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National Library Week 2022

During National Library Week April 3-9, connect with your library

By Ann Hammond

This week, the Sonoma County Library encourages all community members to visit their library in person or online to explore and access services and programs. The library offers an extraordinary array of programs, classes and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home, including books, movies, story times, book clubs, and digital resources that range from historical research tools to video games.

April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology through WiFi, computers and other resources.

Here in Sonoma County, your library system is implementing the ambitious goals of our Reimagining Plan, by offering opportunities to learn and participate, supporting community resilience, and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

In the past two years, we dramatically expanded our digital and online materials and services. Now that we are emerging into a post-COVID world, we are committed to a “both/and” approach to library services. Our patrons want to access the library when and how they choose, and we will continue to provide robust technological solutions, as well as excellent in-person services.

The library also helps the community connect with media, programs, ideas and classes, and of course, books. We connect our communities to each other, promote literacy, and are champions of free speech and civic engagement.

Libraries go above and beyond to keep their communities connected by expanding resources and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in programming, resources and collections. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and WiFi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for their free public libraries by visiting their library in person or online, following us on social media and using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #sonomalibrary.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

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Ann Hammond is the Sonoma County Library Director

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March is Women's History Month

Since 1987, March has been designated as National Women's History Month, a time to pay tribute to the generations of women who changed the face of society through courage and activism.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This theme is "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history."

Did you know that the origins of Women's History Month actually began in Sonoma County?

The National Women’s History Project, now known as the National Women’s History Alliance, was founded in Sonoma County 40 years ago. In the 1970s, although groups like the National Organization of Women (NOW) and ERAmerica were fighting to have the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, the topic of women's history was unknown in the public consciousness and in school curricula.

To address this perceived lack, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first-ever "Women's History Week" celebration. It was a success, with school programs, speakers, an essay contest, and finally a parade held in downtown Santa Rosa as the week’s finale. The image above is from the Santa Rosa Women's History Week parade from 1979. Upon hearing of the success of the Sonoma County program, several prominent women's groups began lobbying for a national celebration—and in 1980, President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the first-ever "Women's History Week" in early March of that year. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity.

All thanks to the local community support in Sonoma County!

Sonoma County Library celebrates National Women's History Month with a variety of events, displays, and resources, such as the ones highlighted below. Help us share in this annual tribute by celebrating and learning about the generations of women who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.


The Sonoma County Library is offering a number of virtual events throughout the county to celebrate women. These events include:

Other events happening around Sonoma County in March include:

  • March 2 6:00-7:00pm: Copperfields Books presents a virtual talk with Rebecca Rosenberg and Cara Black
  • March 5 1:00-3:00pm: Charles M. Schulz Museum in-person Guest Cartoonist: Liza Donnelly Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists*included with museum admission
  • March 6 4:00-5:00pm: Museum of Sonoma County’s Virtual Panel Discussion, Agency: Feminist Art and Power
  • March 12 2:00pm: Museum of Sonoma County in-person Tour of Agency: Feminist Art and Power*included with museum admission
  • Santa Rosa Junior College’s WHM events
  • Zoom links listed on the SRJC website’s calendar entries:
    • March 2 11am: WHM: Crossing Borders and Boundaries, A Conversation with Bamby Salcedo
    • March 3 7pm: WHM: Abortion: Stories Women Tell Film Screening & Conversation)
    • March 8 12pm: WHM: Schools, Feminism & the Pandemic: Working Women’s Challenges and Successes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • March 10 12pm: WHM: “Circassian Beauty:” At the Intersection of the Social Construction of Whiteness, Sexism, and Orientalism
    • March 14 12pm: Women & Disability in America
    • March 16 12pm: WHM: My Country Tis of Thee: Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, and the early beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement
    • March 30 12pm: Lost in the Black/White Binary: Search for Identity in Interior Chinatown

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Library Statement on Racial Equity

Library commission resolution adopted February 7, 2022

Library Statement on Racism and Social Equity

Resolution of a public statement on racism and social equity

WHEREAS, the Sonoma County Library stands with Black Lives Matter and our community in calling for peaceful, yet powerful action to turn the tide of systemic racism and begin the transition to a just and sustainable society; and

WHEREAS, the library states to those in our community who have been hurt by racism, bigotry, prejudice, misunderstanding and hate: we see you, we hear you, we stand with you, and, as we look outward to help our communities heal, we pledge to continue looking inward, and to face unflinchingly the truths in our own system; and

WHEREAS, it is not enough to eschew racism, we must all be anti-racists; and

WHEREAS, to achieve the change we wish to see, we must take accountability for the ways we have hurt our community by maintaining the status quo and we must commit to providing racially equitable service by eliminating practices and procedures that contribute to systemic racism; and

WHEREAS, the Sonoma County Library represents the communities we serve, and we must continue working towards the creation of the equitable and inclusive library we envisioned in our 2017 Statement of Inclusivity, which reads as follows;

Public libraries have long been known as one of the truly democratic institutions. Public libraries champion First Amendment rights and promote free access to information for all. Public libraries offer services and educational resources that promote inclusion and diversity to all in the community. In light of the uncertainty many feel in our current society, we reaffirm: Sonoma County Library values diversity, empowerment, community, unity, kindness, connection, and equity. Sonoma County Library provides service to all races, all genders, all sexual orientations, all religions, all abilities, all ages, all national or ethnic origins, all languages, all citizenship statuses, all economic statuses, all political affiliations, all people. Sonoma County Library is an inclusive community hub where people intersect and thrive.



That the commission hereby expresses its support for the statements and values in this resolution.

Deborah Doyle, Chair February 7, 2022
Ann Hammond, Director February 7, 2022

Library Statement on Racism and Social Equity

Resolución de una declaración pública sobre el racismo y la equidad social

CONSIDERANDO QUE la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma está con Black Lives Matter (Las Vidas Negras Importan) y nuestra comunidad en la llamada a una acción pacífica pero poderosa para dar vuelta a la marea del racismo sistémico y comenzar la transición a una sociedad justa y sostenible; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, la biblioteca declara a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que han sido heridos por el racismo, la intolerancia, el prejuicio, la incomprensión y el odio: los vemos, los escuchamos, estamos con ustedes y, mientras miramos hacia afuera para ayudar a nuestras comunidades a sanar, nos comprometemos a continuar mirando hacia adentro y a enfrentar inquebrantablemente las verdades en nuestro propio sistema; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE no basta con renuniciar el racismo, todos debemos ser antirracistas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, para lograr el cambio que deseamos ver, debemos asumir la responsabilidad por las formas en que hemos perjudicado a nuestra comunidad al mantener el status quo y debemos comprometernos a proporcionar un servicio racialmente equitativo mediante la eliminación de prácticas y procedimientos que contribuyen al racismo sistémico; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma representa a las comunidades a las que servimos, y debemos continuar trabajando hacia la creación de la biblioteca equitativa e inclusiva que imaginamos en nuestra Declaración de Inclusión de 2017, que dice lo siguiente;

Las bibliotecas públicas han sido conocidas durante mucho tiempo como una de las instituciones verdaderamente democráticas. Las bibliotecas públicas defienden los derechos de la Primera Enmienda y promueven el libre acceso a la información para todos. Las bibliotecas públicas ofrecen servicios y recursos educativos que promueven la inclusión y la diversidad para todos en la comunidad. A la luz de la incertidumbre que muchos sienten en nuestra sociedad actual, reafirmamos: La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma valora la diversidad, el empoderamiento, la comunidad, la unidad, la amabilidad, la conexión y la equidad. La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma brinda servicio a todas las razas, todos los géneros, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todas las religiones, todas las habilidades, todas las edades, todos los orígenes nacionales o étnicos, todos los idiomas, todos los estados de ciudadanía, todos los estados económicos, todas las afiliaciones políticas, todas las personas. La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma es un centro comunitario inclusivo donde las personas se cruzan y prosperan.



Que la comisión expresa su apoyo a las declaraciones y valores de esta resolución.

Deborah Doyle, Comisionada 7 de febrero de 2022
Ann Hammond, Directora 7 de febrero de 2022









The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic

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Talleres de bienestar virtuales

Cada primer sábado del mes de marzo a noviembre 2022
10:00 am – 11:30 am

La Biblioteca se complace en colaborar con The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic para ofrecer talleres de bienestar virtuales que alientan a los miembros de la comunidad a aprender sobre el conocimiento indígena de la medicina herbal. Promotoras de Salud, presentaran cada tema e intercambiaran conocimientos sobre remedios, recetas y medicinas para potenciar la salud integral dentro de la comunidad. Impulsados por el éxito comprobado del modelo comunitario de autocuración, los talleres mensuales gratuitos cultivan el liderazgo y potencian la salud integral de la gente, para la gente.

The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic. Ver toda la serie.



Mes de la Historia Negra 2022

Febrero es el Mes de la Historia Negra, un tiempo para reconocer, celebrar y honrar la rica y diversa historia, contribuciones importantes y logros de los afroamericanos.

Aunque el mes de febrero ha sido designado Mes de la Historia Negra desde 1976, en la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma reconocemos que el compromiso de celebrar y aprender sobre las generaciones de estadounidenses negros que han influido y enriquecido a la nación y la sociedad es más que solo un mes. Nos comprometemos a honrar la historia, las comunidades, y las culturas negras; reconociendo y celebrando los logros de los afroamericanas, a nivel local y nacional durante el Mes de la Historia Negra y todo el año.

Libros, colecciones, y recursos

Echa un vistazo a estas listas de recursos creadas y recomendadas por nuestros bibliotecarios:


Eventos Virtuales

Feb. 2 - Hora de cuentos bilingüe para familias: ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo!

Feb. 9 - Hora de cuentos para familias: Celebrando el Mes de la Historia Negra

Feb. 9 - Club de lectura Queer: Sister Outsider por Audre Lorde

Feb. 16 - Cuentos folklóricos africanos y afroamericanos con Kirk Waller

Feb. 23 - Alegría Afroamericana: Cuentos y canciones en Español en vivo por Zoom

Feb. 24 - Serie de charlas sobre documentales

Feb. 25 - Fomentando resiliencia y creatividad con Dra. Eki'Shola Edwards
Únase a la Dra. Eki'Shola Edwards mientras comparte su relato personal de resiliencia y esperanza. Como una música galardonada y una médica internista/estilo de vida, presentará técnicas simples para fomentar la creatividad y el bienestar seguido por una sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

Feb. 26 - Programa Virtual de Historia Negra: Salud y bienestar Negro
Presentado por Petaluma Blacks for Community Development, esta celebración del Mes de la Historia Negra se centra en el tema de este año de "Salud y bienestar Negro" al reunir a la comunidad para la música, la danza, la historia, la discusión, y más.
Regístrese ahora:
Vaya a para obtener más información sobre el programa.

Feb. (todo el mes) - #GoodTrouble Kit (Proyecto de Carteles para Adolescentes); kits disponibles hasta que se agoten los suministros:
En respuesta al incidente de quema de pancartas que ocurrió en la Biblioteca Sebastopol en enero de 2022; La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma está brindando a los adolescentes la oportunidad de ponerse de pie y hablar mediante la creación de carteles inspirados en movimientos sociales populares como Las Vidas Negras Importan, los derechos humanos, la lucha contra el acoso escolar, los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, la acción climática, el antirracismo, LGBTQIA, la neurodiversidad y la libertad de expresión.


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Black History Month 2022

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history, important contributions, and achievements of Black Americans.

Although the month of February has been designated Black History Month since 1976, we at Sonoma County Library recognize that the commitment to celebrating and learning about the generations of Black Americans who have influenced and enriched the nation and society is much more than just a month. We commit to honor Black history, community, and culture; recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans, locally and nationally during Black History Month and all year round.

In February 2022, we celebrate Black History Month by hosting virtual programs and by highlighting/amplifying books, collections, and resources available through your Sonoma County Library. Since “Black Health and Wellness” is the national theme for Black History Month 2022, we are specially featuring relevant library and local community resources.

Join us to continue understanding, respecting, and celebrating Black history and culture in Sonoma County and beyond.

Books, Collections, and Resources

Check out these resource lists developed and recommended by our librarians:


Virtual Events

Feb. 2 - Bilingual Family Storytime: ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo!

Feb. 9 - Family Storytime Celebrating Black History Month

Feb. 9 - Queer Book Club: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Feb. 16 - African & African American Folktales with Kirk Waller

Feb. 23 - Alegría Afroamericana: Cuentos y canciones en Español en vivo por Zoom

Feb. 24 - Documentary Film Discussion Group

Feb. 25 - Boosting Resilience and Creativity with Dr. Eki’Shola Edwards
Join Dr. Eki’Shola Edwards as she shares her personal story of resilience and hope. An award-winning musician and internist/lifestyle medicine physician, she will present simple techniques to foster creativity and wellness followed by a Q&A session.

Feb. 26 - Virtual Black History Program: Black Health and Wellness
Presented by the Petaluma Blacks for Community Development, this Black History Month celebration centers on this year's theme of "Black Health and Wellness" by bringing the community together for music, dance, history, discussion, and more.
Register now at:
Go to for more information on the program.

Feb. (all month) - #GoodTrouble Action Pack (Teen Poster Project); kits available until supplies run out.
In response to the banner-burning incident that took place at the Sebastopol Library in January 2022; Sonoma County Library is providing teens the opportunity to stand up and speak out by creating posters inspired by popular social movements such as Black Lives Matter, human rights, anti-bullying, disability rights, climate action, anti-racism, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity, and free speech.

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Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2022

Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Zine Collective are proud to announce the second annual Santa Rosa Zine Fest (#SRZF2022), a weeklong event in celebration of zines and local talent happening from March 22 to March 26.

What: Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2022
When: March 22 - March 26
Where: Virtual (March 22 - 25) and at the Northwest Santa Rosa Library (on March 26)
Registration for online events.

Schedule of Events:

DIY Zine Kits for Teens and Tweens

Make your own zine with our free DIY Zine Kits! Stop by your local branch to pick up your kit which includes art supplies, templates, and other goodies to inspire your creativity! Supplies are limited.

More About Zines:

  • Learn about zines from local zinemaker, Taira Creager - download your Basic Guide to Zines here.
  • Make a zine with us - download our mini zine template here.
  • Explore our booklist recommendations here.


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Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2022 - Spanish

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma y el colectivo de voluntarios SRZF están felices de anunciar el segundo Santa Rosa Zine Fest (#SRZF2022), un evento de una semana para celebrar los zines y el talento local que sucederá del 22 al 26 de marzo.

Nuestra lista de presentadores y talleres se anunciará muy pronto. ¡Vuelve a consultar esta página para más detalles!

Qué: Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2022
Cuándo: 22 de marzo - 26 de marzo
Dónde: Virtual (del 22 al 25 de marzo) y en la Biblioteca del Noroeste de Santa Rosa (el 26 de marzo)
Regístrate aquí para el evento presencial del sábado / Registro para eventos en línea:

Horario de Eventos:

Kits de Zines para Adolescentes y Preadolescentes

¡Haz tu propio zine con nuestros kits gratuitos! ¡Pasa por tu biblioteca local para recoger tu kit que incluye materiales de arte, plantillas y otros artículos para inspirar tu creatividad! Los kits son limitados.

Más Sobre Zines:

Horario de Eventos:

Registro para eventos en línea:


Sonoma County Chooses Best Picture Book of 2021

The votes are in and the Sonoma County Library
Mock Caldecott winner is:


Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

The Honor Books (runners up) are:

Outside, Inside

Outside, Inside
Written by LeUyen Pham

My First Day

My First Day
Written and illustrated by
Phùng Nguyên Quang
and Huỳnh Kim Liên


Written by Andrea Wang
Illustrated by Jason Chin

Thank you to everyone who makes this contest possible to everyone who voted!