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Join us on April 20 at 4 pm for a special session of Virtual Pride Club for Teens featuring musician, artist, and social commentator Michael Mwenso of the band Mwenso & The Shakes. Michael will be joining us to talk about his experiences as a Black LGBTQ+ musician.

Recently, Mwenso partnered with Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center to present his five-part online Black Music Series offering his unique and ancestral perspective on Black music as an African-born queer man growing up in London and New York.

Mwenso will be visiting us at Virtual Pride Club to have a small and personal group dialogue about music, identity, and changing the world. This particular session will be a unique opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with a world-class musician!

For ages 12-18.

To register, please visit: Michael Mwenso of the band Mwenso & The Shakes

Experience the music of Mwenso and the Shakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQwaEp0KwPU

Virtual Pride Club for Teens is a weekly club to discuss books and other media that showcase queer voices and experiences. Each month there will be a different theme. You can select books or other media that fit that theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own. This club is a great way to make friends, foster community building, and discover queer media all at the same time!


Celebrating Día / Celebrando Día image

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The common goals of Día are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories, and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

Sonoma County Library celebrates Día this year with two fun activities:

Mi Libro/My Book. This fun literacy project invites caregivers and children to use drawings, collage and/or photos to create a book that is all about the child’s interests. Pick up the Día craft activity kit at your local branch starting Monday, April 12.

Celebrate Día Virtual Event. Join your bilingual librarians on Friday, April 30th at 10:30 AM for a virtual story time with books, songs, and a show and tell, where participating children can share their Mi Libro/My Book creations!

All scheduled El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) events.

These activities are made possible by a grant from the Early Learning with Families (ELF) project, an initiative of the California State Library. The ELF project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Celebrando el Día:

El día de los niños / El día de los libros, comúnmente conocido como Día, es una celebración diaria de niños, familias y lectura que culmina anualmente el 30 de abril. La celebración enfatiza la importancia de la alfabetización para los niños de todos los orígenes lingüísticos y culturales.

Los objetivos comunes de Día son:

The common goals of Día are to:

  • Celebrar a los niños y conéctelos con el mundo del aprendizaje a través de libros, cuentos y bibliotecas.
  • Fomentar el desarrollo cognitivo y de la alfabetización de manera que se respete y adopte el idioma y la cultura del hogar del niño.
  • Presentar a las familias los recursos comunitarios que brindan oportunidades de aprendizaje a través de múltiples alfabetizaciones.
  • Reconocer y respetar la cultura, el patrimonio y el idioma como instrumentos poderosos para fortalecer a las familias y las comunidades.

La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma está celebrando Día este año con dos actividades divertidos:

Mi Libro/My Book. Este proyecto de alfabetización invita a los niños y sus cuidadores a utilizar dibujos, collage y/o fotografías para crear un libro que trata sobre los intereses del niño. Recoja el paquete de actividades Día en su sucursal local a partir del lunes 12 de abril.

Todos los eventos programados El día de los niños / El día de los libros.

Celebre el evento virtual Día. ¡Únase a sus bibliotecarias bilingües el viernes, 30 de abril a las 10:30 AM para una hora de cuentos con libros, canciones, donde los niños participantes podrán compartir sus creaciones de Mi Libro / My Book!



Do you love comics and graphic novels, but have trouble putting your ideas into action? Have you always wanted to have your comics published for the world to see?

Starting on March 20th, 2021, Gio Benedetti, writer and illustrator, will be working with SCL to put on an 8 week comic workshop. In this course, Gio Benedetti will guide participants through each step in creating, writing, drawing and inking their own original 8-12 page mini-comic.

The class will go over techniques for writing for comics, graphic story-telling concepts, comic layout, materials, and - most importantly - following through to completion!

At the end of the 8 weeks, each participant will have their own 8-12 page mini-comic which will be collected and published as our collective Mini-Comic Anthology Volume 1. Registrants must be between the ages of 10 and 19 years old.

The comic workshop will take place on Saturdays 11-noon via Zoom. Supplies will be provided to registrants via curbside pick-up one week prior to the course beginning. This is an 8-week series of classes and will require a commitment to complete all 8 sessions. The comic anthology will be printed and circulated through the Sonoma County Library system for everyone to enjoy. Who doesn’t want to add published comic author to their resume?

Space is limited to 25 participants and will go quickly.

Course dates: 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15.
No class on 4/3 to accommodate Spring Break.
Register here!


Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer History and Historical Fiction! Queer history and the people that advanced our rights don't always receive the recognition they deserve, so it is important that we work to highlight the activists and moments that helped us reach where we are now. This month we will have a special guest presentation from folks at the Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County and OutWatch, Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival. We will also delve more into local queer history by exploring Sonoma County Library’s very own History and Genealogy collections. Here are some links, resources, and of course books to get you thinking about LGBTQIA+ History!

We will be meeting online at 4:00pm every Tuesday in March. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the March Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

LGBTQ+ Historical Databases & Resources that we recommend:


(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

Like a Love Story

Like a Love Story
by Abdi Nazemain (he/him)

All Out

All Out
edited by Saundra Mitchell (she/they)

We Are Lost and Found

We Are Lost and Found
by Helene Dunbar (she/her)

Dread Nation

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland (she/her)

Blood Countess

Blood Countess
by Lana Popović (she/her)

The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang (she/her)

Music From Another World

Music From Another World
by Robin Talley (she/her)

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club
by Malinda Lo (she/her)

Queer, There, and Everywhere

Queer, There, and Everywhere
by Sarah Prager (she/her)

Branded by the Pink Triangle

Branded by the Pink Triangle
by Ken Setterington (he/him)


by Ann Bausum (she/her)

Brave Face

Brave Face: A Memoir
by Shaun David Hutchinson (he/him)

No Way, They Were Gay

No Way, They Were Gay?
by Lee Wind (he/him)
Coming to a library near you April 2021!