Design OK’d for downtown Riverside’s new $40-million library

From Press Enterprise

” The design for a $40-million main library in downtown Riverside is back on track.The Riverside City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday, Oct. 3, to approve the design for a three-story oblong building with a prominent front window. The city will move $9.6 million in Measure Z funds from police headquarters to construction of the library.The vote came just under a month after the same proposal failed to get the four votes required by the city charter.This time, the proposal had the support of City Councilman Jim Perry, who previously opposed it, and of Councilman Steve Adams, who was appointed Sept. 18 to fill a seat that was vacant when the first vote was taken.Earlier, Perry was concerned about taking the money from the Riverside Police Department, where it was set to be used for a new detention facility.“After meeting with staff and representatives of the Police Department, I was convinced that we can move forward,” Perry said by phone Thursday, Oct. 5. “This has been such a controversial issue for so many years. It started well before I was on the council. … Hopefully, when people see the finished product, they will be happy with it.”Councilman Chuck Conder remained opposed to the plan’s price tag. He named several prominent local architects who he said told him they could build the library for significantly less.”


Sacramento Archives Crawl will celebrate the city’s quirk and oddities

From Sactown Magazine

” City historian Marcia Eymann shows tour participants the 1949 “Casey at the Bat” mural that once hung at Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons baseball team.In honor of National Archives Month, four local institutions will display rare artifacts and treasures from their collections for the seventh annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Oct. 7.
During the free event, the California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento Public Library and California State Library will lead visitors on tours of their facilities, including temperature-controlled rooms where artifacts are kept under lock and key. This year’s theme “It Came from the Archives?!” pays homage to the Northern California’s unusual relics.“A lot of people think that archives tend to have serious documents and we do have those,” says Dylan McDonald, deputy city historian at the Center for Sacramento History and a coordinator of this year’s crawl.”

San Diego library system launches literacy program for young children


” The city of San Diego library system Monday launched a literacy program designed to increase the number of books that parents and other caregivers read to young children.
Library patrons who want to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program can register online or at any city library location. Small rewards are offered when parents, caregivers and children hit milestones on the way to reading 1,000 books.”Experiencing books at a very young age opens up so many opportunities for children — opportunities that pay off well into adulthood,” said Misty Jones, the city’s library director. “By adding the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program at all 36 San Diego Public Library locations, we’re giving parents a clear path to follow to develop literacy skills in their children before they begin school.”Library officials cited data from the National Education Association that says 26 percent of children who were read to three or four times a week by a family member recognized all the letters of the alphabet. The ability for a child to recognize the alphabet drops to 14 percent for children who were read to less frequently.”

New Pleasant Hill Library: ‘If you build it, they will come’

From East Bay Times

“The line “If you build it, they will come” is from one of my favorite movies, “Field of Dreams,” and refers to the building of an iconic baseball field in the heartland of Iowa. I’m using it to refer to the building of an iconic new library in the core of Pleasant Hill.When I first ran for City Council in 2002, one of my primary goals was to get a new library for our community. I wrote, “Pleasant Hill deserves a modern state-of-the-art library that will meet our future needs.” I’ve been committed to that goal ever since. Some 15 years later, that dream is going to be a reality!For more than three years Pleasant Hill has been working to replace its aging library. Although the Pleasant Hill Library is the most popular in the county with over 1,200 daily visitors, the building is 66 years old and well beyond its shelf life. The county estimated it would cost more than $10 million to make repairs and upgrades.”

West Hollywood Celebrates Library’s 6th Anniversary with the First of Three Fall Events

From WEHOville

” WeHo Reads kicks off its Fall schedule on Friday with an open dress rehearsal of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s “Back In Circulation” as part of the celebration of the West Hollywood Library’s sixth anniversary.Built by the City of West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Library opened in October 2011. Christopher Hawthorne, writing in the Los Angeles Times, described it as “one of the seven or eight most impressive pieces of public architecture to open in Southern California in a decade.”The library’s notable features include long expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look over the major West Hollywood thoroughfare, San Vicente Boulevard, and across to the Pacific Design Center and MOCA Pacific Design Center.Friday’s is the first of three Fall events. On Oct. 10, celebrated author Armistead Maupin (“Tales of the City”) will discuss and sign his new book, “Logical Family: A Memoir.” On Nov. 14, author Chris Kraus (“I Love Dick,” “After Kathy Acker)” will join West Hollywood Poet Laureate Kim Dower in a conversation.Friday’s dress rehearsal performance of “Back in Circulation” begins at 7 p.m. at the library, which is at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. The Friends of the West Hollywood Library will offer refreshments and light bites.Duckler’s choreography will focus on the library’s vast windows as symbolic thresholds for sharing information, as well as containers of public space.”

Anaheim: 60 Years of bookmobile

From Anaheim Magazine

” It’s even better than the ice cream truck. While there’s no music or sweet, icy treats, Anaheim Libraries’ Bookmobile offers a lot more, bringing fun and learning to Anaheim’s neighborhoods. This year is the Bookmobile’s 60th year in service, a milestone that makes Bookmobile Supervisor Keely Hall proud. Hall herself has been at the helm for half of the Bookmobile’s life. She’s seen the concept evolve over the years, along with its role in the community. The Bookmobile began as Anaheim’s first branch library, bringing books and resources to those who lived far away from the city’s only brick-and-mortar library. As the number of library branches grew, the Bookmobile’s role changed. The first Bookmobile originally was a bakery van. Later versions included a school bus and a tractortrailer truck. Today’s Bookmobile is a bus that runs on natural gas. But the Bookmobile’s purpose has always been to bring all the resources of the library into Anaheim neighborhoods for all residents to enjoy. “We are encouraging a love of reading and literacy,” Hall said. And as the only library on wheels left in Orange County, Keely said the Bookmobile’s 60th birthday, which is actually Feb. 14, 2018, is that much more significant. The library will celebrate the Bookmobile’s birthday throughout the year. ”

Fairfield library reaches beyond its walls to connect with readers

From Daily Republic

“When David Greene was hired as a librarian in Solano County a little more than a year ago, he was instructed to think about finding unusual ways to do the usual things.The half-dozen residents who joined Greene for the inaugural Book Pub Club raised a glass in his direction after the hourlong gathering Wednesday, a metaphorical congratulations for achieving the goal. “I think this is cool. I’ve never participated in anything like this,” said Tim Loomis. “I like the free flow (of conversation).”The group met at Luigi’s Deli & Draft at 721 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. They ate, they drank and explored the details and vagaries of mysteries – whether in the written word or on the big screen or delivered through television programming.Most of those who attended described themselves as fans of mysteries, but did not necessarily like the same authors, or even fully agreed on what constitutes a mystery rather than perhaps a suspense-thriller or something that fits more comfortably under the banner of horror, but has an element of mystery to it.”