Berkeley: You’ll never be charged a late fee again at these California libraries.

From Sacramento Bee

” If you check out a library book and forget the due date, most of us expect late fees. But in one Northern California city, you won’t have to worry.The Berkeley Public Library says it will no longer charge daily late fees for books and other materials like CDs and magazines beginning July 1, according to a news release. Why the change? Many lower-income residents don’t use the library because they’re scared they’ll be charged late fees they can’t afford, said Elliot Warren, acting director of library services.”Public libraries are the people’s university, and we need to make sure they are accessible to everyone,” he said in a statement. “The current practice unintentionally tells some people they are not welcome.”Charging late fees was originally intended to encourage people to return the materials on time — but it’s become an obstacle, Warren added.”


Watsonville Library Receives Grant To Engage Local Immigrants

From Watsonville Patch

” Watsonville Public Library is one of twelve public libraries across the state of California chosen to receive support from California Humanities as part of the second year of their Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program. The program is designed to explore new ways of engaging immigrant communities through public humanities programming. The Watsonville Library will receive up to $5,000 to support public programs, along with an intensive program of training and technical support.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Library seeking stories for California Listens project

From RecordNet

“California is unique because of the 39.54 million people who call it home, and the California State Library wants to hear the stories of some of those residents.It has created California Listens, and enlisted Berkeley-based StoryCenter to help document those stories.The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library is participating in the venture and is seeking residents to commit to attending a free two-day workshop July 27-28 at the Cesar Chavez Library. The sessions run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and by the end of the class, participants will have created a 2- to 4-minute video story of a moment in their life. Applications, available on the library website,, are due July 10.“There will be an overview of digital storytelling, a story circle, discussion about concepts, script feedback, script and image work and possibly they’ll start doing voice-over on the first day,” said Stockton Librarian Suzy Daveluy. ”

Nevada County: Summer lunch for kids at the Grass Valley Library

From The Union

“The Grass Valley Library is feeding more than just minds this summer by offering a free, healthy lunch to all children ages 18 and under, courtesy of the Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services and the Nevada County Public Health Department.”We are excited to collaborate with these organizations to feed children in our community,” said Suzanne Grass, Food Services director for the Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services. “Many children do not have access to healthy, nutritious meals during the summer. This is a fantastic way for families to participate in learning activities while eating a nutritious lunch.”The Summer Lunches Program is a partnership between the Nevada County Community Library, The Grass Valley School District, and the Nevada County Public Health Department.”

Public libraries, community partners focus on summer book deserts in Fresno County

From Fresno Bee

” As many children and teens in Fresno County eagerly begin summer vacation, for some the coming months loom of isolation and hunger. In her article on May 4, Aleksandra Appleton draws much-needed attention to book deserts plaguing Fresno County. Especially in areas of lower income, many of our youth have limited access to books to read at home. Without books of their own, children and teens are more likely to begin the “summer slide” of up to two months equivalence of learning loss over vacation. Students who return to school behind their peers can have a hard time catching up and keeping up, and the achievement gap widens.To help bridge the disparity, Fresno County Public Library departed from toys and fast food coupons as incentives for its 2017 Summer Challenge. Instead, the library awarded books as prizes in the eight-week reading program.”

Ventura County: E.P. Foster Library to host California Wildfire Story Project

From VC Reporter

“E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura, in coordination with Berkeley’s StoryCenter, is serving as host for the one-hour documentary Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forest and the Future. The film is part of the California Wildfire Story Project traveling down the coast of California from Ukiah to Ventura this May and June. The film will be shown at Foster’s Topping Room on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Wilder Than Wild , which focuses on recent fires, climate change and fire-control management policy in the West, was produced and directed by award-winning documentary filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most. White and Most reveal how fuel buildup and climate change have resulted in large “megafires” that, in recent decades, have decimated the western half of the United States, especially California, and explore in depth such fires as Rim of the World in 2013 and the Sonoma and Napa fires in 2017. It should be of particular interest to locals, in light of the recent Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties — the largest so far in the state of California.”

San Francisco: How Library Systems Can Help Address Affordable Housing Crises

From NextCity

” When the Mission Bay Branch Library opened in San Francisco, in 2006, there was no other project quite like it.Part of a neighborhood-wide redevelopment of Mission Bay, a formerly industrial area near the eastern edge of the city, the development was more than just a new library. In addition to the 34,000 items in the branch’s collection, there was retail space, a community meeting hall, a health center, and around 140 housing units for very-low-income seniors, some of whom were transitioning out of the nearby Laguna Honda long-term-care hospital.Twelve years later, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is wondering, what about the other 27 library branches?In a meeting last week, the San Francisco Examiner reported, District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who was inaugurated last year, asked acting librarian Michael Lambert whether future library renovations could incorporate an affordable housing