LA County Libraries To Launch Fine-Free Cards

From South Pasadena Patch

” he Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to introduce a fine-free library card for students 17 years old and younger.Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis co-authored the motion.”By getting rid of late fees and penalties, our student library cards are finally a risk-free way for young people to access the tools they need to boost their education,” Hahn said, pointing out that libraries countywide offer access to computers, printers, research databases and after-school help with homework, in addition to books.Students will be able to check out three printed items at a time for as long as they like, with no fees or fines.Third-graders will be the first to get the new cards. This is a critical age for reading development and only 41 percent of third-graders in L.A. County are currently reading at grade level, according to a statewide scorecard published by nonprofit advocacy group Children Now.”This initiative is really about a challenge put to us by President Barack Obama,” Solis said of a 2015 Library Card Challenge aimed at ensuring that all students have access to library resources. “It is important that every student in the county, regardless of economic status, be able to tap into these services.” County Librarian Skye Patrick said the library has reached out to superintendents in more than 40 school districts in the library service area in planning for the new card.”

Hundreds of Disturbing Incidents Reported at LA City Libraries Pose Threat to Public Safety

From NBC Los Angeles

” The NBC4 I-Team has uncovered hundreds of disturbing incidents reported at Los Angeles city libraries, many that put the safety of employees and the public at risk.Since 2016, the LA City Library has recorded close to 2000 security incidents, including assaults on employees and visitors, death threats, theft, drug use, lewd behavior and vandalism.
The I-Team discovered the incidents while reviewing thousands of pages of internal LA Library documents, obtained through public records requests.The NBC4 I-Team went undercover for three months to investigate and what we found has the LAPD taking a closer look. Joel Grover reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.Among the documents we obtained were a list of people banned from entering any LA City library for inappropriate or dangerous behaviors, including “hitting patrons with a metal pipe,” “masturbating and spreading bodily fluids on several library computers,” and “unwanted touching of a teenage female.” The city has sent letters to 490 such people in the last three years, telling them their privilege to enter any library was “suspended.”The City Attorney’s office has also granted dozens of temporary restraining orders against people who’ve assaulted or threatened library staff members, all obtained by the I-Team. In one case, a person brandished a one-foot machete at a librarian.”

Moreno Valley Public Library Extends Library Services Partnership with Library Systems & Services

From Business Insider

” Library Systems & Services (LS&S), which partners with public libraries to drive long-term library vitality and growth, announced it would continue to operate the Moreno Valley Public Library through 2021. The partnership between LS&S and the City of Moreno Valley, established in 2013, was also expanded with the opening of a new library branch this month.As part of the expanded public-private partnership, LS&S will manage the 16,000-square-foot main library on Alessandro Boulevard, as well as opening and managing the City’s first satellite branch library at the Moreno Valley Mall at Towngate.The new 5,000 square-foot branch, scheduled to open on December 21, 2017, will be open 45 hours per week and will boast a comprehensive collection and feature many best sellers. Leveraging LS&S’ specialized procurement processes, the City of Moreno Valley has been able to reduce costs and timelines to obtain furniture, fixtures, and equipment necessary for the branch library opening.”

Escondido library management change still set for Jan. 15

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Despite a lawsuit challenging the Escondido City Council’s right to outsource management of the library, the contract with the private company hired to run the facility will go into effect as planned on Jan. 15, city officials said.In Vista Superior Court on Tuesday, a judge told attorneys representing both sides of the case that it likely would not be until spring before a full hearing could be held.Attorney Alan Geraci told Judge Earl Maas he had not filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, or requested a temporary restraining order seeking a stay to the implementation of the contract between the city and Maryland-based Library Systems & Services (LS&S), because he needed to do more research first.After the hearing, Geraci said he had hoped the city would voluntarily delay the contract’s start date in light of the legal challenge, but that hasn’t happened.The lawsuit, filed on behalf of longtime Escondido residents Roy and Mary Garrett, contends the city’s contract with the private company is illegal because state education code says it’s the library’s board of trustees, not the council, that has control over the operations and management of the library.”

¡Viva la Fiesta! at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library Explores a Variety of Mexican Celebrations

From East Bay Express

” The popularity of Disney/Pixar’s animated film Coco has brought a newfound appreciation for the indigenous Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. While this November holiday has been getting attention, there are plenty of other Mexican fiestas and rituals worth talking about. And you can learn all about them at ¡Viva la Fiesta!, an exhibition now on view at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.This is the first solo-curated exhibit of José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez, who has been the curator of Latin Americana at the Bancroft Library for roughly a year. The exhibit is also personal to him — his family is from the Mexican state of Michoacán.The Express recently caught up with Barragán-Álvarez during a visit to the exhibit, which is rich in historical details.”

Anaheim: Total Solar Eclipse/ NASA@ My Library

From American Library Association

“With the 2017 solar eclipse, libraries nationwide found themselves at the center of a nationwide frenzy — especially those located within the 70-mile-wide “path of totality” that cut across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Many libraries, stocked with free eclipse-viewing glasses from science organizations like NASA and the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute (SSI), handed out gear to long lines of patrons eager for a chance to experience the eclipse in full effect. ”

National Ranking: Newport Library is a ‘Star’

From Newport Beach Indy

” The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a “Star Library” in a national ranking, authorities announced this week.Board of Library trustees announced Thursday that the city library earned the honor in a list compiled by the Library Journal, in its tenth edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service. This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service, explained NBPL Marketing Specialist Katherine Mielke in the press release.They compared five areas: Total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public access computer use, and circulation of electronic materials. Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, thirteen are in California with just four in Southern California. Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in ten years, that NBPL has been named a Star Library, according to Mielke.”