From L.A. Mayor Org

” Mayor Eric Garcetti today presented the sixth Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award to librarian Ednita Kelly for developing, designing, and deploying a signature Book Bike, a human powered tool for library outreach. Mayor Garcetti presented the award during the kick off the 15th CicLAvia.”

New Taipei, San Francisco ink library tie-up

From Taiwan Today

” A memorandum of understanding facilitating exchanges and interactions between New Taipei City and San Francisco Public Libraries was concluded Oct. 21 in Banqiao District. Under the pact, the two sides will establish a platform for book swapping and personnel visits, as well as organizing a vast array of jointly staged reading-related events.”

Fresno County library branches stop lending new video games, citing high costs

From The Fresno Bee

” Fresno County Public Library branches no longer will stock new video games on their shelves.Materials Handling Manager Terry Sterling said the decision to end a pilot program allowing members to check out video games came in January after the administration deemed it too costly.”

Los Angeles: Library staff plagued by jokers sticking up rude messages about them

From Metro

” Libraries everywhere are now struggling to compete with ever-tightening government budgets, plus that thing called the internet. But apparently that does not make them exempt from a bit of gentle banter from professional pranksters Obvious Plant. These cheeky signs, posing as official notices, have appeared next to book drop-offs at the Los Angeles Public Library.”

Library plagued by pranksters sticking up rude messages by their book drop-offs

Imperial Beach celebrates library centennial

From San Diego Union Tribune

” The Imperial Beach Library is celebrating its centennial this year. Its actual birthday is Oct. 25. The community along with local elected officials, got together on Oct. 17 to celebrate 100 years of stories at the Boys & Girls’ Club.”

A.K. Smiley Public Library to get full-time adult literacy coordinator

From Redlands Daily Facts

“The A.K. Smiley Public Library is getting a full-time adult literacy coordinator to supervise the growing adult literacy program.The library has been awarded an annual $52,000 grant from the California State Library to expand the part-time coordinator position to full-time through June 2018.”