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.”

Sacramento: Group seeks free libraries to expand horizons for kids at local public housing sites

From The Sacramento Bee

“The children gathered around for story time at the Saybrook Apartments supportive housing complex had never seen snow in person — that’s why case manager Pamela Marquez wanted to read to them from a picture book about a boy’s snow day.“The ability of reading to (send) you someplace else — that’s what it did for me when I was a child,” Marquez said after setting down the picture book.“A lot of our children, they’ve never been out of Sacramento, to the American River for goodness sake, so the mountains might as well be Siberia,” she said. “So (they can) get any book and be able to transport themselves anywhere.” That’s why Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, the organization that runs the Saybrook Apartments, is asking for help from Book of Dreams to install Little Free Libraries there and at two more of its public housing sites in the Sacramento area.”

Mariposa County: New Family Literacy Program to Be Introduced at Red Cloud Library in Greeley Hill

From Sierra Sun Times

“The Mariposa Library will hold an open house to introduce its new family literacy program at the Red Cloud Library in Greeley Hill on Tuesday, December 10 at 3:00 P.M. The program is designed to help families develop strategies for successful learning at home. Parents and other adult caregivers will have an opportunity to sign up for the six-month program, which will begin in January. The program will consist of a series of interactive workshops where children and adults will work both individually and as a unit to learn activities they can do together at home to improve reading and writing skills.”

L.A. is an e-book borrower’s paradise. A major publisher’s crackdown could hurt

From Los Angeles Times

” Keaton Kustler rarely visits the Los Angeles Public Library, though her apartment is just two blocks from its historic Wilshire Branch. When she wants a book — which is often — she borrows one from an app, using a library card she got through her smartphone.“The last year of my life has been rocked by the library,” said Kustler, 27. “I’m kicking myself it took me so long.”She represents a growing faction of impassioned readers driving a nationwide surge in digital borrowing. Like other devotees, she now collects library cards to satisfy her voracious reading habit.The practice is widespread, but in L.A., it’s become a rite of passage. The county is home to more than 30 of the state’s 184 library systems, and though most accept applications only in person, their physical proximity and a quirk of California law mean Angelenos can take cards from any of them.”

Sonoma County: From the library

From The Healdsburg Tribune

” We have enjoyed seeing so many of you lately as our community continues to work through our recovery from the emergency of late October and early November. We continue to stay positive, trying out new ideas every few months as we try to meet our community’s needs.Along this line, we recently had a roll-out of new Chromebook laptops you can borrow from the library. Using the same basic plan as the wildly popular SonomaFi Wi-Fi hotspots, cardholders aged 13 and up may check out a Chromebook for two weeks. The kit actually comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing the user to access the internet using a laptop when you have network coverage within the continental United States. The new devices were almost immediately all loaned out, but they come in and out constantly and present a potentially useful option for students or anyone in need of mobile Internet service.”

Tehama County librarian earns statewide honor

From Daily News

” Tehama County has much to be proud of with Librarian Todd Deck being recognized as the 2019 Member of the Year for the California Library Association.“After looking at the lists of past recipients I am incredibly honored to be included with such leaders in the profession,” Deck said. “I am especially grateful because Tehama County is the first rural library to be included for this type of distinction. Although I am being awarded its really a reflection of the hard-working staff of the Tehama County Library.”Deck was notified of the award in July and recognized by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors in September. At that time Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin said it was significant that Deck received the award, as he is the first rural librarian to receive the prestigious award.The California Library Association noted Deck is a dedicated library leader who exemplifies the outward-facing, community-oriented vision of the California libraries.”

Tehama County librarian earns statewide honor

Placer County: LOCAL Attack in Auburn raise concerns of library safety year after slaying in Natomas

From The Sacramento Bee

” It happened, in an instant, in a place known to all as tranquil and quiet.A witness to Tuesday’s knife attack at an Auburn library described how a man, identified by Auburn police as 33-year-old Opada Joseph Opada, suddenly wrapped his arms around a patron before stabbing him multiple times. As the assailant ran away, he assaulted another patron in the head with the knife and slashed a third who tried to stop his escape.The attack put a community on edge one day short of the one-year anniversary of a similarly jarring attack outside a library in North Natomas, renewing calls for increased safety measures in facilities frequented by senior citizens, families and children.”

Long Beach Public Library pilots social work internship program

From Signal Tribune

“To better meet the needs of patrons of the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness or have substance use challenges, LBPL is partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services to explore models of integrating social work into its existing services.With support from the Health Department’s Trauma and Resiliency-Informed Long Beach (TRI-LB) initiative, LBPL now has two Master’s in Social Work students from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and the University of Southern California (USC) who are working as interns to connect LBPL patrons with social services including mental health care, legal support, food security benefits and housing resources.”

Long Beach Public Library pilots social work internship program

Is My Library Liable for Fake News?

From American Library Magazine

” Libraries across the country are busy preparing for the 2020 election. The special report “Democracy in Action” in our November/December issue offers strategies and resources for advocacy, civil discourse, and media literacy. In his debut as columnist, Tomas A. Lipinski weighs in on legal considerations around election-related issues ranging from fake news to meeting room policy.”

Is My Library Liable for Fake News?

Orange County: Pollak Library librarian offers a glimpse of treasure trove of government information

From Orange County Register

“Interested in the federal investigations into the Ku Klux Klan, the McCarthy hearings or the 9/11 Commission Report? All this and more can be found in Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library, a selective Federal Depository Library, giving campus members and the public access to important government publications.“The origins of the Federal Depository Library Program date back to 1813, when Congress ordered that publications be distributed outside of the federal government,” explains Megan Graewingholt ‘06,’09 (B.A. American studies and history, M.A. American studies), social sciences and government documents librarian at her alma mater.”

Titan Voice: Pollak Library librarian offers a glimpse of treasure trove of government information

Los Angeles County: 5 libraries doing innovative things to help their communities

From The European Sting

“There are public libraries at the heart of towns and cities across the globe – worldwide, hundreds of millions of books are loaned every year. While this lending is still central to what they do, many libraries are reinventing themselves as the communities around them change.Here are five that are innovating to bring the joy of reading to as many people as possible.”

5 libraries doing innovative things to help their communities

San Diego County:Poway Library has new head of youth services

From San Diego Union Tribune

“Becoming head of youth services for the Poway Library is the latest stop on Danielle Ghio’s 20-plus year career with libraries.Ghio, a native San Diegan who grew up in Clairemont, began working for the Poway Library as its head of youth services at the beginning of August.As her new role, Ghio is responsible of all youth programming, from infant to teens. She works with a team of two youth services librarians, to make sure they stay on top of trends and issues, she said. She also holds basic branch responsibilities, she added.The youth services programs offered by the Poway Library range from story time for toddlers to crafts, video games, card battle games and Dungeons & Dragons for teens.”

‘We Wanted Our Patrons Back’ — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity

From NPR

“For nearly a decade, Diana Ramirez hadn’t been able to take a book home from the San Diego Public Library. Her borrowing privileges were suspended, she was told, because of a mere $10 in late fees, an amount that had grown to $30 over the years.Ramirez, who is now 23 and stays in Tijuana with her mother, attends an alternative education program in San Diego that helps students earn high school diplomas. To her, the debt she owed to the library system was an onerous sum. Even worse, it removed a critical resource from her life.”I felt disappointed in myself because I wasn’t able to check out books,” Ramirez said. “I wasn’t able to use the computers for doing my homework or filling out job applications. I didn’t own a computer, so the library was my only option to access a computer.” In April, Ramirez finally caught a break. The San Diego Public Library wiped out all outstanding late fines for patrons, a move that followed the library system’s decision to end its overdue fines.”

E-books at libraries are a huge hit, leading to long waits, reader hacks and worried publishers

From Washington Post

“While some people are scrambling to collect log-ins for Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and, now, Disney Plus, Sarah Jacobsson Purewal is working on a different kind of hustle. She signs up for any public library that will have her to find and reserve available e-books.The Los Angeles-based freelance writer used to borrow a friend’s address to keep a New York Public Library account, and helped another out-of-state friend get a card for the Los Angeles Public Library.“I’m a member of every library in California that allows me to be a member as a resident of the state,” said Jacobsson Purewal, before rattling off a list of cities: Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego.Over the past two decades, electronic books have taken off as a way to read on smartphones and e-readers like the Kindle. Digital books are sold online, typically for less than their physical counterparts. They’ve also found popularity in public library systems, where cardholders can download multiple e-books and audiobooks to their devices without leaving home. But, as with hardback library books, there can also be weeks-long waits and the inability to extend loan times for in-demand titles.”

Grant Funding Available from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Program

From California Humanities

“The California State Library has announced another round of funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education program, whose purpose is to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II are remembered so that they are never repeated against any American.
The program’s purpose is to educate the public about civil liberties injustices carried out against various communities and individuals in the past as well as today. Projects may provide information about civil liberties injustices perpetrated based on an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, as well as the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.”

Grant Funding Available from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Program

Sex, Drugs And Random Acts Of Madness At SD Central Library

From San Diego Patch

” On a warm Saturday night last month, San Diego’s elite came decked out in ball gowns and suits to nosh at a polenta-martini bar and sip craft cocktails at Central Library, a nine-story postmodern masterpiece near the city’s version of skid row.The San Diego Public Library Foundation’s sixth annual Celebration Under the Dome might’ve been the most joyous night of a particularly rough year at Central Library, where police have responded, on average, to calls for help once a day, seven days a week since it opened in 2014, public records show.Drug overdoses are common at Central Library, and strap-down evacuation chairs are mounted in plain sight on every floor. Police have regularly responded to calls reporting prostitution, indecent exposure and rape. Librarians and staff have encountered theft, violence and attempted suicides. In July, staff and patrons witnessed a homeless man fall three stories to his death.”

Get to know your county law library

From Red Bluff Daily News

“In 1891, California became the first state to specifically establish a system of public law libraries, funded by court filing fees, and open to the general public as well as lawyers.The Tehama County Law Library is not dependent upon state or local taxes and, unlike other county departments, is not subject to local county budget allocations. The law library receives a portion of filing fees in civil cases heard in the courts of Tehama County as its primary source of funding.California established civil filing fee funding and a set amount distributed to each of California’s 58 counties to support free legal research and education.The Tehama County Law Library offers resource materials on topics such as credit repair, family law, landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities, small claims, municipal codes and judicial council forms. Online subscriptions are available and include CEB OnLaw, LexisAdvance and EBSCO.”

Get to know your county law library

Panel reviews concepts for downtown Santa Cruz library renovation

From Santa Cruz Sentinel

” A regional citizens library advisory panel this week weighed in on controversy-laden plans to modernize Santa Cruz’s aging downtown library.The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Library Advisory Commission on Monday reviewed draft-level concepts first publicized by the Jayson Architecture firm last month on how the City of Santa Cruz might be able to spend $27 million of a 2016 taxpayer’s library facilities bond on the primary of the city’s three library branches.Abraham Jayson, a principal with the firm, explained that “the main takeaway on the building is that the facility has reached the end of its usable life in pretty much every way,” summarized Jessica Goodman, regional manager for Santa Cruz’s three library branches. The firm showed that a project renovating the seismically sound 30,000-square-foot core of the existing 42,000-square-foot Church Street library property would nearly fall within budget, while a complete rebuild would result in just a 19,000-square-foot library.”

Panel reviews concepts for downtown Santa Cruz library renovation