San Diego County: Ramona Library launches Rural Arts Project

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Ramona Library is among four branches of the San Diego County Library system participating in the Rural Arts Project, a series of fine and digital art workshops.A grant from the California State Library enables people of all ages to receive free, high-quality art instruction. The Ramona and Potrero libraries are hosting the series this fall, and the Borrego Springs and Campo libraries will launch their workshops in early 2019.“The Rural Arts Project aims to bridge a gap in art experiences that is often seen in backcountry and rural areas,” said Chelsie Harris, Ramona Library manager and Rural Arts Project coordinator. “We’re so excited to be hosting this project for the benefit of these communities.”Quality art education is not always readily available in backcountry locations, especially for children and teens, said the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts working paper, “Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas.” When art education was analyzed in the context of rural communities, researchers found “access to arts education to be significantly impacted by a number of factors, including lack of transportation, limited financial resources, and unfavorable arts policy.”Ramona Library is partnering with The Art Center of Ramona to bring workshops to the public for free.”

New Lodi library director making community outreach a priority

From Recordnet

“The Lodi Public Library’s Board of Trustees has named a new library director.The Board of Trustees was scheduled to approve the hiring of Anwan Baker during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lodi Public Library at 201 W. Locust St. Baker will earn $120,000 a year plus the same benefits offered to other department heads, including six months’ pay for termination without cause.Baker, a Palatka, Florida, native, has served as the Berkeley Public Library’s adult services supervisor since 2012, where he developed several community-oriented programs and services, according to a statement from the Lodi Public Library.“In Mr. Baker, the Board is delighted to have found someone who has the skills and passion to lead the Lodi Public Library,” Board President Caitlin Casey said in a statement. “At a time when libraries are adjusting to new needs and expectations, Mr. Baker brings a variety of talents that ensure the library remains a relevant and vital resource for the Lodi community.”Baker is a former social worker in child welfare, a profession he said he left after it became increasingly difficult to handle the amount of abuse he saw as part of his job.’

Lake County: HTC-Vive Virtual Reality now at Lakeport Library

From Lake County News

“Virtual Reality in the form of an HTC-Vive system comes to the Lakeport branch of the Lake County Library every Wednesday in September from 4 to 5 p.m.The free ten-minute sessions are open to the public for ages 12 and above.The library is located at 1425 N. High St.The Virtual Reality Society says that virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person.That person becomes part of this virtual world and is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions within the environment.Lakeport Library is one of 100 public libraries in California that have received free Virtual Reality kits from VAR Libraries, the California State Library, and Califa, a nonprofit consortium that represents 220 libraries in California.The kits include HTC-Vive headsets, hand controls, and computers to run the software. The software package features a variety of educational software titles.”

North Riverside Library gets interior makeover

From Riverside Brookfield landmark

“The North Riverside Public Library will be closed all week, and when it reopens on Sept. 17, well, you might not recognize the place.Between Sept. 10 and 15, the main floor of the library will undergo something of a transformation. New carpeting is being installed and large sections of the main floor are being reconfigured during the roughly $45,000 interior makeover.The library will reopen for normal business on Monday, Sept. 17.”We started working on this several weeks ago, but the vast majority of the work will be done next week,” said Library Director Natalie Starosta.Among the more major changes is that the six computer stations now relegated to a separate room will be moved into the main library space, closer to the circulation desk. According to Starosta, that will provide patrons with quicker assistance if they need help, since people using the computers will be in view of those at the front desk.”

Contra Costa County: El Cerrito Library opens LGBT book collection

From East Bay Times

“On Sept. 4, more than 110 people came to the El Cerrito Library to mark the historic grand opening of the Contra Costa Count Library system’s first LGBT+ Special Collection, made possible by a donation from The Deloach and Troy Trust.The collection includes fiction and nonfiction books for all ages that relate to gender identity and sexual orientation. While housed at the El Cerrito Library, individual volumes are available to all CCC Library cardholders.”

Riverside County: Sun City Library Grand Re-Opening Set

From Murrieta Patch

“The County of Riverside and the City of Menifee would like to invite you to celebrate the newly renovated Sun City Library. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Sun City Library, located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd., Sun City. Please join County and City officials for this celebration event.”

Yolo County: Esparto Library to capture wildfire stories

From Daily Democrat

“Yolo County librarians want to know how residents were affected by the recent “mega wildfires across the state.”The County Library is joining in a statewide effort, sponsored by the California State Library and the nonprofit organization StoryCenter, to memorialize the experiences of Californians affected by the fires — both bad and good.People are invited to share their stories on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Esparto Regional Library, 17065 Yolo Ave, in Esparto.People interested in sharing their experience can also register online at where they can sign up on their own or in pairs for a 30-minute recording session.“Participants need not talk directly about a specific loss or experience, but simply discuss broadly how these events are affecting their lives,” according to Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink. “StoryCenter will provide the questions that may be asked and will be onsite the day of the event to record participant stories.”The collected stories will be housed as part of the California Listens archive at, with excerpts shared through the StoryCenter website and the Yolo County Library website.”

San Diego: Residents upset with homeless population at Pacific Beach Library

From San Diego News

” Some are arguing that Pacific Beach Library, at 4275 Cass St., has become a regular homeless hangout at the community’s expense.Answering back, a City library official noted libraries serve everyone, adding enforceable regulations provide security for all while punishing violators.“The Pacific Beach Library recently changed their rules to better accommodate the homeless population,” said PB entrepreneur Mike Spangler. “The previous ‘code of conduct’ specifically prohibited sleeping and resulted in expulsion.“They have relaxed that policy and replaced it with ‘Interfering with another person’s use of the library, or the library staff’s performance of their duties including disturbing, offending, intimidating, annoying or harassing of others or engaging in any disruptive or unsafe behavior,’” Spangler said.Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library director, defended the library system, its mission, and policies.”

Stockton roundtable aimed at re-envisioning role of public libraries

From Recordnet

” A national organization will hold a community dialogue in Stockton on Friday focused on improving public libraries in the community.The daylong,moderated roundtable conference is the first of three such forums by The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, a Washington, D.C.-based program aimed at examining the societal role of libraries and how they can change for the future.”

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Santa Barbara Public Libraries

From Noozhawk

“Community members can join the Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL), Sept. 15-Oct. 15, in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the nation, society and local community.National Hispanic Heritage Month will celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.While a split month of celebration and recognition might seem odd, Sept. 15-Oct. 15 encompasses several important dates.Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, also falls within the 30-day period.”

Riverside County: Sun City Library has reopened, celebrating with grand reopening

From Valley News

“Earlier this year, Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to improve the county’s Sun City library branch – and although it took a little longer than expected – the facility reopened to the public Aug. 13.The board of supervisors and the Riverside County Library System will host a grand reopening party at the library 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.
After the supervisors voted unanimously to approve the $650,000 budget for the improvements, the library officially closed its doors, March 4.The project included plans to create a newly defined and enhanced children’s area, an expanded marketplace highlighting new releases and a new dedicated teen space. The improvements also included furniture, new flooring and paint.During the closure, patrons were encouraged to use any of the Riverside County Library System branches in the area, including Canyon Lake Library, Romoland Library and Paloma Valley Library.”