Watsonville: Encouraging young readers

From The Register-Pajaronian

” To her friends, family and coworkers, Deanne Pernell was an energetic, caring teacher with a passion for teaching young people to read, and a particular affinity for bilingual education.When she died in 2014 at age 59, Pernell’s loved ones began looking for a way to memorialize her.On Friday, a group that included teachers and librarians gathered in Watsonville Public Library to unveil the Deanne Pernell Reading Mentors Program, which pairs young readers with volunteers in six-week sessions geared to build reading and comprehension skills.
The program is funded by a $50,000 gift from Pernell’s father, Godfrey Pernell.“She was the best person I have ever known,” Pernell said. “This is an opportunity to help with something that she was passionate about.”Community Foundation Santa Cruz County is managing the bequest.Also called “Reading Buddies,” the program is slated to launch in Fall 2018.The library will recruit volunteers to help with the free six-week program, who will be paired with children grouped according to their grade level. The volunteers will then be tasked with reading a book to the kids, and with helping them as they take turns reading. Training will be provided.Participants will receive the book they read at the end of the program. Volunteer mentors must commit to come on weekends for six weeks.”


How a better library can change a child’s life

From CNN

” In 1999, Rebecca Constantino began doing a study at schools across Los Angeles.She had just completed a Ph.D. in language, literacy and learning, and she was analyzing children’s access to books in affluent and low-income communities.One day, she saw something that stopped her in her tracks.”I was at a school in a wealthy community, and they were getting rid of almost brand-new books because they didn’t have room in the library,” Constantino said.She put the books in her car and drove them to a school in an underserved community. Shocked by the disparity she saw in public school libraries, Constantino became determined to bridge the gap.”School libraries are not funded well, and sometimes not funded at all,” Constantino said. “If you’re a child in an underserved community, you’re left with boring, outdated, tattered, uninteresting books.” Word spread about Constantino’s work, and books began piling up, literally.”


Long Beach library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour, controversy ensues

From Press Telegram

” A photograph showing a horned drag queen reading a picture book to children at a Long Beach public library event is one of the latest images to generate controversy.The person shown in the image is Xochi Mochi, who posted the photo on her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, the same day Long Beach Public Library’s online calendar shows an event called Drag Queen Story Hour was scheduled to have taken place at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library in North Long Beach.Commentators in conservative news and social media have since attacked Xochi Mochi’s appearance. World Net Daily on Monday published an article headlined “drag-queen demon reads to kids at Michelle Obama library.” The American Conservative ran a post Tuesday under the words “Children’s story time in Weimer America,” a likely reference to the anything-goes culture prevailing in interwar Germany before the rise of the Nazi Party.Locally, CBS 2 news covered the reaction to the event in the context of a Southern California political race after GOP congressional candidate Omar Navarro tweeted a picture of Xochi Mochi below the words, “Demonic teachings alive in Long Beach. I’m outraged they would allow this.”


Carlsbad: Dove Library to host human trafficking awareness event

From The Coast News group

” Modern Day Slavery in San Diego County, a free public event providing insight on human trafficking, is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Dove Library in Carlsbad. The event will be emceed by Kaye Van Nevel of Soroptimist International Vista.Attendees will watch a screening of a 20-minute documentary film, “Chosen,” which highlights two American girls who were betrayed by men they thought were their boyfriends and exploited into a life of trafficking.Van Nevel will lead a discussion with panelists Summer Stephan, district attorney of San Diego County, and Jaimee Johnson, a counselor and founder of Sister of the Streets. The League of Women Voters North County San Diego, American Association of University Women, Soroptimist, Sisters of the Streets and North County Life Line are hosting the event. Each of the nonpartisan groups aims to educate individuals on issues of public interest.Van Nevel said the event is about human trafficking, but specifically the sexual exploitation of women, girls and boys. She said “Chosen,” portrays what can happen to any girl in the United States.“It shows how easily girls are lured to a life of sex trafficking,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what ethnicity or educational level or economic strata, it covers all of that.” According to Van Nevel, any girl can be a target and 80 percent of the girls and women who are trafficked in the United States are citizens of the country. Van Nevel also said she hopes that people attend this event to learn more about this epidemic.”


Man Threatens to Shoot People at Alpine Library With Toy Gun

From NBC San Diego

” A man armed with a toy gun was pointing it at people in the crowded Alpine Library and threatening to shoot them Saturday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department.”I thought I was dead,” one of the people in the library said. “I thought I was a dead man. And then he starts pulling the trigger and up to that point and I’m thinking I’m going to be dead, and then I’m thinking it’s going to be like an airsoft gun or a co2 gun.”Before deputies arrived the suspect, identified as Jack Wadel, 60, threatened to pull a handgun out of his backpack. In an attempt to keep him from grabbing the gun, a person in the library tackled him. The person sustained minor injuries to his left eye. No one else was injured in the incident.”


San Francisco Public Library partners with Kanopy, a free streaming platform with 30,000 films

From SF Gate

“The San Francisco Public Library is further embracing technology this week as it debuts Kanopy, an online streaming platform that will allow library guests to watch more than 30,000 documentaries, classic films and rare independent releases. Earlier this year, Kanopy, which is based in San Francisco, introduced the program at the New York Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library.To use Kanopy, all users need is a valid library card (which San Francisco residents can learn more about here) and an internet connection. Each card holder can stream Kanopy online, on Roku, iOS, and Android (and soon, Apple TV) to watch up to eight films per month on the SFPL’s dime. Film credits are then re-upped on the first of the month.”


Richmond Tool Library to celebrate one year this Sunday

From Richmond Confidential

“Richmond residents look to the Richmond Tool Library to learn about and access almost any tool you can think of, free of charge. The small room in the Recreation Complex has everything from rakes to circular saws. Manager Guadalupe Morales said the “original mission was to be there for the folks who need the tools, whether that’s a park cleanup or helping clean their own home.” And this weekend, the library has reached its one-year mark, so staff and community members are reflecting on successes and challenges — and looking toward the future.Tomorrow’s anniversary event is also a chance to celebrate the success of the RTL’s $3,000 crowdfunding campaign, money that will be used to replace tools that were stolen during a burglary in early September.Most of the RTL’s patrons are folks with some prior gardening or construction experience, but after getting their sea legs, library staff are looking to expand their clientele.
But Morales, who was away at the time of the burglary, says that the break-in has been a sort of blessing.”