A call to California state workers: Read books and win prizes

From The Sacramento Bee

” Summer bookworming: It’s not just for kids fighting the doldrums.California’s Summer Reading Challenge, which is trying to sign up 1 million state residents of all ages, will get a new crop of entrants this year through a program that is encouraging state employees to participate.State Librarian Greg Lucas said Tuesday that librarians in his department at first talked about encouraging their coworkers to sign up, then thought more broadly about reaching out to the entire state workforce.“Halfway through the first sentence, I said, ‘I’m in,’” Lucas said. “This is cool.”Now his office is sending details to departments statewide, he said, and has posted information on its website.Every reader involved in the state program counts toward the 1 million readers challenge, which can be followed on Twitter, #onemillionreaders.”


San Jose council approves reducing library fines, amnesty program

From San Jose Mercury News

“Major changes are coming to city libraries after San Jose leaders Tuesday agreed to reduce fines, forgive penalties and welcome back borrowers who have been blocked from the library after accruing debt for late or lost items.The San Jose Public Library is strapped with a stunning $6.8 million in unpaid fines and fees. The debt began racking up in 2009 when city leaders doubled penalties for late or missing items — much more than neighboring libraries in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Clara County.Nearly 40 percent of all San Jose library accounts — about 187,000 — owe the library money, and three cardholders owe $10,000 or more. But the youngest patrons are the ones hit hardest, officials say, because nearly half the blocked accounts belong to youth.”


Redwood City Library Offers Free Accredited High School Diplomas

From Redwood City-Woodside PATCH

“The City of Redwood City announced today the receipt of a grant from the California State Library to award scholarships to community members ages 18 years old or older who want the opportunity to earn a free accredited high school diploma through the Redwood City Public Library. Students simultaneously earn a credentialed career certificate through the Career Online High School (COHS) program.”


Martinez: Library program filling minds and stomachs

From Martinez Tribune

” The Martinez Library’s Lunch at the Library program continues next week with Mayor Rob Schroder and Police Chief Manjit Sappal scheduled to serve as special guest readers.The local lunch program is designed to combat hunger and fill the summer nutrition gap among area youth as part of a statewide collaboration between the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition to unite libraries and summer meal providers.”


Sonoma County Public Law Library free, but needs help

From The Press Democrat

“In Santa Rosa there’s a beauty of a free-to-all library that you might never have noticed, though it’s been around for 125 years.It’s the sort of library you may not need until you really do, a library of the sort that many may miss dearly should budgetary troubles cause it to go away.“I think people don’t realize we’re here,” director Kim Tucker said from the handsome, harvest-hued interior of the Sonoma County Public Law Library.Long housed on the second floor of the utilitarian block of concrete that is the Hall of Justice, the law library now resides in former Agricultural Commissioner digs a short distance away on the county complex’s Ventura Avenue.”


At 100, Menlo Park Library pivots to face 21st century

From The Almanac

“This year marks the 100th year of the Menlo Park Library. In its first century, the library has grown from a few books in a school building to two buildings, a $2.7 million annual budget and up to 15 full-time employees, circulating an estimated 423,000 books over the past 12 months.Over the years, the library has continued to evolve as the community and technology have changed.”


Celebrating L.A.’s Central Library’s 90th birthday with — what else? — a new book

From LA Times

” Next month, the Los Angeles Central Library celebrates its 90th anniversary, but at a recent talk, author Stephen Gee noted that some Angelenos don’t even know the landmark’s location.Many have never stepped inside the eight-story building at 5th and Flower streets downtown. Even for those who have, “Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture” (Angel City Press) holds some surprises — details of the paintings, sculptures, murals, gardens and décor, captured in pictures by Gee’s co-author, photographer Arnold Schwartzman.”


Santa Clarita: City Libraries Invite You to ‘Read for the Win’

From SCVNews

” Readers of all ages are invited to spend their summer scoring big with the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Summer Reading 2016 “Read for the Win,” from June 13 to July 30, 2016.Online registration is free, beginning on Monday, June 13 at the Summer Reading.Click here to register.The Read for the Win program, presented in partnership with the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, encourages residents of all ages to celebrate sports and achievement with a variety of summer programming available at the Canyon Country, Valencia and Old Town Newhall library branches, including specially themed story times, sport-themed DIY crafts, dance and fitness classes, gaming and comic book themed workshops, family-friendly events, musical performances and more.”

City Libraries Invite You to ‘Read for the Win’

San Benito County Free Library announces summer reading program

From Benito Link

“The San Benito County Free Library encourages children and young adults to remain active readers during the summer months, and this year the library will be holding its summer reading program between June 16 – July 21 in order to keep local young minds active amid the many distractions available when school is out. The library will offer reading logs to young children and teens, and those who track their reading and activities will become eligible to win prizes. The San Benito County Free Library will also hold special programs in the library aimed at families, children and young adults.”


4 Exciting and Engaging Summer Learning Activities for All Students


” Discover and Go is a partnership between public libraries in Northern California and local museums and community centers that offer free and discounted tickets for students and their families. It’s absolutely free to sign up; all you need is a public library card from one of the fifteen participating Northern California counties. Members enter the Discover and Go portal through their library site, and can select tickets by date availability.”


Los Banos: Library improvements due to efforts of many people

From Los Banos Enterprise

” In last week’s column, I described the new staffing, activities, events, books and furniture in our local public library. Today, I’ll explain how all this happened.Libraries don’t significantly improve by chance. It takes the effort of many people working together to implement sound, well-thought-out plans.Eight years ago, the Los Banos branch of the Merced County Library was floundering. People who walked in experienced a drab environment and often unresponsive service.The Friends of the Los Banos Library decided to create a plan and began to implement it aggressively. They developed a new interior design with brighter, more appealing colors and, with the spirited help of Los Banos Rotary Club volunteers, repainted the walls. The Friends also developed plans to replace the worn-out furniture, little by little, with new tables, chairs and shelving.The Friends also developed a close relationship with the Merced County Library director, who at that time was Jacque Meriam. She encouraged the Friends to move forward with their renovation and to improve the library’s collection.”


Sacramento: Treasures from the State Library on display

From Daily News

“The rarest of the rare from the State Library’s vault are available for public viewing at a new year-long exhibit at the California Capitol Museum, which opened May 28.This is a unique opportunity to view these important pieces of California’s story. The exhibit runs through April 23, 2017. The museum, in the State Capitol, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Among the treasures: Original drawings from Audubon’s The Birds of America; California’s first newspaper, Californian, from 1846; map of California as an island circa 1615-1675; first edition volumes of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, White Fang by Jack London, and Moby Dick by Herman Melville; James Marshall’s hand-drawn maps of his discovery of gold in the Coloma Valley; an American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster from 1828 and an original painting of the city of Sacramento from 1849 by George A. Frost.”


San Diego: Old Globe Brings Rare Shakespeare Book to Central Library

From Times of San Diego

“The first book of plays from the greatest playwright in the English language will be on display at the San Diego Central Library for four days beginning Saturday.“Mr. William Shakespeare‘s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies,” published in 1623 and more commonly known as the “First Folio,” will be on view opened to the page with “To be or not to be” from Hamlet.The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library were selected as the only stop in California for a national traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.”


Elko: Trail Center announces opening of library

From Elko Daily Free Press

“The California Trail Interpretive Center will unveil its new library as part of the kick-off to California Trail Days, Saturday at 10 a.m. California Trail Days is the Center’s biggest annual event and runs from Saturday through Sunday.The library, a result of collaboration between several nonprofit organizations and the Bureau of Land Management, is an ongoing project envisioned by the founders of the Center since its inception.”


Santa Clara: Graduation Ceremony Honors Participants of Girls Who Code

From The Santa Clara Weekly

“Elysa Lee, 12, says she enjoys learning to code with friends through the Santa Clara City Library’s Girls Who Code program because she could turn to familiar faces when she has questions. Also in the same program are Rhea Nair, 12, and Anishka Bhartiya, 12, who both share that the program’s welcoming teachers have nurtured their flourishing coding skills. Amanda Kay, 11, enjoys the program so much she hopes to be a computer programmer someday. These young ladies were among the 40 who attended the local Girls Who Code Graduation Ceremony held at Central Park Library on May 15.”


Escondido: Whiz kids make prosthetic hand in library’s community laboratory


” A California man who just received a new prosthetic hand can thank some unlikely creators.The only thing more surprising than who made it, is where it comes from.Nick Sissakis finally got to experience one of life’s great pleasures for the first time – scratching his back with the hand he’s never had.After walking into the library a few months back, the 39 year old dad stumbled upon the Innovations Lab – a creative and collaborative space where tech savvy librarians work with community members to make stuff.”


Protecting Elders From Abuse: Free Program in Pleasanton

From Pleasanton Patch

” June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month.Backers hope to focus attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an aging population, and brings together senior citizens, their caregivers, local government, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders and increase reporting of such abuse.A presentation will be held at the Pleasanton Public Library on June 3 at 1:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the Pleasanton Police Department and the Pleasanton Public Library.”


San Diego: Some library programs average fewer than 3 participants

From San Diego Union Tribune

“An audit released last week identified disparities in how resources are allocated within San Diego’s city library system, and urged data analysis to correct the problem.The city spent about $45.5 million on its central library, 35 branch libraries, and adult literacy programs in the year ending June 30, 2015, according to the report. About 70 percent of the budget paid for staffing. The library system provided over 19,300 programs attended by about 460,000 people.System managers took into consideration some available data on program attendance, hours, square footage, circulation and other measures when deciding how to allocate resources throughout the system, auditors reported. Still, some branches got more resources than they needed, while others got less.”


Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders to Retire

From Pasadena Now

” Pasadena Public Library announced that Library Director, Jan Sanders, will retire this summer. She will be in the office until Aug. 26 and will retire soon thereafter. Sanders’ decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of 45 years in library leadership throughout the United States, 11 of them in Pasadena. Her path to Pasadena wound through Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Washington before bringing her to the Pasadena Public Library in 2005. Throughout her career she has served as children’s librarian, bookmobile librarian, branch manager, community college librarian, and library construction supervisor before first becoming a director in 1990.”


Tulare County: Library Wi-Fi classes slated

From The Porterville Recorder

“Thanks to Rural Connectivity, a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the California State Library, 10 Tulare County Library Branch Libraries now have Wi-Fi.According to a county press release, the mobile HotSpot connections can support up to 10 devices simultaneously and provide users with Internet access. The Library is offering training as well.”


San Pedro librarian pedals with books on mission to gather young readers

From ABC 7

” A librarian in San Pedro is using a bike as her library as part of her mission to get more children to read.A custom-made book bike is a conversation starter and the creative way Ednita Kelly connects the community with the job she loves.”I believe in the magic of libraries and what we bring to people, I really wanted to show that off in a fun way,” she said.
Kelly carries 250 pounds of books every time she hits the streets and cycles all over the city, spreading her love of Los Angeles’ libraries and the joy of reading.”


Los Banos: Check out the library to see the amazing changes

From Los Banos Enterprise

” Visit your local library, you may not recognize it. There are so many new things happening at the Los Banos library – people, activities, events and furnishings – you may be amazed.The Los Banos branch of the Merced County Library (on Seventh Street, near Pacheco Boulevard) is continuing a metamorphosis that began eight years ago with a physical makeover of new paint and interior design.The transformation accelerated two years ago with the transfer from Gustine to Los Banos of full-time library technician Nola Ramirez. Nola, along with part-time library assistant Verda Jantz, has given the library a new standard in efficiency, along with kind and helpful customer service.”