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.”

Carlsbad library department gets $66K donation

from the Seaside Courier

“Carlsbad’s library and arts department recently received a boost. The city of Carlsbad announced the Library & Cultural Arts Department received $66,000 in donations. Arts patron Patricia M. White donated $41,000 in support of the city’s William D. Cannon Art Gallery, and longtime library patron and former librarian Jill LeCroissette donated $25,000. Both donors were Carlsbad residents who passed away in 2014.”

Berkeley residents call for renaming library

from the San Jose Mercury News

“These days, every schoolchild knows of famed civil rights heroes Malcolm X, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. But the names of African Americans who fought more anonymously in the trenches for equality in the 20th century may be forgotten. Charles Austin, a 30-year south Berkeley resident, doesn’t want civil rights activist Tarea Hall Pittman’s name to fade into oblivion. He’s spearheading a movement to rename the South Berkeley Branch Library in her honor.”

Santa Monica: Library hosting ‘Mindful Compassion’ workshop

from the Santa Monica Daily Press

“Nicholas Bruss leads ‘Mindful Compassion,’ an experiential workshop, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Self-compassion and compassion for others strengthens community by building human connection. Our common humanity is a core aspect of compassion. This workshop offers practical tools to reduce judgment and resistance, and strengthens motivation to ease our own distress and alleviate the suffering of others.”

San Jose: Public library gets $35k for online privacy literacy prototype

from the Mercury News

“The San Jose Public Library has secured prototype funding for a program that seeks to help residents understand online privacy and their Internet insecurities. One of 22 libraries to receive a grant from the Knight Foundation, San Jose’s library system will get $35,000 to create an all-ages Internet privacy education platform.”

Berkeley Public Library West Branch deemed first net zero energy library in state

from the Daily Californian

“Approximately a year after reopening, the Berkeley Public Library’s West Branch has been deemed the first ‘net zero’ energy library in the state.”

Sonoma County Library launches effort to increase membership among teens

from the Press Democrat

“Data shows that less than a third of roughly 10,000 seventh- and eighth-graders in Sonoma County have active library cards, a startling fact at odds with bygone years when not having a card was unusual. Hoping to reverse current trends, the Sonoma County Library has launched a membership drive this month aimed specifically at kids who are on the cusp of entering high school, when access to information is paramount to academic success.”

Marin County, Novato schools to create library ‘learning center’

from the Marin Independent Journal

“In a partnership aimed at creating a new ‘learning center’ providing premium services for youth, the Marin County Free Library will join with the Novato Unified School District to develop a new community library and educational lab complex at Hamilton Field.”

Concord Library’s reverse book report

from the Contra Costa Times

“This unique program, pairing a local, well-known community member with one of our most popular teen novels is an opportunity for teens to see respected adults and community leaders reading and recommending books that are important to teens.”

San Benito: County library to get upgrade on network speeds

from San Benito County Today

“San Benito County supervisors Tuesday approved a contract with a provider of high-speed network speeds at the library. With help from a grant, the San Benito County Free Library will enter into a contract for high-speed broadband fiber services.”

Riverside County: Fights prompt new hours at Desert Hot Springs library

from the Desert Sun

“Recurring fights among teenagers, including one where a security guard was injured, have prompted the Desert Hot Springs Library to close just as kids would be heading there after school. The county-run public library announced last week it will not stay open past 3 p.m. because of safety concerns. Officials hope the change is temporary.”

Early Ontario: no city hall, two cops, one bum

from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

“Today Ontario touts its civic competence, but its pioneer days at the turn of the century had a makeshift quality, the new book ‘Early Ontario’ reveals … A photo history compiled by the Ontario City Library staff — which, not content to shelve books, is now writing them — ‘Early Ontario’ is part of the Images of America series and covers the citrus days, the Hotpoint household iron factory, Graber Olives, the Guasti winery and education.”

Mendocino County: Library workshops will teach grant writing

from the Ukiah Daily Journal

“The Mendocino County Library is a partner in the Funding Information Network (FIN) of the Foundation Center. Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. It connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed … The Mendocino County Library FIN is hosting a series of free workshops designed to help people who want to do good in our community. The workshops will be offered on the second Monday of the month at the Ukiah Branch Library, and the third Monday of the month at the Fort Bragg Branch Library.”

New Orinda study hangout dazzles and draws teens

from the Lamorinda Weekly

“What do you do when the Young Adult section of your library becomes more popular with parents than their own teenagers? If you’re the library staff in Orinda, you redesign the spot so spectacularly that young Orindans can’t help being curious and captivated.”

South Lake Tahoe: Library struggles with slow Internet

from the Tahoe Daily Tribune

“The El Dorado County Library, South Lake Tahoe Branch is an island, sitting separate from any other building and cutoff from modern communication technologies. As a county property, it’s separate from a city system that is making efforts to keep up with technological demands. A hub for many who would otherwise find it hard to access the Internet, the library faces challenges providing its patrons with Internet speeds that can meet modern demands.”

Santa Maria: Oral history series tells stories of Cuyama Valley’s past


“The Santa Maria Library has a new piece of Central Coast history. Over the past year, twenty, long-time Cuyama Valley residents talked about their memories of growing up in the area and how it’s changed over the years. People from all walks of life: oil field workers, cowboys, Chumash artifact collectors are all part of the oral history series. Eight interviews are on DVD and can be checked out at the Cuyama Library or Santa Maria Library by request.”