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MetroPCS Store Takes Over As Official Rohnert Park Book Donation Site
Written by admin, June 30th, 2018   

We are so grateful that the Rohnert Park MetroPCS Store has come on board as a member of our book donation network! The Exchange Bank in town was a loyal partner for several years but soon after losing our spot there, the cheerful manager of MetroPCS just across the street agreed to help out. Fortunately our Rohnert Park supporters can still set sail for the same intersection of Commerce Boulevard and RP Expressway and then turn into the parking lot just north of Jack in the Box, or at the Black Bear Diner. MetroPCS is in the back of the lot next to Sushiko Restaurant.

As with all our donation sites, please bring a maximum of three boxes or bags per week so that we can transport and sort your books before receiving more. We appreciate donations in all categories and target ages, as long as they are in good condition, with a special need for board books, early readers, and recent/relevant adult non-fiction.

Big thanks to the MetroPCS management for this critical assistance with our mission! Here are the details, and our full list of donation sites throughout Sonoma County can be found on our website by clicking here:

MetroPCS Store

6265 Commerce Boulevard, Rohnert Park

585-1000       https://www.metropcs.com/

Monday – Saturday   10 Am – 8 Pm

Sunday   10 Am – 7 Pm


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Longtime Volunteer Becomes New Program Assistant
Written by admin, June 1st, 2018   

Program Assistant Dori King

Program Assistant Dori King

We are delighted to announce the addition of Dori King to our staff as our new Program Assistant! Dori has been a dedicated volunteer since 2011 when her daughter chose to engineer a book drive for the Free Bookmobile as her special eighth grade “Knighting” project. In fact Dori’s entire family jumped on board and has never left us. They have been looking after our Petaluma book donation partners as well as providing lots of on-site assistance during busy events and pretty much anything else we ask them to do. Dori has other community commitments and a busy household so we feel fortunate that she has carved out a little more from her schedule to handle the part-time PA duties, which include social media, volunteer recruiting, and event promotions.

Dori replaces long-time PA and volunteer Stacy Graham (née Ruppert), who has reluctantly stepped back from the bookmobile to put more time into her marketing career and marriage. We wish Stacy all the best and hope that she stops by occasionally to say hi and find something great to read!

 


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Rotary Club of Healdsburg Makes Donation to Support Area Services
Written by admin, May 7th, 2018   

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Building on a partnership begun in early 2017, the Rotary Club of Healdsburg and the Free Bookmobile are on the road together again, as we recently received a grant to help us provide our important service throughout the Healdsburg Area. This is a very active club that was chartered in 1948 and we’re proud to be part of their family. We are also grateful, as their assistance will allow us to fulfill our ambitious plans to visit schools of all levels, aftercare programs, festivals and fairs, senior citizens, and even farmworker housing in the region.
Rotary sets the standard among service clubs and here’s more about the Healdsburg club’s activities: “Our community service includes service to youth through our robust and continually growing scholarship program, support for local elementary schools, a unique day for graduating Healdsburg High School seniors, and great fun at the annual Easter egg hunt. We assist senior citizens by supporting the Senior Center and the Meals-On-Wheels program. We also provide funding support for numerous community-based organizations and non-profit groups, and honor local businesses for their generosity in the community. Internationally, the Rotary Club of Healdsburg works tirelessly to raise awareness of and support for those less fortunate.  We have funded and provided hands-on support for projects in Mexico & Central America as well as Africa and Asia.  We are a regional leader among Rotary Clubs in our giving to support Rotary’s effort to finally eradicate polio from our world.”
Thank you so much, Rotary Club of Healdsburg, and keep up the good work!

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Landmark Vineyards Helps Free Bookmobile Reach Russian River & Sonoma Valleys
Written by admin, May 2nd, 2018   

Landmark Vineyards

Since 2014, Landmark Vineyards has been supporting local organizations that make our communities thrive. They take a special interest in increasing quality of life for the residents of the Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, and have awarded the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County a community grant to expand services to those populations throughout 2018! We are very excited about this new partnership and all who will benefit. The Free Bookmobile will reach at least 20% more children, families and seniors with this funding and is already on the road to access-challenged locations we would not otherwise have been able to serve.

We appreciate that Landmark Vineyards grant programs are open to all focus areas and causes. They know that each community in the regions they support has its own unique character and needs. Landmark wants to support what matters to those living and working in these areas, whether that is education, the environment, arts or health, to name a few. Thank you!


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Free Bookmobile Welcomes New Mobile Librarian
Written by admin, April 29th, 2018   

Mobile Librarian Allison Randall

Mobile Librarian Allison Randall

You may have met her already at one of our events! Our new staff member is Mobile Librarian Allison Randall. She received a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University last year, with focused studies on youth materials and programming, including early literacy practices and STEM education. Allison finished her term at SJSU with a Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. She is also mother of three and a volunteer with a Girls on the Run after-school mentorship program.

We have been in training with Allison since January and she has been on the road solo since March. We love how she connects with children in particular. “I am passionate about getting to know my community better and working with individuals and families to build relationships and literacy opportunities,” Allison told us. Sounds like a great fit for the Free Bookmobile program values. Be sure to say hello and welcome her to the team on your next visit to our rolling library of love!

 


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Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati Assures Free Bookmobile Services for Region
Written by admin, April 10th, 2018   

Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati

We have always been big fans of people and organizations that emphasize doing over talking, which is probably why we’re so fond of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati. In fact they meet at 7 Am so they can still have a full day of doing afterward! Several of their members have gone above and beyond the club’s generous financial support to pitch in making the Free Bookmobile a better program. We were delighted to reconnect with all of them recently, and to accept a grant check that will ensure area residents get consistent access to the wonderful books on our shelves.

Our local routes include monthly service near downtown Cotati, plus regular visits to Rancho Cotate High School, Gold Ridge Preschool, Pasitos Playgroups at Rohnert Park Tower Apartments, Rohnert Park Boys & Girls Club, Vida Nueva Supportive Housing, Las Casitas de Sonoma Mobile Homes, and Rohnert Park Health Center. We also utilize Rotary funds towards special events like the Redwood Empire Food Bank Summer Lunch program at Alicia Park, the Cotati Kids Day Festival, Cotati Tree Lighting Ceremony, Pacific Islander Festival and the Latino Family Summit. Thank you!


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Free Bookmobile Gives Away 250,000 Books
Written by admin, April 2nd, 2018   

Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County

Ready to celebrate with us? We have just reached a major program milestone: the Free Bookmobile has now given away 250,000 high quality books of choice! Founded in 2009, the Free Bookmobile was an all-volunteer family service project running on weekends until July of 2011, when it became a full-time staffed operation. Now the bookmobile makes approximately 40 – 50 stops per month throughout Sonoma County, serving 25,000 people each year. “It’s fun to think about all the wonderful books that have passed through our hands,” reflected Glen Weaver, Free Bookmobile founder and director. “But what really keeps me motivated is the knowledge that all those books have delighted and educated our community, ending up in new homes completely free of charge, no questions asked.”

The Free Bookmobile prioritizes service to those who may be challenged for access to quality reading material, including children, seniors with mobility issues, low-income and geographically isolated persons. It also spends a significant amount of time in preschools, engaging with inquisitive minds, to help foster a culture of reading within families and entire neighborhoods. “The ever-expanding use of phones and other digital entertainment devices is not a good thing for developing brains,” noted Weaver. “We are fighting back by offering compelling, modern books on a broad range of subjects. Kids love the bookmobile and come running when we drive up because they feel like they’ve won something special just by coming on board,” he continued.

Many of the program’s gently used books are generous donations from the local public. The Free Bookmobile staff works hard to build additional relationships with publishers, distributors, authors, and resellers to acquire brand new titles for its shelves, especially for its youngest readers. Funding for book purchases through programs such as Community Foundation Sonoma County’s iREAD initiative, which promotes daily reading to children, has also been extremely helpful. Major operational funding for the Free Bookmobile’s non-profit mission comes from the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation.

We have been the premier program of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation (SCPLF) since 2014. New SCPLF Board President Adriana Arrizon recently emphasized the benefits of our outreach model and its ability to respond to local needs. ”Our community is rebuilding through unprecedented disasters and trauma that affects everyone and mostly our most vulnerable community members. Now more than ever it is critical for children, families, and seniors living in isolation, rural and low-income areas in Sonoma County to experience hope by having access to books from the Free Bookmobile” said Arrizon.

Many thanks to all who propelled us on this amazing journey — it has truly been a massive group effort. From the thousands of local families who have donated books to the dozens of volunteers who have given their passion and time to the generous souls who have provided funding, we are so very grateful for your partnership!


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Codding Foundation Renews Strong Support of Free Bookmobile Children’s Outreach
Written by admin, March 21st, 2018   

Codding Foundation

The stalwart Codding Foundation has once again stepped forward to support the Free Bookmobile’s children services! The cornerstone of our program, youth outreach is vital to addressing barriers to access that restrict educational opportunities. Kids can achieve up to three additional years of schooling just as a result of having quality books in the home, and we are so happy to provide them. Reading is also a wonderful investment in the development of communication skills, certain to be increasingly important to professional and social success as we continue our trajectory as an increasingly information-based society. We want to express our deep gratitude for Codding Foundation’s long-term commitment to our work on these important goals.

Established in 1961 as part of Hugh Codding’s legacy, the Codding Foundation has consistently supported local agencies that help Sonoma County youth and families. President Connie Codding has been very active in local philanthropy for a number of years, which includes service on the boards of PDI Surgery Center, Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Board of Advocates in Sonoma County, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. Thank you, Connie — we admire your efforts!

 


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United Way of the Wine Country Launches 2018 Children’s Book Drive
Written by admin, March 1st, 2018   

United Way of the Wine Country

It’s partnerships like these that make our service great! The Free Bookmobile is once again one of the primary beneficiaries of United Way’s annual Children’s Book Drive, which will allow us to boost our book volume and quality ahead of the important summer giving season. We are now giving away more than 50,000 books each year, so help with collections is a crucial component of our operation. You can easily participate — just bring the books your kids have finished to any of the participating locations below during the month of March! We are looking for both English and Spanish/Bilingual material in good condition, and of course the more recent/relevant, the better. Here’s additional information from United Way, including contact information if you would like to go above and beyond being a donor:

United Way Women United is proud to present the United Way Children’s Book Drive. During the book drive, community members rally in support of education and childhood literacy by donating new and gently used English and Spanish children’s books. Books are collected during the drive and distributed to kids for free through United Way’s education initiatives and the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Human Development, Guerneville School, and Roseland Elementary.  Women United has committed to make a difference in early childhood education in our community, and with your help, we can give all kids a chance to learn and be successful throughout school and life.

Join us to get free books to our area’s kids!  The magic begins as kids choose their books and young minds are opened up to possibilities and worlds which come alive through words on the pages. We need your support to rewrite the story of education for so many in the community.

To learn more about sponsoring the book drive or serving as a book donation drop off location, please contact Kelly at 707-528-4485 xt.115 or kelly.musca@unitedwaywinecountry.org.

When:  March 1 – March 31, 2018

 

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Oliver’s Market Community Card Adds Free Bookmobile to Beneficiary List
Written by admin, February 27th, 2018   

Oliver's Community Card

We’re happy to announce another way to support the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County! If you’re an Oliver’s Market shopper or have been considering becoming one, you should know they offer a Community Card that gives 3% of your purchase totals to the local charity of your choice. The Free Bookmobile is now one of the programs you can designate as your beneficiary. The best part is that this won’t cost you anything extra, it’s part of the popular eScrip program that helps so many organizations nationwide.

It’s easy to sign up: just request a card from any checker at any Oliver’s Market. If you have a few minutes to complete the registration there on-site, your purchase will immediately create dividends for us, as will every shopping trip you make thereafter. Or you can register online later with the number on your new card. Just click here to activate it. More information is available here.

Over $300,000 went to hundreds of deserving local charities in 2016, and since the program began, over $2 million has been raised to support our community. Many thanks to Oliver’s for this sharing and for including the Free Bookmobile’s important literacy outreach in their program choices!

 


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