Opportunity Knocking At Beaumont Library: Career Online H.S.

From Banning Patch

” Opportunity knocked when Edwin Romero visited his hometown library. As his daughters sat quietly reading, Romero spotted a brochure about ‘Career Online High School.'”I’m 46 years old,” Romero thought to himself. “But it’s never too late to start.”Ten months later, Romero had earned a scholarship and become the first graduate of the Career Online High School program through the Beaumont Library.Since graduating in 2017, Romero, a cable company installer, has set his sights on becoming a cybersecurity expert.The Career Online High School program is also offered across the Inland Empire at branches of the Riverside County Library System and the San Bernardino County Library.”


Back in the Day: Beaumont Library is historic for at least two reasons

From The Press Enterprise

“The Beaumont Library, located at the southeast corner of 8th and California Streets in Beaumont, has the distinction of being the longest-operating library in its original building in Riverside County.It is also the lone survivor of the four Carnegie libraries that once graced the landscape of western Riverside County.The effort to have a library in Beaumont dates to 1910-11, when members of the San Gorgonio Club (the precursor to the Beaumont Women’s Club) organized a drive to form a library district.On Aug. 12, 1911, a special election was held to ask the voters of Beaumont and the surrounding area whether to assess such a district for library purposes. The effort succeeded, despite the fact that the women who organized it could not vote in that election (they missed it by two months – women’s suffrage passed in California in October 1911!)The first task at hand in developing a library was finding a site. One site was located, but a cry went up that forced the trustees to look at another. That second site was also unsuitable for many, so another vote was held in which a third site — the present site of the library — was agreed upon and the matter was settled.”


Meet the new director of the Beaumont Library District

From Record Gazette

” The Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees will be hosting a public reception at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 25, in the library’s Laura May Stewart Room to welcome new director, Luren Dickinson, who was appointed last month to replace longtime librarian, Clara J. DiFelice, upon her retirement.Dickinson, a native of New York State, obtained his MLS degree from UCLA in 1978 and during his career has served as library director at four public libraries in three states, including Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in Ohio, Reading Public Library in Pennsylvania, Jackson District Library in Michigan, and Shaker Height Public Library in Ohio.He served as principal librarian at Beaumont Library for the past year prior to being named director. During that time, he has been active in enhancing the library’s public relations program.”


Beaumont Library’s longest serving director retires after 27 years

From Record Gazette

” At its regular meeting on April 27, the Beaumont Library District Board of Trustees accepted the retirement of longtime Director, Clara J. DiFelice, effective April 10. Principal Librarian Luren Dickinson was appointed as the new Director, effective May 1.DiFelice, a native of New York State, obtained her MLIS degree from the University of Buffalo in 1978. Her early professional positions were with academic libraries, including Oakland University in Michigan and Washington & Lee University in Virginia. She worked for Palm Springs Public Library in the late 1980s before becoming Beaumont Library District’s Director in August 1990. Less than 15,000 people lived in the library service district of Beaumont and Cherry Valley when DiFelice started and now that number has grown to 70,000. Major accomplishments during her tenure were the elimination of the card catalog when the collection was first barcoded and the circulation of materials was first automated in 1993. Public computers were added through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.”


Veterans Resource Center opens in Beaumont

From Record Gazette

” The Veterans Resource Center officially opened its doors Tuesday morning inside the Beaumont Library, drawing close to 30 visitors on the first day that the center began offering assistance to veterans on issues involving health benefits and housing.”