Long Beach: Library named for former tennis pro Billie Jean King opens

From Fox San Diego

“The grand opening was held Saturday for the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, which includes space for about 300,000 books along with a Family Learning Center and Veterans Resource Center.The 92,500-square-foot building replaces the Main Library, which closed earlier this year. It also includes the Center for Adaptive Technology, study rooms, meeting rooms, a special collections area, an extensive children’s area with a storytelling space and an art studio.The library will also offer programs in financial planning and becoming a U.S. citizen, job skills training and literacy services.“Today, I’ve come full circle in my return to Long Beach,” King told an audience gathered in front of the library. “Without the people of Long Beach, I never ever would have been able to launch my tennis career and travel the world and have a platform to hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.” King boasted of her ties to the Long Beach community and her attendance at Long Beach Poly High School. “Go Jackrabbits,” she yelled to the enthusiastic crowd.”

Library named for former tennis pro Billie Jean King opens

The SF Public Library cleared late fees for 260,000 patrons. I was one of them.

From San Francisco Examiner

“When the San Francisco Public Library said they’d forgive all overdue fees and fines, I’m not sure I appreciated the sheer scale and magnitude of the change.Last Monday, the first day of the library’s new “fine free” effort, wiped clear fees from some 260,000 patrons, aiming to knock down any roadblocks to freely accessing information.The library wants you back.The program was years in the making, developed with the help of the San Francisco Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office and fee justice advocates.But San Francisco, the data reveals that we must all be terribly irresponsible at borrowing books — the number of patrons whose fines were forgiven amounted to almost a third of our city’s population!I was one of them. But apparently my own reprieve was an accident.More on that in a bit.Of the library patrons who had fines wiped from their accounts, 123,137 were “active” patrons who had used their accounts at least once in the last three years, and 137,417 were patrons with inactive accounts, according to Cathy Delneo, the chief of branches at the San Francisco Public Library system.”


The value of a library card

Press Democrat

“Recently, I was asked, “What is the value of your library card? “I began working in libraries when I was 4. My grandmother ran a little lending library in a Market Basket store, and she took me to work to get me out of my mother’s hair. Seventy-five years later, I am working as chair of the Sonoma County Library Commission. So, what does my library card mean to me? The first library was established over 5,000 years ago — different, but still here. How does anything exist for 5,000 years and survive? Being willing to learn what is needed and evolve to satisfy that need. In fact, libraries predate books. Initially, clay tablets were utilized, with writing in cuneiform about business and trade, then stored in a common building or room. Transmitting information evolved into other scripts — hieroglyphics on stone and papyrus, the Phoenician alphabet from which evolved Greek and Roman script on parchment and our own writing of today, preserved on paper or in digital form — all still housed in special rooms or buildings to be accessed as needed.”


New card designs available in Contra Costa

From East Bay Times

“Officials and staff in the Contra Costa County Library system are excited to introduce five new library card designs. The new cards are available now at any Contra Costa community library. First-time cardholders can choose one of the new designs when signing up, and those who already have cards may replace their current ones for free. The new card designs include Mount Diablo, an astronaut, a train, an otter and a fox.The five new cards were chosen in a voting process earlier this year when the public was asked to choose their five favorites out of nine designs. The introduction of new cards and the elimination of overdue fines are just two of the changes the library system has made this year to attract new cardholders, re-engaging with patrons who have dormant cards and encouraging more checkouts.”

Library Lines: New card designs available in Contra Costa

Get a jump on flu season with free shots at Solano libraries

From Daily Republic

“A steady stream of people stopped by the Ulatis Community Center library Wednesday afternoon to get a jump on the flu season.The Solano County Library and Solano County Public Health Department, with help from Touro University California students, offered free vaccines.It was the first of five local clinics at Solano County libraries. And, a perfect venue, said Leo Saddam of the county health department.The library shares the news with its patrons. “The people know we come every year,” Saddam said. All clinics are from 1 to 4 p.m. An average of 50 people take advantage of the offer at each location, Saddam said. Sometimes, it’s double that.”

Get a jump on flu season with free shots at Solano libraries

Altadena Library District Announces New District Director

From Pasadena Now

” The Altadena Library District today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Nikki Winslow to District Director, effective November 4, 2019. Winslow succeeds Interim District Director Cindy Cleary, who has led the Altadena Libraries since February 2019.About the transition, Cleary said, “My work over the past several months has been focused on establishing a more stable foundation for our District, upon which my replacement can build. I am proud of what the Trustees and staff have accomplished during my tenure and feel confident that Ms. Winslow’s breadth of experience makes her the ideal candidate to keep the Altadena Libraries moving forward with positive momentum.” Ms. Winslow has more than 14 years of experience innovating in library systems. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2001 and from the University of North Texas with a Master’s of Library and Information Science in 2005.”


After 137 years of service, Bisbee’s library is declared best in America

From Tucson.Com

“Arizona’s oldest operating library has a new claim to fame.The Copper Queen Library in Bisbee was recently named the best small library in America by the leading publication for bibliophiles.According to Library Journal, the 137-year-old institution in Cochise County took home the top prize for 2019 thanks to its innovative efforts to expand services to the community, including early literacy programs, a seed library for gardeners, and a slate of unconventional items available for checkout, such as sports equipment and Wi-Fi internet hot spots.”