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.”


San Diego County: Free assistance for flood victims at Ramona Library

from CBSNews8

“The county is offering help to owners with property damage in the recent flood. An assistance center has been set up at the Ramona Library and it will operate through Saturday to provide information and resources for residents and business owners.”


Rancho Mirage Library receives recognition awards

from the Desert Sun

“The Rancho Mirage Public Library in Rancho Mirage received state and national recognition for outstanding public relations efforts from both the American Library Association and the California Library Association for 2015.”


Pleasanton: Library’s Open Mic nights provide writers creative outlet

from the Contra Costa Times

“If you think open mic events only happen at edgy clubs in big cities, you haven’t been to the Pleasanton Library recently. Writers, poets and lyricists from around the Tri-Valley are sharing their work with each other and the public at monthly Open Mic nights at the library, where the talent pool ranges from seasoned published writers to untested and nervous newbies. For five minutes each, performers can read or sing their work aloud to an appreciative audience anxious to hear new talent.”


California: State funds available for adult literacy program

from the Visalia Times-Delta

“The Tulare County adult literacy program may get additional funding from the state. Earlier this week, the California State Library announced there is $2 million available for local libraries with adult literacy programs. The funds, made available by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature, will target libraries that lost literacy programs when state funding tightened up in recent years.”


The calamity of the disappearing school libraries

from San Diego Free Press

“California has hemorrhaged school librarians to the point where it now has the worst ratio – 1-to-7,000 librarians-to-students – of any state in the nation.”

The Calamity of the Disappearing School Libraries

UCSD’s Geisel Library to celebrate new Dr. Seuss book

from the Times of San Diego

“A celebration of the launch of the latest Dr. Seuss book will take place Tuesday at UC San Diego‘s Geisel Library, school officials announced Thursday.’What Pet Should I Get?’ is scheduled to be released that day by Random House. The story is based on materials found two years ago in a box at the La Jolla home of Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel, who wrote the children’s classics ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ … UCSD announced earlier this week that Audrey Geisel donated $3 million to help pay for renovations on three floors of the library. University officials hope that work will begin on the project next spring.”


Discover a trove of Hollywood treasures at the Motion Picture Academy Library

from National Public Radio

“Summer blockbuster season is upon us. Dinosaurs, little yellow minions, an ant-man, all vying for our hard-earned entertainment dollars. But if you’re looking for gentler thrills, try the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills. There, you can poke through artifacts from the movies’ Golden Years.”


Spoke & Word bike takes S.F. library to the streets

from the San Francisco Chronicle

“No one knew what to make of the strange-looking bike on the corner of 24th and Bartlett streets. It was parked outside of the San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch on a windy Saturday afternoon. A sleek blue trailer — equipped with spinning pinwheels and rainbow flags — was attached. Orange balloons were tied to its handlebars. Effervescent bubbles floated from a bubble machine.”


Oakland Public Library begins toy lending program

from the Contra Costa Times

“The Oakland Public Library is now lending toys designed for children up to six years old, library officials said Friday. Toys are available at all library branches and at the main library at 125 14th St. Patrons can check out up to two toys for three weeks and renew them once, library officials said.”


Yolo County Library partners with Yolo Food Bank

from the Daily Democrat

“The Yolo County Library is again partnering with the Yolo Food Bank during Yolo County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Last year, Yolo County Library participants donated over 2,200 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 2,500 pounds.”


Library improvements for Solana Beach

from the Del Mar Times

“This week, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a recommendation to award a $200,000 grant to the Solana Beach Library to support $2.2 million in planned improvements. The remodeling includes two new study rooms, a new staff workroom, lobby renovations, expanded display space for popular materials and a bigger book store for the Friends of the Solana Beach Library.”


San Bernardino County: Big Bear Library closed until early August

from the Big Bear Valley News

“Big Bear Library is closed due to flooding, but it wasn’t the July 18 storm that was the culprit. On July 11, a hose that feeds clean water into a restroom burst, which flooded restroom, the lobby and community room with an inch of water. Officials closed the library the following day to begin repairs on carpet, ceiling panels and drywall, all which were damaged.”


San Diego: Putting the cart before the homeless

from the San Diego Reader

“Over the course of several months, librarians at Mission Valley, San Ysidro, and downtown libraries have grappled with the problem of some patrons bringing large carts inside. Staff say the carts, often as high as four feet tall and loaded with boxes, clothing, and bed mats, limit accessibility for others; however, some of the cart pushers, many of whom are homeless, say they need to have the carts at their side for quick access to medications. They say barring their belongings violates disability laws.”


Salinas prepares to launch literacy via cart vendors

from the Daily Californian

“As soon as August, a new fleet of cart vendors will be out in east Salinas hawking their wares — not ice cream or snacks, but books, movies, comics and more. These vendors are part of a new literacy program at the Salinas Public Library called ‘Paleteros.’ The word in English means ‘ice cream vendors.’ The program received its latest grant this week of $15,000 from the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.”


Altadena library to host Latino American history programs

from the Pasadena Star News

“Altadena Public Library was recently selected to receive a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The library will receive $3,000 to hold public programming and the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film ‘Latino Americans,’ created for PBS by the WETA public television station.”


Santa Barbara: Friends approve new fundraising strategy in light of recent budget cuts

from the Independent

“At Monday’s Friends of the Montecito Library (FML) meeting, the Board of Directors approved to focus on a new fundraising strategy in light of recent County budget cuts that resulted in reducing library hours from 45 hours per week to 36 hours per week (25% decrease). The library will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.”


San Juan Library becomes a living world of discovery

from Benitolink

“For two weeks this summer, the Carl M. Luck Memorial Library in San Juan Bautista transformed itself from a depository of bounded material into a summer day-camp, where school-aged children brought to life the unlimited world of possibilities contained on its shelves.”