New Lodi library director making community outreach a priority

From Recordnet

“The Lodi Public Library’s Board of Trustees has named a new library director.The Board of Trustees was scheduled to approve the hiring of Anwan Baker during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lodi Public Library at 201 W. Locust St. Baker will earn $120,000 a year plus the same benefits offered to other department heads, including six months’ pay for termination without cause.Baker, a Palatka, Florida, native, has served as the Berkeley Public Library’s adult services supervisor since 2012, where he developed several community-oriented programs and services, according to a statement from the Lodi Public Library.“In Mr. Baker, the Board is delighted to have found someone who has the skills and passion to lead the Lodi Public Library,” Board President Caitlin Casey said in a statement. “At a time when libraries are adjusting to new needs and expectations, Mr. Baker brings a variety of talents that ensure the library remains a relevant and vital resource for the Lodi community.”Baker is a former social worker in child welfare, a profession he said he left after it became increasingly difficult to handle the amount of abuse he saw as part of his job.’

Lodi Library opens new teen center

From Lodi News

” Guests of all ages enjoyed appetizers, deserts and strawberry lemonade at Lodi Public Library as they celebrated the grand opening of a new teen center on Tuesday evening.Designed by Sam Harper of WNB Architects, TEENS@201 features two rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass walls as well as a courtyard, all named after some of the donors who helped fund the construction of the Lodi Public Library Foundation’s latest project.Children draw on interactive whiteboards mounted to the walls of the Michael David Family Foundation Lounge, which also features a variety of chairs and table surfaces.A door from the lounge leads outside to the Dr. Ram and Radhika Courtyard, where concrete walls hold inset benches covered by mesh awnings to provide shade.”

Lodi Public Library, Ninja Pandas to host local residents at 2018 Global Game Jam

From Lodi News

“On Friday afternoon, a group of game lovers will gather at the Lodi Public Library, ready to get creative. By 5 p.m. Sunday, they’ll have produced games of their own — digital games, board games or anything in between.The library is hosting one of more than 800 sites for the 10th annual Global Game Jam, and everyone who wants to join in the collaborative game-building effort is invited to join the fun.“When you see it, it’s just a neat thing to be able to experience, how people come together and create,” said Clare Bhakta, who is organizing the Lodi part of the event with her husband Jateen Bhakta.The pair lead Ninja Pandas, teaching game-making and coding skills to kids at the library’s Code {STEAM} workshops and summer tech camp. Jateen Bhakta has always wanted to help lead a game jam, Clare said, and it seemed like a great way to get kids and adults alike involved.”

Lodi Library Plans Culinary Challenges

From Lodi Daily Voice

” To kick off Health Literacy Month – a time for organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information – the Lodi Memorial Library is hosting a pair of healthy eating programs for kids and adults.”

Construction begins on Lodi Public Library’s Homework Help Center

From Lodi News

“Construction is underway at the Lodi Public Library as crews begin to pour cement over the old patio next to the parking lot. This patio area will soon become a new Homework Help study room to accommodate the growing number of students using the library’s free tutoring services.“We’re so excited because it’s a huge deal. It’s a free program offered to the city with 95 percent of the students coming from Lodi Unified School District. You can’t get tutoring at any other place for free and in a safe environment,” said Library Services Director Dean Gualco.Its part of a series of renovations and new services the library wants to provide for the community including a Teen Scene area, and new ways to learn.The $270,000 Homework Help study room will fill a 538-square-foot space, seating 35, and will feature tall windows that let natural light into the area. Out of the total cost for the project, the library provided $172,500 from its reserves while the Lodi Public Library Foundation donated $131,500 for the project. The contract with Swierstok Enterprise, Inc of Orangevale was approved in April this year.”

Lodi Public Library takes another step into digital age

From Lodi News

“Now, library patrons will have access to thousands of downloadable books — fiction, nonfiction and children’s stories — thanks to Lodi Public Library’s new eBook program.“It’s a great boon for libraries in the system,” said library director Dean Gualco.That system is quite a simple concept. Library card holders can log into the digital library at From there, they can checkout up to eight eBooks and eAudiobooks at a time.Downloading a book will put a file on their computer, smartphone, tablet or Kindle-Nook eReader. The books have a lifespan of three weeks, at which time the file automatically erases itself.”

Some Lodi Library computers hit Internet connection speed bumps

From Lodi News

“The library can be a wonderful resource for knowledge and information. To help residents gain this information, the Lodi Public Library has meticulously-kept computers galore. But even the best-equipped library can be defeated by one single component: a slow Internet connection.”