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.”