$1-million donation will help needy students with their homework at L.A. libraries

From LA Times

” Thirty-eight branches of the Los Angeles Public Library that offer homework help to poor and homeless students will receive a boost from a $1-million donation.The gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, announced Tuesday, will create an endowment for the free after school homework centers, which offer students access to computers, printers and other devices they might not have at home, if they even have permanent homes.There are an estimated 16,000 homeless students in L.A. Unified schools.The donation is meant to allow the centers to continue the work they are already doing — helping students with homework or completing college and scholarship essays — but it also could pay for updated technology, according to a press release.”


Carlsbad Offers Scholarships for Career Online High School

From Carlsbad Patch

” The city of Carlsbad is offering scholarships to adults to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through Career Online High School.
The scholarships are offered by Carlsbad City Library through the Benson Family Trust, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.The program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified applicants who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry and continue their education.”


Mariposa County Library to Add Weekly Green STEAM Makerspace

From Sierra Sun Times

” One of the exciting ways libraries are evolving to meet the needs of the community is the addition of “makerspaces” where people can create, invent and share ideas using equipment supplied by the library. Thanks to a grant from the California State Library, Mariposa Library will soon be offering a makerspace to the public on Saturdays.”


New Resource-Sharing Of Movies, Music, Books Comes To Napa County Library System

From Napa Valley Patch

” The Napa County Library’s access to materials just increased by 11 million movies, music and books through Link+, a consortium of libraries throughout the state of California and Nevada. To start, these items can be requested by patrons through library staff- either in person or by phone. These libraries include San Francisco Public, Oakland, Marin and numerous academic institutions.These items are received between five and seven days and patrons are notified upon arrival.The loan period for most items is the same 21 days as Napa County Library materials. Some movies and music are lent for seven days. If no one else has a hold on them, they can also be renewed, the same as our own materials.There’s no cost to get a library card or make use of this service.”


Coronado Library Is Driving Force Behind Digitization Of Historic Coronado Newspapers

From Coronado News

” One of the larger and most historically relevant projects undertaken by the Coronado Public Library in recent years is the digitization of 122,500 pages of historic Coronado newspapers, which are now part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection and available on-line. The newspapers date back to 1887 and except for a 12-year gap when there were no newspapers published in Coronado, the collection is complete.”


The Changing World of Library Reference

From Publishers Weekly

” In a 2015 article, PW columnist Brian Kenney jumpstarted a frank conversation about library reference. A year later, librarians tell us why that article struck a chord, and how reference is changing. One year ago, columnist Brian Kenney wrote a piece for PW titled “Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library.” The column addressed his frustration with the gulf between reference work as he experienced it in his library, the White Plains (N.Y.) Public Library, and how reference is discussed in the library profession and taught in library and information schools.”


MANTECA LIBRARY: Waiting for the next chapter

From Manteca Bulletin

” The Manteca Library hasn’t been expanded since 1977. The expansion at the city-owned facility at 320 W, Center Street in downtown was designed to serve the needs of a community of 32,000. Manteca now has 75,000 residents.The last big push to expand Manteca’s library facilities started 20 years ago. A citizens’ task force was formed. Options were studied such as building a new library at Airport Way and Louise Avenue and converting the exiting location into a branch library. In the end the task force — and the City Council at the time — settled on staying at 320 Center St. They went with a schematic design that more than doubled the space with a two-story floorplan that emphasized the tech forces that were reshaping libraries as the 21st century approached.”


Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century

From LA Times

” The 15,971 telegrams — hidden in a wooden foot locker for more than a century — scrolled like a Twitter feed through the Civil War. The messages from the Union side, many tapped out in code to elude Confederate forces, carried the urgings and reflections of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and other prominent players. But most echo with the thoughts and schemes of colonels, infantrymen and lesser-knowns that offer a peek into the bureaucracy and machinery of war.“It’s mind-boggling and unpredictable,” said Olga Tsapina, curator of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens’ trove of 35 leather-bound ledgers and documents relating to telegrams sent between 1862 and 1867. “We don’t really know what is in here. Every single telegram has a story behind it, from the president to the greatest generals and to the privates and telegraph operators. It’s like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle.”The telegrams were part of papers kept by Thomas T. Eckert, a Lincoln confidant and head of the U.S. military telegraph office at the War Department. The Huntington has started a Decoding the Civil War crowdsourcing campaign that relies on volunteers using cipher charts to unravel secret texts.”


Santa Cruz County Law Library offers open house, free legal help

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” In the basement of the county government building, there’s a free legal resource that most locals don’t know about: the Santa Cruz County Law Library.The law library, which hosts an open house on Wednesday, also hosts legal workshops on divorce, credit card debt, small claims and responsibility for disabled adults.People regularly drop in for help with issues such as filing a restraining order, transferring property and creating a nonprofit, said Renee Fleming, the law librarian.”


Arcadia: County Approves $2.1 Million to Build New SGV County Library

From Monrovia Patch

“The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday tentatively approved spending $2.1 million to buy a site for a new library in Arcadia.Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended the purchase of the 22,000- square-foot parcel at 22 W. Live Oak Blvd., which is still subject to a public hearing.”This vital acquisition is a step forward in securing and building a new library facility with the support of the Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte Town Council, the city of Arcadia and our county librarian,” Antonovich said.The existing Arcadia library branch has been located in a 2,891-square- foot leased space at 4153 W. Live Oak Blvd. since 1964. Plans anticipate a library more than double the size, about 1.7 miles away.”


San Mateo County: Law library in crisis over inadequate funding

From The Almanac

” Financial problems stemming from an unreliable funding mechanism are threatening the viability of county law libraries in California, including the 100-year-old San Mateo County Law Library in Redwood City, according to a recent report by the county’s civil grand jury.That library, located at 710 Hamilton St. in downtown Redwood City, is free and open to the public. The library’s collection and its staff are resources for legal professionals and students, but also for those trying to navigate the legal system without a lawyer.Along with cutbacks on subscriptions to legal publications and databases, the library is no longer open on weekends or evenings, a full-time employee was cut to part-time, and four part-time positions were eliminated as was the library’s lecture series and an in-library lawyer assistance program.”


Man stabbed to death during fight in Huntington Beach library parking lot

From ABC 7

” A 37-year-old man died after being stabbed during a fight in the Huntington Beach Central Library parking lot early Friday morning.Authorities said around 12:30 a.m., several people called 911 reporting a person stabbed in the 7100 block of Talbert Avenue. When officers arrived, a man was found bleeding on the ground.Officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived, who rushed the man to a nearby hospital. The man succumbed to his injuries not long after.Detectives at the scene learned a group of people were hanging out in the northeast area of the parking lot when two men got into a fight. During the fight, the victim was stabbed and the suspect fled the scene.”


Vandals Damage UC Berkeley Library

From Berkeley Patch

” Police are asking for help tracking down four suspects caught on video vandalizing and stealing from the University of California at Berkeley library in June. Police on Tuesday released a surveillance video still of the four suspects. They are suspected of stealing and damaging property at the Doe Memorial Library on June 23.”


Oakland library may reduce, waive students’ fines

From East Bay Times

” With school out for summer, it’s the perfect time for Oakland’s youth to hit the library. It offers music, magic shows, arts and crafts activities and more — a whole litany of things for youngsters to check out.And speaking of checking things out, how about all those books, DVDs, CDs and games? In hopes of encouraging youngsters to do just that, the library is developing a pilot program to reduce or eliminate many of the fines and fees they can run up.The Oakland City Council quickly got on board with the plan, unanimously endorsing it following a presentation by Director of Library Services Gerry Garzon on July 26.”


San Jose Public Library’s new teen center ready to open

From Mercury News

” South Bay teens will have a new hangout starting Saturday, when Teen HQ opens at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library in downtown San Jose. A group of dedicated teens dubbed the SJPL Groundbreakers have been working with the San Jose Public Library for more than a year, collaborating on the design and features of the center, which aims to provide students ages 12 to 18 with 21st century tools. Teen HQ will include a recording studio, a makerspace with a 3D printer, a laser cutter and a gamers’ area.”


Tehama County Library to turn summer reading incentive program into year-round venture

From Red Bluff Daily News

” Tehama County Librarian Sally Ainsworth has announced the summer reading incentive program is expanding and will be year-round thanks to the generosity of the Red Bluff Masons Vesper Lodge 84, which is donating $15,000 to the library to help with the expansion.”


Solano County: Libraries offer adult scholarships

From Daily Republic

” Six adult student who live in Fairfield or Suisun City can earn full-ride scholarships through the Career Online High School program at the Solano County libraries.Students, who must be 19 or older, can earn a high school diploma and a certificate in one of eight career tracks.”


Book bikes expand library resources to Yolo County readers

From The Sacramento Bee

“People drink beer on brew bikes in Sacramento and shop at a tricycle-based produce stand in West Sacramento. Now they can borrow books from bike libraries in Yolo County.The novelty of anything on pedal-powered wheels has extended to literary lovers, as three new traveling libraries have begun rotating through the county to encourage reading and reach communities that lack borrowing access.To kids, the bikes look like they could be selling ice cream – and they sound that way, too, with a bell that attracts curious families, according to Woodland Library Services Director Greta Galindo.”


LA Library Cards Get You Free Digital Access to the New York Times From Anywhere

From Gizmodo

“Do you live in Los Angeles and pay for online access to the New York Times? Have I got a cheapskate lifehack for you.If you live in LA, you have access to one of the greatest public library systems in the world. But the library isn’t just books and magazines and amazing VHS tapes. These days the LA library has all kinds of resources you can access from home, including free, unlimited access to the digital edition of the New York Times. All you need is the number on the back of your LA library card.”


Encinitas may sell library name

From San Diego Union Tribune

” A proposal by a wealthy philanthropist to rename the Encinitas Library in honor of his wife has become a community battleground. Opponents say the Encinitas Library name was in use long before the new building opened in 2008 and that the city is contemplating selling off its heritage to the highest bidder. Moonlight Beach could be next, they warn.Proponents declare that only an idiot would refuse a simple name-change request given that it comes with a multimillion dollar donation that could greatly benefit the community.The City Council is poised to decide the matter at its 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday.Steve Mizel — an investor who has been an avid donor to programs and construction projects in the United States and Israel — put forward his renaming request early this year. He’s asking that the library become the Patricia Mizel Encinitas Library to honor his wife’s dedication to the Friends of the Encinitas Library organization.”


Santa Ana: Public libraries are serving the homeless more than just books


” Public libraries and their staff are finding themselves on the front lines of serving Southern California’s homeless.The homeless use public libraries like many patrons do — to access information, use the Internet and learn, but they come with everyday needs that the average library user does not have.Homeless people visit the libraries to escape harsh weather, get fresh drinking water, and use the bathroom and electricity, which push libraries to provide services that are not part of their intended mission.“It’s not our primary responsibility,” said Heather Folmar, library operations manager for the Santa Ana Public Library. “It’s not our mandate. It’s not what we’re paid to do and we do it because people need it.”The Santa Ana Public Library is closing Friday for two weeks to rearrange furniture to keep a closer eye on the homeless, upgrade its electrical system and replace flooring.”


Mission Viejo Library Offers Innovative Learning Resource

From Mission Viejo Patch

” The Mission Viejo Library is launching a free online resource designed to help anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.Lynda.com is an online learning platform with a growing library of more than 3,000 courses on business, software, technology and creative topics delivered by expert instructors. Whether it’s learning about using mobile marketing for your business or how to snap better photos, you’ll find a bevy of helpful video courses at Lynda.com.”


Menlo Park: Group seeks state grant to digitize local recorded history

From Mercury News

” The group tasked with preserving Menlo Park’s history may receive a much-needed boost from the state.The cash-strapped Menlo Park Historical Association has already received a lift from the Menlo Park Library, where its offices are housed. It was library Director Susan Holmer who came to the group about a possible state grant to digitize its local recorded history.”


Napa: Joint-use library created for Pope Valley

From St. Helena Star

“The Napa County Library and Pope Valley Elementary School will celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their public library services project at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24….The project to expand and open the school’s library to the public began more than a year ago when Burkhart and Kreimeier began meeting to discuss the possibility, according to a press release. Both public agencies continued discussions until a formal agreement was signed in April. The project got an assist when the California State Library gave a $10,000 grant to purchase a self-check machine to be used at the location.”


LA Opera Talks at Crowell Public Library with Verdi’s Macbeth and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten

From Pasadena Now

” The popular LA Opera Talks return to Crowell Public Library on September 11th with Verdi’s Macbeth, followed by Philip Glass’s Akhnaten on October 9th. LA Opera Talks are programs presented by community educators featuring fascinating facts and musical excerpts from the operas that are playing downtown at the Music Center. Opera is not just magnificent music. It is dance and theater with astounding sets on a beautiful stage. It can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. ”