From BB Times

“The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a library is probably an old place, filled with dusty books. While some of the books might be priceless for both their history and the knowledge they contain, truth be told, the common image of a library is one of a rather dull and old-fashioned place. Most people picture an old lady with her hair up in a tidy grey bun, patiently sitting behind a desk, wearing clothes that belong to the past. Modern, exciting, and even entertaining are words that are never associated with libraries in real life.In fictional work, however, we all have read the adventures of Harry Potter, felt excitement at the mention of a restricted section with books that are banned from the eyes of students. Without his invisible cloak, Harry himself would have never wandered through the restricted section to pierce the “Secrets of the Philosopher’s Stone”. But we, the readers, follow him with high expectations.”

San Diego County: 10-week Citizenship Class begins at Ramona Library

From Ramona Sentinel

“As part of a countywide effort to help immigrants become U.S. citizens, the Ramona Library is offering a 10-week Citizenship Class that starts Jan. 21.The free courses will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. both days, in the library at 1275 Main St. through March 26. Adults age 18 and older of any nationality can attend.One of the instructors on Thursday nights, Ramona Teen Librarian Melody Flory, said the lessons will mainly cover U.S. history and government in addition to speaking, reading and writing in English.The lessons will be taught in English only. Flory said although an interpreter will initially be available to help non-English speakers fill out forms, the classes are presented in English because the citizenship test is administered in English.”

NJ librarians will be next to give Narcan to overdose victims 

From New Jersey 101

“After overdose deaths dropped slightly in 2019 for the first time in several years, a new program is about to be launched to help keep the trend moving in the right direction.According to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson, law enforcement agencies and one type of community gathering area — the public library — will be given naloxone free of charge.“Our goal is to get the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone into as many hands as possible, so people can save a life, so we have a chance to get someone into treatment,” Johnson said.Johnson said she believes librarians can “be part of the solution and we’re really happy the State Library is partnering with us on that.”The New Jersey Library Association could begin training librarians to use naloxone to revive overdose victims.”

Sonoma County: Story of modern public library is a real page-turner

From Sonoma Valley Sun

“According to interim Sonoma Valley Library Manager Diana Spaulding, 2019 was the year of “expanded equity, improved access to library materials, and new staff at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library.” Spaulding went on to acknowledge that the number of monthly visits, which had risen significantly in 2018 due to expanded hours, did not climb in 2019, but there was a small increase in the number of checkouts. Spaulding told the Sun that Measure Y revenue increases “translated into a healthier materials budget and more books purchased, both traditional physical books and downloadable ebooks.” She also highlighted an important new policy at the library: no overdue fines.”

Story of modern public library is a real page-turner

Meet ALA’s Next Executive Director

From American Libraries Magazine

“Tracie D. Hall will begin on February 24 as the American Library Association’s new executive director, the 10th executive director—and the first female African-American executive director—in ALA’s 143-year history. In her role, Hall will oversee the oldest and largest library association in the world, made up of 57,000 members and more than 200 staffers.Hall comes to the Association from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation and has worked at Seattle Public Library, the New Haven (Conn.) Free Public Library, Hartford (Conn.) Public Library, and Queens (N.Y.) Public Library. She also previously worked at ALA in the early 2000s as director of the Office for Diversity.She received her MLIS from the Information School at University of Washington in Seattle and holds a master’s in international and area studies with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa from Yale University. She also has dual bachelor’s degrees in law and society and black studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.”

Meet ALA’s Next Executive Director

Laguna council moves ahead with potentially buying local library

From Los Angeles Times

” The next chapter for the Laguna Beach Library could mean a new owner after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move ahead with possibly buying the facility from Orange County.The decision does not immediately bring the facility under the city’s control. City Manager John Pietig will continue exploring the potential acquisition of the library property at Glenneyre Street and Laguna Avenue, and staff will bring a purchase agreement for council review at a later date.Staff recommended buying the library, which the county owns and operates, because the city would then have the final say on how the property is used. The site’s parking lot also could help increase the number of available spaces in the downtown area.”

Contra Costa County Cyber Attack Snarls County Library Network

From NBC Bay Area

“It may take several days to recover from a ransomware attack that has shuttered the online network linking all branches Contra Costa County Library branches and the Martinez administrative offices, the system said Friday evening.”The affected servers have all been taken offline and some library services have already been restored,” library officials said in an announcement. “It may be several days before all library services are fully operational.”All branches will be open for their regular hours, where patrons will be able to check out and return materials and use public computers.”

Contra Costa County Cyber Attack Snarls County Library Network