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Posted - 01/30/2021 09:35pm
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Reimagining the Library: Public Listening Sessions
The following column is from Ann Hammond, Library Director of the Sonoma County Library:

Reimagining the Sonoma County Library

In late 2019, we were well underway with a new strategic plan, a process the library undergoes every five years. Then, the pandemic hit us and we had to pivot to a new type of service.

This winter, we restarted our plan and we’re now calling it a Reimagining Plan. We know that your lives have been disrupted and your libraries have to change to serve you in this new normal. We are determined to meet this challenge.

Our Reimagining Plan will address library services, but as we gather information, we recognize that we have to think beyond the walls of our branches, and put our best efforts into planning for a future that addresses the realities of an extended fire season, annual power outages, floods, and a stubborn pandemic., with all the changes it brings.

School-age children and their families, community elders, and emerging community and business leaders have always been our core library boosters, but we have a responsibility to reach beyond these beloved supporters and learn who else needs us and why.

Our Reimagining Plan includes in-depth interviews with community service leaders, who are providing valuable insights into community needs. Along with staff feedback and your input, our final plan will be a comprehensive approach to serving our community in the uncertain times ahead.

We have three public listening sessions scheduled for our Reimagining Plan, and I’d love to see you join us at one of them. You can join us at 10 am on February 22, 10 am on February 27 or 6 pm on March 4. Please email and we’ll get you information on how to register for a session.

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Posted - 09/23/2020 04:16pm
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Book Donations Now Accepted by Appointment

The Friends of the Library are pleased to announced that book donations will be accepted on a limited basis by APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning Sunday 9/27 at the library. Call Tony Pisacane at 415-987-9026 and leave a message to make an appointment. No donations will be accepted without an appointment.

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Posted - 09/11/2020 11:01pm
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Annual Meeting of the SVFOL on October 8

On October 8, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library will hold the annual meeting at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers for the Board. Terms are two years. The nominees are:

President                                Janet Constantino ( current Pres.)

Vice President                        Robin Kunde ( current Vice Pres.)

Treasurer                                Susan Shimomoto ( current Tres.)

Member-at-Large                    Karen Saunders ( current MAL)


Other nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting. 

To attend the Annual Meeting, contact Diana at: to get the zoom link.

If you wish to propose any changes to the By-Laws of the Friends of Sonoma Valley Library, please contact Diana at the above address prior to Oct 8, 2020.

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Posted - 05/20/2020 11:53am
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An Update to the Friends of the Library (May 20, 2020)

We know that many or all of you have been eagerly awaiting news of our library. When will our library return? When will we who volunteer be able to resume our work? How can we help now?

Library leadership has developed a phased plan for opening the branches in four stages. Our Library Commissioner has warned that the return to full services will be a long process and the ways our libraries serve the community will probably change as well.

The Friends cannot begin to receive donated books or plan on book sales until it is safe to do so. When that will be is still unknown.

However, volunteers, including Friends, will be able to return to their library duties in Stage 3 of the process. And, after the deep sanitizing of the branches, curbside service will be available to patrons. There are plans that this service will begin in late May or June. The Sonoma Valley Branch is scheduled to be one of the first 5 to be able to begin this service.

It’s frustrating not to be giving the help we used to give to our beloved library. But there are many other organizations in the Valley who are able to receive help and do need financial support right now. They are providing food, financial assistance, and other support to those in our community who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and the efforts to mediate its impact.

Among those organizations are:


La Luz

Redwood Empire Food Bank

Sonoma Family Meal

Sonoma Overnight Support

Vintage House

Some need volunteer help, all need financial help.

Go to and for more information and links.


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Posted - 03/29/2020 11:13pm
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Book Sales On Hold
Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the extended shelter-in-place guidelines, the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library has had to cancel our upcoming Book Sales. We will post the revised schedule as soon as well have it -- in the meantime, stay safe and keep on reading! 

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Posted - 12/31/2018 04:31pm
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Mark Your Calendar for our 2020 Book Sales!
The dates are set - mark your calendar for our 2020 book sales at the Sonoma Valley Library, and get ready to stock up!  Beginning with our Spring Book Sale, the event begins on a Thursday with a special Friends of the Library "members only" preview from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Then the sale opens to the public from 2 - 5:30 p.m.  On Friday, book sale hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Our 2020 Book Sale dates are:

Winter:  February 19-22
Spring:  May 21-23
Summer:  August 20-22
Fall: November 19-21

Not yet a member?  Click here to join.

Want to learn more about our book sales or how to donate books?  Click here.

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