July 12, 2020
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Summer reading with the library

May 29, 2020

Although we are sheltering at home, we can still explore the world through books and reading. All Sonoma County residents are invited to sign up for Sonoma County Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program for a summer of exploration, learning and fun. Readers can also work together to reach an audacious goal, of reading two million minutes, county wide, this summer. The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 through August 8. “We have set a goal for Sonoma County to read 2 million minutes during the course of the summer reading program, and we are asking each participant to read at least 960 minutes during that time. It only takes 20 minutes a day this summer to surpass your 960-minute goal,” said Sonoma County Library Director Ann Hammond.The library’s summer reading program will be mostly online, but reading takes place in person, in the real world. “It starts with a book in your lap,” added Hammond. “Then, you go online and record your minutes, but we also offer paper reading logs if that helps.”

Paper reading logs can be downloaded at Those who use paper logs can keep them and turn them in when the libraries reopen.

Summer reading is for all ages, and for every eight hours you read, you’ll get a free book to keep, also when libraries reopen.

It’s easy to enroll in summer reading and start logging your reading minutes. Enroll yourself by following the easy prompts at, or call 707-308-3262 and library staff will get you started.

Prevent the “Summer Slide”

Help your child prevent the “Summer Slide” by participating in our summer reading program and trying these three tips:

• Set realistic summer reading goals, such as 20 minutes a day.

• Sneak books into all fun activities you do with your child.

• Show your child that reading matters by taking time to read yourself.