Express library in Ventura opens to public without staff

From VC Star

” Two hours before Hill Road Library in Ventura opens for the day, patrons can go it alone.The newly opened branch is one of just a few libraries in the nation to offer “express hours,” allowing residents to use the library without staff present. Officials are piloting the idea to add operating hours at low cost and may expand the concept to other locations in the 12-branch Ventura County library system.The express service adds 12 hours of operation each week to the 40 that the Ventura library is normally open, up 30 percent. “It could really be a sea change for us in Ventura County because we do have limited staffing resources,” said Nancy Schram, director of the library system. She knows of only two other library systems in the nation that offer the express service, one in Georgia and the other in the Minneapolis area. But express hours are common in Europe, where the idea has been tried successfully for more than 10 years, she said.”


Sacramento: Libraries, Museums Honored For Service

From Oakdale Leader

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced that California’s Pretend City Children’s Museum, LA County Library, and Sacramento Public Library are among the 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.”

Tehama County: California students showcase rural communities through public murals

From Rural Schools Collaborative

” At California State University, Chico, students in Professor J Pouwels’ Public Art Murals course are learning about how to take their art skills to rural communities. “Art is the best way to understand a culture. The history of art closely parallels the history of human kind,” Pouwels said. “Working with our partners in the North State, we hope the murals we create will reflect the faces of those communities.”In addition to some local sites around Chico, the art students will design and paint murals for the communities of Corning, Los Molinos, and Oroville. Two of the murals will be in Tehama County library branches.Tehama County Librarian Todd Deck is very enthusiastic about the partnership. In February, he visited the murals class and talked with students about the county’s resources and its residents. A small group of students presented their proposed images to the class and they agreed upon one that would represent the community well. Deck says, “I believe that libraries are reflections of the communities they serve and the students in the class have embraced this. Although the work the class will be doing will make the physical space of the library more beautiful, ultimately this project is about celebrating and giving back to the community.”The image selected for the Corning site was designed by Studio Arts major, Ryan Ramos who also just happens to be from the small town.”

Recorded Books Adds All-You-Can-Watch Streaming Video Service for Libraries

From The Journal

” Binge-viewable video could be coming to a library near you. RBmedia, which owns Recorded Books, has released an unlimited streaming video service for libraries, as well as a new version of its app to allow patrons to access multiple content services, including the streaming shows.RBdigital, the specialized streaming video service, will give library users the chance to view videos from RBmedia’s licensed content in the same way they watch shows on Netflix. They’ll be able to watch as many shows as they like in a seven-day period while the library pays for a single checkout. According to the company, the unlimited license model will save libraries 75 percent compared to competitive services.”

Plumas County welcomes new Librarian Lindsay Fuchs

From Plumas County News

” Stopping by the Plumas County Library in Quincy for a friendly chat and to meet the brand new librarian, a surprising development pops up.“Please excuse me just a moment,” County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs says politely, temporarily leaving the desk inside her bright office tucked into a back corner of the comfortable building that is a key resource for residents and community organizations.An efficient staffer is at the door with a perplexed expression. She has a worn paperback novel in one hand and a stack of cash in the other.“I was sorting through the book donations and found this,” the employee tells her new boss, holding out the handful of bills.Fuchs is immediately on the problem, explaining that this sort of thing sometimes happens in community libraries because “people tuck all sorts of things into books and forget they’re there.”The ladies step away to work out a resolution. They have a lead on where the donation came from and will take it from there.”

Monterey County Free: Orquidea Olvera Named Library Journal’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year

From Cision PR WEB

” Monterey County Free Libraries’ (MCFL) Orquidea Olvera has been named LJ’s 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by DEMCO, Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin, recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians in providing excellent library service. Paralibrarians, or those working in libraries who do not hold the professional degree, make up the largest pool of employees in the field. Olvera will receive a $1,500 cash prize and is featured in Library Journal’s March 1, 2018 issue, available in print and online.”

Children interact with public service vehicles at Suisun library

From Daily Republic

“Children sat in police cars and tried pushing buttons, then ran to the recycling truck and climbed aboard to see how the view was from atop the vehicle.The first Touch a Truck event Saturday at the library attracted a lot of happy youngsters who got to learn about a few different jobs and touch vehicles normally reserved for grownups.Mayra Ochoa brought her children Sebastian, 4, and Jereni, 2, after hearing about the event from a friend.“My husband is working today and we didn’t have anything to do so I thought we would come out to this,” she said. “It’s neat because the kids get to check out a truck and learn about what they do.”David Currie, 7, of Fairfield, loved the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT truck.”