California public libraries show resiliency

From Fox and Hound Daily

” When Governor Brown added $4.8 million to the budget to enhance the California Library Services Act in the last budget, he took a bold step toward re-energizing the state’s public libraries that have experienced a tough post-recession environment. ”

Announcing the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Winners

From MilTech

” After many hours of deliberation the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award. The following winners will be celebrated June 25 at an open reception during the American Library Association’s 2017 annual conference in Chicago.”

Temp library fine waiver for veterans up for consideration by Solano County Board of Supervisors

From The Reporter

” A free Veterans Resource Center available to all residents of Solano County is open at the Vacaville Public Library — Cultural Center.To bring awareness to the center, Solano Library Services is asking that the county board of supervisors waive overdue library material fines from May 1-31.The Veterans Resource Center is a pilot program made possible by the partnership with the library, the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library.In a report to the Solano County Board of Supervisors, staff noted that both the branch manager who oversees both Vacaville libraries and the supervising librarian of the Vacaville-Town Square Library are veterans.”

San Mateo County Libraries Win American Library Association Award

From Patch

” On April 25, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that San Mateo County Libraries are one of eight recipients of its prestigious 2017 John Cotton Dana Award, which is given to libraries for outstanding public relations. The Libraries are being recognized for their rebranding campaign, “Open for Exploration”, which unified their twelve community libraries into a shared vision and brand, and effectively communicated their positive impact on individuals and communities.”

Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

From LA Times

“UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved.The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those floors. That’s because they no longer contain any books, which could be damaged or stained.California’s oldest public university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today.”

New ocean-themed library debuts in Imperial Beach

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“With a look and feel so reminiscent of the city’s small beach town, even the mayor’s vision of the new Imperial Beach Library was blown out of the water.“If I would have brain-stormed the most perfect building we could ever have, I couldn’t have come up with this,” Mayor Serge Dedina said at last weekend’s grand opening.The coastal-themed building at 810 Imperial Beach Boulevard threw open its doors and welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 300 people on April 15.Built for $8.5 million, three times the size of the existing facility, the library is expected to accommodate residents for the next 25 to 30 years.”

Mendocino County history: 1934 – A milestone for the Ukiah Library

From Ukiah Daily

” On next Monday the Ukiah public library will have completed twenty years of existence as a Carnegie library, following seven years as town library. It seemed a fitting time to remind the people of Ukiah of the growth of the work of the library and to make public its aims and hopes of future greater usefulness.As the Saturday Afternoon club had been the original movers in securing the establishment of the library in 1907, and had also aided largely in securing a lot and Carnegie funds for the building in 1914, the library board invited the women of the club to sponsor a twentieth anniversary celebration.This invitation was accepted, and in accordance with their plans, on next Monday the library will hold open house all day and every resident of Ukiah and vicinity is cordially invited to drop in and see what the library offers in services to its patrons.”

Trump budget devalues libraries

From The Hill

” As National Library Week begins April 9, the Trump administration and Republican Party have launched an unprecedented attack on the institution by submitting a zero budget request for the Institute for Library and Museum Services.ILMS Director Dr. Kathryn Matthew notes that $214 million of the $230 million budget goes directly to grants to state and local libraries, including $155 million distributed through a population-based formula grant.Library advocates, including urban librarians, who recently met at the Brooklyn Public Library, are torn between their own needs and a variety of other cuts, ranging from fuel assistance to Medicare, which affect the populations they serve.Other agencies which advance knowledge and creativity, such as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, get similar short shrift. More than 100 representatives have signed on to a “Dear Appropriator” letter to the House Appropriations Committee to restore ILMS funding. However, similar appeals are coming from a variety of interests, creating a “resistance roulette” designed to have those constituencies cannibalize each other.”

Pasadena: Celebrate National Library Week

From Pasadena Now

“National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to education, technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are your trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large. Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.Libraries also provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse wants and interests, including cultural and arts programming, materials in alternate formats such as large print, multilingual internet trainings, bilingual story hours, English as a Second Language classes and many other programs.Here in Altadena,California, we promote early literacy to children and their parents and caregivers through our children’s educational programming which includes Story Times and other programs. Teens and Adults have access to the newest technologies such as 3D printers and Virtual Reality tools. Our library programming and offerings continue to expand to reflect the changing needs of our community.This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” and Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy is lending her support as National Library Week Honorary Chair.”

SF’s branch libraries to expand hours, all to remain open 7 days a week

From The San Francisco Examiner

” Readers have reason to rejoice. So do those who rely on public computers.That’s because all of San Francisco’s 27 library branches will remain open seven days a week come June.While 18 branches are currently opened seven days a week, nine are not. Hours of service will also expand at six other branches currently open seven days a week.The staffing needed to expand the hours was approved as part of the current budget beginning in January, but an acknowledged time-consuming hiring process contributed to the delay.Library officials said last week that they now plan to have the staff hired and the service hours at the branches expanded in June.Seven library branches are currently open six days a week but close on Sundays. These branches — Anza, Bernal Heights, Eureka Valley, Golden Gate Valley, North Beach, Ocean View and Parkside — will soon open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.“I am excited to see the seven branches that are going to be open on Sundays now,” Library Commissioner Zoe Dunning said. “I often get comments from parents who really value weekends to bring their children in, working parents.”Two branches are currently opened six days a week but closed on Mondays. Potrero and Presidio branches will soon be opened on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.Six other branches, already open seven days a week, will see service hours expanded.Head Librarian Luis Herrera said the seven-day a week opening of all branches was a vision sought for many years by the Library Commission, underscoring the significance of the milestone.”

Saratoga Library hosts only ‘money’ stop in Bay Area

From The Mercury News

” Knowing how to handle money is invaluable. Learning this necessary skill often requires years of practice to form a good relationship with money. From April 1 to May 1, the Saratoga Library is hosting the new exhibit “Thinking Money,” a new traveling exhibition that teaches preteens, teens and the adults in their lives about key financial strategies. The exhibit will cover topics like saving, financing college, housing affordability, spending and avoiding fraud.”

San Mateo County: Beyond the bookshelf

From Half Moon Bay Review

” Sunday marked the start of National Library Week, a U.S. observance first instituted in 1958 by the American Library Association.Things have changed since the 1950s, and libraries are ever-evolving at a rapid pace to meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve.In the beginning, libraries were places where books were shelved for safekeeping, their content carefully curated and preserved. They were reverent places where voices were hushed, and heaven forbid that you bring in a snack while you perused the stacks.“When I was growing up, it was like, food in the library, are you kidding me?” said Greg Lucas who was appointed librarian of California by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. “Three years ago, 17 libraries said to each other, you know, when the schools close down for the summer, hunger doesn’t go on vacation. They started serving free lunches in their libraries.”Other libraries soon joined the groundswell. If you walk into the Half Moon Bay Library after school, you may be offered a healthy snack.Alternatively, those attending a special library event may get a nose full of something good that happens to be cooking.There’s no doubt about it, libraries have become modern community centers, a place where lives are enriched and people are transformed.”

California Today: GoPros, Audiobooks and Other Perks of the Library

From The New York Times

” Too few Californians take advantage of one of the great perks of simply being a resident.The humble library card.At libraries across the state, you can check out millions of digital books, audiobooks and movies, get career advice, learn a language, reserve a meeting room or borrow a GoPro.“I think we live in a world where people honestly think that they have to buy this stuff. And they don’t,” said Rivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento Public Library.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: OKs High-Speed Internet for Libraries

From Govtech

“For those who surf the Web at public libraries in Stockton and San Joaquin County, the concept of high-speed broadband either is a rumor or a nostalgic throwback to the glory days of dial-up internet.In other words, that site you just called up on your browser is loading slowly, the video you want to watch is buffering and the online experience is suffering.But the problem — which most acutely affects those lacking internet service at home — soon will be solved, says John Alita, Stockton’s director of community services. Higher-speed internet service is on its way to the five branches in Stockton and the eight other branches in the county.”

Yolo County: Library solicits input for facilities master plan

From The Davis Enterprise

“What kind of library does Yolo County want 20 years down the line?That was the central question for residents who attended a series of community conversations with library representatives this week, including one at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis on Monday.Gatherings also took place in Esparto, Winters and West Sacramento and the information gathered will help guide the facilities master plan being developed for the Yolo County Library.Also included will be results of an online survey that elicted 418 responses from community members.”