Los Angeles: How Libraries Have Embraced Their Role in the Public Safety Net

From Pacific Standard

” The city of Los Angeles will soon declare a state of emergency because of its growing homeless population, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. The number of homeless Angelenos continues to grow even as the city has invested more money in its Housing Authority. There are now 26,000 homeless people in L.A. One public service that’s feeling the heat: libraries.”


DML Hub Researcher Garners Grant to Launch STEM Programs for SoCal Libraries

From PR

” Crystle Martin, a postdoctoral researcher for the Digital Media and Learning Hub’s Connected Learning Research Network of the University of California Humanities Research Institute based at UC Irvine, has been awarded a $24,000 grant to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshops at libraries throughout Southern California.”


Kern County Library Awarded $95K Grant for ‘Pop-Up Goes the Library’

Kern Valley Sun

” Have you signed-up for a library card at the soccer park? Have you checked out books at the Farmer’s Market? Now you can with our upcoming Pop-Up Library! Starting this Fall, the Kern County Library (KCL) will be popping up in unexpected locations – bringing the Library and its materials to the people – wherever they are. With a $95K Library Services and Technology grant awarded by the California State Library, the new Kern County Pop-Up Library addresses the need to surpass barriers that Kern County residents face to traditional library service, aiming to introduce Spanish-speaking populations to resources and materials.”


‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services

From KQED Arts

” As more people stream and fewer buy, Netflix-like subscriptions look like the reasonable bet for tomorrow’s music marketplace — a way for suppliers to mimic Spotify without going the freemium route. Apple Music, set to begin charging users September 30, is often lauded as the brave initiator of this potential future, but well outside Cupertino, a smaller company has spent the past five years pioneering a similar model in one of the last places you’d expect: The public library.”

‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services

‘The People’s Place’: Eureka Main Library building marks 20th year in the community

From Times Standard

” The 20th anniversary festivities will kick off Nov. 2 at the Eureka Main Library with special guest California State Librarian Greg Lucas. This event is by invitation only and will be hosted by the Humboldt Library Foundation and Friends of the Redwood Libraries.”


Yolo: Clarksburg Library provides 332 free meals to children

From Daily Democrat

” Thanks to a grant from the California Summer Meal Coalition and the California Library Association, 332 free meals were given to children over a nine week period this summer at the Clarksburg Branch Library, located at 52915 Netherlands Avenue in Clarksburg.”


Bed Bugs Force Closure of North Branch of Berkeley Library

Berkeley Patch

” The North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library was closed this morning after bedbugs were discovered in several areas, library officials said today. The bedbugs were discovered Friday morning after bedbug-sniffing dogs searched the library and found them in the downstairs men’s restroom, under the desks of the public computer area and the in a chair in the adult reading area, officials said.”


Redlands: Check out digital resources offered at A.K. Smiley Public Library

From Redlands Daily Facts

” A.K. Smiley is one of 21 local library systems that are part of the Southern California Digital Library Consortium (SCDL). SCDL is a group of local libraries that have pooled their resources to share their digital book collections.Registered patrons of A.K. Smiley Public Library can use their library cards to download any eBook or eAudiobook available from SCDL to their home device in a variety of formats. Digital books are available 24/7 and have a seven- or 14-day loan period.”


Celebrating heritage: Nevada County Library collection highlights Nisenan culture

From The Union

” The Nisenan tribe has partnered with the Nevada County Library to help spotlight the tribe and its heritage. Beginning Monday, visitors to the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research at 211 North Pine St. in Nevada City will have an opportunity to view a detailed research collection highlighting Nisenan history, culture and language.The most prominent component of the collection is an interactive kiosk.”


New LA libraries program turns ‘story time’ into hands-on ‘coder time’

From 89.3 KPCC

” On a recent afternoon at the central library in Los Angeles, nine-year-old Perla Hernandez typed on a provided laptop, working on a drawing game called “Phenomenal Turtle”. Getting the turtle to move across the screen required her to break down big complex problems into small sequential steps.In other words, the nine-year-old girl was learning to code.”


New biography of Ina Coolbrith, Oakland’ first librarian and California’s Poet Laureate

From Marinij.Com

” Ina Coolbrith is an Oakland legend, our first public librarian and California’s first poet laureate. Now, in “Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate,” author and blogger Aleta George has delved into the life of a fascinating woman and pioneer poet who not only mentored and encouraged Oaklanders Jack London and Isadora Duncan, but also rubbed shoulders with literary notables such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain and John Muir.”


‘Read to Succeed’ conference addresses Yolo literacy

From Daily Democrat

” The Yolo County Library is again partnering with the Yolo County Office of Education, the Woodland Public Library, United Way and others to bring attention and action to the issue of low literacy and the related achievement gap with a Read to Succeed Conference Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 E. St., Woodland.”


Los Gatos: ‘Library on the Lawn’ comes to the civic center

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” The Los Gatos library is so popular with teenagers that a new program called “Library on the Lawn” has been created just for them. It launched Sept. 15, with teens using their library cards to check out Frisbees and mats for front lawn fun–the lawn being the civic center lawn at 110 E. Main St.”


Palo Alto: Local libraries offer digital content

From Contra Costa Times

” I’ve been patronizing libraries since books were mostly hardbound. But now I’m checking out digital content from my local library, including movies, TV shows, ebooks and music. Anyone with a library card from San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Cruz and some other cities can “borrow” media from Hoopla (hoopladigital.com), one of many companies that offer digital content that’s free to library patrons.”


Ontario: In kindergarten visit, he came bearing library cards and a book

From Daily Bulletin

” Every kindergartner in Ontario is getting a library card in a series of classroom visits. This is how I found myself Tuesday morning speaking to the chocolate milk set.”


Vista Library readies to celebrate 100 years

From The Coast News

” From humble beginnings to a cat to mohawks, the Vista library has become a staple in this city for the past century.Principal Librarian Ceci Rincon and her staff will engage the community in the library’s 100-year anniversary celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.”


San Diego Central Library | New Landmark Libraries 2015 Winner

From Library Journal

” Iconic. That word comes up again and again in descriptions of the soaring new San Diego Central Library. A lattice dome tops the warm wood and concrete nine-story structure, a striking presence in the city’s skyline. It is a fitting tribute to the 30 years of effort and almost unprecedented philanthropy from community members that went into creating the landscape-changing new library.”


Los Angeles: $7 million library coming to Los Nietos

From Whittier Daily News

” Residents got a sneak peak Thursday at the new $7 million library that will open in summer of 2017.The plans, including architect’s rendering of the new facility, elicited oohs and aahs from most of those in attendance and the meeting hosted by Supervisor Don Knabe’s office and Los Nietos School District officials.”


Palo Alto: Mitchell Park Library & Community Center | New Landmark Libraries 2015 Winner

From Library Journal

” To find a public library built for the future, look no further than the Mitchell Park Library & Community Center. After a decade of community-based planning, input from hundreds of residents and municipal officials, a public bond measure that passed by a super­majority, and millions raised in corporate and individual donations, Palo Alto has achieved a smart building housing a sustainably designed library that is positioned to serve the community for generations to come.”


Sacramento: These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles

The New York Times

” Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes and microscopes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), American Girl dolls (Lewiston, Me.), fishing rods (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Frisbees and Wiffle balls (Mesa, Ariz.) and mobile hot spot devices (New York and Chicago).
Here in Sacramento, where people can check out sewing machines,ukuleles , GoPro cameras and board games, the new service is called the Library of Things.”

UN/shelved: Napa County Library Connects With Millennials

From Napa valley Patch

“Napa County millennials no longer have to swipe right to meet new people. The Napa County Library’s new UN/shelved program connects 20 to 30 year olds through untraditional library events.”


Community members gather to protest Berkeley Public Library’s ‘book weeding’

The Daily Californian

” A group of retired librarians and community members gathered at Berkeley Public Library’s central branch Wednesday evening preceding a Board of Library Trustees meeting to protest increased “book-weeding” practices.”

Community members gather to protest Berkeley Public Library’s ‘book weeding’

A One-of-a-Kind Museum Was Just Lost in California’s Wildfires

From Smithsonian

” As massive wildfires sweep through Northern California this summer, hundreds of homes and businesses have been in crosshairs of the quick-burning flames. Now, there’s sad news from one of the area’s most unique museums — the JKL Museum of Telephony burned to the ground on September 10.”


Northridge: CSUN’s Oviatt Library Receives Grant to Promote Local Latino/a History

From CSUN Today

” Through a joint grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the California State University, Northridge’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library will host a program that works with local Latino/a community centers to synthesize classroom and community experiences into one program — to paint a broader picture of Latino American history.”

CSUN’s Oviatt Library Receives Grant to Promote Local Latino/a History

Laine Farley, Executive Director of California Digital Library Announces Retirement; Ivy Anderson Named Interim Executive Director

From Info Docket

” Laine Farley, longtime Executive Director of the California Digital Library, will retire from the CDL effective September 30th, 2015.Farley is CDL’s third and longest-running Executive Director, having served in that capacity for nine years—first as Acting Executive Director from 2006 to 2008, and then as Executive Director from 2008 to the present.”