Events for our youngest patrons:
Wee Read Baby-Toddler Storytime for ages 0 to 36 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. throughout April. Through librarian led fun and engaging activities, babies and toddlers will develop positive feelings towards books and reading. Siblings are welcome.
Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 6. Mondays at 11:30 a.m. throughout April. This program will be full of stories, songs and movement helping preschoolers get ready to read.
Bilingual Storytimes. Thursdays throughout April with a special guest on April 11 at 10:30 a.m. Come explore books, songs, rhymes and plays in English and Spanish. Libros, canciones, rimas y actividades en ingles y espanol.
Family Yoga. Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. This is a high-energy class with simple yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate. This program is 45 minutes and mats are provided.
Especially for kids:
Read to a Dog. Held the first and third Wednesday of the month. Assistance dogs for PALS (Paws as Loving Support) will be at the Cloverdale Library on April 3 and 17 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come read to a friendly dog. Children build confidence in reading skills through practicing reading aloud in a safe space. For beginning readers.
Sprite and Fairy Miniature Homes. Monday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. Make a home for these magical creatures using twigs, flowers, pebbles and other natural building materials. All materials provided. Call or stop by the library to register for this event, as space is limited. Great for children and families, ages 5 and up.
Build club. Friday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. Join us for a monthly "Build Club". Kids provide the creativity and the library provides the building materials and a theme or a challenge. Building materials may include Legos, K-Nex, Cubelets, along with D.I.Y. building projects. Free; ages 5 and up. Great for families.
Writing Club for Kids. Monday, April 15 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 and up. This club is for aspiring young authors who enjoy creating and writing their own stories. A local published author, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, leads the group.
Creating Comics with Brian Kolm. Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Magic happens when pictures, symbols and words are joined together to tell a story. This workshop is an introduction to drawing your own comic strips and comic books, including designing characters and showing action and emotion. All materials provided. For ages 9 to 12. Pre-register by signing up online, calling or coming into the library.
Kids Yoga. Thursday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. The class introduces yoga poses with cooperative games, breathing, and relaxation exercises, as well as encourages self-expression and building social skills.
Game On! Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. throughout April. A place away from home where you can hang out with your peeps, have a snack and play games — no studying required. Games may include, but are not limited to: Apples to Apples, Aggravation, Dr Eureka, Risk, Mancala and once month you can play different games on X-Box One.
Movie day. Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. Bring friends and watch “Midnight Sun.” Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has been sheltered since childhood with a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. During the day, she is housebound, but after nightfall, Katie can venture out to the local train station and play her guitar for travelers. One night, her dreams come true when she's noticed by Charlie, whom she has secretly admired for years, and decides to hide her condition from him as the two embark on a uniquely powerful romance over one nearly perfect summer. Rated PG-13. Run time: 91 minutes. Snacks provided.
For all students:
Homework Help. Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Get the help you need to keep those grades up. We have someone here that can help you through Calculus. Bring us your toughest problems. We are ready to help. Need help in reading or writing? We can help there as well.
Money Smart Week: Value Line Overview Webinar. Wednesday, April 3 at noon. Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. This webinar will be an overview of the Value Line service to act as a guide to get you started. Call or stop by the library for more information.
Money Smart Week: Frauds, Scams and Other Types of Elder Abuse. Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. Donata Mikulik is the Elder Justice Coordinator for Sonoma County with the local nonprofit Senior Advocacy Services. Since January 2017 she has worked with community partners to improve systems responding to elder abuse while increasing public awareness and promoting elder justice. This presentation discusses signs to watch out for with our neighbors and loved ones, as well as common frauds and scams that increasingly target older adults. Often, financial exploitation or falling for scams is the starting point for other types of abuse so we’ll have a conversation about what to watch out for.
Master Gardener series continues Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Come listen to Susan Foley talk about high efficiency irrigation for the home. Gardening workshops are presented by the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.
Social Security: Maximize Your Benefits. Saturday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. The Social Security administration will be presenting information and answering your questions about Social Security benefits and regulations. Talk to professional Social Security Administrators to understand and maximize your benefits.
Book Discussion. The second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Join us April 9 where we will discuss “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. Moreover, sometimes, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. This program is free and open to all. New members are always welcome and lending copies are available near the information desk.
Healthy Living at Your Library: Fitness for You. Fridays, April 12 and April 26 at 11:30 a.m. YMCA Instructors will assess the needs and fitness level of the attendees and teach a class suitable for all levels of mobility and strength. Classes will focus on functionality of the muscles and mobility used for everyday tasks such as lifting, standing from a low-seated position, etc. This class will also focus on the steps needed to increase fitness from any starting level.
Sonoma County Mental Health board meeting. Tuesday, April 16 at 5 to 6 p.m. This is an open forum meeting, open to county residents. Come hear about what is working and not working with mental health services in our area.
Beyond Origami- Handmade Iris Cards. Saturday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. Make folded origami-like creations with specially treated paper into handmade cards of a variety of shapes and textures. Please pre-register by signing up online, calling or coming into the library.
Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement with Chris King. Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. In this class, we will explore mindfulness and meditation techniques that help bring greater ease and wellbeing into our daily lives. We will also learn simple mindful movements which promote clarity, balance and added focus to our everyday activities.
Michelle Lambert Concert. Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Michelle Lambert is the kind of electric performer whose deep talent reveals itself in sly, knowing bursts. Backed by a slamming rhythm-driving acoustic guitar, Michelle and her guitarist, create an edgy, acoustic driven sound that is fresh and energetic.
Donna Romeo is a librarian at the Cloverdale Regional Library.