Altadena Library District Announces New District Director

From Pasadena Now

” The Altadena Library District today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Nikki Winslow to District Director, effective November 4, 2019. Winslow succeeds Interim District Director Cindy Cleary, who has led the Altadena Libraries since February 2019.About the transition, Cleary said, “My work over the past several months has been focused on establishing a more stable foundation for our District, upon which my replacement can build. I am proud of what the Trustees and staff have accomplished during my tenure and feel confident that Ms. Winslow’s breadth of experience makes her the ideal candidate to keep the Altadena Libraries moving forward with positive momentum.” Ms. Winslow has more than 14 years of experience innovating in library systems. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2001 and from the University of North Texas with a Master’s of Library and Information Science in 2005.”

Altadena Library Director’s Attorney Seeks Independent Investigation and Trustee Recusals

From Colorado Boulevard

” Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay’s attorney today warned the Library District’s governing Board that the emails showing Brown Act violations disclosed last week were “just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.”In a 7-page letter (see below) to the Library District Board of Trustees, civil rights attorney Dale Gronemeier demanded the Board “hire an independent investigator to review and publicly report on the extent of Brown Act violations and other misconduct;” if the Library does not hire an independent investigator, he asserted there would be a “coming storm” of “embarrassing email after email dripping out month-by-month because we have to resort to public shaming of the Library leadership in order to address these issues.”Gronemeier and his partner Skip Hickambottom last Thursday made a series of 7 presentations to the Library’s Board of Trustees public meeting as it moved through the agenda.”

Altadena Library going to seed. Literally.

From Pasadena Star News

“Libraries were supposed to be wiped out by the internet, but like an animal facing extinction, they’ve adapted, adding computer lounges, e-book lending, searchable data bases and free movie rentals.Now, Altadena Public Library is going to seed. Literally.It is adding a seed library to its collection of books and periodicals. Patrons pay $10 get a lifetime membership. They can take out a lettuce seed or a bean seed or a handful of both, plant them in their gardens and then at the end of the season, collect the seeds and return them to the library. That way, the seed inventory gets replenished. And someone else could “borrow” them.The Altadena Library District formed an agreement with the Venice-based Seed Library of Los Angeles to open a seed-lending branch at the main library, 600 E. Mariposa St. in Altadena. The seed library will be open the first Saturday of each month, starting Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Altadena library’s community room.”

Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more

From Los Angeles Daily News

” If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.The Altadena Library opened the Fab Lab, a fabrication lab that has Mac computers, 3-D printers and other tools, in May. The space is used for classes in photo and video editing and more.“Maker spaces are a big deal in libraries these days,” Altadena Library public services director Ryan Roy said. “It’s kind of a trend in libraries, and many libraries are creating spaces for the public to come in and create things.”When a teen comes into the library to borrow a video game, he will be told about the free video game programming and building sessions offered at the Fab Lab.“We get them in the door with the movies and the games, but we keep them with the programs,” Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay said.Tradition and technology are combining at the Long Beach Public Library.“Our most popular service that we provide is our children’s collection,” Long Beach Public Library community information specialist Shiela Sorenson said. “We provide games online that help with their sensory learning and their literacy. And also our collection of children’s books is in high demand.”The library has an extensive collection of children’s books for checkout, as well as audio and e-books especially for kids.”

Pasadena: Celebrate National Library Week

From Pasadena Now

“National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to education, technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are your trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large. Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.Libraries also provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse wants and interests, including cultural and arts programming, materials in alternate formats such as large print, multilingual internet trainings, bilingual story hours, English as a Second Language classes and many other programs.Here in Altadena,California, we promote early literacy to children and their parents and caregivers through our children’s educational programming which includes Story Times and other programs. Teens and Adults have access to the newest technologies such as 3D printers and Virtual Reality tools. Our library programming and offerings continue to expand to reflect the changing needs of our community.This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” and Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy is lending her support as National Library Week Honorary Chair.”

Altadena Library Partners with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

From Pasadena Now

” The Altadena Library is partnering with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the annual holiday toy and canned food drive.Between November 14 and December 9, all library patrons with outstanding library fines can bring in new toys or non-perishable items for donation, in exchange for their fines being waived.Both the main library at 600 East Mariposa Street and the Bob Lucas Memorial Library at 2659 Lincoln Avenue will be accepting donations for the holiday drive.Toys must be new, in their original packaging and not gift-wrapped to be accepted. Canned food items must not have expired.The library cannot waive fees for lost or damaged items.The library has also released a list of the fine amounts and the items that would correspond to them in order for the fines to be waived.Fines of from $1 to $5 will be waived with a donation of two canned items or toys, $6 to $10 for three canned goods or toys, $11 to $20 for four canned items or toys, $21 to $30 for five items, and $31 to $50 for 6 canned items or toys.”

A New Way to Access Digital Magazines at Altadena Library

From Pasadena Now

“Patrons of Altadena Library District in Altadena can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster® from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. Altadena Library District has both Flipster and hardcopy versions of magazines such as People, Rolling Stone and O, The Oprah Magazine and more so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.”