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?.”