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  • 2017 Food for Fines Results

    2017 Food for Fines Results

2017 Food For Fines Program Collects Over 13,000 lbs of Food!

The 2017 Food For Fines Program Collects over 13,000 pounds* of food!

The Sonoma County Library’s collected 13,097* pounds of food in the 2017 Food for Fines program, that’s 10,914* meals! This impressive amount surpasses the 2016 totals by 4,800 pounds. Each year, the Library partners with local food banks including the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping, Healdsburg Food Pantry, and Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry encouraging residents to donate food to those in need and get their library fines forgiven in return. In 2017, the Food for Fines program ran for 7 weeks in November and December, waiving $23,977 in patron fines and fees!

The Food for Fines program has two primary goals—to remove barriers to library access due to overdue fines, and to help end hunger in our communities. This is even more important in 2018 with the recent disasters affecting so many. In 2017, Food for Fines was able to give 1,664 patrons an opportunity to give back to their community and get their library account back in good standing for the 2018 New Year.

The Sonoma County Library is proud to join thousands of Sonoma County businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to end hunger in our community.

For information about how to donate food or time to your local food bank, visit the links below.

*Amounts reflect food collected for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping, and Healdsburg Food Pantry only. 

  • Black History Month 2018

    Black History Month 2018

Black History Month 2018

The Sonoma County Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month by offering a variety of events and curating displays and resources for residents of Sonoma County. Enjoy as we pay tribute by celebrating and learning about the generations of African Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Since 1976, the month of February has been designated Black History Month, or National African American History Month, and is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history of African Americans.

The month-long celebration includes programs and events for Children & Families, Teens, and Adults. The Library will feature the following:

  • Black History through Music with Fam Team: take a musical journey through the ages highlighting the innumerable contributions of Americans of African descent to American music and global culture (all ages).
    • Central Santa Rosa Library – Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00pm
    • Sebastopol Regional Library– Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30pm
    • Roseland Community Library – Saturday, February 17th at 12:00pm
    • Petaluma Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am
  • Black History Month Film Series:
    • Marshall (PG-13) – This film is about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturday, February 3rd at 1:30pm
      • Petaluma Regional Library – Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm
      • Cloverdale Regional Library – Wednesday, February 14th at 6:00pm
      • Windsor Regional Library – Saturday, February 17th at 1:30pm
    • Moonlight (R) – This films tells the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.
      • Cloverdale Regional Library – Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Tuesday, February 20th at 1:30pm
    • Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Not Rated) – This documentary presents archival footage of notable civil-rights activists as well as recent interviews with activists and historians on the Black Power Movement.
      • Healdsburg Regional Library – Monday, February 26th at 10:30am
      • Roseland Community Library – Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30pm
      • Petaluma Regional Library – Monday, February 26th at 6:00pm
      • Central Santa Rosa Library – Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm
  • African Village Celebration with Onye Onyemaechi: this exciting musical program with master drummer Onye Onyemaechi uses rhythm, music and instruments to journey with children and families to explore the beauty and soul of the drum in African village life (all ages).
    • Sonoma Valley Regional Library – Saturday February 10th at 11:00am
    • Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library – Saturday, February 10th at 2:00pm
    • Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturday, February 17th at 10:30am
    • Cloverdale Regional Library – Saturday February 17th at 2:00pm
    • Guerneville Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am
    • Windsor Regional Library – Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm
  • Together at the Table: Blackness in America: this community conversation led by experts from local organizations and agencies in Sonoma County will discuss Blackness in America and what is currently happening in Sonoma County.  
    • Roseland Community Library – Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00pm
    • Petaluma Regional Library – Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00pm

For additional information on Together at the Table, visit


The events are free and open to all.  

Library Partners With County Parks on Discovery Packs

In partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, the Sonoma County Library is offering for check out a limited number of parking passes that give library cardholders free access to Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Taylor Mountain, Ragle Ranch and the other 50-plus regional parks throughout the county.

The “Regional Parks Discovery Packs” are available at each library branch and include a backpack filled with a parking pass good at all 56 Regional Parks, a parks map, trail itineraries, hiking tips, wildlife guides, and other information to help cardholders enjoy self-guided adventures in the parks. The Discovery Pack program was developed to promote community health and well-being by increasing opportunities for residents to visit and learn about their parks. Each pack is available for check out for up to seven days and includes materials in English and Spanish.

“The Library is proud to provide this new, exciting Discovery Pack to our patrons all thanks to the wonderful partnerships with Regional Parks,” said Community Engagement Coordinator, Angelina Hernandez.

“Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Library are committed to providing innovative programs that promote community health and well-being. Now more than ever after the recent wildfires, we are looking for ways heal our community through experiences in nature. These Discovery Packs create an opportunity for more people to access our beautiful parks,” said Community Engagement Manager, Bethany Facendini.

Each library branch has Discovery Pack backpacks for checkout and includes a vehicle entry pass for parking, an “Adventure Book” for trail observations or nature journaling, the 2017 Trails Challenge Guidebook with hiking itineraries and hiking tips, and information about local wildlife and plants. These contents must be returned with the pack a week from check out. The packs also include a park map, a seasonal activity guide, a parks reading list and other materials that borrowers are welcome to keep.

The Discovery Packs will be available for check beginning Monday, January 29th, at all 14 Sonoma County Libraries.

  • pile of books with title text "bringing our stories to the table"

"Bringing Our Stories to the Table:" Release of Adult Learner Writing Collection

The Sonoma County Library Adult Literacy Program is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Adult Learner Writing Collection: Bringing Our Stories to the Table

We will be celebrating the release and the accomplishments of our adult literacy authors with a Book Release Party on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Central Library Forum Room.

We would like to take this opportunity to express how proud we are of the adult learners who are working so hard on improving their literacy skills and meeting their learning goals. Also, we are appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of volunteer tutors countywide who help our adult learners.  This writing collection is a wonderful reflection of the different backgrounds, cultures, and stories of this wonderfully diverse group of learners.

Copies of the 2017 Adult Learner Writing Collection -- which includes stories, recipes, and poems -- are on their way to all Sonoma County Library branch shelves immediately after the 1/20/18 release event. We hope you will all take the opportunity to check them out and to learn from these inspiring Sonoma County adult learners.

Play and Learn at the Windsor Library

The Play and Learn Island™ is once again on the move! 

The Play and Learn Island™ (PAL) just finished a 2-month stay at the Northwest Library, and is now making its home for the next two months in the Windsor Library. The Play and Learn Island™ travels periodically around the County to different library branches to host and share with their communities.

Babies and children learn through play and as part of the Sonoma County Library’s mission to promote the value and joy of reading, we offer opportunities for young children to play while building the skills for learning and literacy in all stages of life. One such opportunity is through our Play and Learn Island™. The hands-on activities provided with the Play and Learn Island™ incorporate problem solving, sorting, sharing, early literacy skills, design and testing, and collaboration. Their colorful design, scale and varied activities appeal to a range of ages, encouraging families to play and explore together, while they imagine, discover, create, and bring learning to life.

Come check out the island--at the Windsor Library for February and March 2018, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

Together at the Table Hosts Blackness in America Events

The Sonoma County Library is continuing its Together at the Table project series hosting two events focused on Blackness in America in January and February 2018.  Each Library branch has Together at the Table Learning Spaces where patrons can discover and check out materials on the topics being discussed.

The Blackness in America events will be held:

  • Wednesday, January 31stat 7:00pm at the Roseland Community Library, and
  • Wednesday, February 28that 7:00pm at the Petaluma Regional Library.

These Together at the Table events will include a panel of local experts and organizations who will provide information and resources about Blackness in America and discuss what work they are doing locally. Blackness in America partners include:

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


Together at the Table is a grant-funded project that 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 title of the project derives from a line in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Highlighting six topics throughout the year, Together at the Table will create learning spaces in each Library branch with related materials to learn and research the topic further and host community conversation events throughout the county. The six topics being discussed in the 2017-18 grant period are: Climate Change, Immigration, Blackness in America, Women’s Rights, LGBTQI, and Income Inequality.

It's time for the 2018 Mock Caldecott Contest!

It's time to choose our favorite picture books of the year!

Every year, children’s book illustrators hold their breath as the Caldecott committee members read, examine, and critique the best illustrated children’s books of the year to finally determine which one deserves the highly regarded award. The Caldecott Medal, named for illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

You will see the 11 books we think are worth considering above. These books, selected by Sonoma County Library staff, all fit the criteria of books to be considered for the Caldecott Medal. You can find copies of these books at your local branch for review. For more information, visit our Mock Caldecott page on the website. Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites, either online or at the library. Voting will be open from January 8 - February 7.

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online February 9.


Library Nominated to Participate in California Revealed

The Sonoma County Library is thrilled to announce approval of its California Revealed nomination for a unique project. California Revealed is a State Library initiative to support California’s public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, to digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant California artifacts and culture.

Sonoma County Library Associate Joanna Kolosov nominated a “hidden” collection of newspaper clippings which feature Sonoma County women and Japanese Americans who served in the military during World War II. The collection comprises 74 multi-part records which represent a portion of a larger collection that is housed at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library but has not been cataloged. The Library is excited to have the opportunity to make these materials accessible to the public in a digital format.

The Sonoma County Library was one of 81 institutions to nominate over 11,000 items. The Library’s addition will be added to the California Revealed database, housed within the California State Library, made accessible through the Internet Archive and California Light & Sound, as well as on the Library’s Sonoma Heritage Collectionwebsite.  

Sonoma County Library’s local history and genealogy collection is a community resource of immense value located adjacent to the Central Santa Rosa Library in the Library’s Annex building. This historical collection includes more than 40,000 photographs, a comprehensive collection of Sonoma County historical works, county, family and property history, access to the Sonoma County Archives, Sonoma County History Index with thousands of references to county events, places and people, wide ranging newspaper clippings files, and more!

To learn more about the California Revealed project and the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library, contact History & Genealogy Manager Katherine Rinehart at 545-0831 x 1562 or 

Northwest Library Will Temporarily Close for Refresh January 16

The Northwest Library will move to a temporary location beginning on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, to permit extensive renovation of the existing building.  The renovations will continue into Spring 2018.
The temporary site will have a Book Drop and Holds may be picked up.

Please visit us at the temporary location, from January 16 to April/May, 2018:

Guerneville Road Plaza
1331 Guerneville Road, Suite O.

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat: 10am-2 pm
Wed: 3pm - 7pm

  • New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

    New Sonoma County Library Mobile App Launches

Library Launches New Version of Mobile App

On December 22, 2017, Sonoma County Library launched the next generation of our Library App.  Built by Solus UK Ltd in tight coordination and integration with our library systems provider, Sirsi-Dynix, we are excited to give our patrons speedier and more detailed, direct access to our systems and services.

The Sonoma County Library app from Solus/Sirsi-Dynix offers our mobile users (staff and patrons) the ability to:

  • Search for library materials using familiar search designations, filters and fields
  • Locate their Nearest Library branch address, hours and phone number - with corresponding links to GPS for directions or easy calling on their mobile phones
  • Manage Library Account Checkouts, Holds, Devices, Display Preferences, Language Preference (English or Spanish)
  • View upcoming events at the patron’s branch or across the library system
  • Scan an ISBN Barcode to see if a book is available at the library
  • Directly access eResources like Discover and Go,, Mango Languages and ProQuest Newspapers
  • Search specifically for eBooks
  • Access the library’s social media pages
  • Link directly to Ask Us for any questions a patron may have

The new app is now available for download from the apple store and the android store.