Berkeley Public Library expands access to resources for homeless people

The Daily Democrat

” Residents who previously experienced obstacles in obtaining access to Berkeley Public Library resources and items will no longer face this issue with the implementation of a new Easy Access Card, which allows those without a permanent address to use and check out library resources.The Easy Access Cards were implemented by the library Saturday and will most benefit people who cannot provide proof of residency, including homeless people, foster children and people in the transition of moving to a new residence, according to acting director of library services Elliot Warren.The Easy Access Cards allow patrons to check out up to three items at at once. Patrons with the new card can also use library computers and in-house laptops, and have full access to online databases and services, according to the Berkeley Public Library website. Those who wish to obtain an Easy Access card do not need to show proof of residence — a valid photo ID is required, however.”

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/12/04/berkeley-public-library-expands-access-to-resources-for-homeless/

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Therapy Dogs Help Kids Learn to Read at Palmdale Library

From Spectrum News

“Children who struggle with reading often have a tougher time at home and at school, but the Palmdale Library is fighting back. Each month, the library holds a unique reading program that’s not so much about what the children are reading, but who they’re reading to.Nathaniel Terrell loves to read. His mom says he was basically born with a book in his hand.
“Some kids had binkees or pacifiers or blankeees. His was always a book, and it still is,” said his mother Patricia Margosian Terrell.But Nathaniel, who was reading a Pokemon book, isn’t as comfortable reading to others, that is, unless you’re a dog. Children at the Palmdale Library can take part in a free monthly program called “Books and Barks” that uses therapy dogs to encourage kids to read aloud – without judgement or criticism. “The dogs don’t really care whether how well they read, how fast they read, and it helps the kids develop confidence,” said A.J. Listman.
She and her dog, Biggs, are with a group of volunteers called Pet Pals, part of the High Desert Obedience Club.”

http://spectrumnews1.com/ca/san-fernando-valley-ventura/news/2018/12/06/therapy-dogs-helping-kids-to-read

San Diego: Central Library Opens Digital Memory Lab to Help Public Preserve Their Past

From Times of San Diego

“Last Saturday, the Digital Memory Lab opened its doors offering the public a free, innovative, do-it-yourself space that allows users to turn old pictures, negatives, slides, audio and video recordings into new electronic files. Located on the eighth floor, the lab houses a variety of older recording and playback devices paired with specialized software to transfer original analog recordings into digital files. The Lab can digitize the following media formats: VHS, VHS-C, DV, MiniDV, Betamax, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, audio cassette, printed photos, slides, negatives, vinyl records and 3.5″ floppy disks.”

https://timesofsandiego.com/life/2018/12/03/san-diego-central-library-opens-digital-memory-lab-to-help-public-preserve-their-past/

Humboldt County: ‘With grace and grit’ Library foundation to honor Ronda Wittenberg for her years of public library service

From Eureka Times Standard

” Humboldt County Library Operations Manager Ronda Wittenberg will receive the 2018 Helen Everett Award Dec. 10 at the Humboldt Library Foundation’s “Holiday Gala” at the Carson Mansion in Eureka.“Ronda loves the library, she loves the public and she loves her job,” said Elizabeth Murguia, HLF board president. “For over 40 years, she’s embraced the mission of the library with grace and grit, all the while being unfailingly generous. She’s is widely admired by staff and patrons alike, and she’s stepped up many times to take on more. Ronda embodies the spirit of Helen Everett.”Everett, who died in 1986, was an ardent supporter of the public library for much of her life. She came to Humboldt County with a master’s degree in librarianship from the University of California, Berkeley, and between 1939 and 1967, worked as an instructor and head librarian at Humboldt State College, Murguia said.”

https://www.times-standard.com/2018/12/02/with-grace-and-grit/

Librarians Are Booked at California Library Association’s 2018 Conference

From The Silicon Valley Voice

“Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library, confirmed that the California Public Library Advocates recognized the Santa Clara City Library’s Board of Trustees as the Trustees of the Year “for outstanding service.” Attended by Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, this award ceremony was one of the Nov. 9 events that kicked off the California Library Association’s 2018 Conference. Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from Nov. 9-11, librarians, support staff and associates of California libraries checked out different ways libraries can serve others.Paul Sims is Santa Clara City Library’s Assistant City Librarian and Co-Chair of this conference’s Special Events Committee. Sims explained the significance of this year’s conference theme: “No Barriers, No Walls, Access for All!”“We’re highlighting the diversity of our profession and looking for ways to motivate librarians to inspire and support their diverse communities,” Sims said.” </p

‘; https://www.svvoice.com/librarians-are-booked-at-california-library-associations-2018-conference/

Butte County: California Libraries in Wildfires’ Wake

From American Libraries

“Public institutions across the country are rallying in support of displaced library employees and libraries devastated by wildfires in California that have claimed more than 80 lives and resulted in the evacuation of tens of thousands people.“Miraculously, the Paradise branch of the Butte County Library system is still standing,” says Butte County Library Director Melanie Lightbody, noting that it’s one of the only remaining structures in the town.The remaining five branches in the system are still operational and have become information centers, offering computers, Wi-Fi, and printers to help displaced residents contact insurance companies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies.“Right now, part of the biggest issue we have going on is people have lost their technology,” Lightbody says.Five of the library’s 26 staff members have lost their homes to the fire, Lightbody says.“We have many people affected by the fire, so we are still in an urgent situation,” she says. “We are just now starting to look at disaster recovery. One of the things I’m working on is trying to get into the [Paradise branch] building.”Also on the long list of concerns are the historical records and archives located at the Paradise branch, Lightbody said. While the library was not destroyed by the fire, the building and its contents have suffered extensive smoke damage.”

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/california-libraries-in-wildfires-wake/

Nevada County Library releases innovative plan moving forward

From The Union

“A new report suggests ways local libraries can help promote lifelong learning, economic and workforce development, and community wellness within Nevada County.The 30-page report, issued Wednesday by the Aspen Institute and shared by the Nevada County Library, is entitled “Rising to the Challenge: Creating Pathways for Learning, Innovation and a Resilient Community.”The document is the product of a day-long conference held in Grass Valley in August. The report details strategic initiatives and steps that will help tie local libraries to the overall goals of Nevada County.”I am working to advance collaborative ideas and initiatives sparked by the Nevada County Dialogue that improve life for all community members,” said Nevada County Librarian Yolande Wilburn.”

https://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/nevada-county-library-releases-innovative-plan-moving-forward/