Library News

  • Homework Help logo with text "SCL seeks Homework Help Volunteers"

Seeking Volunteers! Gearing Up for Homework Help in the New School Year

Do you have a passion for helping K-12 students learn? Then we need you to join our team of dedicated volunteers helping students succeed in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County Library is recruiting volunteers for Homework Help at the Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Windsor and Sebastopol Library Branches for this coming school year.

The 2018-2019 Homework Help service will operate while school is in session from September through May.

Volunteers will assist children and teens with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the school year. Volunteers will assist students of all ages individually and in small groups on a drop-in basis. We will train you. A criminal background check (paid for by the Library) is required for volunteers 18 and up.

Take this opportunity to make homework more fun for young people, gain education and library-related experience, and have a great time! 

To apply, please contact the librarian in charge of Homework Help at your Branch:

For additional information, please contact Cailin Yeager cmyeager@sonomalibrary.org; (707) 763-9801 ext 0715.

Volunteer Application and Orientation Process

Prospective volunteers should submit their application forms to the Library offering Homework Help. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will take place in early August (and ongoing during the school year), to ensure a good fit between volunteers and the needs of this program. New Homework Helpers must attend a volunteer orientation and training session.

For more information, please read the Homework Helper Volunteer Profile, download a Volunteer Application Form, or contact the library branch directly.

Thank you for your interest in helping our young people succeed.
We look forward to meeting you!

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First Launch of Hublets in North America

Sonoma County Library announces the first launch in North America of Hublets – a cloud-based lending unit of tablets available for use with the library’s WIFI (within the library branches) to patrons on a self-service basis with a checkout and check-in process that is fully integrated into the library’s ILS system.

Hublet has made loaning tablets easy; library patrons self-service check out a tablet with their library card and PIN code. The attractive design makes the library’s digital material visible and easy to use. No longer tethered to a desktop PC, library patrons are free to use the tablets in any location within the WIFI area.

With the centralized software management tool, library staff have control of the device content, can centrally manage updates, and can set loan parameters.  When the tablets are returned to the Hublet base the tablet is locked into place, all end-user information from the previous user is deleted, and the unit is re-charged.

The Hublets come pre-loaded with a variety of useful library applications (Libby, Hoopla, PrinterOn) and games. Patrons are also free to use their own Google Play account to download their own applications and games. The applications and all patron information is deleted when the Hublet is returned to its base.

The Hublets are currently available at the Central, Guerneville, Northwest, Rincon Valley, Sebastopol and Windsor branches.  They will be available at all branches soon.


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    Join the SCPLF August 23 for chocolate, singing, and fun!

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation Hosts Chocolate & Cinema Fundraiser

It's that time of year -- the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation's annual Chocolate & Cinema event -- and this year it's a Grease sing-along! http://scplf.org/grease/

This event is being held on Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 pm at the Rialto Cinema in Sebastopol, CA. $20 per ticket includes chocolates and a bag of popcorn. (Tickets are $25 per person at the door – order your tickets now.) Tickets will sell out fast; click here to purchase individual tickets.

The Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to promote use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading and/or increased literacy for Sonoma County residents. Services supported by the Foundation include Summer Reading Programs, AWE Early Literacy stations, Sonoma County Reads, Spanish-language books and materials, increased access to ebooks and audiobooks, and books for library book discussion groups.

Thank you, SCPLF, for all your support in helping the Sonoma County Library to bring information, ideas, and people together to build a stronger community!

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Library Hosts Together at the Table Events on Topic of Income Inequality

The Sonoma County Library continues its Together at the Table project series hosting two events in August focused on Income Inequality, the sixth and final topic of this year-long grant-funded project. Together at the Table, whose title derives from a line in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, creates opportunities for community members to learn, discuss, and become civically engaged in relevant topics heard in our local newspapers, the news, and in other media daily.

The Income Inequality events include a panel of experts from local agencies and organizations who will share the work they are doing to bring awareness and support to the issues surrounding income inequality in Sonoma County. Join us on Wednesday, August 8that 6:30pm at the Northwest Regional Library, and Wednesday, August 15that 6:30pm at the Healdsburg Regional Library. Income Inequality partners include the California Labor Commission, North Bay Jobs with Justice, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, and the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board.

In addition to this project’s events, each Library branch has Together at the Table Learning Spaces where patrons can discover and check out materials on the topics discussed during the year. The six topics addressed in the 2017-18 grant period are Climate Change, Immigration, Blackness in America, Women’s Rights, LGBTQI, and Income Inequality.

All Together at the Table events are free and open to all.

"Kindred" Chosen for 2018 Sonoma County Reads Title

We're excited to announce that this year’s Sonoma County Reads selection will be Kindred, by Octavia Butler.

Once again, the title selected for our community-wide shared reading endeavor matches the Work of Literary Merit selected by Santa Rosa Junior College, which greatly expands the range and variety of programming around the book and its themes. This year’s countywide series of events will kick off in October 2016, and will continue through December, during which we anticipate a broad series of events and activities appealing to readers through Sonoma County.

First published in 1979, Kindred explores a number of questions about the legacy of slavery in the United States, gender, race, and power, historical memory and trauma, and the meaning of freedom through a fascinating combination of time travel story and slave narrative.

Octavia Butler was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She was the recipient of many awards including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award and the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.  

We're really excited to be a part of the partnership that will bring events, programming, book groups, and more around the important themes in this book to our community! More information to come!

 

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Read Books, Plant Trees, and Protect Sonoma County's Forests

The Sonoma County Library is helping reforest our community with its Summer Reading Program. For every age level, readers can contribute toward the planting of trees. The Library collaboration with Forest Unlimited, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the forests and watersheds of Sonoma County, offers an altruistic component to this year's summer reading program. In addition to the fun prizes awarded as a way to encourage reading, we are excited to offer a reward where readers can participate in helping our community and environment.

For each Bingo achieved in the Adult Summer Reading Program, participants will earn a contribution toward the planting of trees in Sonoma County, to help with reforestation and renewal after the 2017 fires. With the Teen and Children Summer Reading Programs, among other educational prizes earned through summer reading, there is the award of contribution toward the planting of trees in Sonoma County.

Additionally, join us to learn more about local forest health at one of our “Protecting Sonoma County's Forests--What You Can Do” presentations. Come hear from forest expert Rick Coates, Executive Director of Forest Unlimited. These presentations will be:

  • Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 pm at the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
  • Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm at the Rohnert Park – Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
  • Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 pm at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol
  • Wednesday, August 1 at 5:00 pm at the Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100
  • Saturday, August 11 at 2:00 pm at the Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Ctr., Santa Rosa

 

Summertime is the perfect time for all ages to enjoy books and events. Come to the library to check out books on all the subjects you love and attend a great presentation — your summer days will be filled with imagination and exploration! Not only will the library help improve your mind, it will help plant trees.

These events are free and open to all. For more information, contact Mathew Rose at 707-823-7691 or mrose@sonomalibrary.org.  Keep in touch with these and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

 

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    Summer Reading Author Series

Summer Author Series Weekly Through June 2018

The Sonoma County Library is bringing renowned authors to your libraries for its Summer Reading Author Series. Come meet award-winning authors and learn about their writing processes, their lives, and their art. The Summer Reading Author Series is comprised of visits by seven best-selling and award-winning authors to library branches across Sonoma County. Per our summer reading theme "Reading Takes You Everywhere," this is a great time to travel to libraries across the county to participate in these wonderful community events. The Summer Reading Program is a reading program; there is no better event for libraries than an author visit to support and promote the activity of reading.

Children's Author Carol McCloud Visits Cloverdale Library 3:30pm and 6pm Wednesday June 27



  • Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27, 2018, 3:30pm and 6pm Cloverdale Library

Join us at 3:30pm for a children's event and 6pm for an adult event on Wednesday June 27, 2018, at Cloverdale Library for a talk and reading by bestselling children's author Carol McCloud as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida.

Seven Authors Visit Sonoma County Library in June 2018

Anchee Min

New York Times Bestseller, British Book Award Finalist, Carl Sandburg Award Winner

June 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Rincon Valley Regional Library - 6959 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa

Luis Rodriguez

Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Bestselling author

June 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Healdsburg Regional Library – 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg

Jonathan Alpeyrie

A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

June 16 at 2:00 pm

Guerneville Regional Library - 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville

Gail Tsukiyama

Best-selling author, recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

June 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Petaluma Regional Library - 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma

Kay Ryan

Pulitzer winner, NBCC finalist, US Poet Laureate, MacArthur Genius, National Humanities Medal Honoree

June 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Sonoma Valley Regional Library - 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma

Elif Batuman 

Shortlisted for this year’s Pulitzer Prize

June 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Central Santa Rosa Library – 211 E Street, Santa Rosa

Carol McCloud

Bestselling children’s author

June 27, 3:30-5 pm for a children’s and 6-7:30 pm for an adult event

Cloverdale Regional Library - 401 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Each author will speak for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short question and answer session.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the events. These events are free and open to all.

For more information, contact Mathew Rose at 707-823-7691 or mrose@sonomalibrary.org. Keep in touch with these and other library events at www.sonomalibrary.org/events and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

  • Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

    Carol McCloud - Wednesday June 27 at 3:30pm and 6pm - Cloverdale Library

Children's Author Carol McCloud Visits Cloverdale Library 3:30pm and 6pm Wednesday June 27

Join us at 3:30pm for a children's event and 6pm for an adult event on Wednesday June 27, 2018, at Cloverdale Library for a talk and reading by bestselling children's author Carol McCloud as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida.

  • Elif Batuman - Monday June 25 at 6pm - Santa Rosa Central Library

    Elif Batuman - Monday June 25 at 6pm - Santa Rosa Central Library

Author Elif Batuman Visits Santa Rosa Central Library 6pm Monday June 25

Join us at 6pm on Monday June 25, 2018, at Santa Rosa Central Library for a talk and reading by author, academic, and journalist Elif Batuman as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of the novel, “The Idiot,” which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,  and “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have been anthologized in the 2014 “Best American Travel Writing” and the 2010 “Best American Essays” collections. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor.

Batuman holds a doctoral degree in comparative literature from Stanford University. From 2010 to 2013, she was writer-in-residence at Koç University, in Istanbul. She lives in New York.

  • Kay Ryan - Saturday June 23 at 2pm - Sonoma Valley Regional Library

    Kay Ryan - Saturday June 23 at 2pm - Sonoma Valley Regional Library

Poet Kay Ryan Visits Sonoma Valley Library 2pm Saturday June 23

Join us at 2pm on Saturday June 23, 2018, at Sonoma Valley Regional Library for a talk and reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and U.S. Poet Laureate (2008-2010) Kay Ryan, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Kay Ryan is an accomplished poet who received the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Fellowship in 2011. “Ryan’s distinctive and tightly woven verse is grounded in inclusive explorations of seemingly familiar language, ideas and experiences” the MacArthur Foundations continues, “Independent from schools of poetry and literary fashion, her mode of expression is a disarmingly clear and accessible style, characterized by concision, rhyme, wordplay and wit”. 

In 2011, Ryan also won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems” (Grove Press, 2010), described as “a body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.”

Ryan has written nine books of poetry, plus a limited edition artist’s book. Her books are: “Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends” (1983), “Strangely Marked Metal” (Copper Beech, 1985), “Flamingo Watching” (Copper Beech, 1994), “Elephant Rocks” (Grove Press, 1996), “Say Uncle” (Grove Press, 2000), “Believe It or Not!” (2002, Jungle Garden Press, edition of 125 copies), “The Niagara River” (Grove Press, 2005) Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed (Red Berry Editions, 2008), The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), and Erratic Facts (Grove Press, 2015).

“Having such an acclaimed artist at the library is one more way we can encourage reading and learning this summer” says library manager, Lisa Musgrove, “Ms. Ryan will speak for about 45 minutes and answer questions for 15 minutes.  Reader’s Books will have copies of Ms. Ryan’s books available for purchase before and after the presentation”.

Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served.

The event is free and open to all.  The library is located at 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.  For more information contact librarian Lisa Musgrove at 996-5217 or lmusgrove@sonomalibrary.org.  Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomavalleylibrary.

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