Oceanside library receives California Humanities grant to engage local immigrants

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Ocenside Public Library celebrated a success Thursday, winning a grant from California Humanities’ Library Innovation Lab.Oceanside was one of 12 libraries across the state to receive one of these grants, which are meant to build bridges into local immigrant communities. Now all this library has to do is devise a successful program.“We haven’t got that cemented yet,” said Kris Moralez, the library’s community outreach coordinator. “At this point, we need to do some outreach to find out what the communities in Oceanside need.”
One source of inspiration: Oceanside’s counterparts in Chula Vista. Last year, the public library in that South Bay city used its California Humanities grant to create “One Mile,” a program that challenged patrons to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”Immigration was explored through films, guest speakers, stories and virtual reality. A key goal of the project was to link younger and older patrons.“For instance,” Moralez said, “grandparents and grandkids would both put on virtual reality glasses and walk through neighborhoods of Mexican cities or whatever country they came from.“I’m hoping to do something great like that.”Joy Whatley, Chula Vista’s city librarian who worked on “One Mile,” is acting as a mentor to this year’s crop of grant


Oceanside Library opens Veterans Resource Center

From The Coast News Group

“The Civic Center Library recently opened a Veterans Resource Center stocked with books and resource materials for military and their families. The resource center is designed as a one-stop shop for military to find information, resources and services.Two full shelves on the library’s second floor display books, resource guides and information pamphlets geared towards veterans. Books that focus on veterans’ interests range from transitioning from the military, to benefits, employment and finance, health and family.Materials were purchased through a California State Library and California Department of Veterans Affairs, CalVet grant, and have been available for check out since January.Volunteers started to operate the center this month, on Wednesday afternoons.A dedicated laptop and printer are available for veterans and their families to register with CalVet, and get information on benefits and services.”


Oceanside: Library proves to be a place for everyone

From The Coast News Group

” On Monday laughs, camaraderie, and shouts of “bingo” could be heard coming from the Civic Center Library second floor meeting room. About a dozen gathered for the first meeting of the social club for adults with learning disabilities.Natalie Pfenninger came up with the club idea. She is a library regular who stops in once or twice a week, and a developmentally disabled adult.”