California: State funds available for adult literacy program

from the Visalia Times-Delta

“The Tulare County adult literacy program may get additional funding from the state. Earlier this week, the California State Library announced there is $2 million available for local libraries with adult literacy programs. The funds, made available by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature, will target libraries that lost literacy programs when state funding tightened up in recent years.”

UCSD’s Geisel Library to celebrate new Dr. Seuss book

from the Times of San Diego

“A celebration of the launch of the latest Dr. Seuss book will take place Tuesday at UC San Diego‘s Geisel Library, school officials announced Thursday.’What Pet Should I Get?’ is scheduled to be released that day by Random House. The story is based on materials found two years ago in a box at the La Jolla home of Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel, who wrote the children’s classics ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ … UCSD announced earlier this week that Audrey Geisel donated $3 million to help pay for renovations on three floors of the library. University officials hope that work will begin on the project next spring.”

Discover a trove of Hollywood treasures at the Motion Picture Academy Library

from National Public Radio

“Summer blockbuster season is upon us. Dinosaurs, little yellow minions, an ant-man, all vying for our hard-earned entertainment dollars. But if you’re looking for gentler thrills, try the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills. There, you can poke through artifacts from the movies’ Golden Years.”

Spoke & Word bike takes S.F. library to the streets

from the San Francisco Chronicle

“No one knew what to make of the strange-looking bike on the corner of 24th and Bartlett streets. It was parked outside of the San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch on a windy Saturday afternoon. A sleek blue trailer — equipped with spinning pinwheels and rainbow flags — was attached. Orange balloons were tied to its handlebars. Effervescent bubbles floated from a bubble machine.”

Oakland Public Library begins toy lending program

from the Contra Costa Times

“The Oakland Public Library is now lending toys designed for children up to six years old, library officials said Friday. Toys are available at all library branches and at the main library at 125 14th St. Patrons can check out up to two toys for three weeks and renew them once, library officials said.”