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SCL Partners with StoryCenter to Share Sonoma County Fire Stories

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

From StoryCenter:

“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.”

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Sonoma County Library Announces 2018 Summer Reading Program

Sonoma County Library is excited to announce its Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program, launching June 1, 2018. During June, July, and August, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Those who participate in fun and free activities available at all Sonoma County Library branches this summer can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program of events for all ages to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for enjoyment,” said Kathy DeWeese, Youth Services Administrator at the Sonoma County Library. “Our events support the Reading Takes You Everywhere theme, to help expand worldviews and provide windows into other cultures and experiences.”

To combat the summer slide, the Reading Takes You Everywhere program encompasses reading, science, technology, art, math, and fun for all youth.   The Library has a terrific line up of fun cultural, and educational children’s events including visits from Alphabet Rockers, Wildlife Associates, Didgeridoo Down Under, and Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater, as well as themed activities with Crafting Takes You Everywhere and Around the World with Magic Treehouse. A new addition this summer is to add hands-on workshops for children in grades 4-6 to explore skills and activities around science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Teens, entering grades 7-12, have a number of exciting, artistic and engaging events including drawing comics, DIY Spa Science, Henna Art, Summer Smoothies, and Watercolor Collage. Teens who participate in Summer BINGO have opportunities throughout the summer to win prizes including a ChromeBook!

Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer learning loss. “Studies indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” DeWeese added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families, and a big part of that is instilling the love of reading at a young age. We make it fun, but our goal is to keep everyone reading all summer long.”

The Library is also offering events for adults, providing enrichment for the entire family. Adult Summer Readers can participate in Summer BINGO and win prizes including gift cards to local shops, a Sonoma County Parks pass and more. Special events include author visits, as well as musical performances by Stephen Kent Didgeridoo, the Mideast Tapestry Ensemble, and David Carrera’s Latin Guitar Trio.

To learn more about this summer’s Reading Takes You Everywhere program, sign up at your local library branch starting on June 1. All Summer Reading events are free and open to all. 

  • National Library Week 2018

    National Library 2018

Celebrate 60 Years of National Library Week April 8th-14th!

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of National Library Week! 

Celebrated April 8th-14th, 2018, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians to promote library use and support.  All types of libraries across the country - school, public, academic and special - participate. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association(ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

2018 National Library Week

The Sonoma County Library  is celebrating National Library Week by sharing stories from our patrons about how the Library has made an impact on their lives.

  • Now Open Until 6pm on Saturdays

    Now Open Until 6pm on Saturdays

All Branches will be Open Until 6pm on Saturdays!

Sonoma County Library is thrilled to announce beginning on Saturday, April 7th all Library branches will be open until 6pm! Measure Y, which was passed on the November 2016 ballot, made this expansion of library hours possible.

“The Library is thrilled to be able to expand hours and serve our community with additional hours on Saturdays,” said Interim Library Director, Tracy Gray.

Last Spring, the Library hosted community conversations at each branch and facilitated an online and in person survey, available at all library locations across the county. This survey and discussions were used to guide the Library Commission and Administration in understanding what hours would be most beneficial to community’s and library users. The number one response was to expand hours on Saturday until 6pm, an increase of 2 hours from the long-standing 4pm Saturday closing time. Expanding hours during the weekend will provide working families and residents’ flexibility in utilizing library services and support.

On November 8th, 2016, 72% of the voters in Sonoma County passed Measure Y, a ballot increasing sales taxes by an eighth of a cent to support the Sonoma County Library. Since its passage, the Library has restored Monday hours and expanded hours until 9pm on Wednesdays, has increased collection materials and digital services, and enhanced library services and partnerships throughout Sonoma County including additional events and programming.

Sonoma County Library is grateful to serve the residents of Sonoma County residents and thankful for their support and expression of the need to expand library hours on Saturdays. These new hours mean an increase in services and support for Library customers.

Library Launches Odilo Spanish-Language E-Book and E-Audiobook Service

Sonoma County Library Launches Odilo, Spanish-language E-book and E-audiobook service

More eBooks and eAudiobooks in Spanish are now available for Sonoma County residents. Using their library card number and PIN, patrons can quickly browse, click, and enjoy thousands of new Spanish titles at

The eBook management platform, powered by ODILO, features quality Spanish titles from hundreds of publishers, to better serve the needs of the Hispanic community.

“Our Hispanic population makes up 25 percent of our community, and now the Library will offer thousands of native popular and bestselling titles," said Jane Greenwood, Collection Development Coordinator. “This provides quality Spanish content our patrons want.”

Library patrons will also appreciate the ability to enjoy the new digital content on many devices, whether a Chromebook; eBook reader (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK™, Kobo eReader, and Amazon® Kindle eReaders); iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch; PC or Mac® computer; or anything Android™. Readers will never incur any late fees - as titles automatically expire and return to the library collection.

Find out more about Odilo at:

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture.

How Can I Participate?

  • Come in and check out a poetry book to take home and enjoy – we have poetry for adults, for children, for teens, and everyone in between!
  • Pick up a poem in preparation for Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26, 2018). Choose a poem that inspires you and carry it with you to keep and reread or take one to pass on. You never know when a poem will come in handy.
  • Tweet a haiku to the Sonoma County Library official twitter. Participants are invited to tweet a family-friendly haiku about reading and must tag @sonomacolibrary and have their submission(s) shared on the library's feed on Facebook.

Learn More

Follow these links to learn more about poetry and poetry month:

Read More

Read more about it at the Library (poetry is classified 811 on the shelf):

  • Spring Break 2018

    There are lots of fun activities for kids and teens at the Library over spring break weeks.

Spring Break at the Library 2018

Looking for something to do with kids over the weeks of Spring Break? The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the spring school vacation weeks.

This year, spring break weeks don't all line up across the school districts, so we've got a couple of weeks of activities planned. Beginning Friday, March 23 through Saturday, April 7, the Library will offer free programs ranging from storytimes and Read to a Dog events to zany circus shows, from SAT and college workshops to Zumba for kids, STEM programs, paper airplanes, kids' yoga, crafts, makerspaces, and more!

All events are free.

For more information, check the library’s online calendar at, or Ask A Librarian.

For All Ages


  • Roseland Mon. Apr. 2, 10:00 am
  • Cloverdale Mon. Apr. 2, 2:00 pm
  • Sonoma Valley Tue. Apr. 3, 11:00 am
  • Windsor Tue. Apr. 3, 3:00 pm


  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Healdsburg Mon. Apr. 2, 10:30 am
  • The Three Little Pigs: Rohnert Park Thu. Apr. 5, 11:00 am
  • The Three Little Pigs: Roseland Sat. Apr. 7, 12:00 pm


  • Windsor Tue. Mar. 27, 4:00 pm


  • Rincon Valley Mon. Apr. 2, 3:00 pm


  • Rohnert Park Wed. Mar. 28, 6:00 pm (rated PG)


  • KIDS YOGA (6-12) ROHNERT PARK FRI. MAR. 30, 4:00 PM
  • ZUMBA FOR KIDS (5 & UP) Central Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm
  • Kids Can Cook (grades 1-3) Rohnert Park Mon. Apr. 2, 1:00 pm
  • Mindful Minis (6-12) Healdsburg Fri. Apr. 6, 4:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Tue. Mar. 27, 3:30 pm
  • Petaluma Thu. Mar. 29, 3:30 pm
  • Cemtral Wed. Apr. 4, 4:30 pm
  • Rohnert Park Thu. Apr. 5, 4:00 pm
  • Windsor Sat. Apr. 7, 2:00 pm


  • Water Colors                      Windsor           Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm 
  • Spring Crafts                      Roseland         Wed. Mar. 28, 6:25 pm
  • Design a Birds Nest          Sebastopol      Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm
  • Spring Craft Table             Rohnert Park  Mon. Apr. 2-Sat. Apr. 7, drop-in
  • Gnomes & Mushrooms    Sebastopol      Tue. Apr. 3, 2:00 pm

Events For Grades 4-6


  • Light-Up Sewing Healdsburg Fri. Mar. 23, 4:00 pm
  • T-Shirt Hacks Cloverdale Wed. Mar. 28, 3:30 pm
  • Aluminum Etching Petaluma Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm
  • Hour of Code Roseland Thu. Apr. 5, 10:30 am
  • Hour of Code Rohnert Park Fri. Apr. 6, 4:30 pm


  • Healdsburg Mon. Mar. 26, 4:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley Wed. Mar. 28, 2:15 pm


  • Sonoma Valley Library, Wed. Mar. 28, 4:00 pm


  • Central Tue. Mar. 27, 4:00 pm
  • Healdsburg Mon. Mar. 26, 4:00 pm

DIY Journals for Tweens

  • Sebastopol Wed. Mar. 28, 4:00 pm

Tweens Create: Tie-Dye Book Bags

  • Healdsburg Fri. Mar. 30, 4:00 pm

Events For Teens


  • Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, Sat. Mar. 24, 2:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Library, Tue. Mar. 27 @ 1:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley Library, Mon. Apr. 2 @ 6:30 pm


  • Cloverdale Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:30 pm


  • Sebastopol  - Wed. Mar. 28, 1:00-3:30 pm & Fri. Mar. 30, 1:00-3:30 pm 
  • Windsor - Mon. Apr. 2, 10:00 am-12:30 pm & Tue. Apr. 3, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Central Santa Rosa - Mon. Apr. 2, 1:30-4:00 pm & Tue. Apr. 3, 2:00-4:30 pm
  • Rincon Valley - Wed. Apr. 4, 6:00-8:30 pm & Thu. Apr. 5, 1:00-3:30 pm


  • Healdsburg Library, Tue. Mar. 27, 3:00 PM
  • Rohnert Park Cotati Library, Thu. Mar. 29, 3:00 pm


  • Sebastopol Library, Thu. Mar. 29 @ 4:00 pm


  •  Rincon Valley Library, Tue. Apr. 3, 3:30 pm


  • Rincon Valley Library, Wed. Apr. 4, 3:30 pm

National Library Week observed April 8-14, 2018

Prepare to join us in celebrating National Library Week April 8-14, 2018.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries across the country - school, public, academic and special - participate.

For Sonoma County Library's celebration, we want to hear from you! Help us by sharing your favorite Sonoma County Library story. Please include your home branch, staff name (or title), and your story. We want to hear how your Sonoma County Library has made an impact in your life. 

Share your story here



Sonoma County Library and Santa Rosa City Schools partner to launch Student OneCard

 Beginning in March, the Student OneCard allows all Santa Rosa City Schools students to use their school-generated student ID as a public library account, giving students access to all library services, including online. All Santa Rosa City Schools students will be automatically enrolled in the program, unless a parent chooses to opt-out, and there are no overdue fines for items checked out on this account, though students will be responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.

“One of the Library’s primary goals is to develop partnerships with school districts, like our partnership with Santa Rosa City Schools, to promote student success,” said Kathy DeWeese, the Library’s Coordinator of Children’s Services. “Through the Student OneCard initiative, we’re looking to provide students with access to materials that support their learning and supplement school resources.”

A part of the Sonoma County Library’s student success initiatives, the Student OneCard is designed to benefit the community by eliminating barriers to library access, increasing literacy, and supporting educational success. In addition to the Library’s extensive catalog of materials, the Student OneCard account allows students to access electronic resources, including music, e-books, magazines and more, receive free one-on-one tutoring in English and Spanish, use computers at all library locations, borrow up to 10 items from any library location, request books from partner libraries including academic collections--and it’s all free.

          In addition to the Student OneCard, the Library launched the Educator Card countywide in February 2018, as another avenue to support students’ learning and remove barriers to use of library resources.  Developed specifically for teachers and educators in Sonoma County, the Educator Card provides extended check out periods (6 weeks), expanded borrowing limits (up to 50 items at a time), and does not accrue fines. Visit for additional information on the Library’s student success initiatives.

  • Read Across America 2018

    Read Across America 2018

Celebrate the 20th Annual Read Across America Day March 2nd

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Read Across America Day – celebrate at your local the Sonoma County Library branch! Established by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the goal of developing a nation of readers. Since its creation, educators, parents, caregivers and students have embraced Read Across America and helped to turn it into the largest reading celebration. On March 2, we encourage EVERYONE to pick up a book and read to a child. So, whether it’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book or something new and exciting, we encourage you to: Grab your hat and read with the cat!

To encourage a love of reading and increase literacy support, Read Across America Day all Library branches are offering fun events for children and teens including reading from the library's extensive collection, visiting a Dr. Seuss inspired #SeussSelfieStation to take photos, and more!

Find out what your branch is doing to celebrate here: Read Across America Day Events