Healdsburg Library staff members are looking forward to a very busy October, with many exciting opportunities to engage with the public. Some weeks are so packed with activities that I can only offer a smattering of suggestions; for the full list, please visit our online events calendar at events.sonomalibrary.org.
Many families enjoy our Spanish Music & Movement with Guadalupe. This year, we are happy to offer the event twice monthly—on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am and on the third Saturday at 11:30am. Be sure to come on Oct. 21 this year for our Saturday offering of fun activities presented in Spanish. These are good events for families, even for those just learning Spanish who want a fun opportunity for music and play.
Now that school is in full swing, teen events are back as well. Something is offered every Wednesday after school, starting at 1:30pm, right after early release for the middle school. In addition to gaming every first Wednesday, we also have a Smash Brothers gaming tournament that same day each month, at 3pm.
On Oct. 18, we offer our popular monthly Universal Yums experience with snacks from different places around the world. A week later, on Oct. 25, we’re planning a “Scary Movie with Hot Cocoa and Apple Cider.” We will make sure it’s not too scary, though. We hope you or a teen you know will take advantage of these weekly activities.
Our tweens (fourth–sixth graders) can look forward to our Tween Hangouts on the month’s second Monday afternoons. On Oct. 9, we had our monthly Seeds and Reads event: “Explore Your World…” under a microscope. This was a fun opportunity to learn about objects in our world from a new angle. The next Seeds and Reads date is Nov. 13, open to all in grades K–6.
On Oct. 16, it’s back to tweens-only with an opportunity to do yoga with Ozlem. Oct. 23 will feature a tweens-only version of the Universal Yums program. These two programs follow our regular schedule of Mondays at 3:30pm.
Our celebration of Latin American Roots, coinciding with Latin American Heritage Month, continues in October with several more events, including a Lotería Game Night for all ages on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6pm.
Our staff—and the BiblioBus and BiblioBike staff—will be at an upcoming labor force workers’ service fair on Sunday, Oct. 22 and at the annual Día de Muertos celebration on Oct. 29. We hope to see you there.
Many of you have had questions lately about our Friends of the Healdsburg Library, their popular book sales and the situation with donations. The Friends have plenty of books and DVDs for a wonderful sale Nov. 1–4.
They haven’t been taking donations of books recently because it’s unknown when book sales can return to the library branch, due to the renovations planned for 2024.
In the meantime, other libraries in the area, including Windsor and Cloverdale, are excellent places to donate materials.
Jon Haupt is the branch manager of the Healdsburg Regional Library, located at 139 Piper St., open daily.