Redding: Library’s literacy program turning man’s life around

From Redding Searchlight

” A Bay Area transplant has found a new life and a renewed purpose in Redding with help from the Shasta Public Libraries’ Literacy Program.Alonzo Scott, 48, tells an inspiring story that reaches back to his days of drinking and doing cocaine in his small San Francisco room to being tutored by a Foothill High School grad half his age at the Redding Library with the goal of earning his GED diploma.”I was sick and tired of drinking and drugging myself,” Scott said Thursday from his Redding home. “I’m glad I came here. I’ve met a lot of good people and they gave me a chance.”Scott found himself taking a bus to Redding after being notified that, following a four-year wait, his application for Section 8 subsidized housing in the city suddenly had been approved. He stayed at the Good News Rescue Mission until he found a place to rent with his HUD voucher and also spent time at the library, within walking distance from his home.”I started volunteering there (at the library) instead of hanging out outside,” Scott said. “I hit it off with most of the staff”. He said Kayla Menne, the library’s literacy coordinator, asked him one day if he’d be interested in her program. Scott said since he didn’t make it past the ninth grade, he signed up and for two months he’s been attending sessions to earn a high school equivalency diploma.”

http://www.redding.com/story/news/local/2017/08/04/librarys-literacy-program-turning-mans-life-around/534276001/

San Diego libraries to celebrate Great American Eclipse with Sky Party

From KGTV

” If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the Great American Eclipse in San Diego, consider joining in a “Sky Party” at your local public library.Even if San Diego isn’t on the path of the total eclipse, residents are still excited to see about a 60 percent eclipse and the San Diego Public Library has planned family-friendly offerings leading up to the unique event on August 21. First, on Saturday, Aug. 19, libraries will hold workshops featuring Scripps Institute of Oceanography scientists, who will help prepare families to observe and experience the eclipse. Participants will learn about the solar system, how and why eclipses occur and build pinhole cameras to help view the eclipse.”

http://www.10news.com/news/san-diego-library-sky-party-solar-eclipse-2017-great-american

Virtual reality comes to West Sacramento library

From Daily Democrat

” A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., has brought virtual reality technology to patrons at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located in West Sacramento.Yolo County Library has been awarded one Oculus and one Rift/Oculus Ready PC from Facebook that has allowed the West Sacramento branch to now offer virtual reality programs.“Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.”This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Project coordination, implementation of software and on-site staff training was supplied courtesy of VARLibraries.”

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/events/20170810/virtual-reality-comes-to-west-sacramento-library

Canyon Lake: Library wraps up Summer Reading Program

From The Friday Flyer

” The Canyon Lake Library held its final raffle for its Summer Reading Program and extra reading. The program, Space Racers, was an eclipse pre-party. Craft activities, eclipse information and viewing of Space Racer episodes from season one were part of the program.Space Racers is a children’s program with NASA scientists providing rocket science information. Solar eclipse glasses were provided to participants. The glasses were made available through the Space Science Institute thanks to the generosity and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, NASA and Research Corporation.The library had three copies each of NASA photos of Ceres and Vesta made available through a grant. A drawing was held to determined the winners of the NASA photos and two Space Racer DVDs with parent/teacher tools and Space Racer.”

http://fridayflyer.com/article/2017-08-04/library-wraps-up-summer-reading-program/

Stockton-San Joaquin County: County Libraries Partner With Hoopla Digital

From The Escalon Times

” Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library System officials have announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com).Library card-holders in Stockton, Escalon, Lathrop, Linden, Manteca, Mountain House, Ripon, Thornton, and Tracy locations can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.”

http://escalontimes.com/section/11/article/6590/

Signal Hill: The council also approved company to oversee construction of library

From Signal Tribune

” New library funding and construction were central topics at the Signal Hill City Council meeting on Aug. 8. To help pay for the new library, the council approved refinancing bonds and forming a Signal Hill Municipal Financing Authority to potentially issue a new bond. It also awarded a contract to Simplus Management Corporation to oversee the library’s construction.”

http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=34860

LA-area libraries are practicing ‘hard love’ to help the homeless in ‘safe places’

From Daily News

“She walks among the bounded works of Hemingway and the free verse of Whitman, the magic world of Harry Potter and the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.But Mary Leasure isn’t at the Glendale’s Downtown Central Library to study literature or admire poetry. She’s there to read patrons for signs of homelessness and mental illness.After all, she noted, a library is the perfect place for people with mental health needs to break their silence and get help.“I bring a bottle of water and carry a book, otherwise I look like a stalker,” Leasure said one recent day after she roamed rows of mystery novels and career guides, DVDs and books on CDs.Sometimes, she’ll sit in a chair.“And then I’ll just watch,” she added.It doesn’t take long for Leasure’s trained eagle-eye-like perception to spot someone and swoop in: the regular with a stuffed backpack, a stranger with several plastic shopping bags, withdrawn teens who rest their heads on study tables, or older women who have been evicted from high-cost rental units and have nowhere else to go.”

http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170729/la-area-libraries-are-practicing-hard-love-to-help-the-homeless-in-safe-places/p>