Porterville: Missing firefighter found dead inside torched California library, teens charged

From Daily News

“The body of the firefighter who was unaccounted for after a deliberately set blaze torched the Porterville Memorial Library in California has been found.Patrick Jones, 25, was discovered dead inside the library, apparently overcome when the ceiling collapsed, police said Thursday. Killed along with him was Captain Ray Figueroa, 35, who had been with the department since 2007, the Porterville Fire Department said in statements posted to Facebook.Porterville Fire Chief Dave LaPere remembered both men for their dedication and passion, emphasizing that both men had died making sure no one was trapped inside the building as the fire raged, reported the Fresno Bee.”


California K-12 Students Would Automatically Receive Library Cards Under SB 1025

From California Globe

“Senate Bill 1025, authored by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana), would give students a ‘student success card’ for their respective library district. The proposed law would be active for five years pending renewal. SB 1025, also known as the California Student Success Act, would also have libraries report the number of books and e-books loaned out, specifically looking for increases among the student demographic. The law itself would not be mandatory, as parents and pupils alike can opt out of it.The bill was largely written to lead students to use the library for free and easy access of materials, as well as signaling to students that the internet may not provide all of the answers or provide the correct information. Senator Umberg’s press release specifically cited a 2016 Pew Research Center poll that found that “a large majority of American adults believed that false and made-up news has caused a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current events”. Senator Umberg himself noted this.”

California K-12 Students Would Automatically Receive Library Cards Under SB 1025

Long Beach: So many languages, so few books: Libraries struggle to reflect places they serve

From Los Angeles Times

” Jennifer Songster roved the crowded aisles of the small mom-and-pop shop, riffling through books in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. Outside, the streets of Phnom Penh bustled. The air was thick and humid. Beads of sweat trickled down her face.She hadn’t flown for 20 hours to marvel at Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, or stroll the white-sand beaches of Sihanoukville. Instead, she spent eight sweltering days in the Cambodian capital on a five-figure shopping trip.Songster works at the Mark Twain Branch of the Long Beach Public Library, home to one of the largest public library collections of Khmer (pronounced Ka-mai) books in the United States. She and fellow librarian Christina Nhek had traveled more than 8,000 miles on a mission that faces libraries across the country: to serve the readers of rapidly changing cities.”


Salinas spoke, the library listened: New El Gabilan Library reflects community’s requests

From The Californian

” Walking into Salinas’ new El Gabilan Library, visitors are welcomed by warm rays of light that penetrate the floor-to-ceiling glass wall.The $20 million library is filled with rooms that came from the requests of Salinas children, teenagers and parents through community forums hosted by the Salinas Public Libraries.“You can understand the desire of the community to have that safe space where they can go and gather together,” said Mila Rianto, deputy librarian for the Salinas Public Library. “That’s what we’re trying to provide by having all of the new features that we don’t have in our other libraries, like the multiple study rooms and the community room.” What was once home of a 3,500 square-foot brick library just south of Navajo Drive and North Main Street, next to the all U.S. Credit Union, is now a curved two-story 20,800 square-foot library.”


Library of Things ushers in new era of item lending in Sacramento

From ABC 10

” Libraries have changed a lot—you probably wouldn’t even recognize the Sacramento Public Library anymore.These days, the Sacramento Public Library isn’t just lending literature to the community. Shelves of neatly displayed DVDs, rows of 3-D printers and the Tom Sanderson Design Spot at the Arcade branch tell a different story: the public library system in Sacramento County is welcoming a new era of item lending through the Library of Things.”We are absolutely on the cutting edge in terms of offering non-traditional items, in addition to other services,” said Molly Milazzo, youth services librarian at Arcade’s library branch.Much like popular tool lending libraries in Europe, the Library of Things allows visitors access to an array of useful items. You can check out an item at the Arcade and Fair Oaks branches and take it home to try, just like you would with a book. For up to one week, folks can use their thing, before returning it to its respective library.”


Humboldt: Promoting digital literacy

From Redwood Times

” The Humboldt State University Library and Humboldt County Library are collaborating to provide free digital literacy classes to the community.The grant-funded workshops — made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian — include topics ranging from “PDF Essentials,” “Google Drive” and “Professional Development” to “Canva” and “VoiceThread.” Classes are open to the public and being held either at the Eureka Main Library (1313 Third St.) or the Arcata Library (500 Seventh St.).Louis Knecht — special collections instruction librarian with the Humboldt State University Library — initially got the idea to apply for the grant after looking over some past census survey data. ”

Promoting digital literacy

San Diego: Point Loma Library being retrofitted to attain zero net energy

From San Diego News

“Point Loma/Hervey is among three City libraries about to be refitted to achieve zero net energy. ZNE is a term describing buildings, homes — even communities — that generate as much renewable energy onsite as they use annually. California law now calls for 50% of existing commercial buildings to be retrofitted to ZNE by 2030.“The Point Loma/Hervey Library will remain open throughout the zero net energy renovation process, although patrons may notice work going on in different parts of the building,” said Christine Gonzalez, branch manager, Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library. “As one of the first City buildings to be converted to ZNE, we’re excited to be a model for sustainability and the move toward 100% renewable energy.” The other two libraries in the ZNE rollout are Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library and Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library.”