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Celebrate National Library Week

It's #NationalLibraryWeek and we want to share some of our successes with you.
In the past year, we have had:

  • 2,065,381 in-person visits to Sonoma County Library locations.
  • 1,509,449 items circulated.
  • 108,363 residents attending events and classes.
  • 2,261,413 virtual visits to the library website (http://sonomalibrary.org)
  • 1 Sales Tax Measure passed (thank you, Sonoma County!)

Join us to celebrate National Library Week during the week of April 9-15, 2017. And click here to see some of the many ways Libraries Transform our communities -- both during National Library Week and year-round. If you haven't visited us in a while, what better time to check out all the Sonoma County Library has to offer?

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    Library Hours

Community Conversations to Discuss Library Hours

The Sonoma County Library will be hosting multiple Community Conversations throughout the county to discuss Library service hours. In partnership with the Library Branches Library Advisory Boards and Friends of the Library, each Community Conversation will be held at their respective Library Branch this spring.

As the Library prepares its first round of expanding library hours later this spring, these discussions will guide Library Administration in understanding the needs for each community in Sonoma County. We want to hear your voice! Share your current library use and how you imagine the future of your Library.

Community Conversation dates and times are as followed:

  • Sebastopol Library: April 5th at 5pm
  • Healdsburg Library: April 11th at 6pm
  • Cloverdale Library: April 12th at 6:30pm
  • Guerneville Library: April 20th at 4pm
  • Petaluma Library: April 26th at 6pm
  • Central Library: May 2nd at 5pm
  • Windsor Library: May 3rd at 6pm
  • Rincon Valley Library: May 10th at 6:30pm
  • Sonoma Valley Library: May 11th 5pm
  • Northwest Library: May 12th at 4:30pm
  • Roseland Library: May 13th at 10:30am
  • Rohnert Park-Cotati Library: May 17th at 5:30pm

Can’t attend a Community Conversation event at your Library? No problem! You can visit your Library branch and complete a paper survey or complete our online Library Service Hour Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YX8M3M3.

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    Children explored the insides of computers at a recent Take-Apart Day at the Windsor Library.

STEAM Events Spark Passion for Sciences

STEAM = Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Math!

When kids and teens explore, create and experiment in an informal learning environment like the library, they learn a lot--and have fun at the same time.
We've assembled a variety of free STEAM-related classes and workshops that will inspire and motivate kids and teens with fun, hands-on learning activities, to bring to all branches of the Sonoma County Library.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency among youth has been an educational goal in schools since the mid-’80s, when a series of reports indicated that many American children weren’t meeting competencies in these areas. The addition of “Arts” to STEM in the last few years to create “STEAM”, is indicative of a commitment to bring creative, open-ended thinking and innovative problem-solving into STEM activities.

Spend a day with us at the Library being an artist, explorer or researcher. The kids of today are the innovators of tomorrow. Let's spark their passion and creativity for the sciences now!

Library and Regional Parks collaborate on StoryWalk at Crane Creek Park

Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Sonoma County Regional Parks to host a StoryWalkTM at Crane Creek Regional Park, with a special event to kick off the collaboration on Saturday, March 25th. Join us at Crane Creek Park at 10am—at the picnic tables by the parking lot—and get ready for a fun-filled story time outdoors as you meander down a trail while reading the bilingual story Call Me Tree / Llámame Árbol, by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

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 Crane Creek 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.

Visitors are encouraged to share their StoryWalkTM experience on social media with photos, comments, or any suggestion you may have for the project, using hashtags #SonomaCountyLibrary #StoryWalk.

This StoryWalkTM, first in a series, 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.

Crane Creek Regional Park is full of rolling grasslands and beautiful stands of oaks on 128 acres east of Rohnert Park (5000 Pressley Road, Rohnert Park). If you are unable to attend the StoryWalkTM kickoff event on March 25th, it will also be available to read and enjoy during Crane Creek’s open hours through mid-April.  Please note that there is a parking fee at Crane Creek, where the StoryWalkTM is being hosted.

The StoryWalkTM Project was created by Anne Ferguson on Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalkTM trails are now in all 50 states as well as 11 countries including Bermuda, Canada, England, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Russia.

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    Spring Break 2017

Spring Break at the Library 2017

Looking for something to do with kids over Spring Break? The Sonoma County Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the spring school vacation week.

Beginning Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 25, the Library will offer free programs ranging from storytimes and Read to a Dog events, to Magical Moonshine Theatre puppet shows, Zumba for kids, STEM programs, paper airplanes, kids' yoga, crafts, makerspaces, and more!

All events are free.

For more information, check the library’s online calendar at https://sonomalibrary.org/events, or Ask A Librarian.

FREE SAT Math Refresher Classes (for High School Juniors) (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

  • Sebastopol     Tue. Mar. 21, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Rincon Valley  Wed. Mar. 22, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Sonoma Valley   Thu. Mar. 23, 3:30-5:30 pm

ZUMBA FOR KIDS (ages 5 & up)

  • Sebastopol      Fri. Mar. 17, 4:00 pm
  • Cloverdale       Tue. Mar. 21, 1:00 pm
  • Windsor           Wed. Mar. 22, 3:30 pm
  • Guerneville      Fri. Mar. 24, 11:00 am

The HANGOUT café

  • Windsor           Sat. Mar. 18, 2:00 pm (ages 9 & up)  (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

PAPER AIRPLANES!

  • Petaluma         Tue. Mar. 21, 11:00 am

SPRING BREAK CINEMA

  • Central            Fri. Mar. 17, 4:00–5:45 pm
  • Healdsburg      Tue. Mar. 21, 3:00 pm
  • Rohnert Park  Wed. Mar. 22, 6:00 pm (ages 6 & up)

MAKER STUDIO: STEAM CLASSES

  • Take-Apart Day          Rohnert Park  Tue. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Take-Apart Day          Windsor           Tue. Mar. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Doodle Bots                Rincon Valley  Wed. Mar. 22, 3:30 pm
  • Take-Apart Day          Guerneville      Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am
  • Doodle Bots                Healdsburg      Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Doodle Bots                Petaluma         Fri. Mar. 24, 3:30 pm

MAGICAL MOONSHINE THEATRE

  • CHANTICLEER THE ROOSTER:  Northwest        Wed. Mar. 22, 11:00 am
  • GOLDEN ARMADILLO:  Rohnert Park  Thu. Mar. 23, 11:00 am

LEGO STOP-MOTION WORKSHOP

  • Rincon Valley  Fri. Mar. 24, 10:00 am (ages 8-12) (space is limited - see Information Desk to reserve your spot)

4-H ART WORKSHOP

  • Windsor           Fri. Mar. 24, 4:00 pm (grades K-3)

A WALK IN THE PARK: STORYWALK AT CRANE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

  • Crane Creek Regional Park (Rohnert Park)  Sat. Mar. 25, 10:00-11:30 am

A Visit with Children's Author/Illustrator Todd Parr!

Todd Parr's visit to the Healdsburg Library originally planned for a date in March has been RESCHEDULED to April 13 at 4pm.  Hurray!

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We’re thrilled to mention another upcoming event that children and parents will particularly enjoy. Bestselling and beloved children’s author/illustrator Todd Parr will come to the Healdsburg Library on -- April 13 at 4pm. This event is great for families with children, ages 5-8, or anyone else who loves the work of Todd Parr.

So what happens at an author visit? 

Well, Todd Parr loves interacting with kids! During his presentation, Parr talks about being an author/illustrator, reads from four to five of his books (he has written more than 40), plays a game, does original sketches on an easel and conducts a Q&A with the kids and adults. At the end of his session in the auditorium, Parr will be available to sign copies of his books, which will be offered for sale courtesy of Copperfield's Books. Also, this will be an opportunity for children to learn about helping out — please bring in a new stuffed animal or book to donate. Your donation will be given to children living in shelters in Sonoma County.

Who is Todd Parr, Anyway?

Todd Parr is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He grew up in a small Wyoming town. Art was a passion of his in high school. Working at many other things in life, he knew that art was what he wanted to do. He entered into children’s publishing in 1998, and was able to take the messages of his art and “put them in a simple reading about acceptance, differences and empowerment for kids to feel better about themselves.” His books have been published in 14 languages and have won several awards, plus been featured on the “Rosie O’Donnell Show”. He has partnered with Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and Target to promote reading.  In 2015 Parr traveled to Singapore, and visited the Singapore American School—the largest one-campus international school in the world. In April he traveled to Canada on behalf of Read Aloud 2015. His children’s preschool show, “ToddWorld”, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award. “ToddWorld” is now airing in almost every country around the world. He lives in Berkeley, California.

This event is free and open to the public. The Visit with Todd Parr is funded by the Friends of the Healdsburg Library.

 

Library Collaborates with 4-H on Kids' Art & STEM Classes

In March and April, the Library is collaborating with the local 4-H Youth Development Program to present classes on arts, crafts, and STEM topics to children. 4-H is a youth development organization for ages 5-19 that promotes hands-on, experiential learning, and as such, it is a natural partner with the Library's mission and strategic plan initiatives around education.

The upcoming classes will be held at two library locations -- in Rincon Valley and Windsor -- and will focus on topics including Art Exploration, Cartooning, and Roller Coaster Science. Participation is free and open to all in the community.

4-H at the Library: After-School Crafts

The 4-H Youth Development Program presents 6 weeks of art adventures beginning in March. Arts and crafts classes are suited to the 5-9 year old and will be taught by Judy Ludovise, Sonoma County 4-H Program Representative.

    • Thursdays, March 2-April 6, 2017
    • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Rincon Valley | Forum Room, Rincon Valley Library

4-H at the Library: Art Workshop for Kids (Grades K - 3rd)

4-H will present a workshop on Art for children grades K through 3rd. Learn about cartooning and coloring in the workshop. For more information please contact the Windsor Library at 838-1020.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Windsor | Forum Room, Windsor Regional Library

4-H at the Library: Roller Coaster Science

This special event is for children grades K through 3rd. Come to the library and learn about the science of Roller Coasters and make a marble roller coaster! This is a free event presented by the 4-H Club.

  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Windsor | Forum Room, Windsor Regional Library

The California 4-H program is a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide network of the University of California.

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    Mobile App Stats

An App for That - Sonoma County Library Mobile App

Sonoma County Library launched its Mobile App one year ago on February 9, 2016, to make its free library services available on smartphones and tablets.  The app has had over 6,000 downloads.  The major uses of the Mobile App have been to access the library catalog, manage library accounts, find library locations and hours and access emedia and databases.

The app works on all major smart phones, including iPhone, Android, and Windows and is freely available from the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, and the Windows Phone Store.  In Sonoma County, the Mobile App had 2,912 iPhone downloads, 1,938 Android downloads and 1,048 iPad downloads.

Searching the catalog of library materials with the mobile app is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.”  Customers used the catalog on over 519,000 Mobile App visits.

Sonoma County Library cardholders used the Mobile App on over 210,000 visits to manage their account right from their mobile device.  No need to wait until you are at home or at a branch.  Access and manage your account whenever and wherever you are with the Sonoma County Library Mobile App.

The third most used Mobile App feature was the library locator – used on 13,580 visits.  Customers checked library hours, located the branch closest to their current location and got directions to the branch on their phone.

Other well-used features included access to emedia, databases and the event calendar.  In addition, the Mobile App offers BookLook™ which lets you scan an ISBN barcode to see if the library owns the title. This is an amazing feature! If you see a book that you’re interested in, you can just scan the ISBN, see if the library owns it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.

We hope you’ll spread the word about Sonoma County Library’s Mobile App to everyone you know with a mobile device. It's easy and it's free.

For more information, see sonomalibrary.org/mobile.

Central Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Central Santa Rosa Library building will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in February. The Sonoma County Library is excited to share events happening throughout the month to celebrate this historic building as an integral part of Santa Rosa.

The Central Branch of the Sonoma County Library was the fourteenth public library established in California, and has been providing library services to the citizens of Santa Rosa since 1859. The Santa Rosa Carnegie Library was built in 1904. The stone clad structure was damaged in the 1906 earthquake, but repairs were made and the building stood at the corner of Fourth and E Streets until 1960 when it was closed. Shortly thereafter, the Carnegie building was torn down and replaced by a new building, which was designed to serve as the center of operations and administration for the new city-county library system. Francis Joseph McCarthy was the building architect for what was considered a model of modernity at the time. The new building included vertical and horizontal conveyors to mechanize book-handling and teletype and fax transmission connection to other Bay Area libraries. Unique architectural features include sculptured redwood fences created by Stefan A. Novak, garden walls composed of stone from the 1904 Carnegie building and stained glass clerestory windows designed by artist Donald V. Drury. The building was dedicated on February 19, 1967.

We invite all members of our community to join us for Central Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, February 26th from 2-4pm in the Library’s Forum Room. Come celebrate this historic building and the impact the Library has made on the residents of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County community. Listen to local leaders celebrate this significant institution, enjoy light refreshments, walk down memory lane with us, and spend some time with local friend Snoopy!

In addition to the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Library will host two talks to commemorate Central Santa Rosa Library’s rich history:

  • Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00pm – Evolution of the Central Library, A Long and Winding Road: from the Carnegie Foundation to Urban Renewal Project presented by Katherine J. Rinehart, historian and manager of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00pm – The Central Library: Modernists Architecture in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Join architectural photographer Darren Bradley as he gives a presentation on the Central Library and the Francis Joseph McCarthy, the building’s architect.

Also, please drop-in at the Central Library’s Children’s Area anytime during the week of February 21st – 25th for a variety of activities celebrating Central Library’s 50th Anniversary.

All events are free and open to the public.

Free SAT Math Refresher Course at Three Locations Over Spring Break

Sonoma County Library will offer a free 2-hour SAT Math Refresher course, during the week of Spring Break in March, for high school juniors who will be taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in 2017.

Registration opens on March 1, 2017. Students or parents can pick up registration forms at the three libraries where the class will be offered: Sebastopol Regional Library, Sonoma Valley Regional Library, and Rincon Valley Regional Library. Priority registration will be given to high school juniors.

This new class is being offered in response to the success of the SAT Prep Intensives that were offered by the Library in January. Each session will be team-taught by Ana Pimsler and Kristen Cook, high school math instructors at Roseland Collegiate Prep.

The SAT Math Refresher course will include study and review of the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test.  Students will be provided with an individual copy of the Official SAT Study Guide for use in the class and extended study at home.

The course is offered at each of the following locations, dates & times:

  • Sebastopol Regional Library:
    • Tuesday March 21 from 1pm-3pm
  • Rincon Valley Regional Library:
    • Wednesday March 22 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Library:
    • Thursday March 23 from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Attendance is limited to 25 high school juniors at each location. Students are advised to bring a graphing calculator. 

These classes are part of the Library's Path to College series.

For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Rachel Icaza at 707-545-0831 ext1526 or ricaza@sonoma.lib.ca.us. Read more about services and programs offered by the Library at https://events.sonomalibrary.org/events and keep in touch with the library at www.sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.

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