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.