Posted on April 30, 2019
The newest entry in the Library’s StoryWalk program has been the launch of a StoryWalk sited around the outside of the Sebastopol Library building. The StoryWalk, featuring the book “Call Me Tree” by Maya Christina Gonzalez, is an activity that encourages families to get outside together and explore literacy. This installation, in support of the national Día de los Niños celebration, will be at the Sebastopol Library through mid-May. Stop by and enjoy a lovely bilingual story outside!
Posted on April 24, 2019
Do you know a motivated, public-service minded high school student who is looking for a unique summer job? Send them our way!
Sonoma County Library is looking to hire a teen between the ages of 16-19 who reflects the diversity of our community for an exciting paid internship!
Sonoma County Library was selected to participate in the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), which offers a paid, summer-long internship at the library to a high school student between the ages of 16-19 (entering Junior, Senior, or First-Year College). Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship.
This summer, our III intern will work with mentor staff in the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library, a community resource that manages local history and genealogy collections. It is located behind the Central Library in downtown Santa Rosa. The SCH&G Library acquires, organizes and makes available to the public materials that document the unique characteristics and communities of Sonoma County. There is also a required travel component – the selected intern must be available to attend (all-expenses-paid) trainings in Chicago (June) and Washington D.C. (September).
Follow this link to apply, and for full details about this internship. Applications are due by May 7, 2019.
Thank you for helping us to share this opportunity with teens in our community!
Posted on April 16, 2019Celebrate El día de los niños
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
- Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
- Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
- Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
- Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
The Sonoma County Library is hosting a range of events in honor of Día this year -- there are events in the libraries, and we are also partnering with organizations out in the community to provide entertaining and educating events for children. Come celebrate the diversity of our communites and our children with us!
Events for Children
StoryWalk at the Sebastopol Library
Get outside and read! Stop by the Sebastopol Regional Library, where they are hosting a StoryWalk (featuring Maya Christina Gonzalez's book "Call Me Tree/ Llamame Arbol") in the garden along High Street for families to enjoy together.
- Sebastopol Library Monday, April 22- Saturday, May 4
El día de los niños (Children's Day) Celebration!
Head to the Windsor Town Green for an afternoon of fun for families, including the Children's Museum of Sonoma County, the Town of Windsor Mobile Rec games on the Green, face painting, book giveaways, light refreshments, and community resource information. For all ages! Free!
- Windsor Library Saturday, April 27, 2019, Noon to 2 pm
Explore books, songs, rhymes and play in English and Spanish! Libros, canciones, rimas y actividades en ingles y espanol. For children 0-5. Para edades 0-5
- Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
- Rincon Valley Library Thursday, April 25, 10:30 am
- Roseland Community Library Saturday, April 27, 10:15 am
- Cloverdale Library Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 am
- Roseland Community Library Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 am
Posted on April 12, 2019
We're excited to announce the launch of the Adult New Reader collection -- high interest books of popular fiction and nonfiction for adults building reading skills.
Adult New Reader books are housed in the Library's larger branches, and materials are available to all via the library’s online catalog.
The main goal of this new collection is to support the reading of adults building reading skills, including the adult learners and their tutors in our one-on-one Adult Literacy tutoring program. Books in the collection are within Lexile reading levels specifically chosen to help adult new readers.
Browse the ANR collection for something that interests you. It’s a great way for Adult Learners to make smart reading choices that suit them and explore popular stories by best-selling authors. The collection includes titles from the Book Shots series, the Rapid Reads series, and similar fiction series with shorter page counts.
The Adult NEW Reader Collection: A great place to begin…
- Experience great stories at your own pace
- Make smart reading choices that suit you
- Explore popular stories by best-selling authors
Check out the entire collection here: Adult New Reader catalog search.
Posted on April 08, 2019
Beginning April 8, the Sonoma County Library is lending WiFi hotspots to patrons, enabling Sonoma County Library cardholders to have free access to the internet.
A pilot project, the 500 WiFi hotspots will be distributed to every library branch in the county and loaned to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.
“By ‘loaning the internet,’ our library system is helping our patrons have access to information and resources that are not always available to all, because of geographical or income constraints,” said Vicki Terbovich, the Sonoma County Library’s Information Technology Manager and the driving force behind the program.
Dubbed “SonomaFi,” the WiFi hotspot lending program is a pilot. The initial lending period will be 14 days per device, and they will be available at all library branches, but cannot be placed on hold.
“We believe our patrons will use these devices to help them write term papers, submit job applications, research their family history, or just surf the internet and stream a movie,” Terbovich said.
Each SonomaFi device will allow the borrower to connect multiple devices, including smartphones, computers and tablets, so an entire household can use one SonomaFi hotspot at once.
The SonomaFi devices operate on a Verizon cellular signal, which has wide coverage throughout Sonoma County, but may not reach more remote areas.
Watch a SonomaFi "How To" video.
For more information on SonomaFi, stop in at any of the library’s 14 branches. The SonomaFi program is paid for from Measure Y sales tax funds, the community’s investment in free public libraries.
Posted on April 07, 2019
About your free public library system
Comprised of 12 branches, two rural stations and multiple special collections, the county library system has its roots in 19th Century visionaries who realized that access to information was key to a free and civil society.
The first known local public library appeared in Petaluma in 1858, organized by the Odd Fellows fraternal organization. Other communities followed suit, and libraries came into existence throughout the county.
As local and regional libraries grew, prospered (and sometimes didn’t) libraries and community leaders began to talk about the value of consolidation. The first Joint Powers Agreement to form a regional library system was signed in 1975. A revised Joint Powers Agreement among the County of Sonoma and all nine cities was signed in 2014.
The library system struggled throughout the beginning of the 21st Century, as the need for service outran the cost of providing it. In 2016, a county-wide effort resulted in the passage of Measure Y, a one-eighth of a cent sales tax that brought local library funding up to comparable levels to that of similar library systems.
With the extra funds from Measure Y, the Sonoma County Library was able to accelerate what had been a steady, but modest process of modernization. Our annual budget is now approximately $30.5 million, most of which is spent on staff and materials.
In 2018, we loaned 2,868,701 items to county residents, and 344,282 different users visited our library system websites, to download e-books, stream movies, look up and reserve books, and more.
Two years after Measure Y passed, the library has increased its materials budget by two-thirds, more than doubled programming funds, and hired administrative and support staff focused on growth and service. New staff include three new managers and dozens of support, collections, delivery and branch personnel.
In 2018, the library added 35 percent more hours to its weekly schedule. We are now open Mondays, we stay open until 9 p.m. twice a week, and we increased Saturday hours.
Measure Y funds are being used in direct service to the half-million residents of Sonoma County in many ways: We provide tens of millions of dollars of value in the free use of books, DVDs, CDs, e-books, audio books and other physical assets. We are a leader – in some communities the only provider – of early childhood learning and school readiness, always in close partnership with local school districts.
Libraries are more than books, films and databases. Sonoma County Library patrons can check out a backpack with all the passes and guides needed to explore county parks; they can check out a toolbox with the tips and supplies needed to weatherize their homes; our patrons can visit the library and have a free consultation with a lawyer, get help with their taxes, learn a new dance, hear a story or learn a craft.
We are funding overdue studies into future services, setting funds aside in reserve, purchasing a mobile library van to visit underserved communities, investing in our branches and upgrading our technology.
We provide free online access to software training, world language learning, independent film collections, magazine and newspaper subscriptions (even the New York Times), all free with a library card!
During National Library Week, we will address an emerging social justice issue by offering free WiFi hotspots. Library patrons who don’t have access to the information superhighway – because of geography or household income – will be able to “borrow the internet” at no cost and apply for jobs, augment their schoolwork, and enjoy the same digital resources as everyone else.
Our libraries are powerful forces for social equity. In the past two years, our Library Commission has adopted comprehensive statements supporting inclusivity and the undocumented. We live those values every day in our branches, where we also offer Spanish language materials, support and a welcoming attitude.
Our branches help lead the system into new territory as well. We recently piloted a program that provides free menstrual supplies to our patrons who are in need. We reach out to and support our unsheltered patrons. All are welcome in our libraries, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or faith.
In early March, after almost two years without a permanent Library Director, Ann Hammond began work as our permanent Director. Ms. Hammond was chosen after a nationwide search, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Sonoma County. In a newspaper article announcing her hire, Hammond said libraries are: “the last democratic institution welcoming to all … free and open to everyone.”
We are gradually updating each branch of the library and putting extra funding and energy into a branch for the Roseland community. Roseland has been underserved for many years, and the library is leading the way in providing a community hub and free access to the tools of civic involvement.
Posted on April 05, 2019
Celebrate National Poetry Month and the talented young poets of Sonoma County at our TEEN POETRY SLAM!
A poetry slam is a competition in which individuals perform their own personal poetry before an audience, which judges the poems and the artists' performances. A typical poetry slam might include all sorts of different types of poetry, including love poems, critical social commentary, hilarious comic poems and moving personal confessions. This poetry slam, with its focus on teens in our community, hopes to encourage and inspire teens to engage in, perform, and experience the world of poetry--particularly spoken word poetry. It also gives teens a platform to speak their truth and to share their creativity with the larger community.
This Sonoma County-wide event is open to performers between the ages of 13-19, and Sonoma County teens will also serve as the emcees, judges, and scorekeepers.
Prizes will be awarded to the three top-scoring poets.
The Teen Poetry Slam will be held on Saturday, April 13 at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library. The order of events includes:
- 3:00 pm Open Mic (sign up at the event)
- 3:30 pm Featured Teen Poet Estrella Pacheco
- 4:00 pm Poetry Slam (to compete, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our featured poet, Estrella Pacheco, is a 16-year-old poet, actress, and activist from Sebastopol California. She loves art, the human experience, food, and goosebumps, especially when they accompany each other.
All ages are welcome to attend this fun creative event to cheer on our talented teens!
Posted on March 31, 2019
It's #NationalLibraryWeek and we want to share some of our successes with you!
In the past year, we have had:
2,055,021 in-person visits to Sonoma County Library locations.
2,730,049 items circulated.
2,304,587 online visits to http://sonomalibrary.org
113,139 attendance at library events.
Our library, like many across the country, offers UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES to the people of Sonoma County -- both during National Library Week and year-round.
Join us to celebrate the week of APRIL 7-13. Libraries across the nation are bringing communities together as new technologies continue to change the world around us. No longer just places for books, libraries provide resources that reflect the needs of the communities they serve. If you haven't visited us in a while, what better time to check out all the Sonoma County Library has to offer!
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 - school, public, academic and special - participate.
National Library Workers Day (NLWD) will take place on Tuesday, April 14. It is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the organization for the advancement of library employees, annually sponsors National Library Workers Day. The ALA-APA invites the public to "Submit a Star" by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee here.
Posted on March 29, 2019
Sonoma County Library is happy to share Money Smart Week events!
Money Smart Week is a national initiative through the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank, we’re celebrating by offering financial literacy programming for adults and for youth.
The Library will be offering a number fun and engaging of events for children and teens, to help support their understanding of money and finances:
Money Smart Kids Storytime (with wooden bank activity) (ages 3-6)
Children are invited to come to this special family storytime to learn how to become “money smart” while having fun with stories, activities and a craft.
- Central Thu. Mar. 28, 11:00 am
- Rohnert Park Sat. Mar. 30, 10:30 am
- Healdsburg Tue. Apr. 2, 10:30 am
Money Smart Kids: Sammy’s Big Dream Storytime! (ages 3-6)
In this special storytime kids will learn how to make savings a habit with Sammy the Rabbit. Together we'll read Sammy's Big Dream! and participate in a coloring activity featuring Sammy's tips for saving money.
- Guerneville Tue. Apr. 2, 11:00 am
- Roseland Tue. Apr. 2, 11:30 am
- Sonoma Thu. Apr. 4, 11:30 am
Sammy the Rabbit Singalong and Storytime! (All Ages)
Join us for an interactive reading of Sammy's Big Dream! with the author, a sing along, and coloring activity. Sammy teaches children the importance of forming good money habits at an early age to become self-sufficient. Ask Sammy for his autograph and take your picture with him too!
- Petaluma Sat. Mar. 30, 2pm-4pm
Middle Earth Money Smart
Plan and budget a journey from Hobbiton to the Lonely Mountain as one of the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and earn a 3D-printed middle earth coin.
- Sebastopol Sat. Mar. 30-Sat. Apr. 6, Drop in all day
Bite of Reality: Financial Awareness for Teens (grades 7-12)
Join us for a fun interactive personal finance simulation! Participants will be assigned an identity—occupation, salary, spouse, children, etc.—and they must then use the details of their identity to make financial ends meet while "purchasing" basic life needs like housing, transportation, groceries and dining. Presented by professionals from Redwood Credit Union.
- Healdsburg Wed. Apr. 10, 4:00 pm
- Rohnert Park Fri. Apr. 26, 4:00 pm
The Library will be also be offering a number educational events for adults:
Frauds, Scams, and Other Types of Elder Abuse
Often, financial exploitation or falling for scams is the starting point for other types of elder abuse. This presentation discusses signs to watch out for with our neighbors and loved ones, as well as common frauds and scams that increasingly target older adults. Presented by Donata Mikulik, Elder Justice Coordinator with the local non-profit Senior Advocacy Services.
- Healdsburg Mon. Apr. 1, 11:00 am
- Rincon Valley Tue. Apr. 2, 11:00 am
- Sonoma Valley Wed. Apr. 3, 11:00 am
- Cloverdale Fri. Apr. 5, 11:00 am
6 Keys to Financial Success
Personal finance doesn’t have to be super sophisticated--learn how to take control of your money through these six keys to financial success with California Society of CPAs. Presenter David Lo will share tips to improve your financial literacy and ability to save. This free program is a great way to put your on the path to financial independence!
- Central Library Wed. Apr. 3, 7:00 pm
Shredding unneeded documents may prevent identity theft, and we can help! Join us at one of our Community Shred Days for fast, free and confidential shredding.
- Rincon Valley Sat. Apr. 6, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
- Rohnert Park Sat. Apr. 6, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Posted on March 26, 2019
Sonoma County Library is participating in a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBooks in California. Winners will be chosen by librarians.
Winners in each category will receive $500 as well as:
- Inclusion in Indie California, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library
- Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN
- Opportunities to promote the winning title at California public libraries
- Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
This contest is a fantastic prospect to elevate the careers of indie-published authors. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the library, and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.
Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:
- In the category of adult or young adult fiction
- Written by a California resident
- Available in either PDF or ePUB format
The contest will accept submissions April 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. Authors can submit here.