Summer reading is here

Join our community of readers this summer — read at least five books from June 1 to Aug. 10 to earn a free book and a chance to win prizes. Sign up today at sonomalibrary.beanstack.org and track your reading progress to earn cool digital badges and prizes. There is something fun going on at your library every week during summer reading. Come to the library, check out a show, get a library card and enjoy some books.

Ongoing events for our youngest patrons:

Reading takes you everywhere - donna romeo

Wee Read Baby-Toddler Storytime for ages 0 to 36 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. throughout June. Through librarian led fun and engaging activities, babies and toddlers can develop positive feelings towards books and reading. Siblings are welcome.

Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 6. Mondays at 11:30 a.m. throughout June. This program will be full of stories, songs and movement helping preschoolers get ready to read.

Bilingual Stories and Songs with Veronica. Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Bilingual Storytimes with Mr. John and Ms. Kami. Thursdays  at 10:30 a.m. throughout June. Come explore books, songs, rhymes and plays in English and Spanish!

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 June 5 and June 19 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.

Family yoga for ages 3 to 6. Tuesday, June 11 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:

Kids yoga for ages 5 to 12. Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m. This class introduces yoga poses with cooperative games, breathing, and relaxation exercises, as well as encourages self-expression and building social skills.

Puff the Magic Dragon. Thursday, June 13 at 3 p.m. The Puppet Company’s telling of “Puff the Magic Dragon” teaches children how to overcome their fears by using their imagination. A family favorite with a modern twist.

Writing Club for Kids for ages 9 and up. Monday, June 17 at 4 p.m. 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.

Zoetrope — Maker Studio. Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Calling all aspiring animators and machine builders — we will explore animation through zoetropes, an original animation device that you can make and take home. This program is for grades 4 to 7. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register online or at the information desk.

Musical Robot for ages 5 and up. Thursday, June 20 at 3 pm. Combining songs, storytelling, loads of interactivity, and out of this world dance moves, Musical Robot is ready and willing to provide an opportunity for kids to engage in fun and frolic.

It’s craft time. Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. Kids and crafts take center stage to create shadow puppets, flipbooks, Hollywood hand prints, dance accessories and more.

Jungle James Animal Adventures for ages 5 and up. Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m. In this live animal show, kids get up close and personal with some of the coolest species on the planet, including bearded dragons, blue-tongued skinks and an albino Burmese python. We will explore the world of exotic animals in a safe and exciting setting, while also stressing the importance of observation, conservation and awareness.

Tween/Teen events:

Game On! Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m throughout June. Games and snacks provided. Stay cool this summer. Come hang out and play games. No studying, no homework, just fun!

Paint party. Friday, June 14 at 2 p.m. Learn fun and easy painting techniques to help you create one of two designs “Sunset Mountain” or “Two Jellyfish.” Take home your beautiful painting and skills to last a lifetime. This popular event is limited to 12 students. Sign up online or at the information desk.

Social Justice Collage. Friday, June 21 at 2 p.m. Students in this class will choose a personally meaningful social justice issue that they will illustrate in a mixed-media collage — bringing words and images together with the use of paint, pastels and decoupage. Register online or at the information desk.

Learn How to Draw Comic Books with Brian Kolm. Friday, June 28 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 books, including designing characters and showing action and emotion.

Programs for adults:

Yoga. Saturdays throughout June at noon.  Join us for basic yoga and relaxation.  Beginners are encouraged to attend and no experience is necessary.

One-on-One Technology Help. Saturdays throughout June from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Get free one-on-one help with a librarian.  By appointment only, these 30 minute sessions will allow for personalized attention to help you with things like setting up an email account, using the library catalog to find a book, CD, DVD, place holds and manage your account, download eBooks and eAudiobooks. We can also help with research beyond the internet where you can learn how to use the library’s online research tools. Sign up online, over the phone (707-894-5271) or in person at the Cloverdale Regional Library.

Book Discussion. The second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Join us on June 11 where we will discuss “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. This program is free and open to all. New members are always welcome and lending copies are available near the information desk.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement with Chris King. Wednesday, June 12 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.

The Pine Needles. Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. The Pine Needles are an acoustic band comprised of stand-up bass, vocals, guitar, fiddle and drums.

Book Art Party. Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Can there really be a limit to what we can get from a good book? Bring your creativity and join us for adult craft time using books to create greeting cards, bookmarks, folded designs and anything else you can imagine.

Donna Romeo is a librarian at the Cloverdale Regional Library.

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