Pleasanton: City library agrees to accept high school student IDs at check-out

From Pleasanton Weekly

“The Pleasanton City Council has agreed to expand a pilot program to allow all high school students to use their identification cards when checking out books and other materials from the city’s public library.The action followed a favorable report by the library and Pleasanton school district that enabled 80 freshmen from Amador Valley High School to use their student IDs at the library during the past school year.With student IDs having a bar code added in the new school year, which starts in August, the cards can now be read by library code equipment, easing the check-out process.”

Long Beach Library Adds Resource For Veterans

From The Grunion

“There are a lot of benefits available to veterans and their families, but many of them are underused,” Alana LaBeaf, senior librarian at the Main Long Beach Library, said.With the launch of the new Veteran Resource Center at the Main Library, LaBeaf said she hopes that will change.“As librarians, we always strive to connect community members with information, but there is a special challenge involved when people aren’t aware that they have an information need,” LaBeaf said.”

Santa Clara County: Local libraries launch summer reading program

From Los Altos Town Crier

” Through its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Santa Clara County Library District hopes to encourage local residents of all ages to discover the different places books can take them this summer.The goal of the free program – which began June 1 and is slated to run through July – is to have each participant read five books and log their progress online.The engagement in summer reading is especially important for young readers, according to a library district press release, as students tend to lose skills learned throughout the school year in what is often called the “summer slide.”Rose Baiza, the Los Altos Library’s supervising children’s librarian, emphasized the importance of children finding something to read while school is out.”

Santa Barbara: Getting kids to embrace reading is only part of the fun

From Education Dive

“Library summer reading programs have grown beyond the book checklists of years past. Instead, public libraries are digging deep into the creativity bag to stitch some maker experience, contests and even — in one case — a rock & roll bowling event.While getting kids to read during the summer months is a focus for parents and educators alike, librarians know the key to getting books into children’s hands is to get them into the library in the first place.”

San Rafael library director takes UC post

From MarinIJ

” San Rafael Public Library director Sarah Houghton, with the city since February 2011 and library director since May 2012, has resigned to accept a position with the University of California. Her last day will be July 13.Houghton, who submitted her resignation last week, said in an email she was working with City Manager Jim Schutz and library assistant director Henry Bankhead to arrange for Bankhead to serve as interim director while the city recruits for a new library director.”

Effort to put mini-libraries in apartment complexes

From ABC

” A young Fresno girl is working hard to make sure every child in the Central Valley has a book to read.On Monday, Danay Ferguson, the founder of the non-profit Reading Heart, teamed up with the California Apartment Association to install mini-libraries at some apartment complexes.”

OC Public Libraries hosts its first Career Online High School graduation ceremony

From OC Breeze

“On Thursday, June 13th, 2018 four Orange County residents earned their high school diploma through the Career Online High School (COHS) program. The COHS offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, while gaining career skills in various employment fields. Gilbert Avila, of Orange, shared that he is a testament that it is never too late. After losing his father at the age of 15, Avila dropped out of high school to help his family financially. Now at 36, he has a high school diploma and will be enrolling at the community college in the fall. He thanked the program, its supporters and donors for giving him this opportunity.”

Library Initiative For Everyone hopes to see new library tax

From The Daily Independent

“A grassroots group of dedicated volunteers is working to get a library initiative placed on the November ballot. Called the Library Initiative For Everyone (LIFE), the initiative would be similar to the unsuccessful Measure F and would place a 1/8 of one percent tax increase on taxable goods or 12 cents on a $100 taxable purchase.Measure F failed to pass in 2016. Proponents of LIFE say it may have a better shot because a California Supreme Court ruling in 2017 allows special taxes to pass with a 50-plus-one percent majority rather than the two-thirds majority previously required. The catch is, the tax must be submitted by citizen groups rather than by a city or a county. City and county special tax initiatives still require a two-thirds vote to pass. Measure F failed because it did not meet the two-thirds threshold.Enough valid signatures must be gathered before the end of June to make the November ballot.”

Simi Valley: County libraries seek to help adults, kids struggling with reading, writing

From VC Reporter

” Letters and words hold the code for almost everything in life — road signs for driving, aisle signs at the grocery store, price boards at the coffee house, pharmacy instructions for prescriptions, and emails and letters from loved ones.“Almost every aspect of life is impacted by the need to decode and interpret print,” said Kelly Behle, director of the Simi Valley Public Library.In its efforts to promote literacy, the Simi Valley Public Library is among others countywide that offer programs to help individuals, including those with dyslexia, a learning challenge that makes it difficult for a person to read quickly and automatically.“Dyslexia does not impact intelligence or creativity,” said Behle of Camarillo.Perhaps the biggest myth surrounding people with dyslexia is that they are less intelligent than someone who isn’t dealing with that challenge, Behle said.”

Let’s do lunch: Grass Valley Library offers kids free weekday lunches

From The Union

“The Grass Valley Library Royce Branch on Mill Street is opening its doors each weekday this summer to kids up to age 18 for free lunches.With support from California State Library and California State Library Association, the local branch provides a healthy daily lunch with food provided by the Grass Valley school district.”We are really lucky to work with the Grass Valley School District Childhood Nutrition Program,” said Grass Valley Youth Services Librarian Rachel Schneider, “and Nevada County Public Health has been really instrumental in coming together as a huge community to create this amazing program. So we’re really happy with it.”The free lunches will be available all summer, until school is back in session, from 12-12:30 p.m.”

Benicia Library celebrates silver anniversary in current building

From Benicia Herald

” Today marks 25 years since the Benicia Public Library opened its doors to its state-of-the-art new building to the public. The facility got a head start on the festivities Saturday with a birthday celebration featuring cake, history and speeches by local dignitaries as well as those who helped make the new library possible.Those wanting to catch themselves up on 108 years of the library’s history had all the resources they needed on display in the Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery, through an exhibit by Kathryn Weller Renfrow and Hedi Desuyo which showcased everything from the library’s beginnings in the State Capitol Building to its temporary relocation to a now-demolished building at 813 First St. to its 37-year stay at 144 East G St. to its current location at 150 East L St. The five-year process to build a new library was documented on the gallery’s walls through newspaper articles, construction blueprints and rows upon rows of color photographs depicting everything from Eunice Jensen Park before the library was built to the opening day.”

HTC Vive Libraries Program Will Bring VR Headsets To Over 100 Libraries

From Upload

” Almost a year ago to the date Oculus announced an initiative to bring VR headsets to 90 different California libraries. Now, HTC has announced the Vive Libraries Program, which is set to bring VR headsets to 110 different libraries in California and Nevada.It’s hard to know how similar the programs are beyond the obvious, but it’s great to see more commitment to democratizing VR for uses other than gaming.”

Berkeley: You’ll never be charged a late fee again at these California libraries.

From Sacramento Bee

” If you check out a library book and forget the due date, most of us expect late fees. But in one Northern California city, you won’t have to worry.The Berkeley Public Library says it will no longer charge daily late fees for books and other materials like CDs and magazines beginning July 1, according to a news release. Why the change? Many lower-income residents don’t use the library because they’re scared they’ll be charged late fees they can’t afford, said Elliot Warren, acting director of library services.”Public libraries are the people’s university, and we need to make sure they are accessible to everyone,” he said in a statement. “The current practice unintentionally tells some people they are not welcome.”Charging late fees was originally intended to encourage people to return the materials on time — but it’s become an obstacle, Warren added.”

Watsonville Library Receives Grant To Engage Local Immigrants

From Watsonville Patch

” Watsonville Public Library is one of twelve public libraries across the state of California chosen to receive support from California Humanities as part of the second year of their Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program. The program is designed to explore new ways of engaging immigrant communities through public humanities programming. The Watsonville Library will receive up to $5,000 to support public programs, along with an intensive program of training and technical support.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Library seeking stories for California Listens project

From RecordNet

“California is unique because of the 39.54 million people who call it home, and the California State Library wants to hear the stories of some of those residents.It has created California Listens, and enlisted Berkeley-based StoryCenter to help document those stories.The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library is participating in the venture and is seeking residents to commit to attending a free two-day workshop July 27-28 at the Cesar Chavez Library. The sessions run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and by the end of the class, participants will have created a 2- to 4-minute video story of a moment in their life. Applications, available on the library website,, are due July 10.“There will be an overview of digital storytelling, a story circle, discussion about concepts, script feedback, script and image work and possibly they’ll start doing voice-over on the first day,” said Stockton Librarian Suzy Daveluy. ”

Nevada County: Summer lunch for kids at the Grass Valley Library

From The Union

“The Grass Valley Library is feeding more than just minds this summer by offering a free, healthy lunch to all children ages 18 and under, courtesy of the Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services and the Nevada County Public Health Department.”We are excited to collaborate with these organizations to feed children in our community,” said Suzanne Grass, Food Services director for the Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services. “Many children do not have access to healthy, nutritious meals during the summer. This is a fantastic way for families to participate in learning activities while eating a nutritious lunch.”The Summer Lunches Program is a partnership between the Nevada County Community Library, The Grass Valley School District, and the Nevada County Public Health Department.”

Public libraries, community partners focus on summer book deserts in Fresno County

From Fresno Bee

” As many children and teens in Fresno County eagerly begin summer vacation, for some the coming months loom of isolation and hunger. In her article on May 4, Aleksandra Appleton draws much-needed attention to book deserts plaguing Fresno County. Especially in areas of lower income, many of our youth have limited access to books to read at home. Without books of their own, children and teens are more likely to begin the “summer slide” of up to two months equivalence of learning loss over vacation. Students who return to school behind their peers can have a hard time catching up and keeping up, and the achievement gap widens.To help bridge the disparity, Fresno County Public Library departed from toys and fast food coupons as incentives for its 2017 Summer Challenge. Instead, the library awarded books as prizes in the eight-week reading program.”

Ventura County: E.P. Foster Library to host California Wildfire Story Project

From VC Reporter

“E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura, in coordination with Berkeley’s StoryCenter, is serving as host for the one-hour documentary Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forest and the Future. The film is part of the California Wildfire Story Project traveling down the coast of California from Ukiah to Ventura this May and June. The film will be shown at Foster’s Topping Room on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Wilder Than Wild , which focuses on recent fires, climate change and fire-control management policy in the West, was produced and directed by award-winning documentary filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most. White and Most reveal how fuel buildup and climate change have resulted in large “megafires” that, in recent decades, have decimated the western half of the United States, especially California, and explore in depth such fires as Rim of the World in 2013 and the Sonoma and Napa fires in 2017. It should be of particular interest to locals, in light of the recent Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties — the largest so far in the state of California.”

San Francisco: How Library Systems Can Help Address Affordable Housing Crises

From NextCity

” When the Mission Bay Branch Library opened in San Francisco, in 2006, there was no other project quite like it.Part of a neighborhood-wide redevelopment of Mission Bay, a formerly industrial area near the eastern edge of the city, the development was more than just a new library. In addition to the 34,000 items in the branch’s collection, there was retail space, a community meeting hall, a health center, and around 140 housing units for very-low-income seniors, some of whom were transitioning out of the nearby Laguna Honda long-term-care hospital.Twelve years later, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is wondering, what about the other 27 library branches?In a meeting last week, the San Francisco Examiner reported, District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who was inaugurated last year, asked acting librarian Michael Lambert whether future library renovations could incorporate an affordable housing

Oakland: Libraries are Bridging the Summer Gap for Hungry Kids

From Civil Eats

” School districts across the U.S. are beginning to close their doors for summer vacation, giving students a respite from classes and exams. But for millions of young people from food-insecure households, there’s less to celebrate—because summer break puts an end to the free and reduced-price lunches they’re eligible for during the school year.Since 2011, in California, young people have found sustenance and assistance in an unlikely place: the public library. That’s the year the Oakland Public Library in Northern California started serving free lunches of sandwiches, fruit, and milk to local children at three of its branches. “We were seeing hungry kids coming in and staying the whole day,” says Derrick DeMay, Oakland’s supervising branch librarian.”

Contra Costa: Let summer reading take kids everywhere

From East Bay Times

” The Contra Costa County Library on June 4 will kick off its Summer Reading program, the library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.” Summer Reading runs through Aug. 4.This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” and the program is filled with activities, events and reading lists designed to show you that reading can take your imagination anywhere. Reading and learning help to spark new ideas and flex your creative muscles.For babies, the prereading program is meant to encourage early literacy practices in families while the baby’s brain is still in a critical developmental phase. Summer Reading also includes activities, programming and challenges for teens and adults. Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record.”

Why you should become a ‘library tourist’

From Treehugger

“This could become your new secret traveling mission.A few weeks back I wrote about how you should set yourself a ‘secret mission’ when traveling in a foreign city. The idea is that, by pursuing something interests you, you’ll escape the usual tourist traps and see more of a city’s local side. For me, that’s often food shops and market stalls. Others seek out supermarkets, pharmacies, music stores, and bakeshops.Now I have another suggestion: Why not engage in library tourism? This fun idea comes via an article in The Daily Beast, titled, “We Took Our Young Children on a Library World Tour — And It Was Marvellous.” Stuart Kells recounts his family’s quest to visit several of the most prominent libraries in the world, including, “In Switzerland: Zurich’s Bibliothek and the wonderful 18th-century Abbey Library of St. Gall. In London: the British Library and Lambeth Palace. At Oxford, the Bodleian. In the U.S., the Morgan, the Folger, the Houghton, the Smithsonian, plus the great public libraries of New York and Boston, and the ‘head office’ of them all: the Library of Congress.”With their two young daughters in tow, Kells and his wife traveled from Melbourne, Australia, to the U.S. and Europe to acquaint themselves with these stunning architectural masterpieces and focal points of culture.”

South Pasadena: California State Library Project Selects Local Library for Training Workshop

From South Pasadenan

” Many great stories exist regarding the 710 Extension Freeway Fight and the Library wants to hear them, preserve them, and celebrate them. The South Pasadena Library is seeking stories that reflect the full spectrum of public or behind-the-scenes activities that opposed the 710 Freeway extension.The Library hopes to gather stories about the 710 Extension fight and the shining legacy of community activism and engagement that grew out of that struggle. The Library wants to hear from long time residents and their families, newcomers, artists, community activists, nonprofit organization members, and civic leaders. Only 15 community members can sign up to participate.Community members can sign up for the Library’s two-day workshop to digitally record their stories. Participants will learn the elements of great digital storytelling. They will also learn how to prepare a narration script, record their voiceovers, and digitize images.”

Featured Grantee of the Month: Anaheim Public Library

From Arts Midwest

” Above and beyond isn’t enough to describe these grantees. Each month, we’ll be featuring a new interview with an organization from our NEA Big Read community. This month, the Anaheim Public Library talks equitable access, collaborative creativity, and the lasting relationships that are formed when a community reads together.The Anaheim Public Library is one of the oldest and most established libraries in Orange County, California. In its 116-year history, the library has grown dramatically from its humble beginnings in a candy store. Currently, Anaheim Public Library boasts a variety of services, including a Bookmobile and local history learning at the Heritage Center and Founders’ Park. Most recently, we have developed a joint-use library with the Anaheim Elementary School District and a book vending machine at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Center (ARTIC).”

Library gearing up for 25th anniversary celebration

From Benicia Herald

“It feels like the blink of an eye,” David Dodd, the director of library and cultural services for the Benicia Public Library, said of the institution celebrating 25 years at its current East L Street location. Although the library has been in Benicia much longer than 25 years, the current facility— with its bright colors, vaulted ceilings, new technology and overall larger space— was a big deal when it opened to the public in 1993. To celebrate a quarter-century in its L Street digs, the library is hosting several anniversary events which will all culminate in a birthday bash on June 16.”