Posted on June 04, 2018
Whether you celebrate LGBT Pride Month, GLBT Book Month, or myriad other options, June is a great month to celebrate the rainbow of diversity.
The Sonoma County Library strives to represent and reflect the experiences of all people in our county and beyond. Gaining perspective can lead to a greater sense of empathy and a stronger community. Wherever you are on the spectrum or rainbow, we are here to serve you. Whether you identify with these groups or not, we would like to challenge you to go to one of our events, pick up a book (or eBook), listen to an eAudiobook, or watch a DVD. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (and more!) lives and experiences that that offer incredible value, strength, and love to our world.
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.” - Library of Congress
June is GLBT Book Month™ Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. - American Library Association
From Sonoma County to San Francisco Pride--we’re your one stop shop for LGBTQI+ events, information, literature, and entertainment! Curious? Scroll down or Ask Us!
SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB:
Queer There and Everywhere: 23 people who changed the world
(Copies of this book are available for pickup at the Sebastopol Regional Library)
TOGETHER AT THE TABLE
The LGBTQI experience is the topic for May and June for our Together at the Table initative. Visit the Together at the Table learning spaces at each branch of the Sonoma County Library to learn more, download our Resource Sheet, and check out materials curated for this project.
Also, join us for a community conversations with experts from local organizations such as Positive Images, LGBTQ Connection, and the SSU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Learn how you can get involved, and share your voice on this important topic:
- Monday, June 11th at 6:30PM, Windsor Regional Library
- Monday, June 18th at 6:30PM, Guerneville Regional Library
Each branch of the Sonoma County Library has a unique display to highlight and recognize the lives and literature that we are celebrating this June!
- LGBTQ+ Resource Guide - This limited resource list provides perspectives on LGBTQI rights, history, experiences, relationships, and culture.
- LGBTQ+ Materials List - The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of LGBTQI from LGBTQI history and rights to understanding the LGBTQI experience, relationships and culture.
- LGBTQ Connection - Napa & Sonoma: LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership, fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community.
- LGBTQ Support Groups (Positive Images)
- Trans Support Groups (Positive Images)
- Hotlines (Positive Images)
- The Trevor Project 24/7 Lifeline - (TEENS) The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.
Library Materials: Books For Children, Teens, Adults… And Electronic Resources For Everyone!
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
- LGBTQ Rights (Juvenile, Non-Fiction)
- Pride: celebrating diversity & community (Juvenile, Non-Fiction)
- When You Look Out the Window: how Phyllis Lyon and Dill Martin built a community (Juvenile, Non-Fiction)
- Love, Penelope (Juvenile, Fiction)
- Hurricane Child (Juvenile, Fiction)
- Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World (Juvenile, Fiction)
- The Pants Project (Juvenile, Fiction)
- The Incredible Magic of Being (Juvenile, Fiction)
- One True Way (Juvenile, Fiction)
- This Would Make Good Story Someday (Juvenile Fiction)
- Love in All Forms: the big book of growing up queer (Juvenile Graphic)
- Eustace & Clyde (E / Picture Book)
- The Flower Girl Wore Celery (E / Picture Book)
- Last Week with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlin Bundo (E / Picture Book)
BOOKS FOR TEENS - “JOY’S LIST”
- From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
- Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
- In Other Lands
- This Book is Gay
- None of the Above
- Queer, There and Everywhere
- Girl Mans Up
- More Happy Than Not
- Not Your Sidekick
- Queens of Geek
- Alex as Well
- Fans of the Impossible
- Ramona Blue
- Boyfriends with Girlfriends
- Ask the Passengers
- Every Day
- Freak Boy
- Not Otherwise Specified
- Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
- Gabi A Girl in Pieces
- The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
- History is all You Left Me
- If I Was Your Girl
- You Know Me Well
- Draw the Line
- It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
- Like Water
- I’ll Give You the Sun
- The Prince and the Dressmaker
- All Out
- Leah on the Offbeat
- Being Jazz
- Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
- When the Moon was Ours
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
- Beyond Magenta
- Days of Blood and Starlight
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
- If You Could Be Mine
- Giant Days
- Dress Codes for Small Towns
- Every Heart a Doorway
- Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit
- Honor Girl
- Golden Boy
- Hold Me Closer
- I am J
- Two Boys Kissing
- Labyrinth Lost
- Lizard Radio
- Our Own Private Universe
- Carry On
- Raven The Pirate Princess
- Of Fire and Stars
- Symptoms of Being Human
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- The Raven Boys
- The Upside of Unrequited
- Six of Crows
- Cut Both Ways
BOOKS FOR ADULTS - NonFiction
- David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBTQ Music (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Reading Queer Poetry in a Time of Chaos (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Nepantla: an anthology for queer poets of color (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Art & Queer Culture (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- A Queer Encyclopedia of the Arts (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Queer: a graphic history (Adult, Graphic)
- Proud Heritage: people, issues, documents of the LGBT experience (Adult, Reference)
- Fair Play: how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Awakening: how gays and lesbians brought marriage equality to America (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Tomorrow will be different: love, loss, and the fight for trans equality (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Equally Wed: the ultimate guide for planning your LGBTQ+ wedding (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- A Queer History of the United States (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Milk: a pictoral history of Harvey Milk (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Angela Davis: an autobiography (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Stonewall: the riots that sparked the gay revolution (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- What We Do Now: standing up for your virtues in Trump’s America (Adult, Non-Fiction)
- Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI inclusion from 13 American religious perspectives (Adult, Non-Fiction)
BOOKS FOR ADULTS - FICTION
- Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin
- America is not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo
- Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue
- Hood, by Emma Donoghue
- Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi
- Her Body & Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
- The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
- An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters
- Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
- Oranges are not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
- Written on the Body, by Jeannette Winterson
ERESOURCES FOR EVERYONE
- In Other Lands (Hoopla eBook)
- In Other Lands (Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Stonewall Riots (Hoopla eComic Book)
- This Book is Gay (Axis360 eAudiobook)
- Harvey Milk (Hoopla eAudiobook)
- One is Enough (Hoopla eComic Book)
- You Know Me Well (Axis360 eAudiobook)
- LGBTQ Stats (Hoopla eBook)
- Girl Mans Up (Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Untangling the Knot (Hoopla eBook)
- Princeless (Hoopla eComic Book)
- Fans of the Impossible (Hoopla eAudiobook)
- Almost Like Being in Love (Hoopla eBook)
- LGBTQ Comedic Molologues That are Actually Funny (Hoopla eBook)
- Money Boy (Hoopla eBook)
- The Meaning of Freedom (Hoopla Music)
- Lesbian Images (Hoopla eBook)
- When Love Comes to Town (Hoopla eBook)
- Every Day (DVD)
- Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD)
- Growing Up Trans (DVD)
- Word is out stories of some of our lives: conversations with 26 gay men and women (DVD)
- The ACLU Freedom Files: gay & lesbian rights (DVD)
- Love, Simon (DVD)
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE NOT SEEING ON THIS LIST?
Ask one of our fantastic and friendly librarians at your favorite branch of the Sonoma County Library. We are here for you!
Posted on June 02, 2018
Three adult learners from Sonoma County Library's Adult Literacy program attended this year’s Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) training held in Chico, California in May.
ALLI is a statewide training program that offers weekend-long workshops for adult learners. The workshops focus on the development of leadership skills in networking, advocacy, public speaking and giving presentations. Adult learners who are enrolled in a CLLS library literacy program for at least six months can apply to attend ALLI. The goal of ALLI is to empower the adult learners by helping bring out their leadership skills, strengthen them and apply those skills to help themselves, their library and their community.
These three members of our community who attended ALLI in 2018 will bring back awesome skills and learning to share with others. Kudos to Ako, Irma and Misty for being selected to attend this training, and for all the hard work you've done to get where you are today!
Posted on May 31, 2018
We're so excited to share this upcoming visit from author Anchee Min to our Rincon Valley Library--on Monday June 4 at 6 p.m.--as part of the Sonoma County Library’s Summer Reading Authors Series.
Min’s books have been on the New York Times bestsellers list and received critical acclaim as “historical fiction of the first order”. Her debut memoir, Red Azalea, is about surviving China's Cultural Revolution. Min has written six subsequent works of historical fiction: Katherine, Becoming Madame Mao, Wild Ginger, Empress Orchid, The Last Empress, and Pearl of China. Her latest book continues where Red Azalea left off. The Cooked Seed: A Memoir tells the story of Min's struggles to find herself in a new land.
Rincon Valley Library Branch Manager, Bill Coolidge says, “We are excited to have Ms. Min speak at the library and provide this opportunity for our patrons to hear from such an acclaimed author.”
Min will speak for 45 minutes followed by a short question and answer session. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event.
The Summer Reading Author Series comprises visits of 7 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 Author Series is brought to Sonoma County Library thanks to the passage of Measure Y.
This event is free and open to all. The library is located at 6959 Montecito Boulevard. For more information contact Bill Coolidge at 707-537-0162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in touch with this and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.
Posted on May 25, 2018
Sonoma County Library is once again partnering with the Sonoma County Regional Parks to host a StoryWalkTM at Gualala Point Regional Park. The book to be showcased with this StoryWalk is Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino.
There will be a special event to kick off the collaboration from 10:00 am -12:00 pm on Sunday, June 24th; join us for this fun-filled story time outdoors as you meander down a trail while reading the bilingual story Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino.
A StoryWalkTM is an activity that promotes both literacy and physical fitness. Intended for young readers from infants to school age, the StoryWalkTM separates a book into two-page spreads, with activities in English and Spanish that are tailored to each page. The laminated pages are then attached to signposts, which are installed along a path. As participants walk through Gualala Point Regional Park, they will be directed to the next pages in the story, which are stationed around the trail for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story, and quality time spent together.
This StoryWalkTM continues the collaboration between the Library and Sonoma County Regional Parks, which has brought to our communities such partnerships as the Trails Challenge, P is for Parks storytimes, and bilingual recommended reading lists. Visitors are encouraged to share their StoryWalk experience on social media with photos, comments, or any suggestion you may have for the project, using hashtags #SonomaCountyLibrary #StoryWalk.
If you are unable to attend the StoryWalkTM kickoff event on June 24th, it will also be available to read and enjoy during Gualala Point’s open hours through July. Please note that there is a Regional Parks parking fee at the park where the StoryWalkTM is being hosted. Come down to Gualala Point Regional Park, either on June 24th or anytime in June or July, to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story and quality time spent together.
Posted on May 23, 2018
Sonoma County Library is excited to announce changes to our checkout policies to improve borrowers’ library experience. Beginning April 2, 2018, we streamlined four policies (Cards & Accounts, Fines & Fees, Loans & Loan Limits, and Requests & Holds) into one all-encompassing Circulation Policy, with appendices that outline loan limits & requests, and fines & fees. As part of this revision process, we incorporated changes suggested by staff and borrowers to improve and enrich our borrowers’ library experience.
The following changes took effect on Monday, April 2:
- Cardholders may check out up to fifty (50) items at one time (instead of 30)
- Cardholders may renewed items three times, if there are no holds on them (instead of twice)
- Cardholders may place holds on up to 25 items (instead of 20)
- Overdue fines for DVDs are lowered to $.25 per day (instead of $1.00/day)
- Cardholders who owe less than $10 may check out materials and use the computers (instead of $5)
All other circulation parameters remain unchanged, other than those highlighted here.
The goals of these changes are to encourage use of library resources and to remove barriers to library use, while embracing a “One Library” approach for borrowing material across Sonoma County Library service points. With these policy revisions, Library leadership is optimistic that the system will more user-friendly for library patrons and public services staff. We thank you for your patience and welcome your feedback as we navigate these changes.
For more information, contact Bill Coolidge, Branch Manager of the Rincon Valley Library and Chair of the Public Services Management Team, at email@example.com.
Read more about Sonoma County Library policies and procedures at https://sonomalibrary.org/about/policies-and-procedures and keep in touch with library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.
Posted on May 22, 2018
Just in time for summer reading, the Sonoma County Library is pleased to announce the reopening of the Northwest Regional Library on May 29, 2018, at 150 Coddingtown Ctr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. The library will resume regular hours of operation.
Please Note: The temporary site offering a Book Drop and Holds for Northwest patrons at Guerneville Road Plaza; 1331 Guerneville Road, Suite O., will close its doors at 2pm on Saturday, May 26, 2018. See Northwest Hours and Address Information.
On May 29, 2018, Sonoma County Library invites the community to join us for the reopening celebration, which will begin at 10:00 am with a ribbon cutting ceremony with community leaders and library officials. Refreshments and music will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony. The library will continue the celebration in the afternoon with a scavenger hunt in the library for families.
After more than three months of renovations, Northwest Library reopens its doors to reconfigured and enhanced spaces for children and teens, newly installed carpeting and furnishings, and a more efficient layout for collections. Improved disability access and seismic retrofitting are a few of the other upgrades. The community will also be happy to know that our beautiful mural still graces the wall in the Children’s area of the library.
The Northwest Regional Library originally opened in October of 1968. Besides some minor renovations to restrooms, the library did not change much over the past fifty years. Now, the library will have a fresh, new feel with a single service desk and many improvements. “We have very loyal patrons who use our library and we are so happy to be back home and look forward to welcoming them to our vibrant, new space,” said Northwest branch manager Kate Keaton. She added, “We’ll also be continuing the celebration in October with special events surrounding our fiftieth anniversary.”
The Northwest Library is located at 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa CA 95401.
For more information, contact Kate Keaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on May 18, 2018
The Sonoma County Library Commission announces the resignation of Interim Library Director Tracy Gray effective June 2, 2018. Director Gray has held the position of Interim Director of the Sonoma County Library (SCL) since July 17, 2017. She has accepted the position of Library Services Director for the City of Mountain View. Director Gray will be relocating to Mountain View and begin her new job in July.
“Interim Director Gray has done fantastic work during her tenure at SCL,” said Commission Chairperson Helena Whistler. Gray had been the Central Library manager of SCL for two years. She was appointed acting director a year ago when the former director resigned. She was then hired as the interim director while the commission began the search for a permanent library director. “We wish Tracy well in her new position and will miss her very much,” said Whistler.
During Gray’s tenure as interim director, the SCL began implementing improvements made possible through the passage of Measure Y (1/8 cent sales tax measure passed by Sonoma County voters November 2016). A few of the changes Gray directed included adding new programs for adults and children; hiring additional staff to accommodate expanded library service hours and additional programs and materials; and moving administrative staff and materials handling from the Central library in downtown Santa Rosa to an office building in Rohnert Park. “Director Gray has accomplished a lot, which has made our library system more efficient and more accessible and responsive to the public. We owe her a great deal of thanks and appreciation,” said Whistler. The commission will be adjourning their June 4, 2018 meeting in her honor.
The library commission hopes to interview candidates for the interim director position before the end of May and continue the nationwide search for a permanent library director.
Please contact Commission Chair Helena Whistler at email@example.com for more information.
Posted on May 09, 2018
Are you up for a challenge?
Here’s a little background: in 1978, U.S. Congress passed a resolution to designate a week to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders. Then, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed it to be Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Obviously, topics as vital as cultural heritage would ideally be celebrated and championed all year long--not limited to one week or one month per year. At the same time, we know that ceremoniously highlighting various cultures creates opportunities for learning, courageous conversations, and expanding our collective perspectives about people, cultures, and the world around us.
This month, we challenge you to learn something new about the contributions of generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Check out a book of sijo or haiku poetry. Learn to cook delectable dishes from India or the Philippines. Watch a DVD to expand your views on life in the Pacific or local history here in Sonoma County. Download an eBook about the timeline history of the Transcontinental Railroad. Enjoy the displays at your local branch of the Sonoma County Library--most branches have curated inspiring offerings of relevant books for all ages!
Go ahead, spark your curiosity, engage with your community, learn something new, and grow--we dare you! Not sure where to start? Scroll down for an enthusiastically curated list of resources about Asian Pacific art & music, poetry, foods, culture & historical context, with some electronic resources at the end. OR, you may always find the nearest Sonoma County Librarian and pick their brain about interesting and thought-provoking materials that might ignite your imagination this month… and all year long.
Asian Pacific Heritage Month - Library Resources
Resources for Adults - Cultural and Historical Perspectives:
Art & Music ~
Historical & Cultural Context ~
The cats of Mirikitani (DVD)
Resources for Teens
Atlas of Asian-American history (Reference)
Resources for Children -Cultural and Historical Perspectives:
Whale Rider (DVD)
The Asian Pacific American Experience (Hoopla Digital)
Asian & Pacific Short Stories (Hoopla Digital)
Philippines (Hoopla Digital)
Authentic Recipes From The Philippines (Hoopla Digital)
Art of India (Hoopla Digital)
A Timeline History of the Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)
The Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)
Building The Transcontinental Railroad (Hoopla Digital)
Japanese Haiku (Hoopla Digital)
Japanese Music and Musical Instruments (Hoopla Digital)
Let's Cook Japanese Food (Hoopla Digital)
A Dictionary of Japanese Food (Hoopla Digital)
Posted on May 08, 2018
The Sonoma County Library is continuing its Together at the Table project series hosting two events focused on the LGBTQI experience in June 2018. 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 fifth of this year’s six topics, these 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 LGBTQI community in Sonoma County. Join us on Monday, June 11th at 6:30pm at the Windsor Regional Library, and Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm at the Guerneville Regional Library. LGBTQI partners include LGBTQ Connection, Positive Images, and Sonoma State University’s Women's & Gender Studies Department.
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 we are addressing 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.
Together at the Table is a grant-funded project that 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 title of the project derives from a line in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Highlighting six topics throughout the year, Together at the Table will create learning spaces in each Library branch with related materials to learn and research the topic further and host community conversation events throughout the county. The six topics being discussed in the 2017-18 grant period are: Climate Change, Immigration, Blackness in America, Women’s Rights, LGBTQI, and Income Inequality.
Posted on May 04, 2018
SCL is joining with the California Listens project, a statewide media collection effort being sponsored by the California State Library, in their California Wildfires Story Project. The project is a partnership of the California State Library, StoryCenter and the County Libraries of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino. We are hoping to add to their ambitious collection over this year.
Stories will be recorded at the Rincon Valley Library on Monday, May 21, from 1:00-6:00 pm. You can reserve a spot at https://www.storycenter.org/sonoma-fire-stories-may2018.
“The 2017 fires wrote a new chapter in the lives of millions of California residents. The scope, spread and fierceness of the 2017 fire season, for the residents of Sonoma county; have sharpened our attention to the need to be and stay aware of ways to prepare for, and respond, to the threat of wildfires and other disasters that will surely come in the years to come.
We invite you to come and share a 30 minute reflection and stories about your experience of the fires last year, or in years before. You can come to be interviewed or bring a friend, family member or colleague to have a conversation about your experiences and the lessons learned from these events. The interviews will be conducted using the Listening Station recording kit developed by StoryCenter organization based in Berkeley. Library staff and StoryCenter representatives will assist. Your recording will be stored as part of the California State Library collection. https://archive.org/details/storycenter.”