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