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.”

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.”

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.”

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