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.”

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.”

Read Santa Clara shapes lives through literacy development

from the Santa Clara Weekly

“For the last six years, ReJoyce Ross has been a learner at Read Santa Clara, the city library’s free literacy program.’What made me come here was that I was cleaning a lady’s house and her husband was there,’ Ross says. ‘I was supposed to pull out a special cleaner from under the cabinet, and I didn’t know how to find it because I didn’t know how to spell it or read it…The husband asked me if I had trouble reading. I said I did, and he said it was nothing to be ashamed of, that there was a place that can help me, and that was the library. That was the beginning of my journey. When I started, I was at the second-grade level of reading.’

San Francisco: WritersCorps celebrates 20 years of changing lives

from the San Francisco Examiner

“WritersCorps, a program that teaches creative writing to young people to help them express themselves and succeed academically, is going strong as it enters its third decade … Tom DeCaigny, director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, calls WritersCorps – a project of the commission and the S.F. Public Library – an ‘exceptional program that continues to transform the lives of young people year after year.'”

Read books and win prizes with Newark Library Coins

from the Contra Costa Times

“Chien-Chun Chang, Newark Library’s children’s librarian, is putting on her popular Library Coins program again this April. Library Coins is a way for children of all ages to earn prizes by reading. Starting in early April, children can come into the library to sign up for the Library Coins program. Kids will receive a reading log and can start earning coins right away. As an alternative, parents can download the reading log from the website ( and their child can register for the program when they come in to get their coins”

Placer County: Loomis library could close as Placer County faces budgetary woes

From the Sacramento Bee

“‘Residents in Loomis are gearing up for a fight as Placer County seeks to close the town’s library – a key gathering spot for the community – in an effort to reduce costs after several years of budget deficits.”

Solana Beach Library scholarship applications open

from the Encinitas Advocate

“The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are accepting applications through April 30 for one scholarship of up to $1,500 in tuition reimbursement for a student seeking a Library Technician certification or enrolled in a master’s degree program in library science.”

Palm Springs: Welwood Murray Memorial Library pays homage to the past, takes on 21st century look

from Palm Springs Life

“In less than a year, the long-vacant Welwood Murray Memorial Library reinvented itself into a 21st century state-of-the-art facility to serve the community and visitors of Palm Springs.The renovation consisted of completely gutting the interior of the library to upgrade the building’s infrastructure; all that remains of the original interior is the front door and all of the windows.”

Solano County: Adult literacy program participants, volunteers shine

from the Daily Republic</p

“Some people were nervous during the recognition ceremony Saturday at the Solano County Library literacy celebration, where adults for whom English is not their primary language were honored for their work in the Writers to Writers Program.”

Part of Encinitas’ Vulcan Ave. could become “Spock Block”

From the San Diego Union-Times

“Encinitas already has a Vulcan Avenue…In honor of the March 26th birthday of Leonard Nimoy — the recently deceased actor who played the half-Vulcan character Spock in the original Star Trek TV series — Encinitas may temporarily name a block of Vulcan Avenue as ‘Spock Block.’ The special designation and signage would last only a week, but those who wish to ‘live long and prosper’ plan to celebrate in style…The temporary designation would cover an entire downtown city block that contains City Hall and the main Encinitas library.”

Photo Gallery: Dog booth at Glendale’s Central Library

from the Glendale News-Press

“Eilan Rahkonen poses for a photo with his dog T-Rex at the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Dept.’s free dog photo booth at the Central Library in Glendale on Saturday, March 14, 2015.”,0,1298667.photogallery

Ask Amy: Libraries have gotten too noisy, and people won’t shush when I ask

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Whenever I ask people to please be quiet, they react like I am crazy. Am I crazy? Frazzled DEAR FRAZZLED: Crazy? No, but you are behind the times. Today’s libraries are morphing into community centers, with cafes, public computer terminals and, yes, kids.”

Kern County: Foes rage over idea of privatizing county libraries

from the Bakersfield Californian

“A couple weeks of heated emails and letters have set a hot stage for Tuesday’s Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting.Supporters and defenders of the Kern County Library system have peppered county officials with fiery opposition to the idea of turning over Kern’s libraries to a for-profit Maryland company. But supervisors will consider the idea of working with Library Systems and Services LLC Tuesday anyway.”

Irvine: Would you spend $200 million on a library? It buys more than books

from the Orange County Register

“There’s this word that librarians are using a lot these days. And it’s not ‘shush.’ More and more, public libraries are being referred to as ‘hubs.’ They attract people in their communities for reasons that go beyond a book on a shelf. A hub is the kind of place Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has in mind when he suggests his city should build a library at the Great Park – at a cost estimated at around $200 million.”

2 Placer County libraries face closure

from Fox40 News

“Placer County will tell you this is not a story about closing libraries, but rather saving a library system. ‘We don’t have enough resources to keep them all open right now,’ said Library Service Director Mary George. ‘So some tough decisions have to be made in order to save the entire library system.’

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Berkeley: Possible measles exposure for library patrons

from the Contra Costa Times

“Public health officials say a person who may be infected with measles visited the West and Central branches of the city library Feb. 27 and 28, potentially exposing hundreds of patrons to the airborne virus.”

New Santa Monica librarian wants to change way libraries are used

From Surf Santa Monica

“Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter believes there’s always room for improvements — even at one of the best public library systems in the country. While Carpenter says she’s ‘loving’ her job at the helm of Santa Monica’s nationally recognized library system that counts on a $12 million-a-year budget and more than 200 employees, she’s also focused on ‘looking forward and taking us into the future.'”

San Jose libraries: Liccardo proposes full-time operation as city rebounds

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Mayor Sam Liccardo will announce plans Thursday to restore branch library hours drastically cut four years ago, as a half-decade of penny-pinching and a humming economy have allowed the city to finally cobble together a small surplus.”