It is representative government, as custodian of our tax dollars, that funds the commons. Civic engagement is a key part of a sustainable economy, as only engagement builds public awareness and the political pressure required for responsive government. For three long years, Sonoma County’s 11 libraries have been closed Mondays and evenings as a result of an unprecedented 25% cutback in hours. Attendance has plummeted by 32%. Sonoma County per capita funding is one-third of the funding in Marin and San Francisco Counties. How do we combine 21st century web tools with grassroots volunteer efforts to sustain and grow our vital commons, like libraries, which are at the heart of our thriving community?