Sonoma County library names Hammond new director

From Sonoma Index Tribune

“After an 18-month search, the Sonoma County Library Commission has named Ann Hammond as Sonoma County Library’s new director.Hammond’s history reads like the backstory of a John Grisham protagonist: she has been, by turns, a U.S. Navy officer, a stay-at-home mom, an agronomist and a forensic scientist.And a librarian, of course, most recently in Kentucky. Hammond will leave her position as Executive Director of the Lexington Public Library and take on management of Sonoma County’s 12-branch library system in March. Previously, she had leadership roles in San Diego and Alameda county libraries, where she developed expertise with management, budgeting, strategic planning and collections planning, according to a press statement from the library.”

https://www.sonomanews.com/news/9148841-181/sonoma-county-library-names-hammond?sba=AAS

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Sonoma County: From the Library

From The Healdsburg Tribune

” Happy harvest time from the library. As promised, we have more information to offer about our upcoming event celebrating 30 years in the Healdsburg Regional Library’s current location at Piper and Center Streets. We hope you’ll come to our celebration on Nov. 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.. This party will include buffet-style dinner by Agave Mexican Restaurant, treats and engaging speakers at 5:30 p.m., a performance by local 80s cover band Choppin’ Broccoli at 6 p.m., and a special all-ages community art project you can help create throughout the event.Come share your memories and make new ones with your friends in the community. We could all use an evening of fun before all the action on Election Day. This celebration will be sponsored by both of our Library Friends groups — Friends of Healdsburg Library and Friends of the Sonoma County Wine Library.”

http://www.sonomawest.com/the_healdsburg_tribune/opinion/columns/from-the-library/article_d2f4f65e-d875-11e8-ab5b-1f3281436cef.html

New educator event at Sonoma library

From Sonoma Index Tribune

” Sonoma Valley Library invites Sonoma Valley educators to attend the library’s Back to School Educator Party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
The event will introduce area educators to resources the library provides and especially the Sonoma County Library Educator Card. The card, designed to meet the special needs of educators, may be obtained from the library with verification of current employment or homeschool status. The separate library account grants teachers special privileges to access materials that support students in the classroom. With the card, educators can borrow up to 50 items at a time for classroom use for up to six weeks and do not accrue fines.”

https://www.sonomanews.com/news/8606825-181/new-educator-event-at-sonoma?sba=AAS

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. ”

http://www.sonomawest.com/the_healdsburg_tribune/opinion/columns/from-the-library/article_a87ac012-1407-11e8-8712-03df1b247307.html

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.”

http://www.sonomanews.com/lifestyle/7390130-181/birds-of-prey-circle-the?artslide=0

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. ”

http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php/news/community/52104-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-offered-at-redbud-library

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.”

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6950465-181/sonoma-county-library-directors-resignation?artslide=0