California school libraries in woeful shape, audit says

From Central Valley Bussiness Times

” California’s public school libraries are overdue for improved oversight and staffing, says a new report from state Auditor Elaine Howle.According to standards adopted six years ago by the State Board of Education, school districts should now be employing a total of about 7,900 teacher librarians to serve the 6.2 million students enrolled in schools statewide.How many are actually employed? 841, says Ms. Howle.In Tulare County, one of the three counties audited for the core of the report, there is exactly one teacher librarian for 100 schools spread out over two counties.”

Marin: 3D printer leaves writer, grandkid thunderstruck

From Ross Valley Reporter

“My favorite technological advance has long been the GPS.Eons after I first used one, I’m still astounded each time I do. Including my iPhone version.But suddenly I — a 79-year-old who clearly remembers mimeograph machines — have a new fave, the 3D printer.Leaving me even more thunderstruck.I recently watched an Ultimaker2 at the Marin City Library try to create a tri-dimensional plastic Pegasus after my 9-year-old granddaughter fiddled with this dial and that button.Fiddled, of course, isn’t exactly scientific nomenclature.But it works for me anyway.Since the design she selected was ultra-complicated (and depicted the mythological white stallion partially in flight), the printer couldn’t turn her 2D image into a 3D figurine.She settled for a white owl.But the experience so impressed my also-thunderstruck grandchild, who stays with us in San Anselmo every other weekend, she set up a second appointment — to make a monochromatic, biodegradable thermoplastic polymer bust of her face and shoulders.”

San Francisco: Film festival seeks to raise awareness of veterans’ issues

From San Francisco Chronicle

” A woman with a pink flower tucked behind her ear peers at the laptop screen, scrutinizing the face of her husband. Across the world in Kabul, he mouths “I love you” and waves goodbye.Minutes later, the Marine steps on a land mine and loses three limbs. When he gets home, he learns to eat pasta with a prosthetic hand and take the right dosage of medicine. He goes back to school and opens Christmas presents. We never learn his name, but there’s a reason for that — the film, “Birthday” is supposed to encompass the experience of all veterans as they return from war and reintegrate into society.The film is one of 14 that will be shown at the fifth annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival this weekend in the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium. Admission is free, event sponsors say, to encourage more people to come and learn about the increasingly isolated demographic.”

Altadena Library Partners with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

From Pasadena Now

” The Altadena Library is partnering with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the annual holiday toy and canned food drive.Between November 14 and December 9, all library patrons with outstanding library fines can bring in new toys or non-perishable items for donation, in exchange for their fines being waived.Both the main library at 600 East Mariposa Street and the Bob Lucas Memorial Library at 2659 Lincoln Avenue will be accepting donations for the holiday drive.Toys must be new, in their original packaging and not gift-wrapped to be accepted. Canned food items must not have expired.The library cannot waive fees for lost or damaged items.The library has also released a list of the fine amounts and the items that would correspond to them in order for the fines to be waived.Fines of from $1 to $5 will be waived with a donation of two canned items or toys, $6 to $10 for three canned goods or toys, $11 to $20 for four canned items or toys, $21 to $30 for five items, and $31 to $50 for 6 canned items or toys.”

Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation Receives Grant

From Palm Dessert Patch

“A $25,000 grant from the Auen Foundation will add more large print books to the Rancho Mirage Public Library’s permanent collection. The gift was recently presented to the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the award-winning, independent City-managed library and its programs.”

One Book, One San Diego at the El Cajon Branch Library ECC

From The Californian

” As part of its 10th anniversary, KPBS’s One Book, One San Diego, in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego, flew in Mr. Morris Lessmore’s Fantastic Flying Books to El Cajon Library this past Saturday to help promote literacy and a love of reading in local children. One Book, One San Diego is a binational program where people from both sides of the border nominate recent books for a kind of community-wide book club where the same books are discussed around the region in a variety of events throughout the year. The program includes selections for adults, teenagers and children. This year, the selection for children was the same as in 2015, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce, the inspiration behind an Academy Award winning short film of the same name.Minhhieu Phamvu, Girl Scouts San Diego’s Troop Support Specialist and the Lead Event Coordinator for the event, said the reason that book was picked again in 2016 as the One Book selection was that this year there was no other winner in the category and the message in “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” was still relevant today. She said the book was a wonderful story about how books and inspiration from words can revive the human spirit.”

Willows : Bayliss Library to celebrate 100 years

From ChicoER

” Someone once said if you have a library and garden, you have everything you need. While the Bayliss Branch of the Willows Public Library may not have everything the community around it needs, it does have 3,000 books. By the time it celebrates its 100th birthday next summer it will also have new gardens.In the 34 years spanning 1889 to 1923, the Carnegie Foundation funded the building of 1,681 libraries in 1,412 communities across the country.The Bayliss Library at Glenn County Roads 39 and W was built in 1917 and was one of 144 libraries funded by the foundation in California.”