Berkeley: Library Whistleblowers’ Lament

From The Berkeley Daily Planet

“At the recent Board of Library Trustees meeting (July 20, 2016), Trustee Winston Burton acknowledged the hundreds of emails he, the rest of the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT), and all the City Council members have received lately requesting support for the library whistleblowers. Our thanks go out to Mr. Burton for his comments acknowledging these hundreds of petitioners. His comments about this email petition, reflecting community outrage and support of the library workers, was one of the few hopeful moments at the BOLT meeting that night. Since Mr. Burton expressed a lack of clarity about the figures of “2,200” vs. “39,815” books tossed that the petition cites, it could be that others are also unclear. So here’s a little clarity. These are the figures that were pivotal in bringing a temporary stop to the rampant weeding of library items, the media coverage of the library’s crisis, and the BOLT’s decision to “accept” Jeff Scott’s resignation.”–

Placer County closing library branches in Loomis, Meadow Vista

From The Sacramento Bee

“Loomis readers started with a lending library more than a century ago and have enjoyed an official branch since 1937, according to Placer County records.But come August, the town of 6,700 will lose its county library for good.Placer County supervisors have voted to close branches in Loomis and Meadow Vista in what they describe as a cost-cutting move. Mary George, director of Placer County library services, said the library system has struggled in recent years to fully operate 11 community branches and an aged bookmobile.”

Oakland symphony turns library into petting zoo

From Mercury News

” The Oakland Symphony won’t be shushed, not even at the library.In hopes of inspiring youngsters onto a musical path, its musicians this summer have been holding “petting zoos” in library community rooms.”It’s kind of chaotic,” said Beth Vandervennet, cellist and symphony education coordinator.Oakland residents of all ages are taking to their presentations, a half-hour of demonstrations and music, followed by a half-hour free-for-all in which instruments of every orchestral description — strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion — are up for grabs to anyone who wants to try them.”

San Diego County Library’s Legends Project debuts at El Cajon Branch Library

From The East County Californian

” Now in its fourth year, San Diego Legend: Living Well showcased its 2016 Legends exhibit in East County at the El Cajon Library that will remain until August 1. A conjoined effort between the San Diego County Library and the Aging & Independent Services, this exhibit celebrates the diverse people that continuously contribute to our communities by the lives they live and the changes they quietly make in living their daily lives to the fullest, even in retirement years. From its conception, these living legends represent the diversity that makes a community thrive by their actions and involvement. They come from different backgrounds, and you will find educators, artists, leaders, and activists of many worthwhile causes.”

Free Bookmobile serves ‘literacy desert’

From Sonoma West Times

” Since July 2009, one vehicle has delivered happiness, education and the wonderment of stepping into brand new worlds, all across Sonoma County. That vehicle is the Free Bookmobile, and the drivers are tasked with stopping in areas of the county that don’t have easy access to libraries or have populations that don’t read often.”

Price tag climbs for Woodland Library’s ‘learning lab’

From Daily Democrat

” If the Woodland City Council is learning anything about its celebrated “MakerSpace,” its that it costs money to remodel — a lot of money.On Tuesday night, after learning the 1,600-square-foot section of the Library meant to house cutting edge technology for community use will most likely cost more than $600,000, there was a lot of grumbling but no decision to back off the project.”

Camarena library one of select few to initiate program to boost literacy

From Imperial Valley Press

” The Camarena Memorial Library was chosen as one of nine libraries across California to participate as part of Leamos (Let’s Read) at the library in an effort to increase literacy among non-literate Spanish speakers.Centro Latino for Literacy, a nonprofit headquartered in Los Angeles, inaugurated the project intended to present its online literacy course to the state’s 573,866 non-literate Spanish speakers.”