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Celebrate Hispanic/Latinx heritage with the library

Hispanic • Latinx Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15

Celebrate Sonoma County’s rich Hispanic/Latinx history and culture with the library during Hispanic • Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. This is a time dedicated to recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic or Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to the terms Latino or Latina) people to American society and culture.

The Sonoma County Library will celebrate Hispanic • Latinx Heritage Month with an exciting array of free virtual programs in English and Spanish for all ages, including Latin music history and theory, Latin guitar and ukulele workshops, book recommendations and book clubs, salsa making classes, children’s storytimes, snack tutorials and more. Visit events.sonomalibrary.org/events for Hispanic/Latinx virtual events as well as the library’s YouTube channel. All events are free to the public.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 27.3 percent of Sonoma County residents are Hispanic/Latinx as of 2019. According to the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County is home to the largest Hispanic/Latinx population in the North Bay region. The board projects that by 2060 the Hispanic/Latinx population will make up 40% of Sonoma County’s population.

The Sonoma County Library offers a large collection of English and Spanish books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, video games and online resources for all ages. These materials are available for free via curbside pickup Monday through Saturday at any of the library’s 14 locations. Visit sonomalibrary.org/curbside for more information or to speak with Spanish-speaking staff. Libraries are for everyone. Las bibliotecas son para todos.

Mes de Herencia de Hispana • Latinx corre del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre

Celebre la rica historia y cultura Hispana/Latinx del condado de Sonoma con la biblioteca durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana • Latinx, que se celebra del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. Este es un tiempo dedicado a reconocer los logros y contribuciones de las personas hispanas o latinx (una alternativa neutral en cuanto al género a los términos latinos o latinas) a la sociedad y la cultura estadounidense.

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma celebrará el Mes de la Herencia Hispana • Latinx con una emocionante variedad de programas virtuales gratuitos en inglés y español para todas las edades, incluyendo historia y teoría de la música latina, talleres de guitarra y ukulele latinos, recomendaciones de libros y clubes de lectura, clases de cómo hacer salsa, cuentos infantiles, tutoriales de aperitivos y mucho más. Visite events.sonomalibrary.org/events para conocer los eventos virtuales Hispanos/Latinx, así como nuestro canal de YouTube de la biblioteca. Todos los eventos son gratuitos para el público.

La Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos estima que el 27.3 por ciento de los residentes del Condado de Sonoma son Hispanos/Latinx en 2019. Según la Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma, el Condado de Sonoma es el hogar de la población Hispana/Latinx más grande en la región de North Bay. La junta directiva proyecta que para el 2060 la población Hispana/Latinx será el 40% de la población del condado de Sonoma.

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma ofrece una gran colección de libros en inglés y español, audiolibros, DVDs, CDs, videojuegos y recursos en línea para todas las edades. Estos materiales están disponibles de forma gratuita a través del servicio de recoger desde la acera de lunes a sábado en cualquiera de las 14 sucursales de la biblioteca. Visite sonomalibrary.org/recoger-materiales-de-biblioteca-desde-la-acera para obtener más información o para hablar con el personal en español. Libraries are for everyone. Las bibliotecas son para todos.

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Sonoma County Library Vote 2020

Voter Registration Lookup

California Secretary of State

County of Sonoma Voter Registration Lookup

2020 Election Dates

Voter-Related

  • October 5, 2020: Vote Early at the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office from October 5 - November 3
          Location:
          435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa
          Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
          (Open 7am - 8pm on Election Day)
  • October 5, 2020: Vote by Mail ballots mailed to all registered active Sonoma County voters
  • October 19, 2020: Deadline for Voter Registration Postmarked or Online Form Submitted
    Note: Same Day Voter Registration is available in CA
  • October 31, 2020 - 8pm on November 3, 2020: Polls open for in-person voting or vote by mail ballot drop off
  • November 3, 2020: Presidential Election

Debates

  • September 29, 2020: First Presidential Debate
  • October 7, 2020: Vice-Presidential Debate
  • October 15, 2020: Second Presidential Debate  CANCELED
  • October 22, 2020: Third Presidential Debate

Presidential Candidates

Voting

Your Local Election Contacts

Election Guides / Non-Partisan Voter Information

  • Vote 411
    “Find the latest state-by-state election changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This information is updated regularly throughout the day so please check back regularly for any new information.”
    Website: https://www.vote411.org/COVID
  • National Association of Secretaries of State, Initiative #TrustedInfo2020
    “NASS has launched #TrustedInfo2020—an education effort to promote election officials as the trusted sources of election information. By driving voters directly to election officials’ websites and social media pages, we will ensure voters are getting accurate election information and cut down on the misinformation and disinformation that can surround elections.”
    Website: https://www.nass.org/initiatives/trustedinfo-2020
  • Voter’s Edge California
    “A comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.”
    Website: https://votersedge.org/en/ca
  • Maplight
    “A nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics.”
    Website: https://maplight.org/
  • League of Women Voters of Sonoma County
    “Encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.”
    Website: https://my.lwv.org/california/sonoma-county
    Phone: (707) 546-5943
    Email: info@lwvsonoma.org
  • Vote.org
    “Vote.org is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America.”
    Website: https://www.vote.org/state/california/
  • Nonprofit VOTE
    “Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.”
    Website: https://www.nonprofitvote.org/voting-in-your-state/
  • Get expert advice and interview prep with Tutor.Com

Help for Job Seekers is Just a Click Away

Sonoma County Library offers online access to professional career tutors and job search resources through Tutor.com

  • Career Tutors:  Work one-to-one with professional career tutors in a supportive and encouraging environment. Get help with job searching, resume writing, interview preparation and much more.

  • Drop-Off Résumé Reviews:  Drop off your cover letter or resume anytime, 24/7 for an overnight review. Career tutors will write up a summary of feedback and comment on your file and then send it back to you through a secure, online drop box.

  • SkillsCenter Resource Library.  Access helpful resources for your job search, including resume and cover letter templates and samples, online job

Tutors are available 1:00pm – 10:00pm (Sunday to Saturday).  Need help at a different time? No problem. The Drop-Off Review Service & SkillsCenter Resource Library provides 24/7 access to the career tutors and thousands of job search resources such as resume templates and interview tips.

Getting help is easy. Just go to https://sonomalibrary.org/tutor.  Or, to learn more about the program, ask your local librarian.

 

Tutor.com is a library service funded by Measure Y, thanks to the voters of Sonoma County.

Final Weekly Challenge Compilation

Wow, we did it! Thanks to you to all who participated by sending us your artwork, poetry, and other creative entries, we held seven weeks of creative challenges that all celebrated literacy and the love of reading.

Our seventh and final Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of August 3-6, is compiled below for you to enjoy:

Week Seven Challenge: Book Selfie
Share a picture of you with your favorite book you read this summer.

We know that you have been reading all summer long – you’ve logged more than 1.4 million minutes read—and counting! –in the library summer reading program. This week we get to see your smiling faces in the Book Selfie – and again you continue to be so creative! Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us.

Week Seven Challenge Compilation

 

Week Seven Challenge Compilation

 

Listas de Libros en Español

Listas de Libros para Adultos en Español

Download Adult Celebre Las Vidas Negras PDF

Adult Spanish pg1

Adult Spanish pg4

Adult Spanish pg2

Adult Spanish pg3

Listas de Libros Junior en Español

Download Junior Celebre Las Vidas Negras PDF

Junior Spanish pg1

Junior Spanish pg3

Junior Spanish pg2

Junior Spanish pg4

 

Week Six Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our sixth Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 27-30:

Week Six Challenge: Summer Collage
Make a collage picture of something you see or do in the summer.

We loved seeing the variety of artwork you created around this theme. Thank you so much for sharing your collages with us. See the compilation in the video below:

Week Five Challenge Compilation

 

Week Six Challenge Compilation

And now for our FINAL CHALLENGE:

Week Seven Challenge: Book Selfie
Share a picture of you with your favorite book you read this summer.

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday August 6.

It’s your last chance to participate in our creativity challenge.
Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see your creativity!

 

Week Five Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our fifth Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 20-24:

Week Five Challenge: Your Favorite Book Character
Dress up or cosplay as your favorite book or fandom character.

You keep on amazing us with your creativity! Thank you to all those who were brave enough to submit an entry! See the compilation in the video below:

Week Five Challenge Compilation

 

Week Five Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Six Challenge: Summer Collage
Make a collage picture of something you see or do in the summer.

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 30.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see (and hear!) your creativity!

 

Week Four Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our third Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 13-17:

Week Four Challenge: Your Favorite Poem
Film yourself reciting a poem - your favorite, or one of your own (2 minute limit).

We got fewer entries this week, but it’s a great selection of poems –many of them original!--presented by our participants. Thank you to all those who were brave enough to submit an entry! See the compilation in the video below:

See the compilation in the video below:

Week Two Challenge Compilation

 

Week Four Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Five Challenge: Your Favorite Book Character
Dress up or cosplay as your favorite book or fandom character.

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 23.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see (and hear!) your creativity!

 

Week Three Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our third Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 6-10:

Week Three Challenge: Make a Poster for a Cause
Create and share a poster that supports a cause you feel strongly about.

Once again, we received many entries, and it was inspiring to see the range of causes our participants chose to highlight – from the Ceres Community Project, to Black Lives Matter, to ensuring people are registered to vote, to helping the environment—we love to see the creativity that adults, teens, and children from across the county are displaying around this literary theme.

See the compilation in the video below:

Week Two Challenge Compilation

 

Week Three Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Four Challenge: Your Favorite Poem
Film yourself reciting a poem - your favorite, or one of your own (2 minute limit).

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 16.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see (and hear!) your creativity!

 

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Increasing Student Access to Library Resources

Student OneCards allow student ID numbers to work as library cards

Sonoma County Library has expanded its Student OneCard partnership—which provides local students access to public library resources using their student ID number—to include 16 of 40 Sonoma County school districts, giving nearly 50,000 Sonoma County public school students access to library resources.

The library has been working with additional districts this spring and summer to provide barrier-free access to more students in the community.

“The relationships that we build with the Student OneCard have allowed the Sonoma County Library to bring more value to the partnerships by supporting summer lunch programs at the school districts with free books and summer reading information for all children receiving meals,” said Sonoma County Library Education Initiatives Librarian Rachel Icaza.

“School leaders countywide are seeing, now more than ever, the power of a Sonoma County Library account for their students and the training we provide to their educators. We have more to do but we’ve taken some big strides forward.” Sonoma County school districts enrolled in the Student OneCard partnership include:

  • Alexander Valley School
  • Bellevue Union School District
  • Bennett Valley Union School District
  • Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Oak Grove Union School District
  • Old Adobe Union School District
  • Petaluma City Schools
  • Piner-Olivet Union School District
  • Rincon Valley Union School District
  • Roseland School District
  • Santa Rosa City Schools
  • Sebastopol Union School District
  • West Side Union School District
  • West Sonoma County Union High School District
  • Windsor Unified School District
  • Wright Elementary School District

The library’s goal is to bring the Student OneCard to every kindergarten through 12th grade student in the county. If you are a teacher or school administrator who wants to learn more about how to connect your students and teachers to the incredible, free resources available with a Student OneCard account, email Education Initiatives Librarian Rachel Icaza at ricaza@sonomalibrary.org.

 

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