Napa County: County library offering live online chatting

From Napa Valley Register

” Napa County is celebrating its 166th birthday with a new online chat feature on The instant messaging function allows users to chat directly with staff to answer questions.The Napa County Library is the first department to participate in online chatting.”

Earn an accredited diploma at Yolo libraries

From Daily Democrat

“The Yolo County Library is offering community members an opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a for profit company a part of Cengage Learning.COHS is a pilot project, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, with a $1 million budget aimed at helping Californians earn a high school diploma online. The California State Library is assisting with the program’s implementation and working to create partnerships and funding opportunities at the local and state levels.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

From Daily Trojan

” Like any library, the microlibraries will be set up with freely available books and other materials completely open to the public. The microlibraries will also serve as an interactive artistic element to USC’s campus, serving a dual purpose of art as well as a public stop for literary resources.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

Solano County: Libraries, Liberty and justice for all

From Daily Republic

” Separate and unequal access to knowledge is the antithesis of library ideals. The American Library Association actively commits its programs and resources “to those efforts that combat prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination against individuals and groups in the library profession and in library user populations on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, color, religious background, national origin, language of origin or disability.” The same principles apply at the Solano County Library.”

Patterson: Segoviano to retire from library

From Patterson Irrigator

“When Sandie Segoviano turns the key in the lock of the Patterson Branch Library March 3, it will be for the last time in her 31 years on the staff. Segoviano is retiring from the library after three decades.”

San Francisco: Officials to plot future of library

From The Daily Journal

” Officials are checking out ways the South San Francisco Public Library can better address the evolving needs of residents, which may result in offering new services some may feel are long overdue.The South San Francisco City Council is set to consider during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, a strategic plan which could chart a new course over the next five years for the library.The library is one of the community facilities officials have considered upgrading through use of revenue expected to be generated by Measure W, the new half-cent sales tax increase recently approved by voters.”

Butte County Library undertakes countywide mental health training

From ChicoER

” Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. So it isn’t about “us versus them,” counselor Lisa Smusz told a room of Butte County Library staff, librarians and volunteers Monday. It affects us all: our families, our friends. Countywide training on how to deal with the mentally ill is the first part of a project made possible by a $25,000 federal grant awarded to the library through the Library Services and Technology Act.”

Ventura County: T.O. Library demonstrates new technology

From Ventura County Star

” Some of the newest technology — from 3D printing to LED circuitry — is now available in Ventura County’s libraries and in six local city libraries thanks to a $20,000 grant from the state.”

Love in many languages at Santa Monica Public Library

From Santa Monica daily Press

“¡Te amo! Je t’ aime! Ich liebe dich! Mahal kita! (That’s “I love you” in Spanish, French, German, and Tagalog.) Throughout the world, in many languages, there are words to express love. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone learned to say “I love you” in as many ways as we can? …The Santa Monica Public Library currently has world language collections for adults in eight languages: Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.”

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Approved by Long Beach City Council

From Long Beach Post

“After months of debate behind the dais, in public meeting halls and on Twitter, prompting a cautionary revote by the Long Beach City Council so to not violate the Brown Act via tweets, a proposal to formally rename the North Branch Library the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library was officially approved with a 6-0 vote Tuesday night.”

7 Modern Reasons to Visit Your Local Library Today

From Wisebread

“The library is filled with adventure and wonder for kids and adults of all ages. Going to the library is a rewarding pastime that many of us already enjoy. So rather than twiddle your thumbs and wonder what you’re going to do on your day off, here’s why you should head over to the library.”

Riverside: Main library could become children’s museum

From The Press Enterprise

” Riverside’s historic downtown library building could become a children’s science museum run by the foundation behind the Discovery Cubes in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. But the museum proposal hinges on whether the City Council decides to build a new main library on another site. Council members will discuss the library’s future and the possible children’s museum Feb. 23.”

Burbank: City chooses new library system director

From L.A. Times

” After a seven-month, nationwide search, Burbank has selected a new director to lead its library system — Elizabeth Goldman, a second-generation librarian who said her mother, a librarian in her hometown in New Mexico, was a good “salesperson for the job” and remains enthusiastic about the work.”

Yolo County: Library staffers help probationers’ families connect through books

From Davis Enterprise

” A new program at the Turner Community Library in West Sacramento gives probationers the opportunity to be their child’s first teacher through story times, teachings and shared interactions.The Families Together program, funded by a $15,000 donation from the King-White Family Foundation, is a 10-week program in which probationers and their families visit the library once a week for lessons and activities from library staff.”

San Francisco: Library sheds problematic image; incidents down nearly 50 percent

From The San Francisco Examiner

” The San Francisco Main Branch library has dealt with a troubled reputation stemming from well-publicized incidents of violence and deplorable bathroom conditions. In January 2014, Mayor Ed Lee called for a zero–tolerance policy targeting patrons who behave badly as he toured the facility with Police Chief Greg Suhr and top-ranking members of his administration, including his homeless czar and chief of staff.”

Santa Barbara Central Library Puts 3D Printer to Use Creating Fossil Replicas

From Noozhawk

“The Santa Barbara Public Library System has a new 3D printer thanks to the Orfalea Foundation.As part of a $25,000 grant to the new Children’s Library in 2015, the 3D printer is available to the public to learn how to create 3D objects and is one of three 3D printers available during the weekly Makerspace program at Central Library on Mondays. It was also just used to create 3D models of some recently discovered fossils.”

Some Lodi Library computers hit Internet connection speed bumps

From Lodi News

“The library can be a wonderful resource for knowledge and information. To help residents gain this information, the Lodi Public Library has meticulously-kept computers galore. But even the best-equipped library can be defeated by one single component: a slow Internet connection.”

Reagan Library marks president’s 105th birthday anniversary

From Los Angeles Daily News

” It was a presidential birthday Saturday worthy of being cast in bronze and gold.The 105th birthday of the late President Ronald Reagan was celebrated at his Simi Valley library with the gift of a bronze statue of the Commander-in-Chief atop his favorite horse. The birthday bash also unveiled two new commemorative coins of a smiling president and his First Lady.”

Napa County Library celebrates 100th anniversary

From Napa Valley Register

” Warm up the vocal chords. It’s time to sing “Happy 100th Birthday!” to the Napa County Library System during its community party on Tuesday. This centennial extravaganza is in celebration of the Napa County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous approval of the Napa County Library System formation on Feb. 9, 1916.”

Santa Barbara: New Library Director Named

From Santa Barbara Independent

“Jessica Cadiente (pictured), former library director for the City of Lompoc, has been selected as Santa Barbara’s new director, responsible for oversight of public libraries in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Carpinteria, Buellton, and Solvang.”

Los Angeles: He’s 48, just graduated from high school and owes it all to the library

From Los Angeles Times

” Ron Hagardt didn’t finish high school when he was supposed to, in 1985. Drinking led to pot, which led to cocaine, which led to dropping out of Sonora High School in La Habra during his senior year. Now he’s 48, four years sober — and a high school graduate. On Tuesday, Hagardt wore a blue cap and gown and moved the golden tassel across his mortarboard during a ceremony at the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown.”

San Francisco: What happens when libraries are asked to help the homeless find shelter

From The Washington Post

“In 2008, the San Francisco Public Library considered a very unusual question. How, they asked the city’s homeless, can our library better serve you? Officials weren’t looking for book club ideas. Over the past decade, the shrinking social safety net has turned many libraries into major care providers for the underprivileged. The homeless, in particular, rely on libraries for daytime shelter. It’s a big job, one that libraries — perpetually cash-strapped and understaffed — aren’t sure they’re equipped to handle.”

Western states’ open data project wins grant

From State Scoop

” The California State Library, along with Washington’s state technology agency and the Nevada State Library will receive a $470,000 award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their efforts to teach librarians and other community members how to use open data.”

Santa Monica: Fees removed for library cards

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” Library cards will be free for all who want them, residents and visitors alike, thanks to a decision by the City Council at their Jan. 26 meeting. As part of their budget discussion last week, the City Council eliminated a $25 fee that had been imposed on non-residents applying for a Santa Monica Library card. The fee will disappear as of Feb. 1.”

USPTO Designates San José Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center


” The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San José Public Library system located in San José, California. PTRCs, located across the United States, assist the public in learning more about patents and trademarks with reference assistance and training programs. They serve as the local face of the USPTO and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.”