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.”