San Jose: Three people owe library more than $10,000 for overdue books

From San Jose Mercury News

” Three people owe the San Jose Public Library more than $10,000 for overdue or lost books, seven more racked up fines totaling more than $5,000 and nearly 130 face penalties of at least $1,000, records obtained by this newspaper show.How book-borrowers could amass such a staggering debt is hard to say — the city refuses to divulge who they are. But San Jose’s highest unpaid individual library fines, as well as the total penalties owed, dwarf those in San Francisco or Oakland.”

Humboldt: Libraries role as homeless refuges

From Times Standard

“Public libraries have long had a close relationship with the homeless, and Eureka’s downtown main branch is no exception.Humboldt County’s Library Services Director Victor Zazueta acknowledges the crucial role the branch plays, noting a steady stream of people who are homeless to the library’s computer terminals, where they use the Internet to apply for social services and jobs, or just keep up with current events. ”

Chino: Campus adds 1,500 books to library in women’s prison

From UCLA Newsroom

” recent UCLA book drive motivated students, faculty and staff to collect or donate more than 1,500 books for the library of a state women’s prison in Southern California. The first of the books have now begun to arrive at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino. Organized by the Justice Work Group and the Department of African American Studies, the Bruin Prison Book Drive placed donation bins in academic departments and residential units as well as hosted poetry slam events.”

Berkeley: Weeding the Worst Library Books

From The New Yorker

” Last summer, in Berkeley, California, librarians pulled roughly forty thousand books off the shelves of the public library and carted them away. The library’s director, Jeff Scott, announced that his staff had “deaccessioned” texts that weren’t regularly checked out. But the protesters who gathered on the library’s front steps to decry what became known as “Librarygate” preferred a different term: purged.”

L.A. Public Library unveils new card designed by Shepard Fairey

From LA Times

” The Los Angeles Public Library seriously upped its hipster credentials when it unveiled on Tuesday its new library card co-designed by L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey.
Fairey’s design, which he created with artist Cleon Peterson, depicts the historic Central Library in downtown in a white, green and black motif that echoes Fairey’s signature poster style.The design is based on an illustration created to promote the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ Young Literati annual toast fundraiser. The Central Library is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.”

Petaluma programming club making coders out of kids

From Argus Courier

“On an unseasonably hot Wednesday afternoon, 18 kids between the ages of 9 and 13 sat in a square of tables with laptops in front of them and a copy of the book “Computational Fairy Tales” by their sides. Despite the heat and lure of video games, they listened to Candace Stump as she asked them to explain an algorithm.”

Lodi Public Library takes another step into digital age

From Lodi News

“Now, library patrons will have access to thousands of downloadable books — fiction, nonfiction and children’s stories — thanks to Lodi Public Library’s new eBook program.“It’s a great boon for libraries in the system,” said library director Dean Gualco.That system is quite a simple concept. Library card holders can log into the digital library at From there, they can checkout up to eight eBooks and eAudiobooks at a time.Downloading a book will put a file on their computer, smartphone, tablet or Kindle-Nook eReader. The books have a lifespan of three weeks, at which time the file automatically erases itself.”

San Francisco: Library Connects Homeless Patrons With Mental Health Treatment –With Great Success

From Good News Network

” People can check out a lot more than books at the San Francisco Public Library — they can find housing and mental health care, too. The California library became the first in the U.S. to hire a social worker with a mental health care background–and since 2009 she’s provided services for 800 homeless patrons. Best of all, social worker Leah Esguerra has found permanent housing for more than 150.”

Library Connects Homeless Patrons With Mental Health Treatment –With Great Success

Build A Robot in Gilroy

From Gilroy Dispatch

“What kid doesn’t want a robot? Even before the word robot was first used, in a 1921 Czech play, people fantasized about having a mechanical creation to do their work.Now, in Gilroy, children can actually make that fantasy come true.The Gilroy Library has a program where kids learn to build and program robots. It debuted last week to cheers from a group of 12 children under 10 years old. Librarians Lisa Duff and Kelly McKean hosted the first official Robot Club meeting at the library on April 5.”

Salinas: After-school library program a hit

From The Californian

” Bookmarks are a hot commodity at Cesar Chavez Library.Under the library’s new afterschool program called “Bookmark,” bookmarks are rewarded to children who complete a series of select activities. In exchange for the bookmarks, the children earn extra time on the computer or a field trip. Last month, the top bookmarkers went to see “Zootopia.” This month library staff will take the children to the Salinas Aquatic Center.”

New tool lending library for Richmond in the works

From East Bay Times

“Residents may soon be able to borrow tools for do-it-yourself projects with just a library card. An initiative to create a lending library where residents can take out construction tools for free has been gathering donated tools and opened its online crowd-funding site this week. The project is an off-shoot of the Love Your Block Initiative that gave $1,000 grants to residents to launch ideas that could change the community.”

From card catalogs to free WiFi: Ventura County Library turns 100

From Ventura County Star

“It was 100 years ago that the Ventura County Library opened, and the 11 libraries in the system today feature services far removed from those bulky wooden drawers that kicked off a treasure hunt.Today, free Wi-Fi, free use of computers and DVDs on loan are just a few examples of the many services unimaginable just a few decades ago.”

Woodland Library garden grows into community gem

From The Sacramento Bee

” Surrounding a civic treasure, the Woodland Public Library garden has quietly become a showpiece in its own right.Located a block off Woodland’s busy Main Street in the heart of the city’s historic district, the library garden is more than a place to snuggle up with a good book. Filled with about 600 rosebushes and dozens of companion plants, the picturesque garden has become an urban oasis with an international reputation.”

National City: Suspect hurls extinguisher from library roof


” Two break-in suspects, one armed with a knife, were chased down and arrested at the National City Public Library Sunday night. At about 9:30 p.m., National City police responded to a burglary alarm at the library, located at 1401 National City Blvd., to find two men inside.”

Richmond Public Library helps adults complete their high school diplomas

From Richmond Confidential

” Lorena Gonzalez didn’t start high school just to drop out two years later. She wanted to be a nurse. But before her junior year, at age 18, she gave birth to a baby girl and stopped going to class. “Work was what I had to do, you know, being a single mom,” Gonzalez said.Now she’s 34, and after getting married, raising two children, leaving San Francisco for a house in Richmond and finding work that she loves case-managing foster youth, Gonzalez is determined to finish what she started 19 years ago. “I just feel like it’s my time,” she said.Through its Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP), the Richmond Public Library is now offering scholarships for adults to complete a Career Online High School Diploma course.”

Sunnyvale Library has been delivering books to home-bound residents for 30 years

From San Jose Mercury News

“For 30 years the Sunnyvale Public Library has been bringing the gift of literature to those who may not be able to go out and check out a book on their own.
The Homebound program, called Special Outreach Services until recently, works to bring library material to readers who aren’t able to travel to the library on their own power. The program specializes in assisting the elderly, the injured and the mentally ill.”

Salinas: A place of learning for everyone

From The Californian

” Diego Guzman works for his uncle’s landscaping company but has dreams and aspirations of someday working in the music industry.Before that can happen, the 20-year-old Salinas resident who recently moved back from Mexico wants to complete the high school equivalency exam.Guzman is doing just that with help from the Salinas Public Library Literacy Center.”

Riverside: Why is the Library an important place?

From Canyon Lake’s Newspaper

” Although some people believe libraries are becoming obsolete because of the internet, others know that’s far from true. Libraries are more than a depository of information. A Pew Research Survey (September 15, 2015) had “two -thirds (65 percent) of all of those 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community.”

San Benito County: Library shows off new broadband and self-help monitors

From San Benito County News

” In a time of e-books and phone apps it would be hard to find someone who gets more excited about going to the library than Nora Conte. Perhaps that’s because she spends more time among books than most other people in the county, being that she is the librarian at the San Benito County Free Library.If you think books get her excited, you should hear her when she talks about broadband and Wi-Fi, both of which have recently been upgraded significantly at the library.”

Carlsbad: Dove Library to close for final phase of renovation

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Demolition is under way and some construction has already begun at Carlsbad’s Dove Library, which will close next week for the final phase of its $6.3 million renovation.New walls have been framed and drywall is up in most of the areas that are changing, said Heather Pizzuto, director of the city’s Library and Cultural Arts Department.The 16-year-old library will shut down completely starting Thursday so the rest of the project can move forward, she said. When finished, the library will have more seating, more meeting rooms, new and refinished furniture, better Wi-Fi access, more power outlets, a new patio and cafe, and a redesigned courtyard.”

Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on April 14

From InMenlo

” On Thursday, April 14, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting its second Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children, featuring guests including the Aquarium of the Bay and the Computer History Museum.”

Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on April 14

Nintendo partners with SF library to teach kids video game design

From Digital Journal

“Getting children in the Internet age to rush to the library during spring break might seem like a mission impossible, but that’s just what San Francisco kids are doing thanks to an innovative partnership between the city’s public library and Nintendo.”

Yolo County: Libraries Lower Overdue Fines In Exchange For Reading Time

From Capital Public Radio

“Starting April 1, Yolo County Library cardholders, ages 18 and under, can exchange reading time for overdue fines as part of the “Read Off Your Fines” campaign.Campaign participants can deduct $1 for every 15 minutes spent reading a book in any of the eight Yolo County library branches.This program, which has been provided every year for the past six years, is held in conjunction with National Library Week April 10-16. Organizers of the campaign say they hope it will encourage young people to return to the library.”

Los Angeles : The art of propaganda. Central Library exhibition pulls Nazi past into the present

From LA Times

“At the Los Angeles Public Library’s downtown Getty Gallery, a linear path of folding screens takes a visitor through the unprecedented escalation — and beyond, into the gruesome horrors of dictatorship. Adolf Hitler started out as director of propaganda for the German Workers’ Party, the short-lived predecessor to the Nazis, and when he wrote “Mein Kampf,” he devoted a full chapter to “what immense results could be obtained by a correct application of propaganda.” The panels explain how, in a newly emerging age of mass media, the tool was used to promote a vision of national unity, create an appetite for war and foster a climate of indifference to mass murder. It ends with Allied efforts to cleanse postwar Germany of any vestige of Nazi propaganda.