Santa Clarita Public Library Receives High-Speed Internet Connection Upgrade


“Santa Clarita Public Library visitors can now enjoy one of the fastest internet speeds available after a state grant was awarded for an upgrade, officials said Tuesday.The upgrade to the internet connection, made possible through a grant from the State of California and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), can now be experienced throughout the Santa Clarita Public Library branches.”

San Diego: County Offers Free Laptop Checkout at 2 Local Libraries

From San Diego 7

“Studying and researching just got easier at two local libraries where the San Diego County Library is now offering laptops for checkout through a vending-machine-style kiosk. Right now, the laptops are available for use at the Imperial Beach Library or the Borrego Springs Library.The service is free and can be used by anyone who has a county library card, according to the county. The laptops can be used for the whole day, or for a few hours.”

Amador: Library Presents English Language Learners Series For Adults

From Caravan News

” The Cesar Chavez Central Library, in cooperation with the Amador, Calaveras, Stanislaus and Tuolumne County Libraries, will present a 20-week series of programs for English language learners. The “Collaborative Connections” project is made possible by funding from the California State Library’s Pitch-An-Idea Regional Grant to the 49-99 Library Consortium.
Collaborative Connections will introduce adult English Language learners to library and community resources and provide an opportunity to practice their English language speaking skills in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

7 San Francisco Libraries Expanding Hours

From San Francisco Patch

“Students and workers with projects due on Monday mornings will have two more hours each week to get them done at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, library officials said Thursday. Starting Jan. 12 the main library at 100 Larkin St. will be open one hour longer on Sunday and open one hour earlier Monday, the first such increase since the library was built in 1996.”

San Diego: County Libraries Launch Financial Education Seminar Series

From San Diego Patch

“San Diego County Credit Union and the San Diego County Library System will begin offering financial education seminars Wednesday to county residents, continuing through the year’s first quarter.From Wednesday through March, the credit union will host financial wellness seminars at county library locations in an effort to improve financial health. According to SDCCU, seminar topics will include credit reports, identity theft, budgeting, college financing and home equity.”

Oakland: New Director Of Library Services Appointed

From SF Gate

“Jamie Turbak has been appointed as Oakland’s new director of library services, city officials announced Tuesday.City Administrator Sabrina Landreth confirmed Turbak’s appointment on Friday, making her the 13th director since Oakland incorporated public library services in 1878.She had been serving as interim director since March 2018 following the retirement of previous director Gerry Garzon and was selected following a national search, according to the city.”

Census Resources for Libraries

From American Libraries

“The 2020 Census begins April 1, 2020, and libraries will play an essential role in helping their communities be counted. Now is a good time for libraries to begin thinking about what activities they might undertake to meet these special, once-a-decade demands—and how to access resources to fulfill those needs.Libraries across the country will offer information about the Census and provide technology access to residents completing it online for the first time. Some questions to consider: Will your library need additional computers for residents to complete their Census questionnaire online? Will you work with other community stakeholders to present meetings or programming to inform the public about the Census? Will your library include Census promotion inside the library or as part of its outreach?.”

The Gates Library Foundation Remembered: How Digital Inclusion Came to Libraries

From Techsoup

“From 1997 to 2018, the Gates Library Foundation (a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) invested $1 billion over 21 years in public libraries both domestically and globally. Its investments have ensured that millions of people around the world have better access to digital tools that can help improve their lives. The program has left a powerful legacy, nothing less than bringing digital inclusion to many thousands of public libraries and their patrons around the world. TechSoup is deeply proud to have had the chance to work with the Gates Foundation to empower public libraries everywhere.”

SF Library May Eliminate Fines

From San Francisco Patch

” After library systems in Contra Costa and San Mateo counties eliminated fines for overdue returns, San Francisco is proposing to be the latest local jurisdiction to get rid of the fines in an effort to increase access to libraries.Mayor London Breed announced Monday that the San Francisco Public Library will propose at the Library Commission meeting on Thursday to eliminate fines for overdue returns.The library partnered with the San Francisco Financial Justice Project within the city treasurer’s office to study the elimination of fines and interview libraries around the country that have done away with them.”

Blood pressure monitors available at Solano libraries

From The Reporter

” Concerned about your blood pressure or just interested in learning more the subject? “Just Check It” today at the Fairfield Civic Center Library.The free program, which kicks off today at the library, 1150 Kentucky St., allows community members to borrow a blood pressure monitoring kit from any library branch and get up close and personal with all things related to blood pressure.The event runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and includes free refreshments and prizes.Touro University California’s Mobile Diabetes Education Center will be onsite to provide free blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing to screen for prediabetes.Also known as the “Silent Killer,” high blood pressure is a contributing factor to chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, officials said. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure.In Solano County, heart disease and stroke rank as the second and third leading causes of death, respectively.”

Los Angeles: Mobile museum fair brings knowledge and culture to Central Library

From The Hub

“Los Angeles is not at a loss for world-class museums, but sometimes planning a trip to one can be daunting. So sometimes, the museum can come to you.The Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosted its first Mobile Museum Fair on Sunday at Central Library downtown, gathering nearly 30 mobile museums, libraries, and other exhibits on wheels from throughout the city.The city’s big museums were there in their semi-trucks – LACMA, NHM, The Aquarium of the Pacific, but a number of smaller mobile museums delighted and educated as well.Mark Barbour is executive director and curator at the International Printing Museum based in Carson, whose truck, packed with an antique press had an engrossed crowd in front all afternoon as he gave demonstrations and dropped all kinds of knowledge. He can explain why letters are called “uppercase” and “lowercase”, for example.”

Sonoma County library names Hammond new director

From Sonoma Index Tribune

“After an 18-month search, the Sonoma County Library Commission has named Ann Hammond as Sonoma County Library’s new director.Hammond’s history reads like the backstory of a John Grisham protagonist: she has been, by turns, a U.S. Navy officer, a stay-at-home mom, an agronomist and a forensic scientist.And a librarian, of course, most recently in Kentucky. Hammond will leave her position as Executive Director of the Lexington Public Library and take on management of Sonoma County’s 12-branch library system in March. Previously, she had leadership roles in San Diego and Alameda county libraries, where she developed expertise with management, budgeting, strategic planning and collections planning, according to a press statement from the library.”

Sacramento: Suspect in California librarian’s murder had frightened library workers in St. Louis area, police say

From St. Louis Post Dispatch

“A man accused of executing a librarian in Sacramento, Calif., was repeatedly thrown out of libraries throughout the St. Louis area earlier this year for a pattern of erratic and frightening behavior.Ronald Seay, 56, was tossed out of a library in Ferguson in August, and one in Brentwood in September. He threatened library workers and officers. In one case, he wouldn’t leave, so officers arrested him for trespassing.Ronald Seay was charged in the Dec. 11, 2018, murder of a librarian in Sacramento, Calif., who police say was targeted by Seay. He had lived in the St. Louis area and had been banned from libraries here after encounters with employees, authorities say. A police major in Brentwood searching Seay’s criminal history after their run-in with Seay found at least a half-dozen other libraries in the metro area that had issues with Seay, Brentwood Police Chief Joe Spiess said. “Exhibiting the same crazy stuff, different cities,” Spiess said. Seay’s actions in the St. Louis area caused concern, but no charges beyond trespassing. But on Dec. 11 at the North Natomas Public Library in Sacramento, Seay waited for a librarian to go to her car after work, then shot her dead, police said.”

San Diego: Get fit for free at your local library

From San Diego Union Tribune

” A new year often means resolutions made by many to get in shape or make other attempts to reset their habits for the better.The reasons many also fail are numerous, but cost is not a factor if one turns to a local library.A wide variety of free fitness classes for all ages, along with one-time or multi-session workshops on health, cooking and related topics, are available locally. The calendars at the Poway, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch libraries show many options this month and in the months ahead. Some programs are provided by volunteers and others sponsored by the branches’ Friends of the Library organizations.4S Ranch Library Branch Manager June Zhou said her library’s offerings are often due to patron requests because “it costs money to join a gym” and locals — often certified trainers — volunteering to share their knowledge with others. Poway Library Branch Manager Marisa Lowe said the same reasons apply for some of her library’s free offerings.”

Solano Library’s ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ celebration kicks off 2019

From Daily Republic

” Solano County Library will host a variety of events in January as part of its annual “Promises Made, Promises Kept” celebration.The events mark the 2012 passage of Measure L – the one-eighth of a cent sales tax that comprises almost a quarter of the library system’s funding.Eighty percent of voters chose to extend the sales tax for libraries in Solano County. The tax was first passed in 1998.“Keeping the promises of more books, more hours and more services for youth was difficult during the recession years. But it was vital that we maintained services, especially during those very difficult times,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services, in a press release.”

SLO County Public Libraries offer tech-focused Mobile MakerKits


” Public libraries in San Luis Obispo County are offering a new way to try out the latest in innovative technologies.The libraries are partnering with SLO MakerSpace to offer Mobile MakerKits to adults with a registered library card. The program is being funded by a grant from State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative.The kits can be checked out for up to three weeks, and you can set one kit on hold at a time.The Mobile MakerKits include robotics, coding, sewing, virtual reality, 360° camera, digital tablet, and more.”

No Fake News — AI Program Available In Santa Clara Co. Libraries

From Patch Gilroy

“No fake news here. Artificial Intelligence has tapped into the library district in Santa Clara County, the home of tech world.Aptly so, Yewno, Inc., a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions, announced Thursday that the district is the first public library system to adopt its Discover platform for its patrons to use in all its libraries.Yewno Discover is an intuitive, cutting-edge research tool that’s powered by artificial intelligence. From high schoolers to lifelong learners, public library patrons are certain to appreciate when they are conducting queries and given millions of possibilites to explore.”

Contra Costa: County Library clears outstanding fines for all patrons

From Richmond Standard

“As promised, the Contra Costa County Library system started off the New Year by clearing outstanding fines on all library accounts.Last month, the Library announced its plan to eliminate fines for overdue books and materials and to bring all library cards into good standing. Patrons previously blocked from library services are now able to check out books, magazines and DVDs and use all online services.Library officials hope the decision will attract back patrons who have been avoiding the Library due to the fines. Last month, about 118,450 of the more than 650,000 cardholders in the county, or 18 percent, had blocked library cards.”

No Library Fines Imposed In San Mateo County As Of Monday

From Patch San Carlos

“Effective Monday, San Mateo County libraries will no longer assess fines for late-return books and other material, to help ensure all county residents can borrow books.”When we look at the data, it turns out they aren’t effective. At the end of the day, we want to get as many books as possible into the hands of as many readers as possible,” said Charles Stone, chairman of the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority Board.”This is a proud moment for all of us at San Mateo County Libraries as we continue to look for better ways to serve our community through innovative solutions and progressive policies,” Stone said.Studies have shown that late fines can be a significant barrier to library access and drive borrowers away, particularly those with low or fixed incomes.”