Kern County: Library closure, water planning and pot growing law on agenda

from the Bakersfield Californian

“Supervisors could vote to close the Kernville Library. The branch has been closed for repairs since winter storms caved in the ceiling of the rented space and, according to Library Director Nancy Kerr, is not critical to covering the Kern River Valley where two other library branches are located.”

Pension changers’ new term: ‘crowd-out’

from the Sacramento Bee

“The next buzzword in California’s episodic public pension debate: ‘crowd-out.’ As in, ‘California Crowd-Out: How Rising Retirement Benefit Costs Threaten Municipal Services.’ It’s the title of a new report [by Stephen Eide] issued by the conservative Manhattan Institute…Fewer cops on the street? Local park lawn a mess? Local library hours cut? Blame crowd-out, Eide says.”

MOCHA brings free art education to Oakland libraries through LEAP

from the San Jose Mercury News

“The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) offers free weekly art workshops as part of the Library Education and Art Program (LEAP) at various Oakland public library branches on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.”

Santa Clara: Northside Library prom time travels to the 80s

from the Santa Clara Weekly

“At the Northside Library on April 25, prom goers immersed in musical and cinematic nostalgia. They danced to 80s hits, such as Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “September,” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” in front of a projector screen airing clips from old movies like “Back to the Future.” Over 80 people went to the library’s adults–only Northside 80’s Prom, a fundraiser which raised about $1,300.”

Material from California Digital Library’s Calisphere digital archive now accessible on DPLA

from LJ Infodocket

“Researchers are now able to explore Calisphere’s incredible collection of digital primary sources within the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This month, the CDL successfully shared more than 225,000 metadata records from Calisphere from UC libraries and over 120 other libraries, archives and museums in California with DPLA. In addition, another 112,000 from the collections of the San Francisco and Los Angeles public libraries were shared as part of a pilot to grow the number of California contributions.”

Fresno County, Fresno State libraries to host grant workshops

from the Fresno Bee

” The Fresno County Public Library and Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library will host four workshops on grants and foundations this month. The sessions, which will be led by Sarah Jo Neubner, training coordinator at the Foundation Center in San Francisco, will give insight on the funding process for nonprofits.