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Week Four Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our third Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 13-17:

Week Four Challenge: Your Favorite Poem
Film yourself reciting a poem - your favorite, or one of your own (2 minute limit).

We got fewer entries this week, but it’s a great selection of poems –many of them original!--presented by our participants. Thank you to all those who were brave enough to submit an entry! See the compilation in the video below:

See the compilation in the video below:

Week Two Challenge Compilation

 

Week Four Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Five Challenge: Your Favorite Book Character
Dress up or cosplay as your favorite book or fandom character.

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 23.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see (and hear!) your creativity!

 

Week Three Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our third Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of July 6-10:

Week Three Challenge: Make a Poster for a Cause
Create and share a poster that supports a cause you feel strongly about.

Once again, we received many entries, and it was inspiring to see the range of causes our participants chose to highlight – from the Ceres Community Project, to Black Lives Matter, to ensuring people are registered to vote, to helping the environment—we love to see the creativity that adults, teens, and children from across the county are displaying around this literary theme.

See the compilation in the video below:

Week Two Challenge Compilation

 

Week Three Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Four Challenge: Your Favorite Poem
Film yourself reciting a poem - your favorite, or one of your own (2 minute limit).

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 16.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see (and hear!) your creativity!

 

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Increasing Student Access to Library Resources

Student OneCards allow student ID numbers to work as library cards

Sonoma County Library has expanded its Student OneCard partnership—which provides local students access to public library resources using their student ID number—to include 22 of 40 Sonoma County school districts, giving nearly 56,000+ Sonoma County public school students access to library resources.

The library has been working with additional districts this spring and summer to provide barrier-free access to more students in the community.

“The relationships that we build with the Student OneCard have allowed the Sonoma County Library to bring more value to the partnerships by supporting summer lunch programs at the school districts with free books and summer reading information for all children receiving meals,” said Sonoma County Library Education Initiatives Librarian Rachel Icaza.

“School leaders countywide are seeing, now more than ever, the power of a Sonoma County Library account for their students and the training we provide to their educators. We have more to do but we’ve taken some big strides forward.” Sonoma County school districts enrolled in the Student OneCard partnership include:

  • Alexander Valley School
  • Bellevue Union School District
  • Bennett Valley Union School District
  • Cloverdale Unified School District
  • Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
  • Forestville Union School District
  • Healdsburg Unified School District
  • Oak Grove Union School District
  • Old Adobe Union School District
  • Petaluma City Schools
  • Piner-Olivet Union School District
  • Rincon Valley Union School District
  • Roseland School District
  • Santa Rosa City Schools
  • Sebastopol Union School District
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District
  • Twin Hills Union School District
  • Two Rock Union School District
  • West Side Union School District
  • West Sonoma County Union High School District
  • Windsor Unified School District
  • Wright Elementary School District

The library’s goal is to bring the Student OneCard to every kindergarten through 12th grade student in the county. If you are a teacher or school administrator who wants to learn more about how to connect your students and teachers to the incredible, free resources available with a Student OneCard account, email Education Initiatives Librarian Rachel Icaza at ricaza@sonomalibrary.org.

 

Week Two Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our second Summer Weekly Challenge, which ran the week of June 29-July 3:

Recreate Your Favorite Book Cover
Using materials found at home, bring your favorite book cover to life.

Once again, we received many entries, and we just love to see the creativity that adults, teens, and children from across the county are displaying around this literary theme.

See the compilation of YOUR creativity in the video below:

Week Two Challenge Compilation

 

Week Two Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Three Challenge: Make a Poster for a Cause
Create and share a poster that supports a cause you feel strongly about.

Submission deadline: midnight on Thursday July 9

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see your creativity!

 

Week One Challenge Compilation

Thank you to all who participated in our first Summer Weekly Challenge:

Your Favorite Reading Spot
Draw, design, film, or create a representation of your favorite place to curl up and read.

We received many entries -- from adults, teens, and children from across the county. The artistry, creativity, and joy in reading were evident in the entries you submitted. From photographs to watercolors to crayon drawing to a short story, we loved seeing and reading our community members’ representations of their favorite reading spots.

See the compilation of YOUR creativity in the video below:

Week One Challenge Compilation

 

Week One Challenge Compilation

And now for our next challenge:

Week Two Challenge: Recreate Your Favorite Book Cover
Using materials found at home, bring your favorite book cover to life.

Visit https://sonomalibrary.org/summer-weekly-challenge for submission instructions.

We can’t wait to see your creativity!

 

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Library offers virtual story times and activities

Are your littles ones missing their story times at the library? Now, the library is bringing “Storytime at Home” to your computer or mobile phone. A schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online.

Featuring Sonoma County Library children’s librarian Kim Dargeou, the short videos with “Miss Kim” are a great break for parents who want to offer their children a connection to the library.

Dargeou is sheltering at home, like many, but creates videos many times a week with Max LiBearry, her big stuffed bear at her side. The videos may cover popular children’s books, songs in English, Spanish or French, and simple science or crafts activities.

More videos by other librarians will be posted in the coming weeks.

Selected videos are presented in Spanish, with an introduction by bilingual librarian Fredy Gonzalez.

All the Storytime videos are available here.

Check out these summaries of our videos!

Crafting for Kids

Create fun new things using common household items. Join Miss Kim to learn a fun craft activity you can do at home. For all ages.

May the 4th Craft

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Crafting for Tweens & Teens

Create fun new things using common household items. Join Miss Kim to learn a fun craft activity you can do at home. For grades 4-12.

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Storytime at Home

Join us for a story and song from your Sonoma County Librarians. Check back Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am for more storytime fun!

Storytime - Peep and Egg

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime - Babies on the Bus

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime - How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth*

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Spanish Storytime at Home

¡Bienvenido a "Hora de cuentos en Casa"! For children 0-5. Para edades 0-5. Acompáñenos parar cuentos y canciones en español de sus bibliotecarios del Condado de Sonoma. ¡Vuelva cada lunes a las 11am para más diversión con cuentos y canciones!

Spanish Storytime

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


PJ Storytime

Welcome to “Storytime at Home: Pajama edition!” Get in your pajamas and get ready for some bedtime fun, songs and a story before you go to sleep, from your Sonoma County Librarians. Check back every Sunday at 6pm for more storytime fun!

PJ Storytime - Bed for Kitty

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


French Storytime

Bienvenue à l'heure du “conte a la maison!” Rejoignez-nous pour une histoire et une chanson animés par vos bibliothécaires du Sonoma County Library. Rendez vous tous les samedis à 11h pour un agréable moment devant votre storytime...100 % francais:

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Kids Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week, read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen.

Kids Book Read - Aloud Bad Kitty

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Tween Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen! For tweens in grades 4-6.

Tween Book Read-Aloud Snazzy Cap Capers

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Teen Book Read-Aloud

Get comfy and listen to a chapter a week read to you. Check out the eBook from the library and follow along or just close your eyes and listen! For teens in grades 7-12.

See the full Book Read-Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.


Simple Science at Home

Come play with science using safe and simple ingredients from home!

Science Water Marker

See the full Simple Science at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

 

 

Our New Library in Roseland

Work continues on our new library in Roseland!

Check out this video showing interior work in progress. We can’t wait to finish and open safely for the Roseland community.

Want more details?

WHERE is the library moving?

From 779 Sebastopol Road to 470 Sebastopol Road (across the street from the current library and half a block east).

WHEN is the library moving?

We are planning the space, ordering shelves and furniture and will be getting building permits, all so that we can set up the branch quickly once our internal improvements are completed. We are working with Anderson Brulé Architects on this project and part of this process is an extensive outreach strategy. We are actively collecting responses to a survey for the new branch and the survey can be found on the Library’s website. We will also be completing a few outreach events in the community as part of this strategy. We had originally planned to be open in January but have been delayed a bit due to unanticipated building requirements associated with the use of the building as a community library. We are working closely with our partners in the City of Santa Rosa in the building process and we look forward to opening.

WHY is the library moving?

The building that houses our current library is slated for demolition to make way for the new Roseland Neighborhood Village project. Our new space will enable us to be open more hours for the community (especially in the after school hours) and have more space to offer more programming to the community. We are also planning to have a community room available for the public to use.

HOW big is the new space?

At approximately 4,500 square feet, it will allow more space for books and programs than we have now. We will also have better defined areas for adults, teen and children.

WILL Roseland have no library between the current and future branch?

Our goal is to not have an interruption of service. We will remain in our current building until we transition to the new building.

WHAT will change at the new location?

We will open more hours, offer more programs and services, have more staff – there will be more of everything!

WILL you still share a space with the Boys & Girls Club?

There is not enough space in our new facility to house both organizations right now but we’re open to a continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Club.

Storytime & Activities at Home

YouTube

See all of Sonoma County Library's video Storytime & Activities at Home events!

Are your littles ones missing their storytimes at the library? Now, the library is bringing “Storytime & Activities at Home” to your computer or mobile phone. A schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online.

Crafting at Home

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Craft Kids Rainbow Shapes and Sizes Game

Storytime at Home

See the full Crafting at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Storytime and Family Literacy Storytime Buzz Buzz Baby


Hora de cuentos en casa - Spanish Storytime at Home

See the full Storytime at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Spanish Storytime ¡Sólo Una Puntita!


L'heure de Conte a la Maison - French Storytime

See the full L'heure de Conte a la Maison - French Storytime playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Bilingual French Storytime Regarde dans la Mer


Book Read Aloud Bad Kitty

See the full Book Read Aloud Bad Kitty playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Read Aloud Kids Happy Birthday Bad Kitty Chapter 8


Tween Read Aloud

See the full Tween Read Aloud playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Tween Book Read Aloud Stella Diaz Has Something to Say - Intro


Simple Science at Home

Come play with science using safe and simple ingredients from home!

See the full Simple Science at Home playlist on the Sonoma County Library YouTube channel.

Science Kids Raw or Hard Boiled Egg Test


 

 

Free Lynda.com Courses on Remote Work, Job Searching and More

COVID-19 has changed the way people are working - many people are working remotely, or unfortunately, not at all.

To help in this time, LinkedinLearning (formerly Lynda.com) has unlocked courses to help you stay productive while working from home or, for those who lost their jobs, build out their job search strategy to find a new one.

Visit the LinkedIn Learning Blog to find links and more information on following free “learning paths” to help job seekers, educators, remote workers and more. The free courses in these learning paths will help:

If you have a Sonoma County Library card, many more courses are available to you on Lynda.com. For more information, visit our Lynda.com information.

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Your Library at Home

Library retools for digital delivery

The Sonoma County Library has tracked a steady shift from physical to digital use over the past few years. “Every year, we see more and more patrons checking out electronic books, streaming movies, tracing their family tree or conducting research,” said Ann Hammond, Sonoma County Library Director. “Some of our most loyal and active patrons rarely come into a branch.”

In fact, up until recently, the digital library was almost as busy as the physical library. For example, while Sonoma County Library patrons checked out 2.9 million physical items in the fiscal year ending in June 2019 (the most recent state figures), the library recorded 2.4 million website visits and 829,121 instances of electronic usage of materials.

That all changed on March 14, when all Sonoma County Library branches closed, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the county’s shelter-in-place order. Since then, as physical circulation has come to a halt, digital circulation is skyrocketing.

OverDrive, a popular way to check out electronic books and audiobooks through the library, had a 356 percent increase in website page views in the 23 days from March 17 to April 8. In the same time period, the library’s Hoopla platform, which offers books, films, TV, music, comics and more, had a 786 percent increase in page views.

Kanopy, a resource for classic films and documentaries, had a 298 percent increase, and RBdigital, an easy way to read thousands of current issues and back issues of magazines, topped all Sonoma County Library digital resources with a 2,434 percent increase in page views.

Library patrons are discovering other digital resources as well, learning languages with Mango, brushing up on software skills with LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), deciding what home appliance to purchase with Consumer Reports, researching car repairs with Chilton, looking up ancestors on Ancestry.com, or reading the New York Times – all free with a library card.

“We don’t see this shift as temporary,” Hammond said, reflecting on what to expect when library branches reopen. “There is no substitute for a one-on-one conversation with a friendly librarian, or attending a library event, or bringing your child to a story time, but a lot of our patrons are discovering how easy it is to try the digital option, and we’ll be prepared to keep supporting them. We’ve already added or expanded digital resources, and we will keep looking for ways to serve our community, in person or online.”

But, not everyone has reliable internet access. That worries Hammond, a lot. “We do so much to help bridge the digital divide,” she said. “We have free high speed WiFi in our branches, and it’s still on during the closures so people can access it from outside when the building structure permits. We also have more than 500 WiFi hotspots and more than 100 Chromebooks in circulation, but it’s not nearly enough.”

Hammond and her staff are busy adapting to the temporary closures, and she knows they’ll be busy again when branches reopen, but she vows not to forget about the people who are left out because they can’t afford broadband. “This is a wake-up call for every library in America,” said Hammond. We can’t close the digital divide by ourselves, but we intend to be loud and persistent voices in finding a solution.”

– Submitted by Ray Holley

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