Mendocino County approves grant opportunities for libraries

From Ukiah Daily Jornal

” The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved several changes to the county libraries, including changes to the hours of the Coast Community Library and several grants.The supervisors voted to change the hours at Coast Community Library in Point Arena to better accommodate library staff and the public. The new schedule would be Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Sunday. The county has said the changes will help the library have a more cohesive schedule for patrons and staff.”

Mendocino County approves grant opportunities for libraries

Hemet literacy program gives adults reading, life skills

From The Press Enterprise

“As Christmas Day nears and people get ready to give and get cherished gifts, students in the Hemet Adult Literacy Program already have celebrated.A Saturday, Dec. 14, holiday luncheon brought them together to share their stories. Looking forward to the lifelong gift of reading, each is thankful for a program that is helping them reach their goals.Lea Ashworth started as a volunteer tutor in 2003 but soon became a Families for Literacy coordinator and is now the adult literacy coordinator.“I have always had a huge love of reading and I am passionate about wanting to share that with others,” she said. “I want to help our adult learners with their reading and writing skills so they can have a better quality of life.” Her coordinator duties include training tutors, matching tutors with students and monitoring completed goals. Students sign up for various reasons.”

Hemet literacy program gives adults reading, life skills

Contra Costa Libraries are revamping the system’s website

From East Bay Times

“The Contra Costa County Library system has completed the migration to its new website and catalog, and here is a snapshot of the improvements and upgrades. An update was long overdue, as the previous version of the website was created more than 20 years ago. The technology of the old platform was limited and the website was cluttered and confusing. In order to offer much of the content, we used dozens of third party applications and work-arounds. The company we contracted with for the new website and catalog, BiblioCommons, creates tools specifically for libraries. The tools were designed with library users in mind. The navigation is simple and clear and the search tool is robust.”

Library Lines: Contra Costa Libraries are revamping the system’s website

Newport Beach libraries weigh rules against bathing in restrooms and leering

From Los Angeles Times

” The Newport Beach Public Library could update its policies to specifically prohibit bathing in restrooms and leering at patrons — an action triggered by things that homeless visitors are said to do at the city’s four libraries.Library Services Director Tim Hetherton said the city takes care to protect all patrons’ right to use the library while not infringing on free speech, and that rules are in place for all users, not just homeless people who commonly visit libraries because they see them as hospitable places out of the elements with comfortable seating, accessible bathrooms, books and computers.Board of Library Trustees Chairman Paul Watkins said homeless people are welcome to use public libraries and that many do without incident. But occasionally, some — possibly with mental illness, he said — have gawked at his wife and made her uncomfortable, he told the board Monday. ”

Mill Valley library program highlights climate change

From Marin Independant Journal

” To draw attention to rising seas, severe flooding and fierce wildfires, the Mill Valley Public Library is launching a year-long campaign to spotlight climate change. “Libraries tend to be very neutral on topics that are politicized,” said Andrew Murphy, supervising librarian. “But even though climate change is a politicized issue, it is a real part of our world. It’s our job as a library to share information to people.” “The data is in, climate change is a fact,” City Librarian Anji Brenner said. “It’s not a question of, ‘Are we taking sides on this?’ We are presenting what is the real issue.” The initiative, called “Borrowed Time,” will launch Jan. 3 with a forum at 6 p.m..”

Mill Valley library program highlights climate change

Solano County: What would you do with $232B?

From Daily Republic

“What if I told you there was a way to save $232 billion annually on health care-related expenses and it was possible by utilizing a program that is already in place in many communities? The Journal of American Health estimates that an excess of $232 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy skills. Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information correctly. This lack of understanding hampers an adult’s ability to make the best health decisions for themselves and their family and increases the likelihood that they’ll have higher health care costs because of the need for additional or supplemental services.”

At Your Library: What would you do with $232B?

It’s been a year since Amber Clark’s murder. How can Sacramento prevent another tragedy?

From The Sacramento Bee

“The Sacramento Public Library is more than a warehouse for books.For people looking for work, it provides job coaching. For English language learners, it offers conversation practice and one-on-one sessions with teachers. For young families, it supports early childhood learning. For kids, it offers snacks and refuge after school. For the growing homeless population, it is a climate-controlled daytime shelter with bathrooms.The library doesn’t charge for these services. Anyone can come and access them. But in a nation where the safety net is thin, and public spaces are vulnerable to violence, the libraries that give so much to our community need more support. It’s time for us to talk about how we will keep librarians and all library employees safe.”