Oakland: Hip Hop therapy moves into its second generation, as survivors become mentors

from Oakland North

“Alvarez partnered with a friend, local hip hop artist Rob Jackson, to create a formalized hip hop therapy program through a non-profit they created called Beats, Rhymes and Life, or BRL. The program began at Berkeley High School in 2004. ‘Every one of the kids that started the program, finished,’ said Alvarez. The next year they were invited to three more schools. ‘Here we are 10 years later, serving about 200 kids a year through hip hop therapy programs,’ Alvarez said. This past summer, BRL even started a year-long pilot program, partnering with the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, which offered space to host the therapy workshops.”


Santa Monica: Pico Branch Library buzz

from the Santa Monica Daily Press

“Now that the Pico Branch Library is open, many of you may be wondering what’s going on with the new library. Well, it is like participating in a marathon; most of the time you run and sometimes you run even harder. Getting ready for a marathon takes perseverance, training and encouragement from friends and family. As the Pico Branch Manager, I see the Pico Branch as running a marathon where the community kept their perseverance to have this library open in the heart of the Pico neighborhood and participated in community meetings about the site, design and programming of the new branch.”


LumaCon North Bay comics creators at Petaluma Public Library

from the Sonoma County Gazette

“The LumaCon comic convention at Herzog Hall in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is produced by a team that includes the librarians of Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, and the Sonoma County Library. LumaCon aims to gather families and students in the community to celebrate the creativity of our local area. This literacy-based event will highlight reading, art, crafts and imagination.”


Manhattan Beach Library will have a state-of-the-art book sorter, first in Los Angeles County Library System

from the Beach Reporter

“When the Manhattan Beach Library finally opens its doors to patrons in late spring, residents will notice several new amenities. Along with sweeping views of the ocean, the addition of a fireplace, an interactive children’s area and a teen study, another noticeable upgrade is the introduction of an automatic book sorting machine.”


Costa Mesa: Libraries provide bang for your buck

from the Daily Pilot

“Some years ago, I was talking to a city official about the need to expand our library space in Costa Mesa. I was told that libraries didn’t produce money, so it was hard to get the public to invest in a bond issue. I wish I had known then what I have since learned: that libraries do bring a strong return on investment to the community.”



Tehama County: Mulling options for a new library location

from the Red Bluff Daily News

“Regarding the expansion of the jail and the removal of the Tehama County Library to a far better place, the limited feedback I get suggest that a new facility out near the Community Center is not the place for something as sacrosanct as our library. Acting librarian S. Ainsworth has been in the system for 25 years and she says yes it is.”