Novato bookstore’s good deals have supported Marin libraries for nearly 15 years

From MarinIJ

” For 14 years, the Book Place, run by the Friends of the Marin County Library, a nonprofit supporting the county library system, has sold books, DVDs, CDs and other media at heavily discounted prices. The shop also brings in more than $40,000 each year for the county library system’s 10 branches across Marin. The goal for the bookstore this fiscal year is to bring in $45,500 to fund the county library system’s summer learning program, Spanish materials and other programs.”

Marin: 3D printer leaves writer, grandkid thunderstruck

From Ross Valley Reporter

“My favorite technological advance has long been the GPS.Eons after I first used one, I’m still astounded each time I do. Including my iPhone version.But suddenly I — a 79-year-old who clearly remembers mimeograph machines — have a new fave, the 3D printer.Leaving me even more thunderstruck.I recently watched an Ultimaker2 at the Marin City Library try to create a tri-dimensional plastic Pegasus after my 9-year-old granddaughter fiddled with this dial and that button.Fiddled, of course, isn’t exactly scientific nomenclature.But it works for me anyway.Since the design she selected was ultra-complicated (and depicted the mythological white stallion partially in flight), the printer couldn’t turn her 2D image into a 3D figurine.She settled for a white owl.But the experience so impressed my also-thunderstruck grandchild, who stays with us in San Anselmo every other weekend, she set up a second appointment — to make a monochromatic, biodegradable thermoplastic polymer bust of her face and shoulders.”

Marin Snapshot: Marin’s top librarian targets literacy

From Marinij.Com

” Marin County’s chief librarian is a public information advocate who says libraries must give people what they want in the formats they seek when they want it. Librarian Sara Jones believes in customer service provided in a collaborative learning environment that focuses on literacy, education, communication and interaction. The 53-year-old San Rafael resident, honored as a Nevada librarian of the year before taking over in Marin almost three years ago, wants to increase literacy by making Marin’s library part of the formal education process.”

Marin history resonates in online newspaper archives

from the Marin Independent Journal

“The news of the day as reported by the Marin Journal and the Marin County Tocsin, another early local newspaper, is now just a click away thanks to a digital project in which editions covering 60 years dating to 1861 have been placed online as part of the California Room Digital Archive at the county library. The papers as well as others are part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection, a searchable database containing more than 600,000 pages of old California newspapers including the Sausalito News, the Daily Alta California and the San Francisco Call.”