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.”

State library group honors local senator

From Daily Democrat

“On Saturday, the California Library Association bestowed a rare honor on Senator Lois Wolk. For the only the second time in two decades, they gave an award for “Outstanding Legislative Achievement.” This special award intends to recognize Senator Wolk’s entire body of work and leadership on behalf of California libraries. Senator Lois Wolk was a tenacious, tireless advocate for all Californians who use and love our libraries.”

SF Library owed $4.5M in overdue fines; amnesty period proposed

From The San Francisco Examiner

” San Francisco Library officials have their eyes on the more than $4.5 million of fines accumulated from overdue books.But library patrons with overdue materials — there are about 150,000 of them — needn’t worry about having to fork over wads of cash.The San Francisco Library intends to offer an amnesty period when fines would be forgiven if books are returned between Jan. 3 and Feb. 14. It’s been eight years since the previous amnesty period.More than 55,000 library users have had their check-out privileges revoked because they owe at least $10.01, the threshold for when book borrowing privileges are suspended. The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the amnesty period on Nov. 15.Amid San Francisco’s share of affordability challenges like high rents, library fines raise questions of equity.”

Downtown San Diego Library Opens A Bike Kitchen


” Bob Surratt and Kate Cowper have formed an unlikely partnership.Surratt is a library assistant and Cowper is a bicycle mechanic at Hub and Spoke Cycleworks.Thanks to their efforts the downtown Central San Diego Library is now offering a Bike Kitchen — a free monthly bicycle repair day open to anyone with a bike, or an interest in learning about bikes.Bike Kitchen is a place where people can go to use tools, talk with volunteer mechanics and work on their bicycles.Cowper said the library’s tools are top notch and can fix anything.”

How to get on the Little Free Library party train in Pomona

From Daily Bulletin

” You’re forgiven if you mistake the 20-odd house-shaped wooden boxes for large mailboxes.But peek inside, and the mystery begins to unfold.The boxes are found across the city — in front of homes, in community gardens, a few community centers and at least one in a laundromat. They’re Little Free Libraries, and they’ve become a global movement.The concept is simple: Readers are encouraged to take a book and return a book, said David McElwain, who coordinates the Pomona Little Free Library effort.They promote literacy and a love of books in addition to serving as a meeting place where people can strike up conversations, McElwain said.”

Three Sonoma County libraries will lend books

From San Francisco Bay Area News

” Three Sonoma County libraries will be lending more than books starting Tuesday.The Guerneville, Sebastopol and Central Santa Rosa branches will have do-it-yourself tool kits that promote water and energy saving.The six-month pilot project is modeled after a successful program in Santa Clara County. Library cardholders will be able to check out the kits at the three branches for up to three weeks.The kits have information on weather-stripping windows and doors, monitoring electricity use, finding water leaks, switching to LED light bulbs and other home upgrade projects.”

Three Sonoma County libraries will lend books

San Joaquin County-Stockton: Inspirational libraries

From Recordnet

“When the grant was first awarded, photographer Robert Dawson and his wife, Ellen Manchester, saw it as an assignment.They would chronicle the library and literacy efforts in San Joaquin County and Stockton, almost like an annual report, Manchester said.Two years later, in 2016, Dawson said the project had morphed into something much bigger than the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, which sought the grant, ever anticipated.The San Francisco-based couple knew that Stockton was reportedly one of the least-literate places in the country. It wasn’t enough to show the libraries and schools where people were reading or learning to read. For Dawson, it meant showing the broader community, the economic conditions that impact a community’s literacy.”

Michelle Perera is Pasadena’s New Library Department Director

From Pasadena Now

” City Manager Steve Mermell announced Friday he has appointed Michelle Perera as the new Director of the Pasadena Public Library and Information Services Department.
Perera comes to Pasadena from the City of Rancho Cucamonga where she has been the city’s Library Director for the past two years. Perera assumes her new duties in Pasadena effective December 19, 2016.Perera will oversee a department of 108 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $14 million. The department,, currently includes the Central Library and nine branches, collectively serving about 1.2 million people per year and about 500,000 online customers. With more than 2,300 on-site programs, free WiFi services and an extensive collection of printed books, periodicals, media and cloud-based eBooks, the Pasadena Public Library serves as a life-long learning center and cultural beacon for the greater Pasadena community.”