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.”