Rancho Cucamonga: Man’s Sexual Assault Attempt Trumped — 15-Year-Old Denies ‘Favor’ At Library

From Inquisitr

” Sean O’Farrell, 40, thought he was going to elicit a “favor” inside a public library from a 15-year-old boy. However, the man’s sexual assault attempt took a turn for the worse.”


Libraries offer path to stretch dollars

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are using the special session to consider higher taxes to deal with the state’s infrastructure needs, yet they seem uninterested in measures to stretch the budget through cost-saving reforms. There may be other options than higher taxes or fewer services.”


Who says libraries are dying? They are evolving into spaces for innovation

From eNCA

” With the expansion of digital media, the rise of e-books and massive budget cuts, the end of libraries has been predicted many times over. And while it is true that library budgets have been slashed, causing cuts in operating hours and branch closures, libraries are not exactly dying. In fact, libraries are evolving.”


San Mateo: Coastside library redevelopment proceeding

From San Mateo Daily Journal

“Coastside residents are a step closer to receiving a new library after the Half Moon Bay City Council voted to hire an architect Tuesday night. The proposed $22 million project is a collaborative effort between the city and county, with the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors agreeing to fund half the cost. The current library, built in 1971 in the heart of downtown near schools and seniors, will be redeveloped into a larger state-of-the art facility.”


San Diego library labeled a “landmark;” Point Lomans treated to surprise fireworks show

From San Diego Union Tribune

“The San Diego Central Library has been designated by the Library Journal as a “New Landmark Library.” The Rob Wellington Quigley-designed building is one of 11 U.S. and Canadian libraries to earn this distinction from the 80 under consideration. The new landmarks will be highlighted in the Journal’s Sept. 15 issue.”


Snappy the tortoise to visit Salinas library

From The Californian

“Snappy the tortoise, former mascot of the John Steinbeck Library in Salinas, will visit his former home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 29 and take part in some reading activities for children, Salinas Public Library officials said. Five other tortoises are expected to accompany him.”


Yolo: Rural libraries to receive 1 GB of broadband service

From Daily Democrat

“Yolo County’s library branches in Esparto, Yolo and Knights Landing will receive an additional gigabyte of broadband service by the end of 2015.Through Governor Brown and the legislature’s “Lighting Up Libraries” initiative, as well as the State Library’s partnership with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California or CENIC, broadband services are being deployed to public libraries across the state.”


Placerville: Libraries reach out to rural day care homes to help improve quality

From EdSource

“Children typically come to the library to be read to, but Christina Roseli of the Placerville Library in California’s Gold Country is reversing that dynamic. Instead of the children going to the library, she is going to them, in a one-of-a-kind program in California.”

Libraries reach out to rural day care homes to help improve quality

Watsonville Public Library: Library offers digital music from its website

From Santa Cruz Centinel

“Watsonville Public Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalogue.The Freegal Music Service allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 28,000 music labels from 101 different countries.”


Carlsbad’s Libraries Shelving 20th Century Look

From Carlsbad Patch

“The City of Carlsbad’s Georgina Cole Library on Carlsbad Village Drive will close Sept. 1 for approximately five months as part of a project that will transform two of the city’s libraries into modern spaces that fulfill the community’s changing needs in an increasingly digital age.”


Lodi Public Library to offer free practice driver tests

From Lodi News

“The Lodi Public Library is partnering with Driving-Tests.org to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons, beginning Monday.The new service includes 12 car tests, eight motorcycle tests, and four California driver license tests in English or Spanish.”


Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival

from The Atlantic

” The public library in Redlands, California is much more than a steward of books and information. It is an exemplar of the history of the town and a living legend of its spirit of generosity, a hallmark of Redlands since its first days.”


How To Navigate Saratoga Library’s New Tech ToolBar

from Sarotoga Patch

” With the increase in popularity of internet access for finding eResources, eBooks and various other eContent, hand held electronic devices remain popular electronic additions to most households. Learning how to navigate and operate many of these resources on the smaller portable devices however, is not always intuitive.


Gale’s Career Online High School offers a fresh start (and cheerleaders)

from Library Journal

“A year and a half in, [COHS} is, by all accounts, a success. Since its launch at the Los Angeles Public Library, some 16 library systems nationwide have purchased more than 1,000 scholarship seats, with 551 students enrolled as of press time.”


Berkeley rally condemns library weeding “cover-up”

From Contra Costa Times

“On Wednesday, active and retired librarians, dozens of bibliophiles and City Council members Kriss Worthington, Linda Maio and Jesse Arreguin rallied at the Central Branch to denounce what organizers said is the library director’s ‘illegal and unethical coverup of the destruction of tens of thousands’ of items in the system’s collection.”


Moraga’s New Librarian

from Lamorinda Weekly Post

“Carla Mason does not know why the turnover of the library’s managers has been so high in Moraga since Linda Waldroup’s retirement at the beginning of 2011. “The cost of living is high here, and the position was only part-time. That may be a reason,” said the new library manager, “but the position has been expanded to 40 hours a week now.”


Los Altos: Library users reject new online catalog – old one returning

from Los Altos Online

” ‘Short of the rollout of Obamacare, I have never seen such a lousy IT system cutover for the public to use,’ [a library patron] said. ‘It definitely was not ready for primetime.'”


San Mateo County: Law library’s fate in doubt: Drop in funding limits services to local attorneys, the general public

from San Mateo Daily Journal

“The San Mateo County Law Library needs immediate support to continue and maintain its resources and services to local attorneys and the general public as its revenue from court filings has dropped dramatically since 2011, Director Andrew Gurthet said.”


Kern County: If supervisors sign with LSSI, the county’s libraries fall into a trap

from the Bakersfield Californian

“In a naive attempt to improve its library system, the Kern County Board of Supervisors is drifting into a management contract with a Maryland company, Library Systems and Services LLC. If the BoS signs with LSSI, the county falls into a trap, escape from which will be very expensive.”