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  • 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  Keep up with all library events at and on facebook,

  • Gail Tsukiyama - Wednesday June 20 at 7pm - Petaluma Regional Library

    Gail Tsukiyama - Wednesday June 20 at 7pm - Petaluma Regional Library

Author Gail Tsukiyama Visits Petaluma Library Wednesday June 20

Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Petaluma Regional Library for a talk and reading by award winning author Gail Tsukiyama as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Gail Tsukiyama has spoken all over the US and abroad at colleges and universities, book festivals and conferences, and corporate luncheons and fundraising events. In September of 2001, she was one of fifty authors chosen by the Library of Congress to participate in the first National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and has been guest speaker at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and the Toronto and Vancouver International Writers’ Festival. She has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. She is also the first author to receive the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center of the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute.

Tsukiyama has written seven novels. Her books are: Women of the Silk (1991), The Samurai’s Garden (1995), Night of Many dreams (1998), The Language of Threads (1999), Dreaming Water (2002), The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (2007), and A Hundred Flowers (2012).

“This is a very exciting opportunity for the library and for our patrons who are fans of her books and interested in the writing process” says librarian, Emma Wendel. “Ms. Tsukiyama will speak for about an hour with time for questions and answer included.  Readers’ Books will have copies her books available for purchase before and after the presentation, and Ms. Tsukiyama will also be signing books after the talk.”

The event is free and open to all.  The library is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma. 

  • Jonathan Alpeyrie - Saturday June 16 at 2pm - Guerneville Regional Library

    Jonathan Alpeyrie - Saturday June 16 at 2pm - Guerneville Regional Library

Author Jonathan Alpeyrie Visits Guerneville Library 2pm Saturday June 16, 2018


Join us at 2pm on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Guerneville Regional Library for a talk and reading by author Jonathan Alpeyrie, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Alpeyrie was on his third trip to war-torn Syria in April 2013, when he became one of the first Western journalists to be abducted while covering the crisis. The French-born war photographer was on his way to cover clashes between Syrian army troops and the rebels when he was pulled out of his Jeep, handcuffed and taken hostage by Syrian rebels. 
Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French‑American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

The 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 event. This event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Nancy Sampson at 707-869-9004 or Keep in touch with these and other library events at and on Facebook,

Library Commission Adopts Resolution in Support of Undocumented Residents/Immigrants/Dreamers

On June 4, 2018, the Sonoma County Library Commission adopted a Resolution in Support of Undocumented Residents/Immigrants/Dreamers - see full text (English/Español). The Commission stated, "Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Sonoma County Library (SCL):"

1.  Reaffirms its own "Statement of Inclusivity" "in light of the uncertainty many feel in our current society";

2.  Commits to enacting policies and programs recognizing the diversity of our community and furthering the inclusion of all residents living in Sonoma County;

3.  Supports DACA Dreamers and our immigrant community,  providing services to all County residents regardless of residency status; 

4.  Provides the resources to information on legal assistance/guidance extended by the County and other agencies within the County and State to undocumented students, immigrants, and their families;

5.  Continues Sonoma County Library policy of protecting the privacy of our patrons/customers by refusing to release any information regarding personal living situation, collections usage, or other information that might indicate the legal status regarding the documentation of students, families, and/or individuals, including allowing access to Library databases, permitting a search of any library branch or rural station, or responding to information requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or others, unless the appropriate legal request and documents are presented;

6.  Urges Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the confounding issues around immigration; and

7.  Encourages all residents to use the library regardless of documented status.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez - Saturday June 9, 2018, 1-3pm Healdsburg Library

    Luis J. Rodriguez - Saturday June 9, 2018, 1-3pm Healdsburg Library

Author Luis J. Rodriguez Visits Healdsburg Library

Join us Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 1-3pm at Healdsburg Regional Library for a talk and reading by author Luis J. Rodriguez, as part of the library's Summer Reading Author Series.

Luis J. Rodriguez, an award-winning poet and activist. Mr. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, is author of the bestselling book Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., and many others, including his newest book Borrowed Bones: New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. After his talk and reading, Mr. Rodriguez will be available for audience questions. 
Mr. Rodriguez is one of only two Poet Laureates of Los Angeles. He has received numerous other writers’ awards and was one of 50 individuals worldwide selected as “Unsung Heroes of Compassion,” presented by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

“Art is the heart’s explosion on the world. There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. ” — Luis J. Rodriguez

Acompáñenos para una charla y lectura por el autor Luis J. Rodriguez, un galardonado poeta y activista. El Sr. Rodriguez, laureado poeta de Los Angeles, es autor del libro popular y exitoso Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., y muchos otros, incluyendo su libro más reciente Borrowed Bones: New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Después de su charla y lectura, el Sr. Rodriguez estará disponible para preguntas del público.

El Sr. Rodríguez es uno de los dos únicos Poetas Laureados de Los Angeles. Él ha recibido numerosos premios de escritores y fue uno de los 50 individuos en todo el mundo seleccionados como "Héroes de la compasión", presentado por Su Santidad, el Dalai Lama.
"El arte es la explosión del corazón en el mundo. Probablemente no hay una fuerza más poderosa para el cambio en este mundo incierto y asolado por la crisis que los jóvenes y su arte. " -- Luis J. Rodriguez

  • rainbow hands with text "GLBT Book Month"

Show Your PRIDE During the Month of June

Whether you celebrate LGBT Pride Month, GLBT Book Month, or myriad other options, June is a great month to celebrate the rainbow of diversity.

The Sonoma County Library strives to represent and reflect the experiences of all people in our county and beyond.  Gaining perspective can lead to a greater sense of empathy and a stronger community. Wherever you are on the spectrum or rainbow, we are here to serve you.  Whether you identify with these groups or not, we would like to challenge you to go to one of our events, pick up a book (or eBook), listen to an eAudiobook, or watch a DVD.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (and more!) lives and experiences that that offer incredible value, strength, and love to our world.

“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.” - Library of Congress

June is GLBT Book Month™ Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. - American Library Association

From Sonoma County to San Francisco Pride--we’re your one stop shop for LGBTQI+ events, information, literature, and entertainment!  Curious? Scroll down or Ask Us!




Queer There and Everywhere: 23 people who changed the world
(Copies of this book are available for pickup at the Sebastopol Regional Library)



The LGBTQI experience is the topic for May and June for our Together at the Table initative. Visit the Together at the Table learning spaces at each branch of the Sonoma County Library to learn more, download our Resource Sheet, and check out materials curated for this project.

Also, join us for a community conversations with experts from local organizations such as Positive Images, LGBTQ Connection, and the SSU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Learn how you can get involved, and share your voice on this important topic:



Each branch of the Sonoma County Library has a unique display to highlight and recognize the lives and literature that we are celebrating this June!



  • LGBTQ+ Resource Guide - This limited resource list provides perspectives on LGBTQI rights, history, experiences, relationships, and culture.
  • LGBTQ+ Materials List - The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of LGBTQI from LGBTQI history and rights to understanding the LGBTQI experience, relationships and culture.  
  • LGBTQ Connection - Napa & Sonoma: LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership, fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community.
  • LGBTQ Support Groups (Positive Images)
  • Trans Support Groups (Positive Images)
  • Hotlines (Positive Images)
  • The Trevor Project 24/7 Lifeline - (TEENS) The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.


Library Materials: Books For Children, Teens, Adults… And Electronic Resources For Everyone!













Ask one of our fantastic and friendly librarians at your favorite branch of the Sonoma County Library.  We are here for you!

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    Adult learner participant Ako M. poses with ALLI organizers

Adult Literacy Learners Participate in Leadership Institute

Three adult learners from Sonoma County Library's Adult Literacy program attended this year’s Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) training held in Chico, California in May. 

ALLI is a statewide training program that offers weekend-long workshops for adult learners. The workshops focus on the development of leadership skills in networking, advocacy, public speaking and giving presentations. Adult learners who are enrolled in a CLLS library literacy program for at least six months can apply to attend ALLI. The goal of ALLI is to empower the adult learners by helping bring out their leadership skills, strengthen them and apply those skills to help themselves, their library and their community.

These three members of our community who attended ALLI in 2018 will bring back awesome skills and learning to share with others.  Kudos to Ako, Irma and Misty for being selected to attend this training, and for all the hard work you've done to get where you are today! 

  • Author Anchee Min visits Rincon Valley Library

Summer Author Series Kicks Off with Anchee Min at Rincon Valley Library

We're so excited to share this upcoming visit from author Anchee Min to our Rincon Valley Library--on Monday June 4 at 6 p.m.--as part of the Sonoma County Library’s Summer Reading Authors Series.

Min’s books have been on the New York Times bestsellers list and received critical acclaim as “historical fiction of the first order”.  Her debut memoir, Red Azalea, is about surviving China's Cultural Revolution.  Min has written six subsequent works of historical fiction: Katherine, Becoming Madame Mao, Wild Ginger, Empress Orchid, The Last Empress, and Pearl of China. Her latest book continues where Red Azalea left off. The Cooked Seed: A Memoir tells the story of Min's struggles to find herself in a new land.

Rincon Valley Library Branch Manager, Bill Coolidge says, “We are excited to have Ms. Min speak at the library and provide this opportunity for our patrons to hear from such an acclaimed author.”

Min will speak for 45 minutes followed by a short question and answer session.  Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event.

The Summer Reading Author Series comprises visits of 7 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 Author Series is brought to Sonoma County Library thanks to the passage of Measure Y.

This event is free and open to all. The library is located at 6959 Montecito Boulevard.  For more information contact Bill Coolidge at 707-537-0162 or  Keep in touch with this and other library events at and on Facebook,

Join Us at StoryWalk by the Sea at Gualala Point Regional Park

Sonoma County Library is once again partnering with the Sonoma County Regional Parks to host a StoryWalkTM at Gualala Point Regional Park. The book to be showcased with this StoryWalk is Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino. 

There will be a special event to kick off the collaboration from 10:00 am -12:00 pm on Sunday, June 24th; join us for this fun-filled story time outdoors as you meander down a trail while reading the bilingual story Following Papa's Song, by Gianna Marino.

A StoryWalkTM is an activity that promotes both literacy and physical fitness. Intended for young readers from infants to school age, the StoryWalkTM separates a book into two-page spreads, with activities in English and Spanish that are tailored to each page. The laminated pages are then attached to signposts, which are installed along a path. As participants walk through Gualala Point Regional Park, they will be directed to the next pages in the story, which are stationed around the trail for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story, and quality time spent together.

This StoryWalkTM continues the collaboration between the Library and Sonoma County Regional Parks, which has brought to our communities such partnerships as the Trails Challenge, P is for Parks storytimes, and bilingual recommended reading lists.  Visitors are encouraged to share their StoryWalk experience on social media with photos, comments, or any suggestion you may have for the project, using hashtags #SonomaCountyLibrary #StoryWalk.

If you are unable to attend the StoryWalkTM kickoff event on June 24th, it will also be available to read and enjoy during Gualala Point’s open hours through July.  Please note that there is a Regional Parks parking fee at the park where the StoryWalkTM is being hosted. Come down to Gualala Point Regional Park, either on June 24th or anytime in June or July, to enjoy the beauty of the park, a good story and quality time spent together.