Sunday, April 15, 2018

‘ArtWalk’ at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts

Logo, 'ArtWalk 2017/2018' at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts. Yellow-brick meandering pathway with red tennis-shoes at the bottom of the image. A caption bordering one edge of the path reads, 'There's no place like home.'

Here’s important news for supporters of Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts: its ArtWalk fundraiser takes place next Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will walk laps to raise money for the school, but friends and family are welcome to join them in-support. Pledge envelopes that were sent home with students are due back at school by Friday, April 20 -- and parents, if you can, please consider signing up to volunteer during the event. It’s a great way to work toward the 20 volunteer-hours that each family is asked to contribute.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friends’ Spring Book Fair for Santa Rosa libraries

Black bag, filled, and tied shut at top. White lettering on front of bag reads, 'Sonoma County Library' and displays the library logo, a small human figure raising its arms behind an open book.

Brought a bagful of books home on Friday afternoon, from Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries’ Spring 2018 Book Faire at Veterans Memorial Hall. If you missed visiting today, you’ve got an entire weekend to enjoy great deals on books. Proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa libraries in the Sonoma County Library system. Definitely a win-win!

Book-fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, and Veterans Memorial Hall is at 1351 Maple Avenue in Santa Rosa. Be sure to note, cash or checks only will be accepted at the book sale. Sunday will be a half-price day and Monday is “Bag Day;” you can fill up a bag with books and pay only $5.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Teens can read and review three books, receive a paperback for free

Collage of book cover art, in two rows. Top row, left to right: 'Turtles All the Way Down' by John Green, 'The Greatest: Muhammad Ali' by Walter Dean Myers, 'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London, 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Bottom row: 'Calvin and Hobbes' by Bill Watterson, 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger, 'The Hate You Give' by Angie Thomas, and 'Eragon' by Christopher Paolini.
Image credit: Sonoma County Library

As an avid reader, one of the activities I enjoy is reviewing the books that I read. So I’m glad to spread word of an opportunity for teens through Sonoma County Library: read and review three teen books and receive a book for free!

“Read Three, Get One Free” is a teen book-review-and-reward program available at all Sonoma County Library branches. (I first learned of this program when it was available at the Rincon Valley Library. On behalf of teen readers, I’m appreciative that this is now a system-wide library program.)

Seventh- through 12th-graders can select a free paperback book for every three teen books they read and review. Review forms can be downloaded, or picked up at any SCL branch. Free paperbacks will be distributed while supplies last.

New books for SRCSA classrooms

Books, arranged standing upright, front covers facing outward, in three-deep, two-wide, tiered display boxes. Library barcodes are in upper-left corner of each book. In the front row of the display boxes, the books' front covers are visible. The one on the left is 'A Chick Grows Up,' and it features two chicks on the cover. The book on the right is 'A Tadpole Grows Up' and its cover image displays a tadpole. In two parallel stacks in front of the tiered display boxes, are copies of 'Phillis Wheatley, Young Revolutionary Poet.' The cover image depicts a black-haired, brown-skinned woman in Colonial dress: White ruffled cap, orange shawl and long-sleeved blue dress with white apron.

Productive finish to my week as we enter spring break at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts: New textbooks arrived on Friday, courtesy of Santa Rosa City Schools. By end-of-day, I’d cataloged these resources and delivered them to educators.