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.”

CORONA: New library director hired

From The Press Enterprise

” The City of Corona has found its new Library and Recreation Services Director in David Montgomery-Scott. A national recruitment process was launched to fill the vacant position after the retirement of former Director Julie Fredericksen.”

Google’s Digital Library is legal, says U.S. appeals court

From Periodic Press Post

” Google wants to scan every book that exists, all 129,864,880 of them by the company’s own meticulous counting (as of 2010). Lots of libraries have gotten on board with the idea, contributing books for scanning. Google makes the books’ texts searchable and reveals snippets of the contents alongside links to libraries or bookstores where hard copies can be acquired for further reading. ”

San Diego: The latest DIY biotech hot spot? The local library.

From Washington Post

” Green algae bubbling in a beaker, a 3D printer purring on a table, and a molecular and cellular biologist culturing bacteria with a small group of students — it was just another day at the library. Specifically, a public library in San Diego that’s home to what may be the world’s first biotech laboratory-in-a-library.”

Sacramento: Walk4Literacy spreads the word about reading achievement gap

From Sac Bee

” Curious George, the Cat in the Hat and a gaggle of other storybook creatures took to the streets Saturday in Oak Park to march with a crowd of 1,000 people to the Central Library in the name of literacy.The reading enthusiasts, many with children in tow, walked a steady 4 miles from McClatchy Park to Cesar Chavez Plaza to raise awareness about what event organizers call a “literacy crisis.” Each paid a fee for their spot in the crowd, contributing to what the Sacramento Public Library Foundation expects will be a $15,000 boost to community organizations promoting literacy.”

Altadena Library Holds ‘Read for the Record’ Event on Thursday

From Pasadena Now

” The Altadena Library District is joining the nationwide Read for the Record literacy awareness event on Thursday, October 22nd, a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in what is said to be the world’s largest shared reading experience.”

Gilroy: Check out e-books; 1,000 books reading program

From Gilroy Dispatch

” As part of a national movement to promote early literacy, the Gilroy Library and Santa Clara County Library District are collaborating with First Five on a yearlong and system-wide program, “1000 Books Before 6,” initiated Sept. 15.”

Paso Robles Press 3 SLO County libraries benefit from grant

From Paso Robles Press

” The Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries awarded a total of $10,100 from the Barbara Baltimore Library Endowment to fund three projects in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.”

Santa Clarita Residents Participate In Great California ShakeOut For Earthquake Preparedness

From HometownStation.Com

“The Great California ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill held annually every year to help prepare people to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.The event provided an opportunity for the community, schools and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, as well as secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. As 10:15 a.m., participants inside of all three branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library were asked to “drop, take cover and hold on,” as if an earthquake was happening. The participants then evacuated from the libraries.”

Salinas Library Director announces her departure, 8 months into the job.

From Monterey County Weekly

“Cynthia Bojorquez, who joined the city of Salinas as Director of Library and Community Services just eight months ago, told the city today she would leave her job by the end of the year. Bojorquez decided to leave the position due to family matters, City Manager Ray Corpuz tells the Weekly.”

Long Beach Public Library hosts first ‘hackathon’ for middle school students

From Press-Telegram

” What does HTML and CSS stand for and what can it do? Alex Eung, an eighth grade student from Washington Middle School, knows the answer — and he knows how to use it.Eung was one of the 36 students who experienced the Long Beach Public Library’s first private crash-course on the basics of web programming with the help of web professionals as part of the city’s Innovation Week.”

San Diego: Almost half the central library’s items sit unused

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Almost half of the items made available for checkout when San Diego’s $185 million Central Library opened two years ago have not been checked out yet, city data shows.The lattice-domed building on Park Boulevard downtown opened with about 1.25 million items in its collection, many of which were transferred from its old location on E Street.About 690,000 of them are available for checkout. Of those, 309,000 have yet to be checked out since the Sept. 28, 2013, grand opening. According to a review of checkout data, about 50,800 of those items have never been borrowed from the library at all. Another 48,300 items were last used in the 1990s.”

Menlo Park Library reopens after bed bug scare

From Palo Alto on line

” The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center reopened Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. after being closed Tuesday evening and Wednesday after a bed bug was found on a chair, according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer.”

Santa Barbara: Little Literati Storm New Children’s Library

From Santa Barbara Independent

” Little literati are learning the love of reading and a whole lot more at the new Children’s Library, which the Santa Barbara Public Library opened in September after extensive renovations to the downtown institution.”

Burbank: Library to offer another way to check out books

From Burbank Leader

” Burbank resident Barbara Howell has been a “voracious reader” since she was a child — she said she used to hug her books — and by embracing new technology, she’s able to feed her appetite while traveling without having to practically drag along a library of books.”,0,5656454.story

Hayward main library to be demolished

From The Pioneer

” In downtown Hayward century old trees surround the historic main library, some older than the city itself, but that chapter in the library’s history will soon come to a close.”

Hayward main library to be demolished

Delicious Destinations returns to Crowell Public Library this Saturday.

From San Marino Tribune

” Delicious Destinations – a popular community fundraising event for San Marino’s local public library – returns Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Crowell Public Library. The San Marino library will be transformed into several American cities, including Miami, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco, as party-goers enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of an all-American road trip, while raising funds to support the library.”

Suspect sexually assaults juvenile in SF library bathroom

From San Francisco Examiner

” A man allegedly kissed a six-year-old boy on the cheek and touched him inappropriately inside a city library bathroom last week. The boy then told his mother, who confronted the fleeing man and hollered at him, saying she knew what he had done. The Sept. 27 incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the Western Addition San Francisco Public Library at 1550 Scott St.”