Literature and Love: The Power of Bringing Social Workers to Libraries

From BeLatina

” Public libraries are the backbone of many communities. Not only do they provide free written materials for the community, but many of them also offer computer labs, wifi boxes, free events, educational programming, and soon they may even start offering connection to social workers. Libraries continue to remain one of the few truly free public spaces that allow anyone regardless of age, state of mind, or social economic background. In many financially disadvantaged neighborhoods, that also lack robust and safe after school programs for children, libraries often act like the de facto after school hangout and program for youth. Staff will often tailor programming that is engaging and entertaining for the young people however, many librarians are not trained to deal with youth – let alone the troubles they might be experiencing.”


Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

From The Reporter

“The opioid crisis has been a national issue since the late ’90s, and it has been a problem for many local communities in the past decade alone.Nancy Calvo, the coordinator for opioid abuse prevention program Drug Safe Solano, said recent data from the California Department of Public Health indicated that Solano County alone has been seeing higher prescription rates and individuals identified as having opioid abuse disorder in the last few years alone. Additionally, she said many who are dependent on opioids lack access to seek treatment.
“Nationally, we have an opioid crisis and that’s also happening in California,” she said. “It’s trickling down to the local levels, and Solano County is not immune.” To help provide awareness of the issue, Drug Safe Solano is hosting a series of presentations at county libraries, including two in Vacaville over the next two months. The presentations will cover what is happening with the issue both nationally and statewide, local statistics, showcase what other counties are doing to help people addicted to opioids, what to be aware of regarding prescriptions, referrals for more information and local resources.”

Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

Community Invited to Lompoc Youth Filmmaker Showcase

From Noozhawk

“The community is invited to attend the California Listens 2019 — Lompoc, Youth Filmmaker Showcase and watch films created by local youth, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.The festival is free to attend, and Certain Sparks Music will be leading a free ukulele class before the films are presented. Attending the film festival and cheering on the young filmmakers is an excellent way to help support local youth and art in the Lompoc Valley.Participating youth filmmakers created short films about Lompoc organizations that have impacted their lives, including Certain Sparks Music and the basketball program offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc. Other films feature personal stories about Lompoc families, fictional stories and film reviews.”

Orange County Zine Fest endorses creativity, imagination and authenticity

From Daily Titan

“All three levels of the Anaheim Central Library were filled with voices of local artists and authors in the form of zines, photography, stickers and pins thanks to the Orange County Zine Fest.One hundred forty-seven zine vendors tabled the event to share their creations with the community Saturday. In addition to panels, the OC Zine Fest also held a zine-making workshop.Zines are self-published magazines where the only limitation is one’s imagination. Zines can be created individually or as part of a collective. Zinesters can express themselves in any way they see fit. Los Angeles based artist, Heck Ketchup Co., showcased their artwork by inviting attendees to select a fortune out of a paper-mache donkey head.Sarah Rafael Garcia’s keynote address encouraged folks to take control of their own narratives in the form of zine making. Garcia began her address by paying homage to the late writer, Toni Morrison.“I’ll start with one of her quotes that will really set the tone for what we do here as writers and artists: ‘If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,’” Garcia said. Garcia is the founder of LibroMobile. The literary project’s goal is to build community and promote literacy. LibroMobile takes the form of a mobile bookstore located on Calle Cuatro in Santa Ana. While all types of books and zines are sold, LibroMobile focuses on sharing narratives with the community that are typically not included in mainstream publications.”

Orange County Zine Fest endorses creativity, imagination and authenticity

Fresno: Julie Marquez Kindrick, 1922-2019

From Tehachapi News

” Julie was born in a house, in the oilfields of east Bakersfield. She attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1940.
Her career working in the library profession began while at Bakersfield High School. Her educational career included graduations from Bakersfield Junior College, Fresno State, and the University of Denver in 1971 with a Master of Library Science degree.Then began her professional career as a librarian. Julie worked for the Kern County and the Fresno County libraries, from the East Bakersfield Baker Street Branch to the Fresno County Blind and Handicapped Services Library. She also worked at the Wasco Biofirm Special Library. Eventually, she joined the California Correctional system and worked at several prison libraries, finally retiring in 1989 from CCI in Tehachapi.Along the way she was considered one of the best librarians wherever she did her job and received many accolades from her peers and supervisors.”

Book Clubs, the Census, and the Five Es

From American Libraries Magazine

” Library staffers and advocates from across the country discussed big ideas for libraries in small and rural communities at the 2019 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, held September 4–7 in Burlington, Vermont.The 2020 Census will be important for all Americans, but for those who live and work in and care about rural communities and small towns, it will be critical, said Larra Clark, deputy director of the Public Library Association and deputy director of the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office. Census data will help determine government funding for rural development, infrastructure, and health initiatives, she noted.Rural communities are particularly at risk of being undercounted, said Burton Reist, chief of decennial communications at the US Census Bureau.”

Book Clubs, the Census, and the Five Es

Librarians Launch National Campaign to Oppose Macmillan’s Library E-book Embargo

From Publisher Weekly

“Librarians are making a direct plea to Macmillan CEO John Sargent: please listen to your readers and abandon plans to embargo new release e-books in libraries. That was the appeal delivered at an American Library Association press conference on September 11, held at the Nashville Public Library, coinciding with this week’s Digital Book World Conference.
“ALA’s goal is to send a clear message to Macmillan CEO John Sargent,” said ALA executive director Mary Ghikas, while announcing the launch of a new national library e-book advocacy campaign. “E-book access should be neither denied nor delayed. Our members are telling us their patrons want an easy way to join this movement and demand e-book access for all. We heard them, and today’s launch is the beginning of a public advocacy campaign in support of that. Libraries have millions of allies out there. And we’re inviting them to take action.” So far, that action includes two rather modest initiatives, unveiled on Wednesday.”