Humboldt County: Library storytellers help bring books to life

from the Humboldt Beacon

“Local community volunteers tell stories to children at the Fortuna branch of the Humboldt County Library, three days every week.”

Santa Clara County libraries: ESL program is part language learning, part cultural exchange

from the San Jose Mercury News

“The Campbell Library, along with other libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District such as Cupertino, Gilroy and Milpitas, are providing multiple adult English-learning programs. The classes are usually filled to capacity, as are the adjunct conversation clubs.”

Where is the money going? – Most of $100 million L.A. spends on homeless goes to police services

from AllGov California

“Los Angeles spends $100 million a year on its 23,000 homeless people—$4,348 per person—but most of the money goes to policing them, not providing assistance. A new report from the City Administrative Officer (CAO) studied the homeless landscape in 2013 to see how Los Angeles addressed the ‘serious challenges’ of providing shelter, mental health and medical care, protection from disease, security for personal property and other ‘critical matters’… The report did not indulge in fingerpointing. Much of what it did was simple fact-finding. They identified 15 city agencies and departments providing homeless services, a much wider range—with much higher costs—than are indicated in the budget. And they found out the homeless like to hang out at the library. A survey discovered that 92% of 73 Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) branches had 680 to 780 regular homeless patrons. While they all may not be big readers, the fact that they congregate there makes libraries a prime candidate for homeless outreach programs.”

3-D printing law sent to California Legislature

from Courthouse News Service

“A California lawmaker introduced legislation that would force public libraries offering 3D printing services to warn users of copyright liability of the fledgling technology. Rep. Nora Campos, D-San Jose, introduced AB 37 which if passed would require the Department of Justice to produce warning signs about the misuse of 3D printing and distribute them to every public library that offers the technology.”

Los Angeles Public Library wins top award for cultural institutions

from the Los Angeles Times

“The Los Angeles Public Library has won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the most prestigious award for libraries and museums, given yearly to 10 cultural institutions.”

Kern County: Supes delay library survey

from the Ridgecrest Daily Independent

“The Kern County Board of Supervisors wants to survey the public’s opinions on Kern County Library services, but not quite yet. The board voted Tuesday to delay issuing a survey on library services to allow for revisions to the survey. The board also decided to extend the period of time for soliciting public input on library services through other forums including public meetings, although an exact deadline has not yet been set.”

Summer feeding [Lunch at the Library; Seed libraries; etc.]

from Comstock’s Magazine

“Your next visit to the public library might not be to check out a book. Libraries are becoming critical agents in a sprouting local food movement, so you might instead bite into an actual meal, join a cooking class or even check out garden seeds.”