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.”