South San Francisco Only City in Bay Area Chosen to Offer Spanish Literacy Program

From South San Francisco Patch

” The South San Francisco Public Library was selected as one of twenty libraries across California to join a pilot program – Leamos @ the Library. Leamos, translated as Let’s Read @ The Library, is a literacy program aimed at helping native Spanish speakers improve their reading and writing in Spanish.”When native Spanish speakers are taking English classes, they encounter difficulty when their primary language skills are minimal,” said Marta Bookbinder, South San Francisco Literary Services Coordinator. “By offering this program to our residents, it will increase their native language literacy, which will reduce the difficulty of learning English in the long run.”The pilot program is supported by a grant awarded by the James Irvine Foundation to Centro Latino to explore partnerships with public libraries.””

Anaheim: 2 library sites back on books

From The Orange County Register

“After 40 years of operation, the Euclid and Sunkist branches of the Anaheim Library will reopen later this month with a new look.The two popular libraries will soon welcome readers again after going through $1.5 million in renovations – the first they’ve had since opening in 1976.Renovations for both branches began earlier this year and include a sleek, colorful, modern interior design, better network connections, improvements in accessibility for the disabled and new restrooms.The Euclid branch will feature 24 new computers, a tech lab, children’s study room, group tables and space for events such as summer reading programs, music and dance performances.”

SC Public Libraries Seeks Community Input

From Times Publishing Group

” The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) announced a series of meetings to be held at each branch library to obtain community input on an updated strategic plan.“In current public library research and practice, we have found that the most effective strategic plans begin with the community, not in the library,” stated Janis O’Driscoll, Manager of System Services.Library Director Susan Nemitz will facilitate the community meetings as roundtable conversations with community members to determine shared priorities, passions, and values with an eye toward where the library fits in.”

SC Public Libraries Seeks Community Input at Public Meetings

Ray Bradbury Inducted into California Library Hall of Fame

From South Pasadena Review

” During October and December, the South Pasadena Public Library is showcasing a display called “Ray Bradbury in South Pasadena.”Exhibited are some of the Bradbury rarities that have been donated for the library’s Ray Bradbury Conference Room collection, as well as some photos of Bradbury and many others during many of the Bradbury events at the library and the Fremont Centre Theatre.The display celebrates a recent announcement by the California Library Association that world renowned author Ray Bradbury (1920 to 1912) has been inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame. During his lifetime, Bradbury was awarded an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2004 National Medal of Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.”

Ray Bradbury Inducted into California Library Hall of Fame

The Banning library is how old?

From The Press Enterprise

“Banning Library District is turning 100, and a celebration to mark the centennial is being planned for Oct. 22.No word yet on whether party goers will have to use their inside voices.While the history of the library and its locations and collections will be at the forefront of presentations and displays, it is the people who have patronized the library over the years that have kept it a viable community criterion.”

South San Francisco: South City to celebrate renovated Grand Library during grand opening

From San Mateo Daily Journal

“Inclement weather is unlikely to dampen the spirits of the South San Francisco community during a celebration recognizing the grand opening of the city’s recently renovated downtown library.Residents, officials and others are set to come together Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Grand Avenue library, 306 Walnut Ave., to honor the reopening of the facility under construction for roughly the past year.The $3.1 million project included building a 1,171-square-foot patio, an outdoor seating area and new bathrooms, adding improved technology, as well as a variety of structural fixes, according to library director Valerie Sommer.”

San Diego County: Del Mar Library celebrates 20 years in permanent home

From The Coast News Group

“Since its establishment more than a century ago, the Del Mar Library has been located in private homes, a former liquor store, a now-defunct seafood restaurant and a “temporary” trailer.It wasn’t until 1996 that it found a permanent home in the original St. James Catholic Church on Camino del Mar.Patrons young and old celebrated that 20-year milestone during an Oct. 8 event that included musical entertainment, face painting, balloon-animal making and of course, cake.The library opened in 1914 in the home of E.J. Hindle, who served as the first librarian, before relocating to a store and then, in 1924, to the house of author Lee Shippey on the bluff north of Eighth Street.For more than 50 years it continued to move around town. In 1977 it was temporarily moved to a trailer in the City Hall parking lot, where it remained for 20 years.”