County Civil Grand Jury Reports on the Homeless in Pasadena Libraries

From Pasadena Now

“The increase in homeless people is pressuring public libraries beyond the provision of books and information into services typical of “social infrastructures” and the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury has some recommendations for Pasadena’s libraries to navigate the transition.The Grand Jury’s report is scheduled to be examined by Pasadena City’s Council during Monday night’s meeting.The report concludes with recommendations. Some of them applied to Pasadena’s City libraries and require responses, which city staff prepared for approval in anticipation of the Council meeting.The Civil Grand Jury is watchdog for the citizens of Los Angeles County. Its members are drawn from all five supervisorial districts and work as a committee in choosing the issues it investigates and reports on.The document on the homeless is one of nine included in a final report submitted to the Superior Court. The report being heard Monday at Pasadena City Hall is called “The Impact of the Homeless on Public Libraries.”“The library has become a shelter for the homeless to get out of the cold and to escape from the heat; but it is not the ideal sanctuary for their predicament,” the report said.As social infrastructure, the report said, libraries have taken on the function of community hubs where library users discover access not only to books, “but to companionship with other patrons as well, busy parents find virtual childcare; language instruction for immigrants, and welcoming safe space for the homeless and the young.” Parks, playgrounds, schools and other government-supported public spaces also fall into the category of social infrastructure.”

San Francisco: Should library fines be dropped?

The Florida Times-Union

“Chicago recently joined 150 other U.S. library systems by eliminating late fees for library materials.Jacksonville’s library system’s fine revenue has been dropping in recent years but it still amounts to about $450,000 a year. The library is allowed to keep that revenue and use it for upgrades at regional libraries.However, library officials are looking at the possibility of dropping fines. Also, they have discussed the possibility of an amnesty for people with library materials.It’s not just about the books. Despite the positive role libraries play, they are often one of the first on the budget chopping block. Hours are cut, limiting access to services most during the only times many can access them, like evenings and weekends. Fines cannot be counted on to bolster inadequate planning and budgeting.Fines become a hindrance when they prevent access to materials or services. The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is “To enrich lives, build community, and foster success by bringing people, information, and ideas together.” Forcing librarians into an adversarial role as a collection agency does not support their mission.”

Yolo County Library increased participation in Summer Reading Program

From Winters Express

” Yolo County Library reported that Summer Reading Program participants read a total of 52,290 books, 14,226 days and 12,564 hours between Monday, May 20 and Monday, Sept. 30. Participation grew across all age groups this year with a 37 percent increase in sign-ups and a 35 percent increase in finishers.Participants who completed the program by reading 10 books, reading for 10 hours or reading over 10 days received a free book of their choice, resulting in 6,223 books being given away. In a post survey of the program, participants said their favorite part was “the free book,” and “reading for fun” was a close second. The survey also showed that 82 percent of participants read more often because of the program and 88 percent learned something new.One participant said, “It was really a great way to get me reading again.”Participants of all ages attended events held throughout the county, including a summer concert series headlined by the Element Brass Band; magic shows by Magical Nathaniel, Mike’s Magic Show, and Jon Lopez; presentations by Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show and Circus of Smiles; and slime-making.”

Yolo County Library increased participation in Summer Reading Program

Public libraries support and empower local communities

From The California Aggie

“When it comes to libraries, I like to consider myself one of their biggest fans, second only to Rory Gilmore. My fascination began in the second grade when I was issued my first library card and realized it was a ticket to carry a backpack full of “Junie B. Jones” and “Katie Kazoo” books home. But my perception and love for public libraries took on a whole new meaning when I began to volunteer there at 14 years old. I spent all four years of high school volunteering at my local public library. What began as an exciting opportunity to work in a building filled with books became a four-year journey into the monumental and integral role of public libraries in our discourse and democracy.As many people might already know, public libraries provide important services to the community that go beyond borrowing books. They hold tutoring programs, tax prep services and provide computers and other important technological sources for productivity and information. That’s why I was so troubled to learn that the U.S. isn’t doing too well with public libraries. In 2016, the Syracuse University School of Information Studies ranked countries based on the number of libraries per 100,000 residents. The U.S. ranked 62 with only 30.35 libraries per 100,000 residents.”

Public libraries support and empower local communities

Santa Clara County libraries close as strike enters 10th day

From Mercury News

” The Santa Clara County union workers strike entered its 10th day Saturday, affecting several public libraries throughout the county.Workers at libraries in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas and Saratoga participated in the work stoppage, resulting in their closure for the day. Picketing workers instead gathered at the Cupertino Library to protest what they say are unfair labor practices. They also criticized the county for worker shortages and failure to hire and keep new staff.“Many in our community depend on the services our libraries have to offer but don’t always realize that we the workers do not have the resources we need,” Lucia Leblanc, a library assistant in Cupertino, said in a prepared statement. “Too many of our co-workers are taking on extra work that doesn’t always reflect our job duties to meet the staffing shortages and it is not sustainable.” Leblanc said in a Saturday interview that she expects library service to resume tomorrow.”

Santa Clara County libraries close as rolling strikes enter 10th day

San Diego: Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

From The East County Californian

” Mary Elder is the new head librarian at the Lakeside Branch Library.Elder hails from Tucson, Arizona.After earning degrees from the University of Arizona in both English Literature and Library and Information Science, she worked at the Pima Public Library for four years. It is apparent she loves her work.“Other than having children, my library degree has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” she said.What brought her to the San Diego area? A few simple facts: her adult son lives in Los Angeles, her daughter wants to go to SDSU, and her fiancée lives here as well.”

Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

Institutions from All Over L.A. Are Hauling Out Treasures from Their Archives

From L.A. Magazine

“Most of the year, the historical treasures in L.A.’s archives and libraries are locked up tight in acid-free boxes and climate-controlled vaults, but once a year some of them get to come out and play. More than 70 institutions, from the Huntington Library and the Getty to small-town historical societies stretching from San Pedro to Glendora, will gather at the glorious Doheny Library for the Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 12, to show off riches from their collections, and entice you to pay them a visit.”

Monterey: How Museums And Libraries Are Adapting In The Age Of Internet

From Kazu

“As the internet changes the way we find and view information, museums and libraries around the country are being forced to change how they serve their communities. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is an example of that change. The century old museum has begun a renovation designed to appeal to a new generation more comfortable with technology than taxidermy.During preview night at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History last August, more than 150 people walked through the newly renovated Adaptation of Birds Gallery. Walls of glass cases filled with more than 400 taxidermy birds, all spotted in Monterey County, line the room.”

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

From The Daily Republic

“The Solano County Library is building community by going beyond the brick-and-mortar walls of the eight branch libraries and connecting boys, books and barbershops.Reading at the Barbershop, based on a nationwide barbershop literacy project, engages with and promotes literacy in a male-centered space for boys ages newborn through 8.The goal is to catch reluctant readers at an early stage to help them develop the joy of reading through community-based literacy support.”

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

State Library selects Tulare County for database training

From The Sun Gazette

“Tulare County is one of three locations statewide to host a full-day training on using state provided research and educational databases. Just last week, the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) announced it will be part of the California State Library’s K-12 Online Content Project Fall Roadshow. TCOE’s training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Elderwood Room of the Educational Resource Services wing of TCOE’s complex at 7000 Doe Ave. in Visalia. The training will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at all three locations including Sept. 24 in San Diego and Nov. 12 in Stockton. The California State Library currently provides free access to three respected research and educational databases for all of the state’s K-12 school districts. These resources include Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks. The full-day workshop will provide training on database exploration and skill-building led by key trainers to help teachers, library staff, administrators, educational support staff and parents better understand what learning tools are being made available through these online offerings.”

State Library selects Tulare County for database training

Sacramento: Library offers free high school diploma program, graduation tonight


“Sacramento’s Tsakopoulus Library Galleria will host the latest class to graduate and obtain a high school diploma from the library’s Online Career High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.”I had no idea the library offered this until (a) friend told me,” said Christine Green, the graduate speaker for the Class of 2019 ceremony.
AdvertisementSince 2014, 138 students have earned a diploma, GED or HiSET credential through an accredited, 18-month academic program, which is free to qualifying adults from the Sacramento Public Library. Funding comes from the California State Library.”

Arcadia Fund grant to support open-source publishing across UCs

From The Daily Californian

” The Educopia Institute and California Digital Library, or CDL, received a $2.2 million grant in August in support of the Next Generation Library Publishing project, or Next Gen.The grant was bestowed by the Arcadia Fund, a charity that supports environmental, cultural heritage and open-access projects. The Next Gen project is said to enhance the UC system’s open-access publishing infrastructure by providing noncommercial tools that support the dissemination of knowledge, according to a CDL press release.“The mission of this project is to develop feature-rich, community governed and sustainable open-source library publishing infrastructure as a means of positioning academic institutions to better serve the scholarly communications needs of their academic communities,” said Catherine Mitchell, director of publishing and special collections at the CDL.”

Arcadia Fund grant to support open-source publishing across UC campuses

Retiring Calexico Department Head Grew With City, Kept Up Well

From Calexico Chronicle

” Although Sandra Tauler has been with the city of Calexico for 33-plus years, the journey has been anything but a straight line. From serving her first four years as a library clerk to her most recent position as head of the Community Services Department, she has advanced right along with the growth of the now-bustling border town.Tauler, 60, retired on Sept. 26, a move some in the city said they found as a surprise but for which she conceded she was ready. “It’s time for a new chapter,” Tauler said from her office in the city library during a Sept. 20 interview. “I do love it, but I’m ready for a break.” To say Tauler’s departure was sudden is a bit of an understatement, although she declined to say exactly when she announced her retirement or what made her decide to do it so quickly. “Next question,” she said with a smile and an easy laugh. One gets the sense that it took Calexico City Manager David Dale by surprise. “Sandra was an incredible asset to the city and community for multiple decades, and she will be missed,” Dale stated in an email sent the afternoon of Sept. 20.”

Why Libraries Are Giving Up On Late Fees


“It has happened to all but the most organized among us. We’re minding our own business, cleaning out a closet or reorganizing the bookshelf, when it suddenly thrusts itself upon us.That lost library book we had almost managed to convince ourselves no longer existed. The book that became the second reason we’ve avoided going to the library since the waning days of the second Bush administration. (The first being Amazon, of course.)At this moment, every library delinquent faces the same dilemma: return the erstwhile book, or put it back in whatever box it came from and pretend this whole unpleasant incident never happened. Weird questions start running through one’s mind: “Does the library stop trying to collect the fines at any point? Does compounding interest accrue? Can they charge a fine that exceeds the book’s replacement value? Can I be arrested for holding onto a library book for over a decade? Do I need a lawyer?” As it turns out, library fines, generally speaking, don’t become a major financial hurdle. According to recent reports in The Wall Street Journal, the average fine is about 17 cents per day that a book is late – and are capped at $5, $10 or the cost of the books borrowed. But, as St. Paul Public Library Director Catherine Penkert told the publication, it’s not just about the money. It’s the shame of having to face a librarian and sheepishly have to pull out a dollar bill and admit you are not able to handle the simplest possible adult responsibility.”

Why Libraries Are Giving Up On Late Fees

Hayward Public Library opens its doors

From The Pioneer

“Hundreds of people celebrated the grand opening of the Hayward Public Library on Sept. 14th with fun activities such as live music, storytimes, and arts and crafts.
It has been one year since the closure of the original public library located in Downtown Hayward. The new public library was set to open October 2018, then was promised again in January, and then once more in June. The new hub for learning and enrichment finally opened its doors for regular operations after the city had struggled to open the anticipated library because of safety concerns and construction delays.“It was like the floodgates opened,” Director of Library Services Jayanti Addleman told The Pioneer. Addleman was appointed as the new director in January of this year. She too was counting down the days for the grand opening, elated to welcome residents back into a vital community resource. Crowds of visitors from all ages poured into the newly constructed building, lining up for library cards and tours.”

Hayward Public Library opens its doors

Tulare County Library hosts storyteller and workshops

From The Porterville Recorder OnLine

“This October the Tulare County Library presents storyteller Olga Loya and Día de Los Muertos FamilyCraft Workshops at the Exeter, Farmersville and Woodlake Branch Libraries.Storyteller Olga Loya performs on the following days; Wednesday, October 16, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmersville Branch Library, Wednesday, October 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Exeter Branch Library, Thursday, October 17, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Woodlake Branch Library.Dia de Los Muertos Family Craft Workshops will be held on the following days; Wednesday, October 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmersville Branch Library, Wednesday, October 30 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Woodlake Branch Library, and Friday, November 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Exeter Branch Library.Storyteller Olga Loya will tell tales that touch the heart and send shivers down the spine, including a story about the legend of La Llorona.”

Libraries as Community Catalysts

From American Libraries Magazine

” OCLC’s Americas Regional Council 2019 Library Futures Conference rallied an energetic audience October 2–3 in Phoenix to discuss libraries’ future leadership in changing communities. The conference theme was “Community Catalysts.”On October 2, OCLC President and CEO Skip Prichard opened the day by outlining the five Cs that libraries need to catalyze their communities. Libraries contribute, developing unique offerings that help make them indispensable. Through those contributions, they forge connections. Catalysts create, introducing big changes and little shifts. They compete, constantly pushing themselves forward. And they ultimately choose, from all the goals that they can pursue, the ones most important to their communities. The greatest catalysts maintain a positive view of the future, Prichard said.”

Libraries as Community Catalysts

Decrease of libraries should cause societal panic, especially in impoverished communities

From The Lamron

“Since 2000, there has been nearly a 20 percent decrease in libraries across the nation, according to the School Library Journal. Libraries are dying. On the other hand, student population has risen by almost 10 percent—while the minority student population has risen as much as 50 percent since 2000.The United States can’t afford to fund libraries, but when they do, they are severely depleted. Though they’ve gone downhill since 1999, the most striking losses were during the years 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. The first drop can be attributed to the recession of 2008, but the second dip is more pressing, which was caused by a cut in funding, according to a report by Kathy D Tuck and Dwight R. Holmes.”