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.