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.”