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.”