Kelly Behle named new Santa Clarita City Librarian

from the Santa Clarita Valley Signal

“Kelly Behle was recently named the Santa Clarita Public Library City Librarian, replacing Ed Kieczykowski who retired in May. Behle brings eight years of experience as a librarian to the Santa Clarita Public Library.”

The Archivist Files: Why the woman who started LA’s branch libraries was fired

from 83.9 KPCC

“Mary Jones was the librarian for the public library system from 1900 to 1905. She was fired mysteriously, and a special commission of city council members held hearings to find out why. The transcripts for those hearings are in the city archives.”

St. Helena: City manager says again cuts will be painful

from the St. Helena Star

“St. Helena City Manager Jennifer Phillips is once again warning the community to prepare for about $1 million in painful spending cuts. On Thursday afternoon Phillips declined to confirm specific cuts or layoffs. The full list of proposed cuts will be released online in a staff report on June 4 or 5, but Phillips said she plans to go into greater detail about cuts to the St. Helena Public Library during a special meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees at 5 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the library.”

Hayward: Public toilet access dominates new library, arboretum discussion

from the Contra Costa Times

“Where are you going to go when you need to go to a restroom downtown? That was the focus of much of the public comment Tuesday as the City Council approved plans to build a $63 million main library downtown and demolish the old one, converting that site into a park. Several speakers at the meeting objected that the plans do not include restrooms in the new park … People can use eight public bathrooms in the new library, which will be across the street from the current site, according to a staff report. Those will only be available during library hours, however.”

Adult literacy in Placer County

from Rocklin Today

“For the one in ten adults in Pacer County who cannot read, free services are available from Placer Adult Literacy Services [PALS] and local libraries. In addition to the PALS tutors, Brainfuse is a private company that offers online tutoring for all ages including resume writing, test preparation, live career coaching, foreign language lessons and more. The Literacy Support Council donated money to the Placer County library, on behalf of the PALS program, to pay for a subscription to Brainfuse. The Brainfuse service can be accessed by the public from Placer County Library’s website free of charge.

Newport Beach: Credit union may move into empty retail space in library

from the Newport Beach Indy

“A credit union may move into an empty retail space on the second story of the Newport Beach main library. The Board of Library Trustees discussed the vacant area across from Bistro 24 on the second floor expansion of the library during their meeting last week. Staff proposed the board recommend to the Newport Beach City Council that they lease the space to the Credit Union of Southern California. ‘I don’t love the idea,’ trustee Jill Johnson-Tucker commented. Since the space is located at one of the entryways into the library, the area should contain a use that is appealing to everybody, she noted. Visitors that aren’t members of the credit union would have little use for the space if it was housed there, she added. She’d prefer an art gallery, as trustees and staff had previously discussed, or another library or arts-related use.

“Scurrilous and scandalous”: subversive humor at the SF Public Library

from KALW

“Sometimes the things we write can cause controversy, and even end up being deadly. Early this year two gunmen opened fire in the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 employees … Charlie Hebdo is one of many publications featured in an exhibit at San Francisco’s Main Library titled Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor.”

Palmdale to bring popular TED talks to library

from SCV News

“The Palmdale City Library will present some of the best of the popular TED talks at the Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd, on Monday, June 1 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This free program is open to the public, and participants will be able to hear some of the greatest ideas of the world’s top minds – ideas which can change the way people think about the world. ‘Expand your horizons and learn about some amazing new ideas,’ said Library Director Thomas Vose. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Independently run TED events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).”

Palmdale to Bring Popular TED Talks to Library

San Bernardino faces cluttered path to comeback

from the Press Enterprise

“The statistics rattled off by San Bernardino’s bankruptcy experts last week were startling: San Bernardino is the poorest large city in California, and the second poorest in the nation, after Detroit. The Parks and Recreation Department offers no youth recreation programs. The library’s public computers are 6 to 8 years old and there’s no money in the budget to replace them (or to buy books, for that matter) … Cities with high poverty and crime rates, like San Bernardino, need recreation programs to keep kids out of trouble. As for the library, if any city needs a vibrant one, San Bernardino does. Families who can’t afford to buy books to read to their toddlers need to be able to check them out of a library. Reading to children improves how they will do in school, putting them on the path to a productive life. People who don’t own computers need access to library computers to search job postings, fill out applications, write resumes and more.

Placer County: Loomis, Meadow Vista libraries getting reprieve from closing for now

from the Auburn Journal

“Placer County is working on a new budget plan that would allow the Loomis library to stay open through at least the end of the year. The plan also calls for the Meadow Vista library’s doors to stay open. But there are no guarantees after November.”

Should Portola Valley’s excess library revenues stay within the town?

from the Almanac

“The use of excess property tax revenues to fund maintenance and services at the town’s public library will be a topic of discussion at the Portola Valley Town Council meeting set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. As of June 30, 2014, the town had reserves of $537,833 in a fund that can be used only for library-related spending. The town accumulates about $100,000 annually above what is needed for the library’s operating and related costs. The board of the San Mateo County Library has been studying questions on whether those excess funds should stay within the purview of the city or town or be redirected to the county system.”

Stockton: Proposed budget still cautious but bigger

from the Stockton Record

“A hot-button issue during the past year has been the shuttered Fair Oaks Library on Main Street in east Stockton. Fair Oaks was closed by the city in 2010 as Stockton’s financial woes deepened. For more than a year, community leaders have been pushing for Stockton to reopen the library, which is located in an underserved part of town. Those leaders were successful in convincing the city earlier this year to remove the Fair Oaks building from the sales market. But the city’s proposed budget does not include funds to reopen the facility in 2015-16.”

Volunteers provide a second chance for learning at library literacy program

from the Napa Valley Register

“The California Library Literacy Program was created 30 years ago. It was recognized that community libraries, where people go to read and access information, would make ideal locations for those who wanted to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, and libraries then became the community centers for literacy programs.”

Library event to allow attendees to ‘check out’ humans instead of books

from the Signal Tribune

“You won’t find these books on any shelf. They’re actually people with diverse life experiences who volunteer to share their stories and answer questions on a one-on-one basis. Returning for a second year, the Long Beach Human Library event will have ‘human books’ available for 15-minute check-outs at Leadership Long Beach’s Idea Fest at Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave. on Saturday, May 30 from 11am to 5pm. This year’s ‘books’ include a mortician, a poet, a public breastfeeding advocate, a retired police officer, a Holocaust survivor and more.”

Library event to allow attendees to ‘check out’ humans instead of books

Maker Summer program launched in Tehama County

from the Red Bluff Daily News

On Wednesday, the Maker Summer program was launched with a kick-off event at the State Theatre, including several booths by local organizations and a movie, “If You Build It,” meant to inspire Tehama County youth to get out and be creative this summer. A collaborative effort amongst the Tehama County Department of Education, Expect More Tehama, the Tehama County Library, the Green Room Community Art Studio, Safe Education and Recreation For Rural Families and other groups, Maker Summer is meant to keep students learning throughout the summer to keep them from losing ground academically while away from school, said Melissa Mendonca, Tehama County Arts Council chairwoman.”

Long Beach: Sunday library hours popular

from the Grunion Gazette

“On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Bay Shore Library opened its doors for a six-month pilot program, which restored Sunday library hours … We are just past the halfway mark with this six-month pilot program and I am ecstatic to report that this endeavor has been a huge success. Data collected between Sunday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, May 3, recorded 4,572 people visiting the Bay Shore Library on Sundays. We are averaging more than 400 people visiting the library each Sunday.”

St. Helena: Library’s Bee Aware Initiative tastes honey and meads

from the St. Helena Star

“The St. Helena Public Library hosted a Honey and Mead Tasting program last Thursday at which about 50 people listened to Amina Harris of the Honey and Pollination Center at UC Davis explain the intricate flavors of different honeys and meads. This program was the latest in the library’s Bee Aware Initiative, and it came just two days after the Obama administration’s Pollinator Health Task Force (PHTF) released its own national strategy.”

Santa Monica festival spotlights teen filmmakers

from Surf Santa Monica

“Teen filmmakers from Santa Monica, the United States and around the world will showcase their talents at the 10th annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival. Taking place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, at venues around Santa Monica, the festival highlights 38 short films — the average length is 4 minutes — created by teens from across the United States as well as from countries including India, Russia, Ireland, Thailand, Mexico and England … The Festival is produced by the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division, the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library, SMPL Youth Services, the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center and City TV.”

Placer County mulls over budget considerations

from Rocklin and Roseville Today

“The 2015-16 budget plan calls for providing $400,000 in one-time additional funding for the Placer County Library: $200,000 for materials and a study of automated materials handling and $200,000 to partially bridge a projected revenue shortfall. The plans would allow the library to continue making progress in implementing its strategic plan that seeks to modernize operations, reverse erosion in services and build capacity for the future.”

Leadership Napa Valley offers crash course in county’s social fabric

from the St. Helena Star

“Jennifer Baker has run the St. Helena Public Library since 2007, but she says Leadership Napa Valley has given her a broader perspective on the role the library plays in the community. The nine-month-long course introduces participants to all of the threads that make up the community fabric, from agriculture to law enforcement. Baker said she was struck by how interconnected each field was.”

Palm Springs library board unaware Pougnet worked for Meaney

from the Desert Sun

“About six months before the long-closed Welwood Murray Memorial Library in downtown Palm Springs was due to open after an extensive renovation, the library’s board of trustees was met with a startling request: rent part of the library’s back patio to a restaurant in exchange for patio renovations, maintenance and safety costs. The restaurateur would be Richard Meaney, according to members of the Palm Springs Public Library Board of Trustees … Until late April, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet was a paid consultant for Meaney. Pougnet says the business relationship goes back to March 2013 but library board members were unaware of it until recently.”

Old menus (and food history) star in LA Public Library project

from 89.3 KPCC

“Let’s see — what shall we have? So much to choose from in the collection of historical menus at the Los Angeles Public Library. There are some 9,000 items to consider — creative, colorful, delicious-looking. By just perusing the choices, we get a deep sense of the city’s rich culture and juicy past.”