Long Beach Library Adds Resource For Veterans

From The Grunion

“There are a lot of benefits available to veterans and their families, but many of them are underused,” Alana LaBeaf, senior librarian at the Main Long Beach Library, said.With the launch of the new Veteran Resource Center at the Main Library, LaBeaf said she hopes that will change.“As librarians, we always strive to connect community members with information, but there is a special challenge involved when people aren’t aware that they have an information need,” LaBeaf said.”



Santa Clara County: Local libraries launch summer reading program

From Los Altos Town Crier

” Through its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Santa Clara County Library District hopes to encourage local residents of all ages to discover the different places books can take them this summer.The goal of the free program – which began June 1 and is slated to run through July – is to have each participant read five books and log their progress online.The engagement in summer reading is especially important for young readers, according to a library district press release, as students tend to lose skills learned throughout the school year in what is often called the “summer slide.”Rose Baiza, the Los Altos Library’s supervising children’s librarian, emphasized the importance of children finding something to read while school is out.”


Santa Barbara: Getting kids to embrace reading is only part of the fun

From Education Dive

“Library summer reading programs have grown beyond the book checklists of years past. Instead, public libraries are digging deep into the creativity bag to stitch some maker experience, contests and even — in one case — a rock & roll bowling event.While getting kids to read during the summer months is a focus for parents and educators alike, librarians know the key to getting books into children’s hands is to get them into the library in the first place.”


San Rafael library director takes UC post

From MarinIJ

” San Rafael Public Library director Sarah Houghton, with the city since February 2011 and library director since May 2012, has resigned to accept a position with the University of California. Her last day will be July 13.Houghton, who submitted her resignation last week, said in an email she was working with City Manager Jim Schutz and library assistant director Henry Bankhead to arrange for Bankhead to serve as interim director while the city recruits for a new library director.”


Effort to put mini-libraries in apartment complexes

From ABC

” A young Fresno girl is working hard to make sure every child in the Central Valley has a book to read.On Monday, Danay Ferguson, the founder of the non-profit Reading Heart, teamed up with the California Apartment Association to install mini-libraries at some apartment complexes.”


OC Public Libraries hosts its first Career Online High School graduation ceremony

From OC Breeze

“On Thursday, June 13th, 2018 four Orange County residents earned their high school diploma through the Career Online High School (COHS) program. The COHS offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, while gaining career skills in various employment fields. Gilbert Avila, of Orange, shared that he is a testament that it is never too late. After losing his father at the age of 15, Avila dropped out of high school to help his family financially. Now at 36, he has a high school diploma and will be enrolling at the community college in the fall. He thanked the program, its supporters and donors for giving him this opportunity.”


Library Initiative For Everyone hopes to see new library tax

From The Daily Independent

“A grassroots group of dedicated volunteers is working to get a library initiative placed on the November ballot. Called the Library Initiative For Everyone (LIFE), the initiative would be similar to the unsuccessful Measure F and would place a 1/8 of one percent tax increase on taxable goods or 12 cents on a $100 taxable purchase.Measure F failed to pass in 2016. Proponents of LIFE say it may have a better shot because a California Supreme Court ruling in 2017 allows special taxes to pass with a 50-plus-one percent majority rather than the two-thirds majority previously required. The catch is, the tax must be submitted by citizen groups rather than by a city or a county. City and county special tax initiatives still require a two-thirds vote to pass. Measure F failed because it did not meet the two-thirds threshold.Enough valid signatures must be gathered before the end of June to make the November ballot.”