San Jose Libraries: Stepping in to help young people learn computer coding

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Kids today seem to know most of the ins and outs of computers. Their quick fingers dash over desktop, laptop and cell phone keyboards much faster than most adults’. However, computer coding remains a mystery to many, and even high schools–90 percent of which do not offer coding classes–appear to be leaving the teaching to others. San Jose’s public library system is stepping in to fill that gap. Dec. 8-14 was Computer Science Education Week, and nine of the system’s branches, as well as the main Martin Luther King Jr. main library, offered one-hour sessions titled ‘Hour of Code.'”

Calaveras: Teen techies clear up the Cloud

from the Calaveras Enterprise

“For adults befuddled by the Internet Cloud and its support components, two teens in San Andreas can help clear the mist. This month, Calaveras High School students Max and Michael Stickels began providing technical assistance to adults through Teens for Tech, a program sponsored by Calaveras County Adult Tutoring [San Andreas Library].”

Long Beach: City’s technology benefits residents

from the Grunion Gazette

“Monday’s announcement that Long Beach has been chosen to receive a Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Grant is only the last in a series of developments showing how our city will lead the technology boom that already characterizes the 21st Century.”

Wallace Clark named Mendocino County Library Director

from the Ukiah Daily Journal

“After conducting a national recruitment and review of 11 potential candidates, on Dec. 9 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Wallace Clark as the Mendocino County Library Director.”

Santa Monica’s first young adult book festival coming this year

from the Santa Monica Lookout

“Santa Monica will hold the city’s first young adult book festival this April to showcase local talent and highlight the genre’s strong ties to Hollywood, City officials announced Friday. Called YALLWEST, the festival will serve as a companion to the Charleston, SC-based YALLFEST, which in five years has become ‘the biggest and most celebrated young adult book festival in the country,’ according to Santa Monica Public Library officials. The local festival will be held April 11 and 12 and is a partnership between the library and YALLFEST co-founders Margaret Stohland and Melissa de la Cruz, the New York Times bestselling authors of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and ‘Frozen, respectively.”

Lodi Public Library hopes to increase visitors in 2015

from the Lodi News

“Library Public Library Director Dean Gualco said many people think libraries are ‘going out of style,’ but he and his staff are working hard to prove them wrong. Gualco presented the library’s 2014 accomplishments to the Lodi City Council during its Tuesday morning shirtsleeve, and said staff’s main focus is to encourage more people to use the library this year.”

San Luis Obispo: Shell Beach library reopens after expansion

from the Tribune

“The Shell Beach Public Library has reopened to the public after a four-month expansion project that added 125 square feet to the cozy 930-square-foot space. The newly remodeled branch is now open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., according to a news release from South County Regional Librarian Rosalyn Pierini.