Posted on March 18, 2020
About the library
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to accelerate globally, representing a serious public health threat for communities of all sizes. As a trusted community resource, the Sonoma County Library is committed to serving our community in this uncertain time.
Our library branches are closed, as we are committed to the health and safety of our community and our staff. Please do not return library materials to the branches. Keep and enjoy them, knowing that all due dates have been extended on all materials.
Also, donations to Friends of the Library book sales are suspended until further notice. We love your book donations, but cannot accept them at this time.
24/7 digital library
Our digital library never closes and you can go online to stream TV shows and movies, read or listen to electronic books, research your family history, learn a new language, or browse databases and other resources.
If you don’t have a library card, we can still help you. Click here to get a free library eCard and start your library journey.
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources
We recommend that you be skeptical about unverified rumors circulating on social media and elsewhere, and rely on trusted government resources for accurate information on the pandemic.
We rely on these links for advice:
- County of Sonoma Department of Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus
- Business resources
Posted on March 14, 2020
Efectivo sábado 14 de marzo del 2020 a las 6pm, todos los edificios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma están cerrados al público hasta el 31 de marzo.
Esto nos dará más tiempo para evaluar los próximos pasos y esperar por más direccion del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Sonoma. Es posible que cerremos por más tiempo, después de aprender más.
Esta decisión fue difícil. La decisión viene despues de una semana de avisos más y más estrictos. Continuaremos a cumplir con las recomendaciones de los oficiales del condado de Sonoma y del estado de California, y abriremos cuando nos digan que es seguro a abrir.
Las cajas de regresar libros cerrarán. Ustedes pueden usar y disfrutar los materiales de la biblioteca. Las fechas de regreso serán extendidas para todos los materiales de la biblioteca, incluyendo tecnología como hotspots y chromebooks. Nuestros recursos digitales están disponibles 24/7.
Estoy segura que sobreviviremos esta crisis juntos, y el apoyo para nuestras bibliotecas me consuela en este tiempo incierto.
Ann Hammond, Directora de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma
Posted on March 10, 2020
Coronavirus and your library
The Sonoma County Library is carefully monitoring information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the recommendations of the County of Sonoma Health Services Department. We are mindful of impacts on our patrons and staff of being in public spaces together and are taking steps to keep everyone safe.
- Staff and patrons are encouraged to stay home if they don’t feel well.
- News and information are monitored daily.
- We have increased cleaning measures in all public areas.
It is important to seek trusted, factual advice about COVID-19 and not be taken in by fake news and rumors circulating on social media. Local information and updates are available at the county health department webpage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers updates and advice.
The Sonoma County Library has cancelled all public events and programs, at all library branches, through March 31. This is a precaution to protect our public and our staff. All library branches will stay open for check-outs, returns and day to day activities. You can also access our wide range of digital resources from home, including access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, audiobooks, TV, movies, magazines, newspapers, and online learning and research tools. For information about library services and schedules, visit our website, sonomalibrary.org, or call your local branch.
To keep yourself and others safe:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing “Happy Birthday”).
- Cover your cough or sneeze, then wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face. If you do, wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get your flu shot to protect against flu.
Sonoma County Library Director
El coronavirus y su biblioteca
La Biblioteca de Condado de Sonoma está monitoreando cuidadosamente la información sobre el nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) y está siguiendo las recomendaciones dadas por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma.
Somos conscientes de los impactos para nuestros clientes y personal de estar juntos en espacios públicos y estamos tomando medidas para mantener a todos a salvo.
- Se anima al personal y a los clientes a que se queden en casa si no se sienten bien.
- Todos los días monitoreamos las noticias e información.
- Hemos incrementado las medidas de limpieza en todas las áreas públicas.
Puede encontrar información local y actualizaciones ingresando a la página web del departamento de salud del condado: socoemergency.org/emergencia/novel-coronavirus/
Es importante buscar consejos confiables y objetivos sobre el COVID-19 y no dejarse engañar por noticias falsas y rumores que circulan en las redes sociales.
Como precaución contra COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus), todos los eventos de las sucursales de la biblioteca se han cancelado hasta el 31 de marzo.
También puede acceder nuestra amplia gama de recursos digitales desde su hogar, incluyendo acceso a libros y audiolibros electrónicos, TV, películas, revistas, periódicos, y herramientas de aprendizaje e investigación en línea. Para conocer sobre los servicios y horarios de su biblioteca, visite nuestra página web, sonomalibrary.org, o llame su sucursal local.
Para mantenerle a salvo a usted y a los demás:
- Evite el contacto con personas que estén enfermas.
- Lave seguido sus manos con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos (el tiempo suficiente para cantar “Feliz Cumpleaños”).
- Cúbrase cuando tosa o estornuda, luego lave sus manos.
- Evite tocarse la cara. Si lo hace, lávese las manos.
- Permanezca en casa si se encuentra enfermo.
- Vacúnese contra la gripe para protegerse de ella.
Directora de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma
Posted on February 19, 2020
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.
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.
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!
2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote. Organizations across the country are celebrating this historic milestone, including Sonoma County Library and the National Women’s History Alliance. The theme of the month-long celebration is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” honoring women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle to ensure voting rights for all.
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 events throughout the county to celebrate women. These events include:
Other events happening around Sonoma County in March include:
- History of Letter Writing a Santa Rosa AAUW event at Tudor Rose, Santa Rosa – 3/12
- Roundtable on Inter-Sectional Feminism at SRJC – 3/14
- Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist – Charles M. Schulz Museum 3/15/2020 to 3/7/2021
- Rosie the Riveter Rally in Courthouse Square – 3/18
- • Panel Discussion on the 19th Amendment & Equal Rights – Sonoma County Historical Society – 3/29
Books and materials
- New books and materials in Sonoma County Library collections
- Streaming educational content through Kanopy
Posted on February 11, 2020
Do you love California history? What about maps? Maybe you’re a historian or enjoy researching your family history.
Explore historical Sonoma County and California maps—including Sanborn Fire insurance maps—with Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo), a complimentary addition to Sonoma County Library’s historical and genealogy research resources.
The Sonoma County Library’s subscription to FiMo provides cardholders with access to thousands of high-definition, color, and grayscale images displaying important historical maps. FiMo makes it possible to explore how your neighborhood developed over time and learn when a particular building was constructed and how it was used. You may even locate a home once occupied by an ancestor using FiMo!
Enjoy FIMo from your home or office for historical research.
Posted on January 24, 2020
The votes are in! Sonoma County has chosen the best picture books of the year!
Drum roll please . . . The Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...There Are No Bears in this Bakery, by Julia Sarcone-Roach.
Every year, children’s book illustrators hold their breath as the Caldecott committee members read, examine, and critique the best illustrated children’s books of the year to finally determine which one deserves the highly regarded award.
For the fifth year in a row, you let us know which books you thought would win by voting in our Mock Caldecott contest.
The children's librarians of Sonoma County Library read hundreds of picture books published in 2019, narrowed their favorites down to 8 (not an easy task!), then left it up to you to choose our winner by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.
The numbers were close, but the following titles are our three Honor Books for the year.
By Brendan Wenzel
by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
by endy Meddour and Daniel Egnéus, illustration
Posted on January 16, 2020
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 during Black History Month and all year round.
In February 2021, we celebrate Black History Month by hosting virtual programs and by highlighting/amplifying books, collections, and resources available through your Sonoma County Library.
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 by our librarians and partners.
- Read BIPOC Virtual Book Club
Join us February 23 at 6 pm to discuss the book An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
- Celebrating Family: Black History Month 2021
Join us for a rich tapestry of perspectives exploring the Black family in past and present America through music, art, stories, and yes, dancing! Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
- Virtual Social Justice Club for Teens
Meet weekly on Thursdays at 4 pm with local teens to share opinions, discover new perspectives, and talk about important issues. Zoom link(s) will be sent upon registration.
Posted on January 09, 2020
Learn how to easily borrow and enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks
Traveling coast to coast, the Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making a stop at Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library on Tuesday, February 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Community members are invited to the interactive exhibit to learn about and try the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, video collections and more.
The Digital Bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, a digital reading platform for more than 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide. Sonoma County Library was recently recognized as 2019’s fastest growing OverDrive library in the nation.
“Our efforts with marketing, patron outreach, collection building and in-branch eBook support are really showing,” said Digital Selection Librarian Sandra Breedlove. “Don’t miss the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile coming to our Rohnert Park-Cotati branch on its annual national tour!”
Library staff and eReading experts will be available on the Digital Bookmobile to guide visitors one-on-one through the simple process of borrowing digital books from the library. Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting sonoma.overdrive.com or by downloading the library's one-tap reading app, Libby.
Spanish-language readers are welcome to attend the event to learn how to submit suggestions to help the library build the collection they want to read. The library currently has over 2,500 Spanish-language titles on OverDrive that were checked out over 2,100 times in 2019.
Breedlove said that bringing the Spanish and eAudiobook collections on board and the community’s use of the digital materials was a major contributor to Sonoma County Library becoming the quickest growing OverDrive library.
Readers of all levels are welcome at the Digital Bookmobile event. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the 53-foot long traveling exhibit has everything a reader needs to get started on their digital journey.
Attendees can also learn how to enhance their digital reading experience with tips and tricks from the experts, including how to sort and filter searches, create notes and highlights, manage holds, tag titles and more.
The Digital Bookmobile event is free and open to readers of all ages. This traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York, and has since traveled more than 233,000 miles and welcomed over 240,000 visitors at over 1,000 events.
Posted on January 06, 2020
Are you ready for Sonoma County’s next disaster? Learn what you need in your emergency kit, create a solid evacuation plan and establish your sources of information and community support system by attending classes at your local library. Beginning in January 2020, the Sonoma County Library is hosting the Emergency Preparedness: Sonoma Ready Series to spread the message of emergency preparedness to members of the community. The series is a collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management and Listos—a grass-roots disaster preparedness program—and will be held at 12 Sonoma County Library branches, giving residents across the county the chance to participate.
“Sonoma County residents understand they need to get prepared for disaster; these classes will give them an opportunity to learn what to do to be sure they can stay safe and keep their families safe during the next power outage, fire, earthquake or whatever comes our way,” said Dr. Nancy Brown, Community Preparedness Program Manager at the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management.
Each branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support.
Classes are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. throughout 2020, excepting Northwest Santa Rosa Library, which will hold classes from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sonoma Ready Series events are free and open to all. The series is made possible by the Measure Y sales tax, the community’s investment in free public libraries.
All events for the Emergency Preparedness Series
Posted on December 30, 2019
Beginning Saturday, December 21 through Saturday, January 4, the Library is offering free programs ranging from winter crafts, Build Clubs and Read to a Dog events, to Magician Mike Della Penna, Animal Music, holiday puppet shows, kids' yoga and zumba, virtual reality, and more!
All events are free.
For more information, check the library’s online calendar at http://events.sonomalibrary.org/events, or Ask A Librarian.