Leaving paper books behind, Napa’s high school libraries embrace online resources

From Napa Valley Register

” The school library. For decades, it was the go-to source for students looking for books to research a topic or write a paper.Not anymore. Today, the library comes to the students – on their smartphones, iPads, laptops or other tech devices.At Napa Valley Unified School District high schools, libraries have transitioned from a room with four walls to a virtual collection of digital resources including e-books, databases and much more.“We’re bringing libraries to the 21st century,” said Kate MacMillan, coordinator of library services at NVUSD.
Schools and teachers are now educating kids using technology such as smart boards, e-books and shared electronic documents such as Google Docs. That means libraries must follow suit.
“We have to be technologically nimble,” said MacMillan.“Everything has changed,” said Jennifer Baker, NVUSD communications media specialist. “Students don’t need to be physically in the library” to use it, she said. “Our goal now is to get the instruction to bring the library directly to the classroom.”“The need for library services or info is not going to go away,” said MacMillan. “We’re just providing it in a different manner.” Library circulation at NVUSD high schools confirms the trend. The number of printed books checked out has dropped significantly over the past years.”


San Diego Library to Combat ‘Fake News’ with Workshop Series

From Times of San Diego

“The San Diego Public Library announced Monday a series of workshops aimed at helping residents navigate the media landscape in an era of so-called “fake news.”
In the free “Breaking News @ the Library” series, library staff, reporters, editors and academics will offer tips on how to become a citizen journalist, identify trustworthy information sources and identify bias.“Libraries are in the business of not just providing sources of information but helping patrons discern the best sources available,” said Misty Jones, library director. “‘Breaking News @ the Library’ will offer participants a chance to learn about the news cycle, what goes into reporting and how they can make sure they are more discerning of their information sources.”
The first program, “Citizen Journalism” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Shiley Special Events Suite on the ninth floor of the Central Library.”


Lodi Public Library, Ninja Pandas to host local residents at 2018 Global Game Jam

From Lodi News

“On Friday afternoon, a group of game lovers will gather at the Lodi Public Library, ready to get creative. By 5 p.m. Sunday, they’ll have produced games of their own — digital games, board games or anything in between.The library is hosting one of more than 800 sites for the 10th annual Global Game Jam, and everyone who wants to join in the collaborative game-building effort is invited to join the fun.“When you see it, it’s just a neat thing to be able to experience, how people come together and create,” said Clare Bhakta, who is organizing the Lodi part of the event with her husband Jateen Bhakta.The pair lead Ninja Pandas, teaching game-making and coding skills to kids at the library’s Code {STEAM} workshops and summer tech camp. Jateen Bhakta has always wanted to help lead a game jam, Clare said, and it seemed like a great way to get kids and adults alike involved.”


San Carlos library hosts their first S.T.E.A.M. fair

From Scot Scoop

“On January 20, the San Carlos Library held its first-ever S.T.E.A.M. Fair to give the San Carlos community hands-on experience with science. S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.The fair consisted of seven different activities and were spread out between the upper and lower levels of the library. The first floor held activities such as giant Jenga, 3D printing, and Rigamajig building. A Rigamajig is a building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, nuts, bolts, pulleys, and ropes, designed to teach kids to build three-dimensional structures and work collaboratively.The second floor consisted of watercolor painting, button making, and a ukulele petting zoo. At this station, participants could try out one of many ukuleles offered by the library and become more familiar with the instrument.”


Santa Clara City Library’s New Bookmobile is a Library on Wheels

From Santa Clara Weekly

” Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library, was excited to point out the colorful new library cards, bookmarks, and flyers with paper cut outs that can be folded into 3D bookmobiles available at Santa Clara City Library’s new bookmobile. Now making its way around town, the bookmobile is a traveling library intended to serve those who live, work and play in the City of Santa Clara. At the bookmobile, people can check out books, return books, pick up books on hold, pay fines and apply for new library cards.“The bookmobile service provides critical access to books and resources that promote early childhood literacy, will enrich the lives of our seniors and be a gateway for low income residents and new immigrants to a world of reading, learning and information,” said Paul Sims, Assistant City Librarian for the Santa Clara City Library.According to Sims, the bookmobile is 32 feet wide, 11 feet high and under 25,000 pounds. An estimated 2,500 items, including books, DVDs, audio books and materials for all ages, currently sit in the vehicle.”


San Jose : Annual reading program focuses on caregiving

From The Mercury News

” Although caregiving is typically associated with nurses and hospitals, it’s also something that often falls on the shoulders of a mother, father, daughter, son, wife or husband and can affect an entire family.In recognition of such an important responsibility, this year’s theme for the annual Silicon Valley Reads program, “No What What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” focuses on caregiving.Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District and San Jose Public Library, this year’s program asks people to think, discuss and share the perspectives of caregivers through multiple free events such as art exhibits, films and panel discussions.The regional program will kick off on Feb. 1 at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino and conclude on April 15.“At some point we’ll be a caregiver in our lifetime,” said Nancy Howe, executive director of the Santa Clara County Library District.About 43.5 million Americans are unpaid caregivers who help family or friends with daily living activities and medical tasks, she added.”


SF library may spend $3.6M to replace barcodes with microchips

From San Francisco Examiner

” The San Francisco Public Library plans to spend millions of dollars on installing radio frequency tags in all of its books and other check-out materials, replacing the old bar code system — despite objections from civil liberty groups concerned about privacy.The technological upgrade may be one of the final efforts from City Librarian Luis Herrera — he recently announced his retirement effective next month — and one he had failed to achieve more than a decade ago after funding for a similar proposal was rejected by the Board of Supervisors.The San Francisco Examiner previously reported in December 2016 that Herrera had revived the plan.Now, the revived effort is advancing toward approval. The library’s proposed budget includes $3.6 million over the next two fiscal years to install and operate the radio frequency identification system, or RFID.The San Francisco Public Library Commission will hold a hearing Thursday on the budget proposal. The cost includes adding RFID tags to the library’s entire collection and upgrading the checkout machines and security gates.”


Why prison libraries matter for inmates, jailers and book donors

From Desert News

” It’s 9.15 a.m. when a dark green, 1993 Toyota truck that’s logged 160,000 miles pulls into Tooele County jail parking lot. A tall, thin woman in khaki cargo pants and a black T-shirt gets out to unload boxes of donated books and cart them into the men’s jail library.Once the fiction and nonfiction have been mingled with the existing stock, she admires the 1,300 titles.“I’m into pretty. Pretty books are happy books,” says Toby Lafferty, who then bids the books farewell that October morning. “Bye guys, see you next time.” She often sends “good energy to the books. They’re going into places that are quite dark.”Men and women in 35 prisons and jails in 13 states nationwide depend on Lafferty and her Millcreek-based nonprofit, Books Inside, for a monthly supply of books to expand often decrepit libraries. Last year, Books Inside mailed 23,000 books to incarceration facilities. In Utah alone, she supplies seven jails and created libraries from nothing in the Tooele County and Kane County jails.”


Humboldt County: VR at the McKinleyville library

From Times-Standard

“The McKinleyville branch of the Humboldt County Library held a free event Saturday to allow the community to try the virtual reality gaming system Oculus Rift and will hold similar free events twice a month in the future.“It’s a joint program of the California State Library and Califa to bring this new technology to communities that might otherwise not have it or be able to afford it,” Joanne Asbury, head of the McKinleyville Branch Library, said.Asbury said the library is one of 100 public libraries across California to apply for the grant to get the game system. The manufacturer retails the device for $399.“Today I think will be our fourth one that we’ve done now,” Asbury said.She said the event usually draws around 10 people interested in giving virtual reality a try.“It is so much fun,” Asbury said. “ … We’ve had kids as young as 10 and as old as 65.”The Oculus Rift is a set of goggles with ear phones that allow the wearer to be fully immersed in a virtual world. It also includes a controller for each hand that lets the user interact with “objects” within virtual reality.”


Out of the Branches, into the Woods

From American Libraries

” At public library branches in seven states, staffers are sending patrons to the trails instead of the stacks.Libraries from the East Coast to Hawaii are buying hiking backpacks, stuffing them with field guides and park passes, and making them available for checkout. The intent, officials in several libraries agree, is to give families a new reason to get off the couch and into the world.“It’s really becoming more and more popular by the day,” says Chris Henning, marketing communications manager for Denver Public Library (DPL). “When the state came to us and said ‘Hey, we’re doing this program,’ [we thought] what a great opportunity.”State library systems in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, Virginia, and Wyoming are using federal grants to provide would-be explorers with hiking kits. The ideas are homegrown and backpacks’ contents vary in each state, but most include guides to plant life, animal tracks, and wilderness first aid; binoculars for adults or children; maps and compasses; bug magnification boxes; and other supplies. Most also include free passes to state parks, giving families an opportunity to discover or return to natural sites without admission fees or equipment costs.”


Santa Clarita: Council unanimously votes to take back library operations

From The Signal Santa Clarita Valley

“Santa Clarita decided to take back full control of its library system Tuesday evening.The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously to end a contract with Library Systems and Services, LLC, and independently operate and staff the Santa Clarita Public Library system.“There is not one of us who has not had numerous occasions to visit our libraries, talk with our senior library representatives and to make certain we will continue to function in a responsible manner,” said City Councilman Bob Kellar, who made the motion to approve the city’s decision with Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean seconding the motion. “I personally am absolutely delighted that our city staff, as they do in so many departments and aspects in the management of our city, has taken constant review in looking for ways to improve services for the citizens of the city of Santa Clarita…This is huge, ladies and gentlemen.”LSSI Chief Operating Officer Todd Frager said his company was disappointed the city decided not to renew the contract, but was ultimately supportive of the city.”


Placerville library looking good at 40

From Mountain Democrat

“When some people hear the word library, intimidating shelves of leather-bound books come to mind, as well as dimly lit, Roman-columned buildings, hushed tones and prim librarians. There can be a by-gone-era associated with the image of a library.Anyone who enters the doors of the El Dorado County Public Library in Placerville will have that dusty image blown away.Those living in El Dorado County are fortunate to have had forward thinking residents working hard to maintain a local library since 1906. Until 1948 the first Placerville library was located in the back rooms of Confidence Hall (or City Hall) downtown.When the demand for books grew, the Friends of the Library volunteers raised enough funds to purchase a home being sold by A.S. Fox on the northeast corner of Sacramento and Pacific streets. The library moved into the Fox home in 1948 and remained there for 20 years until the U.S. Postal Service determined that the lot where the Fox house stood was a perfect location for its new Placerville Post Office.”


Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Provides $9.5 Million for Public Libraries

From Sierra SunTimes

” Governor Brown has released his budget proposal for this year. The proposal provides more than $9.5 million for California’s public libraries, an increase from last year’s budget. It would invest $5 million to help libraries deliver services faster by connecting to the same high-speed broadband network as the University of California, the state university system, community colleges, and public schools.Local library literacy programs would also receive a $2.5 million funding increase aimed at expanding services to the families of adult learners. With this $2.5 million, Governor Brown has more than doubled spending on library literacy programs since 2015.The budget proposal also earmarks $1.5 million to encourage new ways of delivering books to Californians including use of online sellers, like Amazon, and digitally linking the catalogs of multiple libraries to offer Californians easy at-home access to far more information than what sits on the shelves of their community library.”


Public libraries lend record numbers of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017

From Business Insider

” Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform available to millions of readers from over 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide, reported record-breaking downloads of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017. With a library card and OverDrive or Libby app, readers borrowed more than 225 million digital books in the past 12 months, representing double digit growth from the previous year. A record number of libraries each served over 1 million digital books to their local communities last year, led by astronomical growth at Toronto Public Library (which reached 4.6 million digital checkouts), Los Angeles Public Library (3.7 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (1.5 million).This record growth was significantly aided by a number of library eBook innovations enhancing user discovery and engagement. In September, Google launched a new feature making it easier for users to find library eBooks in Google Search. In December, the new Libby app was named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017. In addition, dozens of cities, states and nations held popular “Digital Book Clubs” which promoted a book of local interest with simultaneous access for all readers, and online conversations and reader engagement with readers and authors. Libraries served more readers on more devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs, as well as Kindle apps and devices (U.S. only).”


San Diego: Lineup of Free Sally Ride Science Workshops at Local Libraries Expands with New Courses

From Scripps

” A program offering free Sally Ride Science STEAM workshops at San Diego library branches is gearing up to serve more students with an expanded course lineup covering everything from Marine Mammals and Kitchen Chemistry to Wearable Electronics and The Science of Harry Potter.Winter offerings for the Library NExT program, a partnership between the San Diego Public Library and UC San Diego, include more than 40 hands-on workshops at library branches around the city. The new schedule represents a tripling of the number of courses offered each month. See a full schedule for January through March and register for classes here.The free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops are held mostly on Saturdays. They cover a wide range of subjects, including Messy Science, Tiny-House Architecture, Robotics, Video Game Design and Physics of Fidget Spinners. The workshops, usually lasting from 3 to 4 hours, are geared either to middle school students or to those in high school.The workshops have been a big success with students and parents, said Gina Bravo, program development coordinator for the San Diego Library.”


Yolo County: Library offers graphic novels for kids, teens, adults

From Davis Enterprise

” The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, is offering access to eBooks that you can check out and return on your home computer using your library card number and password.More than 60,000 of these eBooks are available through Enki, a program offered by many California public libraries, and that provides fiction, nonfiction, classics, encyclopedias and even comic books.When libraries offer comic books, they usually go under the name graphic novels. Many people think graphic novels are naughty novels for adults, but actually, the term means long and frequently pretentious comic books.In recent years, libraries have included comics to encourage reluctant readers to become active library users.Between the public library and the internet there is not a great shortage of fiction or nonfiction even without Enki. As the saying goes, “So many books, so little time.”The readers of comic books, however, may want more comics, particularly comics that don’t cost $4 for a 20-page pamphlet.”


Riverside County: New SWR Libraries Inch Closer To Reality

From Lake Elsinore Patch

” Riverside County supervisors Tuesday authorized the Economic Development Agency to start a search for prospective developers to construct three new library branches within the county library system, including a replacement for an existing facility in Desert Hot Springs.According to the EDA, vacant county-owned properties in each location have been designated as construction sites.The agency envisions a 15,000-square-foot branch at Palm Drive and Park Lane in Desert Hot Springs, replacing the 3,527-square-foot repository at 11691 West Drive.”


Santa Monica: City helps homeless at the library

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” On a chilly morning last week, a few members of Santa Monica’s burgeoning homeless population shouldered their belongings in hiking packs and sturdy duffel bags up to the second floor of the Main Library Branch. A short survey on highlighter yellow paper was their admission ticket to grab to a free cup of coffee and see the smiling faces of a handful of representatives from local social services agencies.“We’re going to be open three to four hours this morning,” said Brian Hardgrave with the City’s Human Services Division as he poured creamer into a cup for a woman who had walked into the room. “Individuals can come and go as they please: grab a cup of coffee and talk to service providers about what they need.”Hardgrave was overseeing the City’s second pop-up event at the library on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s part of a citywide effort to get more homeless residents connected with the dozen or so providers that supply job training, public benefits, healthcare and more in an effort to get people off the street.The first pop-up in October even had a room for the Department of Public Health to administer vaccines for Hepatitis A and the flu.”


Los Angeles County libraries offer reading program to erase account fees

From ABC7

” People 21 and younger can read away any fees they’ve accrued on their County of Los Angeles Public Library accounts.The program, called The Great Read Away, is eligible for library cardholders 21 and under. For every hour a person spends reading in the library, $5 in fees on your account will be removed.Any eligible person who wants to participate in the program just needs to visit an L.A. County library and ask a staff member to register them.Whenever a cardholder visits and wants to do the program, they simply sign in and out with a librarian to track the time spent reading. The fees will be removed once you sign out for the day.The fees that can be waived include overdue fees, lost and damaged material replacements, TTC, and library card replacements. Fees connected to renting out a meeting room cannot be waived.”


Tulare County: Visalia Branch Library offers lunches to children

From The Sun Gazette

“Many parents bemoan the three-week winter break that students now receive because it is difficult to make arrangements for daycare during the holidays while they are still at work. But for some parents the winter break presents a far more critical problem – feeding their children..Malnutrition is one of the most serious, yet preventable, dietary conditions suffered by children from low income families. During the school year public schools provide free or low cost meals to these students. Without these meals and snacks, in some cases as many as three each day, low income families are left looking for food at a time when many of them are out of work due to seasonal agriculture jobs.Thanks to funding from the Fresno EOC (Economic Opportunities Commission), the Tulare County Library is able to step in and help bridge the gap for our youth. Tulare County Library’s Visalia Branch began offering free lunches to children and teens, ages 1 to 18, on Dec. 19. The Fresno EOC supplies the library with nutritious lunches that include sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, crackers, and milk for every child that comes in now through Jan. 5. Lunches are served from noon to 1:30 p.m., upstairs in the Blue Room at the Visalia Branch, located downtown at 200 W. Oak Ave.”


Sunnyvale librarian selected for national Emerging Leader program

From The Mercury News

” Sunnyvale children’s librarian Raina Tuakoi has been nationally recognized as a 2018 “Emerging Leader” by the American Library Association.Tuakoi has been with the Sunnyvale Public Library for more than three years and said she became dedicated to the profession since spending a lot of time at the San Mateo Public Library as a child.“Working as a library page before college and during college made me realize that’s what I want to do. I really love being a librarian,” she said.The ALA’s Emerging Leaders program allows newer library employees from across the country to participate in a development program where they can connect with other librarians to network and exchange ideas. Tuakoi and the other 49 Emerging Leaders will attend an ALA midwinter conference and the association’s annual conference. They will work together to present a professional project.”


Nevada County library hosts ‘Pushing the Limits’ book discussion series

From The Union

“Many of us fail to consider science an interesting topic in our everyday lives. But Nevada County’s librarians are working to change that with a monthly book discussion series pondering beer, birding and bread, among other topics.The program — Rural Gateways: Pushing the Limits — is a science café and book club hybrid for adults funded by a National Science Foundation grant, said library technician Jill Davidson.The book discussion series at Nevada County libraries got its start last year, Davidson said, with a small stipend being used for four sessions this year. The Pushing the Limits grant, aimed specifically at small and rural libraries, offers libraries subtle STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming aimed at adults not already interested in science topics.”


Long Beach: Libraries At Work

From The Grunion

” The holiday season reminds us to be grateful for all that we have motivating us to strive to be better. All year long, we work to make what is great about Long Beach even better, and there is no better example of our community working to improve themselves and our city than what you will see in our 12 city libraries.We are fortunate to have one of the best library systems in the country. This year, the Long Beach Public Library won the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries. Every day you see our libraries in action with programs like teaching reading skills to children during story time, students receiving homework help, adults working on resumes, as well as disabled veterans using the library’s free assistive technology and community advocates supporting families. All that while neighborhood associations meet in community rooms.”


SF librarian Luis Herrera to retire

From San Francisco Examiner

“San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera on Thursday announced his retirement after more than 40 years in the profession and 12 years at the helm of The City’s library system.During his tenure, Herrera oversaw the city’s Branch Library Improvement Program, a major renovation program, as well as the creation of new teen digital centers and literacy and learning centers at the Main Library.Most recently, he worked with late Mayor Ed Lee to allow all city libraries to open seven days a week.“Today is a bittersweet day,” Herrera said in a message to staff. “Together, we have ensured that the San Francisco Public Library remains a welcoming, vital and integral part of San Francisco life.”A native of El Paso, Texas, Herrera also worked for library systems in Pasadena, San Diego and Long Beach before coming to San Francisco.”