A scene of homeless misery greets patrons trying to use Santa Ana’s award-winning library

From LA Times

” Haley Flores grew up poring over history books at the Santa Ana Public Library while her little brothers built up their vocabulary there and read tales about alien attacks and outer space.But a visit to the downtown library has become, on many days, a walk through a gantlet of misery: Homeless men and women sleep in the lawn while others plead with visitors for change.Inside the building, signs warned people to avoid restrooms where some homeless use sinks and even toilet water to bathe themselves and wash their clothes. Some of Santa Ana’s down-and-out used the study carrels to look for jobs — others shot up drugs, their syringes found discarded in planters and even a box of toilet seat covers.”


‘I want to cry. I’m in book heaven.’ How one reading advocate hopes to change the lives of juvenile hall detainees through a library

From LA Times

” On one wall of her small classroom at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Zoila Gallegos had set up a makeshift library, but it was never enough. Gallegos, a reading specialist with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has worked at the juvenile lockup in Downey for the past nine years. A child of immigrants who grew up in South Los Angeles, she struggled with English and reading and with the poverty and violence in her neighborhood. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school. Now, Gallegos said, she makes it a mission to extend the same opportunity to the struggling readers she teaches in the juvenile hall.“In my own way, I’m doing my own civil rights initiative,” she said. “That’s how I see it.”So a year and a half ago, she took a small but unusual step in the hierarchical world of county bureaucracy: She sent a letter to a county supervisor and asked for a library.”


New For Napa County Students: ‘One Card’ Access At Public Libraries

From Napa Valley Patch

” September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and NVUSD middle and high school students are already signed up, thanks to a new partnership between Napa County Library and Napa Valley Unified School District.The One Card program —the first of its kind in California — allows middle and high school students to use their school-generated student ID as their public library card, with a ready-made account ready to greet the student at the library building or online. ”


Yolo County: Earn a diploma at the library through Career Online High School

From Daily Democrat

” According to County Public Information Officer Beth Gabor, these services can be accessed through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale — a part of the Cengage Learning company.“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Yolo County Librarian, Patty Wong. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities to transform their lives and increase their earning potential.”COHS is a pilot project recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown with a $1 million budget aimed at helping as many Californians as possible earn a high school diploma online.”


Get fit, healthy for free at Sonoma County libraries

From The Press Democrat

“The Sonoma County Library is known for its promotion of reading literacy for everyone from children to adults. But now, armed with a $30,000 federal grant, it plans to promote health and fitness literacy for the community.Starting this week through May, the 12 branches of the Sonoma County Library will offer a series of free classes for all ages with the help of several community partners. The classes range from Healing Food Basics and Yoga to a Fresh from the Garden class on growing your own vegetables.The idea was born after Jaime Anderson, division manager for the library system, did some research to identify needs in the community and came across a Sonoma County Health Needs Assessment report.”


Oakland Public Library, Hoopla Digital, app, online service

From East Bay Times

” Oakland Public Library has begun offering a new online service for patrons that acts like “Netflix, but for libraries,” allowing numerous people to read the same book or watch the same movie simultaneously online.The app, called Hoopla Digital, will allow anyone with an Oakland Public Library card to have access to and rent the company’s collection of more than 600,000 movies, eBooks, music, audiobooks and comics.Oakland Public Library launched the program on Sept. 19 and according to Sharon McKellar, community relations librarian, the response has been positive so far.”

Oakland Public Library launches ‘Netflix’ type app

Lodi Library Plans Culinary Challenges

From Lodi Daily Voice

” To kick off Health Literacy Month – a time for organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information – the Lodi Memorial Library is hosting a pair of healthy eating programs for kids and adults.”


Standoff Ends Peacefully At John Steinbeck Library

From Watsonville Patch

“A standoff in a Salinas library Thursday between police and man with possible mental health issues ended peacefully after more than four hours.Officers with the Salinas Police Department responded Thursday to the John Steinbeck Library on a report of a man with a gun in his waistband.”


Free Blogging Classes for Teens Offered at Oceanside Library

From Oceanside Patch

” Students in grades sixth through 12th are invited to join other teens for a series of two free blogging classes to be offered at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 21 at the Mission Branch Library, 3861-B Mission Ave. in Oceanside.WordPress instructor Sara Ohara will teach about creating and maintaining a blog as way to express oneself, share extracurricular activities and accomplishments, reach other people who share the same interests and even to get into the college of one’s choice.”


Newport Beach Public Library is latest to launch high school diploma program for adults

The Orange County Registrar

” Since launching last week, two people have already applied to participate in a state library initiative to help adults obtain a high school diploma and career certificate by completing online courses now offered at the Newport Beach Public Library.The California State Library and The Career Online High School, a career-based online education program for adults, help administer the 18-credit curriculum. Scholarships are available to pay the $1,100 tuition.”


New Richmond library program has kids reading to therapy dogs

From The Richmond Standard

“The Richmond Public Library is offering an Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) program that has children reading to a trained therapy dog for 20 minutes, “a proven method for improving reading fluency and confidence,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter. All Ears Reading program, offered to students in first through fifth grades, is being run from the West Side Branch Library, 135 Washington Ave. It meets on the third Monday of each month beginning this afternoon from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To book an appointment, contact Deborah Bonet at (510) 620-6521 or (510) 620-6567.The use of dogs as reading companions is a growing phenomenon.”

New Richmond library program has kids reading to therapy dogs

San Bernardino County: Hesperia library exceeds expectations with reading program

From Daily Press

” One local library has been recognized for its successful reading program where children and adults are expanding their literary world.The Hesperia Branch Library was one three San Bernardino County libraries that increased the number of residents participating in summer reading programs by 28 percent. That number exceeded the 15 percent goal the county set in support of the Vision2Read campaign.”


Kern County Library gets $75K tech grant


” The Kern County Library has received a $75,000 grant for technology projects.The money, from the California State Library, will be spent on digital literacy workshops, portable chargers and Chromebooks for in-house checkout, and wired furniture.The improvements will take place at the county’s busiest branches: Beale Memorial Library, Ridgecrest Branch Library and Southwest Branch Library.”


County snubs Law Library: Civil grand jury urged ongoing funding; San Mateo County says ‘no’

From The Daily Journal

” The San Mateo County Law Library will not get any extra money from the Board of Supervisors to stave off its fiscal crisis, according to a report by County Manager John Maltbie.The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued its own report in June that urged the board to provide supplemental funding to the Law Library since its primary source of funding from civil court filing fees has steadily decreased since 2010. The grand jury report stated that the library, near the Hall of Justice in downtown Redwood City, is in “serious jeopardy” and a “unique resource.”But in a response letter to the grand jury, the Board of Supervisors states that there are cheaper ways to provide services such as expanded use of online legal resource systems and public libraries.The Law Library served nearly 8,000 patrons in fiscal year 2014-15. About half were members of the general public, county employees and students and the other half were members of the legal community.Library revenue have decreased 52 percent in five years.The grand jury wanted supervisors to promptly adopt a formal policy to mitigate the Law Library’s fiscal crisis and establish ongoing supplemental funding immediately.”


Los Angeles: The Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help

From TakePart

“Since the advent of the internet and e-readers, there have been plenty of predictions about the end of public libraries. Who needs to go browse the stacks when the answer to any question is easily accessible from a smartphone and a book can be downloaded in seconds?Or so goes the thinking. According to the results, released Friday, of a Pew Research Center survey on Americans’ attitudes toward libraries, use of libraries is up, people find them useful, and they still want to check out printed books. More survey respondents said they had visited a physical library or a bookmobile in the past 12 months—48 percent, up from 44 percent in 2015. A full 77 percent of folks also said that “public libraries provide them with the resources they need,” and 66 percent said that shutting down a facility “would have a major impact on their community.” Roughly two-thirds of people who had visited a library or a bookmobile said they’d done so to check out a book.The survey also indicated that librarians are an underused resource. Only 35 percent of library patrons surveyed in 2016 said they asked a librarian for help, down from 50 percent in 2012.”


Humboldt County: Heroin Addicts Are Shooting Up in Public Libraries More and More

From Thrillist

” If you’ve been paying attention at all over the past few years, you know that an opioid addiction epidemic has swept across America, affecting people across races and socioeconomic classes. Prince died of an opioid overdose, for crying out loud.Now another American institution is feeling the effects of the health crisis: libraries, with their quiet spaces and free public access, are becoming a destination for drug users to shoot up heroin.”


New cloud-based system will connect all 23 CSU libraries

From Golden Gate Xpress

” SF State will introduce a new $3 million cloud-based platform that will link all California State University library databases. In the works since last year, the new United Library Management Service will make it faster and easier for library technicians to move data as well as catalog, monitor and order books by Summer 2017.“The key outcomes of the ULMS are efficiency, equity, cost savings and enhanced potential for collaboration among CSU libraries,” said Deborah Masters, librarian at the J. Paul Leonard Library.Masters said the new system, financed by the CSU, will help students and faculty find information faster and easier. Students have expressed interest in an united library database that connects all CSU campuses together.SF State’s library already uses technology at the library like ILLiad, an electronic system designed to help users request items. “I think it’s a great idea to get access to all CSU libraries.” Psychology major Chris Sanders said. “I already like what CSU provides and ILLiad. I think it’s great.”According to the CSU, books and videos from all 23 campus libraries will be accessible from smartphones and laptops– including nearly one billion journal articles, dissertations, periodicals, books, audio and video files.”

New cloud-based system will connect all 23 CSU libraries

Carte blanche to literacy in Salinas

From The Californian

” By Oct. 31, the trick is to treat 2,800 Salinas kindergarteners to their first library card.In an attempt to boost children’s literacy rates and instill a love of books and reading, the Salinas Public Library is launching a card campaign in celebration of the American Library Association’s annual Library Card Sign-up Month.And the need to boost reading and literacy skills in this rural community is at a critical stage, educators say, given the latest performance by Salinas children on state standardized tests. A lower percentage of third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders scored in the “exceeded standards” or “met standards” categories on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test announced last month. Larger percentages of students scored in the “nearly met” and “did not meet” categories, test results show.Nearly as disturbing, only 472 of the thousands of kindergarten-age children in Salinas have a city library card.”


Benicia: Library to provide workshop on smart financial planning for college

From Benicia Herald

” Nearly four weeks into the school year, one topic is on the minds of a lot of high school seniors: college. These 12th graders are likely asking themselves such questions as “Where do I want to go to school?,” “What should my major be?” and “What classes should I take when I’m there?” Another important question they may or may not be pondering: “How should I prepare for financial assistance so I’m not up to my eyeballs in student loan debt by the time I graduate?” Thankfully, Bay College Planning will be presenting a free workshop at the Benicia Public Library to answer this and other questions. Bay College Planning is a San Ramon-based collective of financial aid planning specialists that gives clients guidance on how to best prepare for college and the monetary issues that come with it. The certified company serves all of Marin County, various communities in Northern California stretching from Sacramento to Sunnyvale and even the state of Hawaii.”


Tehama County Library receives funding for art projects, holds themed coloring events each month

From Daily News

“The Tehama County Library has received additional funding in the amount of $500 from the Tehama Art Council, California Arts Council and the One Million Plates to continue doing art projects and programs.The funding has allowed the library to purchase new supplies for events as well as promotional materials.”


Meet the New Director of Pasadena’s Public Libraries

From Pasadena Now

” The week Pasadena’s celebrated Public Library Director Jan Sanders retired after 11 years of service, library officials identified Pasadenan Robert Karatsu, the former Director of the Rancho Cucamonga Library, as the library’s interim director while a nation-wide search for a new permanent Director gets underway.”


Newark Library Adds Service on Sundays

From Newark Patch

“Responding to the community’s request for increased library service, the Newark Library is pleased to announce new hours of service on Sundays. Beginning on September 11, 2016, the Library will be open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funding provided by the City of Newark enables the Library to add hours of service on Sundays. The Library will hold a celebration on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will include a magic show and balloon art for the whole family.”


Berkeley library board to hire new director from San Jose

From Berkeleyside

“The Board of Library Trustees is poised to hire Heidi Dolamore as the new director of the library at their Wednesday meeting, a move they hope will start to quell more than a year of turmoil.Dolamore is currently the assistant director of the San Jose Library, a position she has held since January 2015. She has worked in libraries around the region for 15 years, including stints in the Solano County Library, the Contra Costa County Library, and the San Mateo County Library, according to her LinkedIn page. If BOLT confirms her appointment, Dolamore will be paid $180,000 annually.Dolamore will take over the five-branch system by the end of September, 13 months after the previous director, Jeff Scott, resigned under pressure after the controversial book culling process he oversaw called his integrity into question.”

Berkeley library board to hire new director from San Jose

Long-Awaited Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to Open in Long Beach Saturday

From Long Beach Patch

“A new library in North Long Beach, named after the first lady, will finally open its doors this weekend after more than a decade of planning.The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave., will be unveiled to the public Saturday, Sept. 10. It replaces the old North Neighborhood Library, 5571 Orange Ave., which was long in the tooth and


Yolo County Library to Offer Books By Mail

From Davis Patch

” The Yolo County Library is introducing Books by Mail, a new free service that delivers library materials to Yolo County residents through the mail.This program is designed for residents who have a disability, illness or lack of regular transportation that prevents them from visiting a Yolo County Library branch.After completing an application and speaking with library staff, residents can request specific materials be mailed to them directly, and may even request library staff to select materials for them based on personal interest.”