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

Long Beach’s Disaster Preparedness, Health and Library Departments Thrive Despite Minimal Funding

From Long Beach Post

” The ongoing department budget presentation process soldiered on Tuesday night as Long Beach’s library, health and human services and disaster preparedness departments touted their accomplishments in the past year and forecasted their challenges going forward.The three departments comprise about $150 million of the city’s $2.6 billion budget. They provide services like after school study centers for students in the city, mobile STD testing as well as 9-1-1 services, and all three had accomplishments to wield during their presentations to the Long Beach City Council.Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams noted the system’s national recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the over 1.2 million visits to Long Beach libraries and the community’s heavy engagement with the recently opened Michelle Obama Library.Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications Director Reggie Harrison said the department, which received over 700,000 calls for service last year, averaged an answer time that was within the industry standard of 10 seconds and completed multiple measures that will help the city respond to a number of crises.”

Half Moon Bay: Library party a bookend to summer

From Half Moon Bay Review

” A visitor to a typical library might expect a hushed environment that preserves the peace for reading books, but Half Moon Bay Library regulars emphasize again and again that their institution is far from typical. Its End of Summer Party proved just that.“We wanted to celebrate the end of summer with something exciting before school starts,” Youth Services Librarian Karen Choy said. “Everyone here is part of the community, familiar faces.”Pop tunes and partygoers — babies, kids and adults — filled the Ted Adcock Community Center. At different stations, they shuttled beanbags through arcade-style games, crafted festive paper flowers, and studied animal skeletons and pelts.With a palette of paints spread before her and a brush in hand, one participant looked particularly busy as kids lined up to see her.“She grew up in Half Moon Bay coming to the library,” Choy said.Now 21, Marcela Cordova said she first visited the library when she was 7 or 8 years old. Since then she’s been involved at the library in many capacities as a reader, contestant, club member and more. On this day, the college student returned to be the in-house face painter.”

L.A. Makerspace transforming technology education at Los Angeles Public Library


” With so many schools losing funding for extra-curricular actives and the arts being defunded, the “Maker Movement” is poised to bring the education so many under served communities may be sorely lacking.What is the “Maker Movement?” It started with parents as a way to teach children about simply creating, doing DIY projects which cover everything from making furniture out of wood pallets, to learning how to create computer code using popular games like Minecraft.According to L.A. Makerspace, “Maker-style education is dedicated to the idea that we learn best by creative doing. In the process, we learn how to learn.“

New Hayward library to be zero net energy

From The Pioneer

” Hayward is on the road to its first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building with the construction of a new public library.A ZNE building produces an equal amount of energy that it uses annually from the city’s grid, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.The Hayward public library on Mission Blvd and C Street is slated to be demolished and replaced with a new library across the street that is prospected to be finished by early 2018.Measure C, which passed in 2014, increased sales tax in Hayward by .5 percent for twenty years with the revenue aimed at improving the city and the public library, according to the City of Hayward’s website, and raised a majority of the 59.9 million dollars required for the total cost of the project.With the construction of the library consisting of about 39 million of the budget.Measure C will also fund a parking garage adjacent to the library.Both the parking structure and the library will be ZNE buildings because they will have rooftop solar panels.”

Dancers Leap Inside Glendale Public Library

From NBC Southern California

” What physical gestures and movements do you most associate with a library?The cinema would have us believe that the “shhhh” action, with a finger held to the lips, is the most common. But flipping through a book is a frequently seen movement, too, as is browsing a shelf and reaching for a novel on a high rack.But leaps, twists, kicks, and undulations will take the place of all of those traditional library-based gestures at the Glendale Public Library Central Library on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 26. “Back in Circulation” is the name of the work, and Heidi Duckler Dance Troupe, a group famed for its site-specific dance pieces, will once again bring innovative performance to an unusual space.Indeed, this is the troupe that has, in recent years, capered about a laundromat, the shuttered Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights, and the fire escapes of the Emser Tile Building in West Hollywood. Jumping off and away from a traditional stage, into locations most of us would think of as very unstage-like, is one of the tenets of this acclaimed troupe’s memorable mission. ”

Long-delayed Main Library in Riverside, California gains steam

From Architects Newspaper

” Riverside, California’s long-delayed Main Library redevelopment plan is showing signs of life, as a new design proposal by Los Angeles–based architects Johnson Favaro has come to light and begun a public vetting process.The proposal calls for a three-story, 35,000-square-foot library to be located at the site of the city’s former Greyhound bus terminal.Renderings for the $40 million project depict a proud structure raised on a set of piers that frame a generous covered outdoor breezeway at the base of the building. The building’s lower levels are occupied by a local history archive as well as support functions designed to serve the site’s open spaces.Much of the library’s interior volume will be contained within a double-height space located above the breezeway. The structure’s main facade is punctuated by a large oculus that overlooks the street and offers views into the library. The building will also feature a south-facing terrace on the second floor that will be oriented toward nearby mountain views.”

Pasadena: Library Attack Highlights Homeless Security Issues in Public Places

From Pasadena Now

“Public libraries across the country are increasingly facing security issues involving the mentally ill homeless who take daily refuge amidst the quiet, air-conditioned book stacks.A knife attack on two security guards working at the City of Pasadena’s Central Library last Friday has illuminated the issue locally.In Friday’s incident, a library patron reportedly refused to leave the library in the 300 block of East Walnut Street, at closing time, and attacked one of the guards with a bladed weapon. The attack points to the difficulties in managing and protecting public spaces while keeping them safe and accessible to all, said Pasadena Police Lt. Mark Goodman.“The public library is used by homeless individuals throughout the day. Goodman said. “They go in there to use the computer, charge their cell phones, use the restroom, and get out of the heat. It’s a public place so it’s open to the public, not unlike our city parks, so all of our branch libraries attract homeless individuals here and there.“Everyone here is welcome, and as long as everyone follows the rules, then everyone can continue to be welcomed here,” said Pasadena Library Director Michelle Perera. “We want to make sure that our security team and our library staff are always keeping an eye on the library and making sure that kids have a good time here, and that they are learning and everyone who wants to use the library feels that this is a safe and welcoming place for them.”Goodman explained that he was unable to state officially that the problem is mounting, but said, “I think we are starting to feel the full weight of legislation recently passed, such as Prop 47 and Prop 109, (so) many people who are homeless and who are mentally ill would have, prior to the passage of those two bills, perhaps been in jail or another facility more appropriate for evaluation of mental illness.”

FROM WEST SEATTLE TO UGANDA: Success for Alina Guyon’s Libraries for All

From West Seattle Blog

“The Ugandan library that started as an ambitious idea in West Seattle is now open for business.The 200-square-foot library, stocked with nearly 5,000 donated books, opened July 24 in the Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence compound in Ndejje Central Zone south of Kampala, where English is commonly spoken. Run by a small staff backed by refugees and volunteers, the non-profit supports people traumatized by violence and extreme poverty with education, health care, and social entrepreneurship. Most are refugee children from South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, and other African countries.(Alina Guyon oversaw the loading of 8,000 pounds of books and other donated media, the prefabricated building, supplies, and furnishings into a container headed for Uganda) Alina Guyon, going into her junior year at Holy Names Academy, spearheaded “Libraries for All,” from writing the business plan to stocking the shelves. Long interested in the plight of refugees, she chose the project for the impact it would have and as a way to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.The All the Sky Foundation got the ball rolling by offering Alina a $25,000 grant toward expenses. She put out a call in December for book donations, with VAIN Hair Salon as the principal drop-off point for West Seattle residents. Fauntleroy Church UCC and Hope Lutheran School donated by the boxful. Alki Lumber and Home Depot came through with building supplies and Better Built Barns in Salem, Oregon, signed on to prefabricate the building. Gifts from family members and friends rounded out the budget.”

Self-checkout kiosks installed in all San Diego libraries

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” San Diego has completed installation of self-checkout computer kiosks across the city’s 36-branch library system, and officials say users are embracing the new technology.The city has been adding a credit card feature to allow payment of overdue fines directly at the machines.The goal of the $1.6 million project is to eliminate long lines, free workers up for other tasks and make inventory more efficient and accurate.Library officials said usage rates at the branches have averaged more than 80 percent. Patrons reluctant to use the new technology can still check out their items in the traditional way with a library worker.“Our main objective is to enhance our customer service,” said Misty Jones, head of the city’s library system. “The self-check machines are simple to use and allow our staff to focus more time on helping patrons with library materials or developing new, innovative programs to serve our diverse communities.”While no positions have been eliminated, the new technology could eventually allow the library system to shrink its staff. The kiosks could also allow branches to stay open more hours with the same personnel.”

Homeless occupy Butte County Public Library in Chico


“The public library is free for everyone to use, but there are mixed reactions from the public when it comes to homeless people staying in libraries.”People can become homeless very quickly,” said Michael Hayes, a frequent library goer. “Most Americans are one to two paychecks away from not being able to take care of themselves and I’m really happy that Chico has the opportunity for people to come and stay here.”Other people have different reactions on the matter.”The purpose has been lost. It’s a kick it spot where people clean up and use the bathroom for a shower,” said Brook Morin, a library goer.Brenda Martinez said that she had her bike stolen from a homeless person at the library, and their presence has made her hesitant to go back to the library.”They are not here to read a book,” said Martinez, “They are here seeking shelter.”County Librarian, Melanie Lightbody, said that anyone is free to stay in the library, as long as they follow the code of conduct, such as not blocking the exits, not damaging property, not using substances in the library such as alcohol or drugs, as well as not using the restrooms to bathe and wash clothes.Security guards have been hired to enforce the code of conduct to anyone who does not follow it. One of the enforcements they do is to make sure that people are not sleeping outside of the library when the library is closed, because there have been reports of concerned citizens who return their books at night.”

Bedbugs invade Burbank library and the city is using bug-sniffing dogs to find the pests

From LA Times

” Patrons may be checking out more than just a book the next time they visit the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank.Elizabeth Goldman, the city’s library services director, told council members that bedbugs have been found in the city’s newest library on North Buena Vista Street.There were a few sites around the library — primarily in the main reading area, known as the “Castle” in the children’s library, and in staff offices — where the little insects were found, Goldman said in a phone interview Wednesday.She said that workers from the Burbank Public Works Department have been at the library since May trying to eradicate the tiny bugs from the library, but they continue to come back.“They’ve tried various techniques, various kinds of sprays and deep cleans, but they’re just really hard to get rid of because they could be hiding in books, the carpet or in the [seat] cushions,” Goldman said. “That branch is extremely busy, so there’s always warm, welcoming hosts for the bugs sitting in all the chairs.”Finding bedbugs in a library is not an uncommon problem. Goldman said she has been talking with officials from the Los Angeles city and county libraries who also have had to deal with bedbugs at their branches.”

San Jose: Leland High students get girls into gadgets

From The Mercury News

” The founders of a nonprofit whose declared mission is to teach computer programming to the next generation of girls are still students themselves.And last week, the Leland High School students who formed Code One Programming taught a crash course in robotics at the Rose Garden Branch Library for 18 girls ranging from 8 to 13 years old.The girls spent five days building and constructing robots using an EV3 Lego robotics kit under the guidance of the older students.The student-run collaboration started in December with the help of a few friends from Quixilver Leland Robotics Team and Leland Women in STEM. It aims to teach computer science for free to local students of all ages, according to co-founders Thenu Senthil and Sang Xi Kim, both seniors at Leland. Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the free Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter.“What makes our group different is what we teach and how we teach it,” Senthil told the Resident.Code One has taught more than a dozen workshops throughout San Jose this year using its own original curriculum. Topics covered include visual programming, JavaScript, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.”

Redding: Library’s literacy program turning man’s life around

From Redding Searchlight

” A Bay Area transplant has found a new life and a renewed purpose in Redding with help from the Shasta Public Libraries’ Literacy Program.Alonzo Scott, 48, tells an inspiring story that reaches back to his days of drinking and doing cocaine in his small San Francisco room to being tutored by a Foothill High School grad half his age at the Redding Library with the goal of earning his GED diploma.”I was sick and tired of drinking and drugging myself,” Scott said Thursday from his Redding home. “I’m glad I came here. I’ve met a lot of good people and they gave me a chance.”Scott found himself taking a bus to Redding after being notified that, following a four-year wait, his application for Section 8 subsidized housing in the city suddenly had been approved. He stayed at the Good News Rescue Mission until he found a place to rent with his HUD voucher and also spent time at the library, within walking distance from his home.”I started volunteering there (at the library) instead of hanging out outside,” Scott said. “I hit it off with most of the staff”. He said Kayla Menne, the library’s literacy coordinator, asked him one day if he’d be interested in her program. Scott said since he didn’t make it past the ninth grade, he signed up and for two months he’s been attending sessions to earn a high school equivalency diploma.”

San Diego libraries to celebrate Great American Eclipse with Sky Party


” If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the Great American Eclipse in San Diego, consider joining in a “Sky Party” at your local public library.Even if San Diego isn’t on the path of the total eclipse, residents are still excited to see about a 60 percent eclipse and the San Diego Public Library has planned family-friendly offerings leading up to the unique event on August 21. First, on Saturday, Aug. 19, libraries will hold workshops featuring Scripps Institute of Oceanography scientists, who will help prepare families to observe and experience the eclipse. Participants will learn about the solar system, how and why eclipses occur and build pinhole cameras to help view the eclipse.”

Virtual reality comes to West Sacramento library

From Daily Democrat

” A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., has brought virtual reality technology to patrons at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located in West Sacramento.Yolo County Library has been awarded one Oculus and one Rift/Oculus Ready PC from Facebook that has allowed the West Sacramento branch to now offer virtual reality programs.“Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.”This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Project coordination, implementation of software and on-site staff training was supplied courtesy of VARLibraries.”

Canyon Lake: Library wraps up Summer Reading Program

From The Friday Flyer

” The Canyon Lake Library held its final raffle for its Summer Reading Program and extra reading. The program, Space Racers, was an eclipse pre-party. Craft activities, eclipse information and viewing of Space Racer episodes from season one were part of the program.Space Racers is a children’s program with NASA scientists providing rocket science information. Solar eclipse glasses were provided to participants. The glasses were made available through the Space Science Institute thanks to the generosity and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, NASA and Research Corporation.The library had three copies each of NASA photos of Ceres and Vesta made available through a grant. A drawing was held to determined the winners of the NASA photos and two Space Racer DVDs with parent/teacher tools and Space Racer.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: County Libraries Partner With Hoopla Digital

From The Escalon Times

” Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library System officials have announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital ( card-holders in Stockton, Escalon, Lathrop, Linden, Manteca, Mountain House, Ripon, Thornton, and Tracy locations can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.”

Signal Hill: The council also approved company to oversee construction of library

From Signal Tribune

” New library funding and construction were central topics at the Signal Hill City Council meeting on Aug. 8. To help pay for the new library, the council approved refinancing bonds and forming a Signal Hill Municipal Financing Authority to potentially issue a new bond. It also awarded a contract to Simplus Management Corporation to oversee the library’s construction.”