Long Beach Library Awarded National Medal for Museum and Library Service

From Long Beach Patch

” The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Long Beach Public Library as one of ten recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities for 23 years. The award will be presented later this spring at an event in Washington, D.C.This honor recognizes the contributions of Long Beach Public Library, including its Family Learning Centers, The Studio, Information Center for People with Disabilities, and Special Connect services for families with special needs. Additionally, this award celebrates the significant community partnerships and connections the Long Beach Public Library fosters with collaborators including Long Beach Unified School District, YMCA Early Childhood Education, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Safe Long Beach, Miller Children’s Hospital, United Cambodian Community and Preschool without Walls.”


Humboldt County: Amid Funding Troubles, County Library Struggles With Increased Crime, Drug Use and Homelessness

From Lost Coast Outpost

” Humboldt County’s new top librarian, Vanessa Christman, says public libraries are a microcosm. What does she mean? Well, if you were to visit a library and pick up, say, Merriam-Webster’s English Dictionary you’d see that microcosm means “a little world,” a romantic definition that seems appropriate for a place filled with stories just waiting to be explored.Lots of people around here do just that. The 11 branches of the Humboldt County Public Library — including the main branch in Eureka and smaller ones scattered from Garberville to Trinidad to Hoopa — get 26,000 visits per month and process roughly half a million check-outs per year.But that’s not what Christman meant when she described public libraries as microcosms at an April 24 budget meeting before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. She meant something closer to this definition, from Oxford: microcosm |ˈmīkrəˌkäzəm| a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.Christman sat at a small table facing the supervisors, who looked down from their curved dais. “Public libraries,” she said, “are a well-recognized barometer of the health of a particular community.” More than just a collection of books, they serve as a gathering place, a safe harbor, a microcosm “of what’s going on in a given society.”


Laptops Anytime Installed in Downey Library

From Downey Beat

“Laptop Anytime is an innovative special dispensing checkout kiosk for laptop and tablets which was officially opened at the Downey Library in May.The Company was co-founded by Matthew Buscher and Jonathan Ruttenberg with the vision of giving back to the community via convenient on-demand access to full-function laptop computers.Working with a local broadband company, the kiosk can dispense devices per ATM-style technology, in this case if a Downey Library card. With the addition of the new 18 laptops, the Library now offers up to 36 computers for public use.According to Claudia Dailey, Literacy Coordinator,”we needed to have more computer access, so we applied for an LSTA Grant through the Pitch an Idea Program.”LSTA Grants are provided by the California State Library to assist libraries and library-related agencies to develop programs and projects that enhance library services. With the help from Friends of the Library and the City of Downey, the Pitch was accepted and monies granted for new laptops.”


Stockton-San Joaquin County: Makerspace ready for unveiling at Chavez Library

From Recordnet

” Local business leaders will celebrate the completion of an upgrade and beautification project of one of the city’s libraries next week.The Leadership Stockton Class of 2017 will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cesar Chavez Library from 5-6 p.m. June 2 , marking the end of an 11-month project aimed at bringing beauty, education, technology, resources and hope to the city.As part of the Creation and Access with Resources and Technology program, or CART, the class worked with Cesar Chavez Library to build and promote a makerspace in a former computer lab the entire community can use to improve 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.The makerspace includes a variety of equipment including three 3D printers, a laser cutter, circuit machine, virtual reality equipment, video and sound editing equipment, among others, that residents may not have access to in their daily lives.”


Yolo County libraries gear up for Summer Reading Program

From Daily Democrat

“With the school year winding down, things are just about to pick up at Yolo County libraries.Each year, Summer Reading Programs take place at various branches, encouraging reading even though classes are out.”Summer reading is so important as it works to combat summer slide, loss of learning that occurs over the summer,” explained Woodland Library Services director Greta Galindo.In summer of 2016, over 8,000 Californians signed up for a public library summer reading program and more than 1.5 million Californians attended summer reading events and activities. The Yolo County Library joins libraries across the nation and state of California to encourage adults, youth and families to read over the summer. The Summer Reading Program is a project of the California Library Association and part of California’s statewide summer reading outcomes.”


Meet the new director of the Beaumont Library District

From Record Gazette

” The Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees will be hosting a public reception at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 25, in the library’s Laura May Stewart Room to welcome new director, Luren Dickinson, who was appointed last month to replace longtime librarian, Clara J. DiFelice, upon her retirement.Dickinson, a native of New York State, obtained his MLS degree from UCLA in 1978 and during his career has served as library director at four public libraries in three states, including Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in Ohio, Reading Public Library in Pennsylvania, Jackson District Library in Michigan, and Shaker Height Public Library in Ohio.He served as principal librarian at Beaumont Library for the past year prior to being named director. During that time, he has been active in enhancing the library’s public relations program.”


Calaveras County : Murphys woman turns the page after 25 years as library volunteer

From Calaveras Enterprise

” Life often comes full circle. Murphys resident Faye Morrison is proof.As a child, Morrison’s first “job” was in a library. After a teaching career that lasted 25 years, Morrison returned to her roots as a library volunteer.“My very first part-time job was when I was 9 years old and it was in the library. Not a paid job, but I volunteered there. It was a natural; I love to be around books. For me, a book is it. It’s been a part of me for a long time,” said the soft-spoken Morrison as she chatted in her living room. “Books matter. You can go into a new world and get lost in it, withdraw from this one for a while, read to learn or just for pleasure – all of the above are important.”As a volunteer at the Arnold Branch Library, the 85-year-old bibliophile has shared her enthusiasm for knowledge and the printed word with co-workers and patrons too numerous to count over the past 25 years.”


San Mateo : In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete?

From San Mateo Daily Journal

” In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete? Absolutely not, according to local tech and library experts who discussed this issue last week at the San Mateo Public Library. The panel included Dan Clancy, vice president of engineering, Nextdoor and former director of Google Book project (see recent Atlantic Monthly); Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation, Netflix and San Carlos councilman; David Weekly, manager of Rapid Rollout Lab for Google access; Karen Kuklin, Gensler architect; and Karen Schneider, dean of the Sonoma State University Library. Moderator was Greg Lucas, state librarian of California and former Sacramento Bureau Chief, San Francisco Chronicle.In fact, the panel agreed that libraries are more important than ever in the digital age. They offer space for people to come together, a need more relevant today than ever before. It’s the place where various segments of the community gather. Libraries provide essential access to information in a public space open to all, especially those who cannot afford an internet connection at home. It’s the ideal place to experience technology and to provide educational opportunities outside the classroom.”


Solano County Library wins NASA grant

From The Reporter

” Solano County Library shot for the stars and brought home a grant from NASA Monday.The library system was one of 75 across the United States selected for the NASA@ My Library program, which promotes learning opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields at libraries.“We’re just really excited and it’s super competitive,” Jennifer La Riviere, a young adult library associate at the Suisun City Library, said. “And so we weren’t expecting to get in.”Thanks to NASA and the American Library Association, Solano library staff will have access to a network of experts in astronomy and space exploration, new teaching resources and two STEM facilitation kits put together by NASA scientists.”


Compton Hosted Special Concert with Yo Yo, Anthony Lewis and More

From EURweb

” The Los Angeles County Library presented the inaugural “Compton Turns the Table” a free live concert on Saturday, May 6, 2017, outdoors at the Compton Civic Plaza, located at 2015 South Willowbrook Drive.Despite the various weather patterns, several hundred people were in attendance. The event started at exactly 3PM, with a Red Carpet hosted by Melanie Eke. Ms. Eke interviewed the five students who were to showcased their DJ skills on the turntables. DJ Yagn Yagn, DJ Sol, DJ Wave Reckz, DJ Daydreamer, DJ Paige and DJ Pricetag. Also interviewed were the special guest performers new pop artist sensation Kay Dee, rapper Lee Laamaj, R&B singer Anthony Lewis and Hip Hop legend and actress Yo Yo who was the headliner. ”


At San Diego’s libraries, you can check out bike tools, language classes and Wi-Fi hotspots

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” Maybe it’s a photo from your family trip to Disneyland, circa 1971. The one where you are rocking a suede headband and a Donny Osmond T-shirt. Or that Beta tape of your 21st birthday party, the one whose contents will be revealed on a need-to-know basis. Or your battered cassette copy of the one album Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks recorded as a duo, which is now selling for $100 on Amazon.These and other treasures can be saved from the technology graveyard thanks to the Memory Lab at the La Jolla-Riford Library, where patrons can use a host of gadgets to turn their various tapes, photos and discs to digital formats.”


Stockton library branch reopens after 7 years


” City of Stockton library cardholders can now check out new books and use new computers at the Fair Oaks Library, which reopened Wednesday after seven years.Hundreds lined up outside the building Wednesday for a chance to see the revived library.“I just remember the fact that when I was a child and my actual mother, coming here just to read books with me,” recalled Markis Sosa, who fought vigorously with other community members to have the library reopened.Books were just one part of the equation for Sosa.“I also have a speech impediment (and) I was able to somewhat overcome that,” he said.In addition to providing Sosa an educational resource, the library proved to be much more.”


San Bernardino County: Seed libraries play a growing role in the future of crops

From The Sun

” Seed libraries are sprouting up all over Southern California.The intent is to promote gardening and to “plant-it-forward” by preserving seeds either native to Southern California or ones adapted to its environment.One of the newest is the San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. Here, visitors learn how to obtain seeds for flowers, fruits, vegetables and more. A key component is returning seeds, so the process continues to expand and grow.”


Oceanside: Letters from war shown at library

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” An exhibit showing the letters that soldiers have written home from the battlefield opened at the Oceanside Public Library.The exhibit, “War Comes Home: The Legacy,” displays letters dating back more than 150 years to the Civil War and covers many of the major wars the U.S. has been involved in since then.The letters are being shown as part of the War Comes Home initiative, to give an up-close glimpse into the lives of troops deployed during wartime and their thoughts about war and the return to civilian life. The idea is to foster a greater understanding of the issues facing veterans returning home from war.“The exhibit explores shared themes of wartime separation, transition to life back at home and costs of war,” said Kristine Moralez, who is coordinating the exhibit at the library.The exhibition is based on collections at the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, which houses more than 70,000 letters from soldiers and their families spanning 230 years, and is presented by Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Cal Humanities and the California State Library. ”


Great Big Read draws hundreds to downtown Stockton

From Recordnet.Com

“Janet Leigh Plaza in downtown Stockton was alive with music, games and storytelling as part of an event aimed at increasing an interest in reading among youngsters on Saturday.The Downtown Stockton Alliance, city of Stockton and the San Joaquin Public Library hosted the second annual Great Big Read, featuring a variety of activities designed to promote reading such as making bookmarks and creating postcards and coloring books.“The purpose is to just bring literacy alive, especially for the families you see here,” Stockton City Librarian Suzy Daveluy said. “It’s encouraging to see how literacy is providing access to books. And it provides support to young people who just love to read.”Last year’s event attracted about 300 people to Janet Leigh Plaza, Daveluy said, and even more people attended Saturday. ”


Riverside Public Library goes high-tech with MakerSpace

From Press Enterprise

” The Riverside Public Library offers budding inventors and engineers the opportunity to explore new technology using equipment that may not otherwise be available to them.While the written word remains the core of library services, the downtown Riverside Public Library offers more than just books.“You don’t get shushed in the library anymore,” said Tonya Kennon, Riverside Public Library director.She notes that you can see everything from kids involved in structured play to community members using new technology.“We know that play is the business of children and that play leads to imagination and socialization and these are building blocks for literacy.”In June, the library unveiled its new MakerSpace, a “do-it-yourself” section of the library where customers have access to computers, innovative software and other high-tech tools to create everything from business tools to art.”


Santa Clara: Library Director Hilary Keith Recognized as Woman of the Year by State Senator Bob Wieckowski

From The Santa Clara Weekly

” t the end of March, State Senator Bob Wieckowski hosted his 2nd Annual Women of the Year Ceremony at the Berryessa Branch Library. One of the three women honored was Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Santa Clara City Libraries (Central Park Library, Mission Library and Northside Library) checked out 2,606,691 items, had 1,013,064 visits, offered programs to 85,931 people, and issued 17,674 new library cards. The library’s Comic Con, STEM Bowl, STEM Central, and summer reading programs are just a few of the many programs Keith supports her staff to organize.”


From the 1906 Fire to the Internet, French Libraries in San Francisco Reinvent Themselves

From France Today

” The oldest French library in the San Francisco Bay Area is located at the Alliance Française San Francisco (AFSF.) The newest French library is found at the Alliance Française Silicon Valley (AFSCV.) What they have in common is reinvention as useful places in our changing world where much information is found online, and books are read on screen.
Their histories are completely different. One is a product of the Gold Rush, while the other is a product of a new social need. One rose from the ashes of a fire that destroyed the books, the other rose because there were just too many books. But both have become important instruments to help students connect with each other and the French language.”


Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear announces resignation

From The Press Democrat

” Brett Lear, who earned wide praise for steering the Sonoma County Library out of turmoil and to the cusp of new operational stability, stunned colleagues by announcing without warning Monday that he is stepping down from the director’s post he has held for three years.Lear’s notice came on the same day the library was celebrating the reopening of branches on Mondays, a change made possible by a voter-approved tax increase passed last year.Lear spearheaded that campaign, which provided funding for the expansion of library hours, as well as a permanent branch in Roseland, the hiring of dozens of new employees and a range of expanded services and programs.He enjoyed a healthy amount of public adulation for the library’s growth during his tenure.”


Beaumont Library’s longest serving director retires after 27 years

From Record Gazette

” At its regular meeting on April 27, the Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees accepted the retirement of longtime Director, Clara J. DiFelice, effective April 10. Principal Librarian Luren Dickinson was appointed as the new Director, effective May 1.DiFelice, a native of New York State, obtained her MLIS degree from the University of Buffalo in 1978. Her early professional positions were with academic libraries, including Oakland University in Michigan and Washington & Lee University in Virginia. She worked for Palm Springs Public Library in the late 1980s before becoming Beaumont Library District’s Director in August 1990. Less than 15,000 people lived in the library service district of Beaumont and Cherry Valley when DiFelice started and now that number has grown to 70,000. Major accomplishments during her tenure were the elimination of the card catalog when the collection was first barcoded and the circulation of materials was first automated in 1993. Public computers were added through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.”