Sonoma County: From the Library

From The Healdsburg Tribune

” February at the library means the annual visits from AARP Tax-Aide have begun again. Tax helpers are on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of tax season. Make sure to bring your 2016 return, all your income statements, expenses, receipts from large purchases, etc., as well as your photo identification and Social Security card. As always, there is no pre-signup; simply come at 10 a.m. and you will be assigned a time.For specific requirements and more information, there are flyers and posters at the library. Also, with regard to tax forms: the library has begun receiving tax forms and instructions, but everything is shipping very late this year because of changes to the tax code. As a result, we still do not have everything you need. Hopefully we will have all of the most major forms over the next few weeks. In the meantime, we can help you find forms online and print them if that will help. ”


Birds of prey circle the Sonoma Valley library

From Sonoma Index Tribune

” The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County will be bringing local birds of prey to the Sonoma Valley Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 9. The free event is family-friendly.The Bird Rescue Center is a rehabilitation center for Sonoma County’s wild native birds. Its mission is to assist in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance.Last year, more than 125 volunteers spent over 75,000 hours rescuing and taking care of birds. In any given year, 2,500-3,200 birds are admitted to the Center, representing over 130 different species. Of these, approximately 10 percent are raptors.”

Oculus Rift virtual reality offered at Redbud Library

From Lake County News

“Virtual reality in the form of Oculus Rift comes to the Redbud branch of the Lake County Library every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.The free 10-minute sessions are open to the public for ages 12 and above.Lake County’s Redbud Library is one of 100 public libraries in California that have received free virtual reality kits from Oculus Rift, the company that pioneered VR.Oculus, along with VAR Libraries, the California State Library and Califa, a nonprofit consortium that represents 220 libraries in California, brought the pilot program to the libraries all across the state.The kits include Oculus headsets, hand controls, and computers to run the software.The software package features a variety of educational software titles, such as Apollo 11, Star Chart, The Body VR, Ocean Rift and Mars Odyssey.Library staff is on hand to set up the equipment and assist patrons during the Oculus sessions. ”

Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear announces resignation

From The Press Democrat

” Brett Lear, who earned wide praise for steering the Sonoma County Library out of turmoil and to the cusp of new operational stability, stunned colleagues by announcing without warning Monday that he is stepping down from the director’s post he has held for three years.Lear’s notice came on the same day the library was celebrating the reopening of branches on Mondays, a change made possible by a voter-approved tax increase passed last year.Lear spearheaded that campaign, which provided funding for the expansion of library hours, as well as a permanent branch in Roseland, the hiring of dozens of new employees and a range of expanded services and programs.He enjoyed a healthy amount of public adulation for the library’s growth during his tenure.”

Sonoma County: Health Literacy

From The Bohemian

” Want to kick off the new year on a healthy note, but don’t know where to start? Check out your local library.The Sonoma County Library is currently hosting an ongoing series, “Healthy Living at Your Library,” at all 12 locations through May. Aimed at educating people on healthful eating and cooking as well as physical fitness, the free classes range from cardio-focused kickboxing workouts to meditation and yoga to cooking demonstrations.Headed by library division manager Jaime Anderson, the series is part of the library’s plan to create a much broader program that touches on more aspects of life. “Most people think of libraries as places to read books, and we have a literacy program where we teach people to read,” Anderson says. “But this idea of a comprehensive services program goes beyond that.”The healthy living series was designed around the 2016 Sonoma County Community Health Needs Assessment, which found that healthful eating and physical fitness are top priorities for county residents.”

Three Sonoma County libraries will lend books

From San Francisco Bay Area News

” Three Sonoma County libraries will be lending more than books starting Tuesday.The Guerneville, Sebastopol and Central Santa Rosa branches will have do-it-yourself tool kits that promote water and energy saving.The six-month pilot project is modeled after a successful program in Santa Clara County. Library cardholders will be able to check out the kits at the three branches for up to three weeks.The kits have information on weather-stripping windows and doors, monitoring electricity use, finding water leaks, switching to LED light bulbs and other home upgrade projects.”

Three Sonoma County libraries will lend books

Get fit, healthy for free at Sonoma County libraries

From The Press Democrat

“The Sonoma County Library is known for its promotion of reading literacy for everyone from children to adults. But now, armed with a $30,000 federal grant, it plans to promote health and fitness literacy for the community.Starting this week through May, the 12 branches of the Sonoma County Library will offer a series of free classes for all ages with the help of several community partners. The classes range from Healing Food Basics and Yoga to a Fresh from the Garden class on growing your own vegetables.The idea was born after Jaime Anderson, division manager for the library system, did some research to identify needs in the community and came across a Sonoma County Health Needs Assessment report.”