Oakland libraries imperiled by budget cuts

from SFGate.com [San Francisco Chronicle]

“Next summer Oakland could lose as many as six to eight of its libraries, though it’s too soon to tell which branches might end up on the chopping block. Funded partly by the city’s general fund and partly by Measure Q—a parcel tax issued in 2004 to expand library services and add a sixth day of service at all library branches—the Oakland Public Library could face a $2.5-3.5 million deficit in July 2015, nearly a 10% drop in its total budget.”


Technology improvements planned for historic South San Francisco library building

from the San Francisco Examiner

“A nearly century-old library building in South San Francisco is planned to undergo renovations to improve its accessibility and update its technology. A variety of upgrades have been proposed for the Grand Avenue Branch Library at the historic Andrew Carnegie building, built in 1917, with funding from the city and San Mateo County’s Measure A.”


Alameda County: Albany Library branch manager is replaced

from the Contra Costa Times

“Albany Library branch manager Deborah Sica has been transferred to another position within the Alameda County Library and replaced on an interim basis by Carolyn Moskovitz…Sica was named branch manager in Albany in September 2013, replacing longtime manager Ronnie Davis. She came under fire from some patrons and staff earlier this year over the weeding process at the library.”


World Series: SF, KC libraries engage in Dewey Decimal duel

from the San Jose Mercury News

“As it turns out, librarians can bring better trash talk than ‘Shush!’ On the eve of World Series Game 1 between the Giants and Royals, the San Francisco Public Library and its Kansas City counterpart engaged in a war of words on Twitter. And it’s clear the thesaurus got a workout.”


Elmo, insurers promote literacy in downtown Los Angeles

from the Insurance Journal

“More than 100 tykes, some crawling their way out of strollers, were noticeably tickled as they scrambled about the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, making their way to Sesame Street-themed coloring books or lining up to see a big, red furry Elmo character on Wednesday. ‘Every Day is Reading and Writing Day,’ a partnership with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and Sesame Street Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, was held at the library to motivate area parents and their children to talk, read and write together.”


San Bernardino Library to launch novel-writing project

from the San Bernardino Sun

“The kickoff for the San Bernardino City Library’s program for National Novel Writing Month will be held next Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th St., San Bernardino. The event, called NaNoWriMo, is in conjunction with The Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting creative expression. The goal for NaNoWriMo participants is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in November.”


Contra Costa County: Jazz greats on tap at San Ramon Library

from the Contra Costa Times

“It’s performance night and the stage is set with a black curtain backdrop, a grand piano, intimate lights and comfy seating for 120 people who are about to experience an up-close and personal evening with world-class musicians. Coffee and dessert will be served at intermission. A hip, new, local jazz club? No, it’s the San Ramon Public Library.”