By Ann Miller

During the month of January, Solano County Library will be marking the passage of Measure L, the 1/8th of a penny sales tax that comprises almost a quarter of the library system’s funding.   Solano County Library operates libraries in Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo and Rio Vista. The balance of the library’s funding comes from property taxes (50%), reimbursement for services (23%) and fines and fees (2%).  Libraries in Benicia and Dixon also benefit from the fraction-of-a-penny tax. 


In 2012 an overwhelming majority (80%) of voters, chose to extend the 1/8th of a penny sales tax for libraries in Solano County, which was first passed in 1998.  “Keeping the promises of more books, more hours, and more services for youth was difficult during the recession years. But it was vital that we maintained services, especially during those very difficult times,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services.  


Since the original tax passed, Solano County Library branches are open 125% more hours, the budget for books and other formats has more than tripled, from $432,000 to $1,491,728 and programs for youth have increased by 166%. 


“Not only have we kept our original promises, we have expanded our services and have maintained them,” said Katz.  Since the original tax, the library operates three additional branches as well as robust collections of online services that can be accessed at any time.  Solano County Library branches also offer more than 100 programs each week for children, teens and adults.


“We did what we said we were going to do.  Now, with a new strategic plan in place we look forward to continuing to keep our promises and helping all Solano residents achieve success,” said Katz. 



Admission is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield-Suisun Libraries, Friends of the Rio Vista Library, Friends of the Vacaville Libraries and Friends of the Vallejo Public Library.


Rio Vista Library Community Potluck

Rio Vista Library- 44 S 2nd St, Rio Vista, CA 94571

Tues, Jan 9, 5-8 p.m.

Join us for get-together for the entire community. Bring in your favorite dish and enjoy the company.


My Words, My Music

Sat, Jan 13, 2-3 p.m.

Suisun City Library- 601 Pintail Dr., Suisun City, CA 94585

A one-hour show for all ages that features children’s books and poetry set to music, performed by a string trio of composers.  Everyone gets in the act for the grand finale with a spoken word and music piece created on the spot with audience participation.


mBot Battles

Thur, Jan 18, 4-5 p.m.

Sat, Jan 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Springstowne Library, Vallejo-1003 Oakwood Ave, Vallejo, CA 94591

Build your own small robot and attach a balloon. Find out who is the supreme battler by using a remote to pop one another's balloon! 


Olive Oil Tasting

Thurs, Jan 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Vacaville Public Library-Town Square- 1 Town Square, Vacaville, CA 95688

Learn about olives and share exquisite and delicious olive oils from Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company. The program is for ages 18 and up, and reservations are required. 1-866-572-7587

California Raptors

Tues, Jan 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  

Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center-1020 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville, CA 95687

Everyone is welcome to experience real, live raptors that can no longer live in the wild.  Learn what they can do and how to help them. 


Xtreme Science Magic

Wed, Jan 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  

Fairfield Cordelia Library -5050 Business Center Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

Get hooked on science with Don O'Brien in this fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations, and audience participation!


Dirty Cello

Sat, Jan 27, 2 -3 p.m.

John F. Kennedy, Vallejo-505 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA 94590

The unique, high-energy band, Dirty Cello, is set to perform at the John F. Kennedy Library.  Their style is an energetic interpretation of blues, bluegrass, and rock. 




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