Things millennials love about the library

From Market Place

” Millennials are renowned for loving old things — vinyl records, retro bicycles, film cameras. What about old institutions?Despite being the generation that grew up hand-in-hand with technology, it turns out the millennial generation — those between ages 18 and 35 — love public libraries.They’re more likely than baby boomers or Gen Xers to visit the local public library or a public bookmobile. A Pew Research Center study found that 53 percent of millennials in the U.S. had used their public library at least once in the year prior to the survey.
What have libraries been doing that’s attracting so many young adults? Marketplace Weekend staff discovered a few exciting things:Hosting cool events: Libraries have been offering everything from concerts with local artists to movie screenings to girl empowerment forums to speed dating. (That last one might be more stressful than “cool,” but…) Marketplace Weekend went to check out a summer concert series hosted by Los Angeles County public libraries. Tiffany Chow, the librarian of El Camino Real library in East LA, said that bringing free, live music to the kids and adults in her community is an important part of her mission as a librarian.Lending out odd and random objects: Telescopes, neckties, a toolbox! It looks like libraries are carving their own role in the sharing economy. It used to be all about books, but now donations from community members are allowing library patrons to check out so much more.”

A love letter to our librarians

From San Gabriel Valley Tribune

” Do you love your librarian? It’s easy to see how libraries transform lives: their programs, most of them free, offer everything from lessons in crocheting to English, citizenship to career-building. The librarians who work so hard to help us are the ones who change lives, in ways big and small.The American Library Association (ALA) is asking us library-loving patrons to nominate exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarian for the “I Love My Librarian” award. Just explain how you think your favorite librarian is improving the lives of people in your school, campus or community.A committee will choose 10 winners who will each receive $5,000, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, thrown by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.Deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 18. Winners will be announced on Nov. 30. Download nomination forms at are some technicalities: each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational until accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be working in the U.S. in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.”

Los Angeles: In a heat wave, libraries offering the homeless more than just air-conditioning


“Los Angeles libraries are expecting an increase in homeless visitors during the heat wave hitting the Southland this weekend and lasting at least through Friday. Because the homeless are vulnerable if they lack adequate shelter, the Pasadena Fire Department said those on the streets pose a particular concern when temperatures rise into the hundreds. But Lisa Derderian, the department’s public information officer, said the homeless are welcome into area libraries and other cooling centers.”They’re part of our community,” she said. Staffers at the Pasadena Public Library have had homeless patrons for as long as they can remember, and they would always do what they could to help, said Catherine Hany, Pasadena library’s spokeswoman.”We knew who to call first for situations and referrals. We would follow up on our resources, but we just didn’t have the background [to help the homeless],” she said.As homeless numbers have increased and finding themselves on the frontline of serving this population, the library took the step two months ago of hiring case manager Precious Jackson.”

Oculus Rift virtual reality offered at Redbud Library

From Lake County News

“Virtual reality in the form of Oculus Rift comes to the Redbud branch of the Lake County Library every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.The free 10-minute sessions are open to the public for ages 12 and above.Lake County’s Redbud Library is one of 100 public libraries in California that have received free virtual reality kits from Oculus Rift, the company that pioneered VR.Oculus, along with VAR Libraries, the California State Library and Califa, a nonprofit consortium that represents 220 libraries in California, brought the pilot program to the libraries all across the state.The kits include Oculus headsets, hand controls, and computers to run the software.The software package features a variety of educational software titles, such as Apollo 11, Star Chart, The Body VR, Ocean Rift and Mars Odyssey.Library staff is on hand to set up the equipment and assist patrons during the Oculus sessions. ”

East Contra Costa: Grants extend library services

From East Bay Times

“East County libraries will benefit from some extra funding in the form of grants received over the last few months.One grant, from the California Endowment for the Humanities, provides funds for programs that will reach out to immigrant populations in East Contra Costa County. Specifically, we will be extending our annual Brentwood Library CityRead program to include the communities of Antioch and Oakley as well. We are calling the read this year “East County Reads: An Immigrant’s Journey,” and the book we’ve selected is the autobiography called “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande. It tells the story of Grande’s early life growing up in poverty in Mexico, her crossing the border into California when she was 9, and her struggles growing up as an undocumented immigrant in California. We will be giving copies of the book away at the Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Prewett libraries beginning Oct. 2 (Oct. 3 for Oakley and Prewett.) More about programs around this theme in next month’s column.”

Block Party At The Hesperia Branch Library

From Inland Empire

” The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at the Hesperia Branch Library as we let our constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event! Build an amazing experience as you get the chance to meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie and build a LEGO car to race! Don’t forget your camera. Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, and more. This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Block Party event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Be certain to bring your library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns you 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes. All activities are free and open to all ages.”

Escondido privatizes public library

From Fox San Diego

” The Escondido City Council voted Wednesday night to privatize the city library, ignoring pleas from hundreds of residents who turned out to oppose the move.The City Council chamber was packed for the meeting, with the vast majority of attendees clearly concerned about the plan to turn the city’s library over to Library Systems and Services, a Maryland-based management company.”Do not do this,” one speaker urged. “This proposed contract is a mistake.””We’re paying a private equity firm here $2.4 million a year,” another said. “It’s wrong. Please listen to these citizens.”Before the meeting began, library supporters took to the streets to rally opposition to the plan. Opponents said that giving control of the library to a private company will be the beginning of the end.”We have a Barnes and Noble in town,’ said Debbie Resler, Library Supporter. “I happen to be very fond of that store, but we have one. We don’t need our library to be another clone of that .”It’s their policy to buy books in bulk and so kind of a Costco approach to it. So we’ll be getting the same books they get in Maryland and other libraries they control in the country,” said Brenda Townsend, Library Volunteer.”

Escondido privatizes public library