The Social Workers Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

From CityLab

“Leah Esguerra, a social worker in San Francisco, begins her workday roaming in between the bookshelves at the city’s Main Library. She’s looking for homeless people who need her assistance. Esguerra is the nation’s first library social worker. Since 2009, she’s been providing social services and outreach programs to many of the city’s homeless patrons.On this particular rainy morning, she’s hoping to find her client, John, who suffers from depression and is in need of mental health care and temporary housing.”

Prom essentials for free?! Head to Sacramento Public Library


” Corsages, limos, tuxes and gowns. Prom season is here — a rite of passage that can be financially out of reach for some families.Prom is super expensive. If you want to get a dress or you want to have fun, it’s really hard to pay for it all,” El Camino High student Taylor Donoghue said.The Sacramento Public Library is helping out by holding prom giveaway events at nine locations. This is the third time the library has organized the events.”

Want to stream music and movies? Look no further than Orange County libraries

From The Orange County Register

“A free alternative to Netflix and Spotify has come to Orange County, and all you need to sign up is a library card.Beginning Monday, county library cardholders gain access to Hoopla Digital’s 450,000 movies, television shows, music albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics – all of which can be streamed instantaneously to their computers and phones at any location.It is the first time OC Public Libraries has offered streaming videos and music.”

The Children’s Wall of Tears at the Oxnard Main Library

From Tri County Sentry

” The National Association against Child Cruelty (NAACC) is pleased to announce that The Children’s Wall of Tears™ is currently on display at the Oxnard Main Library through April 30th…The Children’s Wall of Tears, the first and only traveling monument of its kind, will be traveling throughout the State of California beginning in June 2016. The Children’s Wall of Tears™, a local traveling monument created in Oxnard, is a memorial designed by Jane LeMond-Alvarez, her husband, Leo Alvarez, to honor and memorialize children killed through abuse and neglect.”

San Jose might offer scofflaw library patrons amnesty. Good!

From Slate

” The San Jose Public Library wants its books back. And its CDs and DVDs. Taken altogether, library patrons are holding onto or have damaged 97,000 items and owe the city $6.8 million in fines and fees. The situation is so out of control that about 40 percent of the city’s library cardholders can no longer borrow anything until they return their library holdings and pay what they owe. For a library, this is a DEFCON moment. Maybe not DEFCON 1, but at least DEFCON 3.”

Modesto: Veterans Resource Center Opening Soon

From Oakdale Leader

“The Modesto Library will host a grand opening celebration for its Veterans Resource Center, Monday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will feature U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, Stanislaus County Supervisor Dick Monteith and other officials, as well as a special performance of patriotic music by members of the Johansen High School band.”

Sonoma County Law Library to open on Saturdays as use rises

From The Press Democrat

” Being a self-described old-schooler, Santa Rosa attorney Desiree Cox still prefers to crack an actual book to hopping on the Internet to do legal research.Searching through books is a subtle luxury Cox can’t always afford because she’s busy trying cases all week and her favorite law library is closed on weekends.Or was, until now. In a partnership with Empire College School of Law, the Sonoma County Law Library will open Saturdays, allowing working people including non-lawyers a chance to peruse the stacks and even use the free computers on their days off.”

Berkeley Public Library card requirements raise concerns

From The Daily Californian

” Berkeley Public Library’s requirement of a photo ID and evidence of a home address in order to obtain a library card has raised concerns regarding the accessibility of the institution.According to James LaRue, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is standard practice for libraries across the nation to request a photo ID and an address. LaRue noted that the requirement is in place in order to insure the safety of the library’s collection, by enabling checked-out materials to be recovered if necessary.”

Berkeley Public Library card requirements raise concerns

Los Angeles Expands Help Applying for Citizenship

From EGPNews

“Immigrant Angelenos who want to become American citizens can get help through the Los Angeles Public Library under a newly expanded program announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti.CitizenshipWorks 2.0 is part of Garcetti’s Step Forward LA initiative to encourage the city’s more than 350,000 legal permanent resident immigrants to become U.S. citizens.The new pilot program includes both web based tools and in-person step-by-step guidance through the naturalization application process for those who don’t have access to a computer or the Internet, according the mayor’s announcement.”

Yorba Linda: Check out a guitar with your library book

From The Orange County Register

” With a Yorba Linda Public Library card you can play the guitar or ukele – or at least try.Unplugged: A Music Lending Library, believed to be the only one of its kind in Orange County, launched in July with funding from a California State Library and Services Technology grant.The library used the $11,000 grant to purchase four acoustic guitars, four ukeleles and more than 250 books of sheet music – instruments can be checked out for free for six weeks at a time and sheet music for three weeks.”

Paso Robles: Library selected to receive new children’s computer station

From Paso Robles Daily News

“The Paso Robles City Library has been chosen by the California State Library and the Califa Library Group during a competitive process to receive one of fifty new AWE station bilingual computers for the children’s area of the library.The library currently has one AWE computer station which has received much use since its arrival in January of 2014. During the last year, the computer station was used over 1,500 times by library patrons usually under the age of nine. The new computer will join the existing AWE station on a shared carrel in the children’s area of the library. The online public access catalog (OPAC) that had previously shared this space will be relocated to a new carrel to be purchased by the Paso Robles Library Foundation.”

Library selected to receive new children’s computer station

Santa Barbara Public Library System Releases New App

From Noozhawk

” The Santa Barbara Public Library System unveiled a new mobile application to connect patrons with their local libraries.The app allows patrons to search the library catalog, place holds on resources, access their account, renew items, pay fines, search library events and view digital collections and resources from their mobile device or tablet.”

What to do with the Hunt Branch Library in Fullerton?

From The Orange County Register

“The city’s library board is recommending the Fullerton City Council either fund the $1.3 million per year it would cost to operate the Hunt Branch Library – closed to the public since 2013 – or decide what else should be done with the property, maybe even selling it.”

Solano library foundation lands $50,000 Buck nonprofit grant

From Daily Republic

” The Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation has donated $50,000 to support the reading and literacy programs of the Solano County Library Foundation before the Buck Foundation ceases operations.”

Long Beach library to offer online high school diplomas

From Press Telegram

“Qualified residents of Long Beach may now earn an accredited high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by the California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.Long Beach Public Library is offering the service, made possible by funding from the library’s Foundation and the California State Library.”

San Jose may forgive fines if library users return long-overdue books and materials

From Monterey Herald

“More than a third of San Jose’s public library users haven’t returned books or other materials checked out a long time ago, and together they owe almost $6.9 million in outstanding fines.But city officials aren’t going to send a posse after them. Instead, they’re thinking about setting up a two-week amnesty program so the literary scofflaws can voluntarily return the books, CDs, DVDs and other borrowed items, no questions asked or penalties collected.”

New Salinas librarian hopes to also fight crime


” When Cary Siegfried first visited California 37 years ago as an 18-year-old high school graduate, she made a promise to return. Now 55, Siegfried is back to serve as Salinas’ chief librarian.”The key is showing all kids can be successful in school and that there is pathway out of poverty, out of that life of gang violence. You’ve got to show them what the possibilities are,” Siegfried said. In a city that saw a record 40 murders last year, her strategy could be key.”

New innovation comes to Yolo Library

From Daily Democrat

” Yolo County Library cardholders now have access to LINK+, a free resource-sharing library consortium, to browse and borrow items from participating public and academic libraries in California and Nevada.Local cardholders will now be able to peruse over 11 million books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks from more than 50 libraries.”

Your LA library card can save you thousands of dollars, here’s how

From Timeout Los Angeles

“You may not know it—I sure as hell didn’t—but your LA County and LA Public Library cards come with some insane benefits. The most obvious is, of course, being able to freely check out almost any library book, graphic novel and movie, but let’s talk about the other free perks that are, quite literally, at your fingertips. Whether you live in Santa Monica or Downtown Los Angeles, your library card gives you access to some pretty killer subscription services that you would have to shell out hundreds of dollars for otherwise. We combed through all the offers available via both the County of Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library networks (yes, they’re different) and highlighted the absolute best deals.”

The CIA is hiring… a $100,000 librarian

From CNN

” The CIA currently has a job opening for a librarian.Pay is excellent. The listed range is $50,864 to $118,069 a year — above the typical income for a U.S. family. The salary isn’t far off what some “reconnaissance” positions get.And that’s saying nothing of the benefits.In addition to the cachet of working at the CIA, “librarians also have opportunities to serve as embedded, or forward deployed, information experts in CIA offices and select Intelligence Community agencies.”Translation: There may be some James Bond-like opportunities, if you want them.”

Pasadena: Crowell Public Library Presents “Medicare 101″ Workshop

From Pasadena Now

“Whether one is approaching age 65 or is already receiving Medicare benefits, attending this free educational seminar at Crowell Public Library, will be most beneficial. This hour of Medicare 101 will cover the basic rules, regulations and time frames seniors need to know. An independent broker working in Pasadena, John Dickey will present an audio-visual program on the many aspects of Medicare and will answer all questions. He will serve as a free resource and advocate, now and at any time in the future, to help people find the Medicare information they need.”

Lompoc: Library unveils smartphone app, starts adult coloring club

From Lompoc Record

” Users of the Black Gold Cooperative Library System, which includes the Lompoc Public Library, now have a new way to connect to their local libraries.The tri-county library system recently unveiled a free smartphone app that allows users to perform a range of library services on the mobile device of their choice.”

Lake County Library adds new resources to help with disaster recovery

From Lake County News

” California State Librarian Greg Lucas visited Lake County and met with Lake County Librarian Christopher Veach in November.During their discussion Veach briefed Lucas about the unique library issues that had arisen from the fires.As a result, the Lake County library received a grant of $15,000 in federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the California State Library to purchase materials to help with the information needs created by the Valley fire.Veach focused on ordering materials that would help with rebuilding, recovery and future planning.”

Richmond Library to offer online high school diploma program

From San Jose Mercury News

” A new scholarship program, provided by a grant from the state librarian, will now offer Richmond residents a chance to earn an accredited high school diploma through Career Online High School. According to the city’s latest census, about 1 in 4 adults in Richmond lack a high school diploma or degree equivalent.”

Look! In the library! It’s Ventura’s Foster Con!

From Ventura County Star

” A station where children can create their own superhero — including super powers, a secret identity and a mask — will be among the offerings at the Third Annual Foster Con Mini Comic Festival at E.P. Foster Library in Ventura on Saturday.”Foster Con is the library’s version of a comic con — like the ones in San Diego and right here in Ventura — albeit on a much smaller scale,” said Heather Seaton, a County of Ventura library technician.”