Standoff Ends Peacefully At John Steinbeck Library

From Watsonville Patch

“A standoff in a Salinas library Thursday between police and man with possible mental health issues ended peacefully after more than four hours.Officers with the Salinas Police Department responded Thursday to the John Steinbeck Library on a report of a man with a gun in his waistband.”

Free Blogging Classes for Teens Offered at Oceanside Library

From Oceanside Patch

” Students in grades sixth through 12th are invited to join other teens for a series of two free blogging classes to be offered at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 21 at the Mission Branch Library, 3861-B Mission Ave. in Oceanside.WordPress instructor Sara Ohara will teach about creating and maintaining a blog as way to express oneself, share extracurricular activities and accomplishments, reach other people who share the same interests and even to get into the college of one’s choice.”

Newport Beach Public Library is latest to launch high school diploma program for adults

The Orange County Registrar

” Since launching last week, two people have already applied to participate in a state library initiative to help adults obtain a high school diploma and career certificate by completing online courses now offered at the Newport Beach Public Library.The California State Library and The Career Online High School, a career-based online education program for adults, help administer the 18-credit curriculum. Scholarships are available to pay the $1,100 tuition.”

New Richmond library program has kids reading to therapy dogs

From The Richmond Standard

“The Richmond Public Library is offering an Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) program that has children reading to a trained therapy dog for 20 minutes, “a proven method for improving reading fluency and confidence,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter. All Ears Reading program, offered to students in first through fifth grades, is being run from the West Side Branch Library, 135 Washington Ave. It meets on the third Monday of each month beginning this afternoon from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To book an appointment, contact Deborah Bonet at (510) 620-6521 or (510) 620-6567.The use of dogs as reading companions is a growing phenomenon.”

New Richmond library program has kids reading to therapy dogs

San Bernardino County: Hesperia library exceeds expectations with reading program

From Daily Press

” One local library has been recognized for its successful reading program where children and adults are expanding their literary world.The Hesperia Branch Library was one three San Bernardino County libraries that increased the number of residents participating in summer reading programs by 28 percent. That number exceeded the 15 percent goal the county set in support of the Vision2Read campaign.”

Kern County Library gets $75K tech grant


” The Kern County Library has received a $75,000 grant for technology projects.The money, from the California State Library, will be spent on digital literacy workshops, portable chargers and Chromebooks for in-house checkout, and wired furniture.The improvements will take place at the county’s busiest branches: Beale Memorial Library, Ridgecrest Branch Library and Southwest Branch Library.”

County snubs Law Library: Civil grand jury urged ongoing funding; San Mateo County says ‘no’

From The Daily Journal

” The San Mateo County Law Library will not get any extra money from the Board of Supervisors to stave off its fiscal crisis, according to a report by County Manager John Maltbie.The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued its own report in June that urged the board to provide supplemental funding to the Law Library since its primary source of funding from civil court filing fees has steadily decreased since 2010. The grand jury report stated that the library, near the Hall of Justice in downtown Redwood City, is in “serious jeopardy” and a “unique resource.”But in a response letter to the grand jury, the Board of Supervisors states that there are cheaper ways to provide services such as expanded use of online legal resource systems and public libraries.The Law Library served nearly 8,000 patrons in fiscal year 2014-15. About half were members of the general public, county employees and students and the other half were members of the legal community.Library revenue have decreased 52 percent in five years.The grand jury wanted supervisors to promptly adopt a formal policy to mitigate the Law Library’s fiscal crisis and establish ongoing supplemental funding immediately.”