Saratoga: Library launching ‘1,000 Books Before Six’

From San Jose Mercury News

“It’s been said that children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves. To help in that endeavor, the Saratoga Library has launched a campaign to help parents read 1,000 books to their children before their sixth birthday.”

Monterey transient convicted of library quad murder

From Monterey Herald

” A Monterey transient was convicted Wednesday of stabbing a fellow homeless man to death and attempting to kill another at a homeless camp behind the Monterey Public Library in June.”

Santa Maria: The Year of the Library a good one

From Lompoc Record

” This past January, both the City Council of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County supervisors proclaimed 2015 the Year of the Library. As 2015 is coming to a close, we’d like to report to the community about the many things that have happened in our local libraries during this time.”

Games put focus on family fun at Camarillo Library

From Ventura County Star

“Some families from across Ventura County took a break from digital entertainment to enjoy a day of games in the Camarillo Library’s children’s area.International Games Day is an initiative of the American Library Association to bring the community together at the library, according to Mary Goldberg, youth services librarian.”

Costa Mesa approves $34.5 million library, community center swap

From Orange County Register

” The city is set to build a modern central library nearly triple the size of its current one, and plans to open the facility by the end of 2018.The City Council unanimously approved the $34.5 million project on Tuesday.The city plans to demolish its Neighborhood Community Center meeting space in April 2017 and build the new 20,000-square-foot library in its place. In 2018, the city will begin to retrofit the 8,000-square-foot Donald Dungan Library into a new community center, a project that’s expected to be completed by Dec. 2019.”

STEM education at your Newark Library

From Contra Costa Times

” One of our main goals at the Newark Library is to support lifelong learning and we are taking this to heart by providing fun and exciting programs for our community that supports STEM education. STEM education focuses on science, technology, engineering and math in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. By hosting programs and events at the library that promote STEM education we hope that participants walk away with knowledge that will expand their minds and interest in STEM for their future in education and their career.”

Mendocino County library director announces resignation

From Ukiah Daily Journal

” Mendocino County Library Director Wally Clark announced his resignation Friday, nearly a year into his appointment to the position, making him the sixth person to leave that post since 2002. Clark’s resignation will become effective Nov. 30, according to county CEO Carmel Angelo, who said Clark has taken another job out-of-state.”

Sacramento Library Fraud Convictions Upheld

From Courthouse News Service

“A Sacramento Public Library official and two others accused of defrauding the library system of $780,000 were properly convicted of grand theft and embezzlement, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. ”

Kern County: Stories of dilapidated libraries shared

From Ridgecrest Daily Independent

” Leaking roofs, exceptionally dirty carpets, and even a cockroach infestation — all can be found at Kern County libraries. This was the new information brought forth by Mandy Walters and Miranda Lomeli-O’Reilly of Advocates for Library Enhancement during this week’s Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon.”

Berkeley: Bancroft Library acquires documents from local disability rights advocate

From The Daily Californian

” UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library recently acquired a collection of personal papers, articles and photographs from local disability rights advocate Anthony Tusler, offering students a look into four decades of the disability rights movement.”

Bancroft Library acquires documents from local disability rights advocate

San Marino: High speed Internet now runs through Crowell Public Library.

From San Marino Tribune

” The Crowell Public Library is one of the first in the state to take advantage of a non-commercial high bandwidth capacity network through the California Research & Education Network (CalREN).”

International Games Day brings community to Woodland Library

From Daily Democrat

” Woodland Public Library will join more than a thousand libraries around the world on Saturday, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries: International Games Day @ Your Library. Acording to Abigail Craig from the Library, “Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, Woodland Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.”

Santa Clara: Properties Bought and Sold at Northside Library’s Monopoly Madness

From Santa Clara Weekly

” Enterprisers hovered over big teal boards while passing around slips of pastel-colored cash, from $1 bills to $500 bills. They rolled the dice and hoped to stay out of jail. Such was the atmosphere at Northside Library’s Monopoly Madness, held on the evening of Friday, Nov. 6. About several dozen people, both adults and children, showed up.”

Nevada County Library’s Book Buddy program delivers for homebound locals

From The Union

” As an avid reader, Judith Bell doesn’t like to consider what it would be like if she couldn’t access Nevada County’s network of libraries and the thousands of books they hold.That’s part of the reason that, a couple times a month, Bell checks out books and other materials from the library and brings them to a homebound senior as part of the Nevada County Library’s Book Buddy program, in which volunteers check out books, magazines and other materials and deliver them to local residents who are elderly, handicapped, chronically ill or confined to their home for long stretches of time due to injury or illness.”

Kreiden named St. Helena library director

From Napa Valley Register

” After five months in an interim role, Chris Kreiden has been appointed director of the St. Helena Public Library.Kreiden was named acting library director after former director Jennifer Baker was fired in June. Kreiden has worked at the library for more than 20 years, and has a master’s degree in library science.”

Gale and California State Library Announce Partnership to Give State’s Residents Access

From PR Newswire

“The California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a statewide pilot program to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at more than 30 libraries across California. The program is funded by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is aimed at helping as many Californians as possible earn a high school diploma online. Currently, more than 4.5 million California adults age 25 and over lack a high school diploma.”

A Dream of a 21st Century Library for Long Beach

From Long Beach Post

“The 21st century library is going to develop locally. Gone are the days of the Carnegie Library clones appearing everywhere. In this century, as mandated by the ALA (The American Library Association), each library should be as unique as the individual place where it develops. What defines a 21st century library are these three things: what the community wants, what the community needs, and a vision for the future.”

San Mateo libraries forgive fines for food

From SF Bay

“Library delinquents in San Mateo County have a chance this holiday season to redeem themselves with charitable food donations, library officials announced Monday.
Starting on Nov. 16, outstanding fines will be waved for donations of nonperishable boxed or canned food to any of the 12 branches in Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos or Woodside.”

San Mateo libraries forgive fines for food

Half Moon Bay:Library friends make big donations

More than $200,000 raised on Friday

From Half Moon Bay Review

” More than $200,000 raised on Friday Half Moon Bay Friends of the Library says it raised at least $200,000 at a Friday fundraiser and that it is well on its way toward meeting a commitment of up to $2 million toward construction of a new library in the city.”

Temecula: City Councilman Honored for Helping Public Libraries

From Valley News

“Ron Roberts views the work done to finance and build the landmark Temecula library along Pauba Road as the crowning achievement of the 25 years he spent in city and county government. That library will now bear his name.And to top that off, Roberts’ name will be added to the city’s Wall of Honor.The action marked just the second time in Temecula’s 26-year history that a city facility has been named after someone during their lifetime.”

TEMECULA: Council renames library after former colleague Ron Roberts

Berkeley: Library to hire former Albany city manager for top job

From Berkeleyside

” The Berkeley Board of Library Trustees plans to hire Beth Pollard, an administrator with deep roots in the East Bay, as the new interim library director. The decision will be confirmed at a meeting today.Pollard served as Berkeley’s interim deputy city manager from Sept. 2014 to February of this year. Prior to that, she was the city manager of Albany for 12 years, as well as the interim library director for the San Anselmo library.”

Library to hire former Albany city manager for top job

Kern County: As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode

From Bloomberg Business

” Library Systems & Services LLC is running into opposition as it seeks to add the 24 libraries in Kern County, California, to its portfolio of 82 in six states, allowing the county to shed a unionized workforce of 118. The county north of Los Angeles would be the largest addition for LSSI since the firm, which is owned by Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Argosy Capital Group Inc., got into the book business in 1997.”

America’s Star Libraries, 2015: Top-Rated Libraries

From Library Journal

” We are pleased to announce the results of the eighth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category.”

San Bernardino Public Library joins San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read literacy efforts

From IE Community News Group

“The county-wide vision embarked in September on a year-long campaign titled “Vision2Read” to foster literacy within San Bernardino County.”

San Bernardino Public Library joins San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read literacy efforts