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Cotati Heart & Soul by Deborah Taylor-French

All You Need is Love.

But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

Feb 1, 2019
by Deborah Taylor-French


As for a little chocolate, a new medical study finds chocolate coats the throat better than cough drops. So, add a little high-quality chocolate to your cold recovery. Note: This does not include commercial candy bars, which have little chocolate and tons of sugar). I have a new favorite Simply Lite Dark Chocolate. without sugar. 

What’s the tallest building in the world?

The Library because it has the most stories.

We have dozens and dozens of reasons to love our library in Sonoma County. If you look closely at your local branch your eyebrows may jump due to a trove of updated services. I will name a few beyond paperback and hardback books. Of course, our libraries have a growing number of eBooks but did you know they have loanable video games? A new to me is access to classic movies through Kanopy, a downloadable app. Did you know librarians run monthly book clubs and provide the books and meeting rooms? You may borrow movies, television shows, and a variety of music CDs. Please read their events calendar online or at your local branch for music, visual arts, teens, and children’s events. 

Do you know the library keeps a wealth of helpful printed, free materials?Go to any Sonoma County Library Reception Desk to request an updated California Driver Handbook. English as a second language learners will find tutors and a free monthly news bulletin with current events. Minus the fake news. Last but not least, I love the used book sales our Friends of the Libraries run. Cotati and Rohnert Park book hounds haunt the bookshop resale shop. Guilty of buying books I already have, in order to gift them to my writer and reading pals. 

Dogs, Books and Kids

A popular and longstanding event, Read to a Dog happens every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Rohnert Park Cotati Branch of the S.C. Library.

Speaking of Dogs, Get Them Back Home 

The Get Them BH campaign includes FREE pet ID tags plus a backup microchip. These essential and valuable products are available to all residents of Rohnert Park Cotati at our Rohnert Park Animal Shelter.

Love Your Dog Valentines Contest

Enter free by signing up for our contest. Your email signup makes you eligible to win a copy of Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries, and more. Also, enter our first Dog Leader Mysteries, Dog of the Month Contest. Your dog may be featured for 30 days, plus be entered in our Dog of the Year Contest. Prizes for Dog of the Year to be announced. Enter by filling in our blog’s Contact Me page. Tell us the name of your dog, your dog’s age, mention his or her breed or mixed breed, adopted? yes or no, and skills or talents. After we receive your entry, we will reply with an email address to send your dog’s photo or photos.It’s easy and FREE.

Parent’s Night Out, February 15, 5:00 to 10:00 PM

Need to go shopping or a little rest and relaxation without the children? Maybe even a night out? While you enjoy an evening out or in, your children will have dinner, play games, make arts and crafts, and see a movie. All activities are provided by trained and experienced city staff. Fee: $35 Location: Thomas Page Classroom

Sweetheart's Fairytale Dance Happens, Saturday, February 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Parents to bring a child to dance. Dress up encouraged. See the City of Cotati Events webpage for more information, price, and tickets. 

Stray Thoughts on Love

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. — Agatha Christie

Please write to me. I love my readers.



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