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    Join the SCPLF August 23 for chocolate, singing, and fun!

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation Hosts Chocolate & Cinema Fundraiser

It's that time of year -- the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation's annual Chocolate & Cinema event -- and this year it's a Grease sing-along! http://scplf.org/grease/

This event is being held on Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 pm at the Rialto Cinema in Sebastopol, CA. $20 per ticket includes chocolates and a bag of popcorn. (Tickets are $25 per person at the door – order your tickets now.) Tickets will sell out fast; click here to purchase individual tickets.

The Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to promote use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading and/or increased literacy for Sonoma County residents. Services supported by the Foundation include Summer Reading Programs, AWE Early Literacy stations, Sonoma County Reads, Spanish-language books and materials, increased access to ebooks and audiobooks, and books for library book discussion groups.

Thank you, SCPLF, for all your support in helping the Sonoma County Library to bring information, ideas, and people together to build a stronger community!

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Library Hosts Together at the Table Events on Topic of Income Inequality

The Sonoma County Library continues its Together at the Table project series hosting two events in August focused on Income Inequality, the sixth and final topic of this year-long grant-funded project. Together at the Table, whose title derives from a line in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, creates opportunities for community members to learn, discuss, and become civically engaged in relevant topics heard in our local newspapers, the news, and in other media daily.

The Income Inequality events include a panel of experts from local agencies and organizations who will share the work they are doing to bring awareness and support to the issues surrounding income inequality in Sonoma County. Join us on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30pm at the Northwest Regional Library, and Wednesday, August 15th at 6:30pm at the Healdsburg Regional Library. Income Inequality partners include the California Labor Commission, North Bay Jobs with Justice, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, and the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board.

In addition to this project’s events, each Library branch has Together at the Table Learning Spaces where patrons can discover and check out materials on the topics discussed during the year. The six topics addressed in the 2017-18 grant period are Climate Change, Immigration, Blackness in America, Women’s Rights, LGBTQI, and Income Inequality.

All Together at the Table events are free and open to all.

"Kindred" Chosen for 2018 Sonoma County Reads Title

We're excited to announce that this year’s Sonoma County Reads selection will be Kindred, by Octavia Butler.

Once again, the title selected for our community-wide shared reading endeavor matches the Work of Literary Merit selected by Santa Rosa Junior College, which greatly expands the range and variety of programming around the book and its themes. This year’s countywide series of events will kick off in October 2016, and will continue through December, during which we anticipate a broad series of events and activities appealing to readers through Sonoma County.

First published in 1979, Kindred explores a number of questions about the legacy of slavery in the United States, gender, race, and power, historical memory and trauma, and the meaning of freedom through a fascinating combination of time travel story and slave narrative.

Octavia Butler was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She was the recipient of many awards including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award and the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.  

We're really excited to be a part of the partnership that will bring events, programming, book groups, and more around the important themes in this book to our community! More information to come!

 

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Read Books, Plant Trees, and Protect Sonoma County's Forests

The Sonoma County Library is helping reforest our community with its Summer Reading Program. For every age level, readers can contribute toward the planting of trees. The Library collaboration with Forest Unlimited, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the forests and watersheds of Sonoma County, offers an altruistic component to this year's summer reading program. In addition to the fun prizes awarded as a way to encourage reading, we are excited to offer a reward where readers can participate in helping our community and environment.

For each Bingo achieved in the Adult Summer Reading Program, participants will earn a contribution toward the planting of trees in Sonoma County, to help with reforestation and renewal after the 2017 fires. With the Teen and Children Summer Reading Programs, among other educational prizes earned through summer reading, there is the award of contribution toward the planting of trees in Sonoma County.

Additionally, join us to learn more about local forest health at one of our “Protecting Sonoma County's Forests--What You Can Do” presentations. Come hear from forest expert Rick Coates, Executive Director of Forest Unlimited. These presentations will be:

  • Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 pm at the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
  • Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm at the Rohnert Park – Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
  • Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 pm at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol
  • Wednesday, August 1 at 5:00 pm at the Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100
  • Saturday, August 11 at 2:00 pm at the Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Ctr., Santa Rosa

 

Summertime is the perfect time for all ages to enjoy books and events. Come to the library to check out books on all the subjects you love and attend a great presentation — your summer days will be filled with imagination and exploration! Not only will the library help improve your mind, it will help plant trees.

These events are free and open to all. For more information, contact Mathew Rose at 707-823-7691 or mrose@sonomalibrary.org.  Keep in touch with these and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

 

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    Summer Reading Author Series

Summer Author Series Weekly Through June 2018

The Sonoma County Library is bringing renowned authors to your libraries for its Summer Reading Author Series. Come meet award-winning authors and learn about their writing processes, their lives, and their art. The Summer Reading Author Series is comprised of visits by seven best-selling and award-winning authors to library branches across Sonoma County. Per our summer reading theme "Reading Takes You Everywhere," this is a great time to travel to libraries across the county to participate in these wonderful community events. The Summer Reading Program is a reading program; there is no better event for libraries than an author visit to support and promote the activity of reading.

Children's Author Carol McCloud Visits Cloverdale Library 3:30pm and 6pm Wednesday June 27



  • Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27, 2018, 3:30pm and 6pm Cloverdale Library

Join us at 3:30pm for a children's event and 6pm for an adult event on Wednesday June 27, 2018, at Cloverdale Library for a talk and reading by bestselling children's author Carol McCloud as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida.

Seven Authors Visit Sonoma County Library in June 2018

Anchee Min

New York Times Bestseller, British Book Award Finalist, Carl Sandburg Award Winner

June 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Rincon Valley Regional Library - 6959 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa

Luis Rodriguez

Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Bestselling author

June 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Healdsburg Regional Library – 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg

Jonathan Alpeyrie

A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

June 16 at 2:00 pm

Guerneville Regional Library - 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville

Gail Tsukiyama

Best-selling author, recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

June 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Petaluma Regional Library - 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma

Kay Ryan

Pulitzer winner, NBCC finalist, US Poet Laureate, MacArthur Genius, National Humanities Medal Honoree

June 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Sonoma Valley Regional Library - 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma

Elif Batuman 

Shortlisted for this year’s Pulitzer Prize

June 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Central Santa Rosa Library – 211 E Street, Santa Rosa

Carol McCloud

Bestselling children’s author

June 27, 3:30-5 pm for a children’s and 6-7:30 pm for an adult event

Cloverdale Regional Library - 401 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Each author will speak for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the events. These events are free and open to all.

For more information, contact Mathew Rose at 707-823-7691 or mrose@sonomalibrary.org. Keep in touch with these and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

  • Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

    Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

Children's Author Carol McCloud Visits Cloverdale Library 3:30pm and 6pm Wednesday June 27

Join us at 3:30pm for a children's event and 6pm for an adult event on Wednesday June 27, 2018, at Cloverdale Library for a talk and reading by bestselling children's author Carol McCloud as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida.

  • Elif Batuman - Monday June 25 at 6pm - Santa Rosa Central Library

    Elif Batuman - Monday June 25 at 6pm - Santa Rosa Central Library

Author Elif Batuman Visits Santa Rosa Central Library 6pm Monday June 25

Join us at 6pm on Monday June 25, 2018, at Santa Rosa Central Library for a talk and reading by author, academic, and journalist Elif Batuman as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of the novel, “The Idiot,” which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,  and “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have been anthologized in the 2014 “Best American Travel Writing” and the 2010 “Best American Essays” collections. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor.

Batuman holds a doctoral degree in comparative literature from Stanford University. From 2010 to 2013, she was writer-in-residence at Koç University, in Istanbul. She lives in New York.

  • Kay Ryan - Saturday June 23 at 2pm - Sonoma Valley Regional Library

    Kay Ryan - Saturday June 23 at 2pm - Sonoma Valley Regional Library

Poet Kay Ryan Visits Sonoma Valley Library 2pm Saturday June 23

Join us at 2pm on Saturday June 23, 2018, at Sonoma Valley Regional Library for a talk and reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and U.S. Poet Laureate (2008-2010) Kay Ryan, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Kay Ryan is an accomplished poet who received the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Fellowship in 2011. “Ryan’s distinctive and tightly woven verse is grounded in inclusive explorations of seemingly familiar language, ideas and experiences” the MacArthur Foundations continues, “Independent from schools of poetry and literary fashion, her mode of expression is a disarmingly clear and accessible style, characterized by concision, rhyme, wordplay and wit”. 

In 2011, Ryan also won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems” (Grove Press, 2010), described as “a body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.”

Ryan has written nine books of poetry, plus a limited edition artist’s book. Her books are: “Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends” (1983), “Strangely Marked Metal” (Copper Beech, 1985), “Flamingo Watching” (Copper Beech, 1994), “Elephant Rocks” (Grove Press, 1996), “Say Uncle” (Grove Press, 2000), “Believe It or Not!” (2002, Jungle Garden Press, edition of 125 copies), “The Niagara River” (Grove Press, 2005) Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed (Red Berry Editions, 2008), The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), and Erratic Facts (Grove Press, 2015).

“Having such an acclaimed artist at the library is one more way we can encourage reading and learning this summer” says library manager, Lisa Musgrove, “Ms. Ryan will speak for about 45 minutes and answer questions for 15 minutes.  Reader’s Books will have copies of Ms. Ryan’s books available for purchase before and after the presentation”.

Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served.

The event is free and open to all.  The library is located at 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.  For more information contact librarian Lisa Musgrove at 996-5217 or lmusgrove@sonomalibrary.org.  Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomavalleylibrary.

  • Gail Tsukiyama - Wednesday June 20 at 7pm - Petaluma Regional Library

    Gail Tsukiyama - Wednesday June 20 at 7pm - Petaluma Regional Library

Author Gail Tsukiyama Visits Petaluma Library Wednesday June 20

Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Petaluma Regional Library for a talk and reading by award winning author Gail Tsukiyama as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Gail Tsukiyama has spoken all over the US and abroad at colleges and universities, book festivals and conferences, and corporate luncheons and fundraising events. In September of 2001, she was one of fifty authors chosen by the Library of Congress to participate in the first National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and has been guest speaker at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and the Toronto and Vancouver International Writers’ Festival. She has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. She is also the first author to receive the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center of the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute.

Tsukiyama has written seven novels. Her books are: Women of the Silk (1991), The Samurai’s Garden (1995), Night of Many dreams (1998), The Language of Threads (1999), Dreaming Water (2002), The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (2007), and A Hundred Flowers (2012).

“This is a very exciting opportunity for the library and for our patrons who are fans of her books and interested in the writing process” says librarian, Emma Wendel. “Ms. Tsukiyama will speak for about an hour with time for questions and answer included.  Readers’ Books will have copies her books available for purchase before and after the presentation, and Ms. Tsukiyama will also be signing books after the talk.”

The event is free and open to all.  The library is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma. 

  • Jonathan Alpeyrie - Saturday June 16 at 2pm - Guerneville Regional Library

    Jonathan Alpeyrie - Saturday June 16 at 2pm - Guerneville Regional Library

Author Jonathan Alpeyrie Visits Guerneville Library 2pm Saturday June 16, 2018



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Join us at 2pm on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Guerneville Regional Library for a talk and reading by author Jonathan Alpeyrie, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Alpeyrie was on his third trip to war-torn Syria in April 2013, when he became one of the first Western journalists to be abducted while covering the crisis. The French-born war photographer was on his way to cover clashes between Syrian army troops and the rebels when he was pulled out of his Jeep, handcuffed and taken hostage by Syrian rebels. 
 
Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French‑American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

The author will speak for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event. This event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Nancy Sampson at 707-869-9004 or nsampson@sonomalibrary.org. Keep in touch with these and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

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