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Cuéntenos su Experiencia de Inmigrante

Comparte su historia para una colección especial

Los inmigrantes en el Condado de Sonoma están invitados a enviar una historia escrita o contarnos verbalmente sobre su experiencia de inmigrante. Estamos buscando historias de inmigrantes que han venido de TODAS PARTES, y en este momento podemos traducir historias enviadas en inglés o español. La fecha límite para enviar todas las historias es: 30 de septiembre de 2022.

El tema: Comparta su historia sobre dejar su país de origen y buscar su futuro en los Estados Unidos. ¿Qué hizo y qué se sintió? ¿Qué renunció? ¿Qué gano? Las historias deben reflejar la voz del escritor. No hay necesidad de "perfección" o reglas de escritura rígidas. Las historias DEBEN ser sobre el tema de las experiencias de los inmigrantes para ser incluidas en esta colección.

El Proyecto: El Laboratorio de Innovación de la Biblioteca de Humanidades de California en asociación con el Programa de Alfabetización de Adultos de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma están creando una antología titulada: Llegadas y Salidas. Esta colección contará las historias de inmigrantes en todo el condado de Sonoma y destacará su experiencia con sus propias palabras. Esta colección especial estará disponible impresa en invierno y se distribuirá a todos los participantes. Las Llegadas y Salidas también estarán disponibles para prestar para todos los residentes.

Dos eventos de autor GRATIS para comenzar a este proyecto:

(no es necesario asistir para enviar una historia)

Francisco Jimenez photo

27 de agosto de 2022 — 10:30am - 11:30am

Charla virtual de autor de Francisco Jiménez sobre su experiencia de crecer en una familia de trabajadores migrantes. Describirá su proceso utilizado en la escritura de su serie de memorias de cuatro libros: Cajas de cartón, Senderos fronterizos and Más allá de mí, Taking Hold y explicará por qué escribe.

Regístrese aquí


Reyna Grande photo

3 de septiembre de 2022 — 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Charla de autor en persona y taller de escritura con Reyna Grande sobre cómo escribir sus historias. Inmigrante, Reyna Grande es autora de las memorias: La distancia entre nosotros y La búsqueda de un sueño, y de las novelas A través de cien montañas, Bailando con mariposas y Corrido de amor y gloria.

Ubicación: Sala del Foro de la Biblioteca Central Santa Rosa
211 E Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Regístrese aquí


FECHA DE ENTREGA para enviar su experiencia de inmigrante: 30 de septiembre de 2022

Las historias recibidas antes de esta fecha serán aceptadas en los siguientes formatos:

  • Por escrito (copia en papel, archivos adjuntos de correo electrónico en Word, envío escrito a mano o escrito a máquina aceptado)
  • Para contar su historia de experiencia de inmigrante a un miembro del personal verbalmente (inglés/español), llame a 707-544-2622 para concertar una cita.

Autorización requerida: Todas las presentaciones deben incluir un formulario de autorización (permiso) firmado. Este formulario nos permite incluir su historia en la colección impresa y notificarle cuando su copia de Llegadas y Salidas esté disponible. Por favor, llene completamente este formulario de autorización y envíelo por correo electrónico con el envío de su historia antes del 30 de septiembre de 2022.

Jovanna Ayala, Servicios de alfabetización de adultos, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Correo electrónico: literacy@sonomalibrary.org
Teléfono: 707-544-2622

Este proyecto fue posible gracias al apoyo de California Humanities, un socio sin fines de lucro de la Fundación Nacional para las Humanidades. Visita www.calhum.org.

  

 

Notice of Availability and Notice of Public Hearing Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan


Notice of Availability & Notice of Public Hearing

Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan

Notice of availability and notice of public hearing of the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan was given by order of the Sonoma County Library Director on July 1, 2022. At the Library Commission Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Chair Deborah Doyle removed Item 10.1 Accept Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan from the agenda and moved the item to the September Library Commission Meeting. At the August 3, 2022 Library Commission Meeting, Matthew Anderson, Architect, of Bureau Veritas provided an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan.

All public agencies with greater than 50 employees like the Sonoma County Library must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act Title II (28CFR part 35.150(d)) to actively plan for equal access for people with disabilities.

A copy of the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan can be reviewed at the Central Santa Rosa Library, Cloverdale Regional Library, Forestville Community Library, Guerneville Regional Library, Healdsburg Regional Library, Northwest Santa Rosa Library, Occidental Community Library, Petaluma Regional Library, Rincon Valley Regional Library, Rohnert Park – Cotati Regional Library, Roseland Regional Library, Sebastopol Regional Library, Sonoma Valley Regional Library, and Windsor Regional Library during normal work hours, and via the internet at https://www.sonomalibrary.org/ (search for ADA).

Notice is hereby given that the Sonoma County Library will conduct a public hearing at the date time and location stated below for the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan, to protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the services, programs and activities of local governments.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: via Zoom (email ldavison@sonomalibrary.org for access)

Notice is hereby given that any and all persons interested in this matter may attend the hearing and testify or present evidence concerning any matter related thereto.

This notice is given by order of the Sonoma County Library Interim Director and is dated August 15, 2022.


 

Tell Us Your Immigrant Experience

Share Your Story for a Special Collection

Immigrants in Sonoma County are invited to submit a written story or tell us verbally about their Immigrant Experience. We are seeking stories from immigrants who have come from EVERYWHERE, and at this time we can translate stories submitted in English or Spanish. The deadline for all story submissions is: September 30, 2022.

The Topic: Share your story about leaving your home country and seeking your future in the United States. What did you do and feel? What did you give up? What did you gain? Stories should reflect the voice of the writer. There is no need for “perfection” or rigid writing rules. Stories MUST be on the theme of Immigrant Experiences to be included in this collection.

The Project: The California Humanities Library Innovation Lab in partnership with the Sonoma County Library Adult Literacy Program are creating an anthology entitled: Arrivals and Departures. This collection will feature stories of immigrants throughout Sonoma County and highlight their experience in their own words. This special collection will be available in print in Winter and will be distributed to all participants. Arrivals and Departures will also be available to check-out by all residents through the Sonoma County Library.

Two FREE author events to kick off this project:

(you do not need to attend to submit a story)

Francisco Jimenez photo

August 27, 2022 — 10:30am - 11:30am

Virtual Author Talk by Francisco Jiménez on his experience growing up in a family of migrant workers. He will describe his process used in writing his four-book memoirs series - The Circuit, Breaking Through and Reaching Out, Taking Hold and explain why he writes.

Register here


Reyna Grande photo

September 3, 2022 — 1:30pm - 4:30pm

In-person Author Talk and Writing Workshop with Reyna Grande on writing your stories. An immigrant herself, Reyna Grande is the author of the memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home, and the novels Across a Hundred Mountains, Dancing With Butterflies, and A Ballad of Love and Glory.

Location: Central Santa Rosa Library Forum Room
211 E Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Register here


DEADLINE to Submit your Immigrant Experience: September 30, 2022

Stories received by this date will be accepted in the following formats:

  • In writing (hard copies, email attachments in Word, hand-written or typed submission accepted)
  • To tell your Immigrant Experience story to a staff member verbally (English/Spanish), call 707-544-2722 to set up an appointment.

Release required: All submissions must include a signed release (permission) form. This form allows us to include your story in the printed collection and notify you when your copy of Arrivals and Departures is available. Please fill it out completely this release form and send or email it in with your story submission by September 30, 2022.

Jovanna Ayala, Adult Literacy Services, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Email: literacy@sonomalibrary.org
Phone: 707-544-2622

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

  

 

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Día de encontrar la historia del condado de Sonoma

¿Está interesado en los muchos grupos e individuos que dieron forma a la historia de su comunidad? ¿Tienes curiosidad por los edificios desaparecidos que solían estar en tu cuadra? ¿Busca registros históricos locales raros, fotografías y artefactos?

Retroceda en el tiempo y únase a más de 30 organizaciones históricas y culturales locales mientras exhiben sus colecciones, tesoros escondidos y próximos proyectos en el Día de la búsqueda de la historia del Condado de Sonoma el sábado 6 de agosto, de 10 am a 2 pm en el Finley Community Center, Auditorio Person, 2060 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa.

The free event is presented by the Sonoma County Historical Society, which also celebrates its 60th anniversary this summer, and is co-hosted by the Sonoma County Library. Sponsors include many notable local groups and associations, such as the Redwood Empire Chinese Association, Harry Lindstrom of the Sea Ranch Archives Committee, the Filipino American National Historical Society, the Rancho Bodega Historical Society and the Japanese American Citizens League.

El evento gratuito es presentado por Sonoma County Historical Society, que también celebra su 60 aniversario este verano, y es co-organizado por la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma. Los patrocinadores incluyen muchos grupos y asociaciones locales notables, como Redwood Empire Chinese Association, Harry Lindstrom del Sea Ranch Archives Committee, Filipino American National Historical Society, Rancho Bodega Historical Society y el Japanese American Citizens League.

"Aquí hay una oportunidad, todo en un solo lugar, para que los residentes conozcan a los grupos a menudo ocultos, que mantienen viva la cultura y la historia en todos los rincones del condado", dijo el presidente de Sonoma County Historical Society, Ray Johnson.

Las organizaciones públicas, privadas, académicas y gubernamentales locales compartirán sus proyectos en curso y destacarán muestras de sus posesiones: los participantes van desde el Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery y Fort Ross Conservancy hasta Sonoma County Historical Records Commission. El evento también incluirá firmas de libros de autores locales y muchas presentaciones que presentarán la diversidad del rico legado del condado de Sonoma.

Las Colecciones Especiales de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma se presentarán en el evento, y el BiblioBus, el centro tecnológico móvil del sistema de bibliotecas, hará una parada frente al edificio. ¡Regístrese para obtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca, acceda a Wi-Fi gratuito y eche un vistazo a libros y medios en el autobús!

 

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School Resources from Your Library

Sonoma County Library is here to help with your back-to-school needs. Are you a parent of a school-age child or children? A student yourself? Maybe you want to enrich your life and embark on your own personal learning journey. We've put together a list of resources that you may find useful during the school year...and beyond! All you need is a Sonoma County Library card to access the below resources.

School-Age

  • BookFlix pairs classic children’s picture books with a related nonfiction eBook. Puzzles, games, and age-appropriate web links allow kids to further explore.
  • Find educational eBooks and eAudiobooks, and stream movies, music, newspapers, and magazines, with eResources like Libby, by OverDrive and Kanopy. Enjoy children’s and teen collections through Libby, by OverDrive.
  • CultureGrams provides country reports on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and reading abilities.
  • MakeMake is entirely in Spanish and offers animated and interactive books and many more resources for parents and educators to help develop Spanish language literacy in children from birth through elementary school.
  • National Geographic Kids houses books, videos, magazines and pictures produced by National Geographic for children.
  • TeachingBooks.net and Book Connections add a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books.
  • Students of any age can connect with free tutors and more at Tutor.com.
  • ScienceFlix offers engaging science content for students spanning grades 4-10.
  • Science: Interactive helps students better visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.
  • Critically analyze and understand important topics that affect people around the world with periodicals and multimedia through Environmental Studies In Context.
  • Our Student OneCard partnership provides students access to library resources using their student ID number. See the list of participating schools and learn more about Student OneCards.

Adult Education

  • The Sonoma County Library Adult Literacy Program provides one-on-one tutoring for adults who want to improve their English language and reading and writing skills. Call 707-544-2622 for more information.
  • Earn your high school diploma online with Career Online High School.
  • Learn business, technology, and creative skills with video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning.
  • Job & Career Accelerator offer powerful tools, skill-building resources, and guidance to achieve your educational goals.
  • VetNow offers learning tools including live online tutoring, a writing lab, and an extensive library of lessons, videos tutorials, and practice tests.
  • LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks for all ages.
  • Learn a new language or brush up on one you're already familiar with! Mango Languages is fun and easy to use.
  • Students of any age can connect with free tutors and more at Tutor.com.
  • Great Courses are expertly-produced audio and video courses by professors such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Access the Great Courses collection on Kanopy, Libby, by OverDrive, and hoopla.

Recursos escolares de la biblioteca

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma está aquí para ayudarlos con sus necesidades para prepararse para regresar a la escuela. ¿Es usted padre de un niño o niños de edad escolar? ¿Un estudiante usted mismo? Quizás le interesa aprender por sí mismo. ¡Hemos reunido una lista de recursos útiles para el año escolar y más allá! Lo único que necesita es una tarjeta de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma para utilizar los siguientes recursos.

Para niños y adolescentes

  • BookFlix combina libros ilustrados clásicos para niños con un libro electrónico de no ficción relacionado. Rompecabezas, juegos y enlaces apropiados para su edad permiten a los niños explorar más a fondo.
  • Encuentre libros electrónicos educativos y libros de audio electrónicos, y transmita películas, música, periódicos y revistas, con eResources como Libby, de OverDrive y Kanopy. Disfrute de los niños y adolescentes colecciones a través de Libby, por OverDrive.
  • CultureGrams tiene reportes de países sobre su cultura y vida cotidiana e información para contextualizar los costumbres y estilos de vida alrededor del mundo.
  • Escolar es una enciclopedia en línea en español para aprender sobre cualquier asunto y ofrece información al nivel de lectura del estudiante.
  • Britannica School es una enciclopedia en línea en inglés para aprender sobre cualquier asunto y ofrece información al nivel de lectura del estudiante.
  • Completamente en español, MakeMake ofrece libros animados e interactivos, y una gran cantidad de recursos para padres y maestros que ayudarán a desarrollar la alfabetización en español de niños desde su nacimiento hasta que cumplen la primaria.
  • National Geographic Kids tiene libros, videos, revistas e imágenes producidas por National Geographic para niños.
  • TeachingBooks.net y Book Connections proporciona una experiencia de lectura con contenido multimedia para libros de niños y adolescentes.
  • Los estudiantes de cualquier edad pueden conectarse con tutores gratis y mucho más en Tutor.com.
  • ScienceFlix ofrece contenido científico interesante para estudiantes de los grados 4-10.
  • Science: Interactive ayuda a los estudiantes a visualizar y comprender conceptos de la biología, la química, las ciencias de la tierra y la ciencia del espacio.
  • Environmental Studies In Context ofrece publicaciones periódicas y multimedias para hacer un análisis crítico y entender temas importantes que le afecta a la gente en todos lugares del mundo.
  • Nuestra colaboración de Student OneCard los da a los estudiantes acceso a recursos de la biblioteca utilizando su número de identificación escolar. Vea aquí la lista de escuelas participantes y aprenda más sobre las tarjetas de Student OneCard.

Educación para adultos

  • El Programa de Alfabetización de Adultos de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma proporciona tutoría individual para adultos que desean mejorar sus habilidades en el inglés y la lectura y la escritura: 707-544-2622.
  • Gane su diploma de GED en línea con Career Online High School.
  • Aprenda sobre negocios, tecnología, y destrezas creativas con tutoriales en video de LinkedIn Learning.
  • Job & Career Accelerator tiene recursos y herramientas para aprender y lograr sus metas de estudio.
  • LearningExpress Library tiene tutoriales en video, pruebas de práctica y libro electrónicos para todas edades.
  • Mango Languages le ayuda aprender nuevos idiomas o mejorar el segundo idioma. ¡Es divertido y fácil!
  • Tutor.com ofrece sesiones gratuitas en vivo con tutores expertos en matemáticas, inglés, etc.
  • Great Courses es una manera de ver y escuchar series de lecturas y talleres en video. Puede acceder a Great Courses a través de Kanopy, OverDrive, y hoopla.

 

2022 North Bay Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week

Did you know that Californians throw away six pounds of trash every day, equivalent to almost 2,200 pounds every year, roughly the weight of a subcompact car? What role can libraries play in creating or mitigating waste?

In his book, Seven Wonders: Everyday Things for a Healthier Planet, John Ryan states, “a 100 percent reused library book produces no waste and consumes no energy.” He lists the public library as one of the Seven Wonders.

As an environmentally-minded community stakeholder, the Sonoma County Library has been a member of the Zero Waste North Bay Task Force for over five years and proudly participates in the first annual North Bay Zero Waste Week!

From Sunday, July 24, through Saturday, July 30, organizations and community groups across Sonoma County will be hosting different events to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of waste, and offer actionable ways to live a zero waste lifestyle.

This is an opportunity for participants to learn new skills, build community, and create sustainable habits through the lens of zero waste. Focusing on solutions for reducing, reusing, redesigning, repurposing, repairing, recycling and composting to limit landfill, water, and energy waste!

On Wednesday, July 27, POP for a Porpoise, an interactive program educating kids about the plastic ocean pollution epidemic, will be held at the Rincon Valley Library at 11 a.m. The Sonoma County Library also has books and resources available all year round. Check out the list below, stop by your local library branch, or explore at sonomalibrary.org.


Streaming Selections Available on Kanopy

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One Small Step

What happens to everything we use after we throw it away? We’re breaking down the issue of waste and sustainability piece by piece to answer one of the most important questions facing the world today: How do we save our planet?


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The Story of Plastic Documentary

The Story of Plastic is a searing expose, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling.


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Trashed Documentary

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.


Books Available from the Library

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The Zero Waste Solution:
Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time

by P.H. Connett

In The Zero Waste Solution, author and scientist-turned-activist Paul Connett profiles the most successful zero-waste initiatives around the world, showing activists, planners, and entrepreneurs how to re-envision their community’s waste-handling process by doing the following: consuming less; turning organic waste into compost; recycling and reusing other waste; demanding non-wasteful product design; and, creating jobs and bringing community members together in the process.


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No Planet B:
A Teen Vogue Guide to Climate Justice

by Lucy Diavolo

An urgent call for climate justice from Teen Vogue, one of this generation’s leading voices, using an intersectional lens—with critical feminist, indigenous, antiracist, and internationalist perspectives.


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Your Planet Needs You:
A Kid’s Guide to Reducing Waste and Recycling

by Philip Bunting

An inspiring guide packed with simple explanations of how kids and their families can reduce, re-use, and recycle to help clean up our planet.


Countywide events include:

  • A Fix-it Clinic and Reuse Fair on July 24 at Tek Tailor in Santa Rosa
  • A Zero Waste Water Webinar on July 26.
  • A Clothing Swap on July 27 at Grand Central Petaluma Coffee
  • A Compost Workshop at the Guerneville Regional Library on July 30
  • And much more!

The full schedule of events is at zerowastenorthbay.org.

Oh! If you are wondering, some of the other Seven Wonders are: the bicycle, the ceiling fan, the clothesline and the ladybug!

 

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La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma es para todos

Todos son bienvenidos en la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma, una institución construida sobre la libertad de expresión donde la gente se reúne para descubrir, aprender y compartir. El 10 de junio, un patrón entró en la Biblioteca Rohnert Park-Cotati y sacó todos los libros del lado de niños y adolescentes de la exhibición del Mes del Orgullo. Poco después, un esfuerzo anti-LGBTQ reclamó la responsabilidad del acto como parte de una acción nacional de Ocultar el Orgullo (Hide the Pride).

Con la intención de restringir el acceso de los lectores a libros sobre personajes o temas LGBTQ, Hide the Pride es un esfuerzo hacia la censura que va en contra de los valores de la biblioteca.

El incidente en la sucursal de Rohnert Park-Cotati fue profundamente preocupante para muchos usuarios y personal de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma, especialmente a la luz de las numerosas y continuas confrontaciones públicas sobre temas de LQBTQ que ocupan los titulares. El Equipo de Defensa Queer (Queer Advocacy Team) de la biblioteca se dedica a colecciones, programación y divulgación en apoyo de la comunidad LGBTQ, y no duda en reconocer y abordar la homofobia; rápidamente informamos el acto a la Asociación Americana de Bibliotecas (American Library Association).

Después de que un artículo que detalla el incidente salió en la Press Democrat el 24 de junio, la biblioteca recibió una gran cantidad de apoyo. Los miembros de la comunidad llamaron, entraron en las sucursales, publicaron en las redes sociales y enviaron correos electrónicos para expresar su apoyo a su biblioteca y su indignación por el incidente. La gente también donó fondos y libros LGBTQ adicionales para agregar a la colección.

Los Comisionados de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma recibieron más de 50 correos electrónicos de miembros de la comunidad expresando su apoyo a la celebración del Mes del Orgullo en la biblioteca y a la colección de materiales diversos e inclusivos.

Agradecemos a aquellos que defienden a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad y continuaremos ofreciendo materiales diversos e inclusivos y sirviendo a todos los patrocinadores del Condado de Sonoma. La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma es para todos.

 

"Por favor, sepan que apoyo la colección de libros sobre una amplia variedad de temas, incluyendo DEI (Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión). Es vital que los niños tengan una opción de libros en la biblioteca. Es triste que algunas personas prohíban la libertad de elegir libros sobre temas de diversidad, equidad e inclusión". —Laurie (patrona de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma)

"Quiero agradecer a cada uno de ustedes por su trabajo continuo para celebrar a todas las personas. Me entristeció profundamente leer sobre el incidente en la Biblioteca de Rohnert Park. Las bibliotecas han proporcionado una base para la libertad y la justicia en esta nación. Por favor, continúen con su buen trabajo".—Linda (patrona de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma)

Recursos

 

  • Finding History

    A Celebration of Sonoma County’s Unique Past

A Celebration of Sonoma County’s Unique Past

Are you interested in the many groups and individuals who shaped the history of your community? Curious about long-gone buildings that used to stand on your block? Looking for rare local historical records, photographs and artifacts?

Step back in time and join over 30 local historical and cultural organizations as they showcase their collections, hidden treasures and upcoming projects at Sonoma County Finding History Day on Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Finley Community Center, Person Auditorium, 2060 W. College Ave, Santa Rosa.

The free event is presented by the Sonoma County Historical Society, which also celebrates its 60th anniversary this summer, and is co-hosted by the Sonoma County Library. Sponsors include many notable local groups and associations, such as the Redwood Empire Chinese Association, Harry Lindstrom of the Sea Ranch Archives Committee, the Filipino American National Historical Society, the Rancho Bodega Historical Society and the Japanese American Citizens League.

“Here is a chance, all in one place, for residents to meet the often-hidden groups, which are keeping culture and history alive in all corners of the county,” said Sonoma County Historical Society President Ray Johnson.

 “Sonoma County has been blessed with the rich diversity which comes from people from all corners of the world. Finding History Day will provide a chance for students to engage with great resources for future research and reports,” added Michael Von der Porten, treasurer for the Sonoma County Historical Society and archivist for the Drake Navigators Guild.

 Local public, private, academic and governmental organizations will share their ongoing projects and highlight samples of their holdings—participants range from the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery and Fort Ross Conservancy to the Sonoma County Historical Records Commission. The event will also include book signings by local authors and many presentations featuring the diversity of Sonoma County’s rich legacy.

 Sonoma County Library Special Collections will be tabling at the event, and the BiblioBus, the mobile tech-hub of the library system, will make a stop in front of the building. Register for a library card, access free Wi-Fi, and check out books and media on the bus!

  • Emptied Pride Shelf

    Hide the Pride action

Sonoma County Library is for Everyone

All are welcome at the Sonoma County Library, an institution built on free speech where people come together to discover, learn, and share. On June 10, a patron came into the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library and checked out all of the books on the children and teens side of the Pride Month display. Shortly after, an anti-LGBTQ+ effort claimed responsibility for the act as part of a national Hide the Pride action.

Intended to restrict readers from accessing books about LGBTQ+ characters or subject matter, Hide the Pride is an effort toward censorship that is against the library's values.

The incident at the Rohnert Park-Cotati branch was deeply troubling for many Sonoma County Library patrons and staff, especially in light of the numerous and ongoing public confrontations over LQBTQ+ issues making headlines. The library’s Queer Advocacy Team devotes itself to collections, programming, and outreach in support of the LGBTQ+ community, and does not hesitate to acknowledge and address homophobia; we swiftly reported the act to the American Library Association.

After an article detailing the incident came out in the Press Democrat on June 24, the library received an outpouring of support. Community members called, came into branches, posted on social media, and emailed to express their support for their library and their outrage at the incident. People also donated funds and additional LGBTQ+ books to add to the collection.

Sonoma County Library Commissioners received over 50 emails from community members expressing their support of the library’s celebration of Pride Month and collection of diverse and inclusive materials.

We thank those who stand up for all members of our community and we will continue to offer diverse and inclusive materials and serve all Sonoma County patrons. Sonoma County Library is for everyone.

  

“Please know that I support the collection of books on a wide variety of topics including DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). It is vital that children have a choice of books at the library. It is sad that some individuals are barring the freedom of choosing books on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.” —Laurie (Sonoma County Library patron)

“I want to thank each of you for your ongoing work to celebrate all people. I was deeply saddened to read of the incident at the Rohnert Park Library. Libraries have provided a foundation for liberty and justice in this nation. Please continue your fine work.”—Linda (Sonoma County Library patron)

Resources

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan – See notice posted on August 15, 2022 for public hearing date


Notice of Availability & Notice of Public Hearing

Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan

All public agencies with greater than 50 employees like the Sonoma County Library must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act Title II (28CFR part 35.150(d)) to actively plan for equal access for people with disabilities.

A copy of the proposed Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan can be reviewed at the Central Santa Rosa Library, Cloverdale Regional Library, Forestville Community Library, Guerneville Regional Library, Healdsburg Regional Library, Northwest Santa Rosa Library, Occidental Community Library, Petaluma Regional Library, Rincon Valley Regional Library, Rohnert Park – Cotati Regional Library, Roseland Regional Library, Sebastopol Regional Library, Sonoma Valley Regional Library, and Windsor Regional Library during normal work hours, and via the internet at https://www.sonomalibrary.org/.

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Time: 6 pm
Location: via Zoom (email ldavison@sonomalibrary.org for access)

Notice is hereby given that the Sonoma County Library will conduct a public hearing at the date time and location stated below for the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Transition Plan, to protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the services, programs and activities of local governments.

Notice is hereby given that any and all persons interested in this matter may attend the hearing and testify or present evidence concerning any matter related thereto.

This notice is given by order of the Sonoma County Library Director and is dated July 1, 2022.


 

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