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