Hildreth, Wong running for 2016-19 ALA treasurer

from the American Library Association

“Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, and Patricia M. (Patty) Wong, county librarian and chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in Woodland, California, are the candidates for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-2019.”


St. Helena: Jennifer Baker’s fond farewell

from the St. Helena Star

“About 60 people came to the Carnegie Building Friday to say ‘thank you’ to former Library Director Jennifer Baker. With former Mayor Lowell Smith acting as emcee, Baker received tributes to her energy, hard work, and successes during her seven and a half years in charge of the St. Helena Public Library … In 2014 the St. Helena Public Library had the highest circulation of any California library, and more than six times the national average. Last year the library was recognized as a runner-up for the best small library in America by Library Journal, an award funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s earned praise from organizations like the Knight Foundation and the American Library Association.”


Los Altos: Traveling librarians bring world to home

from Los Altos Onlin

“Love of learning and curiosity about the world sometimes grow only more urgent as a person spends more and more time at home, limited by age, health condition, or both. Librarians head out from the Los Altos main library each month bearing personalized book deliveries for local readers who can’t make it to the shelves themselves.”


Durrett, Miles and Quinto [Napa County Library] named winners of YALSA’s digital literacy program contest, Shark Bowl

from the American Library Association

” The winners of YALSA’s President’s Program, Taking a Deep Dive into Digital Literacy: Shark Bowl for Library Staff, were named on Monday, June 29 at ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. A total of six finalists were chosen to present their digital literacy programming ideas to a panel of YALSA’s very own sharks. From the six finalists, three winners were chosen by the panel of judges. The winners are: Erin Durrett, Novi (Michigan) Public Library; Interactive 3D Display; Shanna Miles – South Atlanta High School; America’s Next Top Maker; Ricah Quinto – Napa (California) County Library; Creating CLIMBERS


Supervisors nix attempt to restore Chico library hours [and] add Oroville, Paradise hours

from the Chico Enterprise-Record

“The Butte County Board of Supervisors again voted down an attempt to restore hours at Butte County libraries. Chico-area Supervisor Larry Wahl used a budget item Tuesday to again seek restoring 14 weekly hours at the Chico library and adding seven hours each to the Oroville and Paradise branches.”


California Library Literacy Services: Deadline for library literacy grants nearing

from the San Diego Union Tribune

” Public libraries have two weeks left to apply for state funding for adult literacy programs. An additional $2 million in state funding has been earmarked for libraries to join the adult literacy program that provides one-on-one tutoring to Californians who want to improve reading skills. The program, run by California Library Literary Services, has helped more than 250,000 residents learn to read and write over the past 30 years.”


Marin history resonates in online newspaper archives

from the Marin Independent Journal

“The news of the day as reported by the Marin Journal and the Marin County Tocsin, another early local newspaper, is now just a click away thanks to a digital project in which editions covering 60 years dating to 1861 have been placed online as part of the California Room Digital Archive at the county library. The papers as well as others are part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection, a searchable database containing more than 600,000 pages of old California newspapers including the Sausalito News, the Daily Alta California and the San Francisco Call.”