Sacramento: North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death

From CBS Sacramento

” The Sacramento Public Library – North Natomas library is back open today after one of their supervisors was shot and killed in the parking lot Tuesday night.Clark was shot and killed in the library parking lot Tuesday evening a little after 6 p.m., right after she had gotten off work. Police say she was targeted, but they say they no suspects or a motive. AMBER CLARK SAC LIB North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisors Death. Authorities are still investigating the murder of 41-year-old Amber Clark after the library was closed yesterday. The library reopened Friday at noon.Julie Lang stopped by the branch early Thursday morning with flowers in hand. She started a makeshift memorial for amber Clark.”

North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death

Late Fees Eliminated At Contra Costa County Libraries

From Patch Lamorinda

“Do you have a fine for overdue books or other materials from the Contra Costa County Library? Don’t pay it! The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to eliminate overdue fines on all library materials. The new policy will go into effect on Jan. 1. This is the first county library in California and largest in the state to eliminate fines for everyone.Until now, daily fines were charged on overdue books, magazines, DVDs and other materials. Cards that racked up too many unpaid fines were blocked from use. In fact, of more than 650,000 cardholders countywide, 18 percent currently have their cards blocked due to fines. Forty-three percent of youth accounts currently owe a balance and approximately 21,000 youth cards are blocked.”

https://patch.com/california/lamorinda/contra-costa-library-eliminates-late-fees

Stockton Plans Library, Recreation Center Combo

From Fox 40

“Tackling literacy and obesity at the same time, a multi-million-dollar project is coming to northeast Stockton.The city held a community meeting about the new library and recreation center project, and city leaders are hoping this will transform the community.Stockton Community Services are in the process of designing a joint library and community recreation center in northeast Stockton.“We realized that we don’t have enough libraries and recreation centers,” said Suzy Daveluy.Deputy of Community Services, Suzy Daveuly, says this project was needed.
“We don’t have enough community spaces for our community members and there’s definitely a lack of things going on in northeast Stockton,” said Daveuly.The $15 million project is funded by the measure M tax, which voters approved in 2016.Saturday, the city held two public meetings to find out what else people want included in the project.”

Stockton Plans Library, Recreation Center Combo

Los Angeles County libraries allow kids to read away late fees

From CBS News

“At the East Los Angeles Library, even the youngest patrons have to pay their dues – but not the way you think. Card holders 21 and under can literally read away what they owe in late fees at a rate of $5 per hour, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas. It’s a new chapter for Los Angeles County, a program called “The Great Read Away.” “We’re not really concentrating on what they’re reading so long as they’re reading,” LA County Library Director Skye Patrick said. He said the idea came about after the library noticed an unsettling trend: Many kids who racked up debt on overdue books or movies would stop coming to the library altogether.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-county-libraries-allow-kids-to-read-away-late-fees/

Berkeley: Champion of staff mentorship and diversity wins Distinguished Librarian Award

From Berkeley Library

” Somewhere in the backyard of Debbie Jan’s home, in Richmond, an old, stone-bordered plant bed sits lonely and barren.Years ago, when Jan had more free time, the bed teemed with life and vegetables galore. In an alternate universe — one in which Jan chose a less demanding passion — perhaps it still does.Over the past 25 years, the garden of Jan’s life has, instead, been the UC Berkeley Library — the beautifully entwined, vigorous space that has been her home since she was an undergraduate.For nearly 14 years, from 2001 to 2015, Jan served at the helm of the Public Health Library (now part of the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library). There, she sowed seeds of trust and collaboration among staff; tended a diverse and growing collection; and showered researchers, faculty, and students alike with streams of information and guidance.This year, in honor of her “excellence in librarianship,” the Librarians Association of the University of California’s Berkeley chapter, or LAUC-B, has recognized Jan with the Distinguished Librarian Award. She shares the award, presented every other year, with Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian for educational initiatives and user services, and director of the Doe, Moffitt, and subject specialty libraries.The heartfelt letters nominating Jan for the award overflow with praise and superlative. But Jan — the ever humble, cheerful gardener — never imagined she would win.”

https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/debbie-jan-champion-staff-mentorship-diversity-wins-distinguished-librarian-award

Glendora to teach the masses what Fortnite and other online video games are all about

From San Gabriel Valley Tribune

” Floss. Dab. Nerfed. Res.The language of online video games is foreign to most parents and grandparents, according to Cindy Romero, senior librarian at the Glendora Public Library.And there’s a lot more to learn, said Romero, who has a 12-year-old video game-playing son, and few places for parents to find information.“It’s not the same as when we (adults) were growing up,” Romero said. “Kids these days are playing online, playing in a world that you don’t have a lot of control over.”But thanks to a grant from the California State Libraries, the Glendora Public Library is set to host a series of workshops for parents and anyone else who wants to learn about online video games such as Fortnite, Minecraft and Roblox.”

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/12/04/glendora-to-teach-the-masses-what-fortnite-and-other-online-video-games-are-all-about/

Berkeley Public Library expands access to resources for homeless people

The Daily Democrat

” Residents who previously experienced obstacles in obtaining access to Berkeley Public Library resources and items will no longer face this issue with the implementation of a new Easy Access Card, which allows those without a permanent address to use and check out library resources.The Easy Access Cards were implemented by the library Saturday and will most benefit people who cannot provide proof of residency, including homeless people, foster children and people in the transition of moving to a new residence, according to acting director of library services Elliot Warren.The Easy Access Cards allow patrons to check out up to three items at at once. Patrons with the new card can also use library computers and in-house laptops, and have full access to online databases and services, according to the Berkeley Public Library website. Those who wish to obtain an Easy Access card do not need to show proof of residence — a valid photo ID is required, however.”

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/12/04/berkeley-public-library-expands-access-to-resources-for-homeless/

Therapy Dogs Help Kids Learn to Read at Palmdale Library

From Spectrum News

“Children who struggle with reading often have a tougher time at home and at school, but the Palmdale Library is fighting back. Each month, the library holds a unique reading program that’s not so much about what the children are reading, but who they’re reading to.Nathaniel Terrell loves to read. His mom says he was basically born with a book in his hand.
“Some kids had binkees or pacifiers or blankeees. His was always a book, and it still is,” said his mother Patricia Margosian Terrell.But Nathaniel, who was reading a Pokemon book, isn’t as comfortable reading to others, that is, unless you’re a dog. Children at the Palmdale Library can take part in a free monthly program called “Books and Barks” that uses therapy dogs to encourage kids to read aloud – without judgement or criticism. “The dogs don’t really care whether how well they read, how fast they read, and it helps the kids develop confidence,” said A.J. Listman.
She and her dog, Biggs, are with a group of volunteers called Pet Pals, part of the High Desert Obedience Club.”

http://spectrumnews1.com/ca/san-fernando-valley-ventura/news/2018/12/06/therapy-dogs-helping-kids-to-read

San Diego: Central Library Opens Digital Memory Lab to Help Public Preserve Their Past

From Times of San Diego

“Last Saturday, the Digital Memory Lab opened its doors offering the public a free, innovative, do-it-yourself space that allows users to turn old pictures, negatives, slides, audio and video recordings into new electronic files. Located on the eighth floor, the lab houses a variety of older recording and playback devices paired with specialized software to transfer original analog recordings into digital files. The Lab can digitize the following media formats: VHS, VHS-C, DV, MiniDV, Betamax, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, audio cassette, printed photos, slides, negatives, vinyl records and 3.5″ floppy disks.”

https://timesofsandiego.com/life/2018/12/03/san-diego-central-library-opens-digital-memory-lab-to-help-public-preserve-their-past/

Humboldt County: ‘With grace and grit’ Library foundation to honor Ronda Wittenberg for her years of public library service

From Eureka Times Standard

” Humboldt County Library Operations Manager Ronda Wittenberg will receive the 2018 Helen Everett Award Dec. 10 at the Humboldt Library Foundation’s “Holiday Gala” at the Carson Mansion in Eureka.“Ronda loves the library, she loves the public and she loves her job,” said Elizabeth Murguia, HLF board president. “For over 40 years, she’s embraced the mission of the library with grace and grit, all the while being unfailingly generous. She’s is widely admired by staff and patrons alike, and she’s stepped up many times to take on more. Ronda embodies the spirit of Helen Everett.”Everett, who died in 1986, was an ardent supporter of the public library for much of her life. She came to Humboldt County with a master’s degree in librarianship from the University of California, Berkeley, and between 1939 and 1967, worked as an instructor and head librarian at Humboldt State College, Murguia said.”

https://www.times-standard.com/2018/12/02/with-grace-and-grit/

Librarians Are Booked at California Library Association’s 2018 Conference

From The Silicon Valley Voice

“Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library, confirmed that the California Public Library Advocates recognized the Santa Clara City Library’s Board of Trustees as the Trustees of the Year “for outstanding service.” Attended by Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, this award ceremony was one of the Nov. 9 events that kicked off the California Library Association’s 2018 Conference. Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from Nov. 9-11, librarians, support staff and associates of California libraries checked out different ways libraries can serve others.Paul Sims is Santa Clara City Library’s Assistant City Librarian and Co-Chair of this conference’s Special Events Committee. Sims explained the significance of this year’s conference theme: “No Barriers, No Walls, Access for All!”“We’re highlighting the diversity of our profession and looking for ways to motivate librarians to inspire and support their diverse communities,” Sims said.” </p

‘; https://www.svvoice.com/librarians-are-booked-at-california-library-associations-2018-conference/