Sacramento: Suspect in California librarian’s murder had frightened library workers in St. Louis area, police say

From St. Louis Post Dispatch

“A man accused of executing a librarian in Sacramento, Calif., was repeatedly thrown out of libraries throughout the St. Louis area earlier this year for a pattern of erratic and frightening behavior.Ronald Seay, 56, was tossed out of a library in Ferguson in August, and one in Brentwood in September. He threatened library workers and officers. In one case, he wouldn’t leave, so officers arrested him for trespassing.Ronald Seay was charged in the Dec. 11, 2018, murder of a librarian in Sacramento, Calif., who police say was targeted by Seay. He had lived in the St. Louis area and had been banned from libraries here after encounters with employees, authorities say. A police major in Brentwood searching Seay’s criminal history after their run-in with Seay found at least a half-dozen other libraries in the metro area that had issues with Seay, Brentwood Police Chief Joe Spiess said. “Exhibiting the same crazy stuff, different cities,” Spiess said. Seay’s actions in the St. Louis area caused concern, but no charges beyond trespassing. But on Dec. 11 at the North Natomas Public Library in Sacramento, Seay waited for a librarian to go to her car after work, then shot her dead, police said.”


Sacramento: North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death

From CBS Sacramento

” The Sacramento Public Library – North Natomas library is back open today after one of their supervisors was shot and killed in the parking lot Tuesday night.Clark was shot and killed in the library parking lot Tuesday evening a little after 6 p.m., right after she had gotten off work. Police say she was targeted, but they say they no suspects or a motive. AMBER CLARK SAC LIB North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisors Death. Authorities are still investigating the murder of 41-year-old Amber Clark after the library was closed yesterday. The library reopened Friday at noon.Julie Lang stopped by the branch early Thursday morning with flowers in hand. She started a makeshift memorial for amber Clark.”

North Natomas Library Reopens Following Library Supervisor’s Death

Free pet clinic comes to Sacramento library


” People lined up at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Sunday, not to get books, but to see a veterinarian.Street vets with nonprofit 4 R Friends helped more than 400 dogs at a free clinic at the library on 24th Street.The vet in charge said she was happy to be out in the community, offering pets life-saving treatments that can be a financial burden for some families.”

Sacramento: 5 ways the value of a book is made real by schools

From ABC 10

” Books have inherent value to students, and schools in the Great Sacramento Area are tasked with making these values practical both in and out of the class.Summer reading challenges like those at Raymond Case Elementary School in Elk Grove or the Sacramento Public Library’s Reading Challenge 2018 may have reached their finales, but, the desire to have children engage with a book over the summer, while young, and outside of class will likely continue. The reason schools and other public institutions continue to engage students outside the classroom for learning is to serve the student through what are considered critical times.According to Dr. Marcy Merrill, Professor of Language and Literacy at Sacramento State University, these timely efforts focus on the potential loss of cognitive skills and educational gains over the summer and capitalize on opportune moments in a child’s ability to learn.”

Summer programs get $311K boost from Sacramento City Council


“Hundreds of thousands of dollars will soon be coming to summer youth programs after the Sacramento City Council approved the extra money in a vote Tuesday night.The plan calls for $311,000 in one-time funding for summer youth programs in the Meadowview area.That money would directly benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on 24th Street. It’s one of two libraries that could get an additional $130,000, based on a staff recommendation.The program’s premise is to provide extra resources for kids in the Meadowview area of Sacramento, giving them the opportunities and training they need to succeed.Expanded library hours could mean more computer time and more opportunities to learn for students like sixth-grader Husna Sabeer. She said she’s excited that her favorite library might be open seven days a week for the entire summer, starting June 1.“I think that’s great,” Sabeer said. “That way, the children can study and use computers for homework, can type their essays and things like that.”The extra library hours could also mean more STEM programs. One of those programs, Summer Night Lights, would get $100,000 for teen training in creating a safe environment within the neighborhood.”

‘Lady Bird’ lovefest continues as Sacramento library receives an autographed memento

From The Sacramento Bee

” Nearly six months after the wide release of “Lady Bird,” both the film and its director, Greta Gerwig, are still racking up recognition and accolades for a movie that brought the pop-culture spotlight onto Sacramento, Gerwig’s hometown.Her latest contribution to the city was a copy of the film’s script, signed by Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan (who plays the title character, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson), and donated to the Sacramento Public Library system by a local resident, according to a library Facebook post.”

Sacramento Public Library to Celebrate 100 Years

From Rocklin and Roseville Today

” Sacramento Public Library will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the opening of Sacramento’s historic City Library with exhibits of Sacramento’s culture and history and behind-the-scenes tours on April 22 at 1 p.m. Admission is free and limited to the first 100 people.The anniversary celebration will take place in the Sacramento Room – the reference room of the 1918 Carnegie-funded Central Library before the library was expanded to its current size in 1988.History buffs and architecture enthusiasts will find something to love during the celebrations, whether it’s an exclusive look inside the climate-controlled vault holding rare Sacramento documents and ephemera, a telling of the history of the library by DeWilde, or a guided tour of the original Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture in the historic library – including the original staircase and entrance normally off-limits to visitors.”