Dogs Days: Mendocino County library, shelter team up

From Daily Journal Local News

” On Saturday, staff from the Mendocino County Library and the county’s Animal Care Services collaborated to offer families a fun event showcasing adoptable dogs, creating opportunities for children to get up close and personal to friendly furry friends.The “Dog Days of Summer” event was well attended, with families and individuals petting dogs in the children’s room at the Ukiah Library, with some visitors taking a look at the dogs available for adoption.For two years, a similar library event has featured shelter cats and kittens, but organizers thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs who are eager to find a home.”

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

From The Hechinger Report

” Laser cutters, robots, 3D printers: when people talk about educational makerspaces, images of expensive, high-tech gadgetry comes to mind. In Colleen Graves’ library, they make use of a much cheaper resource.“It’s trash,” she said. “But don’t call it that.”The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools. To get her kids interested in building and engineering, Graves uses lots of recycled goods or material found in nature. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.“What we really want our kids doing is building things with their hands and learning how things work,” she said.While the term “makerspace” is broad – any space where you make things can qualify – it’s usually thought of as a place where students interested in engineering and science can experiment freely with advanced tools to build physical objects or practice coding.”

Policy allowing hate groups to meet at libraries comes under fire

From San Diego Union Tribune

” The American Library Assn. is under fire for a new policy that will allow hate groups to meet in their facilities.Technically, the library group adopted an interpretation revision to its Library Bill of Rights that states that libraries should allow hate groups to use their facilities for meetings.In a news release posted on its website last week, the ALA specifically cites hate groups as organizations that should be allowed access to public libraries.”If a library allows charities, non-profits, and sports organizations to discuss their activities in library meeting rooms,” the organization wrote, “then the library cannot exclude religious, social, civic, partisan political or hate groups from discussing their activities in the same facilities.”The ALA has consistently stated that hate speech is protected by the 1st Amendment.”

Britannica School and Escolar added to Mendocino County Library databases

From Daily Journal Lifestyle

“The State Library of California is providing at no cost to the Mendocino County Library two online databases for K-12 students: Britannica School and Britannica Escolar.Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica is available at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, tablets and on phones to all library users who access the site.Britannica School provides teachers and students with up-to-date, curated, and curriculum relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools and recommended web sites. Britannica School is designed for three levels of learning: Elementary, Middle and High School.”

Calif. Contributes $1M For Felton Library, Park

From Scott Valley Patch

“Assemblymember Mark Stone and Felton Library Friends are pleased to announce $1 million in new one-time state funding for construction of Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park Project, a one-of-its-kind facility in California.”The San Lorenzo Valley is a special place, and the Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park will promote environmental education in a wonderful new community setting,” Assemblymember Stone said. “This project is emblematic of the community’s commitment to education, whether it be indoors or outdoors.” The $1 million dollars, included in the California FY 18-19 state budget, will supplement the $10 million earmarked for the Felton library through the 2016 Measure S bond measure and a recently awarded
$395,000 State Parks grant.”

Santa Clarita Public Library Announces New Staff After ‘In-House’ Transition


” On July 1, 2018, the Santa Clarita Public Library will officially transition its services to in-house staffing, with City-hired employees. As part of this exciting new chapter, the Library is pleased to announce a new City Librarian and three Library Administrators, managing the daily operations for the Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia branches.As newly-appointed City Librarian, Shannon Vonnegut is responsible for overseeing staff, programming, operations and services for the Santa Clarita Public Library. This role will also involve being a visionary and inspirational leader, and establishing and instilling a positive organizational culture at the libraries, to provide the best public library services for the Santa Clarita community.”