Los Angeles Law Library is Offering Free Legal Assistance

From NBC Los Angeles

“The L.A. Law Library is offering free legal assistance this week to tenants in disputes with their landlords, parents fighting over child custody, immigrants seeking asylum and others who need advice but cannot afford an attorney.More than 50 free classes and workshops are available as part of the downtown library’s celebration of Pro Bono Week, designed to draw attention to the need for affordable legal representation. But the downtown library offers an array of no- and low-cost classes year-round on divorce, child custody, dealing with debt, clearing criminal records and many other topics.Supervisor Hilda Solis honored staffers and volunteers from the law library at the Board of Supervisors meeting.”


San Bernardino County: Local libraries ‘Read for the Record’


“Branches throughout the San Bernardino County Library system and the Victorville City Library will participate Thursday in “Read for the Record,” a campaign created in part to break the single-day record for the most people reading the same book.“Read for the Record” was started by Jumpstart, an early education organization that works “toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed,” according to its website.The day-long event brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers and homes across the United States. International participants from 64 countries also participate, according to Jumpstart spokesperson Carly Stearnbourne.San Bernardino County Library Services and Programs Lead Liz Smith said individual branches have participated in the past. She said the event was formally introduced across all 32 county branches five years ago.“The purpose of it is to have everybody come together and read the same book on the same day, and to make it a national priority that we read to children,” Smith said. “Sometimes they break (the record) and sometimes they don’t. But it’s fun to try, and it’s definitely important.”Jumpstart’s record for the “most children reading with an adult” was certified by Guiness World Records in 2006 at 78,791, according to Stearnbourne.”


Los Angeles: Speaking up for ALOUD at the Central Library

From L.A. Times

“This month marks the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library after a cataclysmic fire and phoenix-like rebirth. It is also the 25th anniversary of ALOUD, the library’s landmark program of conversations and performances that has played a crucial role in reviving the image of the city center as a cultural destination.The history of this forum for free thought and civil public discourse was absent from the anniversary celebrations. So was ALOUD’s founder and curator, Louise Steinman, the force behind more than 1,000 of its compelling programs, which encompassed visiting cultural and literary luminaries and talks on politics, string theory and the mind of the octopus.Steinman and associate producer Maureen Moore had been unceremoniously fired on Aug. 27 by Ken Brecher, president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He replaced them Oct. 17 with a person he labeled the library’s “first director of public programs” — a title that rightfully belonged to Steinman.”


Celebration of Hayward’s new library set for Saturday

From Eats Bay Times

“With its floor-to-ceiling windows, floating staircase and display of dangling crystals that sparkle in the sunlight, the city’s 21st Century Library and Community Center looks more like a place to showcase modern art than books.While a celebration to mark the near-completion of the $40 million library and center will take place Saturday, patrons hoping to check out the latest bestseller will have to wait.Workers are still putting the finishing touches on the 58,000-square-foot building at 888 C St. in the heart of downtown, which means the actual opening will happen on a date “still to be set,” interim library Director Jane Light said.But those who show up Saturday — when brief guided tours will be available — will find it’s worth the wait after they step inside and see what’s in store, Light said.”


Santa Cruz County eyes tax-funded library annex at swim center

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Plans are coalescing to renovate and expand the Simpkins Family Swim Center to include a new “annex” featuring library programming and services.Monday night, project architect firm Noll & Tam unveiled three rough design sketches of the project, which would be funded primarily by the June 2016 voter-approved Measure S library bond measure. Some $6.25 million has been set aside for Live Oak-area library efforts, to be divided between the existing Live Oak Branch library and the proposed new annex.Library Director Susan Nemitz said the project goal is to create a centrally located site catering to all ages with community gathering spaces and free programming. She said the library also hopes to partner with Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation, so that users can’t recognize where the library ends and parks and recreation facilities begin. The swim center, at 979 17th Ave., is next door to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County and next door to Shoreline Middle School. The swim center itself is expected to remain much the same as it is now, while the rest of the building and outdoor areas could be transformed and expanded to varying degrees.”


Sonoma County: From the Library

From The Healdsburg Tribune

” Happy harvest time from the library. As promised, we have more information to offer about our upcoming event celebrating 30 years in the Healdsburg Regional Library’s current location at Piper and Center Streets. We hope you’ll come to our celebration on Nov. 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.. This party will include buffet-style dinner by Agave Mexican Restaurant, treats and engaging speakers at 5:30 p.m., a performance by local 80s cover band Choppin’ Broccoli at 6 p.m., and a special all-ages community art project you can help create throughout the event.Come share your memories and make new ones with your friends in the community. We could all use an evening of fun before all the action on Election Day. This celebration will be sponsored by both of our Library Friends groups — Friends of Healdsburg Library and Friends of the Sonoma County Wine Library.”


Monterey County’s first librarian traveled dangerous terrain, defying stereotypes about women.

From Monterey County Now

” Monterey County was a vast region with many remote, inhospitable areas when Anne Hadden became the first librarian for Monterey County Free Libraries in 1913. During her 16 years on the job, Hadden established 126 branches of the libraries – which included collections of books located in schools, homes, businesses or restaurants – and doing so required rugged travel. It was not a stereotypical bookish librarian’s job.Hadden’s first-hand accounts of her adventures establishing branches of Monterey County Free Libraries are collected in a 2012 book, Books for All: Monterey County’s First Librarian, co-authored by her great-niece. Hadden’s career in Monterey County began after she completed her studies at Stanford University in 1901 and then became the first head librarian for the Palo Alto Library, where she worked for 10 years.”


San Diego: North County Law Library in Vista provides ‘law made public’

From The Coast News Group

“By law, California mandates that every county have a law library accessible to the public. Answering that legal call to action, San Diego County has four such libraries, including one for North County in Vista.That library, the North County Law Library, sits within a stone’s throw of the Vista Detention Center, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department North Coastal Station and the San Diego Superior Court’s North County Division. And it exists, explained Branch Manager Debra Morse, to serve the public and laypeople just as much as it acts as a resource for attorneys.“We’re a full-service law library that is available to the public,” Morse said. “The tagline on all of our publications is ‘law made public,’” Morse said. “So we have a strong mandate to make legal resource materials and legal practice materials available to everyone. Anyone can come in and use our facilities free of charge” and have access to both hard copy law library book materials, as well as electronic law library research tools.”


Lake County: Library’s Creative Club starts

From Lake County News

“The Lake County Library announces the first meeting of the library’s free Creative Club on Saturday, Oct. 20.The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lakeport Library, 1425 N. High St.The club will meet on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.At this inaugural meeting Amy Patton of the library staff will present an introduction to color theory by creating color wheels with paints and colored pencils.Patton will also introduce and demonstrate a new library resource that allows Lake County Library patrons to use their library cards for unlimited access to Creativebug, a free video library of craft classes.Creativebug offers more than 1,000 classes in yarn crafts, jewelry, quilting, art and design, sewing, paper crafts, food, home and kids’ crafts.”


Riverside County: Library offers something new for kids, teens

From The Friday Flyer

“A computer just for children has been added to the Canyon Lake Library services. The AWE computer is preprogrammed with educational games and activities. It is not attached to the internet and children may explore the programs without concerns of wandering to other sites or popups from unsolicited advertisements.The library has a new publication for teens. The magazine Teen Ink is a monthly journal (September through June) dedicated to publishing a variety of works by teenagers. The publication addresses a variety of subjects, including an interview with the pop music group L2M, reviews of books, movies, TV video games and poetry. It also lists calls for submission and contest announcements for writing and art. It is not a magazine written for teens. It’s a journal of items written by teens and actively seeks submissions from teens for future issues. It is located in the teen corner on the Graphic Novels shelves at the library.”


Nevada County: Doris Foley Library for Historical Research celebrates 111th birthday

From The Union

“From infamous local characters such as Black Bart, Madame Mustache and Sheriff Henry Plumber, to illustrious citizens such as Aaron Sargent, Samuel Dorsey and President Herbert Hoover, the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research has a variety of research materials on unforgettable people of Nevada County history.On Wednesday, from 5-7:30 p.m., the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research, located at 211 North Pine Street in Nevada City, will be hosting an open house celebrating 111 years of dedicated service to the Nevada County community. Foley staff members will be on hand to provide behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations on the latest technology in microfilm readers, and showcase unique items from their vast archival collections. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.”


Menlo Park library director retires

From The Almanac

“Menlo Park Library Services Director Susan Holmer retired Oct. 5 after 16 years in the role. When she started in 2002, the library still had phonograph records in circulation, and Wi-Fi wasn’t a part of the picture, she said.The addition of self checkout machines and an automatic check-in machine has sped up the library’s circulation processes dramatically and eliminated some tedium for staff, she said.Initially, she said, “when the internet came along, people thought, ‘You don’t need libraries.'” But as time has gone on, it’s become clear that even though there is a lot of information available online, the skills that librarians possess to track down that piece of information people really want or need are as important as ever, she said.
“Libraries aren’t going to go away. Books aren’t going to go away,” she said.”


Low literacy rates highlight need for school librarians

From K-12 Daily

“Education advocates are trying to breathe new life into a trio of bills introduced by Michigan lawmakers earlier this year that would ensure all students have access to school libraries and certified media specialists.All three bills stalled after being introduced in May, but officials representing The Education Trust-Midwest–a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization–announced its support of them last week in an effort to increase awareness of the issues still surrounding poor literacy rates among children throughout the state.“Michigan’s literacy crisis is well recognized, and addressing the needs of students requires many forms of support,” Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest, said in a statement. “Ensuring that all Michigan students have access to school libraries, trained specialists and a wide range of resources to support student learning is good policy.”Poor literacy rates were at the core of a failed 2016 federal suit, in which plaintiffs argued that the state of Michigan was depriving children in Detroit’s public schools–97 percent of whom are students of color–of their constitutional rights to liberty and nondiscrimination by denying them access to basic literacy. Nearly all students consistently performed well below grade level in reading and writing–skills which the suit argued are necessary to function properly in society.”


Behold! The Library of Congress’s audacious plan to digitize and share the nation’s treasures

From Boing Boing Newsletter

” The Library of Congress has published its latest digital strategy, laying out a bold plan to “exponentially grow” its collections through digital acquisitions; “maximize the use of content” by providing machine-readable rights data and using interoperable formats and better search; to support data-driven research with giant bulk-downloadable corpuses of materials and metadata; to improve its website; to syndicate Library assets to other websites; to crowdsource the acquisition of new materials; to experiment with new tools and techniques; and to preserve digital assets with the same assiduousness that the Library has shown with its physical collection for centuries.The LoC has a curiously outsized role in the digital era: because it contains the Copyright Office — and because the Copyright Office is patient zero in the epidemic of terrible internet law that reaches into every corner of our lives — the Library has become a political football, with Congress vying to put it under Congressional oversight (and in reach of heavily lobbied Committee chairs) and/or to tear out the Copyright Office.”


Humboldt County: Library receives two grants

From Times-Standard

” The Humboldt County Library recently received two grants from the California State Library to purchase new materials.The first, the Rural Libraries Initiative grant, allowed the library to purchase almost 300 titles, with adult books on subjects pertaining to veterans and people over 50 years of age, and young adult and children’s books about mental health, early literacy, and diversity.The second, the Rural Libraries AV Collection Development grant, a partnership with Midwest tapes, awarded the library $3,000, doubling this year’s DVD and Blu-Ray budget.”


No, I Can’t Braid Your Hair: Why Librarians Need Boundaries Too

From Literary Hub

“With the advent of social media and online identities, we’re given unlimited access to people’s daily lives. Jenny got a roast beef sandwich at the deli and the meat was kind of dry. Daniel is tweeting about our bad president again! Oh look, Karen posted a picture of her dog wearing a cowboy hat (thank you, Karen, more of this, please). We see everyone’s lives 24/7 and it’s a very strange form of strange intimacy. But there are limits when it comes to access. Lines that shouldn’t be crossed. This holds true when it comes to interacting with your library staff.Boundaries! We need them.Boundaries are extremely important in librarianship. Ask any librarian—we’ve all experienced occasions when an appropriate question suddenly morphs into “Can you help me remove this Band-Aid?” When you work in public service, especially when you’re answering questions all day, the line of acceptability begins to blur.Because we spend so much time assisting others, it’s easy to lose track of how we “work.” We aren’t the only profession in the public service industry who has this problem, for sure, but librarians really never leave our work behind. When I’m home, I’m still answering questions. Out at the bar? Ready reference. I answer questions online, with my friends, through Twitter, via text message. If I’m not careful to give myself a break, I wind up exhausted.”


Anaheim: Getting Creative

From Anaheim Magazine

” Walk through Anaheim’s Central Library, and you’ll stumble upon a row that looks a little bit different. The books here aren’t glossy or hardbound. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and many of them are simply stapled or bound paper. But don’t judge them by their cover. They’re just as, if not more, interesting than your standard book or magazine.This particular aisle is filled with zines—short for a do-it-yourself magazine. A zine can be any kind of printed writing, photography or artwork that is independently made and self-published. There’s no limit to what content zines can include, and they’re a great form of self-expression and self-exploration. Here in Anaheim, we’re lucky enough to have the only library zine collection in the county. They’re available for anyone with a library card to check out and enjoy.We love to promote local artists and writers, and the zine collection is a perfect place to showcase Anaheim talent. One of the writers featured in our collection is 22-year-old Anaheim native Francisco Aviles Pino. Pino grew up in Anaheim libraries. A first-generation American, he came here from Mexico with his family at age 6. As his family struggled financially for much of his childhood, Pino said the library was his space to learn, grow and even have some fun. He spent nearly every afternoon at Sunkist Library after school. The librarians became his role models and mentors—even when they were scolding him for causing trouble.”


A dream for decades, new Felton library breaks ground

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Ground has been broken on the new Felton library that promises to serve as a community hub for the rural San Lorenzo Valley — something for which area residents have called for decades.But some residents say the project is worth the wait, now combined with an adjacent Nature Discovery Park in what is said to be the state’s first pairing of a park and library to provide a one-stop educational and environmental hub.“It’s very heartening to see you can stick with something for all those years and all of a sudden it’s happening,” said Nancy Gerdt, a Felton resident and chair of Felton Library Friends. “I’m still kind of reflecting — at some point it seems magical. A lot of people believed in this core idea and never really gave up.”
The 8,900-square-foot building will house new teen and children’s areas, programs and an expanded collection. The library is on track to open its doors early in 2020 after an $8.3 million bid for the project was awarded to Thompson Builders in August.Design of the Nature Discovery Park is ongoing, but the park is expected to open with the library early in 2020.For more than 60 years, Felton’s library has been housed in a 1,250-square-foot historic church. But the cozy 19th-century building barely has enough space for its books, let alone after-school study sessions and community meetings.”