LA libraries set to help applicants with Obama immigration plan

from 89.3 KPCC

“Los Angeles public libraries want to be free information centers for immigrants seeking temporary legal status under President Obama’s executive plan. City libraries have for a couple of years had ‘Citizenship Corners,’ where people can obtain information about applying for U.S. citizenship. Now, librarians are being trained to help guide immigrants through the process of applying for deportation protection and work permits. Library officials said immigrants will be able to go the city’s 73 libraries for details on where and how to apply. They’ll also be able to look up applications online, attend informational forums, and get referrals to legal help.”

San Joaquin County: First 5 offering grants for Little Free Libraries

from the Stockton Record

“The brightly painted and repurposed newspaper boxes began to appear around Stockton, mostly on the south and east sides, in the first half of 2014. By late last year, Stockton had 21 of the “Little Free Libraries” — street-side sites that promote early childhood literacy in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Now, with assistance from First 5 San Joaquin, the ‘Little Free Library’ program is receiving a boost toward achieving its goal of reaching 100 sites around the city.”

Salinas: Fresh start for libraries and parks?

from the Californian

“On Monday Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr. formally announced the appointment of Cynthia Bojorquez as the city’s new director of library and community services. During the presentation I asked Corpuz if there was some clue to be had from his appointment of a person who has no direct library administration experience — especially given the recent tumultuous tenure of Elizabeth Martinez, a nationally known ‘celebrity’ librarian who didn’t suffer fools or council members easily.”

Placer County Library Fund provides ongoing support to local libraries

from Placer County Online

“Placer Community Foundation (PCF) is proud to announce the newly endowed Placer County Library Fund. This fund is designed to provide ongoing support to libraries throughout the Placer County library system.”

Calabasas Library goes digital

from the Acorn

“Effective this month, patrons at the Calabasas Library will have access to a new streaming video service called IndieFlix, which provides unlimited viewing of content on smartphones, tablets and computers. It is one of many digital services provided by the library.”

San Luis Obispo: Bequest erases Friends of the Cambria Library’s debt

from the Cambrian

” A generous bequest from the estates of two longtime Cambria residents means that Friends of the Cambria Library is debt free for the first time since the group and the county agreed to go in 50-50 to pay for a new, larger facility. In November, Friends combined a $240,000 donation from Evelyn Therese Ericson, and her sister Margaret ‘Meg’ Helen Ericson, with about $140,000 the nonprofit already had in hand. Friends then paid off the $383,908 still owed to the San Luis Obispo County for the group’s share of the new $2.8 million library building at 1043 Main St.”