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June 26, 2022

Summer Reading Adventure Begins

Track reading to win free books

Track reading throughout the summer to win free books and be entered into the library’s Summer Reading Raffle, to be held at the end of the program. 

The most exciting part about this year’s summer program is the reintroduction of in-person events at the library. 

This spring, the library has been gradually resuming programming through Storytimes in the Park and book club meetings. Over the summer, look for teen programs every Wednesday afternoon; children’s events on Tuesdays and Thursdays; more Storytimes in the Park some Friday afternoons; and events for all ages on Wednesday nights. 

All events are listed on the library’s calendar at events.sonomalibrary.org, or come by the library for a brochure. 

Many have been following the ongoing plans for tenant improvements to the library building, which is being called a  “refresh.” 

The library budget for this year includes funding for this project, which will focus primarily on finishes and furniture. With planning now underway and meetings begun with consultants, the hope is that the project will take shape over the next fiscal year from July 2022 to June 2023. More information will be shared as the year progresses, and patrons will see a brighter, refreshed branch.

Library partnerships and collaborations are always some of the most rewarding projects. 

One of the new projects is a partnership with Purls of Joy—a local yarn shop that has now reorganized into a member-owned cooperative—to provide a monthly series of creative workshops for teens and adults. The workshops are held on the first Wednesday of each month; the first was in early June. 

On July 6, the library will offer a crochet workshop for teens, followed by a session for adults on how to knit or crochet mason jar covers. These workshops are an opportunity to make new friends, share snacks and learn new skills in a fun, judgment-free environment. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring yarn and needles. These programs are by registration; sign up on the event calendar or call the library at 707-433-3772.The library will be closed on June 20 this year in observance of the newest national holiday, Juneteenth. Join together and celebrate freedom with the community, when Sonoma County Library will be at the 52nd Annual MLK/Juneteenth Community Festival in MLK Park in Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 18, from 10am to 6pm. That same day, the BiblioBus, the new mobile tech hub of the library system that was at the Twilight Parade this year, will offer books and media, library cards and StoryCorps interview opportunities as well, at the Sonoma Juneteenth: Freedom Day event at the Sonoma Community Center in the city of Sonoma from 4pm to 7pm. Throughout all the libraries, check out materials of all kinds related to Juneteenth, Emancipation, contemporary reflections and conversations. For more on celebrating Juneteenth in Sonoma County this year, visit the library’s extensive resources page at https://sonomalibrary.org/juneteenth/.