This event is in the "Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)" group.
This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.

Bilingual Storytime and Craft

10:15am - 11:00am
Petaluma Regional Library
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Library Branch: Petaluma Regional Library
Age Group: Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5), Children (Grades K-6)
Program Type: Bilingual, Spanish, Storytime
Event Details:
Join us for a fun family bilingual (Spanish/English) storytime. Books, music, movement and a craft! This program will be held inside the library.    Únase a nosotros para una divertida hora de cuentos bilingüe para la familia (espa...
This event is in the "Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)" group.

Family Storytime at Ives Park

10:30am - 11:00am
Sebastopol Regional Library
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Library Branch: Sebastopol Regional Library
Room: Offsite (Sebastopol)
Age Group: Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Storytime
Event Details:
Join your local librarian in singing, reading, and playing together to build early literacy skills and a joy of reading.  This event is outdoors and we usually meet under the trees near the picnic area farthest from the playground. We are in ...

Disclaimer(s)

Weather and Air Quality

Weather and Air Quality may result in postponement.

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)" group.

Little Chef’s First 100 Words

10:30am - 11:30am
Rincon Valley Regional Library
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Library Branch: Rincon Valley Regional Library
Room: Rincon Valley Meeting Room
Age Group: Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Author Events, Enrichment, Library & Community
Event Details:
Join children's author Tenisha Bernal for Little Chef's First 100 Words, a book that introduces babies and toddlers to items that can be found in the heart of the home: the kitchen. The brightly colored illustrations are sure to engage even the young...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)" group.
This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.

Cuéntame un cuento con Serena

11:00am - 12:00pm
Roseland Regional Library
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Library Branch: Roseland Regional Library
Age Group: Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5), Children (Grades K-6)
Program Type: Spanish, Storytime
Event Details:
Ven a la biblioteca a cantar, escuchar cuentos, moverte, jugar, y aprender. Serena brinda diversión para familias con niños de 0 a 6 años.  Este es un evento inclusivo presentado en español. ¡Nos vemos en la Biblioteca Roseland! ...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is offered in Spanish.

This event is in the "Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)" group.

Patio Storytime in Guerneville

11:00am - 12:00pm
Guerneville Regional Library
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Library Branch: Guerneville Regional Library
Age Group: Baby - Preschool (Ages 0-5)
Program Type: Storytime
Event Details:
Join us on the Guerneville Library patio for stories, songs and simple crafts. Be ready to wiggle, sing and have lots of fun! Please note: If the weather is too cold, wet or smoky, we'll be inside in the children's reading area.  ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Let's Talk English Conversation Class

11:00am - 12:30pm
Adult Literacy Program
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Library Branch: Adult Literacy Program
Room: Virtual (Adult Literacy)
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Adult Literacy, English, ESL & Language Learning, Virtual
Event Details:
Please REGISTER NOW for: September Let’s Talk English Conversation Classes on WEDNESDAYS 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM   First Class Meets: September 7, 2022  at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)   Register in advance for t...
This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.

Read to a Dog/ Leer a un Perro

1:45pm - 2:45pm
Roseland Regional Library
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Library Branch: Roseland Regional Library
Age Group: Children (Grades K-6)
Program Type: Enrichment
Event Details:
Read to a Dog Come and read out loud to the dogs of PALS (Paws as Loving Support). These well-trained dogs love to listen to stories in English and Spanish.  Children build confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud in a safe spac...
This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.

Read to a Dog

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Petaluma Regional Library
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Library Branch: Petaluma Regional Library
Room: Children's Room (Petaluma)
Age Group: Children (Grades K-6)
Program Type: Enrichment
Event Details:
Read to a Dog Come and read out loud to the dogs of PALS (Paws as Loving Support). These well-trained dogs love to listen to stories in English and Spanish.  Children build confidence in their reading skills by reading aloud in a safe spac...
This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Crafting Lounge for Teens and Tweens

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Room: Sonoma Valley Meeting Room
Age Group: Children (Grades K-6), Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Arts & Music
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Join us for an afternoon of crafts and fun! Come craft every 4th Wednesday of the month in the Forum Room. Drop in anytime between 2:30-4pm. Supplies provided! Registration is recommended but not required.   ¡Unanse a nosotros ...
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Petaluma Teen Advisory Council

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Petaluma Regional Library
Open
Required
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Library Branch: Petaluma Regional Library
Room: Virtual (Petaluma)
Age Group: Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Library & Community, Virtual
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 36
Event Details:
Are you a teen in Petaluma, California?  Do you want to be more involved in your community?  Want to be involved in Lumacon planning?  Planning of library programs?  Join Petaluma's Teen Advisory Council!  We will have meetin...

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Advance Registration Required - Virtual

Advance registration is required. Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite one hour prior to the scheduled event. 
Questions? Or if you need special accommodations, please let us know. Email: events@sonomalibrary.org or call your local library!

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.
Cancelled

Seeds and Reads – Explore Leaves and Trees (grades K-6)

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Healdsburg Regional Library
Required
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Library Branch: Healdsburg Regional Library
Room: Healdsburg Meeting Room
Age Group: Children (Grades K-6)
Program Type: Enrichment, Environment & Sustainability, Library & Community
Event Details:
September Seeds and Reads: Nature Walk – Leaves and Trees! The Children’s Librarian will lead a nature exploration outside and around the library to discover and explore trees, while collecting leaves. Decorate a box to take home and store your na...

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Advance Registration Required

Kits limited availability

Kits are available on a first come, first served basis. While supplies last. Limit one per patron.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

¡Juguemos lotería!

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Roseland Regional Library
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Library Branch: Roseland Regional Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Celebrations, Games & Gaming, Spanish
Event Details:
Juega algunas rondas de lotería. La lotería es un juego tradicional mexicano. ¡Este evento inclusivo es para todas las edades! ...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is offered in Spanish.

Spanish with English Translation

This event is in Spanish with an English interpreter.

This event is in the "Children (Grades K-6)" group.
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

International Snacks with Universal Yums (Teens & Tweens)

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cloverdale Regional Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Cloverdale Regional Library
Room: Cloverdale Meeting Room
Age Group: Children (Grades K-6), Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Enrichment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Come hang out with other teens and tweens every 4th Wednesday of the month. The library will host with a box of Universal Yums. Learn about other countries and try their snacks and candies. Taste the delicious, unique, and often difficult t...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Central Santa Rosa Teen Anime Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Santa Rosa Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Central Santa Rosa Library
Room: Central Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Arts & Music, Enrichment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Come join other Anime fans every 4th Wednesday of the month at 4-5pm! December meeting will take place a week early on Wednesday, Dec. 21 due to the winter holidays! Come meet other Teens who enjoy watching Anime and discussing Manga. Teens ...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Rohnert Park-Cotati Teen Volunteer Orientation

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
Room: Rohnert Park-Cotati Conference Room
Age Group: Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Careers & Workforce Development, Education & College
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Please note: Registration required to attend orientation! Scroll to bottom of page to register. Are you a teen interested in volunteering for the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library? Bring the attached Volunteer Packet signed by both you and your...

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Advance Registration Required

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Bookbinding & Watercolors with Amanda Ayala (Grades 7-12)

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Rincon Valley Regional Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Rincon Valley Regional Library
Room: Rincon Valley Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Arts & Music, Books, Literature, & Writing, Enrichment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Bookbinding & Watercolors with Amanda Ayala Make your own mini watercolor palette and tiny watercolor sketchbook to paint wherever you go. For teens in grades 7-12. Space is limited, please register online. Amanda Ayala (she/ella) is a mult...

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Advance Registration Required

This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.

Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sebastopol Regional Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Sebastopol Regional Library
Room: Main Reading Room (Sebastopol)
Age Group: Adult, Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Library & Community
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50

Library Advisory Board

MINUTES

Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 7 pm

Protocol: Held Via Teleconference (Computer or Telephone)

Meeting held Via Zoom

In attendance: LAB Members: Sarah Laggos, Cynthia Denenholz, Noah Harris, and Pamela Van Halsema,

Ex-Officio members:  Interim Northwest Library Branch Manager John Koetzner, Rincon Valley Library Branch Manager Jennifer Duran, Roseland Library Branch Manager Rosalie Abbott, Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries President Sarah Swearingen, Public Services Division Manager Sarah Vantrease, Library Commissioner David Cahill

1. CALL TO ORDER by Pamela Van Halsema at 7:05 pm

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF March 30, 2022 & May 25, 2022 & August 10, 2022 – Approved

3. PUBLIC APPEARANCES

An opportunity for members of the public to address the Library Advisory and Friends’ Boards; times are limited to 3 minutes and may be changed at the Library Advisory Board’s discretion.

None

4. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & INTRODUCTIONS

Northwest Library’s Interim Branch Manager John Koetzner met the LAB members. John is stepping in to over see the Northwest Library while Ana Dawe fills in as Interim Youth Services Coordinator until January 2023.

 5. ACTION ITEMS

None

6. DISCUSSION ITEMS

6.1. Roseland interviews

Roseland community member interviews need to be completed by October 10.  Library has a series of questions to ask.  Interviews may be done over the phone or with scheduled Zoom meeting. Branch Manager Rosalie Abbott has the list of 9 questions and the list of community members to interview. Sarah Laggos has an email template to share with the group. All LAB members agreed to conduct interviews.  

6.2 Goal setting using the Portrait of Sonoma County

https://upstreaminvestments.org/impact-make-a-change/portrait-of-sonoma-county

-Portions of the Portrait goals align strongly with the work Sonoma County Library staff perform. Examples include, long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living.  These are standards that one can look at the library to see that the library is helping to support these goals in our communities. Increased outreach to seniors and veterans, teen and supportive branch programs, digital literacy, are other goals at work and ongoing in Sonoma County Library. 

-Should the library become an additional community partner for a future Portrait of Sonoma County?. 

-Add a Latinx Spanish-speaking LAB member.

-Support the library and the foundation.

-Assist with publicity and fundraising.

-Support the library events in Roseland. 

-Find out which storytimes  are making the biggest difference. Early childhood programs provide a service for those families who can’t afford to send their child to preschool.    

-How can we support our staff in the library to help support difficult feelings in our youth including mental health, trauma and tragedies?

-How do we reach the population that needs the most help? 

-Should we contract with other agencies to offer support inside the library? 

-Break down some of the worst areas in the community of Santa Rosa and match them up with branches.

-Bring in a LAB member from the Southwest community.

-Have the LAB become a Speakers Bureau.

-Have the LAB be of service to library staff.  What do they need?

-What can the LAB do to support staff to advocate more on staffs’ behalf?

7. REPORTS

Reports and updates on library governance, management, programs, services and support group activities as well as City Council matters. All items are for discussion only.

7.1 Youth Members’ Report: None

7.2 Friends of the Santa Rosa Library Report: The Friends are busy preparing for the Fall Book Fair at the Veterans Memorial Building Friday, September 30-Monday, October 3, 50,000-60,000 books have been transported to the building for the fair. They have been taking donations for almost a year and have had increasing success with several small fairs held at Central Library in the courtyard. They have donated $25,000 to 21st Century Libraries, and this September donated $34,000 to the four Santa Rosa branches and History & Genealogy Library. They have goals to build long term volunteer commitment and were pleased to share that 40 volunteers were set to work at the Fall Book Fair. The Friends are also helping the Adult Literacy Program re-establish its connection with the Jail/Detention Center. 

7.3 Library Commissioners’ Report: The Federation Tribe of Graton Rancheria donated $3,500,000 for the future Roseland Library which completes all the money needed for the building. $4,000,000 is still needed to fund the interior of the library. The 21st Century Library project is set to continue to go on.

7.4 Library Director’s Report: All library branches are set to open on Sundays beginning November 6.  Opening up on Sundays opened opportunities for existing staff and for hiring new staff. The library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 29 for All Staff Day. Staff will undergo racial equity and safety training and engage in other discussion to help move the library forward. The Library Commission has commenced our Library Director search.   

7.5 Feedback to Branch Managers’ Report:

CENTRAL SANTA ROSA LAB REPORT

Programming

Special programs, this month include Crafting with Creative Bug, a Folklorico Dance Workshop, Sonoma Ready Series, Musical guests Trio Nuevo Amanecer, seeds and Reads: Explore with Leaves and Trees. We also added two new weekly Storytime's this month. Our calendar is full of exciting things to check out!

Outreach

Class visits have begun! We have had three class visits in the last month with more scheduled in the coming weeks!

Collections

The Central Library staff continue to work on collections and are in the process of weeding and reassigning materials that other branches might need. Our adult services staff have completed interfiling our short stories collection. Next up we will be moving the Veteran’s Resource Center collection to a more visible location!

Staffing updates

We have added three staff members! Destiny Lopez has joined us as the new FT Library associate. She was promoted from Library Specialist, and we are so excited to have her! Jonathan Grimmer and Lisa Winchester have also been promoted from Extra Help Specialists to FT Library Specialists! Feel free to say "Hi,” if you stop by Central!

Northwest Branch Report

Adult Services

Philip recently joined the Social Services and Senior Services task forces, and they are working on outreach and programs for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and seniors. He is also planning to offer a class on basic computer skills in the future.

Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén performed in our parking lot on Sep. 17. The dancers gave a wonderful and well-attended performance!

Teen Services

Northwest continues to offer volunteer opportunities for teens ages 12-18.  We currently have five regular teen volunteers, and three more who will be starting soon.  This is an important service that the library provides, as many teens in middle school and high school need to complete volunteer hours for school.

Teen Librarian, Melissa, is getting ready to visit four English classes at Piner Olivet Charter School on Thursday, 9/22/22.  She has been doing zoom class visits for the past two years, and these will be her first in person class visits since March 2020.  Additionally, she is working with Rachel Icaza, the Education Initiatives Librarian, to schedule class visits and a faculty meeting at Comstock Middle School. 

As far as programs go, Melissa is working on launching "Teen Tuesdays" starting in October.  Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm, she will host a different teen program on a rotating basis.  For example, week 1 of the month will be crafts, week 2 will be anime/manga club, week 3 will be video games, and week 4 will be Pride club.  The first Tuesday in November is Día de Muertos, and to celebrate we will be having a special bilingual Sugar Skulls craft, run by Elsa Tapia.   We also will be launching our bimonthly knitting and crochet club in October, which will be open to teens and adults.  On October 12, we will be holding the special "Don't just Vent, Vote!" event, which will be hosted by the League of Women Voters, open to 16-24 year olds. 

Lastly, during the first week of October, Melissa will be flying to Florida to attend the National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.  The conference "brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the communities of color that use our services".  As a mixed race librarian who serves an extremely diverse community, this is an important and exciting opportunity for her to learn and bring back methods to strengthen our library. 

 Children’s Services

In September we started Bilingual Storytime at Northwest on Friday mornings at 10:30 am.

We read books and sing songs in Spanish and English, have an easy preschool craft, and parents & kids can stay after to socialize.

We also had a fun “Seeds & Reads” event where kids decorated a wooden box to keep natural treasures in.

Kim read a story about leaves and trees, and shared leaves, acorns, moss, bark, and rocks for kids to collect, and even brought Jurassic seashell fossils to keep.

Kids are invited to attend a STEAM event next week to assemble Cubelets into modular robots that move, light up & spin.

In October, kids will be exploring Ozobots and in November will build with Keva planks and Kapla blocks.

We're hoping to get Homework Help up and running by mid-October for Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.  We have 3 out of 4 volunteers needed and we're getting supplies ready.

 

Branch Updates

Branch Manager, Ana Dawe, is temporarily moving to HQ as Acting Youth Services Administrator and John Koetzner from Cloverdale will be coming to Northwest as Acting Branch Manager. This assignment change is scheduled to end in early 2023.

Rincon Valley Library

In July, our staff issued 158 new library cards, checked in, and shelved 24,117 library materials, and the library materials checked out total 16,553. 

n August, our staff issued 167 new library cards, checked in, and shelved 24,778 library materials, and the library materials checked out total 16,902.

Collections

Our staff is super excited about the $9800 gift fund the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries recently bestowed upon us! Those monies will be give a boost to buying more books and media for our branch in our travel, holiday, and picture book collection, and for our “For Your Eyes Only” collection.

Displays

Be sure to stop by and check out our Hispanic Latinx Heritage display of library materials.  Library staff enjoy creating and the community loves browsing our displays.  Our Staff Picks display is very popular and the staff keeps it filled year round.  Banned Books Week (September 18-24, 2022) displays are currently up all around Sonoma County Library.  Earlier in September, we had displays up dedicated to September 11 and Queen Elizabeth II.  On the children’s side, we celebrated Back to School in August and September. 

Programming

Our Events Coordinators planned a very festive series of programs for all ages celebrating Hispanic Latinx Heritage (September 15 – October 15).  The photo above shows off the beautiful papel picado the group enjoyed creating on September 17 at our Papel Picado Workshop taught by local artist Maria Gonzalez-Blue.  Also planned for adults is Bilingual Zumba on October 1.  For families we have planned an author visit with Lucky Diaz on October 4 and later in October, we have sugar skull workshops planned for children on October 20 and for teens on October 24. We also have planned for teens Bookbinding & Watercolors with Amanda Ayala on September 28. 

More upcoming programs planned for adults include:

-          Book discussion, There There by Tommy Orange, on Wednesday, October 12

-          Alzheimer’s Association: Effective Communication Strategies in the evening on Wednesday, October 12

-          Master Gardeners presenting Supporting Nature in our Challenging World on Saturday, October 22

-          And an interactive Paint Party with local artist Tara Hackett on Wednesday, October 26

More upcoming children’s programs:

-          Little Chef’s First 100 Words with children’s author Tenisha Bernal on Wednesday, September 28

-          Maker Studio: Dino Stop Motion with local educator Lindsay Hunter

-          Family is a Rainbow (family storytime) on Friday, October 7

-          Read to a Dog on Saturday, October 8

-          Seeds and Read – Our Friend the River Otter (stories & craft) on Wednesday, October 13

-          Kids Can Cook Healthy Food on Thursday, October 27

More upcoming teen programs:

-          Don’t Just Vent – VOTE! on Monday, September 26

-          CoderDojo club held every Tuesday from 5-6:00pm

-          Universal Yums: Snack Time for Teens on Friday, October 7

-          Making Good Trouble with local LGBTQI+ historian and activist, Shad Reinstein on Monday, October 10

Community Partnerships

We are so excited to share the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild is hosting a quilt show at our branch from October 4 and into January 2023.  The quilts will be installed up high and absolutely make the building gorgeous!  This is our first quilt show since 2019.

Our meeting room will also be a Voting Center for the Statewide General Election from Saturday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 8.

Staff Updates

Rebecca has joined our staff as Supervising Library Specialist.  She previously was a Library Associate at Central Library.  Sasha has joined us as our new Shelver, and Nick our veteran Shelver is promoting to Library Specialist in October.  Our Children’s Services Librarian position is still open. We want to extend a BIG thank you to our Extra Help reference staff who have been filling in at the Children’s desk.  Anne, Gabor, Scott and Walter have been amazing at helping the branch keep up with the list of children’s projects—thank you so much! 

ROSE Manager’s Report 

What’s new in Roseland 

Fall is upon us and we have shifted from Summer Reading to Fall Programming and Community Engagement. Our staff are extremely motivated and stellar at their jobs. It is exciting to see how the rockstar level work that they do out in the community has a direct correlation with new children and families coming into our building to explore, check out books, and attend programs. 

Staffing 

We will be expanding our hours in advance of the soft launch of Sunday hours beginning November 6th. As of 9/20/22, this is a snapshot of what we expect our staffing to look like. We are excited to announce that our current shelver, Ale Avalos, has accepted a 30-hour position as a Library Specialist beginning in mid-October. We hope to hire bilingual/Spanish-speaking staff to fill the remaining open positions. These staffing levels help us to run the branch smoothly and safely, while also offering opportunities for community engagement and outreach to classes and schools, parks, and at other events throughout our service area. 

Branch Manager, 40 hours 

Children’s Librarian II, 40 hours 

Young Adult Services Librarian I, 40 hours 

Adult Services Librarian, 20 hours (to be hired) 

Senior Library Associate, 40 hours 

Specialist, 40 hours 

Specialist, 30 hours 

Specialist, 30 hours (start date & training 10/10) 

Shelver, 15 hours (to be hired) 

Programming: August/September 

Program attendance (in branch and outreach combined, as of 9/20): 1,905 

The total number of programs (in branch and outreach combined, as of 9/20): 57 

 In branch programming August/September: 

·         Adults: Citizenship Classes in Spanish & Tortilla Literaria Spanish Book Club, Trio Nuevo Amanecer, Emergency Alerts Sign Up Drive, History of Latin Music 

·         Children: Stay & Play, Spanish Music & Movement, Read to a Dog, Back to School Sticker Party, Jueves de Juegos, Lego Robotics, Celebrate South America, Free Bike Repair Day,  Papel Picado Workshop, Cuentame Un Cuento, Loteria 

·         Teens: CreateTeen!, Bollywood Soiree, Bookbinding with Watercolors 

Community Engagement: 

·         All of our Reference Staff have been actively engaging in many school visits and library orientations at all levels Pre-K through High School. Students are receiving age appropriate presentations ranging from themed storytimes inclusive of songs and bubbles to Banned Book Presentations and library instruction about databases and eResources. 

·         Our Specialists and Reference staff have also been participating in various outreach at community events all across town.  

Examples of Recent Events 

·         Mochiladas Backpack & School Supply Giveaway 

·         National Night Out 

·         Community Block Party 

·         Community Needs Assessment for the new Roseland Library 

 Looking Forward 

·         All Staff Day, September 29th, 2022 

·         Hiring of additional Bilingual Staff 

·         Soft Launch of New Sunday Hours beginning 11/6/22 

·         Collection Development using the recent allocation of $6000 generously shared by the Santa Rosa Friends group! 

  7.6 City Council Liaison Report: None

8. ADVISORY BOARD INFORMATION ITEMS

An opportunity for Members to present brief, factual information about their library, respond to public comments, place items on the next agenda, or request information from the Library Commissioners, Director or Branch Managers.

9.  FOLLOW-UP & NEXT STEPS

A review of follow-up responsibilities for members and staff.

10.  ADJOURNMENT—Next meeting: Wednesday, November 30 at 7 pm

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 pm

 

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Cancelled

Teen Knitting Club

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sebastopol Regional Library
Required
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Library Branch: Sebastopol Regional Library
Room: Sebastopol Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens (Grades 7-12)
Program Type: Arts & Music, Enrichment, Library & Community
Event Details:
Join us as a beginner or an experienced knitter who wants to learn new techniques, make new friends, and help other students. We will support knitters in gaining the skills needed to achieve their own goals, whether that is making garments, accessori...

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Advance Registration Required

This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.
This event is in the "Senior" group.

*E Street Studios Media Maker Meetup (In-Person)*

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Santa Rosa Library
Closed
Required
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Library Branch: Central Santa Rosa Library
Room: Central Meeting Room
Age Group: Adult, Teens (Grades 7-12), Senior
Program Type: Arts & Music, Documentaries & Movies, Enrichment, Technology & Computers
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 29
Event Details:
Connect with other videographers, photographers, podcasters, designers, sound artists, and others who are making media or are curious about making media. The last Wednesday of every month from 6-7pm. Learn about E Street camera and audio equ...

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This program is offered in English.

This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens (Grades 7-12)" group.
This event is in the "Senior" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Sewing in Community

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sebastopol Regional Library
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Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rincon Valley Regional Library
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Age Group: Adult, Teens (Grades 7-12), Senior
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Library Advisory Board

MINUTES

Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 7 pm

Protocol: Held Via Teleconference (Computer or Telephone)

Meeting held Via Zoom

In attendance: LAB Members: Sarah Laggos, Cynthia Denenholz, Noah Harris, and Pamela Van Halsema,

Ex-Officio members:  Interim Northwest Library Branch Manager John Koetzner, Rincon Valley Library Branch Manager Jennifer Duran, Roseland Library Branch Manager Rosalie Abbott, Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries President Sarah Swearingen, Public Services Division Manager Sarah Vantrease, Library Commissioner David Cahill

1. CALL TO ORDER by Pamela Van Halsema at 7:05 pm

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF March 30, 2022 & May 25, 2022 & August 10, 2022 – Approved

3. PUBLIC APPEARANCES

An opportunity for members of the public to address the Library Advisory and Friends’ Boards; times are limited to 3 minutes and may be changed at the Library Advisory Board’s discretion.

None

4. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS & INTRODUCTIONS

Northwest Library’s Interim Branch Manager John Koetzner met the LAB members. John is stepping in to over see the Northwest Library while Ana Dawe fills in as Interim Youth Services Coordinator until January 2023.

 5. ACTION ITEMS

None

6. DISCUSSION ITEMS

6.1. Roseland interviews

Roseland community member interviews need to be completed by October 10.  Library has a series of questions to ask.  Interviews may be done over the phone or with scheduled Zoom meeting. Branch Manager Rosalie Abbott has the list of 9 questions and the list of community members to interview. Sarah Laggos has an email template to share with the group. All LAB members agreed to conduct interviews.  

6.2 Goal setting using the Portrait of Sonoma County

https://upstreaminvestments.org/impact-make-a-change/portrait-of-sonoma-county

-Portions of the Portrait goals align strongly with the work Sonoma County Library staff perform. Examples include, long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living.  These are standards that one can look at the library to see that the library is helping to support these goals in our communities. Increased outreach to seniors and veterans, teen and supportive branch programs, digital literacy, are other goals at work and ongoing in Sonoma County Library. 

-Should the library become an additional community partner for a future Portrait of Sonoma County?. 

-Add a Latinx Spanish-speaking LAB member.

-Support the library and the foundation.

-Assist with publicity and fundraising.

-Support the library events in Roseland. 

-Find out which storytimes  are making the biggest difference. Early childhood programs provide a service for those families who can’t afford to send their child to preschool.    

-How can we support our staff in the library to help support difficult feelings in our youth including mental health, trauma and tragedies?

-How do we reach the population that needs the most help? 

-Should we contract with other agencies to offer support inside the library? 

-Break down some of the worst areas in the community of Santa Rosa and match them up with branches.

-Bring in a LAB member from the Southwest community.

-Have the LAB become a Speakers Bureau.

-Have the LAB be of service to library staff.  What do they need?

-What can the LAB do to support staff to advocate more on staffs’ behalf?

7. REPORTS

Reports and updates on library governance, management, programs, services and support group activities as well as City Council matters. All items are for discussion only.

7.1 Youth Members’ Report: None

7.2 Friends of the Santa Rosa Library Report: The Friends are busy preparing for the Fall Book Fair at the Veterans Memorial Building Friday, September 30-Monday, October 3, 50,000-60,000 books have been transported to the building for the fair. They have been taking donations for almost a year and have had increasing success with several small fairs held at Central Library in the courtyard. They have donated $25,000 to 21st Century Libraries, and this September donated $34,000 to the four Santa Rosa branches and History & Genealogy Library. They have goals to build long term volunteer commitment and were pleased to share that 40 volunteers were set to work at the Fall Book Fair. The Friends are also helping the Adult Literacy Program re-establish its connection with the Jail/Detention Center. 

7.3 Library Commissioners’ Report: The Federation Tribe of Graton Rancheria donated $3,500,000 for the future Roseland Library which completes all the money needed for the building. $4,000,000 is still needed to fund the interior of the library. The 21st Century Library project is set to continue to go on.

7.4 Library Director’s Report: All library branches are set to open on Sundays beginning November 6.  Opening up on Sundays opened opportunities for existing staff and for hiring new staff. The library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 29 for All Staff Day. Staff will undergo racial equity and safety training and engage in other discussion to help move the library forward. The Library Commission has commenced our Library Director search.   

7.5 Feedback to Branch Managers’ Report:

CENTRAL SANTA ROSA LAB REPORT

Programming

Special programs, this month include Crafting with Creative Bug, a Folklorico Dance Workshop, Sonoma Ready Series, Musical guests Trio Nuevo Amanecer, seeds and Reads: Explore with Leaves and Trees. We also added two new weekly Storytime's this month. Our calendar is full of exciting things to check out!

Outreach

Class visits have begun! We have had three class visits in the last month with more scheduled in the coming weeks!

Collections

The Central Library staff continue to work on collections and are in the process of weeding and reassigning materials that other branches might need. Our adult services staff have completed interfiling our short stories collection. Next up we will be moving the Veteran’s Resource Center collection to a more visible location!

Staffing updates

We have added three staff members! Destiny Lopez has joined us as the new FT Library associate. She was promoted from Library Specialist, and we are so excited to have her! Jonathan Grimmer and Lisa Winchester have also been promoted from Extra Help Specialists to FT Library Specialists! Feel free to say "Hi,” if you stop by Central!

Northwest Branch Report

Adult Services

Philip recently joined the Social Services and Senior Services task forces, and they are working on outreach and programs for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and seniors. He is also planning to offer a class on basic computer skills in the future.

Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén performed in our parking lot on Sep. 17. The dancers gave a wonderful and well-attended performance!

Teen Services

Northwest continues to offer volunteer opportunities for teens ages 12-18.  We currently have five regular teen volunteers, and three more who will be starting soon.  This is an important service that the library provides, as many teens in middle school and high school need to complete volunteer hours for school.

Teen Librarian, Melissa, is getting ready to visit four English classes at Piner Olivet Charter School on Thursday, 9/22/22.  She has been doing zoom class visits for the past two years, and these will be her first in person class visits since March 2020.  Additionally, she is working with Rachel Icaza, the Education Initiatives Librarian, to schedule class visits and a faculty meeting at Comstock Middle School. 

As far as programs go, Melissa is working on launching "Teen Tuesdays" starting in October.  Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm, she will host a different teen program on a rotating basis.  For example, week 1 of the month will be crafts, week 2 will be anime/manga club, week 3 will be video games, and week 4 will be Pride club.  The first Tuesday in November is Día de Muertos, and to celebrate we will be having a special bilingual Sugar Skulls craft, run by Elsa Tapia.   We also will be launching our bimonthly knitting and crochet club in October, which will be open to teens and adults.  On October 12, we will be holding the special "Don't just Vent, Vote!" event, which will be hosted by the League of Women Voters, open to 16-24 year olds. 

Lastly, during the first week of October, Melissa will be flying to Florida to attend the National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.  The conference "brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the communities of color that use our services".  As a mixed race librarian who serves an extremely diverse community, this is an important and exciting opportunity for her to learn and bring back methods to strengthen our library. 

 Children’s Services

In September we started Bilingual Storytime at Northwest on Friday mornings at 10:30 am.

We read books and sing songs in Spanish and English, have an easy preschool craft, and parents & kids can stay after to socialize.

We also had a fun “Seeds & Reads” event where kids decorated a wooden box to keep natural treasures in.

Kim read a story about leaves and trees, and shared leaves, acorns, moss, bark, and rocks for kids to collect, and even brought Jurassic seashell fossils to keep.

Kids are invited to attend a STEAM event next week to assemble Cubelets into modular robots that move, light up & spin.

In October, kids will be exploring Ozobots and in November will build with Keva planks and Kapla blocks.

We're hoping to get Homework Help up and running by mid-October for Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.  We have 3 out of 4 volunteers needed and we're getting supplies ready.

 

Branch Updates

Branch Manager, Ana Dawe, is temporarily moving to HQ as Acting Youth Services Administrator and John Koetzner from Cloverdale will be coming to Northwest as Acting Branch Manager. This assignment change is scheduled to end in early 2023.

Rincon Valley Library

In July, our staff issued 158 new library cards, checked in, and shelved 24,117 library materials, and the library materials checked out total 16,553. 

n August, our staff issued 167 new library cards, checked in, and shelved 24,778 library materials, and the library materials checked out total 16,902.

Collections

Our staff is super excited about the $9800 gift fund the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries recently bestowed upon us! Those monies will be give a boost to buying more books and media for our branch in our travel, holiday, and picture book collection, and for our “For Your Eyes Only” collection.

Displays

Be sure to stop by and check out our Hispanic Latinx Heritage display of library materials.  Library staff enjoy creating and the community loves browsing our displays.  Our Staff Picks display is very popular and the staff keeps it filled year round.  Banned Books Week (September 18-24, 2022) displays are currently up all around Sonoma County Library.  Earlier in September, we had displays up dedicated to September 11 and Queen Elizabeth II.  On the children’s side, we celebrated Back to School in August and September. 

Programming

Our Events Coordinators planned a very festive series of programs for all ages celebrating Hispanic Latinx Heritage (September 15 – October 15).  The photo above shows off the beautiful papel picado the group enjoyed creating on September 17 at our Papel Picado Workshop taught by local artist Maria Gonzalez-Blue.  Also planned for adults is Bilingual Zumba on October 1.  For families we have planned an author visit with Lucky Diaz on October 4 and later in October, we have sugar skull workshops planned for children on October 20 and for teens on October 24. We also have planned for teens Bookbinding & Watercolors with Amanda Ayala on September 28. 

More upcoming programs planned for adults include:

-          Book discussion, There There by Tommy Orange, on Wednesday, October 12

-          Alzheimer’s Association: Effective Communication Strategies in the evening on Wednesday, October 12

-          Master Gardeners presenting Supporting Nature in our Challenging World on Saturday, October 22

-          And an interactive Paint Party with local artist Tara Hackett on Wednesday, October 26

More upcoming children’s programs:

-          Little Chef’s First 100 Words with children’s author Tenisha Bernal on Wednesday, September 28

-          Maker Studio: Dino Stop Motion with local educator Lindsay Hunter

-          Family is a Rainbow (family storytime) on Friday, October 7

-          Read to a Dog on Saturday, October 8

-          Seeds and Read – Our Friend the River Otter (stories & craft) on Wednesday, October 13

-          Kids Can Cook Healthy Food on Thursday, October 27

More upcoming teen programs:

-          Don’t Just Vent – VOTE! on Monday, September 26

-          CoderDojo club held every Tuesday from 5-6:00pm

-          Universal Yums: Snack Time for Teens on Friday, October 7

-          Making Good Trouble with local LGBTQI+ historian and activist, Shad Reinstein on Monday, October 10

Community Partnerships

We are so excited to share the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild is hosting a quilt show at our branch from October 4 and into January 2023.  The quilts will be installed up high and absolutely make the building gorgeous!  This is our first quilt show since 2019.

Our meeting room will also be a Voting Center for the Statewide General Election from Saturday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 8.

Staff Updates

Rebecca has joined our staff as Supervising Library Specialist.  She previously was a Library Associate at Central Library.  Sasha has joined us as our new Shelver, and Nick our veteran Shelver is promoting to Library Specialist in October.  Our Children’s Services Librarian position is still open. We want to extend a BIG thank you to our Extra Help reference staff who have been filling in at the Children’s desk.  Anne, Gabor, Scott and Walter have been amazing at helping the branch keep up with the list of children’s projects—thank you so much! 

ROSE Manager’s Report 

What’s new in Roseland 

Fall is upon us and we have shifted from Summer Reading to Fall Programming and Community Engagement. Our staff are extremely motivated and stellar at their jobs. It is exciting to see how the rockstar level work that they do out in the community has a direct correlation with new children and families coming into our building to explore, check out books, and attend programs. 

Staffing 

We will be expanding our hours in advance of the soft launch of Sunday hours beginning November 6th. As of 9/20/22, this is a snapshot of what we expect our staffing to look like. We are excited to announce that our current shelver, Ale Avalos, has accepted a 30-hour position as a Library Specialist beginning in mid-October. We hope to hire bilingual/Spanish-speaking staff to fill the remaining open positions. These staffing levels help us to run the branch smoothly and safely, while also offering opportunities for community engagement and outreach to classes and schools, parks, and at other events throughout our service area. 

Branch Manager, 40 hours 

Children’s Librarian II, 40 hours 

Young Adult Services Librarian I, 40 hours 

Adult Services Librarian, 20 hours (to be hired) 

Senior Library Associate, 40 hours 

Specialist, 40 hours 

Specialist, 30 hours 

Specialist, 30 hours (start date & training 10/10) 

Shelver, 15 hours (to be hired) 

Programming: August/September 

Program attendance (in branch and outreach combined, as of 9/20): 1,905 

The total number of programs (in branch and outreach combined, as of 9/20): 57 

 In branch programming August/September: 

·         Adults: Citizenship Classes in Spanish & Tortilla Literaria Spanish Book Club, Trio Nuevo Amanecer, Emergency Alerts Sign Up Drive, History of Latin Music 

·         Children: Stay & Play, Spanish Music & Movement, Read to a Dog, Back to School Sticker Party, Jueves de Juegos, Lego Robotics, Celebrate South America, Free Bike Repair Day,  Papel Picado Workshop, Cuentame Un Cuento, Loteria 

·         Teens: CreateTeen!, Bollywood Soiree, Bookbinding with Watercolors 

Community Engagement: 

·         All of our Reference Staff have been actively engaging in many school visits and library orientations at all levels Pre-K through High School. Students are receiving age appropriate presentations ranging from themed storytimes inclusive of songs and bubbles to Banned Book Presentations and library instruction about databases and eResources. 

·         Our Specialists and Reference staff have also been participating in various outreach at community events all across town.  

Examples of Recent Events 

·         Mochiladas Backpack & School Supply Giveaway 

·         National Night Out 

·         Community Block Party 

·         Community Needs Assessment for the new Roseland Library 

 Looking Forward 

·         All Staff Day, September 29th, 2022 

·         Hiring of additional Bilingual Staff 

·         Soft Launch of New Sunday Hours beginning 11/6/22 

·         Collection Development using the recent allocation of $6000 generously shared by the Santa Rosa Friends group! 

  7.6 City Council Liaison Report: None

8. ADVISORY BOARD INFORMATION ITEMS

An opportunity for Members to present brief, factual information about their library, respond to public comments, place items on the next agenda, or request information from the Library Commissioners, Director or Branch Managers.

9.  FOLLOW-UP & NEXT STEPS

A review of follow-up responsibilities for members and staff.

10.  ADJOURNMENT—Next meeting: Wednesday, November 30 at 7 pm

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 pm

 

Event Details:
AGENDA Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 7 pm Protocol: Held Via Teleconference (Computer or Telephone) Any person may access and comment during the meeting by doing the following: PUBLIC ACCESS...