Santa Cruz downtown library promotes new veterans information center

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” Bowen, 74, is one of six volunteers who have helped staff the library’s new Veterans Information Center in the past two months. The veteran-centric space is designed to connect veterans and their families with local, state and federal resources on education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits. Some 25 veterans have been directly benefitted since its “soft opening” in December, librarian and Veterans Resource Center program director David Addison said.On Thursday, library officials along with partner veteran service organizations hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and networking for the new resource center.”

Stanislaus County library provides incredible services, due entirely to an eighth-cent sales tax

From The Modesto Bee

” This month is Library Lovers Month.Now, aren’t you happy you have discovered this little-known fact?Actually, every month should be Library Lovers Month. Our Stanislaus County Free Library is a true treasure, in every sense of the word. And yes, it is totally free.Approximately 415,000 county residents have library cards. The collection of books and periodicals totals nearly 700,000. The “extra” programs available are amazing and extensive.The average patron likely is not aware of many of these perks. Here are just a few.Reserving books online is a snap. Just a couple of clicks and the desired book comes right to your local branch. It is like having your own bookstore … just order and wait.The Cloud Library App gives access to an extensive collection of ebooks available for reading on a variety of hand-held devices. As in regular book circulation, they may be checked out for 21 days, but there is no danger of being overdue and paying a fine. At the end of Day 21, the book magically disappears and goes back to the library archives.I like this app because I travel extensively, and carrying a couple of books in my backpack was always a nuisance. Plus, you can download anywhere you have Wi-Fi access, so you can check out another book whether you’re in Modesto or Mongolia.”

Woodland Library developing master plan

From Daily Democrat

“A series of meetings and other events have been scheduled by Woodland Library Services Director Greta Galindo as part of the development of a Facility Master Plan.
Galindo reported the process is designed to gather information “to shape a long-term master plan for its facility to guide how the library can best serve its community for future generations.
“The Library anticipates that the Facility Master Plan will form the foundation of a future building program for the expansion and/or renovation of the existing library to meet the community’s learning needs, abilities, demographics, and changes in technology,” Galindo stated. “The facility master planning process will assess the current state of facilities; analyze community and library use demographics; create a common vision based on community input; and consider new library service possibilities.”

Merced County: This isn’t exactly your grandparents’ library

From Los Banos Enterprise

“Is this your grandfather’s library? The answer to that question, a paraphrase of a car commercial tagline, is “no.” And “yes.”There are so many new things happening at the Los Banos public library, persons of earlier generations might not recognize it. Besides brighter colors, newer furniture, current books and upgraded computers, the library has children’s programs, young adult programs, Lego Time, Movie Time, puppet and bubble shows, and the most recent addition, a Veterans Connect Center.Meanwhile, the library provides everything it did for previous generations: a wide variety of books for children and adults, magazines, local and regional newspapers, and library professionals providing friendly help behind the circulation counter.For people like me, a grandfather who has fond memories of libraries going back seven decades, the Los Banos branch of the Merced County Library (on Seventh Street near Pacheco Boulevard) is still my library.”

Tulare County: Farmersville library set to open in spring

From Visalia Times-Delta

“The city of Farmersville received a special Valentine’s Day gift in the form of a library on Tuesday.The Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a three-year agreement with the city to staff and operate its long-awaited library. The agreement will permit the city to use a portion of its Community Development Block Grant to pay for a librarian from the county to staff the library.“We couldn’t be more excited that this project, which is near and dear to so many in our city, has come to fruition,” said Councilman Greg Gomez. “It represents the work of so many years of determination to provide better for our kids.”Gomez was at Tuesday’s meeting and thanked Darla Wegener, the county librarian, and those who have worked with the city and county to make the library possible.”

Rohr exhibit revisits industry that shaped Chula Vista

From The San Diego Union Tribune

“Better. Faster. Cheaper.”That was Fred “Pappy” Rohr’s motto for manufacturing airplane parts, and it saturated Chula Vista from the early 40s through the 90s.His business, Rohr Aircraft Company, played a major role in U.S. military aviation in WWII, and it changed the face of the city.By 1945, the company employed nearly 10,000 people in its 67 buildings on 162 acres along the Chula Vista bayfront from G Street to J Street.More than 70 years later, Rohr’s life’s work is being honored in an exhibit at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, which is housed in the Civic Center library on F Street.”

Santa Monica Hires New Library Director

From Santa Monica Lookout

” After a half-year search, the City of Santa Monica has hired the librarian of Yolo County as its new library director, City officials confirmed this week.
Patricia Wong will start her new job March 6, said Debbie Lee, the City’s Chief Communications Officer.Wong served as Yolo County’s librarian for nine years.”