Santa Clara Co. Library District Ranked Among Tops In Nation

From Los Gatos Patch

” The Santa Clara County Library District was rated among the top public libraries in the U.S., awarded a four-star rating from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.The national rating system recognizes top performing public libraries within the nation. In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated with only 260 libraries receiving the distinguished Star Library one-, two-, three-, four- or five-star rating. Thirteen California libraries were awarded the prestigious Star Rating in 2016.”


Los Angeles: New Program to Give Library Cards and Online Tutoring to Every Marina Del Rey Students

From Marina Del Rey Patch

” Students at Virginia Road Elementary School received library cards this week to begin a Los Angeles Public Library effort to provide the cards to every Los Angeles Unified School District student over the next three years.Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King and Board of Education President Steve Zimmer joined city Librarian John Szabo to distribute cards to the students, beginning the Student Success partnership between the district and the library.Library officials said the Student Success program will provide library cards to students, allowing them to check up as many as three books at a time — with no fees charged if the students fail to return the books on time. Once the books are returned, they will be able to check out additional titles.”

State Library creates Greg Schmidt collection

From Capitol Weekly

” The California State Library is setting up a special collection in honor of Gregory Schmidt, the long-time ranking Senate staffer who died of cancer at the age of 69.State Librarian Greg Lucas said in an email that the Greg Schmidt Collection on Political Leadership will include “any number of books, articles, movies, podcasts, lectures and case studies besides those in Greg’s personal library that inform today’s political leaders.”After his death, many of Schmidt’s books came to the State Library and formed the basis of the collection, Lucas noted.”

Fake News Prompts Oakland Libraries to Offer Free New York Times Subscriptions

From NBC Bay Area

” With fake news grabbing international headlines, the librarians in Oakland, Calif. want to put a kibosh on the lies.So they recently negotiated a deal with the New York Times to offer library patrons at 18 of its libraries free, unlimited access to the paper of record, according to Main Library Supervisor Mana Tominaga.”

San Jose : Grand opening of mobile lab this Saturday

From San Francisco Bay Area News

” A 39-foot mobile lab will soon be traveling through San Jose to give people the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, San Jose library officials announced.A grand opening was scheduled for Saturday for the Maker[Space]Ship, which is equipped with state-of-the-art maker technology such as a 3D printer, laser cutter, telescopes, video cameras and microscopes.The lab, which is inside a custom-designed bus, was in the works for over two years and it’s free for everyone, according to library officials.”

Carlsbad: Library gets a read on new electronics

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Carlsbad’s main city library is plugging into the future with a new innovation laboratory that gives patrons access to a whole range of high-tech materials and devices, including a 3-D printer.The Exploration HUB technology center opened at the Dove Lane library last month. Along with the printer, there’s a digital image scanner, a high-tech paper, vinyl and fabric cutter, and kits to explore coding for computer-controlled devices.“It’s different in here,” said Technology Librarian Andrea Hilliard, because there’s no need to whisper. “We speak in regular voices.”The library is offering ongoing classes on how to use the devices and patrons are encouraged to ask questions, try out the new gadgets and generally enjoy themselves with technology, officials said. The center is one of many ways the library is expanding its services in the digital age.”

Supes name interim Kern County library director

From The Daily Independent

” The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 13 appointed Assistant Library Director Andie Apple as Kern County Interim Director of Libraries, effective on December 23, 2016. Apple will replace Nancy Kerr, who is resigning this month to take a librarian position in Bellingham, Washington.Apple has more than 19 years of library experience, serving as Assistant Library Director since 2011. She has developed and coordinated several countywide events and projects including the One Book Project, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Summer Lunch Program, and the Thank-a-Vet Art Card Project. Apple has also been integral in developing annual Library budgets and has supplemented County library funds by securing grants to develop literacy and digital literacy in Spanish speakers, veterans, job seekers, children, and early learners.”