San Diego: Library Staff Trained to Identify Sex Trafficking Victims

From NBC San Diego

“Ask your local librarian where to find a certain book, and they’ll lead you to the exact spot on the shelf. Ask them how to spot a sex trafficking victim, and they can now tell you that as well.More than 800 staff members at all of San Diego’s 36 library locations recently received training on how to spot sex trafficking victims, how to start a conversation with them, and ultimately how to steer them to the appropriate resources for help.”

Los Angeles: Public Library to (Temporarily) Waive Late Fees

From NBC Los Angeles

“You know all of those blogs and sites and self-help guides you consulted at the start of the year, the ones that advised you to get your closets in order, your shelves tidied, and your whole life decluttered? You followed them to the letter but then … that one library book. The overdue one, the novel that’s sat under a pile of magazines on the coffee table for too many weeks. Or months. The book you’re sure to owe a bundle on, the day you take it back to your local LA Public Library branch.”

S.F. library rolls out Biblio Bistro for lessons on cooking

From SF Gate

” Seven years ago, a tiny garden of mixed greens and vegetables was planted in the children’s area at the Mission Branch Library. But the kids were befuddled about what to do with the produce.That’s when program manager Lia Hillman realized there was a disconnect between healthy food and the ability to cook it, especially for youngsters and families using hot plates in single room occupancy units. So the former chef bought a Charlie Cart — a mobile kitchen equipped with burners, an oven and utensils — and set out to teach library patrons how to saute, sear and score.”

Marin County: Marin veterans aided by new library resource

From Marin Scope

“The lack of support offered military veterans is a national shame, but a new program among local libraries promises some helpful assistance to those who fought for their country.On the heels of a recent renovation, the South Novato Library just opened a Veterans Resource Center with books, DVDs and pamphlets on topics of specific interest to veterans and their families.“Veterans will be able to work with trained volunteers to get information related to benefits and services related to housing, education, health care and employment,” said Damon Hill, library services manager for the Marin County Free Library.”

Santa Maria: Library launches after-school homework help program

From Lompoc Record

“Math has never been Yvette Gonzales’ strong suit, making it easy for her to fall behind without help after school.Now that the Santa Maria Public Library is offering a new After School Homework Help program, however, the fourth-grade Alice Shaw Elementary School student said it should be easier for her to complete her work.”

Santa Clara: Library Hosts Football Themed Winter Reading Program

From Santa Clara Weekly

” In honor of Levi’s Stadium’s first Super Bowl, the Central Park Library’s first floor information booth has a goalpost inviting readers to score a touchdown in Santa Clara City Library’s debut winter reading program. Participants receive a raffle ticket and a paper football. The footballs will be posted near the goal post. The intention is to cover the entire wall with the names of the reading program’s Most Valuable Players.”

Salinas: City hires new library director

From The Californian

“Following the abrupt and awkward departure of Cynthia Bojorquez, announced last October after being on the job only a few months, Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr. announced on Tuesday the appointment of a Texas woman to lead the city’s library and community services department.Cary Siegfried, current Director of Libraries for the city of Arlington, Texas, is expected to start here on March 7, according to a city news release.”

Want a book? Try a vending machine from O.C. libraries

From The Orange County Register

” Cheetos and Snickers don’t have anything on what’s in this vending machine – if you’re a bookworm, that is.When the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center opened in December 2014, Anaheim Public Library officials decided to try an experiment – operating a machine that dished out bestsellers to those on the go.”

Santa Barbara: New Library Opens Doors to Enthusiastic Students

From The Bottom Line

” The new University of California, Santa Barbara library opened its doors on Mon., Jan. 4 in conjunction with the first day of Winter Quarter. After a two and a half year-long process, the library welcomed students to enjoy its new features, including a cafe, study rooms and multiple lounges. The official grand opening occurred on Wed., Jan. 13.”

Veterans Resource Center opens in Beaumont

From Record Gazette

” The Veterans Resource Center officially opened its doors Tuesday morning inside the Beaumont Library, drawing close to 30 visitors on the first day that the center began offering assistance to veterans on issues involving health benefits and housing.”

Foundation offers $2M to rename Encinitas library

From San Diego Union Tribune

“The Mizel Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has quietly contributed more than $600,000 to Encinitas community grant programs in recent years, now is offering to donate $2 million in exchange for the naming rights to the Encinitas Library.”

Mountain House begins designing library

From Tracy Press News

“Residents were asked for their input into the design of the permanent Mountain House Branch Library during a community meeting Saturday morning at the high school cafeteria.”

Kevin Tolley: The Solano County Library and Measure L

From The Reporter

” Measure L is the extension of a ballot measure that has provided the library system with reliable funding for the last 18 years. In 1998 voters originally passed the 1/8-of-a-penny sales tax known as Measure B. As many of you remember, the bubble burst soon after that and library systems around California and the nation had to cut hours and staff and materials. Then in 2011 the housing bubble burst once again, and many library systems were forced to make deep cuts.Solano library weathered those financial storms mostly intact, partly due to good financial management, but also much of the credit goes to the people of Solano County and the Measure B-Measure L funding. When Measure L happened in 2012 you again voted to fund your libraries. This is a blessing.”

Palo Alto: Library and gardeners create ‘a fruitful partnership’

From Palo Alto Online

” Retired educator Candace Simpson continues to teach, but instead of chemistry, she is spreading science-based gardening knowledge.She will also be sharing home-grown lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines during her citrus-growing seminar on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Rinconada Library in Palo Alto.”

In Age of Google, Librarians Get Shelved

From Wall Street Journal

” A library-science degree can’t compete with online search, but we still have a role. The next time you visit a public library and see an older person at the information desk, someone near retirement age, take a good look. You may be seeing the last of a dying breed, the professional librarian.”

San Jose Libraries Waste Money with New Screening of Volunteers

From San Jose Inside

” The San Jose Public Library system received an additional $2 million dollars for the current budget year to hire staff, extend library hours and provide extra funds for existing programs. Instead of using all of this money for pressing library needs, however, the administration decided to fingerprint all library volunteers—including people who have no contact with the public, as well as all of the tutors in the award-winning Partners in Reading program.”

Check It Out: Libraries Offer More Than Just Books These Days

From Los Angeles Daily News

” Southern California is blessed with an abundance of libraries. From the modest local branch to the grand holdings of the Huntington Library, these bastions of learning offer everything from workout DVDs and knitting lessons to public lectures and often exquisite architecture, art and gardens.Oh, and reading is wholeheartedly encouraged.”

Long Beach Public Library to begin difficult task of digitizing volumes of periodicals, newspapers

From Press-Telegram

” The Long Beach Public Library’s collection of vintage periodicals represents a wealth of information for those interested in local history, but the task of preserving that knowledge will require converting ink-on-paper words and images to digital media.”

Los Angeles: Free books, music, movies and more from digital library services

From Los Angeles Daily News

” Today’s libraries aren’t just where the books are shelved; many make their holdings available for your Web, mobile and digital devices. Whether you want to listen to an audiobook, stream a film, improve your resume, learn a language or download a song, many local libraries offer a wealth of services for free.”

Family Fun Night at the Eureka library

From Times Standard

“Any evening that starts with an enthusiastic crowd of people breaking out their best “Elmo Slide” dance moves is bound to be an enjoyable one — and the Eureka Main Library’s “Family Fun Night” on Jan. 6 didn’t disappoint.”

Ventura County: County library system marks 100 years

From Ventura County Star

” The Ventura County Library system is marking its centennial this year.The occasion is scheduled to be recognized by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at 10 a.m. Tuesday during the board’s meeting in Ventura.Officials traced the system’s beginnings to a previous board’s decision to establish a free county library that opened in January 1916 in Ojai.”

New library opens in Fresno

From KFSN News

” The newest branch in the Fresno County Public Library system opened Saturday.Several children and local leaders took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library.The facility at Cedar and Shields Avenues replaces the more than 40-year-old Cedar-Clinton branch.”

San Bernardino libraries get $50k because of tragedies

From San Bernardino Sun

” Residents and others affected by this year’s tragedies will have another $50,000 in resources thanks to state grants extended because of those tragedies.
California State Librarian Greg Lucas offered $15,000 to the city library system and $25,000 to county libraries because of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack, and another $10,000 to the county system because of July’s Lake Fire.”

Solano County: New online school allows six in Vallejo to earn diplomas

From Times Herald

” Six qualified community members will have the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through a new online high school, Solano County Library officials announced Tuesday.The Career Online High School — operated by Gale, which is part of Cengage Learning — “is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce,” according to a library press release.”

Inglewood Public Library Receives California State Library “STeP” Grant

From Los Angeles Sentinel

“The Inglewood Public Library has received a STeP (Skills for Teen Parents) grant from the California State Library. The STeP program, a statewide project of the California State Library and the Southern California Library Cooperative, has provided funds for the Inglewood Public Library to offer free workshops to pregnant and parenting teenagers.

Inglewood Public Library Receives California State Library “STeP” Grant