Submitted by mshernandez on Thu, 10/19/2023 - 09:57

Native American & Indigenous Heritage Month


In November, the Sonoma County Library celebrates National Native American Heritage Month. This month is “a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.1 ” We join thousands of libraries, schools and local governments in paying tribute to the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans / Indigenous Peoples.

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Books, Collections, and Resources

We invite you to check out a wide variety of books written by, for, and about Native American and Indigenous peoples at your local library.

Your Sonoma County Library Card also grants you access to both the Lake County Native American Collection and the Mendocino First American Collection. Click here to browse both collections.

eBooks, Streaming Media, and more

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Call (707) 755-2050 to listen to children’s librarians reading storybooks in both English and Spanish. This month includes:

11/15/2023: We Are Water Protectors - Somos guardianes del agua


Library Events

Everyone is invited to attend free library events and workshops. Registration required for select events.

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Cultural Knowledge Sharing

Clint McKay shares his knowledge of the land, people, traditions, and history imparted to him by the ancestors.

Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm
Sonoma Valley Library

Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 pm
Sebastopol Library

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Virtual Author Talk with Joy Harjo

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and
Writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 pm
Pre-Register online

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The Cloud Artist - Merisha Sequoia Clark

Join illustrator Merisha Sequoia Clark as she reads, The Cloud Artist, explains the process of illustration, and shares Choctaw history. Kids will have the opportunity to ask questions and create a cloud craft. For ages 4-11.

Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 pm
Rincon Valley Library

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am
Northwest Library

Friday January 12, 10:30 am
Roseland Library

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 pm
Central Library

Local Indigenous Communities

In celebrating National Native American Heritage Month, Sonoma County Library honors native and indigenous peoples past, present and future. We express our respect for local communities including the Miwok, Wappo, Wintun, Pomo, and Patwin; as well as indigenous people from across the world who now make Sonoma County their home. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from traditional forms of knowledge and share with one another.