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.”

Colusa County: County’s second online graduate receives diploma

From Appeal Democrat

” Technology has changed the way we do most everything these days, including how some complete their educations. On July 31, the Colusa County Free Library hosted a graduation ceremony for Maxwell native Savana Crooker, who received her high school diploma with an emphasis in Childcare and Education from Career Online High School.Alissa Morrow, literacy coordinator at the Colusa County Free Library, said Crooker is not only the second graduate of the Career Online High School program in the county, but she also the is the first student in the program to finish with no previous transcript credits.”

Menlo Park library launches new tutoring services

From The Almanac News

“A new homework support center is on its way to the Belle Haven Library, and is expected to be up and running for the 2019-20 school year.The Menlo Park library received a $95,000 grant from the California State Library in April to run a homework center, which will be aimed at supporting all students, but especially second- through fifth-graders at Belle Haven Elementary School.The program aims to serve up to 100 students a day, in 20- to 30-minute sessions offered for two and a half hours a day, four days a week.”

Tulare County driven to better literacy

From The Sun Gazette

“While the internet is widely regarded as the information super-highway, Tulare County Library’s information is just on the highway. But it is reaching kids and parents in the far reaches of the county.At last week’s Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting the Board approved a $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant for a “Read to Succeed Library and Literacy Mobile Unit.” This LSTA grant provides funds during the grant period, July 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020, to purchase a new vehicle for the purpose of providing library and literacy outreach services. The goal is to provide these services and mobile internet access to those in the most rural and underserved areas of the community, where services are currently unavailable: remote small towns, labor camps, and farming communities.”

Tulare County driven to better literacy

Celebrate The Grand Opening of Coronas First Library Makerspace

From Inland Empire

“The Corona Public Library is excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of Maker Exchange, a brand-new facility inside the library fostering life-long learning in a collaborative environment through experimenting and tinkering with Maker materials, tools, and equipment.Join staff, sponsors, and community partners on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the Library. We will open several, all-ages tinkering activities and a sponsor fair beginning at noon. At 1 p.m. several guest speakers will offer a few words regarding the importance of makerspaces in our communities.”

Anaheim: Zine Fest

From Anaheim Newsletter

“From short stories and poetry to photography and illustrations, you can find all kinds of creativity blooming at Orange County Zine Fest.And we’re lucky enough to host the event at our own Central Library.The annual OC Zine Fest, now in its sixth year, showcases local authors and artists and their published work, while also inspiring future zinesters.While you’re there, you can also enjoy more than 150 vendors, speakers, panels, workshops and more.This year’s keynote speaker is Sarah Rafael Garcia, author of Las Niñas, A Collection of Childhood Memories. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction and is founder of LibroMobile and Barrio Writers. Her work has appeared in Latino magazine among other publications.”

San Diego: Suicide at Central Library Highlights Its Place in City’s Mental Health Crisis

From Voice of San Diego

” Last Tuesday afternoon, librarians and patrons were stunned by a suicide inside in the bustling Central Library downtown.First responders rushed in to try save the 49-year-old man, but he was soon pronounced dead as library staff and security hurried to close the library and clear patrons from the building.In the days since, city library spokeswoman Jennifer McBride said employees from the city’s branch libraries have covered shifts at the Central Library to allow staffers who witnessed the traumatic incident to take time off. The city has also brought in counselors and chaplains to speak with Central Library staffers. Homeless outreach workers have offered support to homeless San Diegans who witnessed the incident too.Police say there have been three suicide attempts at the Central Library since mid-May.”

San Jose: Free, Fun Math Tutoring Program Is Brainchild Of 2 Bay Area Teen Friends

From CBS Local

” It is summertime and Maya Nayak and Monjish Bhattacharyya could be taking it easy. Instead the two 17-year-olds are teaching younger children math. When Nayak and Bhattacharyya were in 7th grade, the childhood friends saw a need for free math tutoring in their local community.So in 2015 they formed FunMath4Kids, and started teaching a handful of younger students at a single San Jose library branch. Since then, the organization has expanded into a half a dozen libraries, with 40 plus volunteers teaching math to nearly 1500 students.”

Free, Fun Math Tutoring Program Is Brainchild Of 2 Bay Area Teen Friends

Livermore: Library and Schools Partner for Students with One Card

From Independent News

” As Livermore students receive their Student Identification (ID) cards at the start of the new school year in August, they will also be receiving a new library card. The Student One Card is a result of a partnership between the City of Livermore Library and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) that provides all middle and high school students with access to the books, materials, databases, and online services that are available to Library patrons.Nathan Brumley, Livermore Public Library’s Supervising Librarian for Youth Services, and Philomena Rambo, LVJUSD’s Director of Community Engagement have worked closely with both Library and LVJUSD staff to create this program in our
community. ”

Monterey County Free Libraries gets a new director who wants to know what libraries can do for you.

From Monterey County Weekly

“Hilary Theyer has worked in libraries since she was 15, and grew up in a family of librarians, teachers and writers. She brings that personal history—and her most recent professional post, at the Torrance Public Library in Southern California, where she served for 20 years—to her new role as director of Monterey County Free Libraries. The county library system includes 17 branches, three bookmobiles, a range of programs for people of all ages—from interactive activities for youth to tutoring adult English-language learners—and an annual budget of roughly $10 million.Theyer is taking up the mantle after former MCFL director Jayanti Addleman departed following 14 years in the top county librarian role for a position in Hayward.”

Where to Download the Millions of Free eBooks that Secretly Entered the Public Domain

From Vice

” Everyone is paying for books when they don’t have to. There’s so many ways to read almost anything ever published, for free, that it borders on the obscene. Libraries: They’re good! Sure, if you want the latest release from your favorite author you either have to pay or wait for a copy from the library, but for millions of older books, you can get a digital version, legally, for free. One secret of the publishing industry is that most American books published before 1964 never extended their copyright, meaning they’re in the public domain today.”

100 years after opening, Green Library is still guided by the vision of Jane Stanford

From The Stanford Daily

” The sold-out crowd in front of Green Library bustled with activity on July 15 as Stanford community members of different generations struck up conversation with each other, reminiscing about the times they had spent in the library and discussing how it has changed. The community was gathered to memorialize a pivotal moment in Stanford’s history— the 100th anniversary of Green Library’s opening on July 14, 1919. Green’s physical and technological evolution over the years has positioned the library as not just a communal space for interdisciplinary scholars, but also as a trailblazer — revolutionizing the way resources are accessed and shared across the world. Though Green now stands as the unquestioned centerpiece of the Stanford Libraries system, it didn’t start that way. Other Stanford libraries have come and gone with time, but their history — along with Jane Stanford’s vision for a “grand library”— is integral to what Green has become.”

Libraries guarantee patrons’ privacy. That’s why LinkedIn’s policy is so troubling

From Black Voices News

“One of the reasons communities place so much trust in their libraries is the privacy and confidentiality provided to everyone who uses their services.Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of library users is fundamental to the operation of all libraries. Everywhere. It is an article of faith among librarians.Like many other states, California has placed these protections into law: “All patron use records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed by a public agency, or private actor that maintains or stores patron use records on behalf of a public agency, to any person, local agency, or state agency.” But protecting someone else’s privacy–let alone our own–is difficult in an age of frenzied social media sharing, not-so-impregnable firewalls, and marketers eager to better target their products. Most sellers of physical or digital information to libraries respect the primacy of user privacy. To maintain the community’s trust, library vendors must adhere to the same code of ethics librarians employ every day.”

Libraries guarantee patrons’ privacy. That’s why LinkedIn’s policy is so troubling

Redwood City Library to make robot deliveries

From Climate Online

“The Redwood City Library will soon be using robots to deliver materials to local seniors, persons with disabilities and others with disability issues that make it difficult to visit the Library.The city received a $99,760 grant from the California State Library to help fund the pilot program, which will total $252,781, according to city documents. Starship Technologies, Inc., which has operated delivery robots in Redwood City since 2017 as part of city pilot projects, will be providing deliveries for the Library. The company is pitching in $100,000 to run the new Library program, while the Library will contribute $53,021.”

Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books

From CNN

” Librarians to publishers: Please take our money. Publishers to librarians: Drop dead.That’s the upshot of Macmillan publishing’s recent decision which represents yet another insult to libraries. For the first two months after a Macmillan book is published, a library can only buy one copy, at a discount. After eight weeks, they can purchase “expiring” e-book copies which need to be re-purchased after two years or 52 lends. As publishers struggle with the continuing shake-up of their business models, and work to find practical approaches to managing digital content in a marketplace overwhelmingly dominated by Amazon, libraries are being portrayed as a problem, not a solution. Libraries agree there’s a problem — but we know it’s not us.”

‘Catch Up and Sneak Ahead’ Program Aims to Give Pasadena Students Help to a New Brighter Future

From Pasadena Now

“A come-from-behind victory could be waiting in the wings for those who enroll in the summer “Catch up and Sneak Ahead” program. The summer program at the Pasadena Public Library’s La Pintoresca Branch helps give students in the area the skills necessary to assist them with entry into advanced-level AP courses.The Catch Up and Sneak Ahead program works to increase the grade levels of disadvantaged kids by tutoring them in math, science, art and literature in a fun and creative way. Rosa Cesaretti is the volunteer coordinator at the library who heads up the program. Catch Up and Sneak Ahead has received the support of the community and in particular has outstanding volunteers.“I wanted everybody to know about it and know about the great things that they’re doing,” said Pasadena Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton. “The volunteers are also high school students and college students. So not only are kids learning, but also the kids who are volunteering are learning tons of types of skills.Cesaretti said the program is on the rise, gaining popularity and started organically out of need.”

Do yourself a favor. Check out the Palm Springs Public Library

From Desert Sun

“As an adult and before I went to Library School to get my Master’s Degree (yes, there is such a thing as Library School), I rarely visited a library. I picked up books for a quarter at a garage sale or got them passed along from friends. Even when I started using the public library again as an adult, I placed holds for the items I wanted, walked inside, picked up my holds and left. My information needs were small but I still valued the public library. Just because I did not need the library did not mean that others had no need for it.I grew up regularly using a public library but as I got older I did not need to visit as much. As a child, my mom would drop me at the door to the library and leave me unattended while she did the weekly shopping. My hometown was so small that we were allowed to store our library cards in a drawer of the card catalog.”

New services expand materials at Stanislaus County libraries

From Turlock Journal

” Two recently added programs at the Stanislaus County Library will be adding material to the libraries catalog, both in digital form and on the actual shelves.
The Stanislaus County Library recently joined CloudLink, which provides a platform for libraries to share digital collections with other participating libraries. This partnership allows libraries to increase digital circulation and decrease hold times. CloudLink integrates seamlessly with the existing CloudLibrary service.”