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  • Luis J. Rodriguez - Saturday June 9, 2018, 1-3pm Healdsburg Library

    Luis J. Rodriguez - Saturday June 9, 2018, 1-3pm Healdsburg Library

Author Luis J. Rodriguez Visits Healdsburg Library

Join us Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 1-3pm at Healdsburg Regional Library for a talk and reading by author Luis J. Rodriguez, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Luis J. Rodriguez, an award-winning poet and activist. Mr. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, is author of the bestselling book Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., and many others, including his newest book Borrowed Bones: New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. After his talk and reading, Mr. Rodriguez will be available for audience questions. 
Mr. Rodriguez is one of only two Poet Laureates of Los Angeles. He has received numerous other writers’ awards and was one of 50 individuals worldwide selected as “Unsung Heroes of Compassion,” presented by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

“Art is the heart’s explosion on the world. There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. ” — Luis J. Rodriguez

Acompáñenos para una charla y lectura por el autor Luis J. Rodriguez, un galardonado poeta y activista. El Sr. Rodriguez, laureado poeta de Los Angeles, es autor del libro popular y exitoso Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., y muchos otros, incluyendo su libro más reciente Borrowed Bones: New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Después de su charla y lectura, el Sr. Rodriguez estará disponible para preguntas del público.

El Sr. Rodríguez es uno de los dos únicos Poetas Laureados de Los Angeles. Él ha recibido numerosos premios de escritores y fue uno de los 50 individuos en todo el mundo seleccionados como "Héroes de la compasión", presentado por Su Santidad, el Dalai Lama.
"El arte es la explosión del corazón en el mundo. Probablemente no hay una fuerza más poderosa para el cambio en este mundo incierto y asolado por la crisis que los jóvenes y su arte. " -- Luis J. Rodriguez

  • rainbow hands with text "GLBT Book Month"

Show Your PRIDE During the Month of June

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!




Queer There and Everywhere: 23 people who changed the world
(Copies of this book are available for pickup at the Sebastopol Regional Library)



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:



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!













Ask one of our fantastic and friendly librarians at your favorite branch of the Sonoma County Library.  We are here for you!

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    Adult learner participant Ako M. poses with ALLI organizers

Adult Literacy Learners Participate in Leadership Institute

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! 

  • Author Anchee Min visits Rincon Valley Library

Summer Author Series Kicks Off with Anchee Min at Rincon Valley Library

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  Keep in touch with this and other library events at and on Facebook,

Join Us at StoryWalk by the Sea at Gualala Point Regional Park

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.


Changes to Library Circulation Policy

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   

Read more about Sonoma County Library policies and procedures at and keep in touch with library events at and on Facebook,

  • invitation to may 29 reopening event

Northwest Santa Rosa Library Reopens May 29

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

Interim Library Director to resign

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 for more information.

Learn Something New During Asian Pacific Heritage Month

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 ~

Music cultures of the Pacific, the Near East, and Asia

Arts of the South Seas : island Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia ; the collections of the Musee Barbier-Mueller

Growing up Asian in America : prize winning student essays & art

Art beyond the west : the arts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas

5,000 years of Korean art : an exhibition = [Hanʼguk misul ochʻŏnnyŏn]

Korean art guide.

The spirit of the brush : Chinese brush painting techniques : simplicity, spirit, and personal journey

The sculpture of Ruth Asawa : contours in the air

Jake Shimabukuro life on four strings (DVD)

Poetry ~

Tap dancing on the roof : sijo (poems)

Looking for the cow : modern Korean poems

A Korean century : river & fields : poems

100 Chinese silences

The art of haiku : its history through poems and paintings by Japanese masters

Haiku : love

Foods ~

Cuisines of India : the art and tradition of regional Indian cooking

Eating Korean : from barbecue to kimchi, recipes from my home

Chinese soul food : a friendly guide for homemade dumplings, stir-fries, soups, and more

The fortune cookie chronicles : adventures in the world of Chinese food

Everyday Harumi : simple Japanese food for family & friends

Historical & Cultural Context ~

The making of Asian America : a history

Asian Americans in the twenty-first century : oral histories of first- to fourth-generation Americans from China, Japan, India, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos

Filipino studies : palimpsests of nation and diaspora

Legacy to liberation : politics & culture of revolutionary Asian Pacific America

Islanders : the Pacific in the age of empire

Understanding Japan a cultural history

The loss of property of the Japanese during World War II : with special emphasis on Sonoma County, California

Farewell to Manzanar; a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment

Giri : the Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League oral history project.

Giri giving back, going forward ; Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League oral history project. (DVD)

The cats of Mirikitani (DVD)

The Chinese in Sonoma County, California, 1900-1930 : the aftermath of exclusion (Reference)

Patriot number one : American dreams in Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown

My Chinese-America

Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad

Separate lives, broken dreams the saga of Chinese immigration (DVD)

Phoenix in a jade bowl : growing up in Korea

Resources for Teens

Fred Korematsu speaks up

Oishinbo, a la carte. Japanese cuisine

Cool Tokyo guide : adventures in the city of kawaii fashion, train sushi, and Godzilla

Write Your Own Haiku : Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition

Shinrin Yoku : The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing

Uprooted : the Japanese American experience during World War II

The Transcontinental Railroad

This land is our land : a history of American immigration

Yell-oh girls! : emerging voices explore culture, identity, and growing up Asian American

Atlas of Asian-American history (Reference)

Resources for Children -Cultural and Historical Perspectives:

Wabi Sabi

Extraordinary Asian Pacific Americans

Whale Rider (DVD)

Angel Island immigration

Kai's journey to Gold Mountain : an Angel Island story

Good fortune : my journey to Gold Mountain

Iron rails, iron men, and the race to link the nation : the story of the transcontinental railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad : a primary source history of America's first coast-to-coast railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad

To the Golden Mountain : the story of the Chinese who built the Transcontinental railroad

The puzzle of the paper daughter : a Julie mystery

Imprisoned : the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Cora Cooks Pancit

The Philippines


Let's explore India

Living in ... India

South Korea

North Korea

I love Korea!


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)

Together at the Table Hosts LGBTQI Events

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.