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Bethlehem Foundation Powers Expansion in Free Bookmobile Senior Services
Written by admin, October 29th, 2016   

The Free Bookmobile will roll to an additional 400 low-income seniors over the next 12 months thanks to generous expansion of support from Bethlehem Foundation! In fact they are helping guarantee the gains we made in 2016 as well with this second-year award to our friendly outreach program. Bethlehem Foundation was established  locally in 2013 with the sale of the high-rise Bethlehem Tower near in downtown Santa Rosa. The building and its new owners, Reiner Communities, will continue to serve low- to very low-income seniors and proceeds from the sale are at work promoting an enhanced quality of life for elder adults throughout Sonoma County.

We are deeply committed to helping these citizens live as fully as possible for as long as possible in their setting of choice. Many face challenges in accessing public resources like the library and so we just drive it right to their doorsteps. We offer large print and audiobook titles for the vision impaired, and our enthusiastic staff bring a wide selection of material in categories of choice out to the ground level for anyone unable to climb our vehicle steps. The Free Bookmobile also offers the elderly a unique and easy way for them to participate, to give back. We are always in need of fresh books for our shelves and delight in receiving contributions lovingly selected from our patrons’ homes. We look forward to building more of these energizing reciprocal relationships in the months to come!

Sonoma County Public Library Foundation Supports Ballot Measure Y
Written by admin, October 1st, 2016   

The Free Bookmobile’s parent organization, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation (SCPLF), is a strong proponent of local ballot Measure Y, a proposal to boost funding to Sonoma County’s library system via a 1/8-cent sales tax increase. SCPLF’s core mission includes support of library facilities and promotion of their use, both of which will receive a big shot in the arm if the measure passes this November. The initiative has received broad endorsements from community groups, media outlets, and local politicians, including all five county supervisors.

SCPLF and the Free Bookmobile are proud to spread awareness of this opportunity for critical library funding. Currently our library system is operating at a deficit, even after the most recent reduction in operating hours, and will soon run into trouble due to diminishing reserves. Some of the branches are desperately in need of repairs and new equipment. Passage of Measure Y, which will require a 2/3 majority “yes” vote, will allow library management to increase available hours, expand important programs and modernize the facilities and collection.

Free Bookmobile Director Glen Weaver is particularly passionate about literacy and cultural centers being open when families have the time to visit them. “Success on Measure Y will mean that all of our libraries can be open on Sundays,” he explained, “which is often the only day that working parents can bring their children in to explore all that libraries have to offer.”

For more information, please visit, and remember to vote YES on Measure Y!


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