San Diego: Library gets grant to celebrate Clara Breed, who opposed Japanese internment during World War II

From San Diego Union Tribune

“A non-profit humanities group has given San Diego library officials a $20,000 grant to celebrate the life and legacy of a children’s librarian who stood up to injustice during World War II.The money will be used for a month-long series of academic and cultural programs next March centered on Clara Breed, who openly opposed the internment of local Japanese Americans during World War II.Breed, who knew many of the affected families because they were regular library users, sent dozens of care packages to children in the camps: clothing, shower caps, pencils, candy, hair curlers. And books. Always books.”


Making It Count

From American Libraries

“illions of dollars in population-based federal funding—for everything from Medicaid to school lunch programs to Library Services and Technology Act grants—hinges on next year’s census. That data also affects how congressional ­districts are determined and drawn, which in turn decides how many electoral college votes a state will have. The repercussions of next year’s count will echo for at least a decade, particularly for the country’s most vulnerable communities.The 2020 Census kicks off next April. As always, some census takers will be out knocking on doors. But for the first time, people will also be able to complete the questionnaires online. Librarians can help provide space, equipment, and information to guide patrons through the process.’

Making It Count

LA County Library Named 2019 Library Of The Year

From HomeTown Station

” The Los Angeles County Library, which has locations in Stevenson Ranch and Castaic, was recently awarded the title of Library of the Year for the organization’s effort in supporting the communityLA County Library was recently named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal for its outstanding community support, equity and inclusion, and creation of innovative services and partnerships that support the Library’s mission.As the 2019 Library of the Year, LA County Library is set to be featured on the cover of Library Journal’s (LJ’s) June 2019 issue, available in print and online, along with being honored at a reception at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference 2019 in Washington, DC.Established in 1992, each year the Library of the Year Award celebrates the library that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or has seen dramatic increase in library use and leadership in creating programs emulated by other libraries.This is the third honor LA County Library has received in the past 12 months from Library Journal following their wins for 2019 Librarian of the Year (given to Skye Patrick, Library Director) and 2018 Marketer of the Year (given to the Marketing & Communications team for its efforts in rebranding the organization).’

LA County Library Named 2019 Library Of The Year

State Senate passes Glazer’s higher education bond bill

From Pleasanton Weekly

“Voters may get to decide for the first time in more than a decade whether to approve higher education bonds for California’s public universities under a bill co-authored by local State Senator Steve Glazer that is currently weaving its way through the State Legislature in Sacramento.Authored by Glazer (D-Orinda) and State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Senate Bill 14 is headed to the Assembly after passing in the Senate on a 33-4 vote on May 22.The bill would authorize $8 billion in sales of general obligation bonds for improving classrooms, libraries and lab rooms at University of California and California State University campuses throughout the state, if endorsed by voters statewide. The bond measure would appear on the ballot for the March 2020 primary election.”

OC Public Libraries partners with local school districts to bring free summer lunch programs to children in Orange County

From Orange County Breeze

“OC Public Libraries are pleased to announce the 2019 Lunch at the Library program, beginning June 3. Any child age 18 and under will receive a free lunch at participating branches for the duration of the program. Last summer, approximately 14,000 free lunches were served in Orange County.”

OC Public Libraries partners with local school districts to bring free summer lunch programs to children in Orange County

La Jolla Library opens first-of-its-kind Idea Lab: Library to mark 120th anniversary

From La Jolla Light

“Do you know what a Roach Scope is? Presumably, most people didn’t until the grand opening of the La Jolla Library’s Idea Lab on May 25.Designed to turn any smartphone with a camera into a microscope, the Roach Scope is a table-top device that can magnify cells pressed into a slide, or enlarge the texture of everyday (small) objects — all using a smartphone camera. And it’s just one of the many pieces of fun equipment the first-of-its-kind, open-to-the-public Idea Lab contains to engage citizen scientists.Centrally located in what used to be the Library’s computer lab, the new space houses the Bio Lab, 3-D printing equipment, computers and meeting space. Featuring demos, hands-on experiments for guests to conduct, up-close looks at the equipment and more, the opening event doubled as a kick-off to the Library’s upcoming 120th anniversary on Thursday, June 6.”