Pasadena Public Library Awarded Grant Bolstering Citizenship and Immigration Resources

From Pasadena Now

” The California State Library recently awarded Pasadena Public Library a local Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $62,000 to focus on bolstering citizenship and immigration resources at the La Pintoresca and Villa Parke Branch libraries and Central Library. “Libraries try to provide resources on everything including immigration, which is a very complex issue,” said Melvin Racelis, Senior Librarian at La Pintoresca Branch Library who is leading this project. “Recently, there has been an increased interest in this topic. As librarians, it is important that we serve the informational needs of immigrants to our community, as well as anyone interested in the citizenship process.” Newly created Citizenship Corners at each of the three library sites will provide patrons with access to resources and materials to assist them with understanding United States citizenship and related processes, including information kits, which will be available for checkout.”

Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” Santa Monica Public Library is packing up the books and heading back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library! Visitors to our sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of family-friendly, beach themed activities including: Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, ukulele lessons, Brazilian dancing, and hands-on, interactive environmental education from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.”

Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

Tulare County Library waves Goodbye to Late Fees

From The Porterville Recorder

” On July 1, 2019, Tulare County Library turns the page on providing patrons with one less barrier to service by eliminating late fees. Also known as overdue library fines, the Library will no longer charge for items checked out and returned past their due dates at any Tulare County Library location. The Library joins over 50 library systems nationwide, and the first in the San Joaquin Valley, to eliminate late fines, joining Oakland, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and San Mateo County in California.”

Marin County: Nevada librarians catalog virtual reality in Hack-a-thon

From Elko Daily

“Librarians from two states — joined by volunteers across the country — spent the day Thursday cataloging virtual reality en masse as part of the XRCatalog Hack-a-thon.Nevada participants gathered at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records to input the first virtual reality content into WorldCat-OCLC, the world’s largest library catalog.“As a state library, part of our job is to drive continuing education,” said Deputy State Librarian Tammy Westergard. “We’ve convened a group of motivated workers to catalog our virtual reality content, which gives access to libraries around the world.”Libraries across the state have adopted virtual reality programs over the past two years, using one-time funding allocated by the 2017 Nevada Legislature.”

New “Library of Things” at the Redding Library

From KRCR News

” The Redding Library now offers a lot more than just books.There are hundreds of thousands of books, but now there’s so much more including the relatively new “Library of Things”.Shasta Public Libraries Director Anna Tracy says it’s primarily for children right now.”This is our engineering maker box, and what it includes is this instruction manual full of different experiments. You can learn how to make a hovercraft balloon. You can learn how to do a candy corn catapult. All kinds of different experiences that really support the local education from Shasta County Office of Education and other schools in our districts, but also are a lot of fun.” said Tracy.There are things for us older children. The new emphasis was brought on by results from a recent library user satisfaction survey.”

Santa Clarita Library Gets Materials Budget Boost

From SCV News

“Visitors to the Santa Clarita Public Library could soon notice big upgrades on shelves after the City Council’s approval Tuesday to increase its materials budget to $1 million annually, the highest since its establishment.The library, created in 2011 and made up of three branches, has regularly received anywhere between $750,000 to $800,000 for books and materials every fiscal year, including for the 2019-20 budget as initially proposed.But after Tuesday’s unanimous approval, the city library’s collections budget was increased by $200,000 “to better meet the needs of the community and to compensate for decreased purchasing power due to accumulated inflation,” according to the city staff report.”

Santa Clarita Library Gets Materials Budget Boost

The war to free science

From Vox

“The 27,500 scientists who work for the University of California generate 10 percent of all the academic research papers published in the United States.Their university recently put them in a strange position: Sometime this year, these scientists will not be able to directly access much of the world’s published research they’re not involved in.That’s because in February, the UC system — one of the country’s largest academic institutions, encompassing Berkeley, Los Angeles, Davis, and several other campuses — dropped its nearly $11 million annual subscription to Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of academic journals.On the face of it, this seemed like an odd move. Why cut off students and researchers from academic research? In fact, it was a principled stance that may herald a revolution in the way science is shared around the world.The University of California decided it doesn’t want scientific knowledge locked behind paywalls, and thinks the cost of academic publishing has gotten out of control.”

LA Public Library’s New Maker Space/Studio Lets You 3D Print, Shoot On A Green Screen, And Way More

From LAist

“The Los Angeles Public Library wants to make it easier for you to make stuff. The new Octavia Lab maker space/audiovisual studio at the L.A. Central Library is 3,000 square feet designed to help you make your thing. It lets you do everything from 3D printing and using a laser cutter to filming on a green screen and using fancy sewing machines.”We are wildly enthusiastic about it,” City Librarian John Szabo said. “This is a space that is an equalizing space. This is an opportunity for the poorest child in L.A. to have access to some incredibly expensive technology that they might not have at school.” The lab is named for Octavia Butler, pioneering science fiction author.”

Not a quiet place anymore: South Bay libraries offer music, gamer lounge to connect with youth

From The Mercury News

” Libraries are at risk of becoming obsolete to the public if they do not reinvent themselves in some form or another. Adding programs and opportunities that are not traditional parts of a library is the route that many libraries are taking in order to reinvent themselves before the public.Increasingly, libraries are offering free programs around music, gaming and health and welfare issues geared to young people.According to a study last year by the California State Library, public libraries had 145 million visits, with 10.4 million of those visits for special programs, implying that a large fraction of the visitors participated in events that are part of the reinvention of library systems.”

Not a quiet place anymore: South Bay libraries offer music, gamer lounge to connect with youth

San Diego County: County libraries to host virtual tours of state parks

From The Coast News

“Five San Diego County library branches will host virtual tours of various state parks today to celebrate their recent increases in internet connection speeds.
The Potrero, Descano, Alpine, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove libraries will each host a videoconference tour of a different park with a state park representative, allowing participants to ask questions during each tour.The tours include Anza Borrego Desert State Park, La Purisma State Historic Park, Columbia State Historic Park, Angel Island and Point Lobos State Reserve.”

Library Fines To Be Eliminated At Oakland Public Libraries

From Patch Piedmont

” The Oakland Public Library system will stop charging overdue fees beginning July 1, following a move by dozens of libraries locally and nationwide.The Oakland City Council voted to eliminate overdue fines for library materials earlier this month. Jamie Turback, the library’s director of services, said the change will increase access for all readers. The system includes the main library, 16 branch locations and special collections.”

Fresno: Libraries offer meals, fun, reading this summer

From The Sentinel

” As the school year winds down, parents may take advantage of the Fresno County Public Library’s Summer at Your Library program which includes free meals and activities.In partnership with the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and the California Library Association, FCPL offers Lunch at the Library for children up to 18 years old, at eight different sites this year. The locations for the lunch program are at the Betty Rodriguez Library, Central Library, Sunnyside Library, Sanger Library, Selma Library, Orange Cove Library, Mendota Library and West Fresno Library.”

San Diego: Library gets grant to celebrate Clara Breed, who opposed Japanese internment during World War II

From San Diego Union Tribune

“A non-profit humanities group has given San Diego library officials a $20,000 grant to celebrate the life and legacy of a children’s librarian who stood up to injustice during World War II.The money will be used for a month-long series of academic and cultural programs next March centered on Clara Breed, who openly opposed the internment of local Japanese Americans during World War II.Breed, who knew many of the affected families because they were regular library users, sent dozens of care packages to children in the camps: clothing, shower caps, pencils, candy, hair curlers. And books. Always books.”

Making It Count

From American Libraries

“illions of dollars in population-based federal funding—for everything from Medicaid to school lunch programs to Library Services and Technology Act grants—hinges on next year’s census. That data also affects how congressional ­districts are determined and drawn, which in turn decides how many electoral college votes a state will have. The repercussions of next year’s count will echo for at least a decade, particularly for the country’s most vulnerable communities.The 2020 Census kicks off next April. As always, some census takers will be out knocking on doors. But for the first time, people will also be able to complete the questionnaires online. Librarians can help provide space, equipment, and information to guide patrons through the process.’

Making It Count

LA County Library Named 2019 Library Of The Year

From HomeTown Station

” The Los Angeles County Library, which has locations in Stevenson Ranch and Castaic, was recently awarded the title of Library of the Year for the organization’s effort in supporting the communityLA County Library was recently named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal for its outstanding community support, equity and inclusion, and creation of innovative services and partnerships that support the Library’s mission.As the 2019 Library of the Year, LA County Library is set to be featured on the cover of Library Journal’s (LJ’s) June 2019 issue, available in print and online, along with being honored at a reception at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference 2019 in Washington, DC.Established in 1992, each year the Library of the Year Award celebrates the library that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or has seen dramatic increase in library use and leadership in creating programs emulated by other libraries.This is the third honor LA County Library has received in the past 12 months from Library Journal following their wins for 2019 Librarian of the Year (given to Skye Patrick, Library Director) and 2018 Marketer of the Year (given to the Marketing & Communications team for its efforts in rebranding the organization).’

LA County Library Named 2019 Library Of The Year

State Senate passes Glazer’s higher education bond bill

From Pleasanton Weekly

“Voters may get to decide for the first time in more than a decade whether to approve higher education bonds for California’s public universities under a bill co-authored by local State Senator Steve Glazer that is currently weaving its way through the State Legislature in Sacramento.Authored by Glazer (D-Orinda) and State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Senate Bill 14 is headed to the Assembly after passing in the Senate on a 33-4 vote on May 22.The bill would authorize $8 billion in sales of general obligation bonds for improving classrooms, libraries and lab rooms at University of California and California State University campuses throughout the state, if endorsed by voters statewide. The bond measure would appear on the ballot for the March 2020 primary election.”

OC Public Libraries partners with local school districts to bring free summer lunch programs to children in Orange County

From Orange County Breeze

“OC Public Libraries are pleased to announce the 2019 Lunch at the Library program, beginning June 3. Any child age 18 and under will receive a free lunch at participating branches for the duration of the program. Last summer, approximately 14,000 free lunches were served in Orange County.”

OC Public Libraries partners with local school districts to bring free summer lunch programs to children in Orange County