Lafayette: How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

From Truth-Out

” More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn’t so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house. ”

Little library built for former gang members earns scout Eagle honors

From The Coast News Group

” Sixteen-year-old Carlsbad resident, Dylan Langer, readily admits he was in culture shock when he and his dad stepped off the Amtrak at L.A.’s Union Station, and took a short walk through a gritty neighborhood. Langer was there to pitch an idea to tattooed former gang members, some just out of prison, at the nearby Homeboy Industries.Langer, a junior at Carmel Valley’s Cathedral Catholic High School, was looking for an organization to serve for his Boy Scout Eagle project…Langer returned a few months later to place his hand-built library at the education center at Homeboy Industries, to an appreciative group. But he had an additional library that he built with some surplus funds and materials.”

Larkspur Library launches ‘Food for Fines’ program

From MarinIJ

” For the first time, the Larkspur Library is offering a “Food for Fines” program, in which library users who donate nonperishable foods during operating hours through Dec. 31 are relieved of some or all of their overdue library fees.To help support the Larkspur Library, the 10-branch Marin County Free Library is waiving fines for its patrons if they instead donate food to the Larkspur Library, which is housed within City Hall at 400 Magnolia Ave.The food — which doesn’t have to be the same value as the fines — will be donated to the SF-Marin Food Bank.”

Tulare County: Local libraries to lend more than books

From Porterville Recorder

” Tulare County Library and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) are collaborating to provide more than books to check out at the library. Patrons of County Branch Libraries can now check out electronic blood pressure kits to assist in keeping their high blood pressure under control. “Our Lifetime of Wellness Program supports the American Heart Association’s Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017,” Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County public health officer said. “We launched the program because self-monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in controlling hypertension — regular results can be shared with your primary care physician to better manage high blood pressure.” High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.”

Solano Library is wherever you are

From Daily Republic

” Solano County Library, in addition to its many programs at its branches, also conducts outreach in our communities. Staff frequently attends back-to-school, career, and county fairs, Earth Day events, early childhood conferences and visits our local classrooms, day cares and Head Start programs. Don’t be surprised if you see us around town. Fairfield Civic Center, Fairfield Cordelia and Suisun City library staff members have worked with teachers within the Fairfield-Suisun School District to provide library cards to its students. We frequently visit classrooms or have them visit us and become acquainted with our collections and resources.”

Calaveras County: Library founder Sally Tuttle passes at 86

From Calaveras Enterprise

” Sally Tuttle, a guiding light of the Calaveras County library system and the proud founder of the Dirty Book Club, died Wednesday at her home in Mokelumne Hill. She was 86…Before the Tuttles began their nationwide legal odyssey, Sally had established a lifelong love of books and libraries, which she put on hold until their return to Calaveras County in 1967. Before leaving, Sally Tuttle helped start the Friends of the Mokelumne Hill Library in 1962 and became its first president.“In was a major goal of mine to build a new library,” she said in a 2013 Enterprise interview.Her goal did not waver for 26 years. Largely thanks to Tuttle’s leadership and determination, a sparkling new state-of-art library opened in San Andreas in 1993. It was a $2.8 million, 15,000-square-foot monument to one woman’s devotion to books, libraries and learning. ”

Santa Clara County: New Library Resource ‘Ready Rosie’ Is Invaluable If You Have Little Ones

From Cupertino Patch

“Santa Clara County Library District’s newest online resource, is now available for free to all parents, caregivers and educators with a SCCLD library card or access to a SCCLD Library.Providing early education tips, resources and insights, Ready Rosie offers invaluable information that can help adults as they teach children new things through simple and easy strategies. Information found on Ready Rosie is available in both English and Spanish.”