Volunteer Opportunities

The Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer* organization. Volunteers are critical to everything we do to support our library. We have roles both large and small, and can match you with a role that fits your interests, skills, and/or availability.

*Immediate Volunteer Opportunity Available:

     Do you love books? Have a passion for engaging in community? And have some time to spare?

     The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library are in need of a Chairperson to lead our book sales effort, the sales for which go to support the library. You will direct a team of volunteers who do the intakes and sorting of book donations and host sales several times a year.

     If you are interested, contact Cathy Coleman, president, at 707-334-3284 or at ccoleman829@gmail.com

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Book Sales

The Friends hold several book sales each year (we have had to make some modifications since the COVID-19 pandemic; check our calendar for latest information). It’s our biggest source of funds and we’re always looking for assistance in preparing for and conducting our book sales. Our volunteers meet regularly to sort and categorize all donations of books in preparation for the next sale.

Initiatives Group

Our Initiatives Group works with the Library Branch Manager, library patrons, the Friends Board and partners to develop new ideas, visions, projects and programs that will enrich the library experience. The Initiatives Group is responsible for providing a clear definition and scope for new proposals. Fully developed initiatives are presented to the Friends Board for approval. To join us, contact mpg@svfol.org.


It’s the job of our Publicity Committee to make sure the Friends activities are well publicized in the Valley and beyond.

Announcements in local and surrounding newspapers need to be scheduled, press releases written, flyers distributed and posted in many locations in the Sonoma Valley, interviews scheduled with local media promoting upcoming book sales and discussing the many roles the Friends play in supporting the Library. We’d love your help!

There are many book dealers in the greater Bay Area and even out of state who eagerly await the quarterly book sales as they have become known as one of the best sales around with quality books that have been sorted and categorized. Most of these dealers have been long-standing members of the Friends and have early access to the sale for the best selections.

If you are interested in joining this group, contact Karen Sanders at ksand1126@yahoo.com.

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