Solano County Library Foundation

Supporting Literacy in Solano County

The 2019 Authors Luncheon is on Sunday, November 3


Mark your calendar  to attend our Annual Authors Luncheon on Sunday, November 3 at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano. 

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2019 Authors Luncheon presentations



Cotsakos and McCulloch are associated with Mutasian Entertainment, a children’s entertainment company Suzanne co-founded. They wrote and produced the award-winning children’s book series, Mutasia including: Land of Illogical and Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley’s New Favorite Food, The Nib Book, and Figley’s Search for The Perfect Pet, amongst others. 

Cotsakos is also an actor and has performed sketch and improv all over Los Angeles as well as performing bi-monthly in the long-form improv show, Bad Date. She holds a BA in Theater Arts from Pepperdine University and a BFA in Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University. 

McCullogh also is an award winning clay animator whose animations have screened at numerous film festivals and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as well as aired on HBO. He has produced an educational film for the partnership for a Drug Free America as well as environmental commercials in Northern California.

Sherri L. Smith


Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Award Gold Medalist for Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award Winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy, The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Her books appear on multiple state reading lists and have been listed as Amelia Bloomer American Library Association Best Books for Young People and Junior Library Guild selections. Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?, published as part of the popular bestselling Who Was? book series. Her next novel, The Blossom and the Firefly, due out in February 2020, explores the romance between two teens during World War II.



In her first two novels, The Garden of Small Beginnings (2017) and Other People’s Houses (2018), Abbi Waxman tackled widowhood, grief, and infidelity with wicked honesty and irrepressible humor. Both stories were filled with endearing characters that felt plucked from real life. While on a state book tour she met an incredible group of “California Girls”, young, female booksellers who were the inspiration for The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (2019). Following a smart, quirky millennial bookseller whose insular, carefully plotted life goes awry when she discovers a whole new extended family she never knew she had, this novel may feature her most lovable narrator yet. Abbi is a warm, wickedly funny writer who has been praised as “your new favorite wry writer” by the Daily Beast.



Eileen Rendahl is the national-bestselling and award-winning author of the popular paranormal Messenger series and Chick Lit novels (romantic suspense and cozy mysteries) under the nom de plumes:  Eileen Carr, Kristi Abbott, and Lillian Bell.  Although Rendahl started writing for the worst of reasons (she thought it would be easy!) she has spent years working on her craft. Rendahl’s first novel with a major New York publisher was a double finalist for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Rita Award, as well as a finalist for the National Readers' Choice Award. Her work has won the Lories Award, the Beacon Award and the National Reader’s Choice Award. 



  Allison Hopelain is the owner and general manager of The Kebabery in Oakland.  Previously she was the co-owner of Camino with her husband-business partner-chef Russell Moore for over 10 years until it closed in December 2018. She made the transition into the restaurant world in 2006 at Zuni Café in San Francisco. There, Gilbert Pilgram and Judy Rodgers mentored her to the restaurant business from the inside out. Prior to that she co-owned a landscaping company that specialized in the design, installation and maintenance of organic residential gardens in the East Bay for seven years. 

Russell Moore is the owner and Culinary Director of The Kebabery in Oakland.  For 10 years he was the chef and co-owner of Camino with his wife Allison Hopelain. Camino was known for its daily changing all organic menu and its giant fireplace where most of the food was cooked. For the 20 years prior to Camino Russ cooked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, for the last eleven years he was the chef and produce buyer for Chez Panisse Cafe.

Welcome, library supporter!

The mission of the Solano County Library Foundation is to support the programs of the Solano County Library and the literacy and lifelong learning needs of the community it serves. Since its establishment in December 1994, the Foundation has raised more than 4 million dollars.

Solano County Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID # 68-0342423.

Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation


The Solano County Library Foundation received $10,000 from Board of Directors member, Dr. Ash Varma in support of Reach Out And Read. Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.


Solano County Women History Luncheon Committee Names Women of the Year


Pati Navalta, author and anti-gun violence advocate is the 2019 Woman of the Year

In 2017, Navalta created the Robby Poblete Foundation in honor of her son, Robby, who was killed by gun violence in Vallejo in 2014. The nonprofit’s mission is to reduce gun violence through its gun buyback program, and transform the weapons into instruments of hope and opportunity through its art and vocational programs. In just under two years, the foundation has succeeded in getting nearly 1,000 firearms out of circulation, launched its Art of Peace program, which transforms the guns into art, in five cities, and has distributed more than $20,000 in apprenticeship scholarships to people from at-risk and high-risk populations. 

We ReachEd Our Matching Grant Goal!


Thanks to all of you who generously donated to help us reach our goal.

 Your donations during this matching grant period and throughout the year help us to continue to support literacy activities in Solano County.

Help Support Literacy

Help us build and strengthen these programs  that support literacy in Solano County:

  • Reach out and Read
  • Adult Literacy

Solano County Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID # 68-0342423.

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