Fairfield library reaches beyond its walls to connect with readers

From Daily Republic

“When David Greene was hired as a librarian in Solano County a little more than a year ago, he was instructed to think about finding unusual ways to do the usual things.The half-dozen residents who joined Greene for the inaugural Book Pub Club raised a glass in his direction after the hourlong gathering Wednesday, a metaphorical congratulations for achieving the goal. “I think this is cool. I’ve never participated in anything like this,” said Tim Loomis. “I like the free flow (of conversation).”The group met at Luigi’s Deli & Draft at 721 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. They ate, they drank and explored the details and vagaries of mysteries – whether in the written word or on the big screen or delivered through television programming.Most of those who attended described themselves as fans of mysteries, but did not necessarily like the same authors, or even fully agreed on what constitutes a mystery rather than perhaps a suspense-thriller or something that fits more comfortably under the banner of horror, but has an element of mystery to it.”


L.A. Library Store Gets New Look

From Facility Executive

“Dating back to the 1920s, the Los Angeles Central Library is one of the city’s historic architectural and cultural treasures. It is the third largest library in the United State in terms of book and periodical holdings, and is the heart of the Los Angeles Library system which serves the most diverse population of any library in America. Recently, Cory Grosser + Associates (CG+A), a Pasadena, CA-based boutique design studio with global projects worked with the library system for a renovation at this Los Angeles facility.The Library Store, a small gift shop nestled just off the main lobby, has long operated as a non-profit store where visitors can make purchases that directly benefit The Library Foundation, an organization that supports the public libraries of Los Angeles and the numerous free community services and events they provide.The design concept for The Library Store was crafted from the inevitable challenge of combining old and new when introducing modern upgrades to a building that is almost a century old. With a goal of addressing this juxtaposition thoughtfully and elegantly, the team came up with a lenticular design scheme, utilizing custom angled walls and display structures to create two completely unique optical experiences within one space.”


Livermore: Heritage Happenings Planned at Two Libraries

From The Independent

“The 2017 Tri-Valley Heritage Happenings are scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 pm at the Pleasanton Library on Sundays Oct. 1 and Oct. 22 and from 2 to 5 pm at the Livermore Library on Mon. Oct. 9 and Wed. Oct. 18.In celebration of National Family History Month the Livermore – Amador Genealogical Society is holding four public outreach events during the month of October at the Pleasanton and Livermore Libraries to promote community interest in family heritage by helping people locate their ancestors in census and other records. L-AGS was founded in 1977. Members help people of all skill levels to improve their knowledge and understanding of their ancestors and their connections to historical events. Although the name says Livermore-Amador, members provide expertise in nearly all aspects of family history exploration from 17th-century colonization through research of twentieth-century immigration from all ancestral continents.”


YOU SHALL NOT READ : Ventura County Libraries recognize Banned Books Week|

From Ventura County Reporter

” What does Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop have in common with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? Both have been targets of attempts to ban them from public libraries. Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 24, and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 30, the Ventura County Libraries are highlighting novels that share the same honor during the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.Jackie Griffin, county library director, says that county libraries do get the occasional challenge but that she isn’t aware of any challenges that have arisen over the last year. Griffin says that books are challenged for various reasons, including for having sexually explicit scenes, language or even satanic depictions or “what they interpret as satanic depictions.” “Banned Books Week exists to bring attention to the fact that there are still books being censored around this country off and on,” said Griffin, “and we’ve seen an example of that here in Ventura County.” In August, at a meeting of the Conejo Valley Unified School District trustees, Conejo Valley school board President Mike Dunn was the lone vote cast to ban Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the ninth-grade curriculum, calling the book “too controversial.”


Pleasanton: Library hosting mobile medical clinic for veterans on Thursday

From Pleasanton Weekly

” The city and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care system are teaming up with Veterans Connect @ the Library to offer free examinations, resources, consultations and referrals to military veterans this week.No appointment is necessary for the VA Mobile Medical event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.Medical team and enrollment specialists will also be on hand to help Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans learn more about new benefits available to them.”


Santa Barbara: Suicide prevention and awareness discussed during weeknight workshop at public library


” The Santa Barbara Public Library hosted a teen, parent workshop on suicide and more on Wednesday night.The popular novel and series “Thirteen Reasons Why” helped spark some deep discussions.Like the novel and film adaptation, the workshop dealt with dating violence, sexual assault, and bullying, too.Organizers said there have been at least six suicides in the Santa Barbara County in the past six months.It is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 16 and 25.”


Your local library’s e-books will now show up in Google searches

From Engadget

“Google has made life a little easier for those who like to check out e-books from their local library. Now, when you search for a book through Google, results for libraries near you that carry that e-book will show up along with outlets where you can buy it. Here’s how it works. On mobile, search for the book you’re interested in and click the “Get Book” tab that appears right up top, just under the book’s info. You’ll then see where you can buy the e-book and below that, which libraries have it available. On desktop, the purchasing and library information appears on the right-hand side of the screen, just scroll down to get to the library bit. Once you click your library, you’ll need your membership information to log in and get the book.Google is packing more and more into its search features these days, but this option is pretty convenient and could save you a trip to the library, or at least a search step. The feature is currently US-only and is rolling out now.”


Real stories tell real, varied successes of Solano County literacy program

From Daily Republic

“Richard Diaz, Khatera Omari and Olivia Chavira Mercado were introduced to the Board of Supervisors this week under the singular umbrella of Solano County Library Literacy Services.But their stories are their own, with individual goals that illustrate the varied benefits adult literacy can have on the lives of those enrolled in the program.Omari used the program to become a U.S. citizen, while Mercado has earned a general education degree.Diaz, who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, used the program to overcome a lifetime of dyslexia. Now, the board was told, he “confidently reads and shares stories with his daughter, and started his own business.”The board adopted a resolution recognizing September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month. ”


Oaxacalifornia dreaming: L.A. library mural project looks at a visual language that transcends borders

From L.A.Times

” The boy is a Dreamer. A student. A graffiti tagger. A traveler. An artist.He’s 6, maybe 7 years old, and his future is uncertain. A tattooed teardrop stains one of his cheeks, and he clutches a Sharpie and some other pens as he gazes into the distance with large brown eyes, his shorts hanging loose and low on his hips. He will in one way or another make his mark.The image of the boy appears in a series of eight murals titled “For the Pride of Your Hometown, the Way of the Elders, and in Memory of the Forgotten” by the Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos. Recently installed in the domed rotunda of the Los Angeles Public Library downtown, they’re the latest example of Latino and Latin American artists exploring the history and under-representation of the region’s indigenous peoples.The location of the Tlacolulokos murals is a pointed statement unto itself: They hang directly below narrative murals about California’s early history created in 1933 by Dean Cornwell, whose pastel renderings show Native Americans bowing down to European colonialists. Tlacolulokos’ vibrant burgundy and gold hues scream against Cornwell’s quiet palette.”


San Bernardino: Highland Library hosts STEM Tech Lab

From Highland Community News

” On Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, the Highland Library hosted a STEM Tech Lab for the community. The acronym STEM stands for the content areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The children who attended the lab were using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that are being implemented throughout California.The project for the class would involve these four content areas of an academic curriculum. “It’s a fun project”, said library youth services second lead Joanna Donofrio. “We want the kids to keep reading and exploring science.” “For this evening, the kids worked with a STEM Student Set called littleBitscc,” said Donofrio. “They made launchers. First, the kids created a circuit using input and output bits. They then connected an attachment to help make the arm work that was connected to a 9-volt battery. After they cut a portion off a cup, they taped it to the arm. The entire chassis was then attached to a small platform, so they could hold it. Afterwards, they put a wad of paper in the cup, pushed the button by the circuit, and the launcher swung and launched the paper.”Donofrio said that there were almost two dozen students in her class.”


Contra Costa: Pleasant Hill taps Apple store architect for new library

From East Bay Times

” The award-winning architectural firm behind the flagship glass cube Apple store in New York City will design Pleasant Hill’s long-awaited new library.The City Council selected the San Francisco office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson from among 11 candidates. In addition to Apple stores, the company has designed high-profile commercial, academic, corporate and civic projects across the country, including Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, a branch of the Seattle Public Library and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College.The council is scheduled to approve the contract with the firm on Oct. 16.In its proposal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson identified themes that will guide its work for Pleasant Hill — encouraging community engagement; designing a signature building that includes flexibility; and taking into consideration the physical features of the site.”


San Diego Board of Supervisors approve land purchase for new Lakeside Library ECC

From Californian

“The purchase of the Lakeside property for the new Library passed on consent calendar, meaning no one pulled the item for public comment.” Migell Acosta, San Diego County Library director brought this good news, who confirmed that last week the San Diego Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of new land for the new Lakeside library. The two acres lot is part of a four-acre available parcel on Woodside Ave and Channel Road, next to Ottavio’s Italian restaurant, and it will also be accessible from Parkside Street. The new library has a price tag of $17 million and it will include a 17,000 square-feet building and 50 parking spaces. The next stage of this project is to actually purchase the land and that decision belongs to the Board of County Supervisors expected before the end of this year with a timeline for completion by 2020.In the meantime, Lakeside Friends of the Library are busy organizing fundraising events hoping to raise $100,000 necessary to cover the cost of a wide variety of programs and activities designed for all ages. Doris Adam-Hillert, Lakeside Branch Library manager points out that “our programs grew so much, that it’s very difficult to accommodate programs for different ages at the same time. We need study rooms for teens doing their homework away from the elementary level kids participating in story time, which could get noisy.”Adam-Hillert is collaborating with local schools to provide children and teens with “a third place away from home meant to help them socialize, earn valuable skills for school and workforce, keep them away from drugs and gangs.” While few have any doubts about the benefits of a bigger, better and well-equipped library able to assist with community needs, people are slow to volunteer and donate for the current library programs.”


Board of Supervisors names new Kern County library chief

From The Daily Independent

“The Board of Supervisors today appointed Andie Apple as Kern County Director of Libraries, effective immediately. Apple has served as the Kern County Library’s interim Director since December of 2016.Apple has more than 19 years of library experience, serving as Assistant Library Director since 2011. She has developed and coordinated several countywide events and projects including the One Book Project, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Summer Lunch Program, and the Thank-a-Vet Art Card Project. Apple has also been integral in developing annual Library budgets and has supplemented County library funds by securing grants to develop literacy and digital literacy in Spanish speakers, veterans, job seekers, children, and early learners.Community partnerships that Apple has fostered have helped to strengthen library programming and outreach. Partnerships with Employers’ Training Resource, Kern County Department of Public Health, California State University, Bakersfield and the City of Shafter have expanded the Library’s role as a provider of learning and literacy.


Benetech Partners with California State Library to Bring Bookshare to Patrons who Read Differently

From Globe Newswire

” Benetech, the leading software for social good nonprofit, and the California State Library announced a new partnership today which makes over 565,000 ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to a disability such as dyslexia, blindness, low vision, or certain mobility impairments.Bookshare will be available through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) libraries in California. These libraries provide library services for California residents who need books in different formats such as digital, audio, or braille. The four libraries are the California State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Library in Sacramento, its two sub-regional NLS libraries – the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (San Francisco) and the Fresno County Public Library-Talking Book Library for the Blind (Fresno) — and the Braille Institute Library (Los Angeles).Beginning today, qualified Californians who are registered with one of the four libraries now have free access to Bookshare’s vast online library including bestsellers, literature, nonfiction, picture books, educational texts, career guides, and much more. A limited number of memberships are available.“We are very excited about increasing access to alternate format materials for Californians who are unable to read conventional print and are grateful to the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this opportunity through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant,” said Mike Marlin, Director of the California Braille and Talking Book Library. “As an enthusiastic reader of Braille and audio books and magazines myself, I know that patrons in all our service areas will benefit greatly from access to an exponential number of titles and authors in myriad genres.”With Bookshare ebooks, members can customize their reading experience to best meet their needs. They can listen to words read aloud with high quality text-to-speech voices, read with enlarged fonts, see and hear as spoken words are highlighted, or read in braille. In addition, members can read on a wide variety of devices including tablets, smartphones, computers, assistive technology devices, and MP3 players using a selection of free and paid apps.”


San Diego: Central Library homeless-outreach office makes a difference

From San Diego City Beat

“Gabriel Muñoz’s eyes darted away from me for a brief second. He had been in the middle of a sentence, but a distressed gentleman, clearly in need of a sympathetic ear, had appeared at his office doorway. Muñoz was in his element.He spoke softly but assuredly as the 52-year-old man recounted his arduous struggle with homelessness that began in Florida and led to the streets of San Diego. “Last year, my mom and dad died,” he said. “Same year. I hadn’t seen them in 20 years, and that bugged me out. Then living on the streets, dealing with all these crazy people. It just really got to me.”It is a variant of a tragic story Muñoz has heard countless times in the two months since he became the one-man staff of the Homeless & Mental Health Outreach office at the San Diego Central Library. A substance-abuse counselor with the San Diego-based non-profit Mental Health Systems the last four years, Muñoz gladly accepted the library post, which, prior to his arrival, had only operated three days a week.Now a Monday through Friday oasis of assistance and empathy for San Diego’s downtrodden, the office faces an uncertain future. Grant funding for the office—a converted study room on the Central Library’s third floor—runs out at the end of the month. While library officials are scrambling to find a new funding source, Muñoz admits he’s worried his time in this position may be short lived.Given the exploding homeless population surrounding the Central Library’s East Village neighborhood and a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that has county and city officials on high alert, the loss of the tiny outreach location would be a sizable step backward in San Diego’s efforts to stem the growing tide of misery.”


Solano County : Library matches books with tattoos of Facebook friends

From Times Herald

“One tattoo depicts a woman’s Irish heritage. Another was a deceased mother’s heartbeat electrocardiagram. And another a Day of the Dead skull.There were more. Around 45. All in the name of literature and story-telling.And the Solano County Library’s Ann Miller couldn’t be happier.“It’s a success,” said Miller, with Facebook friends posting “tats” followed by library staff members suggesting appropriately-matched books, motion pictures or music available at the county library or branch libraries in Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City or Rio Vista.As long as the tattoos keep coming, the program continues, said Miller, concluding that there’s “lots of diversity” among those posted “just looking at their limbs.”One of the more interesting tattoos and story was a female deputy sheriff with a tattoo of her badge and two other deputy sheriffs also have the same badge (with, presumably, individual badge numbers) and the phrase “bonded for life.” “We’re getting a lot of participation,” Miller said. “People are engaged. And we’re getting heartfelt, personal messages. We’re making connections.” “We want to meet library customers where they are, which is not always in a library building,” said Bonnie Katz, director of Solano County Library.Libraries, continued Katz, “have been making personalized reading recommendations since the beginning of libraries. Suggestions based on tattoos is a new way to offer a traditional service.” Call it “thinking outside the books,” said Miller, adding that the idea was “borrowed” from a Denver and Portland public library that hosted similar programs.”


Escondido’s library outsourcing debate could end up in court

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Should the Escondido City Council go through with its plans to outsource the city’s library services to a private company, the matter could well end up before a judge.At issue will be a provision of the state’s Municipal Libraries Act that states the public library shall be managed by a library board of trustees.Retired Escondido attorney Roy Garrett, who has been involved in several successful lawsuits against the city, maintains the act means the City Council does not have the right to outsource library services; that decision should be made by the trustees.Escondido, in a letter penned by City Attorney Michael McGuinness and sent to the trustees on Tuesday, says Garrett’s interpretation of the act is wrong.Last month, the library’s trustees voted unanimously to oppose outsourcing the library services.Nevertheless, on Aug. 23, by a 3 to 2 vote, the council ignored that recommendation, as well as pleas from dozens of library users and national library associations, and voted to pursue a contract with Maryland-based Library Services & Systems (LS&S), a private company that manages nearly 100 public libraries around the country.The stated reason of Mayor Sam Abed, and councilmen Ed Gallo and John Masson, was that they believed the private company could do a better and more affordable job of running the library than the current city staff does. By going with the private firm, they said, $400,000 could be saved each year and the city’s long-term unfunded pension liability crisis could be lessened.”


Tulare County Library Banned Book Week

From Visalia Times-Delta

” Tulare County Library joins the American Library Association, libraries, and bookstores all over the country to commemorate Banned Books Week from Sept. 24 – 30.Since 1982 we celebrate this week as a reminder that not every book is intended for every reader. The right of each individual to decide what to read, listen to, or view is found in the First Amendment of our Constitution, which guarantees our freedom of speech.For children, decisions about what books to read, listen to, or view should be made with the people who know them best: Their parents.As long as books have been printed, people have challenged their content and attempted to limit their availability to others. Banned Books Week brings together book lovers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas.Staff at Tulare County Library would like to share some of their favorite challenged titles. Some of these books may even be your favorites.
Banned books and challenge books shaped America and probably every one of you reading this. Come visit the library and practice your right to read.”


Chula Vista Library gets in on growing “smart city” initiative

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” City officials, business leaders and community members recently toured the Chula Vista Civic Center Library’s newest addition — an education center that focuses on teaching children the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy.The addition came about through a partnership between the city, SDG&E and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.Officials say it’s the first of its kind in the region.Visitors took a look at the center Aug. 16 with a first stop at a stairwell lined with comic-book style murals revealing how to make energy efficiency a lifestyle.That stairwell leads guests to a long hallway plastered wall to wall with illustrative tips for energy efficiency and highlights of city programs and partnerships.“This project will inspire the next generation of leaders,” said Lisa Davidson, director of customer programs for SDG&E. “Smart city makes learning, science, technology, engineering and math fun and engaging.”In its entirety, smart city is a space designed for students to learn about solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, energy lingo, and much more.Around the corner from the hallway’s end is a classroom with a Monopoly-type board game that rewards students for choosing to save energy while they play.”


Berkeley Public Library heals with appointment of acting director

From The Daily Californian

“The Berkeley Public Library Board of Trustees recently took action to appoint Elliot Warren, current deputy director at the Berkeley Public Library, or BPL, as the acting director of library services.The deputy director fills in when the acting director is absent. Warren has been fulfilling the role of director since the resignation of his predecessor Heidi Dolamore two weeks ago.Dolamore’s resignation — which came less than a year after her appointment — goes into full effect Sept. 22. No reason was given as to why Dolamore resigned.Board of Library Trustees, or BOLT, member John Selawsky called Warren a good choice, stating that he will maintain continuity for the library. Selawsky also emphasized the importance of BOLT’s role in supporting Warren.“He’s personable, he’s a good communicator — I think he’ll work well with the board and with library staff and with the community,” Selawsky said.Councilmember Sophie Hahn — who also serves on the Board of Library Trustees — and Councilmember Kriss Worthington expressed similar sentiments, acknowledging Warren’s past involvement in the library.”


San Diego Tackles New San Ysidro Library With Seasoned Design Team

From NBC 7

” The City of San Diego is pushing ahead with its ambitious plan to build a new San Ysidro library, which will be at least three times bigger than the existing one. Officials have selected a seasoned design-build team, Turner Construction Company and SVA Architects, to begin the process. A single-story, 15,000-square-foot library will replace the existing 4,089 square-foot branch.It will be located on a 1.62-acre lot, just west of Interstate 805 near Beyer Boulevard on 123 East Seaward Avenue. This transit-friendly development will be only two blocks away from the Beyer Blvd. Trolley Station.Community input has helped inspire the team to design a cultural beacon for the neighborhood, said city officials. Residents in San Ysidro have been promised a new library for many years.”


New Riverside downtown library plans fail to get green light

From Press Enterprise

” Riverside’s plans for a new downtown library have hit an unexpected snag, but some officials say it’s likely a delay rather than a project killer.The $40 million design from architects at Johnson Favaro is a 35,000-square-foot oblong white rectangle with a large front window that looks like a horizontal teardrop.The Riverside City Council discussed the proposed design Tuesday, Sept. 5, but couldn’t muster the votes to approve it.Though the council split 3-2 in favor of the design, the motion failed because the city charter requires a four-vote majority to take action. The Ward 7 seat is vacant and Councilman Andy Melendrez didn’t vote because he owns property near the library site.Councilmen Chuck Conder and Jim Perry voted no. Conder said he agrees that a library is needed, but it should be a more frugal facility.“I just have a hard time putting more debt on our citizens, who are taxed and fee-ed almost to the breaking point,” he said.Perry said he was concerned about plans to boost funding for the library by taking money from a proposed $45 million police headquarters with holding cells.Because the estimate for the new library was about $10 million more than originally projected, City Manager John Russo has said the additional money would come from nixing the detention facility from the police station.”


September marks Library Card Sign-up Month

The Friday Flyer

” The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, the Canyon Lake Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy.As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home.Resources at the Canyon Lake Library are available to anyone in the library, however, a library card is needed to take the items home for use or to use the many helpful services available through the Riverside County Library System (RCLS) webpage if not at a RCLS library branch.Students can turn to the library for books and programs but also for tutoring through the on-line service Brainfuse or high school volunteer program. Scholastic Go is an engaging online age-appropriate reference resource to help build a love of research and is available from home when doing assignments.”


Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more

From Los Angeles Daily News

” If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.The Altadena Library opened the Fab Lab, a fabrication lab that has Mac computers, 3-D printers and other tools, in May. The space is used for classes in photo and video editing and more.“Maker spaces are a big deal in libraries these days,” Altadena Library public services director Ryan Roy said. “It’s kind of a trend in libraries, and many libraries are creating spaces for the public to come in and create things.”When a teen comes into the library to borrow a video game, he will be told about the free video game programming and building sessions offered at the Fab Lab.“We get them in the door with the movies and the games, but we keep them with the programs,” Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay said.Tradition and technology are combining at the Long Beach Public Library.“Our most popular service that we provide is our children’s collection,” Long Beach Public Library community information specialist Shiela Sorenson said. “We provide games online that help with their sensory learning and their literacy. And also our collection of children’s books is in high demand.”The library has an extensive collection of children’s books for checkout, as well as audio and e-books especially for kids.”


El Sobrante Library’s new Mini-Park set for ribbon-cutting

From The Richmond Standard

” The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting on Sept. 9 for extensive new improvements of the public space surrounding the El Sobrante Library. Enhancements include a new Mini-Park, small amphitheater and improved parking lot, according to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s office. Right after the ribbon cutting, a community volunteer planting event will take place at noon.The improvements were funded by East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW funds, county park dedication funds, county Public Works Department and Contra Costa County Library.”