Santa Clara Co. Libraries Add Online Veteran Support Services

From Palo Alto Patch

” The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is pleased to announce the addition of VetNow, a free service offered through all SCCLD libraries. Created by Brainfuse, a live online tutoring company, VetNow provides military veterans and their families free and easily accessible online resources specifically tailored to help United States veterans as they transition into a civilian workforce.”According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the State of California has the largest population of military veterans, more than 1.7 million. As a provider of free resources and educational materials, it’s important our libraries offer timely and pertinent information that residents can utilize. One such resource, VetNow, provides essential information to military veterans as they search for support or assistance both locally and nationally,” stated Mike Wasserman, SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Board Chair and County of Santa Clara Supervisor.”

Anaheim marks World Kindness Day, hosts ‘Wonder’ movie premier as part of #ChooseKind initiative

From Anaheim News

“Anaheim is joining cities across the country in encouraging kindness and celebrating those who “choose kind” with thank-you breakfasts and a special screening of the film “Wonder.”Anaheim joins Philadelphia, Miami Beach, Nashville, Minneapolis, Birmingham, Ala., and Arlington, Texas, in the #ChooseKind city initiative.The cities are promoting kind acts around World Kindness Day, on Monday and hosting special screenings of “Wonder” on Thursday a day before its national release.Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is hosting a screening for teachers, students, volunteers, nonprofits and others working to advance kindness in Anaheim. The screening takes place at the Cinemark Century Stadium theaters next to Honda Center.“This is a way for our city to celebrate and honor all those who make Anaheim a city of kindness,” Mayor Tait said. “The moving message of ‘Wonder’ will help us inspire even more people to choose kindness. Imagine a city where everyone is just a little kinder — that’s the city where we all want to live.”Based on R.J. Palacio’s New York Times best-seller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman — a boy born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school.”

Yolo County Library offers new collection of e-books

” Yolo County Library has introduced 60,000 new e-books to its collection in partnership with Enki, an e-book platform created by California libraries. This new addition will add even more resources to the library’s collection.All genres are included in the collection in hopes that everyone in the Davis community will be satisfied. Crista Cannariato, the library’s regional supervisor, explained that Enki offers many unique resources that would be difficult for people to come by any other way.“I think that it’s great to have additional e-books available to the public,” Cannariato said. “I think it’s going to help to increase the variety of what we’re able to offer and it also increases the amount of materials we’re able to offer […] There are a lot of titles […] by independent publishers [and] some self-published items as well. There’s study aids and test preparation books, which will also be available to the community.”Cannariato also noted that the e-books will improve people’s experiences with the library overall. As more resources become available, the usage of the library by community members will hopefully increase .“We are able to let people check out 20 titles at a time on that platform, which is nice if they want to read that much,” Cannariato said. “So hopefully people will be able to find something without having to wait for it.”While there are certainly many advantages to offering more e-books, Roberto Delgadillo, a librarian at Shields Library who specializes in research support services, explained that there can also be drawbacks, since many people still prefer using physical copies of books.”

New Antioch librarian strives for community involvement

From East Bay Times

” Her motto may well be: “The library card is the best deal in town.”And, now Ruth Boyer will get to put her slogan into action as the new community library manager for the two Antioch branches (18th Street and Prewett).“I am always interested in strengthening and growing library programs and services,” Boyer said. “I’m especially excited about trying to get library cards into the hands of more people in the community and letting them know how much their card and their local library has to offer.”For the last two years, Boyer has led the way at the Martinez Library. She has been with the Contra Costa County Library since 2005 and a librarian since 2011. She said she enjoys learning about the communities in Contra Costa, and Antioch was “high on her list.“When I saw the opportunity come up, I jumped at the chance to serve a community I’ve always wanted to learn more about.”Additionally, Boyer is focused on social service organizations in the city.”

‘Know Lake County’ hosts Nov. 18 tour of Lakeport Library

From Lake County News

” Lake County Library’s Know Lake County lecture will turn the spotlight on the Lakeport Library itself on Saturday, Nov. 18, with a tour of the library at 2 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Lake County Library.The library is located at 1425 N. High St.The library has undergone renovations recently including new carpet, a new circulation desk and a rearranged layout to facilitate a 21st century library operation.The tour will show off the changes and introduce the public to the library’s many services and collections.
The library’s services and programs supply both information and entertainment for adults, teens and children.The tour will cover the library’s digital services that include magazines, ebooks, music and video from an array of providers.Come learn about the library’s time machine and find out why there’s a tree growing in the library.Lakeport Library, the headquarters of the Lake County Library system, administers public library services for Lakeport, Upper Lake, Clearlake and Middletown.The library on High Street opened in 1986 when the Carnegie Library in Library Park was outgrown.
The Lake County Library now shares a catalog and circulation system with Sonoma and Mendocino counties, allowing patrons to borrow items from anywhere in the tri-county area.The Friends of the Lake County Library will be in the library to promote what they do for the library. The organization provides financial support for library programs and for new library materials.”

Back in the Day: Beaumont Library is historic for at least two reasons

From The Press Enterprise

“The Beaumont Library, located at the southeast corner of 8th and California Streets in Beaumont, has the distinction of being the longest-operating library in its original building in Riverside County.It is also the lone survivor of the four Carnegie libraries that once graced the landscape of western Riverside County.The effort to have a library in Beaumont dates to 1910-11, when members of the San Gorgonio Club (the precursor to the Beaumont Women’s Club) organized a drive to form a library district.On Aug. 12, 1911, a special election was held to ask the voters of Beaumont and the surrounding area whether to assess such a district for library purposes. The effort succeeded, despite the fact that the women who organized it could not vote in that election (they missed it by two months – women’s suffrage passed in California in October 1911!)The first task at hand in developing a library was finding a site. One site was located, but a cry went up that forced the trustees to look at another. That second site was also unsuitable for many, so another vote was held in which a third site — the present site of the library — was agreed upon and the matter was settled.”

Pasadena Public Library’s New Social Worker Program Partners to Help the Homeless

From Pasadena Now

“For years, it’s been difficult to visit Pasadena’s public libraries without noticing the homeless.Like many public libraries across the country, Pasadena’s have increasingly become havens for the homeless who take daily refuge amidst the quiet, air-conditioned book stacks and at the reading tables.Now, Pasadena’s public libraries have partnered with the Pasadena Public Health Department and the Department of Housing and Career Services in collaboration with the Union Station Coordinated Entry System program to assist homeless individuals who frequent the City’s libraries for temporary shelter.Through a program called the Library Care Navigator Project, the Public Health Department has assigned one care navigator at the Hill Avenue Branch Library, and is looking to assign another at the Pasadena Central Library at Walnut Street, to focus on assisting the homeless.The position is library-funded, says Angelica Palmeros, Manager of the Social and Mental Health Services Division at the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD).The project grew out of a need to provide more meaningful assistance to homeless people who visit the libraries to take advantage of the safe space, use the rest rooms and the free internet service.A little over a year ago, Pasadena joined what a handful of other public libraries in California have started – place a dedicated case worker in the libraries to help the homeless and connect them to housing, rather than simply hanging out day after day, and year after year.”