Mill Valley Public Library honored as one of the Best Small Libraries in America

from Enjoy Mill Valley

“Library Journal, a trade magazine focused on the library community, named the Mill Valley Library a finalist for the Best Small Library in America 2015. The 10-year-old program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to showcase the exemplary work of public libraries serving populations under 25,000, with the Belgrade Community Library in Montana taking top honors and the Red Hook Public Library in upstate New York joining Mill Valley as finalists.”

Knight Foundation ponies up $3M for projects that ‘leverage libraries as a platform’

from VentureBeat

California recipients include the Internet Archive, the San Jose Public Library, and White Space 101 (San Francisco)

Long Beach Main Library launches Special Connect

from the Grunion Gazette

“Librarians in Long Beach want to make sure children and families with special needs feel welcome and connected when they visit the Main Branch.That’s why the Long Beach Public Library Foundation has helped sponsor and organize a special connection, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house this Saturday, Jan. 31, that showcases the Main Branch’s new sensory-friendly story time, technology and craft table — Special Connect.”

Encinitas selected for Redbox-style library kiosk

from the Seaside Courier

“There are only six in the U.S., and Encinitas could soon be home to the seventh. Plans are moving forward to install a self-service library kiosk in Encinitas that would be available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to a presentation given to City Council Wednesday.”

San Benito library adds ‘StarWalk’ program

from the Free Lance News

“The San Benito County Free Library announced it has added the StarWalk Kids Media Digital Streaming Collection to its available resources for both children and their parents.”

Newport Beach Public Library Media Lab

from the Newport Beach Indy

“he Media Lab at the Newport Beach Public Library just unveiled its new look for 2015 – a colorful pixilated mural designed to entice everyone from media novices to the ultra tech savvy to come in and use the facility. The Media Lab, made possible by a gift from the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, offers free (yes free!) access to fourteen digital media workstations, including five iMacs, all with widescreen displays optimized for the creative process.”

Stockton: Hunger Games, Frankenstein and Wimpy Kids top popular library books

from the Stockton Record

“Stockton, too often labeled ‘illiterate’ s a community of readers, if numbers from the Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library are an indicator. The total circulation for 2014 was 1,610,232.”