Kern County: Documents reveal long trail of library privatization talk

from the Bakersfield Californian

“A lot of ground work went into plans to privatize Kern County’s libraries long before the concept came to the public’s attention earlier this month, documents obtained by The Californian show. They reveal that Library Systems & Services LLC Vice President Robert Windrow was talking to Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman Leticia Perez’s office and the County Administrative Office in early June of 2014.”

Placer County postpones vote on library closures in response to backlash

from the Sacramento Bee

“Placer County officials are postponing a planned April 7 vote on closing two libraries, after receiving an earful from community members.”

Susan Hildreth named Aspen Institute Communications and Society Fellow

from LJ INFOdocket

“The Aspen Institute has appointed Susan Hildreth a Communications and Society Program Fellow, effective March 1, 2015. In her role as Fellow, Hildreth will provide counsel on issues related to public libraries and will represent the Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries as a speaker at outside events. She also will help to connect the work of the Dialogue to key initiative and stakeholder groups in the public and private sectors.”

State library, anti-gay initiative, bees

from the Sacramento Bee

“I have been back in my native city for several months doing research for a book. Several days per week I’m at the splendid California State Library Annex on N Street working in the California Room collections. This building was opened just 20 years ago. Yet each time I enter the handsome lobby, I cannot help but notice the brown water stains on the second floor veranda – and above that, a taped plastic-covered hole in the ceiling that masks the source of that old leak. Yes, old leak: This ‘temporary’ cover-up has been like this for at least two years. But there’s more.”

5-year-old Bidwell student raises funds for Red Bluff library

from the Red Bluff Daily News

“Wyatt Ferrero found himself a bit too shy to speak when he was lauded by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors March 17 for a donation he made to the Red Bluff Library. Ferraro doesn’t have a lot of public speaking experience. He’s 5. Still the transitional kindergarten student at Bidwell Elementary School spent a recent weekend manning a lemonade stand to raise money for the library to use to purchase new children’s books. Ferrero raised $67.”

Alameda County: Librarian connects incarcerated youths to lesser-known writers

from the Contra Costa Times

“Manifested in the personal and professional life of librarian and advocate Amy Cheney, the idea comes to full fruition for the incarcerated youths at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. Cheney’s ‘Write to Read’ program brings library services and materials to underserved youth. The 54-year-old Oakland resident has won the ‘I Love My Librarian’ award from the Carnegie Institution and The New York Times and was honored at the White House with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.”

Los Angeles: County Library offers free courses online


“Everyone with a Los Angeles County library card now has access to free online video courses teaching business, technology and creative skills, the county’s lead librarian announced last week. The new program, dubbed, can be accessed remotely and on mobile devices, allowing users to learn at their own pace.”