Yolo County: Library strong community

From Winters Express

“It is easy to think of the Library as merely a place to check out books, but it is so much more than that. The admission price is nothing, the assistance is freely given, and its affairs are carried out on the Honor System. Its sole purpose is to distribute information, but asks nothing in return. No other establishments come to mind that operate as such. The Library is a treasure trove of knowledge, a wealth of adventure, a lifetime of whimsy, and a somber house of reflection… for those that know of its power. Winters’ citizens recognize this power, and have fought for such an institution to be a part of their town since the beginning. In 1892 The Winters Free Library was established in the home of J.A. Henderson, and it would reside there until some thirteen years later where it found a more functional home along Main Street. By this time, the Library’s size had grown to hold over four-hundred books, and in 1910, The Winters Branch of The Yolo County Library was established and firmly rooted in town. Five years after this, the volume of volumes had exponentially grown, and again new housing was in order. It was 1915 and a new Bond had been passed. With it came the money for a new Town Hall, and it was here that the Library would be now moving to (the current City Hall building.) Here it sat, spreading its wealth right in the middle of town, for the next fifty years.”

Library strong community

Update: Library branch expansion in Turlock gets OK, with some quibbling

From Modesto Bee

” The long-sought expansion of the Turlock branch library won approval Tuesday night, amid concerns about the cost and competing needs.The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for an $8.99 million contract with Roebbelen Contracting Inc. for detailed design and construction. The expanded and remodeled building could open in February 2021.The Minaret Avenue branch, just east of downtown Turlock, is one of the busiest in the county library system. It was completed in 1968 to serve a future city population of 30,000. Turlock now has about 73,000 people. ”


Santa Cruz brings virtual view to climate

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

“The tide is changing when it comes to the conversation about climate change, and Tim Robbins had a virtual bird’s eye view of the issue Monday.Robbins, who lives outdoors, already has had more of a run-in than he cared for with the fickle whims of Mother Nature. In September 2013, he was forced to move from Colorado after monsoon-level heavy rains flooded him out of the mountains and his former home. Robbins said he pays close attention to the climate change discussion, and how most people think only in terms of regional warming instead of global warming.Which was why it took little prompting for Robbins to sit himself down at a table newly set up near the entrance to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Downtown branch and strap on a high-tech Oculus Quest wireless headset and goggles at the newly-launched Virtual Reality Sea Level Rise Explorer exhibit.Robbins said afterward that he had never used a virtual reality device before Monday and that the experience was fun.”

Santa Cruz brings virtual view to climate change conversation

Sonoma Valley library launches new early reading program

From Sonoma Index Tribune

“Read to a kid and you’ll prepare them for a lifetime of reading, say county library officials. In an effort to promote strong literacy skills, the Sonoma County Library is encouraging parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers before they start kindergarten. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide initiative and officially launched in all Sonoma County Library branches on Oct. 28.Participants can track their reading and participation in the program online at sonomalibrary.beanstack.org and through the Beanstack app. Paper logs are also available at each branch. Children will receive recognition for each 100 books they read and various prizes throughout their reading journey.”


Santa Cruz: Life Literacies Center Open House

From Santa Cruz Patch

“The Santa Cruz Public Libraries are excited to announce the opening of The Life Literacies Center at the Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA.This new center will provide programs and services that support job readiness, service connections for people experiencing homelessness, housing navigation, access to County benefits, and support from Encompass Social Services. Some services will be provided in Spanish.”


Library patrons may face months-log waiting periods for e-books following policy change for new titles

From Fox 5

“One of America’s five largest publishing houses, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., announced it will be significantly restricting the sales of its e-books to libraries during the first eight weeks after publication, spurring outrage from public libraries across the country.The restrictions on e-books are relegated to new releases — for the first eight weeks after a book is published, a library can only purchase one e-book copy.Macmillan’s CEO, John Sargent, made the announcement in a letter addressed to Macmillan authors, Macmillan illustrators and agents, in which he said that “library lending was cannibalizing sales.” Previously, large library systems — such as those in major metropolitan areas like New York — could have ordered hundreds of e-book copies as soon as a book was published. Now, regardless of size, each library system can only purchase a single e-book copy of new titles.”



From Redheaded Blackbelt

“Checking out books at Humboldt State University’s Library is now easier for College of the Redwoods students under a new partnership between both institutions. Starting last month, all CR students and employees can check out books and access other resources at HSU’s Library for free without an annual membership.”

CR Students Now Have Easier Access to HSU Library Resources

San Marino’s Huntington Library Acquires Rare Slavery Documents, Including Underground Railroad Journal

From KTLA 5

” Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War.The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist Zachariah Taylor Shugart, who turned his Michigan farm into an underground railroad stop for people fleeing slavery.”

San Marino’s Huntington Library Acquires Rare Slavery Documents, Including Underground Railroad Journal

Signal Hill Public Library hosts new digital voting-station demo through Nov. 23

From Signal Tribune News

” Excuses for not exercising the right to vote are shrinking fast. Beginning in February 2020, LA County will increase the voting window to 11 days rather than a single day and allow residents to vote at any of 1,000 polling places in the county, not just one.It will also increase the number of polling places and employ new digital-voting stations, or ballot-marking devices (BMD) to make casting ballots faster and easier. Folks can try out one such station at the Signal Hill Public Library community room through Nov. 23. Fenny Ruffino, a representative of Los Angeles County’s community and voter outreach, said that Voting Solution for All People’s (VSAP) new guidelines and system are designed to help increase voter turnout, and that she’s already guided more than 40 visitors through the process this week. ”

Signal Hill Public Library hosts new digital voting-station demo through Nov. 23

Kern County: Tehachapi Branch Library gives kits complete with personal care items for those in need

From 23 ABC News

“The holidays are a season of giving, but some people still go without even necessities during this time of the year. In October, the Tehachapi Branch Library started giving out personal care items for those in need.”If they feel like they can’t purchase these items, they’re welcome to come to get a kit. No questions asked,” Timaree Torres said, the office services technician for the Tehachapi Branch Library.The staff at the library said the good neighbor care kits are not just for the homeless but anyone who is in need. The library is located in the center of Tehachapi, allowing the staff to provide better access to resources.”


West Sacramento library celebrates 10th anniversary

From Daily Democrat

” Since it opened 10 years ago, the Arthur F. Turner Community Library in West Sacramento has welcomed 1.6 million visitors, according to Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink.Fink was one of several speakers Thursday night during the 10-year anniversary celebration of the library.“We have something to offer for everyone in the community,” Fink said, noting that the library — located at 1212 Merkley Ave. — is open seven days a week and draws people from across Yolo County and Sacramento. Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink speaks at the Arthur F. Turner library Thursday night, in honor of the library’s 10th anniversary. “I think the reason why we’ve had so many visitors here is because they just love coming and getting the excellent service and their questions answered,” Fink said. “It’s a place that feels like home.” Quirina Orozco, mayor pro tem of West Sacramento, spoke of the myriad services provided by the library. From learning a new language to graduating from high school, there is much more than books at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.”

West Sacramento library celebrates 10th anniversary

New Report Shows Success of California’s K12 Online Content Project, State Library Reports

From Sierra Sun Times

” In its first year, the online educational databases California is providing to over 6 million students was accessed over 7 million times, according to a newly published analysis of the California K12 Online Content Project.The project, a joint partnership provided by the California State Library and the Riverside County Office of Education, spends $3 million annually to provide public school students and educators with access to educational resources. If every district and charter school were to pay for their own individual contracts it would total at least $13 million.The analysis shows that resources from Britannica, TeachingBooks and ProQuest were accessed 7.4 million times, with over 33 million actions – click, views, and downloads – during the 2018-2019 school year.Online resources from these three content providers are available to all public schools at no cost to the district or charter. Teachers, school librarians, students and others involved in K-12 education may browse through and utilize newspaper articles, informational entries, books, book supplements, teaching guides, scientific research, photos, audio recordings and educational videos – all aligned with the standards that California has created for its schools.The report, California K-12 Online Content Project: Going Beyond the Textbooks – September 2019, is available now for download on the California State Library website. There is also a comprehensive website and newsletter with information about upcoming professional development, recorded training videos, details on how schools obtain access, and additional information related to the K12 Online Content Project.”


The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library

From National Endowment for the Humanities

” There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises.One place, though, remains open to everybody. The public library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that includes books, e-books and magazines, job-hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. And the library will never share or sell your personal data.In a country riven by racial, ethnic, political, and socioeconomic divides, libraries still welcome everyone.”


La Colonia library in Oxnard has good chance of surviving

From VC Star

“La Colonia Branch Library, the small outpost in Oxnard that almost didn’t make it in the latest round of budget cuts, will likely continue to survive thanks to fundraising and grants.City officials say they are confident that the library can keep going even though the last round of funding was mostly one-time money. “I have full confidence that we’re going to be working towards keeping that place open,” said City Librarian Sofia Kimsey. “The community has staked their claim. They have said this is an important resource.” She said for the next fiscal year, continued fundraising, Community Development Block Grant money and partnerships with the Friends of the Library and Oxnard Housing Authority should be able to sustain the branch for the coming fiscal years.”


Hoopla now available via Carlsbad Public Library

From Carlsbad Current Argus

” The Carlsbad Public Library staff is delighted to announce the addition of Hoopla digital media to our lineup of great content for library card holders. Hoopla is a service exclusively available through public libraries which brings hundreds of thousands of movies, television shows, complete music albums, e-books, and e-audiobooks straight to you via digital downloads. While Carlsbad Public Library has offered downloadable materials for several years, Hoopla offers some unique features which users are going to really appreciate.No waiting: Simultaneous checkouts are available for Hoopla content, which means there can be 1 user or 500 users all downloading Kanye’s latest release, enjoying a season of “Call the Midwife,” keeping up with the “Justice League” graphic novel series, or reading James Patterson’s new bestseller. There is lots of content for kids, teens, and adults. Handy genre categories in each digital format simplify your searching.”


The Week in Libraries: Macmillan CEO John Sargent writes to librarians

From Publishers Weekly

” On Tuesday, Macmillan CEO John Sargent released an open letter to librarians in which he tried to explain the good intentions behind what library supporters see as a hostile new policy.The reaction from librarians has not been good. I’ll save the more detailed reactions from librarians for next week, and for now I’ll just point to the more measured official response from ALA officials, who correct a few glaring inaccuracies and politely point out that Sargent’s letter “misrepresents ALA’s longstanding and good-faith efforts to equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, libraries, authors, and publishers.” Meanwhile, ALA officials delivered a petition containing nearly 160,000 signatures to the Macmillan offices this week, and made a final last ditch attempt to talk things through. Specifically, ALA officials confirmed to PW that they asked Macmillan executives this week to suspend the November 1 embargo launch—after all, in his letter to librarians, Sargent conceded that his embargo “may be wrong,” and agreed to take meetings with a group of state librarians, and to visit with librarians at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, in January of next year.”


Congress Looking into Anticompetitive Behavior in the Digital Library Market

From Publishers Weekly

” The American Library Association (ALA) has delivered a written report to the House Judiciary Committee telling lawmakers that “unfair behavior by digital market actors,” including Amazon and some major publishers, is “doing concrete harm to libraries.” The report, delivered last week to a House antitrust subcommittee investigating competition in the digital market, comes as lawmakers are taking note of the growing backlash to Big Five publisher Macmillan’s decision to impose a two-month embargo on new release e-books in public libraries. In a September 13 letter to ALA executive director Mary Ghikas, the House Judiciary Committee asked ALA to respond to a set of questions in connection with its ongoing investigation, an invitation that came just days after an ALA press event at the Nashville Public Library kicked off a public awareness campaign calling attention to issues in the library e-book market. As of this writing, an ALA online petition opposing Macmillan’s planned embargo, launched at that press event, is approaching 150,000 signatures.”


Libraries Connect Sacramento To Syria

From Pubishers Weekly

” Rivka Sass is the director and CEO of the Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento, Calif., and was a presenter at the Sharjah International Library Conference in 2017. This experience, which introduced her to the region, has led her to an intense engagement with the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, the world’s largest settlement camp for Syrian refugees. “I’ve been there three times and plan to go again,” Sass says. “As you can imagine, the challenges there are immense.” Sacramento has a reputation for being one of the most integrated and diverse cities in the U.S.; initially it attracted a large population of Persians from Iran, and, more recently, it has become home to the largest population of Afghani immigrants in the U.S. Accordingly, Sass has a great deal of experience working with a variety of cultures. “We have a lot of Persians who speak Farsi,” she says. “They came over around the Iranian revolution, and now we have a fairly large population of people from Afghanistan. We are a microcosm of people everywhere.” Sass says that the biggest challenge for serving such communities is getting the right books, which is where her visit to Sharjah gave her a new perspective.”


LA Public Library Cold Case Mystery Solved After 50 Years

From Spectrum News

” It is not often that there is a media frenzy at the Los Angeles Public Library, but recently, something that went missing 50 years ago has now returned home thanks to the power of the written word and a little detective work. The Well of the Scribes was a three-piece bronze sculpture that once graced the library’s West garden, but went missing after the gardens were converted into a parking lot in 1969.City Librarian John Szabo said The Well of the Scribes, “had been missing for over 50 years, until two months ago, when we received an email from an antiques dealer in Bisbee, Arizona and he said, ‘I think I have a piece of your Well of the Scribes.’” Author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orleans, wrote about the disappearance of The Well of the Scribes in her bestseller, The Library Book. It wasn’t until the Arizona antiques dealer read an article by journalist Brandon Reynolds about the mystery that the connection was made and Szabo hopped on a plane to Bisbee to verify the piece.”


Sacramento Public Library extends free meal program to children year round

From ABC 10

” The Sacramento Public Library is attempting to put the focus back on reading and learning by satisfying the hunger of children in Sacramento. Starting with eight libraries, the Sacramento Public Library, in partnership with United Way, extended the healthy meals programs at the beginning of October. This new, healthy meals program expands upon the library’s free meal program from the summer.Christie Hamm, project manager of the free meal program, said the library wants to help children stay healthy while at the same time becoming better readers and learners.”


In the age of Google, these 3 California desert libraries are bucking digital dominance

From Desert Sun

“With the world of information in our pockets and at our fingertips, the concept of libraries might seem quaint and outdated. But to paraphrase the famous aphorism, the death of the American library is greatly exaggerated. Even in the age of Google and the smartphone, public libraries are thriving. In 2016, there were 113 million attendees at public library programs – a 16.5 million increase from 2013, according to the American Library Association. That’s “more than all Major League Baseball, National Football League, and National Basketball Association games combined,” the association adds.Libraries continue to reinvent themselves as a 21st century public commons, a place where people can connect with the larger community for events, children’s programming and homework help – and, yes, they still even offer those old-school devices known as books.”


At Petaluma Library, a virtual world awaits

From Argus Courier

“From the pages of classic literature, sci-fi, non-fiction and every genre in between, libraries have long been havens for exploration. At the Petaluma Regional Library, recently-acquired virtual reality equipment is promising to offer community members a new frontier.Alongside Sonoma County’s other 14 branches, the Petaluma location launched its virtual reality program earlier this month, joining a state-wide initiative that places the technology in libraries to encourage educational uses.“You can tour the pyramids of Egypt or you can interface with animal species you couldn’t find here in Sonoma County,” said Vicki Terbovich, IT manager for the Sonoma County Library system.Terbovich said Sonoma County Library recently added updated VR headsets Oculus GO, Oculus Quest and ClassVR to its collection. The county-wide library system began collecting VR equipment in 2017 via a grant program led by the California State Library.”


The coolest haunt in town: Boo Bash launches Stockton’s new Van Buskirk Micro Library

From RecordNet

” On Saturday, fairy princesses, ghosts and wizards from Hogwarts visited the Van Buskirk Community Center.The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library held a grand opening for the Van Buskirk Micro Library called “Van Buskirk Boo Bash,” and kids of all ages, some dressed in Halloween costumes, took the opportunity to play games, have their faces painted, snack on popcorn, fruit and other goodies, and read all the new books. Kids and adults had their faces painted and there were games, such as eyeball mini-golf and bugs in a jar.Horace Briggs Jr. and his family visited “Van Boo-skirk” and played a game inside the library called spider-web toss, where kids tossed cotton balls onto a sticky web for candy prizes.“It’s nice. It’s a good thing for the kids,” Briggs said as he held the hand of his 2-year-old nephew Duane Mayhan. “I go to every community center around: Stribley, here, Arnold Rue. It’s pretty good for the kids, keeps everybody out of trouble.” The Van Buskirk Community Center now has shelves filled with books and games for families to enjoy.”