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.”