San Diego: Get fit for free at your local library

From San Diego Union Tribune

” A new year often means resolutions made by many to get in shape or make other attempts to reset their habits for the better.The reasons many also fail are numerous, but cost is not a factor if one turns to a local library.A wide variety of free fitness classes for all ages, along with one-time or multi-session workshops on health, cooking and related topics, are available locally. The calendars at the Poway, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch libraries show many options this month and in the months ahead. Some programs are provided by volunteers and others sponsored by the branches’ Friends of the Library organizations.4S Ranch Library Branch Manager June Zhou said her library’s offerings are often due to patron requests because “it costs money to join a gym” and locals — often certified trainers — volunteering to share their knowledge with others. Poway Library Branch Manager Marisa Lowe said the same reasons apply for some of her library’s free offerings.”


Solano Library’s ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ celebration kicks off 2019

From Daily Republic

” Solano County Library will host a variety of events in January as part of its annual “Promises Made, Promises Kept” celebration.The events mark the 2012 passage of Measure L – the one-eighth of a cent sales tax that comprises almost a quarter of the library system’s funding.Eighty percent of voters chose to extend the sales tax for libraries in Solano County. The tax was first passed in 1998.“Keeping the promises of more books, more hours and more services for youth was difficult during the recession years. But it was vital that we maintained services, especially during those very difficult times,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services, in a press release.”

SLO County Public Libraries offer tech-focused Mobile MakerKits


” Public libraries in San Luis Obispo County are offering a new way to try out the latest in innovative technologies.The libraries are partnering with SLO MakerSpace to offer Mobile MakerKits to adults with a registered library card. The program is being funded by a grant from State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative.The kits can be checked out for up to three weeks, and you can set one kit on hold at a time.The Mobile MakerKits include robotics, coding, sewing, virtual reality, 360° camera, digital tablet, and more.”

No Fake News — AI Program Available In Santa Clara Co. Libraries

From Patch Gilroy

“No fake news here. Artificial Intelligence has tapped into the library district in Santa Clara County, the home of tech world.Aptly so, Yewno, Inc., a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions, announced Thursday that the district is the first public library system to adopt its Discover platform for its patrons to use in all its libraries.Yewno Discover is an intuitive, cutting-edge research tool that’s powered by artificial intelligence. From high schoolers to lifelong learners, public library patrons are certain to appreciate when they are conducting queries and given millions of possibilites to explore.”

Contra Costa: County Library clears outstanding fines for all patrons

From Richmond Standard

“As promised, the Contra Costa County Library system started off the New Year by clearing outstanding fines on all library accounts.Last month, the Library announced its plan to eliminate fines for overdue books and materials and to bring all library cards into good standing. Patrons previously blocked from library services are now able to check out books, magazines and DVDs and use all online services.Library officials hope the decision will attract back patrons who have been avoiding the Library due to the fines. Last month, about 118,450 of the more than 650,000 cardholders in the county, or 18 percent, had blocked library cards.”

No Library Fines Imposed In San Mateo County As Of Monday

From Patch San Carlos

“Effective Monday, San Mateo County libraries will no longer assess fines for late-return books and other material, to help ensure all county residents can borrow books.”When we look at the data, it turns out they aren’t effective. At the end of the day, we want to get as many books as possible into the hands of as many readers as possible,” said Charles Stone, chairman of the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority Board.”This is a proud moment for all of us at San Mateo County Libraries as we continue to look for better ways to serve our community through innovative solutions and progressive policies,” Stone said.Studies have shown that late fines can be a significant barrier to library access and drive borrowers away, particularly those with low or fixed incomes.”

Sacramento: North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death

From CBS Sacramento

” The Sacramento Public Library – North Natomas library is back open today after one of their supervisors was shot and killed in the parking lot Tuesday night.Clark was shot and killed in the library parking lot Tuesday evening a little after 6 p.m., right after she had gotten off work. Police say she was targeted, but they say they no suspects or a motive. AMBER CLARK SAC LIB North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisors Death. Authorities are still investigating the murder of 41-year-old Amber Clark after the library was closed yesterday. The library reopened Friday at noon.Julie Lang stopped by the branch early Thursday morning with flowers in hand. She started a makeshift memorial for amber Clark.”

North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death