New Teen Services Librarian joins Ukiah Branch Library

From The Ukiah Daily Journal

“Katrina Griffiths is the new Teen Services Librarian at the Ukiah Branch Library. She’s working with Melissa Eleftherion Carr, who was the former Teen Librarian, and was promoted to her new position as Branch Librarian last summer. Griffiths brings with her seven years of experience as a teen librarian working abroad, in four different libraries in countries as diverse as Australia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and Sweden.Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Griffiths lived in Oregon for a time, and says “that’s when I pushed myself abroad.” She studied in Australia to become a librarian, and this is her first job back in the U.S.”


Mendocino County: Ukiah promotes a new branch leader

From Ukiah Daily

” Mendocino County librarian Melissa Carr spent her early years growing up in Brooklyn, New York. At age 28, Carr took her first step towards working for the Ukiah Library by moving to San Francisco to attend Mills College. After receiving her Masters in Fine Arts, Poetry, and Creative Writing, she spent a few years deliberating over her career path.
“I realized, after considering becoming a teacher, that I wanted to return to school for my Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State,” Carr said. “However, when I graduated in December of 2012, the field was extremely competitive, which made it difficult to find a job. Thankfully I had retained my employment at an accounting firm while in school, so I was able to work while looking for a position at a library.”When Carr was offered a job at the Ukiah Library four years ago, she quickly seized the opportunity and moved her family from Berkeley to Mendocino County.”

Dogs Days: Mendocino County library, shelter team up

From Daily Journal Local News

” On Saturday, staff from the Mendocino County Library and the county’s Animal Care Services collaborated to offer families a fun event showcasing adoptable dogs, creating opportunities for children to get up close and personal to friendly furry friends.The “Dog Days of Summer” event was well attended, with families and individuals petting dogs in the children’s room at the Ukiah Library, with some visitors taking a look at the dogs available for adoption.For two years, a similar library event has featured shelter cats and kittens, but organizers thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs who are eager to find a home.”

Britannica School and Escolar added to Mendocino County Library databases

From Daily Journal Lifestyle

“The State Library of California is providing at no cost to the Mendocino County Library two online databases for K-12 students: Britannica School and Britannica Escolar.Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica is available at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, tablets and on phones to all library users who access the site.Britannica School provides teachers and students with up-to-date, curated, and curriculum relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools and recommended web sites. Britannica School is designed for three levels of learning: Elementary, Middle and High School.”

Ukiah Seed Library helps Mendocino County residents grow their own food

From Ukiah Daily Journal

” Humans have been saving seeds for over 12,000 years; the knowledge of how to cultivate crops led to permanent settlements and the rise of civilizations, no longer requiring humans to travel nomadically for their sustenance.Over the centuries farmers have grown thousands of genetically distinct varieties of food crops, helping plants to adapt to different environments.Today much of this diversity is being lost; over the last 30 years plant breeding has become increasingly commercialized, dominated by international agricultural corporations that have established private monopolies in a quest to create genetic uniformity.”

Mendocino County history: 1934 – A milestone for the Ukiah Library

From Ukiah Daily

” On next Monday the Ukiah public library will have completed twenty years of existence as a Carnegie library, following seven years as town library. It seemed a fitting time to remind the people of Ukiah of the growth of the work of the library and to make public its aims and hopes of future greater usefulness.As the Saturday Afternoon club had been the original movers in securing the establishment of the library in 1907, and had also aided largely in securing a lot and Carnegie funds for the building in 1914, the library board invited the women of the club to sponsor a twentieth anniversary celebration.This invitation was accepted, and in accordance with their plans, on next Monday the library will hold open house all day and every resident of Ukiah and vicinity is cordially invited to drop in and see what the library offers in services to its patrons.”

Mendocino County: Lake County Library gets NEA Big Read grant

From Lake County News

” The Lake County Library is a recipient of a grant of $5,500 to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Lake County.A program of the NEA, the Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.Lake County Library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations across the country to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.The NEA Big Read in Lake County will focus on “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Activities will take place in October 2016.”