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.”