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.”


Berkeley: Yes, You Can Borrow Cake Pans at the Library

From Eater

“Three years ago Megan Waugh started taking her family to Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Indiana. Before long, they fell into a routine: Her kids would pick out their books in the manga section while she waited by a cluster of tables the library set up for group discussions and meetings. Last December, while she was waiting for her daughter, Waugh noticed a shelf in the corner. Instead of the expected books, magazines, and newspapers libraries loan out, this shelf was lined with cake pans. There was a bundt pan and a skeleton pan, an Elmo pan, and a Christmas tree pan, all available with just the swipe of a library card.Waugh works as a cook, and had lately been frustrated with the dietary restrictions she had to adopt for her health. “I used to love baking,” she says. “And then I went gluten free a couple of years ago and was actually very resentful of it.” Standing in front of the shelf of cake pans, she thought back to a recent gluten-free cake mix she bought at the grocery store. “If they can make a boxed mix that tastes good and is gluten free, there is no reason I can’t bake yummy things that don’t make me feel bad,” she thought. While she and her daughter rifled through the cake pans, she had an idea — she was going to bake her way through all 33 pans in Bristol Public Library’s cake pan collection.’


Laurene Weste: Find school resources at Santa Clarita Public Library

From Santa Clarita Valley Signal

” By now, children have adjusted to the school year, gotten to know their teachers and befriended their new classmates. They are also getting back into the swing of doing regular homework. Just mentioning the word homework would no doubt elicit some moans and groans from young students, and possibly parents, too. Never fear, our Santa Clarita Public Library is full of materials and resources to help you and your children.If your child works better with direct attention and encouragement, bring them to Homework Help at the library. This program is available Monday through Thursday afternoons. Happily, students can bring in their work and get individual attention to help them complete their daily assignments. From math and science to reading and writing, the knowledgeable Homework Helpers will be able to answer questions, review lessons and share study tips.”


Pleasanton Library programs popping up all over town

From Pleasanton Weekly

” Pleasanton’s popular library is taking yet another step to help the community “Discover, Connect and Share.” The city’s Library and Recreation Department has announced it is launching Pop-Up Programs, bringing its well-liked offerings to new locations around town.”Pop-Up Programs really add a nice element of surprise for children,” said Lia Bushong, assistant library and recreation director. “When a child comes to a fire station or to the mall and hears a special story from a librarian, a police officer or a firefighter, it really helps them understand the importance of reading in every part of our lives.”The library staff has a commitment to sharing programs that foster discovery and connection, and, indeed, has tagged its mission “Discover, Connect and Share.” Shoppers may hear a story-time when they visit the mall while others may experience virtual reality at a senior living community.”


Solano: At Your Library, Lifelong learning goals can be simple or complex

From Daily Republic

“Now that September has arrived, students are back in school and life is settling into the new post-summer routine for many households.The routine has not really changed much in my home this year, since my children are now adults and no longer in school. In all honesty, I do not miss the drama that accompanied the school year, such as getting the kids to school on time and making sure homework was done. Did I mention getting the kids to school on time? Glad I survived those battles.Despite some of the challenges of getting back to the school-year schedule, there were also rewards. I was delighted when my son showed an aptitude for playing the saxophone and my daughter excelled in math and science, and all their other accomplishments. As parents, we desire that our kids learn and grow and have a wide range of meaningful experiences along the way. A great deal of time and energy is spent ensuring that this happens.”

At Your Library: Lifelong learning goals can be simple or complex

Merced County: Library fans praise plan to test run longer hours

From Merced County Times

” Advocates of the Merced County library system are applauding the final budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
They might want to bookmark this date in history.“The projects that were funded reflect a radical increase over the status-quo budget, and so this is a resounding success for the Merced County Library and for all members of the Friends of the Library,” said Susan Flinspach in an email to her group after the budget news broke. “Thank you, and don’t forget to write a least one ‘Thank You’ to your respective supervisor!”They’re happy because the board unanimously approved the development of a pilot program that will extend evening hours at various library branches — a concern that has come up in recent surveys and many times during public comment at county-led meetings.”

Library fans praise plan to test run longer hours

San Francisco Public Library Eliminates All Overdue Fines


” Readers, rejoice! Starting today, the San Francisco Public Library has eliminated overdue fines for all library patrons.If you have existing overdue fines (guilty as charged), these are now cleared. And moving forward, any overdue materials eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed for you (up to three times, per library policy).According to the SFPL’s announcement, “the fine free movement has taken on momentum across the nation.” Berkeley Public Library and San Diego Public Library eliminated overdue fines for all patrons in 2018, and Contra Costa County Library, San Mateo County Library and Marin County Library followed suit earlier this year. The SFPL is actually expanding on an existing policy, adopted in 1974, that eliminated fines for children and teen accounts.”


New exhibit in Anaheim tells stories of O.C.-based Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II

From San Diego Union Tribune

“For Patti Hirahara, the latest exhibition at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is the fulfillment of a 20-year dream.A lifelong Anaheim resident, Hirahara had been collecting photographs and memorabilia from her family dating back more than 100 years, including photos taken during her father’s incarceration at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II.Some of that memorabilia is on display — along with interviews, photos and artifacts from 13 other families — in “I am an American: Japanese American Incarceration in a Time of Fear,” on view at Muzeo through Nov. 3.”


Literature and Love: The Power of Bringing Social Workers to Libraries

From BeLatina

” Public libraries are the backbone of many communities. Not only do they provide free written materials for the community, but many of them also offer computer labs, wifi boxes, free events, educational programming, and soon they may even start offering connection to social workers. Libraries continue to remain one of the few truly free public spaces that allow anyone regardless of age, state of mind, or social economic background. In many financially disadvantaged neighborhoods, that also lack robust and safe after school programs for children, libraries often act like the de facto after school hangout and program for youth. Staff will often tailor programming that is engaging and entertaining for the young people however, many librarians are not trained to deal with youth – let alone the troubles they might be experiencing.”


Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

From The Reporter

“The opioid crisis has been a national issue since the late ’90s, and it has been a problem for many local communities in the past decade alone.Nancy Calvo, the coordinator for opioid abuse prevention program Drug Safe Solano, said recent data from the California Department of Public Health indicated that Solano County alone has been seeing higher prescription rates and individuals identified as having opioid abuse disorder in the last few years alone. Additionally, she said many who are dependent on opioids lack access to seek treatment.
“Nationally, we have an opioid crisis and that’s also happening in California,” she said. “It’s trickling down to the local levels, and Solano County is not immune.” To help provide awareness of the issue, Drug Safe Solano is hosting a series of presentations at county libraries, including two in Vacaville over the next two months. The presentations will cover what is happening with the issue both nationally and statewide, local statistics, showcase what other counties are doing to help people addicted to opioids, what to be aware of regarding prescriptions, referrals for more information and local resources.”

Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

Community Invited to Lompoc Youth Filmmaker Showcase

From Noozhawk

“The community is invited to attend the California Listens 2019 — Lompoc, Youth Filmmaker Showcase and watch films created by local youth, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.The festival is free to attend, and Certain Sparks Music will be leading a free ukulele class before the films are presented. Attending the film festival and cheering on the young filmmakers is an excellent way to help support local youth and art in the Lompoc Valley.Participating youth filmmakers created short films about Lompoc organizations that have impacted their lives, including Certain Sparks Music and the basketball program offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc. Other films feature personal stories about Lompoc families, fictional stories and film reviews.”


Orange County Zine Fest endorses creativity, imagination and authenticity

From Daily Titan

“All three levels of the Anaheim Central Library were filled with voices of local artists and authors in the form of zines, photography, stickers and pins thanks to the Orange County Zine Fest.One hundred forty-seven zine vendors tabled the event to share their creations with the community Saturday. In addition to panels, the OC Zine Fest also held a zine-making workshop.Zines are self-published magazines where the only limitation is one’s imagination. Zines can be created individually or as part of a collective. Zinesters can express themselves in any way they see fit. Los Angeles based artist, Heck Ketchup Co., showcased their artwork by inviting attendees to select a fortune out of a paper-mache donkey head.Sarah Rafael Garcia’s keynote address encouraged folks to take control of their own narratives in the form of zine making. Garcia began her address by paying homage to the late writer, Toni Morrison.“I’ll start with one of her quotes that will really set the tone for what we do here as writers and artists: ‘If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,’” Garcia said. Garcia is the founder of LibroMobile. The literary project’s goal is to build community and promote literacy. LibroMobile takes the form of a mobile bookstore located on Calle Cuatro in Santa Ana. While all types of books and zines are sold, LibroMobile focuses on sharing narratives with the community that are typically not included in mainstream publications.”

Orange County Zine Fest endorses creativity, imagination and authenticity

Fresno: Julie Marquez Kindrick, 1922-2019

From Tehachapi News

” Julie was born in a house, in the oilfields of east Bakersfield. She attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1940.
Her career working in the library profession began while at Bakersfield High School. Her educational career included graduations from Bakersfield Junior College, Fresno State, and the University of Denver in 1971 with a Master of Library Science degree.Then began her professional career as a librarian. Julie worked for the Kern County and the Fresno County libraries, from the East Bakersfield Baker Street Branch to the Fresno County Blind and Handicapped Services Library. She also worked at the Wasco Biofirm Special Library. Eventually, she joined the California Correctional system and worked at several prison libraries, finally retiring in 1989 from CCI in Tehachapi.Along the way she was considered one of the best librarians wherever she did her job and received many accolades from her peers and supervisors.”


Book Clubs, the Census, and the Five Es

From American Libraries Magazine

” Library staffers and advocates from across the country discussed big ideas for libraries in small and rural communities at the 2019 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, held September 4–7 in Burlington, Vermont.The 2020 Census will be important for all Americans, but for those who live and work in and care about rural communities and small towns, it will be critical, said Larra Clark, deputy director of the Public Library Association and deputy director of the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office. Census data will help determine government funding for rural development, infrastructure, and health initiatives, she noted.Rural communities are particularly at risk of being undercounted, said Burton Reist, chief of decennial communications at the US Census Bureau.”

Book Clubs, the Census, and the Five Es

Librarians Launch National Campaign to Oppose Macmillan’s Library E-book Embargo

From Publisher Weekly

“Librarians are making a direct plea to Macmillan CEO John Sargent: please listen to your readers and abandon plans to embargo new release e-books in libraries. That was the appeal delivered at an American Library Association press conference on September 11, held at the Nashville Public Library, coinciding with this week’s Digital Book World Conference.
“ALA’s goal is to send a clear message to Macmillan CEO John Sargent,” said ALA executive director Mary Ghikas, while announcing the launch of a new national library e-book advocacy campaign. “E-book access should be neither denied nor delayed. Our members are telling us their patrons want an easy way to join this movement and demand e-book access for all. We heard them, and today’s launch is the beginning of a public advocacy campaign in support of that. Libraries have millions of allies out there. And we’re inviting them to take action.” So far, that action includes two rather modest initiatives, unveiled on Wednesday.”