Don’t sneer at prison libraries, Chief Justice Roberts

From Chicago Tribune

” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., I’m surprised at you. Didn’t your mother raise you better than to insult whole groups of people? For those who are wondering, I’m talking about a remark the chief justice made last month during oral arguments in Bruce v. Samuels, a dispute about federal prisoners paying legal fees. Here I quote from Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog: When reminded that prisons maintain libraries, “Roberts then shot back, presumably sarcastically, ‘I’m sure they are very good libraries too.’” I run a library at a state prison for men in California, and I can attest that it is indeed a “very good library.”

San Francisco: Librarians are excited about e-books that don’t expire

From Good E Reader

” Penguin and Random House will be introducing new e-book terms for libraries that begin on January 1st 2016. Libraries will no longer worry about their titles expiring after a few loans or have to purchase them again every year. Librarians are also full of glee that the overall price of buying digital content will also decrease in price.Shellie Cocking of the San Francisco Public Library are excited about the new changes. ”

Librarians are excited about e-books that don’t expire

Santa Clara’s Library Offers Sustainable Programs to Enrich Community Health

From PublicCEO

“Santa Clara’s library set out several years ago to offer free educational programming built around sustainable living. Through funding from the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the state librarian, the library developed Sustainable U, a series of sustainable programs and resources that partner with local educational institutions, farms, fisheries and other libraries to increase the health, wellness and viability of the community.”

Yolo County: Rural libraries get increased broadband service

From The Davis Enterprise

“Visitors to Yolo County Library branches in Esparto, Knights Landing and Yolo now have faster access to the Internet, thanks to increased broadband service.The Yolo County Library obtained funds for these improvements through the State Library’s partnership with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. ”

Huntington Beach: App takes use of library to a new level

From L.A. Times

” The Huntington Beach Public Library is aiming to stay current with the changes in technology through a new digital app. Hoopla Digital, which was adopted by the library in November and is utilized by thousands of libraries across the country, allows library users to digitally check out movies, audio books and comic books for free. More than 300,000 titles are available.”

Solano County: Community Foundation helps to fund County Library’s literacy project

From The Reporter

” Money from the Solano Community Foundation will allow the Solano County Library to buy eight literacy workstations designed to help young children gain or improve their reading skills.Samantha Fordyce, the foundation’s chief executive officer, made the announcement in a press release issued Wednesday.The workstations’ purchase was made possible through the Fairfield-based foundation’s Education Plus! Grant Program, she noted in the release.”

Pleasanton city attorney, librarian say farewell

From Pleasanton Weekly

“Pleasanton City Attorney Jonathan Lowell and Librarian Julie Farnsworth are retiring this month, leaving the city in better shape as a result of their service.
Farnsworth is the senior of the two, having served here for nearly 13 years. She was deputy county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library System when she was hired in late January 2003 and has seen the Pleasanton Library grow from 979,433 checkouts a year to 1.4 million today — a 49% increase.”