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Ann Miller
Community Relations Coordinator

1150 Kentucky Street

Fairfield, CA 94533

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Free Tax Preparation
By Serena Enger

CONTACT:   Serena Enger,


FAIRFIELD — Earn It, Keep It, Save It, a coalition of nonprofit partners, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Children’s Network, United Way of the Greater Bay Area, and Solano County Library announce a series of four Super Saturday Free Tax Preparation events in  February.


The Fairfield Civic Center Library at 1150 Kentucky Street will host the first event on Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Customers earning less than $53,000 can have their taxes prepared for them and submitted electronically.


Other events will be held on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with last intake at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library branch, on Saturday, February 21 at the John F. Kennedy branch in Vallejo, and on Saturday, February 28 at the Suisun City branch.  Spanish speakers will be available.


Customers must bring a photo ID, a Social Security card or ITIN, W-2s from all jobs held in 2014, savings and checking account and routing number for direct deposit, last year’s tax return, and the household’s health coverage information (1095-A if bought through Covered CA).


For more information, call 211, or The Children’s Network at 707-421-7229, ext. 109 or Solano County Library at 1-866-572-7587 or visit for additional events throughout the tax season.

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Free Concert at the JFK Library
By Sabine Salek

CONTACT:   Sabine Salek



Saturday afternoon, January 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the JFK Library’s Joseph Room, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, the classical a cappella vocal group, “Coro D’Amici,” will present a free concert of sacred and secular music for unaccompanied voices from the Renaissance and the Twentieth Century.


Michael Senturia, the group’s director, is a Professor Emeritus of Music at UC Berkeley, where for thirty years he conducted the University Symphony and taught in the Department of Music.  Once retired from the University and after acquiring a degree in Library Science, he worked as an adult services reference librarian for the Solano County Library at the JFK Branch in Vallejo.  During his time there he introduced regular, free monthly music events at the library, which has continued to this day.


Coro D’Amici has existed in one form or another since 1981.  Its members come from the East Bay and include professionals from a variety of fields, all of whom have also trained as musicians.  The group meets once a week to enjoy each other’s company and to sing unaccompanied classical repertoire from Renaissance to Modern.  In 2005 the group toured Italy, singing in Fiesole, Florence, Siena and Rome.  In recent years the group has enjoyed giving Bay Area concerts in Berkeley, Vallejo and Martinez.


Members of the group, in addition to Mr. Senturia, are Joan Bell, Rob Calvert, Christy Dana, Sean Dougall, Pat Jennerjohn, John Kelly, Pauline Ma-Senturia, Sonja Maund, Jo Maxon, Tom Mugglestone, Carol Paxson, Will Schweller, and Edna Yeh.

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Meet the Raptors! Birds of Prey at the Library
By Elizabeth Molyneux

Wednesday, January 21st at 3:30 PM

Who will you meet?  A hawk, an eagle, an owl, a kestrel?  Sallie, a human from the California Raptor Center, will introduce us to real live birds which are no longer able to live in the wild. 


Free.  Thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries for letting us “adopt” a raptor. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 


For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Matrix Parent Network Workshops to be held at the John F. Kennedy Library
By Natasha North

Parents of children with special needs are invited to sign up for monthly workshops conducted by the Matrix Parent Network. These free meetings are held at the John F. Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo and registration is required. The mission of Matrix is to empower families of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.


“Skills for Effective Advocacy and Leadership” will be held Monday, January 12th from 6:00 – 8:00. This workshop with help participants discover what skills are needed for effective parent advocacy and self-advocacy for students 14 years+ with a disability.


Space is limited. To register, visit or call 1-800-578-2592.

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By Ann Miller

A fraction of a penny, 1/8th of a cent to be exact, is the make-or-break sales tax that has meant so much to Solano County Library.  Not only do these fractions of pennies add up to 25% of the library’s budget, they are also a tangible indication of the support Solano County Library enjoys from its community.  In 1998, the sales tax measure known as Measure B, passed by over a 68% majority.  In return, voters were promised more books, more hours and more services for young people. Library leaders delivered on that promise, even when the recession meant sharp reductions in the library’s budget and other public libraries struggled to keep their doors open.  In 2012, Solano County residents renewed their trust in the library with an 80% majority for Measure L, an extension of the tax to maintain the promises made in 1998, making the library the hub of lifelong learning in Solano County.


What’s next for Solano County Library?  The programs that were important during the recession will remain, as many people are still feeling the economic pinch.  Job help, technology training, legal advice and tax prep will continue to be important services.  As new studies confirm the importance of brain development in the first five years of life, the library continues its innovation of programs for young children so that they are ready to learn when they go to school. As part of the educational infrastructure, the library is initiating more programs that inspire exploration in science, engineering and technology.  The library continues to adapt to the formats favored by the community, with free online magazines, downloadable books and tutoring, online and in person.


Solano County Library will celebrate the community’s ongoing support with the following events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Promises Made, Promises Kept Events

Monday, January 12
3:30 p.m.
Magic Dan
Fairfield Cordelia Library


Tuesday, January 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Circus Arts
Suisun City Library


Wednesday, January 14
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dan Chan, Magician
Fairfield Civic Center Library


Wednesday, January 21
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Enjoy a Sweet Treat
Rio Vista Library


Thursday, January 22
4 p.m.
Performers, Food, and More
Vacaville Town Square Library


Saturday, January 31
3 p.m.
Classical Concert Coro D'Amici
John F. Kennedy Library

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New Library Program for English Learners
By Lani Clarke

One of the most challenging aspects of learning a new language is gaining the confidence to engage others in conversation. The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center will introduce a new weekly program to support adults with limited English language skills practice speaking and listening in English.


The first ESL Club meeting takes place in the library’s Conference Room on Wednesday, January 7 at 5:30 pm.  This program is not intended as a substitute for ESL instruction, but is meant to be an informal way to enhance the speaking skill of ESL learners.  All are welcome. 


The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For more information, call the library at 866-572-7587.

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Teen Advisory Board at the Vacaville Public Library- Cultural Center
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or


Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 PM

Teens 12-18, join us for a chance to have your voice heard and earn volunteer credit.  Enjoy snacks while we have an informal meeting to share ideas.  Feel free to invite a friend to come along. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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December Family Night with the Fabulous Puppet Art Theater
By Elizabeth Molyneux


CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or

December Family Night with the Fabulous Puppet Art Theater!

Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Families are invited to celebrate the festive season with a special holiday version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at

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Winter Crafts for Teens and Tweens
By Elizabeth Molyneux

December 2, 2014

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or


Winter Crafts for Tweens and Teens

Wednesday, December 10 from 3:00-5:00 PM

Tweens and Teens join us for a winter wonderland of craft activities.  Make a snow globe, decorated cookies, and design your own gift bags. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Extreme Couponing: How to Save Money on Your Daily Purchases
By Ann Miller

Fairfield Civic Center Library
1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533


January 5, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Becker-Balmer Meeting Room


 Extreme Couponing: How to Save Money on Your Daily Purchases


    “ Learn how to save money while being safe and strategic with your shopping."  Stephanie Boydell from Golden 1 Credit Union will share ideas with families looking for creative ways to save money on their everyday purchases.  

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Library Joins War Ink Exhibit to Open Dialogue Between Vets and Civilians
By Ann Miller


Ann Miller, Solano County Library


Christopher Brown, Contra Costa County Library
(925) 817-9833   Email:








War Ink Exhibit

Solano County Library is helping Americans struggling to find meaningful ways to honor the nation’s 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans by supporting WAR INK, a powerful new online exhibit that opened on Veteran’s Day. The honest and emotionally raw collection of original video, photography and audio interviews uses the memorial tattoos and words of 24 veterans to open a dialogue between civilians and returning vets.

 As a depository for human stories and narratives, Solano County Library saw this exhibit as an ideal complement to its mission and is now actively promoting the exhibit. “Libraries have a duty to provide resources to all citizens but place special emphasis on serving our returning veterans—a segment of our community that has been overlooked. Libraries also collect the stories that tell us who we are as a society,” said Ann Miller, the Library’s marketing and community relations officer.

“WAR INK emerged out of a need to recognize veterans’ stories of service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veteran and civilian communities,” said WAR INK co-creator Jason Deitch, a former Army medic and military sociologist. “This is both an exhibit and a forum, using tattoos as a springboard for veterans to share their stories.”

 Stark, beautiful, disturbing and often darkly humorous, the featured tattoos in WAR INK are a visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult for veterans to discuss openly. But the creators of WAR INK and the 24 men and women who bravely shared their stories and their tattoos hope their openness will help civilians develop a deeper understanding of their experiences and provide a safe entry point to honestly and authentically engage in a conversation.

“Veterans need ways to reconnect with their communities,” said Chris Brown, WAR INK co-creator and senior manager at the Contra Costa County Library, which will launch the program along with over 20 other libraries throughout California. “As librarians we’re pleased to play a part in bridging that gap and sharing the poignant stories of our veterans.”

The sudden transition from war to civilian life leaves many vets facing deep feelings of alienation and isolation. Tattoos, Brown and Deitch explain, are a shared form of expression between many civilians and vets, and offer a unique gateway to conversations which can begin to build that community.
 “Every tattoo on my body tells a story,” said WAR INK veteran Ron “Doc” Riviera of Santa Cruz, California. “If people would just ask, they wouldn’t get a movie or a book, they would get the real thing.”

Elegantly produced, WAR INK walks visitors through four multimedia chapters. In the veterans’ own words, they remind guests that “We Were You” by sharing their experiences before they entered the military. The “Changed Forever” chapter is a searing examination of the horrors of war, followed by “Living Scars,” a candid look at the physical and emotional wounds of their military experiences. The exhibit’s final chapter, “Living Not Surviving,” tells of the challenges veterans face, but also of their strength and resilience as they try and return to their communities.”

To tell the WAR INK story, Dietch and Brown assembled an impressive coalition of diverse partners, including the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative and premier photographer Johann Wolf. Video for the site was directed by filmmaker Rebecca Murga and the online exhibit was designed by Favorite Medium.

WAR INK was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, and made possible with support from the following funders and donors: Cal Humanities, the Pacific Library Partnership and StoryCorps.

Support for veterans begins by really listening to their stories and experiences. Visit the WAR INK exhibit at

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Library Recruiting Algebra Tutors for Middle School Students
By Ann Miller



John F. Kennedy Library is looking for volunteers who will help make a difference in the Vallejo community. The Plus One Algebra Tutoring program is designed  to assist students with understanding math concepts. According to the 2013 Star Test, only 25% of Vallejo students who were in Algebra I achieved proficiency.


The California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara discovered that, "the graduation rate was two times greater [for] students who passed Algebra 1 by their freshman year of high school.” “Helping students succeed in their math classes will set them up for future success,” said Mark Flowers, a librarian at the John F. Kennedy Library who coordinates the program. “We see the library as a link between students and anyone who want to make a difference in the lives of these students.”


In attempt to increase the success rate, Plus One Tutoring pairs students receiving Ds and Fs, in Pre-Algebra and Algebra, with tutors for one-on-one weekly study sessions, in order to improve students' math grades, help students feel more prepared for high school, and give students a shared sense of community with their tutors.


Tutoring has begun at Hogan Middle School, and the library is looking to expand the program to Franklin and Solano Middle Schools as well.

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By Ann Miller


CONTACT: Ann Miller, 707-784-1506,




Janet Tashjian, a novelist specializing in books for young people, will visit local schools and libraries December 9-11 as part of Solano Kids Read, a community reads program sponsored by the Solano County Library Foundation.  The purpose of Solano Kids Read is to inspire a love of reading by bringing nationally celebrated authors to meet with children in Solano County.  “In our interviews with teachers, parents and kids, we hear again and again how jazzed kids are to meet these favorite authors,” said Ann Miller, Solano County Library’s marketing and community relations officer.  This year we are especially excited that her son, who is also her illustrator, is coming.  Tashjian’s son Jake illustrated “My Life as a Book” as well as two other books and an upcoming series. 


Two public events are scheduled along with five school events throughout the county.  Janet and Jake Tashjian will discuss their work and sign books at 7 p.m. on December 9 at the Fairfield Cordelia Library.  The Vacaville Public Library-Town Square will host a writers’ workshop with the mother/ son team at 4 p.m. on December 10. 


“My Life as a Book” follows Derek, an active boy and “reluctant reader” as he struggles through a summer reading assignment. The summer becomes more interesting as he finds unexpected friendships, uncovers a mystery about a drowned girl, and discovers that stories are all around us. Tashjian’s name is familiar to many readers because of the cult favorite “The Gospel According to Larry” series that is taught in many middle and high schools. Her first novel, “Tru Confessions” was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie.


Mark Flowers, a librarian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo, suggests that the book is popular with kids who love to read as well as those who don’t.  “Jake Tashjian’s hilarious drawings of Derek’s vocabulary words make this a perfect choice for kids like Derek who struggle with reading. Kids who already love to read will be sucked-in by Derek’s magnetic personality and the mysteries that surround him.”


For more information go to or call 1-866-57-ASKUS

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or

Diary of a Wimpy Kid party


Tuesday, November 4th at 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the release of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.  Enter our prize drawing to win a free copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. 


For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Family Night - Bats in the Library!
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or

Family Night-Bats in the Library!

Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Do you think bats are scary?  Bats think we are scary! Meet some real live bats, and Corky, their human friend.  Learn the truth about bats, and how humans and bats can live together.  This program is for the whole family.  Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Music, Story and More!
By Kristen Murray

CONTACT:   Kristen Murray 707-784-1551 kcmurray


Music, Story and More!


On Tuesday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m. the Fairfield Cordelia Library welcomes Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.  Green Golly brings to life a Rapunzel like tale full of music, adventure and fun! Rapunzel may have been horrified to spend her days trapped in that big old tower but not Green Golly. She was so inspired she couldn’t help but make music.  This introduction to the complex, creative and beautiful world of classical music inspires children to listen actively and imagine creatively.


Green Golly is brought to us all the way from New York City by musicians Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel.   The Green Golly Project was started as a way to introduce young children to classical music in a fun and engaging way but has grown to be so much more.  Using the flute, guitar and their storytelling talent they bring Green Golly to life much to the delight of their audience! Visit Green Golly online at


This free program is brought to you by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries.  For more information please call 1-866-572-7587 or visit us online at

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
By Lani Clarke

Contact: Lani Clarke             
Phone: (707) 784-1541 

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

The Fall book sale for the Vacaville Libraries begins soon.  Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available at remarkably low prices. 


The sale takes place at the Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center during normal library hours.  It begins with a Members-Only day on Thursday, October 23—become a member at the door.  From October 24 through October 27, the sale is open to everyone.  Sunday and Monday are Five Dollars a Bag Days—get all the materials you can fit into a grocery bag for just five dollars.


The Friends of the Vacaville Library is a support organization of the Vacaville Public Libraries.  The monies they raise help support library programming for children, teens and adults.


For questions regarding this event, please call the library at 1-866-57-ASKUS.

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Teen Advisory Board
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or


Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 PM

Teens 12-18, join us for a chance to have your voice heard and earn volunteer credit.  Enjoy snacks while we have an informal meeting to share ideas.  Feel free to invite a friend to come along. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Izi Holokahi performs at JFK Library
By Sabine Salek



Izi Holokahi performs at the John F. Kennedy Library on Saturday November 1st at 2:00 pm.

Enjoy a ukulele concert at the Kennedy Library in Vallejo featuring local performer Izi Holokahi.  Mr. Holokahi was learned to play in his birth state of Hawaii and he has performed at many venues in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area.  His passion for ukulele is evident in his performances, classes, and Ukesperiment workshops.  This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and is part of the First Saturday series of cultural events.  Thanks to the Vallejo Friends of the Library for their generous support of library programs. 

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Get the Dirt on Composting at the Library
By Lani Clarke

CONTACT:  Lani Clarke (707) 784-1541, FAX (707) 451-0987


Get the Dirt on Composting at the Library

Composting is good for your garden, good for your budget, and saves water—so why doesn’t every gardener have a compost pile?  It may be because people think it’s complicated, smelly, and a lot of work—none of which is true.


Master Gardener Teresa Lavell offers a 3-part weekly series on composting at Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, beginning with Composting 101 on October 16.   This session is an introduction to composting.  On October 23, Ms. Lavell explores active and passive composting techniques, and on October 30 she will explain how worm composting works.   All sessions start at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge to participate, and no registration is necessary.  Call the library at 866-572-7587 for additional information.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a partnership among the University of California, USDA, county governments, and California residents.  To find out more about Master Gardeners, contact UC Cooperative Extension at (707) 784-1321.

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Free Flu Shots @ Your Library
By Ann Miller

CONTACT: Ann Miller, 707-784-1506,



Solano County Library, in cooperation with Solano County Public Health, will be offering free flu shots at six branches in October and November on a first come, first served basis.  Call 1-866-57-ASKUS for more information.

1 - 4 p.m., Monday, October 6, Rio Vista Library, 44 So. 2nd Street.
1 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, Vacaville Public Library - Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive.
1 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive.
1 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, Vacaville Public Library - Town Square, 1 Town Square Place
1 - 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky Street.
1 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo.

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Ancestry Library Edition-Genealogy Open Workshop Session
By Elizabeth Molyneux

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or


Ancestry Library Edition-Genealogy Open Workshop Session

Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM

Come join us to explore Ancestry Library Editions & HeritageQuest Online at our open workshop session.  Beginners and advanced welcome.  No sign-ups are necessary, but seating is limited.  Bring your laptops if you wish; we have wireless.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive Vacaville, CA.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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Songs and Dances at the JFK Library
By Sabine Salek




John Bennett and Karen Balabanian perform “Songs and Dances” at the John F. Kennedy Library

The John F. Kennedy Library is proud to present a special performance of “Songs and Dances” by pianist Karen Balabanian and cellist John Bennett on Saturday October 4th at 1 p.m.  This Vallejo-based husband and wife duo has performed at venues throughout the Bay area, including The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, and with local groups like the Vallejo Chorale Society.  Mr. Bennett is a member of the Napa Valley Symphony and the Vallejo Symphony.  Ms. Balabanian was a member of the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, and was co-founder of First Presbyterian Chamber Concerts. This free concert is made possible by the generous support of the Vallejo Friends of the Library.

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State Librarian, Greg Lucas Comes To Solano County To Celebrate International Literacy Day
By Ann Miller



CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506;




In honor of International Literacy Day, Solano County Library will host a program featuring Greg Lucas, the California State Librarian on Sept 8.  Lucas will speak about his work with the State Library and the campaign to eliminate adult illiteracy in California. Also on hand to share their stories will be a student and a volunteer tutor who are involved in the Library’s literacy program.


“The primary focus of the event and indeed, the entire month of September, is to build awareness of the impact of low literacy skills on adults in the community and the effect on the entire family,” said Joanne Wright, the Library’s literacy services program manager.


The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, in Fairfield, CA.  Throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Library’s literacy services will be showcased in an interactive display in the lobby. Adult learners, volunteers and staff will be on hand to talk about the work of the program and to increase awareness of adult literacy issues in our community.  “Currently 141 adults who want to learn to read better are on a waiting list for a tutor. We know from our volunteers that this is one of the most rewarding ways to give your time. We call it ‘giving the gift of reading,” said Wright.

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Library Hosts e-Book Workshop
By Ann Miller


Library Hosts e-book Workshop


According to a recent Pew Research study, roughly a third of U.S. adults read e-books, and that number is growing as more people buy tablets and other mobile devices.  Solano County Library offers free access to e-books and e-audiobooks to library customers.


On August 21 at 7:00 pm., Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center presents a workshop for those wishing to learn how to download and read or listen to library books on the go.  No signup is necessary, but participants need a valid library card and email address, and should bring their mobile device with them to the event.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information, call 866-572-7587.

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7/11 - DRUMMM! OneBEAT: Hands-on Community Rhythm Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library
By Sabine Salek




Sabine Salek, 1-866-572-7587,


DRUMMM! OneBEAT: Hands-on Community Rhythm Celebration

Join in the rhythm with Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR and friends! This "hands-on", participatory drumming event will entertain, educate, and inspire and it relieves stress. Discover what cultures have long known about drumming as a tool for connection: that it promotes strength and unity while celebrating diversity.  Fun for all ages, the spirit of community and collaboration will uplift and energize participants. Prepare to be playfully challenged. No prior drumming experience is needed. Drums will be provided or you may bring your own.


The program will be held in the Joseph Room at JFK library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00pm.   The concert is a part of JFK Library’s First Saturday series, a monthly performing or cultural event held the first Saturday of the month. Funding for the series is provided by the Vallejo Friends of the Library

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7/11 - Wild things Animals of the World at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
By Beth Molyneux



CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or


Wild Things Animals of the World


Tuesday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m.


There is an amazing diversity of life on earth.  Meet real live animal ambassadors from five continents and hear their stories.  Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at .

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5/29 - Five Wishes - Get a peek at your send off at Vacaville Cultural Center Library
By Beth Molyneux



CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or 


Five Wishes 


Tom Sawyer hid in the church gallery to observe his own funeral.  You can get a peek at your send-off when you complete the advance directive “Five Wishes.”   With this legal document, you tell your family and doctor:  


what you want them to know (parting thoughts as well as details about the funeral or memorial service you want),  who should make health care decisions for you when you can't,  and the medical treatment you want in your last days.  


Join us on Tuesday, June 10 at 4 p.m. to talk about advanced directives with Cynthia Wolff, RN, BA, MSHSA from Yolo Hospice.  Attendees will receive their own free “Five Wishes” booklets. 


Space is limited.  Call 866-572-7587 to reserve a seat.  

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4/2 - Solve the Mystery: Do You Know Any of these 1950's Bookworms
By Ann Miller

1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

March 12, 2014

CONTACT: Ann Miller, 707-784-1506;


Calling all amateur sleuths and family historians: Solano County Library needs your help in identifying these young readers.


Solano County Library turns 100 this year, and in examining its archival photographs, found these shots of children visiting its traveling branch somewhere in the county. Clues are scant, but long before the era of point-and-click book delivery, the Library offered mobile branch service to the communities of Bird’s Landing, Collinsville, and Pleasants Valley among others. The design of the vehicle and the children’s clothing suggests that these photographs were taken sometime in the early 1950s.


The Library will host a 100th Birthday Celebration from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on April 5 at 601 Texas Street in Fairfield. Now the site of the Solano County Events Center, the historic building housed the county library from 1931 through 1976.


Formal recognition will run from 9 10:30 a.m., family entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. Along with circus acts, musical performances, rocket launching and a number of other activities scheduled for the library’s birthday party, a selection of vintage photos marking a century of service will be displayed. Putting names to these young faces would help bring history alive for the generations that followed.


These little bookworms are likely grandparents now, but the Library hopes that you can help identify them. Please contact Ann Miller, the Library’s Community Relations Coordinator at 784-1506 if you can provide information about this photograph.

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3/25 - Solve the Mystery: Do you know any of these 1915 library bookworms?
By Ann Miller

March 12, 2014


CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; 


Solano County Library turns 100 this year, and in examining its archival photographs, discovered this shot of the very first storytime the library presented in 1915.  The location should be familiar to Fairfield residents—it was taken in front of the old county courthouse, which was the first home of the newly formed Solano Count y Library.  It soon moved to a room in the new Armijo High School until a fire in ravaged the building in 1929.  The library found temporary quarters in Suisun City’s American Legion building (now the Fairfield-Suisun Veterans Memorial Building) until a permanent location was opened in 1931 at the corner of Texas and Union streets in Fairfield, where it served the public until 1976.     That building currently houses the County Events Center, where the Library will host a fun-packed 100th Birthday Celebration on April 5.  The formal portion of the celebration runs from 9-10:30 a.m., family fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.


These little storytime pioneers have most likely passed on, but the Library hopes that you can help identify some of them.  Along with circus acts, musical performances, rocket launching and a number of other activities scheduled for the library’s birthday party, a selection of vintage photos marking a century of service will be displayed.  Putting names to these young faces would help bring history alive for the generations that followed.  Please contact Ann Miller, the Library’s Community Relations Coordinator at 784-1506 if you can provide information about this photograph.

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3/24 - From the Printed Page to the Digital Age: 100 Years of Solano County Library
By Ann Miller

March 19, 2014 




CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; 




   “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is an adage as true as it is common. As the community looks back on 100 years of the Solano County Library the innovative spirit of those first intrepid librarians and library supporters is echoed in the tech-centric world of libraries today.  


   Like their forbears, present-day librarians work hard to bring the gift of reading and lifelong learning to the communities they serve. With storytimes at the mall, a library at juvenile hall, and a dizzying array of library programs from knitting circles to health insurance for kids, they are following in the footsteps of their librarian ancestors. In the early days of the Solano County Library, unwavering librarians brought books and even food to far-flung residents, music education to one-room schools, and reading materials written in German to war prisoners at Mare Island.  


   By 1920, a mere six years after the Board of Supervisors established it, the Solano County Library had eight branches and served 49 schools. Although Vacaville and Vallejo had their own libraries, the Solano Library worked with both of them, as well as the libraries in Benicia and Dixon. The early cooperation between those libraries is echoed by the current SNAP (Solano, Napa, and Partners) consortium which shares books, a catalog, and databases.   


   Books and reading are synonymous with libraries, but so too is a long legacy of adopting technology as a means to bring people and information together. Today, librarians navigate expensive licensing requirements to bring downloadable books, and the devices on which they are read, to their patrons. Early librarians were equally committed to keeping up with technology, introducing phonograph records in 1918 and an early fax machine in 1968.  


   For ten decades the Solano County Library has remained committed to making reading and information accessible, in formats that people can understand. Clara Dills, Solano County’s first librarian, borrowed books in Italian from the California State Library to bring to Collinsville, an Italian fishing village on the Sacramento River, because “none of the adults were able to read in any but their own language.”  Solano County Library’s vigorous Adult Literacy Program celebrates 20 years this year, and is dedicated to helping English and non-English speakers learn to read and write.   


   Libraries have long enjoyed support due to their ability to adapt to the needs of their communities. In 1944 it was a Victory Branch  in a Vallejo apartment building.The branch, like the apartments, sprung into existence to meet the influx of defense workers at Mare Island. In 1950, pamphlets entitled “How to Survive an Atomic Attack” were distributed at the library, answering a question that reverberated at a time when Hiroshima was only five years past.  The year 1983 brought coin-operated computers and, over 13 years ago, the first electronic books. Now the Library offers a wide variety of online resources, including free car schematics, on-demand tutors, and museum passes, along with 8 locations for study, meetings, and free access to computers and Wi-Fi. By staying in touch with the needs, wants and aspirations of the people of Solano County, the library plans to stay relevant for the next 100 years. 


   The support that libraries have enjoyed, from the first women’s groups that lobbied them into existence to the widespread voter support evidenced by the 80% “yes” vote for the 1/8th of cent sales tax in 2012, can be credited to an almost constant adjustment of library services to the needs of the communities it serves.    An anniversary party at the Solano County Events Center at 601 Texas Street in Fairfield, on April 5, 2014 kicks off a year of celebrating 100 years of libraries in Solano County.  


April 5, 2014  

Solano County Events Center (1931 Library), 601 Texas Street, Fairfield CA 


9:00 a.m. 

Tony Wade  

Master of Ceremonies


Linda Seifert  

Chair, Solano County Board of Supervisors


Gerry Maginnity  

Acting California State Librarian  


Mike Perkins  

Children’s Librarian  


Velma Benson,  

Literacy Learner 


10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 

• Reception, Library Card Sign-ups, Tech Demonstra­tions and Book Giveaways 

• Keith Stout and his Alive Music Orchestra 

• Nikolas Strubbe’s Circus Acts, Storytelling and Deeds of Daring  

• Rocket Launching with Lawrence Hall of Science Inventors Lab  

• Crafts and Tattoos for Kids 


Upcoming Events 

April 9 • 3-4 pm John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo 

Leo Cavanaugh Concert 


April 14 • 7 pm Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive  

100 Things in Your Suitcase? Pack Like a Pro    


April 23 • 3:30-4:30 Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky Street  

Anniversary Presentation:  Magical Moonshine’s “Puppylocks and the Three Bears”   


June 14 Suisun City Library’s Birthday Party, 601 Pintail Drive   


July 8 • 7 pm Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center,  1020 Ulatis Drive 

Anniversary Party For Families: Don O’Brien’s Magical Science    


August 8 10:30 am & 1 pm Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive 

100th Anniversary Party, Birthday Cake & Wild Things Animal Show  


August 20 Springstowne Library, 1003 Oakwood Avenue, Vallejo  

Birthday Party   


September 8 • 8-5 Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield

Library Literacy Services Anniversary   


October 10-12 Rio Vista Library at the Bass Festival Parade 

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8/28 - A Free Library Card Key to Student Success
By Ann Miller

A Free Library Card Key to Student Success 


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public libraries join in a national effort each fall to ensure that every child has a library card. 


Whether a student wants to research a political issue, get help with a math problem or use a free computer, a library card is the key. In addition to borrowing books, students can search eight databases of journal articles and connect with “on demand” tutors from Library cards are free with photo identification and proof of address. A copy of a birth certificate can be used for children without photo identification.   


Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school. As California schools adopt the nationwide common core standards, public libraries become even more important.  “Inquiry-based learning and critical thinking are at the very heart of what public libraries do. You can’t spoon feed knowledge. We give people the tools to learn and make up their own minds.  ” said Solano County Library’s spokesperson, Ann Miller. 


For children who might be blocked from using their library card due to overdue materials in the past, Solano County Library offers Read Away Fines.  Children get credit toward their library late charges by reading in the library. “We understand that getting library materials back on time is not always in a child’s control. We don’t want late charges to stand between a child and a book,” said Miller.  

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8/13 - "World's Largest Newstand" Now Free Through Library Website
By Ann Miller

August 13, 2013 




CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506;






Solano County Library card holders can now access over 90 magazines, cover to cover, and free on their computer or mobile device.  The lineup of magazines includes Rolling Stone, Forbes, and Newsweek as well as special interest magazines such as Gluten Free Living, Road and Track and Inked.  Zinio, a proprietary database subscribed to by the eight-branch library system was awarded Best New Database in 2012 by Library Journal.   


Two account setups and log-ins are required: the first enables checkout of the magazine, the second enables a personal library of checked out magazines for streaming or offline reading. “Once registered and logged in, the interface is pretty easy. The best thing is that no return is necessary,” said Lynne Williams, the Library’s deputy director for public services.   


Magazines can be viewed on a computer, smart phone, and tablet and there is no limit to the number that can be checked out. Users can even choose to have a magazine “delivered” when the latest issue is published. Readers can either navigate through the magazine by clicking links in the table of contents or browsing the magazine one page at a time. “From Family Handyman to Shape, from Kiplinger’s to Marie Claire, there’s something for everyone with this database,” said Williams.  

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6/20 - Solano County Library Now Lending Google Laptops
By Ann Miller

June 20, 2013 




CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; 






Solano County Library users can now borrow Google Chromebook laptops for free. All branches except the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo are lending the light, fast, inexpensive computers.  John F. Kennedy will begin lending them when its consolidation project is completed later this summer.   


The  Library received 30 Chromebooks as part of a grant from the California State Library to help local libraries meet the demand for Internet access.  The Chromebooks connect to the Internet through wifi and must be used in the library. Cardholders can check them out at the customer service desks.  


“The devices are lightweight and their browsing is fast.  They are perfect for people who are working together in one of our study rooms,” said Lynne Williams, the Library’s deputy director for support services.  


Chromebooks are laptop computers that run completely in “the cloud,” the practice of storing computer files on servers, accessed through the Internet. No personal information or preferences are stored on the device making it a good fit for a lending laptop.  Users’ information such as emails, passwords, browser history, etc. is stored on Google’s remote servers rather than on the Chromebook.  A user can control the information that Google retains by following instructions on the screen.  


“When we piloted this project, the people who tested the Chromebooks found all sorts of ways to use them. They downloaded apps for creating presentations, discovering music, playing games and keeping in touch with family. They reported that the Chromebooks were user friendly;  they didn’t need much help to get started,” said Williams.

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3/19 - Library Offers Museum Passes with Discover and Go
By Ann Miller






Ann Miller, ; 707-784-1506  


March 11, 2013 




Solano residents now have access to free and low cost museum passes that can be downloaded and printed from their home computers. “The passes are a great low-cost way for families to do something together. They are also a way for us to share our unique Bay Area environment with visitors,” said Ann Miller, the Library’s community relations coordinator.  


Anyone with a library card can find the passes on the Programs page of  The passes range from family passes like the ones for Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum to group discounts for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Local museums are also getting into the act, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum offers free admission for up to five adults in a family (children under twelve are always free).  The passes are printed at home, no pickup or return is necessary. “The Library has always been a place for inspiration and education. The museum passes extend that inspiration and education beyond library walls,” said Miller.  


Discover and Go is made possible through a partnership with the Contra Costa County Public Library.  Participating museums determine the amount of discounts and the number of passes they make available. A full list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on the   


The following is a list of participating museums: 

Aquarium of the Bay 

Bay Area Discovery Museum   

The Beat Museum 

Bedford Gallery 

California Historical Society 

Cartoon Art Museum 

Charles M. Schulz Museum 

Contemporary Jewish Museum 


GLBT History Museum 

Habitot Children’s Museum 

The Lace Museum 

Lawrence Hall of Science 

Lindsay Wildlife Museum 

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life 

The Marine Mammal Center 

Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment 

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)   

Napa Valley Museum    

Oakland Aviation Museum 

Oakland Museum of California 

Pacific Pinball Museum 

Palo Alto Art Center 

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park 

The Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 

The Tech Museum of Innovation 

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley     

USS Hornet Museum 

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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1/13 - LEARN Sponsorship Boosts Children's Literacy in Solano
By Dilenna Harris

Jan 11, 2013


PRESS RELEASE For immediate publication


Contact: Dilenna Harris





LEARN Sponsorship boosts Children’s Literacy in Solano 


Efforts to increase children’s literacy in Solano County got a big boost with more than $8,500 in contributions from local businesses. 


The Literacy in Education Access Resource Network (LEARN) received grants of $3,000 each from Comcast and Kaiser Permanente. Combined with a $2,500 sponsorship from Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region; enhancing its efforts to stem the dropout rate in local schools. 


LEARN is a partnership between Solano County Library, business and civic leaders, school districts, youth organizations, non-profits and other agencies. 


 “This partnership has significant resources to help reduce the school dropout rate, said Dilenna Harris, Executive Director of Solano County Library Foundation. “We are thrilled to receive the support of these major businesses as we increase literacy and technology skills for Solano County students.” 


Ken Maxey, Government Affairs Director for Comcast, noted, “We are committed to our Internet Essentials program to bridge the digital divide for students and families and Solano County Library Foundation and LEARN have been very supportive of this program.” 


Solano Kids Read,, Family, Adult and Children’s Literacy Programs, as well as the nationally recognized pediatric program, Reach Out and Read, are some of the organization’s initiatives. 


For more information about the LEARN program, or the foundation, visit or call (707) 421-8075.

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