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Free Bookmobile Seeking Part-Time Mobile Librarian
Written by admin, November 20th, 2017   

We are sad to see our current part-time Mobile Librarian, Alison Finch, leave us after two years of service. We appreciate all she has done for the Free Bookmobile program and now must find a replacement for her. Here is the job description and instructions for applying. Please feel free to distribute this far and wide, we welcome all applicants who closely match the criteria. Thank you!

JOB OPENING: Mobile Librarian – Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County

Part-Time (2 – 3 days/week, includes some weekend days)

The non-profit Sonoma County Public Library Foundation has an opening for a part-time Mobile Librarian in its award-winning Free Bookmobile program. The Free Bookmobile promotes literacy and love of reading by giving away high quality books throughout the region, especially seeking to serve low-income and rural children and seniors. This role involves driving our 24′ Freightliner bookmobile (a bit bigger than a UPS truck) on scheduled routes throughout all Sonoma County, providing excellent service to patrons of all ages as they browse the books, and generally being a strong advocate for reading.

The position is approximately 2 – 3 days per week and requires at least one weekend day per weekend. Schedules are made up to one month in advance. Shifts range from 7 – 10 hours each and are exempt from overtime up to 10 hours per day. It is a demanding job that will challenge your interpersonal skills and the rewards of working with the people we serve (all ages, races, income levels, from homeless to affluent) can be wonderful for the right person. Some ability with Spanish language preferred as we serve a large Latino population. Wages start at $16/hour with possibility of modest raises based on performance and longevity. No benefits offered.

The appropriate candidate will have:

•             Enthusiasm for reading and learning

•             A positive and friendly attitude

•             Superior customer service skills

•             Experience and success working with children

•             Excellent driving skills and verifiable safety record (class C only required)

•             Significant knowledge of book genres/authors, preferably from previous work in a library or bookstore setting

•             Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds up and down steep stairs several times per day

•             Consistent availability to work at least one weekend day per week

•             Reliable transportation to rural west Sebastopol (our headquarters)

•             Punctuality and general reliability

•             Willingness and ability to make a two-year commitment to the job

Local references and DMV driving record printout are required as part of the interview process. Passing a Live Scan fingerprint criminal background check is required prior to hire.

The position is immediately available but will not be filled until we find the appropriate candidate. Only those who are a close fit for the criteria in this listing should apply. The successful applicant will need to pass an extensive (multi-session) interview process, including a behind-the-wheel examination and observation of his/her on-site interactions with our patrons.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume (PDF format only) to Program Director Glen Weaver at glen[at] In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position and how you match or exceed the required qualifications.

For more information on our program, visit

For more information about the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, visit

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Bethlehem Foundation Supports Local Seniors with Increased Funding
Written by admin, November 18th, 2017   

We are deeply grateful to the Bethlehem Foundation for their expanded support toward our 2018 program year! Bethlehem is our primary backer for the important services we provide to local senior citizens and will help us reach more than 3,500 elders over the next 12 months. Much of this outreach will happen right at these individuals’ doorsteps, at low-income apartment complexes and senior living facilities. This means that mobility challenges will not be a barrier and these eager readers will be able to count on regular appearances by their favorite free rolling library. The Free Bookmobile helps folks stay connected to their culture, their community, and their grandchildren — we encourage seniors to take extra books to read to all the little ones in their lives.

Bethlehem Foundation’s creation is a unique and inspiring story: Formed on September 16, 2013, it was funded with proceeds from the sale of 801 Tupper Street, a 159-unit apartment building located in Santa Rosa, California. The building was known as the Bethlehem Towers, a high-rise apartment community serving low- to very low-income seniors. Bethlehem Towers opened its doors in 1972 and was managed by a volunteer Board of Directors for 40 years. When the 40-year HUD loan that financed the community was paid off, the Board was approached by Reiner Communities, a firm that acquires and manages multifamily affordable housing properties, which agreed to complete an extensive renovation and extend the affordability of the project for an additional 55 years. The Board of Directors of Bethlehem Towers, Inc. saw this as a win-win situation. The housing for low-income seniors could remain in place, and proceeds from the sale could fund this new foundation dedicated to promoting an enhanced quality of life for senior adults residing in Sonoma County, California.

The Free Bookmobile is very proud to be a part of those enhancement efforts. Thank you!