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.”