BOOKS AND MORE The Healdsburg Regional Branch of the Sonoma County Library system is now open 7 days a week, exclusive of holidays.

By Jon Haupt

Throughout the month of December, the Healdsburg Regional Library will provide a series of events to help brighten your days. Our most anticipated event this month, a Healdsburg Library Posada, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11am to 2pm. This event will be fun for the whole family with fan favorites such as Spanish Music & Movement and Sabor de mi Cuba as well as tamales for lunch, a photo booth, holiday picture frame crafts and more.

This event also highlights a new, grant-funded initiative of the Sonoma County Wine Library to listen to and save the oral histories of immigrant families employed in our local wine industry. Through this project, we are working to learn about the experiences of our local families and we look forward to sharing them with you in the coming months.

In addition to the Posada, we will also offer many other events for all ages. For teens, we continue our Wednesday afternoon series with a Martin Luther King Jr. writing workshop on Dec. 13 and a cookie-decorating workshop on Dec. 20. Both will take place at 1:45pm right after school early release time. For tweens, we’re looking forward to more fun on Mondays, with Mushrooms in the Wild (a Seeds & Reads event) on Dec. 11 at 4pm and Universal Yums on Dec. 18 at 3:30pm.

Adults may be interested in a History of Cumbia storytelling experience on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6pm, where Jorge Bolaños, a.k.a. DJ Nadie, will draw upon knowledge from cultural anthropology and music journalism to speak to the importance of immigration in music. Lately our crafting events have been well received by those in attendance, and we are looking forward to a DIY Gift Boxes event on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6pm. At this event, participants can construct their own 3D paper gemstones that can hold small gifts for the holidays.

Finally, we have more events for the whole family later in the month, with a Gingerbread House workshop for kids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:30-5pm, followed by a screening of a popular family holiday movie at 5:30pm (call the library for the title).

On Wednesday, Dec. 27, we are excited to host Puppet Art for a special Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show from 11am to noon. There are many more events we have on offer—for more information about all our events, check out the calendar at or come by for a paper events calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon and we send you kind wishes for the holidays.

Jon Haupt is the branch manager of the Healdsburg Regional Library, located at 139 Piper St. and open daily.

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