Starting on Monday, May 1, the Sonoma Valley 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.com and 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 Lear at 545-0831 or director@sonoma.lib.ca.us. Keep up with all library events at sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, facebook.com/sonomavalleylibrary.