Canyon Lake: September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

From The Friday Flyer

” Since 1987, Library Card Sign Up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs and activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back to school supplies available.Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy.”

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

Rivkah Sass leads Sacramento library with passion, innovation

From Sacramento Bee

“Rivkah Sass was in front of an audience, doing what she does best: being captivating while championing the role of libraries in the community. Which may seem improbable, but is so not. Those who know her best agree it’s her life’s mission.“I’ll tell my story to anybody who will listen,” she said. She has even appeared before Congress with her message. Twice.As a colleague told her 30 years ago, “You’re not a librarian, you’re an evangelist.” In this instance, the director/CEO of the Sacramento Public Library was the guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Sacramento Book Collectors Club.”

Sonoma County: Local libraries don’t take a summer vacation

From The Healdsburg Tribune

“It has been a busy summer at the library this year.In July alone, we held more than 70 public events and had over 1,000 attendees at those events.Among the gems were a fantastic visit from author and recovering addict Nic Sheff, the subject of the book and movie “Beautiful Boy,” as well as our Lunch at the Library program, which averaged 21 free lunches for kids served per day throughout the summer. We had nearly 300 participants in our summer reading program and will be awarding raffle prizes in the coming weeks. We’ve truly enjoyed the enthusiasm and cheerfulness of the community visiting the library over the last few months.”

Sacramento Guitar Society Offers FREE Youth Group Guitar Classes at Five Sacramento Public Libraries

From PR Urgent

“The Sacramento Guitar Society announces its “Strum for Fun” group guitar lessons at five (5) public libraries in Sacramento County with grant proceeds from the California Arts Council’s Youth Arts Action Program. The Sacramento Guitar Society will use the funds received from this grant, plus an equal match from the organization’s donors and members, to pay local guitar teachers to teach a the selected libraries.These youth-led, walk-in “Struminars” are a perfect place for young library patrons ages 8 to 18 to learn their favorite songs each week. The focus is on having fun and learning to play the guitar while meeting others with the same interest. No pre-registration is required. Students are encouraged to bring their own guitars, but loaner guitars will be available to those who do not have one of their own.”

San Diego: New Rancho Bernardo youth librarian hit the right notes with career change

From Rancho Bernardo News Journal

“Rancho Bernardo Library’s new youth services librarian sees her new position as a way to blend two of her passions — books and music.Christy Rickey Meister joined the library’s staff on Aug. 10, transferring from the Mountain View/Beckwourth Library in southeast San Diego, where she was also its youth services librarian.Rickey Meister joined the San Diego Public Library staff 2 1/2 years ago, initially as a general reference librarian at the downtown Central Library, after working at UC San Diego’s library in acquisitions and technology services.”

Lake County Library plans outreach during Library Card Sign-up Month

From Lake County News

“Lake County Library staff will visit local businesses, schools and community organizations around the county to promote National Library Card month during September.People will be able to sign up for library cards and check out books right on the spot. Watch for a library table at a location near you to find out more about library services and to sign up for a library card.All it takes to get a Lake County Library card is picture identification and proof of your mailing address. Parents must supply the identification for children under 18 years of age.What is a library card worth? I Love Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association, lets you calculate that at . In the survey form, select the library services that you use, and the calculator adds it up for you.The Lake County Library provides materials to the public free of charge for their informational, recreational and cultural needs, provides free access to the internet.”

Could Public Reference Librarians Help Us Combat Digital Falsehoods?

From Forbes

“As society struggles with how best to combat the spread of digital falsehoods in the form of misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and foreign influence, much of the emphasis to date has been on national-scale professional fact checking Websites. While these efforts have helped shed light on the most viral of online rumors, their small staffs and national focus limits their impact. At the same time, all across the United States there are public libraries serving their local communities that have reference librarians that specialize in helping their patrons navigate today’s informational deluge, doing everything from helping them locate relevant reputable information to performing basic research yielding evidence-based answers reflecting the best available scholarly and scientific information. In 2017 alone these librarians answered more than 240 million queries.”