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.”