Paso Robles: September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

from the Paso Robles Daily News

“September is National Library Card Sign-up Month — a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply.”

L.A. County Officials Propose Building New Library at Los Nietos Middle School

from the Whittier Daily News

“L.A. County and Los Nietos School District officials have begun negotiations to allow the use of part of the school site for a new library to replace the existing Los Nietos Library.”

Rancho Santa Fe Library to Present Alzheimer’s Series

 From the Rancho Santa Fe Review

“For the first time, the Alzheimer’s Association and Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild will present “Brain Health and Alzheimer’s,” a three-part informational series at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. The free series kicks off Sept. 18, with more sessions on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13.”

Santa Clara County: Library District is Turning 100, and Saratoga Shoots for a World Record

from the San Jose Mercury News

“A number of people will gather at the Saratoga Library early in the morning on Sept. 6 to walk nearly 17 feet with books on their heads.”

San Jose Public Library Names Winners of Graphic Novel Making contest

from the San Jose Mercury News

“The San Jose Public Library officially bid farewell to summer on Aug. 23 with an awards ceremony honoring winners of the annual Graphic Novel Making Contest.”

Tapes of Richard Nixon Recounting Resignation Released by Library

from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

“Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words…starting Tuesday, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, portions of the tapes will be published each day by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and the private Richard Nixon Foundation.”

Kids that Read Can Ride Free at County Fair

from the Visalia Times-Delta

“The Tulare County Fair, Tulare County Library and Tulare and Porterville’s public libraries have partnered to bring to the public the Read to Ride program. Through the program, children will receive two ride tickets for the fair for every two books they read.”

Woodland Public Library Designates Measure J Money

from the Yolo Sun

“Measure J is expected to annually raise about $2 million, 20% of which (~$400,000) is anticipated to be allocated to the library. Library service priorities for Measure J money are determined to be access hours, alongside programming and collections for children and teenagers.”

School Superintendent Describes Meteoric Rise in Inyo Schools, Library Technology

from the Sierra Wave

“Inyo County has gone from being the backwater of technology for [public education] to being the most technologically advanced county in the state.The most important step of this process was the finalization this summer of the Digital 395 connection… Our public libraries, under the fine leadership of Librarian Nancy Masters, have also joined the Digital 395 network, becoming wireless and obtaining new and more computer workstations.”

Richmond CA Gardeners Defend Library Seed Exchanges Following Pennsylvania Crackdown

from the Richmond Standard

“Gardeners nationwide are ‘on alert’ following a crackdown by Pennsylvania regulators on a library seed exchange program, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. But Richmond’s green thumbs are prepared to defend the noncommercial exchange of seeds in their city, where access to healthy food options is scant.”

Richmond gardeners defend library seed exchanges following Pennsylvania crackdown

Construction Contract Signed For New North Long Beach Library

from the Grunion Gazette

“It’s been a long, long (a decade-long) road, but a contract finally has been approved to build a new North Branch Library on the site of the Atlantic Theater.”

Anaheim Public Utilities Team with Libraries to Give Customers LED Light Bulbs

from the Orange County Breeze

“Bright ideas and energy savings are available at your local Anaheim Library.”

Anaheim Public Utilities team with Libraries to give customers LED light bulbs

Senate Rules Committee OKs State Librarian Despite Initial Concerns [full Senate approval to follow]

from the Sacramento Bee

“The son of a former California Supreme Court justice [Greg Lucas] won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian.”

Salinas Library and Community Services Director Resigns

from the Monterey Herald

“Elizabeth Martinez, the internationally renowned librarian who was lured to Salinas to revive its libraries, has resigned and received a $400,000 settlement from the city to resolve a possible harassment and discrimination lawsuit.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Freeman Steps Down from Library Post

from the Record

“The embattled head of the Stockton-San Joaquin library system, on paid administrative leave since late last month, confirmed Tuesday he has resigned from his position.”

CalPERS’ Pension Rules Would OK 99 Types of Extra Pay to Count Toward Pensions [including library reference desk staff premiums]

from the Sacramento Bee

“The CalPERS board is considering nearly a hundred types of pay to be considered when calculating pensions for state and local government employees…[including] library reference desk premium: compensation to library staff who are routinely and consistently assigned to provide direction or resources to library patrons.”

San Francisco’s Main Library Turns into a Virtual Bowling Alley

from ABC7 News

“San Francisco’s Main Library turned into a bowling alley Tuesday, but participants weren’t tossing library books.Scan Health Plan set up several Nintendo Wii consoles and invited seniors from several community centers to a bowling tournament.”