Library News

  • Services relocating to Central during temporary Annex closure

Special library services temporarily relocated to Central Santa Rosa Library

Local history, genealogy and adult literacy services of the Sonoma County Library will be temporarily relocated to the Santa Rosa Central Library (211 E Street) starting September 4, due to an upgrade of the Library Annex facility located at 725 Third Street behind the Central Library.

The Library’s History and Genealogy staff will provide one-on-one research assistance at the Central Library daily from 1-5 pm (Monday through Saturday) and by appointment. The Adult Literacy program, which pairs adult learners and tutors to help with basic reading and writing, will be available 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday in the same location.

The Library Annex will close for 8-10 weeks beginning August 27. The collection of local history and genealogy materials normally kept in the Annex will be available to library visitors upon request. Volunteers from the Sonoma County Genealogical Society will also be available to assist visitors on Wednesdays and Fridays between 1-4 pm at the Central Library. English Conversation classes and Reach Your Goals classes will also continue on a regular schedule.

The library looks forward to welcoming visitors, learners and researchers to the Central Library during this temporary change in service location.

  • invitation to back to school events

Sonoma County Libraries Host Back-to-School Educator Events

This fall, local educators are invited to attend Back to School Educator events at Sonoma County Libraries county-wide.

As families head back to school, Sonoma County Libraries are gearing up to support educators in their essential work with students in the classroom. One of the ways to build excitement about the new school year is to host Back to School Educator open houses at each of our library locations. At 12 libraries county-wide, that’s a lot of excitement!

Looking ahead to August and September 2018, educators serving students of all ages are invited to attend a Back to School Educator event in their neighborhood to learn about all the incredible FREE resources available to Sonoma County residents. Homeschool families are welcome to attend! Educators are encouraged to meet and network with Sonoma County Youth Services Librarians - your biggest fans! These events are a great opportunity to get, or renew, an Educator Card.

The Educator Card - launched in February 2018 - is a special library card just for educators! This unique library card allows teachers and school staff to check out more items, keep them for a longer period of time, and enjoy ZERO fines on items checked out using this card. Each August, Educator Cards must be renewed in person at a library location. Gain greater access to all the wonderfully rich resources made available through Measure Y funding.

Community educators have already been enjoying the benefits of the Educator Card and enhanced relationships with Sonoma County Library. “I love my card!” said Santa Rosa high school teacher Heather Garcia-Rossi. “I love the access to data bases and the extra books I can have checked out. And attending the kick-off was essential for me to learn about all the apps and perks my card carries.”

Sonoma County Office of Education’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Rachel Ambrose, has made the most out of her Educator Card. “The Educator Card comes with all the perks for every teacher out there who loves books - and we are many. With the Educator Card, I can check out more books, keep them longer, and there are no late fees. I use it to check out books for extended classroom use, projects, and more. Thank you, Sonoma County Library!”

Back to School Educator Events will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Rincon Valley – 8/22 @ 6-8pm
  • Roseland – 8/25 @ 2-4pm
  • Guerneville – 8/29 @ 4-6pm
  • Northwest at Coddingtown – 8/29 @ 4-6pm
  • Sonoma Valley – 8/30 @ 3:30-5:30pm
  • Central Santa Rosa – 9/6 @ 4-6pm
  • Rohnert Park-Cotati – 9/7 @ 3:30-5:30pm
  • Windsor – 9/10 @ 6-8pm
  • Cloverdale – 9/11 @ 4-6pm
  • Petaluma – 9/20 @ 4:00-6:00pm
  • Sebastopol – 9/22 @ 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Healdsburg – 9/26 @ 6-8pm

Let’s make this school year the most successful yet by connecting your school community with the public library – your partner in education. We can’t wait to see you!

  • Luther Burbank with Kanaye Nagasawa and Edwin Markham at Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa, Calif. 1915

    Luther Burbank with Kanaye Nagasawa and Edwin Markham at Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa, Calif. 1915

Digitization Project Preserves Historic Image Collection of Famed Horticulturalist Luther Burbank

Just in time for Santa Rosa’s Sesquicentennial, the Sonoma County Library is pleased to announce that it has completed the digitization of over 1700 images belonging to Santa Rosa’s famed Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. The project preserves the locally and nationally significant collection of pioneer horticulturist Luther Burbank and provides unprecedented online access to the collection for scholars and members of the public. The image collection consists of photographs, slides, panoramic and stereographic images as well as postcards, greeting cards, and negatives dating from the 1860s to the 1980s. This project represents a partnership between the Sonoma County Library and the City of Santa Rosa and serves as an excellent way in which to honor Santa Rosa’s 150th birthday.

The City of Santa Rosa entered into a contract with the Sonoma County Library in 2017 to preserve the collection, beginning the detailed process of cataloging, digitizing and providing online access to the images. Head library cataloger Geoffrey Skinner led the effort, ensuring existing metadata was correct and enhanced in some instances. High-resolution digital capture was conducted by Act3 Partners. The digital images were then uploaded to the Sonoma County Library’s ‘Sonoma Heritage Collection’—providing unprecedented access to the historic collection and preserving Santa Rosa history and that of the nation for future generations.

The bulk of the images in the collection originate from the estate of Luther Burbank’s widow, Elizabeth Waters Burbank. Others were purchased and large numbers of donated items came from Eric Grissell’s collection of historic postcards, Dr. and Mrs. E.S. Ashuckian from the estate of M.K. Serailian, Georgina Stewart, J.B. Keil, Kay and Bob Voliva, Sherman Boivin, Western Sonoma County Historical Society, and Wendy Aikin from the estate of Frank Vail.

Subjects of local interest seen in the images include Mayor John Overton, Senator Herbert Slater, Fred Pederson, Dorothy Seawell, Dr. Joseph Shaw, Emma Burbank Beeson, and Elizabeth Waters Burbank. A few dozen images from 1919 depict Charles Hampton and members of the Agricultural Club of Santa Rosa High School demonstrating equipment and showcasing livestock.

The City of Santa Rosa is just one of Sonoma County Library’s partners. Other organizations whose digital images are featured in theSonoma County Local History & Culture include the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and the Sonoma County Fair. To view these collections and more, go to https://digital.sonomalibrary.org.

  • self-service tablet checkout station

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.


  • actors portraying Sandy and Danny from the mmovie Grease

    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!

  • together at the table logo with text "income inequality"

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 8th at 6:30pm at the Northwest Regional Library, and Wednesday, August 15th at 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!

 

  • redwood tree with text "Protecting Sonoma County's Forests"

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.

 

  • Summer Reading Author Series

    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.

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