Library News

LumaCon! Returns for Third Year

The Third Annual LumaCon! Comic Convention for Youth takes place Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Petaluma Community Center and Lucchesi Park. Over 3,000 people attended last year’s event celebrating creativity and literacy, and this year’s organizers are ready for another big crowd. LumaCon! is a collaborative project created by the librarians of the Sonoma County Library’s Petaluma Regional Library, the Petaluma High School Library, and the Casa Grande High School Library. Admission is free.

The LumaCon! 2017 Artists’ Alley will once again offer an opportunity to meet well-known artists, illustrators and writers of comic books and graphic novels, and give local youth artists the chance to display and sell their artwork alongside established artists. Alexis E. Fajardo ("Kid Beowulf"), Svetlana Chmakova ("Dramacon"), Brian Fies (“Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?”), Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”), and many others will share their work and their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications. Children’s crafts, Live Action Role Play (LARP), a “Magic the Gathering” tournament, and a cosplay (costume) competition for teens are featured activities. Exhibitors include the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion, Golden Gate Garrison.

The LumaCon! Fiction Short Story contest for authors 18 years and under is open now! Original fiction and fan-fiction stories can be submitted at www.lumacon.net. Prizes will be awarded the day of LumaCon! in two categories: authors 13 years old and younger, and authors 14-18 years. The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2017.

High school clubs, teen artists, and teen volunteers share their expertise, time, and creativity to run food sales, art, and assist with younger LumaCon! participants. Teens through the public library’s Teen Advisory Council are heavily involved in planning and preparing for the fandom and cosplay events. “I have been to many comic conventions before and am super excited to work on one myself!” says Jackie Friedland, a Casa Grande High School senior. 

 

For more information contact Petaluma Regional Library Teen Librarian Diana Spaulding at 707-763-9801 ext. 0713 or dspaulding@sonoma.lib.ca.us.  Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/petalumalibrary.

 

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  • Day One

    Day One

12 Days of Winter Break

Home for the holidays? Traveling to see friends and family? Not sure how to fill your time? The Sonoma County Library’s 12 Days of Winter Break is here to guide you through your winter days at home or away.

Day 1

On the first day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a cookbook to help feed my family. The Library has thousands of cookbooks to check out and plan delicious meals the whole family will love. Plan a meal following a special diet, learn a new cultural cuisine, or learn new twists on your favorite, go-to recipes. See available cookbooks on the Library’s website or visit your local branch today.   http://sclib.us/3z

Day 2

On the second day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a free movie to watch with my family! Watch a movie for free using the streaming service Hoopla Digital. Library cardholders can also borrow audiobooks, movies, music, TV shows, and more and watch or listen instantly! Check it out today!   https://sonomalibrary.org/hoopla-digital

Day 3

On the third day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an e-book to read while traveling. Using your library card, you can download an e-book for free and directly to your e-reader or mobile device. Check out an e-book today: https://sonomalibrary.org/digital-media/e-books

Day 4

On the fourth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help researching my family. Getting nostalgic after visiting loved ones this winter? Visit the History & Genealogy Library to trace your roots and learn about your ancestors! Use resources only found within the Library including ancestrylibrary.com and historical records and periodicals to support your research. https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library/genealogy-resources

Day 5

On the fifth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an audiobook to listen to! Tired of listening to holiday music? Traveling this winter? Download and borrow an audiobook for free using OverDrive or Hoopla Digital and listen directly from your mobile device: https://sonomalibrary.org/digital-media/audiobooks

Day 6

On the sixth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… an engaging, fun Storytime for the kids! The Library offers a range of different story times across the county for children newborn to 5 years old. Get the wiggles out, learn new stories, read together as a family, or attend a bilingual story time at a local branch near you! https://sonomalibrary.org/kids/early-literacy/storytimes

Day 7

On the seventh day of winter break, my Library gave to me… support with a healthy New Year’s resolution!  Join the Library’s Healthy Living at your Library Club. This series offers free educational classes and events focusing on nutrition and physical fitness. Attend 3 healthy living classes, check out a health book or fitness DVD, and complete a physical fitness challenge by May 31st, 2017 to be entered in the Healthy Living prize drawing. Find out more information here: https://sonomalibrary.org/events/programs/healthy-living-at-your-library

Day 8

On the eighth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a free subscription to my favorite magazine! Download and read your favorite magazine using the Library’s new service, Zinio for Libraries. Choose from over 160 magazines and read instantly on any device using your library card.  Download a magazine today:   https://sonomalibrary.org/zinio

Day 9

On the ninth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… advice on how to spend my money! Use the Library resources to set a personal budget including checking out new books on personal finance:

-       Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated, by Helaine Olen & Harold Pollack

-       Personal Finance For Dummies, by Eric Tyson, MBA

-       What your financial advisor isn’t telling you: the 10 essential truths you need to know about your money, by Lisa Davidson.

Visit your community library to use Morningstar Investment Research Center to learn about and track your stocks and fund investments. Find more information here: http://sclib.us/3y.

Day 10

On the tenth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help studying for SATs. Planning for college? Attend a free SAT intensive prep class at one of the Library’s local branches. These 5-hour classes include study and review of problematic areas of all four sections of the new SAT. Find a workshop near you: https://sonomalibrary.org/events/programs/the-path-to-college/

Day 11

On the eleventh day of winter break, my Library gave to me… a book group to join! Read a new book and discuss with others at your local library branch. Find the right book club to fit your reading taste and join today! Search branches and book groups here: https://sonomalibrary.org/events/book-groups

Day 12

On the twelfth day of winter break, my Library gave to me… help learning a new language using Mango Languages! With just your library card, you can have access to Mango Language that offers over 60 languages to learn. Find a language you’d like to learn today: https://sonomalibrary.org/library-collection/mango-languages

  • Cloverdale reopens

    Cloverdale reopens

Cloverdale Reopens

Just in time for the holiday season, the Cloverdale community will receive a special gift on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The Sonoma County Library invites the community to join us for the reopening celebration at the Cloverdale Regional Library!

A ribbon cutting ceremony with community leaders and library officials will kick off the reopening celebration. Refreshments and music will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The residents of Cloverdale have waited patiently, and the wait is finally over,” said the new Cloverdale Branch Manager Stephanie Hope-Cochran. “Patrons will take great pride as they re-enter their treasured community jewel filled with a vibrant new look and amenities such as a single service desk and an express check-out kiosk.”

The facility closed in September for the “refresh” project but will resume regular operations on December 20 at 10:00 a.m. The 7,200 sq. ft. building interior flaunts a fresh coat of paint, and the beautiful space features newly installed carpeting, furnishings, new layout, technology additions and, seismic bracing. Cloverdale Regional Library also received an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) upgrade in the parking lot.

Mock Caldecott 2017

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.

Below, you will see the 10 books we think are worth considering.  These books, selected by Sonoma County Library staff, all fit the criteria of books to be consideredfor the Caldecott Medal. You can find copies of these books at your local branch for review. 

Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  Voting will be open from December 13 through January 10.     

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online Jan. 24!

 

Library to Offer Free SAT Prep Course at Three Locations

Sonoma County Library will offer a free 5-hour SAT preparation course the first week of January for high school students who will be taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the winter or spring of 2017. Registration opened on Dec. 3 and students or parents can pick up registration forms at the three libraries where the class will be offered: Central Santa Rosa Library, Healdsburg Regional Library, and Petaluma Regional Library. Priority will be given to high school juniors and seniors to register for these classes.

 This new class was developed in response to demand in the community for an affordable SAT prep course.  “Several parents of high school students in town called the library asking if we knew of any low-cost classes to help their students prepare for the SAT. Last year we began offering an informational workshop about the SAT and other standardized college entrance exams, but this will be the first time we offer an extended review class where students can pick up the kind of test-taking skills taught in courses costing hundreds of dollars. And our class is free!” said Petaluma Library Teen Services Librarian Diana Spaulding.

The SAT Intensive Prep Class will include study and review of problematic areas of all four sections of the new SAT: reading, writing & language, math, and the optional essay.  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 in two parts of 2½ hours each at the following locations, dates & times:

  • Central Santa Rosa Library:
    • Part 1 - Tue. Jan. 3, 2:30-5 PM &
    • Part 2 - Wed. Jan. 4, 10 AM-12:30 PM;
  • Healdsburg Regional Library:
    • Part 1 - Thurs. Jan 5, 10 AM-12:30 PM &
    • Part 2 - Fri. Jan. 6, 10 AM-12:30 PM;
  • Petaluma Regional Library:
    • Part 1 - Thur. Jan. 5, 2:30-5 PM &
    • Part 2 - Fri. Jan. 6, 2:30-5 PM.

Students are expected to attend both parts 1 and 2, as attendance is limited. The class will be taught by local test preparation consultant Ellen Jakes Kelm, Ph.D. 

These classes are part of the Library's Path to College series. For more information, contact Teen & Adult Services Librarian Diana Spaulding at 763-9801 ext. 0731 or dspaulding@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.

Digital Magazines Made Available to Sonoma County Library Cardholders

Effective December 6, 2016, Sonoma County Library is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries for its cardholders.  Zinio for Libraries provides a quick and easy way for users to read digital copies of over 160 magazines on any device with a valid library card.

Set up your Zinio for Libraries account at:    https://www.rbdigital.com/northnetca/service/zinio

"We're excited to offer this innovative, convenient service," stated eResources & Discovery Specialist Rauno Saarinen.  "The passage of Measure Y has made Zinio possible. We look forward to growing our collection of digital services even more.  With Zinio, you can access over 160 magazines that can be easily viewed on any internet-enabled device inside or outside the library," notes Saarinen.

Zinio operates on a number of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle Apps. With an array of magazine offerings, cardholders can browse through titles in a number of genres including magazines for men, women, news-based, science & technology, entertainment, sports, travel, art & photography, to name a few.

Don’t have a library card yet? Library cards may be obtained by visiting any one of Sonoma County Library’s 15 branches with a current identification or you can obtain an eCard online to immediately start using our online resources, like Zinio. 

For download links and more information on Zinio.

  • Food for Fines

    Food for Fines

Food for Fines December 6 to December 30

This holiday season the Sonoma County Library is partnering with local food banks to offer a Food For Fines program. Local partners include the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Friends in Sonoma Helping and the Healdsburg Food Pantry.

The Food For Fines programs encourages library patrons to return overdue library materials and pay off accrued library fines by donating food to those in need. The donation of one unit of food will erase ALL fines from past due items for one account (note: food donations cannot be applied towards lost/damaged library items or collection agency fees – only fines). Patrons can give to the community and get their library account back in good standing as we close out the 2016 year.

The Food For Fines program will begin on Tuesday, December 6th and run through Friday, December 30th . Food donation barrels will be found at all Sonoma County Library Branches.  According to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), the most needed non-perishable items are:

-       Tuna & Canned Meat

-       Peanut Butter

-       Low-Sodium Canned Soups & Chili

-       Rice & Dry Beans

-       No-Sugar Added Canned Fruits

-       Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables

-       Granola Bars

-       Cereal

Also, the REFB recommends the following guidelines when donating food:

-       No glass, which can break

-       Check that items are still within their “use before” date

-       All items should be unopened, opened packages will not be accepted

-       Home-made or home-canned items are not accepted

By stopping by your local library and participating in the Food For Fines program, library patrons will be joining thousands of Sonoma County businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to end hunger in our community by donating food.

  • “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkit

    “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkit

Do It Yourself Energy and Water Savings Toolkits Available

Beginning November 8, 2016, “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkits will be available for checkout at the Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Central Santa Rosa branches of the Sonoma County Library.

The Toolkits include the tools and information necessary for customers to perform their own home upgrade projects to weather strip windows and doors, monitor electrical usage, find water leaks and make their homes more efficient with LED lightbulbs. Sonoma County Library cardholders can check out the kits for up to three (3) weeks.

“This is a great beginning for the Library in providing environmental education resources to the residents of Sonoma County,” says Sonoma County Library Director, Brett Lear.

The Toolkits are being offered by the library as part of a pilot program promoting energy and water efficiency in partnership with the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) and Sonoma Clean Power (SCP).

More information about the DIY Toolkits can be found at www.sonomacleanpower.org/programs or by attending an upcoming Home Energy and Water Workshop November 15th, 5:30 – 7pm, 2300 County Center Dr., Ste A212, Santa Rosa or November 16th, 6-8pm, Guerneville Public Library.  For more information, email sceip@sonoma-county.org.

Celebrate 20 Years at Windsor with the PAL

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 on its way to the Windsor Regional Library, just in time to help celebrate Windsor's 20th anniversary!  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 Regional Library for November and December 2016, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

The PAL Comes to Northwest!

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 Rincon Valley Library and is now on its way across town to the Northwest Regional Library, by the Coddingtown Mall.  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 Northwest Regional Library for September and October 2016, or check the schedule to see when it's coming to a branch near you -- and play and learn with us!

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