California State Library: CDFA Secretary Karen Ross reads from “The Grapes of Wrath”

from the Imperial Valley News

“To draw attention to the harms of censorship and celebrate the importance of free speech, the California State Library is hosting an online video “Read-Out” during Banned Book Week, September 21-27.”

Yolo County: Panel discussion on raising children with special needs to be held

from the Woodland Daily Democrat

“In collaboration with UC Davis and the Campus Community Book Project, the Yolo County Library is presenting a panel discussion on parenting children with special needs, featuring local parents and authors Dale Flynn, Andy Jones and Kate Duren.”

Downtown Palm Springs library could host eatery seating

from the Desert Sun

“The historic Welwood-Murray Memorial Library’s rear courtyard could get cleaned up, renovated and secured, all at little or no cost to the city. The catch is the space would also serve as the outdoor seating area for a new restaurant eying the commercial space next door to the library on Tahquitz Canyon Way.”

Banned Books Week: works recently targeted in California

from KQED News

“Here in California, the Riverside Unified School District got the week off to a flying start by banning ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ John Green’s wildly popular young adult novel about teenage cancer patients…Earlier this month, officials at Rancho Cucamonga Middle School closed the school library after a parent tweeted complaints about her daughter coming home with ‘Rabbit is Rich,’ by John Updike.”

Plumas County: Supervisors make some budget decisions; Still face half-million-dollar deficit

from Plumas News

“‘We’re $590,000 short … Should we close the fair, the museum and the libraries? … Do we have to chip away at the very fabric of the community? … The only other option is furloughs again.'”

Los Angeles: ‘Bookcycle’ peddles a new take on feminism

from the Los Angeles Times

“A red sash tied in a bow hangs expectantly across scores of books. That ribbon will soon be snipped by tiny golden scissors, marking the official launch of the Feminist Library on Wheels. Known as FLOW for short, the roving library is the brainchild of Jenn Witte and Dawn Finley. Their goal is to bring a wide range of feminist media to as diverse an audience in Los Angeles as possible.”

Renovated Baldwin Park Library Reopens

from the Mid Valley News

“Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced that the Baldwin Park Library reopens with additional hours following a $2.3 million renovation and technological upgrade undertaken by Sup. Molina in partnership with the County Public Library.

National Friends of the Library week at Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library

from the Orange County Breeze

“The United for Libraries division of the American Libraries Association is sponsoring the Ninth Annual Friends of the Library Week, Oct. 19-25, 2014. This week is a way to nationally recognize the contributions and support that Friends groups provide to libraries. In conjunction, the Friends of the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library is introducing a Business Membership option.”

National Friends of the Library week at Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library

San Diego: Patrons willing to wait for the best on library’s list

from the Union-Times

“John Grisham is there, which is not a huge shock. But ‘The Great Gatsby’ movie? Didn’t see that coming. And Tom Hanks? Twice? And ‘Catching Fire’? Still? Welcome to the unpredictable wilds of the San Diego Libraries’ Most Wanted, where the lists of most-requested materials in the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library systems make for some enlightening reading.”

Glendale: The story doesn’t end at the library

from the Glendale News Press

“Usually when story time is over at a library, the children leave with their parents and go home, but not at Pacific Park Branch Library. Once the stories are over, the fun continues at the adjacent Pacific Park Community Center, where kids bounce into the gym and enjoy playtime.”,0,1536133.story

Monterey County: How one local library fine-tuned its book sales to make thousands online

from the Monterey County Weekly

“Joanne Bowman, book sale committee chair for the nonprofit Friends of the Marina Library, and her fellow volunteers are turning unwanted books into major funds for Marina Library and the greater community [through the Friends of the Marina Library Amazon store]…Bowman, who calls her Amazon venture “The Grand Experiment,” says she’s sold 293 books for about $5,000 since launching the online store in January.”

Library wants San Diego trolley passengers to get onboard with new reading program

from KPBS News

“Trolley and bus passengers can now use their digital devices to check out books on the go, using technology to extend literacy and learning outside the walls of library buildings. San Diego City Librarian Janice Wilhelm says the [Read and Ride e-Book Program] is [intended] to foster a greater appreciation for reading among the 300,000 daily transit riders in San Diego. Like a traditional book club, readers will be able to exchange ideas about the books in the real and virtual world.”

Library of Things seeks to expand non-book offerings at Sacramento Public Library

<p?from the Sacramento Business Journal

“A guy walks into a library, and leaves with a sewing machine. No, that’s not the start of a bad joke. It could be the future of the local library system. Sacramento Public Library is seeking public input for the creation of a “Library of Things” — a system that would allow patrons to borrow an expanded list of items other than books.”

Glenn County: Board of Supervisors vote for budget increases for libraries

from the Appeal-Democrat/Glenn County Transcript

“For the first time in nearly a decade, the Glenn County Board of Supervisors will provide the five libraries in the county with a cost-of-living increase. In approving the $95 million 2014-15 budget on Tuesday, the Board agreed to bump the county’s contribution to the local libraries from $138,000 a year to $148,000.”

Lake County: Supervisors stave off library cuts, shift some Visitor Information Center duties to libraries

from the Lake County News

“The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took a step to save the Lake County Library system from dramatic and damaging cuts, choosing instead to shift some responsibilities – and some funding – from the soon-to-be-closed Visitor Information Center to library staff.”

Planetarium planned for Rancho Mirage Library

from the Desert Sun

“The Rancho Mirage Library will soon add stargazing to its array of offerings. Details of a $1.7 million observatory and planetarium at the library will be shared with the Rancho Mirage City Council and Library Board of Directors during a special meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall council chambers.”

Santa Barbara: Library wants to book funding for $5.6 million children’s area upgrade

from KEYT News

“The Santa Barbara main library has launched the last phase of a fundraising drive to expand the children’s services area by four times the current size.”

Pleasant Hill: Library task force examine needs, gathers input

from the Contra Costa Times

“The Pleasant Hill Library Task Force is in the initial assessment stages of facility needs, finding funding and possibly another location for a new replacement library.”

Santa Clara: Creating clear and simple signage

from Library Journal

“At California’s Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD), we have discovered that 48 percent of patrons prefer finding information themselves rather than asking staff members for help. This led us to examine our user experience of signage, particularly for computer use.”

Los Alamos Library effort gets OK from Orcutt school board

from the Lompoc Record

“The effort to re-establish the Los Alamos Library took another step forward Tuesday when the Orcutt Union School District Board of Education decided to allow the city of Santa Maria to lease the building and permit renovations.”

Siskiyou County: Weed residents allowed to enter burned neighborhoods today

from Jefferson Public Radio

“The fire reduced entire neighborhoods to smoldering rubble. It burned more than 150 structures in just a few hours, destroying 143 homes, two churches and the town’s library.”

Make some noise for the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library’s 20th anniversary

from the Daily Bulletin

“Perhaps no local city prizes its library like Rancho Cucamonga, which broke away from the San Bernardino County system to launch its own municipal library two decades ago.”

Socially responsible foundation, venture capital organization grows roots in Oakland…Fremont program pays off for libraries

from the San Jose Mercury-News

Residents have until the end of the month to join an energy conservation program that has yielded $1,000 for Fremont libraries.The Fremont Energy Challenge, an Alameda County program, gives participating PG&E customers access to the home energy analyzer, a free online tool that helps people track and monitor their energy use.The program, which started in June, donates $5 to Fremont libraries each time a resident signs up.”

San Diego County: ‘Bringing the community together’ a key goal for new Solana Beach Library manager

from the Del Mar Times

“Although Patricia Tirona officially became branch manager of Solana Beach Library in June, she is a familiar face at the local library. Tirona first joined the local branch when it opened its current location in 2001.”

Literary giants make rare appearance at Pasadena Library gala

from the Pasadena Independent

“Roaming the hallowed hallways of the historic Pasadena Central Library Sunday, one was whisked back in time when life was perhaps a little simpler and when reading a book didn’t require a Kindle or smart phone. Oscar Wilde, superbly portrayed by Jesse Martin, wandered the library’s depth and breadth Sunday while reading from one of his books.”