San Diego County: Library will again serve free summer lunches

From Valley Roadrunner

” The Valley Center Library will be serving FREE Summer Lunches every day, Monday through Friday for all children and teens under 18 years old.Free lunches start on Monday, June 13, and run through Friday, July 22. The Free Lunch program is open to all and there are no restrictions or paperwork you have to provide to attend.Parents and caregivers over the age of 18 are encouraged to bring their own lunches and are not allowed to eat any por- tion of the child’s meal, per the Feeding America guidelines. All meals need to be eaten during lunchtime. If there are any items left over on the shared table, families may take them home after 1 p.m. when lunchtime is over.The Free Lunch program benefited over 50 children last year and has the capacity to expand to 75 children. The library will also be receiving free Friday morning produce drops that offer bundles of fresh fruit and potatoes to all (no age restrictions) on a first come first served basis.This program provides critical support throughout the summer to ensure that kids and families are getting the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives. The lunches and snacks help San Diego area children facing food insecurity over summer.”

Los Angeles: UCI receives grant to study library youth programs

From The Orange County Register

“A $772,864 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services will fund a UC Irvine evaluation of youth programs at libraries across the nation, the university announced.The project aims to improve the quality and quantity of “connected learning” opportunities, a term for educational programs driven by student interest, such as after-school sports, music, computer gaming programs, reading clubs and online coding camps.Researchers at UCI will evaluate youth programs offered by libraries to help them improve programming and expand youth offerings.”>

Yolo County: Library assault suspect pleads not guilty

From Davis Enterprise

“A Davis man pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegations that he molested a developmentally disabled teenage boy inside a local library bathroom.Dennis Lee Azevedo, 59, is due back in court June 30 for a preliminary hearing. In the meantime, he remains in Yolo County Jail custody in lieu of $1.65 million bail.”

Modoc County: A Citizenry That Loves Books Celebrates a Library’s Centennial


“The 16-mm projector clattered to life; with a bit of fussing the light came on, and the film started seemingly midway through—there was no introduction—just a small square in color crooked in the center screen of a forest ranger wearing a big Smoky the Bear hat guiding visitors around the Lava Beds near Tule Lake and title cards identifying the scenes. Showing was the travelogue produced in 1938 by the Modoc Chamber of Commerce on the sights (no sounds, though) of Modoc County.Yes, it seemed ironic that a film was showing at the Modoc County Library’s centennial celebration—but as a home movie of sorts, it was that iconic activity for an anniversary party.”

California Outback Report: A Citizenry That Loves Books Celebrates a Library’s Centennial

West Sacramento Library receives ScholarShare prize

From Daily Democrat

” Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, has received a $500 matching prize from ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan.Last year, ScholarShare partnered with California public libraries to conduct drawings that gave participants, ages 18 and under, a chance to win $500 in the statewide Summer Reading Program. More than 790,000 Californians of all ages signed up at their local library for the summer reading program. Earlier this month, ScholarShare announced the 40 winners; one from each of California’s senatorial districts. ScholarShare also gave a matching $500 prize to each winner’s local library, which in the 6th Senatorial District, benefitted the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.”

Good News: Solano foundation boosts libraries via grant

From Daily Republic

” The Solano Community Foundation recently awarded a $25,240 grant to the Solano County Library Foundation to purchase electronic devices for all eight libraries to help young children learn to read.It is part of the Solano Community Foundation’s Education Plus program.”

Richmond: New tool lending library encourages DIY, saves money

From San Jose Mercury News

” Richmond residents will soon be able to borrow power drills, sanders and other tools for home repairs and do-it-yourself projects, similar to the way library patrons now borrow books.The materials will be available through the brand new Richmond Tool Lending Library, set to open next month at 3230 Macdonald Ave.More than 70 percent of the city’s housing units are over 30 years old and about a half are more than 50 years old, meaning many require significant upgrades. The hope is that by providing them access to tools, residents will be able to increase their property values, and in the process, the city’s tax revenue.”

Planter’s paradise: SLO County Seed Library sprouts in Nipomo

From New Times SLO

” There are seeds for 170 different plants sitting in the Nipomo branch of the San Luis Obispo County Library system right now. And that collection—1,700 seed packets full—is only going to grow.Seriously, no pun intended. The seeds will literally grow into plants if the 22 currently registered members of the San Luis Obispo County Seed Library drop them into soil, water them, and care for them. And the collection will literally grow if people donate more seeds and if seed library borrowers refurbish the seed supply.”

San Jose council might put off library changes to ‘explore’ new partnership

From San Jose Mercury News

“With kids owing nearly half of the city library’s unpaid fines or fees, San Jose leaders want to make sure youth still have access to books and are considering working with a nonprofit to replace lost or damaged children’s books.”The library ought to be seen as equal and accessible to all kids that want to learn,” said Emmett Carson, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His organization sought out Mayor Sam Liccardo after media coverage in March highlighted a stunning $6.8 million in unpaid fees owed to the library.Carson said discussions with City Hall have been ongoing, but the idea came to light a day before the City Council was set to vote on Library Director Jill Bourne’s recommendations to improve library access, including reducing fees, lowering checkout limits and launching an amnesty program.”

Napa County: Easy English Times aims to improve adult literacy

From Napa Valley Register

“There are students the world over who, when they want to learn how to read in English, turn to a Napa-based publication, Easy English Times.For two decades, Easy English Times has been used as an important “real life” resource in literacy and English programs. The eight-page newspaper is printed 10 times a year and is distributed all over the world.The Easy English Times includes articles about current events, life skills and citizenship, and it even showcases student writing. The pieces are written at varying levels of difficulty in order to accommodate a wide array of readers.Publisher Betty Malmgren started the newspaper along with a few others after realizing that there were English as a Second Language classes that were using outdated and expensive textbooks.”

Pasadena: Libraries at the cutting edge of the borrowing economy

From Los Angeles Daily News

” Every day, or so it seems, I hear someone who has stopped going to the library herself in this online age wonder why libraries even exist anymore. It’s not a new wisecrack. It was several comic ages ago that Jerry Seinfeld on his show picked up a volume in wonder: “A library book? Who reads library books?” Well, I do. Mostly it’s true that as a problem book-buyer, even without the shelf space for another tome anywhere in the house, I purchase what I read. But I check out library audiobooks all the time, and in the car CD player right now is Faulkner’s “Light in August,” first read in Stan Sheinkopf’s AP English class 43 years ago. (Stan’s question to us young dummies on a character’s name: “Joe Christmas. Now who do you think that might by symbolic of?”) CDs are expensive, and libraries are in what scholar Don Levy, in a talk to the staff of the Pasadena Public Library last week, called “the borrowing economy.”

Solano County: Cordelia Library to open Stay and Play Center

From Daily Republic

” The Fairfield Cordelia Library welcomes a new addition Wednesday with the debut of a Stay and Play Center.The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, storytime and appearance by Kelly the Clown.“We are expanding our pre-literacy and early literacy efforts to include play-and-learn elements in all our children’s libraries,” said Bonnie Katz, director of library services, in a press release. “The Fairfield Cordelia Library had a space that allowed us to pilot the effort in a more extensive way.” The center is a partnership between Solano County Library and First Five Solano. It’s designed as a space for families to explore, imagine and have fun together.”

Monterey County: Six years after tiny San Lucas library closed, a new one – plus a sheriff’s office – break ground.

From Monterey County Now

“Talking loudly was the least of librarians’ concerns at the San Lucas Library, where graffiti became a nearly constant problem and librarians regularly found footprints on tables – and the ceiling. Eventually a sheriff’s deputy took to the library as a de facto field office.“It really changed the whole tone, simply from [deputies] hanging out at the library,” says Jayanti Addleman, director of Monterey County Free Libraries. “In many small communities, we are the community center.” When the San Lucas library closed in 2010 for repairs, it looked like it would be a temporary loss for the community of 250. But it’s now been more than six years: The building was beyond repair, and the soil was contaminated from earlier oil tank storage.”

Mendocino County: Lake County Library gets NEA Big Read grant

From Lake County News

” The Lake County Library is a recipient of a grant of $5,500 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Lake County.A program of the NEA, the Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.Lake County Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations across the country to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.The NEA Big Read in Lake County will focus on “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Activities will take place in October 2016.”

San Diego: Alpine’s new library will open this week

From San Diego Union Tribune

“Borrowing a book is about to get a whole lot better in Alpine. The rural mountain town with nearly 16,000 residents will open a new 12,800-square-foot library this week.The $10 million county library branch at 1752 Alpine Blvd. will replace the leased building on Arnold Way that is four times. That has been Alpine’s library since 1978.The old library at 3,018 square feet is one of the smallest branches in the county. The only ones smaller in the East County — at about 2,500 square feet — are in Descanso, Campo, Jacumba, Potrero, Pine Valley and Crest.Members of the media were given an opportunity on Monday morning to check out the new digs along with County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and County Library Director Jose Aponte.A grand opening for the public is set for 10 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a community festival held in conjunction with the opening.”

Oceanside: Library proves to be a place for everyone

From The Coast News Group

” On Monday laughs, camaraderie, and shouts of “bingo” could be heard coming from the Civic Center Library second floor meeting room. About a dozen gathered for the first meeting of the social club for adults with learning disabilities.Natalie Pfenninger came up with the club idea. She is a library regular who stops in once or twice a week, and a developmentally disabled adult.”

Man Caught Downloading Porn at National City Library

From Coronado Patch

” A convicted sex offender was arrested over the weekend for allegedly downloading child pornography on a computer at a South Bay library and then distributing the images to other people, authorities reported Monday.A software-based alert system notified employees at National City Public Library that inappropriate materials were being accessed online there about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to police. ”

FixIt Clinic at Gilroy Library a good fit

From Gilroy Dispatch

” Rounds of applause echoed from the Community Room of Gilroy Library on April 30, where the first FixIt Clinic in Santa Clara County took place.According to FixIt Clinic founder Peter Mui, the goal is to “demystify technology so we can make better policy choices as a society going forward.”About two dozen people stopped by the clinic, carrying broken appliances and other objects in disrepair. The applause followed each successful “fix” as item after broken item was repaired by the FixIt coaches and workshop participants.”

After-School Study Program at San Diego Libraries Proves Popular

From San Diego Patch

” Students have used an after-school study program at San Diego libraries more than 36,000 times since its inception in November 2014, the mayor’s office reported Thursday.The popularity of the program prompted Mayor Kevin Faulconer to bolster the program and add some new library initiatives in his budget proposal for the city’s fiscal year that starts July 1.The program provides one-on-one assistance to children in grades kindergarten-8 for school-assigned homework, with the help of a learning coordinator, computers and an online tutoring program.”

Santa Barbara: Public Libraries Receive Literacy Award

From Santa Barbara Independent

” The Santa Barbara libraries have more than 200 Reading Ambassadors, and their average age is roughly 9 years old, said the Central Library’s Lisa Gonzalez. In an after-school program that enlists children to learn to be storytellers, the kids go home with the assignment to read to a younger sibling or to their parents. The results have been enthusiastic, so much so that the Public Library System received a $1,000 innovation grant from the National Literacy Directory.”

Solano libraries, Suisun store to celebrate Free Comic Book Day

From Daily Republic

“Solano County’s libraries and Waterfront Comics, the comic book store in Suisun City, will celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday with reading events and comic book giveaways.It is expected that more than 5.6 million comic books will be given away on the day aimed at introducing as many people as possible to the graphic art form.”

Yolo County: Man who allegedly molested a teen inside a library arrested

From ABC10.COM

“It was inside a restroom at the Yolo County Library where a teen said he was sexually assaulted several times over several weeks.On April 30, Davis police arrested 59-year-old Dennis Lee Azevedo for allegedly molesting the teen inside the men’s restroom.”

Salinas Paletero Cart Offers Food for Thought


” In the age of the internet, libraries are in a constant state of reinvention: looking for ways to stay relevant and connect with their communities. In Salinas the public library is trying a new twist on the old bookmobile. It’s a Paletero push cart. Normally they’re kid magnets with their crunchy snacks and namesake paletas (the Spanish word for popsicles). The library’s version seems to be no exception, even though the only thing its peddling is food for thought.”

Sacramento: How Libraries — Yes, Libraries — Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need

From Huffington Post

” Have you ever checked out a sewing machine from your local library? What about a guitar or a 3D printer? If you haven’t, you might soon. Public libraries across the country are housing so-called “libraries of things,” from which people can borrow useful items for a short time instead of buying them outright. This is a largely hidden feature of the growing “sharing economy,” but it may be poised to take off as many Americans become increasingly concerned about waste and environmental sustainability.” >