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.”