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.”

http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/homeless-library-patrons

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.”

http://www.pr.com/press-release/638846

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.”

http://www.kernvalleysun.com/news/article_0b68c100-6204-11e5-81a9-2b0a433649f8.html

‘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.”

http://www.times-standard.com/lifestyle/20150926/the-peoples-place-eureka-main-library-building-marks-20th-year-in-the-community

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.”

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20150923/clarksburg-library-provides-332-free-meals-to-children

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.”

http://patch.com/california/berkeley/bed-bugs-force-closure-north-branch-berkeley-library-0