Napa County: ‘How to’ festival offers a day of learning at the library

From Napa Valley Register

“Wandering around the Napa County Library on Saturday was like hitting the “I’m feeling lucky” button on Google – you didn’t know exactly what you were going to get, but you were going to learn something new.It was the library’s 2nd annual How-To Festival and it featured workshops in everything from jewelry making to foraging for food, writing a resume and how to make no-bake dog treats.The workshops, which lasted about an hour each, took place in four different areas of the library and were organized so that there would be something for everybody during each session. Although knowledge hungry adults attended the classes on navigating the mortgage process and being an informed voter, it was the family-friendly and craft workshops that really stole the show.”

New For Napa County Students: ‘One Card’ Access At Public Libraries

From Napa Valley Patch

” September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and NVUSD middle and high school students are already signed up, thanks to a new partnership between Napa County Library and Napa Valley Unified School District.The One Card program —the first of its kind in California — allows middle and high school students to use their school-generated student ID as their public library card, with a ready-made account ready to greet the student at the library building or online. ”

New Resource-Sharing Of Movies, Music, Books Comes To Napa County Library System

From Napa Valley Patch

” The Napa County Library’s access to materials just increased by 11 million movies, music and books through Link+, a consortium of libraries throughout the state of California and Nevada. To start, these items can be requested by patrons through library staff- either in person or by phone. These libraries include San Francisco Public, Oakland, Marin and numerous academic institutions.These items are received between five and seven days and patrons are notified upon arrival.The loan period for most items is the same 21 days as Napa County Library materials. Some movies and music are lent for seven days. If no one else has a hold on them, they can also be renewed, the same as our own materials.There’s no cost to get a library card or make use of this service.”

Napa: Joint-use library created for Pope Valley

From St. Helena Star

“The Napa County Library and Pope Valley Elementary School will celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their public library services project at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24….The project to expand and open the school’s library to the public began more than a year ago when Burkhart and Kreimeier began meeting to discuss the possibility, according to a press release. Both public agencies continued discussions until a formal agreement was signed in April. The project got an assist when the California State Library gave a $10,000 grant to purchase a self-check machine to be used at the location.”

The first stitch: Teens learn sewing at the Napa County Library

From Napa Valley Register

“Is sewing a lost art? Not at the Napa County Library.The first sewing class at the library was offered on Friday and the five pre-teen and teenage girls who attended couldn’t have been happier.Although the class was quiet and the students were timid at first, the atmosphere quickly changed as instructor and Library associate Fumiyo Whistler guided them through the mechanics of the sewing machine and had them practice stitching.”

Napa County: Easy English Times aims to improve adult literacy

From Napa Valley Register

“There are students the world over who, when they want to learn how to read in English, turn to a Napa-based publication, Easy English Times.For two decades, Easy English Times has been used as an important “real life” resource in literacy and English programs. The eight-page newspaper is printed 10 times a year and is distributed all over the world.The Easy English Times includes articles about current events, life skills and citizenship, and it even showcases student writing. The pieces are written at varying levels of difficulty in order to accommodate a wide array of readers.Publisher Betty Malmgren started the newspaper along with a few others after realizing that there were English as a Second Language classes that were using outdated and expensive textbooks.”

Napa County: County library offering live online chatting

From Napa Valley Register

” Napa County is celebrating its 166th birthday with a new online chat feature on The instant messaging function allows users to chat directly with staff to answer questions.The Napa County Library is the first department to participate in online chatting.”