead Close

Cooper expertly crafts a twisted web of murder, mystery, and misogyny as she researches Harvard student, Jane Britton, whose violent death 50 years earlier continued to fuel the school's rumor mill.

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I Hope You're Listening

I Hope You're Listening

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

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The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Mars Patel’s friend Aurora has disappeared! His teachers are clueless. His mom is stressed out about her jobs. But Mars refuses to give up – after all, his own dad disappeared when Mars was a toddler. The clues seem to point toward eccentric tech genius (and Mars's hero) Oliver Pruitt, whose popular podcast now seems to be commenting on their quest.

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Selection for January 19

The power of Adrienne Rich

The power of Adrienne Rich by Hilary Holladay

The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award-winning poet.

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun
by Angela Jackson

A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her 100th birthday.

(Print book)

Red Comet

Red Comet: the short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath
by Heather Clark

Focuses on Sylvia Plath's remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

(DVD)

Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive
by Natasha Trethewey

Trethewey's narration makes the audiobook version exceptionally powerful. With penetrating insight and a searing voice, the author explores the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience.

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These Fevered Days

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson
by Martha Ackmann

Ackmann posits that decisive episodes in Dickinson's life contributed to her evolution as a strikingly singular voice in American poetry.

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With a Star in My Hand

With a Star in My Hand: Ruben Dario, Poetry Hero
by Margarita Engle

A novel in verse about the life and work of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement.

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A Poet's Revolution

A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov
by Donna Hollenberg

Asserting that the most important “facts” about a poet are her major poems, Hollenberg skillfully interweaves details concerning Levertov's life and works.

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Exquisite

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty – showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. This picture book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression.

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Imagina

Imagina
por Juan Felipe Herrera

Cuando Juan Felipe Herrera era niño, recogió flores, ayudó a su mamá a alimentar a los pollitos, durmió bajo el cielo centelleante y aprendió a decirles adiós a sus amiguitos cada vez que su familia seguía el camino campesino. Al crecer, Juan Felipe Herrera se convirtió en poeta. Su hermoso poema, "Imagina" y las sugerentes ilustraciones de Lauren Castillo le hablarán a cada lector y soñador que está buscando su lugar en la vida. ¿Quién podrías llegar a ser? Imagina...

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Selection for January 12

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike.

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Dogtripping

Dogtripping
by David Rosenfelt

A hilarious chronicle of moving 25 rescue dogs across the country in an RV and then starting a dog rescue foundation.

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Horizon

Horizon
by Barry Lopez

Distinguished natural history writer and explorer Lopez builds a winning memoir around books, voyages, and biological and anthropological observations.

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Wild

Wild
by Cheryl Strayed

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother's death and her own subsequent divorce, the author takes readers with her on the trail, and the transformation she experiences on its course is significant.

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Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
by Qing Li

The world's foremost expert in forest medicine shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels, strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

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La Cocina del Bosque

La Cocina del Bosque
por Erin Gleeson

Gleeson, desde su casa en Sebastopol, produce el blog "The Forest Feast" donde comparte recetas, fotos y más de su vida en una cabaña en el bosque. Sumérgete en el bosque con este libro delicioso.

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The Secrets we Bury

The Secrets we Bury
by Stacie Ramey

Rather than be placed in a special school for psychologically-challenged students, Dylan, six months from turning 18, sets out on the Appalachian Trail, where he makes surprising connections with other hikers.

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Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver

Looking for fiction about the Appalachian Trail? Enjoy this vividly detailed Appalachian setting, in which wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud.

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The Hike

The Hike
by Drew Magary

Try this if you like Bryson's hilarious and engaging writing about nature, and also enjoy science fiction.

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The Trail

The Trail
by Meika Hashimoto

Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin.

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Selection for January 5

American Catch

American Catch by Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg takes the same skills that won him acclaim in Four Fish to uncover the tragic unraveling of the nation's seafood supply, telling the surprising story of why.

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The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson

Svensson, a Swedish journalist, melds the personal and scientific in this captivating look at the European eel. His book is a highly readable place to begin learning.

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The Marauders

The Marauders
by Tom Cooper

After the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, the oddballs and lowlifes who live in the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette will do anything to reverse their fortunes.

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Biggest Little Farm

Biggest Little Farm

Filmmaker and novice farmer John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

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The Third Plate

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber

Moving beyond the organic farming and farm-to-table movements, Barber argues for the importance of the whole farm; an integrated, biodynamic system that sustains the richness and diversity of land and sea.

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Goodnight, Texas

Goodnight, Texas
by William J. Cobb

In Goodnight, Texas, people struggle to survive job loss, severe over-fishing, and a looming hurricane. A lyrical, romantic, comic, and redemptive story.

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Tales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City
by Shaun Tan

A collection of illustrated short stories, each one about the relationship of humans and the animals, both wild and domestic, that share the urban environment of the inner city.

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The Great Shark Rescue

The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks
by Sandra Markle

Presents the story of whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. Can volunteers and scientists help save the world's biggest fish before it's too late?

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Selection for December 29

Beloved

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the powerfully moving story of remarkable occurrences in the life and spirit of an ex-slave.

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God Help the Child

God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

Morrison herself narrates the audiobook version of her searing, powerful novel of family trauma, childhood, and redemption.

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Grace

Grace
by Natashia Deon

The dual stories of a mother, a runaway plantation slave and the child she never knew are woven through the historic events of the mid-19th Century.

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

As 15-year-old Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

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She Came to Slay

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

A fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.

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La esclava de Juana Inés

La esclava de Juana Inés
por Ignacio Casa

La esclava de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz fue también, a su modo, una discípula, la primera escucha de versos, sonetos y redondillas. Una mujer mulata cuyas aventuras y peripecias nos exaltan y nos llevan a descubrir los contrastes de la Nueva España del siglo XVII.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

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Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth
by Gilbert Olive

The autobiography of the pioneer for racial and sexual equality discusses her years as a slave in upstate New York and describes the spiritual revelations that turned her into an abolitionist.

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Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground

Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground
by T. R. Simon

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending.

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Selection for December 22

Hamnet

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.

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Black Tudors: the untold story

Black Tudors: the untold story
by Miranda Kaufmann

From long forgotten records, Kaufmann has unearthed the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England.

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Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise
by Oscar Hijuelos

Another historical fiction title that examines real literary figures, this title chronicles the sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley; his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant; and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

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Shakespeare's Wife

Shakespeare's Wife
by Germaine Greer

Challenges popular beliefs about the estranged nature of Shakespeare's marriage to Ann Hathaway, placing their relationship in a social and historical context that poses alternative theories about her rural upbringing and role in the bard's professional life.

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12 Days of Tudor Christmas

12 Days of Tudor Christmas

If you're just in the mood to immerse yourself in the Tudor world, and also want to get into the Christmas spirit, this BBC/PBS special might just be the thing. Lucy Worsley recreates how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII.

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The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History
by Elizabeth Norton

A well-researched description of the lives of women in 16th-century Britain.

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A Cloud of Outrageous Blue

A Cloud of Outrageous Blue
by Vesper Stamper

After her parents' deaths, Edyth is sent to live in a priory, where she begins to make a new life--a life that will be threatened by the approach of the Great Plague.

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Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been
by Melanie Benjamin

Now in her twilight years, Alice Liddell looks back on a remarkable life. From a pampered childhood in Oxford to difficult years as a widowed mother, Alice examines how she became who she is – and how she became immortalized as Alice in Wonderland.

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The Mersault Investigation

The Mersault Investigation
by Kamel Daoud

A love story and a political manifesto. He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’ classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous.

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Midsummer’s Mayhem

Midsummer’s Mayhem
by Rajani LaRocca

A contemporary retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows an 11-year-old Indian-American girl's effort to prepare a winning entry for a local baking contest, a competition that is challenged when her father mysteriously loses his sense of taste.

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Selection for December 15

The Cold Millions

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. The Cold Millions is a stunning portrait of class division and familial bonds. In this masterful historical take on the enduring saga of America's economic divide, Jess Walter delivers nothing less than another "literary miracle"

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The Orchardist

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

Although The Cold Millions is more dramatic and The Orchardist is more haunting, young siblings follow different paths in both of these literary novels set in the Pacific Northwest during the turn of the century.

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Music of the Mill

Music of the Mill
by Luis Rodriguez

In a story of three generations of an American family who built their lives around a decaying, late-twentieth-century steel industry, 30-year-old Azucena Salcido struggles with the cancer death of her father, the racial polarization of their community, and the corrupt power struggles among her neighbors, their employers, and their unions.

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Make Trouble

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead
by Cecile Richards

In her autobiographical book on leadership, Richards, the quintessential cheerleader for activists of all ages, champions those who publicly take a stand for what they believe.

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An Impossible Distance to Fall

An Impossible Distance to Fall
by Miriam McNamara

1930. Birdie William's life has crashed along with the stock market. Her father's bank has failed, and he's disappeared along with his Jenny biplane. When she sees a leaflet for a barnstorming circus with a picture of Dad's plane on it, she goes to Coney Island in search of answers.

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Sabrina & Corina

Sabrina & Corina
by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West.

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Deep River

Deep River
by Karl Marlantes

In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings – Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino ¬– are forced to flee to the United States. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering the frontier wilderness while Aino devotes herself to organizing the industry's first unions.

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How Much of These Hills is Gold

How Much of These Hills is Gold
by Pam Zhang

Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence.

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Las Aventuras de la China Iron

Las Aventuras de la China Iron
por Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

Este es un juego desenfrenado que lleva al lector desde la turbulenta cultura fronteriza de las pampas hasta los territorios indígenas. Traza las aventuras de la señora China Iron, la esposa abandonada de Martín Fierro, en sus viajes por la pampa en un carromato cubierto con su nueva amiga, que pronto se convertirá en su amante, una escocesa llamada Liz.

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Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen

Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen
by Anne Nesbet

It's 1914, and 12-year old Darleen Darling has the most exciting job in the world – she gets to dangle from cliffs and stop moving trains and soar through the sky in runaway balloons! Yes, that's right: Darleen is a hero and a star – in the make-believe world of the movies ... but Darleen's fictional adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping intended as a publicity stunt becomes all too real.

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Selection for December 8

Wine Girl

Wine Girl by Victoria James
the obstacles, humiliations, and triumphs of America's youngest sommelier

An affecting memoir from the country's youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world.

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Yes, Chef

Yes, Chef
by Marcus Samuelsson

The Top Chef: Masters winner and proprietor of Harlem's Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden, and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry.

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Eat a Peach

Eat a Peach
by David Chang

The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious traces his upbringing in a deeply religious Korean-American family, his search for identity, struggles with manic depression and unlikely rise as one of his generation’s most influential chefs.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body
by Roxane Gay

A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. The author exposes the personal demons haunting her life—namely weight and trauma—which she deems "the ugliest, weakest, barest parts of me."

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The Gourmands' Way

The Gourmands' Way
Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy
by Justin Spring

Six American writers introduced French cuisine to American restaurants and home kitchens and were responsible for the nation’s postwar love affair with French food and wine.

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Abe

Abe

Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together, but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico, an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. However, when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family and his passions and whether even the most lovingly cooked family dinner can heal old wounds.

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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
A memoir of food and longing
by Anya Von Bremzen

Born in a surreal Moscow communal apartment where 18 families shared one kitchen, the author grew up singing odes to Lenin, black-marketeering Juicy Fruit gum at school, and longing for a taste of the mythical West.

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Alimentamos una Isla

Alimentamos una Isla
by Jose Andres

Basándose en la perspectiva de Andrés, así como en reuniones, mensajes y conversaciones que tuvo durante su estadía en Puerto Rico, Alimentamos una isla describe de manera conmovedora cómo una red de cocinas comunitarias logró realizar un verdadero cambio, y cuenta una extraordinaria historia de esperanza ante los desastres, tanto los naturales y como aquellos causados por el ser humano.

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Yasmin la chef

Yasmin la chef
by Saadia Faruqi

La familia de Yasmin está organizando una gran fiesta, pero a Yasmin le preocupa que la comida tradicional que cocina su familia sea demasiado picante. Su familia sugiere que Yasmin invente su propio plato.

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Brave Chef Brianna

Brave Chef Brianna
by Sam Sykes

Brianna Jakobsson has big cooking dreams, and when her ailing father, a world-renowned chef, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she seizes the opportunity. She's going to have the best restaurant around and earn the family empire.

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Selection for December 1

The Best American Short Stories 2020

The Best American Short Stories 2020

A striking and nuanced collection, bringing to life awkward college students, disgraced public figures, raunchy grandparents, and mystical godmothers. To read these stories is to experience the transporting joys of discovery and affirmation, and to realize that story writing in America continues to flourish.

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A people's future of the United States

A people's future of the United States
Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

25 speculative stories imagining the future of America, with the collection featuring tales of both dystopias and utopias.

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Refugees

Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A collection of stories, written over a 20-year period, examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

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Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Opt for the audiobook version, narrated by the author/actor himself.

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Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story

Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story by John Dufresne

Flash fiction is like the Twitter of the literary world. Dufresne offers an insightful guide to writing this increasingly popular form of fiction.

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A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn
Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
Edited by Patrice Caldwell

From folktales retold to futuristic societies, this collection of stories centers on Black women and gender nonconforming individuals dealing with love and betrayal, strength and resistance.

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A House is a Body Stories by Shruti Anna Swamy

Dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity; women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality.

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The Moths and other stories/Las Palomillas de la Noche

The Moths and other stories/Las Palomillas de la Noche by Helena Maria Viramontes

Beautifully translated Spanish-English bilingual version. Prejudice and the social and economic status of Chicanos form the backdrop for these haunting stories.

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Stories from suffragette city: stories of a fine and proper nuisance

Stories from Suffragette City
Stories of a Fine and Proper Nuisance
by M. J. Rose and Fiona Davis

An anthology set during the Fifth Avenue women’s suffrage march of October 1915 includes depictions of leading rights advocates, from Ava Vanderbilt to Ida B. Welles.

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

From family fiascos to first crushes, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

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Super Puzzletastic Mysteries

Super Puzzletastic Mysteries
Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America
Edited by Chris Grabenstein

A group of interactive short stories that invite the reader to solve the mystery themselves.

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Selection for November 24

Brontë's Mistress

Brontë's Mistress by Finola Austin

Yorkshire, 1843: Lydia Robinson - mistress of Thorp Green Hall - has lost her precious young daughter and her mother within the same year. She returns to her bleak home, grief-stricken and unmoored. With her teenage daughters rebelling, her testy mother-in-law scrutinizing her every move, and her marriage grown cold, Lydia is restless and yearning for something more. All of that changes with the arrival of her son's tutor, Branwell Brontë, brother of her daughters' governess, Miss Anne Brontë and those other writerly sisters, Charlotte and Emily.

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Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

An expert portrait of Charlotte’s life and writings, life at Haworth Parsonage and its eccentric inhabitants.

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

A historical novel examining the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.

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Glass Town

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg

The entrancing story of the Brontë siblings' childhood imaginary world in graphic novel format.

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Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade

A gripping account of the lives of five women who lived at various times in the same square in London’s Bloomsbury district between 1916 and 1940.

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Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

A fictional portrait of the last empress of China follows Orchid, a beautiful teenager from an aristocratic family, who is chosen to become a low-ranking concubine of the emperor and rises to a position of power in the Chinese court.

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The Daring Ladies of Lowell

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

Moving to the mill city of Lowell in 1832 to escape farm life, young Alice is disillusioned by the local factory's harsh working conditions and struggles to advocate on their behalf while recklessly falling in love with the mill owner's son, a situation that is complicated by a murder and sensational trial.

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Proust's Duchess

Proust's Duchess by Caroline Weber

A brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.

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Retrato en Sepia

Retrato en Sepia por Isabel Allende

Una saga familiar situada a finales del siglo XIX en Chile, narrada por una joven mujer. La novela explora los temas del amor y su traición, privilegio, y secretos de familia.

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The Glass Town Game

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality.

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Selection for November 17

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh's childhood, the adventures of her very bad animals, merciless dissection of her own character flaws, incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.

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Adulthood is a Myth

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life.

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Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Collects six graphic stories that create a portrait of contemporary life, exploring the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive, and the weight of love and its absence.

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Furiously Happy: a Funny Book About Horrible Things

Furiously Happy: a Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

The popular blogger presents a humorous and candid memoir about her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety, discussing how embracing both the flawed and the beautiful parts of life have enabled her to find joy in outrageous ways.

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Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by Matthew Inman

A collection of comics, facts, and instructional guides from the online cartoonist and #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author known as The Oatmeal.

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Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir by Jon H. Benjamin

The lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by Patricia Marx

An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

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The Odd 1s Out

The Odd 1s Out by James Rallison

Telling his own stories of growing up as the “odd one out,” the YouTube star, presenting his fan-favorite comics as well as some never-before-seen material, shares the life lessons he has learned on the road to adulthood.

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The Bride Was a Boy

The Bride Was a Boy by Chii

A diary comic with an upbeat, adorable flair that tells the charming tale of Chii, a woman assigned male at birth.

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps, but Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury. There's only one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

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Selection for November 10

The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Margot Lee’s mother, Mina, isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to 26-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

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Little Gods

Little Gods by Meng Jin

Explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history and selfhood in the immigrant experience, and the complicated bond between daughters and mothers.

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The Seasons of My Mother

The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden

An uplifting memoir that traces the story of Harden’s childhood and career using the imagery of flowers to represent the unique bond she shares with her mother, who now suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

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Los Falcón

Los Falcón by Melissa Rivero

Una impresionante novela debut sobre la lucha de una joven madre peruana indocumentada que está dispuesta a darlo todo por su familia y su nueva vida en Nueva York.

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Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

A wrenching family drama about a Pakistani father and son making a home in the US in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

A Korean teen struggles in a hostile blended home and a new school where she does not speak English before forging unexpected connections in a local comic drawing class.

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Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces.

(Book, Large Print Book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Namesake

The Namesake

A young Indian immigrant in America balancing the ties to where he came from and where he's living now.

(DVD)

Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela

A Cape Verdean woman travels to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral.

(DVD)

I Can Make This Promise

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption.

(Children's Book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Playaway)


Selection for November 3

Fathoms

Fathoms by Rebecca Griggs

When Griggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans. Here she blends natural history, philosophy, and science to learn about whales so rare they have never been named; whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet's atmosphere. She takes readers to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales, and delves into the deepest seas to discover how plastic pollution pervades our earth's undersea environment.

(Book, eBook)

Do you enjoy this genre?

Similar reads and films are listed below, always free with a Sonoma County Library card.

The Whale

The Whale
by Philip Hoare

A lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea.
(Print book, eAudio)

Into the Deep

Into the Deep
by Christy Peterson

Scientists are realizing that to address issues plaguing the ocean, we need to better understand this incredible feature of our planet.
(Print book, eBook)

Spying on Whales

Spying on Whales
by Nick Pyenson

A leading scientist dives into the secret lives of whales.
(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Voices in the Ocean

Voices in the Ocean
by Susan Casey

A two-year global adventure to explore the nature of dolphins.
(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Soul of an Octopus

The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery

The author’s extraordinary experience bonding with three octopuses housed in the New England Aquarium.
(Print book, Audio CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

Mama's Last Hug

Mama's Last Hug
by F.B.M. Waal

The eminent primatologist takes readers deep into the world of animals to show us that humans are not the unique creatures we think we are.
(Print book, large print book, eBook)

Our Wild Calling

Our Wild Calling
by Richard Louv

The renowned nature writer explores how we can find better ways to coexist with animals in the future.
(Print book, large print book, eBook)

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale
by Joanasie Karpik

In this book, kids will learn how bowheads raise their babies, where they live and other interesting information, like how they can eat when they don't have any teeth!
(Children's book)

Whale of the Wild

Whale of the Wild
by Roseanne Parry

Vega and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable.
(Children's book)

The Whale Detective

The Whale Detective

A filmmaker investigates his encounter with a 30-ton humpback whale that breached and almost landed on him while he was kayaking.
(DVD)

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Asian Americans in Sonoma County

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. To celebrate the AAPI community during the month of May and beyond, we’ve put together free virtual programming and activities; as well as a resource guide that recognizes AAPI achievements and contributions and addresses anti-Asian hate. We hope that the following programming and resources will celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans, provide historical context, and offer an avenue for reporting crimes and opening discussions about racism.

A Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Patrons can visit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco with free passes through Discover & Go. 10 passes per month, free admission for 2 adults and all children under 12.

This month’s Documentary Film Discussion event on May 27 will focus on the film "Aoki, an Asian American Black Panther."

Library Materials

Resource Guide

A report on the history of discrimination against Chinese Americans in Sonoma County.

An article discusses the origins of the term “Asian American” and how it came about from the struggles of the Black Power Movement, anti-war movement, and American Indian Movements.

Within Asian American Studies and Gender Studies, there has been discussion around the hyper-sexualization of Asian women as an example of racialized gender.

California community resources collected by the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

If you encounter a hate incident you can report it here.

A collection of anti-Asian violence resources.

A free online picture book about anti-Asian racism and COVID-19. It was written with Asian American children in mind, but can be read by children and parents of any background.

Information from the Asian Mental Health Collective.

An Asian American K-12 resource: Confronting Xenophobia and Supporting Asian and Asian/Pacific American Communities during COVID-19.

You may also choose to use the hashtag #StopAsianHate when sharing resources on your personal social media.

The Sonoma County Library opposes the recent acts of violence against people of Asian descent and the ongoing discrimination and hate crimes that are a result of a legacy of systemic racism. The library is on record opposing bigotry and intolerance, and supporting equity diversity and inclusion. See our statement on racism and social equity here.

 

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Celebrating Día / Celebrando Día

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The common goals of Día are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories, and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

Sonoma County Library celebrates Día this year with two fun activities:

Mi Libro/My Book. This fun literacy project invites caregivers and children to use drawings, collage and/or photos to create a book that is all about the child’s interests. Pick up the Día craft activity kit at your local branch starting Monday, April 12.

Celebrate Día Virtual Event. Join your bilingual librarians on Friday, April 30th at 10:30 AM for a virtual story time with books, songs, and a show and tell, where participating children can share their Mi Libro/My Book creations!

All scheduled El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) events.

These activities are made possible by a grant from the Early Learning with Families (ELF) project, an initiative of the California State Library. The ELF project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Celebrando el Día:

El día de los niños / El día de los libros, comúnmente conocido como Día, es una celebración diaria de niños, familias y lectura que culmina anualmente el 30 de abril. La celebración enfatiza la importancia de la alfabetización para los niños de todos los orígenes lingüísticos y culturales.

Los objetivos comunes de Día son:

The common goals of Día are to:

  • Celebrar a los niños y conéctelos con el mundo del aprendizaje a través de libros, cuentos y bibliotecas.
  • Fomentar el desarrollo cognitivo y de la alfabetización de manera que se respete y adopte el idioma y la cultura del hogar del niño.
  • Presentar a las familias los recursos comunitarios que brindan oportunidades de aprendizaje a través de múltiples alfabetizaciones.
  • Reconocer y respetar la cultura, el patrimonio y el idioma como instrumentos poderosos para fortalecer a las familias y las comunidades.

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma está celebrando Día este año con dos actividades divertidos:

Mi Libro/My Book. Este proyecto de alfabetización invita a los niños y sus cuidadores a utilizar dibujos, collage y/o fotografías para crear un libro que trata sobre los intereses del niño. Recoja el paquete de actividades Día en su sucursal local a partir del lunes 12 de abril.

Celebre el evento virtual Día. ¡Únase a sus bibliotecarias bilingües el viernes, 30 de abril a las 10:30 AM para una hora de cuentos con libros, canciones, donde los niños participantes podrán compartir sus creaciones de Mi Libro / My Book!

Todos los eventos programados El día de los niños / El día de los libros.

Estas actividades son posibles gracias a una subvención del proyecto Early Learning with Families (ELF), una iniciativa del California State Library. El proyecto ELF es apoyado total o parcialmente por el U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services bajo las disposiciones del Library Services and Technology Act, administrada en California por el Bibliotecario Estatal.

 

The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

Botanical Bus

Talleres de bienestar virtuales

Cada primer sábado del mes de marzo a noviembre 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am

La Biblioteca se complace en colaborar con The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic para ofrecer talleres de bienestar virtuales que alientan a los miembros de la comunidad a aprender sobre el conocimiento indígena de la medicina herbal. Promotoras de Salud, presentaran cada tema e intercambiaran conocimientos sobre remedios, recetas y medicinas para potenciar la salud integral dentro de la comunidad. Impulsados por el éxito comprobado del modelo comunitario de autocuración, los talleres mensuales gratuitos cultivan el liderazgo y potencian la salud integral de la gente, para la gente.


The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic. Ver toda la serie.


Sábado, 3/6

Hablando de diabetes con Juliana Jimenez
Aprende como puedes manejar tu diabetes para alcanzar un estilo de vida más saludable y satisfactoria.

Registrarse


Sábado, 4/3

Practicas de meditación para manejar el estrés con Maria Rivera
Aprende prácticas de autocuidado que nos ayudarán a reducir el estrés en un mundo confuso y caótico.

Registrarse


Sábado, 5/1

El jardin de hierbas en primavera con Norma Rico
Tips importantes para sembrar, trasplantar, cosechar y usar las hierbas y plantas medicinales para disfrutarlas en tu cocina.

Registrarse


Sábado, 6/5

Respira: explora tus emociones durante tiempos difíciles con Maria Rivera
Aprenda a desarrollar estrategias para manejar nuestras emociones.

Registrarse


Sábado, 7/3

Diabetes, alimentación y remedios naturales con Juliana Jimenez
Conozca la importancia de la alimentación y los remedios naturales para controlar la diabetes y así lograr un mejor estilo de vida.

Registrarse


Sábado, 8/7

Hierbas que ayudan a manejar la ansiedad con Lu Lu Perez
Únete a nosotros para aprender sobre estas plantas medicinales y sus propiedades naturales para aliviar el estrés.

Registrarse


Sábado, 9/4

Menopausia: una guía hormonal y natural con Samantha Pérez
Conozca las plantas medicinales que ayudan a regular las hormonas y controlar los síntomas de la menopausia.

Registrarse


Sábado, 10/2

Sanidad y energía ovárica de la mujer con Samantha Pérez
Aprende a respetar tus ciclos y a vivir con ellos de manera consciente para conectar tu energía y sanación.

Registrarse


Sábado, 11/06

Fortalecer el sistema inmune: remedios y plantas medicinales con Angeles Quiñones
Encuentra las diferentes maneras de fortalecer tu sistema inmune y prepara los mejores remedios. ¡Vamos hacer jarabe de sauco y cidra de fuego juntos!

Registrarse


* Todos los eventos son en español con intérprete de inglés.
* Es necesario registrarse por teléfono o en línea, revise los eventos que se enumeran a continuación.
* Para obtener más información sobre The Botanical Bus, visite su sitio web: https://thebotanicalbus.org/

 

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Botanical Bus

Virtual Wellness Workshops

First Saturday of the month
March – November 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Library is pleased to collaborate with local, nonprofit The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic to offer virtual Wellness Workshops that encourage community members to learn about the indigenous knowledge of herbal medicine. Promotoras de Salud, will present each topic and exchange knowledge of remedies, recipes, and medicine to empower holistic health within the community. Driven by the proven success of the self-healing community model, the monthly workshops cultivate leadership and empower holistic health by the people, for the people.


The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic. View the whole series.


Saturday, 3/6

Talking about Diabetes with Juliana Jimenez
Learn how you can manage your diabetes to achieve a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.

Register


Saturday, 4/3

Meditation Practices to Manage Stress with Maria Rivera
Learn self-care practices that will help us reduce stress in a confusing and chaotic world.

Register


Saturday, 5/1

The Herbal Garden in Spring with Norma Rico
Learn important tips for sowing, transplanting, harvesting and using herbs and medicinal plants to enjoy them in your kitchen.

Register


Saturday, 6/5

Breathe: Explore your Emotions During Hard Times with Maria Rivera
Learn how to develop strategies to manage our emotions.

Register


Saturday, 7/3

Diabetes, Food and Natural Remedies with Juliana Jimenez
Learn the importance of food and natural remedies to control diabetes and thus achieve a better lifestyle.

Register


Saturday, 8/7

Herbs that Help Manage Anxiety with Lu Lu Perez
Join us to learn about the medicinal plants and their natural stress relieving properties.

Register


Saturday, 9/4

A hormonal and Natural Guide with Samantha Pérez
Learn about the medicinal plants that help regulate hormones and control the symptoms of menopause.

Register


Saturday, 10/2

Women's Ovarian Health and Energy with Samantha Pérez
Learn how to respect your cycles and live with them in a conscious way to connect your energy and healing.

Register

Saturday, 11/06

Strengthening the Immune System: Medicinal Remedies and Plants with Angeles Quiñones
Find the different ways to strengthen your immune system and prepare the best remedies. Let's make elderberry syrup and fire cider together!

Register


* All events are in Spanish with an English interpreter.
* Registration is required by phone or online, please review the events listed below
* For more information about The Botanical Bus, please visit their website: https://thebotanicalbus.org/

 

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More Student Learning Support - Más recursos para apoyar a estudiantes

Your Sonoma County Library card now gives you access to more California State Library databases to support K-12 learning. Dive into this new suite of resources:

  • The ProQuest Suite, including CultureGrams. CultureGrams provides country and state reports that deliver a perspective on daily life and culture. Explore the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people! Also new in the ProQuest Suite are ProQuest Research Companion, eLibrary, SIRS Discoverer, and SIRS Issues Researcher.

  • Book Connections: An easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. Book Connections is the public library version of TeachingBooks.net.

These new resources are an expansion of the previous state funded package that includes Britannica School, TeachingBooks.net, Escolar, and New York Times access.

All resources can be found on the A-Z list of eResources page.

Student OneCards and Educator Cards are also now able to access hoopla thanks to a generous donation from the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation. Hoopla is a one stop shop for your streaming digital media needs.


Su tarjeta de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma ahora le da acceso a más bases de datos de la Biblioteca del Estado de California para apoyar el aprendizaje K-12. Revise estos nuevos recursos:

  • ProQuest Suite, incluidos CultureGrams. CultureGrams proporciona información nacional y estatal que ofrece una perspectiva de la vida y cultura diaria de la gente del mundo. Explore los antecedentes, costumbres y estilos de vida. También nuevo en ProQuest Research Companion, eLibrary, SIRS Discoverer y SIRS Issues Researcher.

  • Book Connections: un sitio web fácil de usar que agrega una dimensión multimedia a las experiencias de lectura de libros para niños y jóvenes. Book Connections es la versión de biblioteca pública de TeachingBooks.net.

Estos nuevos recursos son una expansión del paquete financiado anteriormente por el estado que incluye acceso a Britannica School, TeachingBooks.net, Escolar y New York Times.

Todos los recursos se pueden encontrar en la lista A-Z de la página de recursos electrónicos.

Student OneCards y las tarjetas para educadores ahora también pueden acceder hoopla gracias a una generosa donación de la Fundación de la Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Sonoma. Hoopla es una ventanilla única para sus necesidades de materiales digitales.

 

LumaCon 2021! - ¡LumaCon 2021!

LumaCon 2021 is all virtual this year, but that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any of the fun we have in person. Take some time to explore our website www.lumacon.net for all the fun.

What we have planned:

Contests:

Crafts:

Our wonderful children’s librarians are providing you the materials to make all of the fun crafts from previous years, including masks, capes, magnets, and shields. Come by the Petaluma Regional Library to pick up a superhero crafting kit to have fun crafting at home! Check out our awesome, instructional videos at LumaCon!2021 Crafts.

Starting January 19, come by the Petaluma Regional Library to pick up a sword making kit to have fun crafting and LARPing at home! Watch Christopher Melville’s wonderful instructional video at LumaCon!2021 Crafts.

We’ve also partnered with Rima Makaryan from the Monarch Project on another take home craft to paint beautiful butterflies. The butterfly craft bags are available at the Petaluma Regional Library between January 19 and January 29. Watch the Rima Makaryan's instructional video at LumaCon!2021 Crafts Return your artistic butterfly by February 6 to the library to be included in a public art display.

All crafting supplies are limited, first come, first served during curbside hours.

Showcase your art on Facebook or Instagram with #lumacon2021 and/or tag us @LumaCon2021 on Facebook and peta_lumacon on Instagram.

Panels:

Gaming:

Drawing:

Petaluma’s Towel Man will be spinning a wheel of prompts every hour on the hour of drawing prompts. Submit your artwork or lego creation to go with the prompt by tagging our Instagram (@peta_lumacon) in your own Instagram post for a ticket in our prize raffle.

Thank you to our Friends of the Library as well as many other local businesses who have supported ourLumaCon 2021!

 

LumaCon 2021 es virtual este año, pero eso no significa que te perderás nada de la diversión que tendríamos en persona. Visita nuestro sitio web lumacon.net para explorar toda la diversión.

¿Qué hemos planeado?

Concursos:

Arte:

Nuestras maravillosas bibliotecarias para niños te están proporcionando los materiales para hacer todas las divertidas manualidades de años anteriores, incluidas máscaras, capas, imanes y escudos.

¡Ven a la Biblioteca Regional de Petaluma para recoger un kit de superhéroes para divertirte haciendo manualidades en casa! Mira nuestros increíbles videos instructivo en LumaCon!2021 Crafts.

También nos hemos asociado con Rima Makaryan del Proyecto Monarca en una manualidad para pintar hermosas mariposas. Las bolsas de manualidades de mariposas están disponibles en la Biblioteca Regional de Petaluma entre el 19 y el 29 de enero. Ve el video instructivo de Rima Makaryan en LumaCon!2021 Crafts Entrega tu mariposa artística en la biblioteca antes del 6 de febrero para que esté incluido en una exhibición de arte público.

Todos los materiales de arte son limitado, por orden de llegada, durante las horas del servicio desde la acera.

Muestra tu arte en Facebook o Instagram con #lumacon2021 y etiquetanos @LumaCon2021 en Facebook y peta_lumacon en Instagram.

Paneles:

Ve mensajes especiales durante todo el día de Endor Base y Rebel Alliance.

Juegos:

Arte:

Towel Man de Petaluma hará girar una rueda de indicaciones de dibujo cada hora en punto. Envíe su obra de arte o creación de lego para acompañar el mensaje etiquetando nuestro Instagram (@peta_lumacon) en su propia publicación de Instagram para obtener un boleto para la rifa de premios.

Gracias a los Amigos de la Biblioteca de Petaluma y a los muchos negocios locales que han apoyado nuestro evento con premios.

 

Our Digital Magazines are Moving to OverDrive!

Starting February 19th, our digital magazines, currently available in the RBDigital app, will be available on OverDrive/Libby. We have access to over 3,000 magazines from around the world in many languages. This collection includes popular titles such as Us Weekly, The New Yorker, New Scientist, Newsweek, Cook’s Illustrated and many more! Magazines will not count towards your checkout limits in OverDrive/Libby. Explore and check out as many as you want!

New to Libby? Get started here: https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/1307.html

 

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