When you think about your local library, most would probably think about books. Well yes, the library does have books, thousands of them! BUT! Did you ever look beyond the books? On my most recent trip to the Sonoma County Library, I discovered that there is more to our fantastic local libraries than bindings and pages of text. Here are some of my new-found favorite “hidden” gems offered to you at our local library:
Hidden Gems at the Local Library
DVDs: I used to think Redbox DVD rentals were a score. However, now that I have discovered that you can rent movies for free at the library that is where I am at! You probably won’t find any new releases but there are some oldies but goodies at the library! I mean full seasons of Full House!
Children’s Events: The library hosts several events for young readers! Starting in September, there will be story time for different ages on Tuesdays. Every Saturday, children are invited to come and read to certified therapy dogs. These sweet pups are brought in by the Sonoma County Humane Society. Lastly, on the first Wednesday of every month, children ages 5-12 are able to join the Lego Club and come build with friends.
Read to a Dog Program Dates, Times, and Locations:
Central Library – Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Healdsburg Regional Library – Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Northwest Regional Library – Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Petaluma Regional Library – Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Rincon Valley Regional Library – Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. AND Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Rohnert Park Regional Library – Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. AND Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sebastopol Regional Library – Wednesdays,3:30-4:30 p.m.
Windsor Regional Library – Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Field Trips: Educators! The library is happy to facilitate field trips! Students can go on a guided library tour, listen to a story time, receive their own library cards, and check out books. What could be a better way to spark interest in literacy?
Book Clubs (for all ages!): Many local libraries offer summertime book clubs for kids, and there are regular meet-ups for adults, year round! Looking to connect with another book lover? The library is your best bet!
Homework Club: It’s not enough that you can read to a dog, play with legos, and connect over book club with fellow frazzled moms. Many locations host homework clubs for those kids who need a quiet (free) study space. Bonus-they have AC and plenty of desk space.
Homework Help Locations, Days, and Times!
Central Santa Rosa Library WEDNESDAYS, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Cloverdale Library COMING JANUARY 2017
Healdsburg Library THURSDAYS, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Petaluma Library TUESDAYS, 3:30–5:30 p.m. THURSDAYS, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Rincon Valley Library WEDNESDAYS, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Rohnert Park-Cotati Library TUESDAYS, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Sonoma Library TUESDAYS, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Windsor Library TUESDAYS, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
I love our local libraries and hope you do too! Make sure to check out our story times posts before you go.