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.”