Library News

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!

 

  • Storytime at Home photo

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.

  • Your Library at Home

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

So, You're Stuck Inside...

Even though our library branches are closed, our online library is open 24/7 and we are here to help your family with online resources during the coronavirus epidemic and beyond.

In addition to our online library and expanded digital resources, we’ve also compiled this list of free links and resources to help you expand your world outside of your home. They include educational ideas for homeschooling, enrichment activities, ideas for family time, entertainment, and downtime, and even ways to give back to your community.

Family at home

Visit the links below and discover, learn, contribute and create, from your own home:

Hear a story

Here are some websites where you can hear a picture book read aloud:

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Young Adult Books


Listen to music

Here are some sites with book-related songs, early literacy songs, and educational songs:


Discover

Here are some sites with book-related songs, early literacy songs, and educational songs:

Animals & Nature

Art

Famous Places

Sports & Mores


Learn

Check out these sites with all kinds of information about the world around us.


Share

Here are some websites that will inspire you to make social media content, kid friendly crafts, and more!

STEM

Writing

Art

Author Permissions


Contribute

Help the world around you through citizen science projects:


And More!

  • Hear read-alouds, book talks, get art instruction, play games and more – all led by authors!

 

 

  • Las sucursales de la biblioteca se encuentran cerradas, la biblioteca en línea se encuentra disponible

Las sucursales de la biblioteca se encuentran cerradas, la biblioteca en línea se encuentra disponible

Sobre la biblioteca

El brote de la nueva enfermedad coronavirus (COVID-19) sigue aumentando a nivel mundial, lo que representa una grave amenaza para la salud pública de las comunidades de todos los tamaños. Al ser una fuente confiable de la comunidad, Sonoma County Library está comprometida a servir a nuestra comunidad en estos tiempos difíciles.

Las sucursales de nuestra biblioteca están cerradas, ya que estamos comprometidos con la salud y seguridad de nuestra comunidad y de nuestro personal. Por favor, no regrese los materiales de la biblioteca a las sucursales. Quédeselos y disfrútelos sabiendo que hemos extendido todos los plazos establecidos para la devolución de todos nuestros materiales.

Adicionalmente, las donaciones para la venta de libros de los Amigos de la Biblioteca quedan suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso. Amamos sus donaciones de libros, pero no podemos aceptarlas en este momento.

Biblioteca en línea 24/7

Nuestra biblioteca en línea nunca cierra, y usted puede ingresar para ver películas y series de televisión, leer o escuchar libros electrónicos, investigar sobre su historia familiar, aprender un nuevo idioma, o navegar por nuestras bases de datos y otros recursos.

Si no posee una tarjeta de la biblioteca, aún podemos ayudarlo. Haga clic aquí para obtener una tarjeta electrónica temporal y así empezar su aventura digital.

Información y recursos sobre el COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus)

Le recomendamos que sea escéptico a los rumores no confirmados que circulan en las redes sociales, y únicamente confíe en fuentes fidedignas del gobierno para obtener información precisa sobre la pandemia.

Confiamos en los consejos de los siguientes enlaces:

 

  • todos los edificios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma están cerrados al público

Todos los edificios de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma están cerrados al público

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

Coronavirus and your library

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.

Ann Hammond
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.

Ann Hammond
Directora de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma

 

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