La Jolla Library opens first-of-its-kind Idea Lab: Library to mark 120th anniversary

From La Jolla Light

“Do you know what a Roach Scope is? Presumably, most people didn’t until the grand opening of the La Jolla Library’s Idea Lab on May 25.Designed to turn any smartphone with a camera into a microscope, the Roach Scope is a table-top device that can magnify cells pressed into a slide, or enlarge the texture of everyday (small) objects — all using a smartphone camera. And it’s just one of the many pieces of fun equipment the first-of-its-kind, open-to-the-public Idea Lab contains to engage citizen scientists.Centrally located in what used to be the Library’s computer lab, the new space houses the Bio Lab, 3-D printing equipment, computers and meeting space. Featuring demos, hands-on experiments for guests to conduct, up-close looks at the equipment and more, the opening event doubled as a kick-off to the Library’s upcoming 120th anniversary on Thursday, June 6.”

Kern County: Library celebrates workers

From Mojave Desert News

“During National Library Workers Week in April, patrons of the Kern County California City Branch Library were encouraged to write comments about their favorite library worker.“People don’t realize everything thing they do, it’s not like they are just here to make sure your books are in on time,” said Library Supervisor Dawn Bicoy. “Without them we couldn’t run the library. They are the ones that really make the library run.”The current staff includes Bicoy along with Department Aide Karin Cohen, Extra Help Department Aide Belinda Perez and Office Services Technician Robert Blackehost.As a recent arrival to California City, having made a transition from social services work, Bicoy said she relies heavily on staff members.”

Learning centers at Long Beach public libraries have many ways to help families

From Press Telegram

“From free one-on-one homework help to crafting job resumes, Family Learning Centers at Long Beach public libraries have myriad ways to help families.Started in 1999, the first Family Learning Center (FLC) was established at the Burnett Neighborhood Library. Since then, FLC has been established at each of the 12 Long Beach public libraries with support from the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. There will even be one located at the new main library opening later this year.“We are excited for the opening of the new main library later this year, which will include a brand-new Family Learning Center with updated technology and materials and seating for 40 patrons,” Kate Azar, the foundation’s executive director, said.”

Learning centers at Long Beach public libraries have many ways to help families

Summer’s Great Time To Read, Win With Santa Clara Co. Library

From Patch Gilroy

“It’s that time of wispy settings with a good book in the sand on the beach or lounging in a hammock in the yard — or maybe in your local library branch.Yes, the Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the San Francisco 49ers and The Tech Interactive (formerly the Tech Museum of Innovation) for the 2019 Summer Reading Program called “It’s Showtime at Your Library.”Last year’s program brought out record participation among children, teens and adults. Nearly 33,000 people embraced more than 178,000 books collectively, surpassing the target reader goal.”

Contra Costa : ‘Take Me to Your Reader’ kids program set for summer

From East Bay Times

“According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to develop the habit of reading. In modern libraries, Summer Reading is also a tool to help kids keep up their reading levels and encourage reluctant readers to engage in related activities.The Contra Costa County Library system’s Summer Reading program is designed for readers of all ages to have fun reading and engage in activities that encourage learning. This year’s theme is “Take Me to Your Reader” and celebrates everything about outer space in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions that included the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.”

Library Lines: ‘Take Me to Your Reader’ kids program set for summer

Anaheim replaces old bookmobile with bigger, better ‘mobile library’

From The Orange County Register

“Its shelves are filled with titles unheard of when Anaheim’s bookmobile began service in 1958 – “Dog Man”? “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”? – but the city’s new mobile library is still rolling out to neighborhoods to offer books and a whole lot more.In 60 years, the city library system hasn’t stopped bringing its services directly to kids. But after maintenance issues took the last bookmobile out of commission for months, officials decided to replace it with a $226,000 customized RV, paid for with a federal grant and money from a city vehicle fund. The cheerfully painted Anaheim Public Mobile Library made its first neighborhood stop this week.”

Anaheim replaces old bookmobile with bigger, better ‘mobile library’

City Council Honors Slain Sacramento Librarian Amber Clark By Naming Teen Space After Her

From CBS Sacramento

“The Sacramento librarian shot and killed in an ambush-style attack outside the North Natomas library in December will now have a section of the library named in her honor.The Sacramento city council approved the naming of a teen space in the library after Amber Fawn Wooton-Clark, who was killed in her car in the library parking lot as she was leaving work.
Six months after her murder, her husband Kelly Clark says he’s making it his mission to make libraries safer, and create a scholarship fund in his wife’s name.“I am enormously proud,” Kelly Clark said.Clark says his wife immersed herself in serving the community of North Natomas, which studies show is one of the most diverse in the U.S. ”

City Council Honors Slain Sacramento Librarian Amber Clark By Naming Teen Space After Her

Huntington Public: All you need is a library card for this free streaming movie service

From Richmond Times Dispatch

“It’s a streaming service that functions a little like Netflix. It offers classic movies, recent features and documentaries. And like Netflix, it can be viewed on your television, laptop or phone.But unlike Netflix, it’s free.The service is called Kanopy, and chances are it’s available through your local library. All you need is a library card and just about any internet-enabled device, and you can choose from thousands of Hollywood classics, mainstream hits, art-house releases and foreign films. Kanopy won’t divulge viewership numbers—another similarity to Netflix—but the service appears to be growing.“We basically became aware of it via patron requests,” says Thérèse Purcell Nielsen, head of reference at Huntington Public Library. Her branch added Kanopy roughly 18 months ago, she says, and word-of-mouth seems to be driving increases in rentals every month. “It’s almost been self-promoting,” Nielsen says. “It’s been a really fabulous case of a grass-roots movement.”The way it works is simple: Go to, click “Watch Now,” enter your library card number and PIN, then browse the collection (or use the search bar) and make your choice.”

Tulare County Library applies for grant to fund mobile library/literacy van

From The Sun Gazette

” Instead of checking books out of the nearest library, the Tulare County Library is hoping to check books into rural neighborhoods where residents may not have transportation to access a traditional library.At its May 7 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved County Librarian Darla Wegener’s request to apply for a $100,000 grant with the California State Library to purchase and operate a mobile library and literacy unit.“There are many places within the foothills or other outlying areas of the county where there are no library or literacy services that desperately need these services,” said Wegener, referring to remote small towns, labor camps and farming communities. “It is vital that adult literacy, family literacy, early childhood literacy, citizenship, English as a second language, and GED/High school diploma tutoring as well as library and Internet services be available to every resident in a county that is both very diverse and under-served due to economics and the vast distance between the larger cities and the smaller outlying towns and communities.”A quarter of Tulare County residents live below the poverty line, which is 14% higher than the national average, and more than half the population in Tulare County speaks a language other than English, such as Spanish (193,113 speakers), Portuguese (2,754 speakers), Tagalog (2,689 speakers) and Laotian (1,361 speakers). More than three quarters of people commute by driving alone, with the average commute time being 21.8 minutes.”

Tulare County Library applies for grant to fund mobile library/literacy van

Santa Barbara: Feed Appetite For Action With Central Library’s Push to End Food Insecurity

From Noozhawk

“Throughout May, during the Santa Barbara Central Library’s Book to Action programming, the library is partnering with local organizations and leaders to invite the community to learn about food insecurity in Santa Barbara through reading, discussions and actions.Santa Barbara is often framed as a paradise, and there are many things to be celebrated about the region, but not all community members have equal opportunities and access to resources.According to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, 21 percent of Santa Barbara County residents reported experiencing food insecurity in the past year.”

Celebrating LA Libraries

From American Libraries

” American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo’s Libraries = Strong Communities national library tour reached Los Angeles May 13–15. The visit celebrated the many ways Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) strengthens its community with services that transform lives through education and lifelong learning.Garcia-Febo attended a dinner May 13 with members of Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.Flanked by Garcia-Febo and more than 40 LAPL volunteers, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu offered a resolution declaring May 14 “Libraries = Strong Communities Day” and presented a volunteer appreciation resolution to the library. City Librarian John Szabo recognized the efforts of the nearly 7,500 volunteers who contributed 164,000 hours of work in the library’s 73 locations in 2018. Szabo presented a giant symbolic check for $4.8 million to the city council to remind officials of the financial value of the volunteers’ service.”

Celebrating LA Libraries

Del Norte County: Supervisors send lots of letters

From Del Norte Triplicate

” The Del Norte County Library has stepped up to provide immediate help and support of local homeless people by applying for funding to create a resource center in the library they already frequent.Tuesday, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send a letter of support for a STEER (Stewards Toward Equal Education Resources) grant application by the library to assist local homeless people. The letter was sent to the California State Library Grant Committee, saying it will contribute to the community goal of ending homelessness in Del Norte County.”

Dixon Public Library to consider entering county library system

From The Reporter

” The Dixon Public Library announced that it is considering entering into a contract to have the library managed by the Solano County Library system.The item will be discussed at the Dixon Public Library Board’s June 27 meeting.According to a press statement, the change would allow the library to expand its literary services, provide further staff training and development opportunities, access to additional databases like or, five-day a week delivery service, the ability to contract with Solano County for auditing services and to work as a team member on countywide library projects that could affect Dixon. It would also allow administrative, technical and automated service taken care of by the county at other locations, freeing up Dixon library staff to do more direct customer service.”

Dixon Public Library to consider entering county library system

Riverside County: New Desert Hot Springs library approved. It will be four times larger than current branch

From Desert Sun

“Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday formally authorized construction of new library branches in Desert Hot Springs and two other communities.The potential cost could reach $50 million, making it one of the “biggest investments” ever for the county library system.”We’re thrilled,” Mayor Scott Matas said, adding the new facility will be “more usable for our current residents.”District 4 Supervisor V. Manuel Perez echoed the mayor’s remarks.”