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.”