Program chains young Solano readers to success

From Daily Republic

“Solano County supervisors got a bit tied up in their work Tuesday, wrapping themselves in lengthy paper chains representing the books children read during the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge at area libraries.Librarians Kevin Tolley and Natasha North dumped large green yard bags of paper chains on the floor in front of the Board of Supervisors, each link representing one of the 34,114 books read by the 6,581 participants. Tolley said that 3,095 of those participants completed the program.The challenge has two goals. The first is to help with the general literacy of participants. The second is to combat the “summer slide,” a term that refers to the knowledge students lose over the summer break.”

Gigabit Libraries Network Receives Federal Grant

From CivSource

“In 2013, the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) launched a pilot program to provide TV White Space Broadband through public libraries. TV White Space broadband relies on vacant TV channel spectrum for data transfer, and can then extend broadband signal as far as TV signal. Then a year later, GLN released a nationwide coverage map showing all of the potential connection points for a TV white space network. Over the past year, that expansion work has continued, culminating in a federal grant which was awarded to GLN on Wednesday.San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) in partnership with GLN has been awarded a National Leadership Grant of nearly $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.”

Gigabit Libraries Network Receives Federal Grant

Pacific Grove Library salutes a century of National Parks

From Monterey County Weekly

“The Pacific Grove Public Library has committed to fomenting more culture and ideas by dedicating a room, the Nancy and Steve Hauk Gallery, to precisely that. Last year they did so by weaving events around the ecological writings of Rachel Carson. This year, they’ve continued that commitment with This Land is Our Land.It’s a three-month series, now in month two, of lectures, music, nature walks, readings and children’s activities that survey the regional presence of the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year.The title is an invocation of the Woody Guthrie song “This Land is Your Land,” and many of the activities are backdropped by an exhibit of paintings of national parks and monuments.”

Napa County: ‘How to’ festival offers a day of learning at the library

From Napa Valley Register

“Wandering around the Napa County Library on Saturday was like hitting the “I’m feeling lucky” button on Google – you didn’t know exactly what you were going to get, but you were going to learn something new.It was the library’s 2nd annual How-To Festival and it featured workshops in everything from jewelry making to foraging for food, writing a resume and how to make no-bake dog treats.The workshops, which lasted about an hour each, took place in four different areas of the library and were organized so that there would be something for everybody during each session. Although knowledge hungry adults attended the classes on navigating the mortgage process and being an informed voter, it was the family-friendly and craft workshops that really stole the show.”

Santa Monica Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

From Santa Monica Lookout

” The ancient Aztecs celebrated what would become El Dia de los Muertos over several months, instead of a single day. Santa Monica will stay true to the tradition and mark the popular Mexican holiday with events over the course of two weeks.Seven events held at six separate venues across the bayside city will mark “The Day of the Dead,” a colorful time when family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died.The main event — which takes place Sunday, October 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery — features music and dance performances, storytelling, a procession and a ceremonial blessing, cemetery officials said.”

Three Women Give Santa Barbara a Library

From Noozhawk

” The next time you walk into our Central Public Library, you might silently thank three women who started Santa Barbara on a long path of readership that led to our library today on the corner of Anapamu and Anacapa streets. How could one woman followed by another do that?”

Marin County: Larkspur Library Receives Largest Donation Ever

From Larkspur Patch

” The Marin County Free Library has received its largest single donation ever – over $660,000 — from the family trust of a deceased Marin couple. The Marin County Board of Supervisors formally accepted the trust bequest during its Oct. 25 meeting.The donors are Jan and John E. Zimmer, who lived in the unincorporated Almonte neighborhood near Mill Valley. The Zimmers left 80 percent of their estate, valued at more than $3 million, to be split equally among the Corte Madera Library, the Mill Valley Library and the Larkspur Library.The Mill Valley and Larkspur libraries are operated by those cities, independent of the Marin County Free Library.”

South San Francisco Only City in Bay Area Chosen to Offer Spanish Literacy Program

From South San Francisco Patch

” The South San Francisco Public Library was selected as one of twenty libraries across California to join a pilot program – Leamos @ the Library. Leamos, translated as Let’s Read @ The Library, is a literacy program aimed at helping native Spanish speakers improve their reading and writing in Spanish.”When native Spanish speakers are taking English classes, they encounter difficulty when their primary language skills are minimal,” said Marta Bookbinder, South San Francisco Literary Services Coordinator. “By offering this program to our residents, it will increase their native language literacy, which will reduce the difficulty of learning English in the long run.”The pilot program is supported by a grant awarded by the James Irvine Foundation to Centro Latino to explore partnerships with public libraries.””

Anaheim: 2 library sites back on books

From The Orange County Register

“After 40 years of operation, the Euclid and Sunkist branches of the Anaheim Library will reopen later this month with a new look.The two popular libraries will soon welcome readers again after going through $1.5 million in renovations – the first they’ve had since opening in 1976.Renovations for both branches began earlier this year and include a sleek, colorful, modern interior design, better network connections, improvements in accessibility for the disabled and new restrooms.The Euclid branch will feature 24 new computers, a tech lab, children’s study room, group tables and space for events such as summer reading programs, music and dance performances.”

SC Public Libraries Seeks Community Input

From Times Publishing Group

” The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) announced a series of meetings to be held at each branch library to obtain community input on an updated strategic plan.“In current public library research and practice, we have found that the most effective strategic plans begin with the community, not in the library,” stated Janis O’Driscoll, Manager of System Services.Library Director Susan Nemitz will facilitate the community meetings as roundtable conversations with community members to determine shared priorities, passions, and values with an eye toward where the library fits in.”

SC Public Libraries Seeks Community Input at Public Meetings

Ray Bradbury Inducted into California Library Hall of Fame

From South Pasadena Review

” During October and December, the South Pasadena Public Library is showcasing a display called “Ray Bradbury in South Pasadena.”Exhibited are some of the Bradbury rarities that have been donated for the library’s Ray Bradbury Conference Room collection, as well as some photos of Bradbury and many others during many of the Bradbury events at the library and the Fremont Centre Theatre.The display celebrates a recent announcement by the California Library Association that world renowned author Ray Bradbury (1920 to 1912) has been inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame. During his lifetime, Bradbury was awarded an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2004 National Medal of Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.”

Ray Bradbury Inducted into California Library Hall of Fame

The Banning library is how old?

From The Press Enterprise

“Banning Library District is turning 100, and a celebration to mark the centennial is being planned for Oct. 22.No word yet on whether party goers will have to use their inside voices.While the history of the library and its locations and collections will be at the forefront of presentations and displays, it is the people who have patronized the library over the years that have kept it a viable community criterion.”

South San Francisco: South City to celebrate renovated Grand Library during grand opening

From San Mateo Daily Journal

“Inclement weather is unlikely to dampen the spirits of the South San Francisco community during a celebration recognizing the grand opening of the city’s recently renovated downtown library.Residents, officials and others are set to come together Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Grand Avenue library, 306 Walnut Ave., to honor the reopening of the facility under construction for roughly the past year.The $3.1 million project included building a 1,171-square-foot patio, an outdoor seating area and new bathrooms, adding improved technology, as well as a variety of structural fixes, according to library director Valerie Sommer.”

San Diego County: Del Mar Library celebrates 20 years in permanent home

From The Coast News Group

“Since its establishment more than a century ago, the Del Mar Library has been located in private homes, a former liquor store, a now-defunct seafood restaurant and a “temporary” trailer.It wasn’t until 1996 that it found a permanent home in the original St. James Catholic Church on Camino del Mar.Patrons young and old celebrated that 20-year milestone during an Oct. 8 event that included musical entertainment, face painting, balloon-animal making and of course, cake.The library opened in 1914 in the home of E.J. Hindle, who served as the first librarian, before relocating to a store and then, in 1924, to the house of author Lee Shippey on the bluff north of Eighth Street.For more than 50 years it continued to move around town. In 1977 it was temporarily moved to a trailer in the City Hall parking lot, where it remained for 20 years.”

Health Alliance of Pasadena Announces Partnership with Library

From Pasadena Patch

” Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare), the leading primary healthcare provider in the San Gabriel Valley, announces a partnership with the Pasadena Public Library.The goal of this unique partnership is to bring increased education on the benefits of reading, and to support library card sign-up for the Pasadena Public Library. ChapCare will offer all children ages 0-5 and their families who access medical services at our Lincoln health center in Pasadena a brief educational intervention, a free bag with books and a library card application, and help parents complete the library card application and submit the application to the library for processing.”

Humboldt County, You Have a New Librarian and a New Planning Director

From Lost Coast Outpost

” The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Vanessa Christman to the position of County Librarian and John H. Ford as the Director of the Planning & Building Department.Christman brings experience as a former library director and administrator with a strong record of leadership and innovation. Her experience ranges from managing rural California libraries to an administrative position in the largest county library system in the country. A graduate of UC San Diego and Drexel University where she earned her Master’s Degree, Christman has helped manage a staff of more than 250, worked on significant infrastructure and capital projects, and served on system- and county-wide committees on issues from leadership development to homelessness. She was recently elected to the Board of the California Library Association.”

Pedal-powered mini-mobile libraries roll around Davis

From The California Aggie

” Yolo County Public Library recently implemented a new service in the Davis branch, as well as the Woodland Public Library: book bikes.The California State Library’s U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services issued a $10,000 grant to the Yolo County and Woodland Public Library branches, which funded the book bike project.The book bikes are custom built trailers that have bookshelves inside for library materials. These mobile-libraries are full-service libraries where people can check out books, access computer-equipped free Wi-Fi and sign up for library cards.“Our goal is to get books in the hands of children in our community who many not have a library card or come to the library,” said Greta Galindo, Woodland Library services director, in an interview with the SacBee.The book bikes do exactly that. The mobile libraries cleverly cater to whichever location they travel to, and even take requests from the public by phone or in-person. Dana Christy, Yolo County librarian and book bike project manager, sees the potential of the project in Davis.”

Pedal-powered mini-mobile libraries roll around Davis

County of Los Angeles: Malibu receives library award

From Malibu Surfside News

“The Malibu City Council’s Library Subcommittee has been selected by the California Public Library Association to receive the 2016 California Public Library Advocate Award for Elected Local Officials in recognition of its outstanding support of the Malibu Library and its “Malibu Gives Back” program to assist libraries in lower-income communities.”

Tulare County: Teacher’s passion gets a library for London, California

From The Fresno Bee

” For Rob Isquierdo Jr., next Saturday will be a day of pride when the new London branch of the Tulare County Public Library opens.“After three years of diligent work, our dream to create a library in our small struggling rural community is finally a reality,” he said.Isquierdo started the Library for London project and is recognized as the founder of the library.“This monumental event is part of a much bigger vision to redefine our community … and provide a sense of hope for our residents, especially our children,” he said.”

Lake County: Celebration set for Hammond Library Centennial

From Lake News

” In 1916 Harriet Lee Hammond provided for Upper Lake what Andrew Carnegie provided for Lakeport and more than 2,500 other towns and cities – a library building. That library still serves Upper Lake, making it one of the town’s oldest continuously-operating businesses.The Lake County Library invites the public to the centennial celebration of the Harriet Lee Hammond Library on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. The historic library is located at the corner of Main and Second Streets in Upper Lake.Linda Bushta has worked in the Hammond Library since 2006 and loves the quiet atmosphere of the library’s soaring ceilings and redwood-paneled interior. “Upper Lake is a wonderful little community and by working in the library I feel I belong here,” she said. “Every week, the kindest and friendliest people come in the door, both residents of the Northshore and people passing through our little county on their way somewhere. I love the history of the old building and hearing the stories of the people a century ago who made it happen.” Plans for the celebration include closing Second Street from Main Street to Washington Street to allow the party plenty of space.Special displays will chronicle the history of the library and the Upper Lake Women’s Protective Club, or ULWPC.”

San Diego: New Skyline Hills Library Gets Public Unveiling Friday

From Times of San Diego

” A grand opening celebration is planned Friday for the expanded Skyline Hills Branch Library in San Diego.The $13.2 million, 15,000-square-foot facility was built on 3.6 acres adjacent to where the previous library branch stood until it was demolished in August.”

Librarians Learn Mental Health First Aid In San Diego


“Librarians from across the state met in San Diego late last month to learn how to spot warning signs of mental illness. The training, part of a $1 million mental health initiative from the California State Library, certified about 30 librarians as trainers, who will conduct training sessions of their own for local librarians.”

Sacramento: Rarely-seen historic treasures on display for Archive Crawl

From Village Life

“In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 6th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is A Thirst for History. Showcasing historic treasures from 25 Northern California institutions, numerous special artifacts will be on public display for one day only at four host locations, including the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History and the Sacramento Public Library.”

Library Systems & Services awarded library assessment project with San Benito County, California

From CBS8

” San Benito County, California has taken a significant step in preparing its library to meet future community needs through a partnership with Library Systems & Services (LS&S). The announcement was made at the California League of Cities Annual Conference, #CaCitiesAnnual.This contract award supports the expansion of solutions recently announced by LS&S. They cover a suite of project-based offerings such as strategic planning, IT solutions and data analytics and space planning for libraries. Driven by the high expectations of local governments and library users, this initiative enables libraries to take a customer relationship management approach to operations. An emphasis on technology ensures that key data is collected and evaluated, and trends from it are identified.”

How Can Teachers and Librarians Navigate Censorship in the Classroom?

From BookMarks

“The turn of the month marks the end of Banned Books Week, an annual event promoting the freedom to read and awareness of the harms of censoring books—often with a particular focus on K-12 students. Schools around the country hold events to discuss the history of censorship, and many educators post photos of their favorite banned books with hashtags such as #BannedBooksWeek or #teachbannedbooks…But these discussions and issues of censorship can arise throughout a school year. And for K-12 teachers and leaders, they can be especially difficult to navigate—posing a balancing act between open access to information and a broad range of morals concerns and opinions from parents, community members, and school employees, including the teachers and librarians themselves.”