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.”

San Diego: Man Beaten and Stabbed in Linda Vista Library Parking Lot

From NBC San Diego

” A 22-year-old man was punched, kicked and stabbed four times Monday evening in the parking lot of a public library in Linda Vista, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.According to investigators, the victim was walking with a friend in the 2100 block of Ulric Street near Linda Vista Library just after 6 p.m. when they were approached by three men.Police said the men and the victim began arguing and the confrontation turned violent. The victim was beaten and stabbed several times. His friend was not injured in the attack.”

Yolo County Library gets in on Pokemon fun

From Daily Democrat

” County Public Information Officer Beth Gabor reported this week that players of all ages are encouraged to visit libraries across the county to find a variety of Pokemon.“Explore Yolo County’s towns and cities in which Yolo County Library branches reside while capturing Pokemon of all shapes and sizes and filling up the Pokedex,” urged Gabor.“Load up on supplies by visiting the various Pokestops at the branches to collect more Poke balls, razz berries, potions, or eggs. Set a lure, seize the PokeGym, or check out the library’s collection of Pokemon materials.”Gabor also noted that all of the branches are air-conditioned and have staff ready to share in the excitement and fun.”

A reading lounge on the Santa Monica beach

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” The sun is out, the surf is up, and summer is officially on in Santa Monica. Of course, that means it’s time to head to the beach where your friendly neighborhood librarians from Santa Monica Public Library will once again be there to meet you at this year’s edition of SMPL at the Beach. Inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response last summer, we’ll be bringing everything you love about the library (and more!) back to the beach at our summer series of “pop-up” libraries.”

Solano County: Rep. Mike Thompson to promote summer reading at JFK Library

From Benicia Herald

” Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) will be visiting the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo to encourage children to read as many books as they can as part of California’s 5th District’s Summer Reading Challenge.This is the first year that Thompson– who represents Benicia as part of California’s 5th District– has hosted the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages students to read books from the Library of Congress’ Summer Reading List.”

Program Gives Marin City Kids Mobile Internet Access

From Patch

” Thanks to generous donations, a selected group of young students are borrowing Wi-Fi hotspots from the Marin City branch of the Marin County Free Library so they can receive free Internet access.The MCFL was a thankful recipient of a grant from the Bank of Marin and an anonymous private donor to start the new Wi-Fi program. The hotspots give the students Internet access anywhere where they can receive cellular reception.”

Inglewood kids relish free summer meals at public library

From LA Times

” Princess West, a precocious 8-year-old from Inglewood, stood in line in front of the Inglewood Public Library, anticipating the lunch that was almost within her grasp.
One after another, children stepped up to an orange cooler, eagerly receiving a ham sandwich, fruit and a small green milk carton.Trina Tyson, program specialist for the Summer Food Service Program, said she expects the city of Inglewood to serve more than 50,000 meals to children this summer.”

Super Summer Reading Program offered at Lewis Library in Fontana

From Fontana Herald News

“Who are the greatest superheroes of all? If you ask librarians, they’ll say: “Ones who love to read.”At the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana, plenty of those super readers can be found, immersing themselves in books as part of the annual Summer Reading Program.This year’s theme is “Heroes Assemble,” and children who read 45 books have a chance to win great prizes like Spider-Man and Superman toys. Teenagers who read eight books can also reap rewards.So far this summer, about 6,000 students have signed up for the free program, and thousands of prizes have been given away, said Steven Arechiga, a library assistant. He encouraged more families to join in the fun, which continues through the end of this month.”

San Francisco: Comic book fans and collectors turn out for library sale

From SF Gate

” Fredrick Jackson and Rebecca Hauser are admittedly huge comic book nerds. They rejoice at the sight of illustrated pages in the form of action-packed stories.Jackson, 45, has collected the books since he was just a boy and currently has a collection of over 500 comics. Hauser, 33, has also been a fan for years and confesses to having well over 1,000.That’s why the two friends were excited Saturday morning to make the hour-long drive from San Pablo to a San Francisco Public Library donation warehouse on the edge of the city’s Potrero Hill district, where over 30,000 comic books — including vintage copies of Archer, Spiderman and Judge Dredd — would be sold for just 25 cents each.“The price alone was well worth the drive out,” Jackson said.He arrived with Hauser and other friends shortly before 9 a.m. to claim a spot at the front of the line. Dozens of people from around the Bay Area joined the line that wrapped down the block and around the corner.”

Alpine Library Children’s Area Promotes Early Literacy Through Play

From The Alpine Sun

” San Diego County Library (SDCL) opened a new, state-of-the-art facility for the community of Alpine. The Alpine Library combines sustainable design, technological innovation and offers the community a host of services that empower and educate the community, including story time every day, programs for all ages, and free access to a network of 42 million books, DVD movies and music CDs.One of the many highlights of the new Alpine Library is the children’s area, featuring new books for kids, spaces for story times, crafts, and early literacy activities.The children’s area has a Discovery Zone funded in part by First 5 San Diego that serves as a fun, interactive, educational space that promotes early learning.”

Glendale libraries urge youngsters to ‘Read for the Win’

From Glendale Press

“A new program unveiled this summer by Glendale public libraries encourages children to read books and track the titles they read online.In past years, children would log the books they’d read on paper at any library site.This year, under a new initiative by the California State Library, local librarians are pointing children to the website to track all the titles they read.Local librarians are still maintaining a paper log, said Sherry Sue, a children’s librarian at the Glendale Central Library.Under both “Read for the Win” programs, children can earn 100 points for every eight books they read, and every 800 points wins them a raffle ticket.They can enter as many as three tickets into a raffle. On Aug. 30, a winner will receive a gift card to the Montrose children’s bookstore, Once Upon A Time.”

A New Way to Access Digital Magazines at Altadena Library

From Pasadena Now

“Patrons of Altadena Library District in Altadena can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster® from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. Altadena Library District has both Flipster and hardcopy versions of magazines such as People, Rolling Stone and O, The Oprah Magazine and more so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.”

Riverside County: There’s more than meets the eye at the CL Library

From The Friday Flyer

” The annual Canyon Lake Library Summer Reading Program began June 20 and includes prizes for kids, teens and adults who participate. “Read for the Win” is this summer’s theme and, in addition to weekly prizes from local businesses, the top extra-reading prize this year is a full day pass to Rock Fitness in Murrieta, a local rock climbing facility. The program runs through July 30.This year the Canyon Lake Library is participating with the California Library challenge to get one million people reading at least five books over the summer. This includes adults and children of all ages. Summer reading program books can be used for becoming “one in a million” with the California Library challenge.”

Construction begins on Lodi Public Library’s Homework Help Center

From Lodi News

“Construction is underway at the Lodi Public Library as crews begin to pour cement over the old patio next to the parking lot. This patio area will soon become a new Homework Help study room to accommodate the growing number of students using the library’s free tutoring services.“We’re so excited because it’s a huge deal. It’s a free program offered to the city with 95 percent of the students coming from Lodi Unified School District. You can’t get tutoring at any other place for free and in a safe environment,” said Library Services Director Dean Gualco.Its part of a series of renovations and new services the library wants to provide for the community including a Teen Scene area, and new ways to learn.The $270,000 Homework Help study room will fill a 538-square-foot space, seating 35, and will feature tall windows that let natural light into the area. Out of the total cost for the project, the library provided $172,500 from its reserves while the Lodi Public Library Foundation donated $131,500 for the project. The contract with Swierstok Enterprise, Inc of Orangevale was approved in April this year.”

Monterey library still relevant in digital world

From Monterey Herald

” As Monterey Public Library’s recently appointed director, Inga Waite is keenly aware why it’s important to keep California’s oldest library relevant while still providing a place for people to gather in the pursuit of knowledge.Hailing from a long line of teachers, Waite always preferred the kind of learning that comes from searching facts on her own.”″

Santa Cruz Public Libraries bring books to jail

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” The readers’ preferences were clear: no “Little House on the Prairie.” Never “Little House on the Prairie.”Sue Graziano, division manager for Santa Cruz Public Libraries with 38 years in the profession, shook her head and laughed at the poor reception Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic tale had earned among inmates three separate times at several Santa Cruz County jail facilities.Launching the library system’s twice-a-month service in the jails, she said, has meant getting a feel for where inmates’ reading interests are likely to gravitate, and letting go of stereotypes.”″

Campbell Library plugging in to video game tournaments this summer

From San Jose Mercury News

“Before ending their soccer match the two acknowledged each other’s skills with a soccer ball and game controller. While Jared plays soccer during the summer in camps, he spent the afternoon of June 17 playing the game in a different way.The two played video soccer games on a PlayStation console at the library in honor of the real-life UEFA Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario tournaments.In the community room of the Campbell Library, Jared and Griffin, a librarian for teen and adults services, squared off on a virtual soccer field, each representing teams in soccer leagues across Europe. The room was far enough from patrons to have conversation above a whisper, so the two players could laugh, talk video games and exchange friendly banter.The video game event is one of many programs Griffin hopes to expand during the summer for teens and adults.”

San Benito County: Library promotes adult literacy

From San Benito County News

” Many of us take our reading skills for granted. We think nothing of reading a menu at a restaurant or reading a bus schedule posted at the bus stop but what if you couldn’t read? How would you use the most basic services such as ordering at a restaurant or using mass transit? According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy completed in 2003, 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a below basic literacy level in 2003. California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. In San Benito County 19 percent of adults have below basic literacy levels. The effect on our communities is profound.Public libraries are committed to literacy and have stepped into bridge the educational gap. For more than 30 years, the San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy Program has been helping community members achieve their literacy goals. ”

Summer lunch program in full swing for Woodland kids

From Daily Democrat

” Summer can be bittersweet for many low-income parents struggling to feed their children, but with the summer lunch program in full swing, those under the age of 18 can eat at least one free meal every weekday.The Summer Seamless Food Program is a federally funded plan being offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. ”″