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June 24, 2017
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April 28, 2017

RP-Cotati Regional Library to expand hours
Starting Monday, May 1, the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library and all library locations in Sonoma County will expand their hours of operation to include Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and an additional hour on Wednesday nights to close at 9 p.m.

 “Increasing hours has been our number one priority. Our library staff have worked tirelessly to open on Mondays as soon as possible,” said Brett Lear, director of Sonoma County Library. “We’ve hired new staff to support these hours and have launched new services like Lynda.comand Zinio for libraries.

Ultimately, we’re thrilled to be able to offer more hours to our communities and open on Mondays.”

 In November of 2016, 72 percent of the voters in Sonoma County voted in favor of Measure Y. The passage of Measure Y resulted in an increase in sales taxes by an eighth of a cent to support the Sonoma County Library and made this expansion of library hours possible.

 Other improvements will include an increase in materials (such as books and DVD’s) for library card-holders to check out, more classes and events for children and adults, improved technology, and renovations to library facilities. 

 Starting Monday, May 1, the library hours will be: Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 For more information contact Library Director Brett Leer at 545-0831 or Keep up with all library events at and on Facebook,

Come to the library to celebrate Monday, May 1. We’ll have treats, balloons, and a raffle! The prize is an Apple 8-inch iPad Mini 2.


Spike in drug deaths

Sonoma County Coroner’s office reports spike in heroin deaths.

In the last five days the Coroner’s office has received nine deaths attributed to what is believed is heroin overdoses. While the final cause of death has yet to be determined and next of kin have not been notified, the Coroner’s office wants to share this information early to warn the public of this disturbing trend. All the deaths so far have occurred in the Santa Rosa Area.

The Coroner’s office is concerned that the heroin being distributed in Santa Rosa right now is very volatile and potentially toxic. All health, rehabilitation and treatment centers need to know that this substance is out there and any signs of overdose should be taken seriously. Anyone exhibiting signs or symptoms of an overdose should seek medical attention immediately or call 911.


Calligrapher needed

Social Advocates for Youth is seeking a volunteer calligrapher to write 350 place cards for the SAY-VIVOR fundraiser May 6 at the Friedman Event Center. The volunteer should also be available from 4-6:30 p.m. during the event to make any changes necessary. Contact Justin Dawes at


Help needed to make bouquets

For 27 years, Senior Advocacy Services volunteers have been making fresh flower bouquets for residents in nursing homes around Sonoma County who have no one who remembers them on Mother’s Day. Help is needed to make bouquets and /or deliver them May 12. For more information,  email or call 707-526-4108, ext. 116.