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Lark Rexall Drugs in Guerneville Becomes Newest Book Donation Site
Written by admin, September 4th, 2018   

After years on our wishlist, a truly West County donation site is now a reality! The friendly folks at Lark Rexall Drugs on Main Street in Guerneville are now welcoming book donations for the Free Bookmobile during business hours. Fortunately all the locals know Lark’s, it’s been a Main Street institution for many decades, and the business itself goes back to the 19th century. As with all our donation sites, please bring a maximum of four 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.

Huge thanks to the Lark’s management and staff for this critical assistance with our mission! Look for the donation bin inside the store, or simply ask one of the clerks where to leave the books. Here are the details, and our full list of donation sites throughout Sonoma County can be found on our website by clicking here:

Lark Rexall Drugs

16251 Main Street, Guerneville


Monday – Friday   9 Am – 6:30 Pm

Saturday   10 Am – 6 Pm

Sunday   11 Am – 3 Pm

Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 Makes Generous Book Purchase Grant
Written by admin, August 30th, 2018   

Active 20-30 Santa Rosa #50

Hot on the heels of our participation in their Back To School Shopping Spree for underprivileged local children, Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 has boosted our program’s ability to reach the most vulnerable: the young and the English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Though we have the relationships to connect with these populations, we need the right kind of books to offer them. The public is supportive through their used book donations but we just don’t receive nearly enough high quality board books (for babies & toddlers), early readers and picture books (for 4 – 6 year-olds), and Spanish/bilingual books. The latter category is particularly important because getting bilingual books into certain homes allows monolingual Spanish-speaking adults to read along with the little ones, helping them learn English. This type of shared reading is a wonderful, loving, free activity that also enhances interpersonal relationships across generations.

Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa #50′s donation will allow us to purchase a wide range of these crucial books and bring them directly to those target audiences. Active 20-30 Clubs provide young adults with an opportunity for personal growth, friendships and leadership development while improving the quality of life for disadvantaged and special needs children in their communities. The Santa Rosa club dates back to 1929 and these young professionals do a great job of raising money and volunteering, with an emphasis on assisting low-income Santa Rosa and Windsor families. We have been honored to work with them on a number of special events to provide kids with holiday parties, back-to-school supplies, and more.

Thank you once again, Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa #50!

Chocolate & Cinema SCPLF Fundraiser Coming to the Rialto in August
Written by admin, August 3rd, 2018   

Come sing along to Grease!

While not based on a book, Grease is a great choice for a fun night out! Please join us at the Rialto Cinemas in downtown Sebastopol for an evening of popcorn, singing, and a bag of fine local chocolate to take home. Singing is optional, but in a darkened theater, who’s gonna know it was you? This fundraiser supports the efforts of the Free Bookmobile’s parent organization, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation (SCPLF). Founded in 1986, SCPLF aims for strengthening and promoting use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading, and increased literacy for all Sonoma County residents. The Foundation has over the years offered services such as free books for all local newborns, support for the Adult Literacy and Summer Reading programs, and collaboration on the establishment of new library branches in low-income areas.

Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 per person at the door. Just click here to go to the official “Buy Now” page and reserve your spot. Oh and spread the word…the Free Bookmobile will also be there to do what we do best…offer you terrific books!

Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation Renews Major Funding of Free Bookmobile
Written by admin, July 20th, 2018   

Stepping forward for the seventh straight year to provide major funding for our program is the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation! We feel especially honored to receive this ongoing support because the Finley Foundation board members are long-time members of and advocates for a strong Sonoma County. Their experience and wisdom, earned over many years of deep community involvement, gives them a keen sense of what constitutes prudent investment in the region. Their endorsement means the world to us and will power much of our work over the next 12 months as we continue to spread literacy and love of reading to anyone and everyone. Thank you so very much!

Since 1985 the Finley Foundation has been a tremendous source of funding for community programs throughout the North Bay, particularly in the areas of child welfare, health and human services, and arts and culture. Some of their high-profile projects include the Finley Community Center & Aquatic Center and the Social Advocates for Youth Finley Dream Center.

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


Monday – Saturday   10 Am – 8 Pm

Sunday   10 Am – 7 Pm

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!


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

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!

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!

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!


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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