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.”