San Diego librarians undergo ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training

From 10 News San Diego

” The job description of a librarian goes far beyond recommending books and organizing shelves — they’re often the first responders when someone needs help in the library.”I think there’s a misperception of what librarians would be. Everybody has a bun in their hair and a pocket pen protector,” said Joe Miesner, access services librarian at San Diego Central Library.Miesner has been working at San Diego libraries for 26 years. He and his colleagues say they got into the field to help the community.”We’re a great community link where everybody is welcome,” said Miesner.Most of the librarians have been trained in traditional first aid, but they will soon learn how to address the hidden wounds.Staff with the San Diego Public Library are taking part in the Mental Health First Aid course, learning skills to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem or experiencing a crisis.”

At San Diego’s libraries, you can check out bike tools, language classes and Wi-Fi hotspots

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

” Maybe it’s a photo from your family trip to Disneyland, circa 1971. The one where you are rocking a suede headband and a Donny Osmond T-shirt. Or that Beta tape of your 21st birthday party, the one whose contents will be revealed on a need-to-know basis. Or your battered cassette copy of the one album Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks recorded as a duo, which is now selling for $100 on Amazon.These and other treasures can be saved from the technology graveyard thanks to the Memory Lab at the La Jolla-Riford Library, where patrons can use a host of gadgets to turn their various tapes, photos and discs to digital formats.”

Self-checkout coming to all San Diego libraries

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Self-checkout computer kiosks are being installed across the city of San Diego’s 36-branch library system this year to eliminate long lines, free workers up for other tasks and make inventory more efficient and accurate.Installation of the kiosks, which began in late December and will conclude in July, is requiring two-week closures of some branches on a rolling basis.The kiosks include a feature allowing library patrons to get a list of other recommended books or videos based on what they’ve previously checked out.The new technology could allow the library system to shrink its staff or allow branches to stay open more hours with the same personnel.But Sheila Burnett, deputy director of the city’s library system, said so far employees are being redeployed to other tasks.”

Rancho Bernardo’s youth services librarian is following in mom’s footsteps

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Rancho Bernardo Library’s new youth services librarian said she wants to make the library a more educational and fun place to visit.Laura Anthony — who began earlier this month — said she wants to increase teen programming, is starting an all-ages chess club that will meet on Tuesday nights, wants to have sensory-friendly events for kids on the autism spectrum through a partnership with RB-based Kids Therapy Associates, and plans to have more “fun” science programs.The Lifescanner insect identification kit available for children to check out through April 8. (-Elizabeth Marie Himchak)The latter includes a new city-wide library program called “The Catalog of Life @ the Library.” It is a month-long project that runs through April 8 and geared to 9- to 12-year-olds. Kids may check out a Lifescanner kit, collect up to four bugs then return the kit and bugs to the library. Each bug is to be placed in an individual liquid-filled vial. Anthony will forward the samples to project officials for study.”

STEAM Workshops to Inspire Kids at Libraries Across San Diego

From Times of San Diego

” A free, three-month children’s science program will include classes and workshops at San Diego Public Library branches around the city.“Spring into STEAM,” designed for youngsters 9 through 12 years old, features courses on entomology, beekeeping, solar energy, computer coding, geometry and circuitry. The program will also include a project in which residents are encouraged to collect and identify new species in the San Diego area.“San Diego’s libraries are centers for learning, and we’re always looking to create more opportunities in our libraries to help our youth get ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.“With Spring into STEAM, we’re giving schoolchildren hands-on training in science, technology, engineering, arts and math in the hopes of inspiring San Diego’s next generation of thinkers, innovators and makers,” Faulconer said. “The experiences they share through this program are like keys that open up worlds of opportunity.”Librarians will teach some of the courses along with community partners like entomologist Bill Burkhardt, beekeeper and educator Hilary Kearney, computer science education company ThoughtSTEM, the All Girls STEM Society and The League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineers, which connects local schools with professionals in science fields and classroom resources.”

New San Diego library program aims to engage kids with science, computers

From San Diego Union Tribune

” A new program aimed at encouraging children ages 9 to 12 to get interested in computers, math and science launches next week at all 36 branches of the San Diego library system.Called “Spring into STEAM,” the program will offer workshops in March, April and May. It begins March 2.“We know that science education is so important now, and technology is changing so fast,” said Misty Jones, library director. “We see this as a way to get kids involved, to expose them to new ideas and help them explore the world around them.”STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and there will be workshops in each area. This year’s theme is “Bug Out!” so the science workshop will feature an entomologist explaining the survival strategies of insects. The engineering workshop will focus on bees as builders. For math, the kids will explore spatial geometry by making 3-D paper insects.”

One Book, One San Diego at the El Cajon Branch Library ECC

From The Californian

” As part of its 10th anniversary, KPBS’s One Book, One San Diego, in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego, flew in Mr. Morris Lessmore’s Fantastic Flying Books to El Cajon Library this past Saturday to help promote literacy and a love of reading in local children. One Book, One San Diego is a binational program where people from both sides of the border nominate recent books for a kind of community-wide book club where the same books are discussed around the region in a variety of events throughout the year. The program includes selections for adults, teenagers and children. This year, the selection for children was the same as in 2015, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce, the inspiration behind an Academy Award winning short film of the same name.Minhhieu Phamvu, Girl Scouts San Diego’s Troop Support Specialist and the Lead Event Coordinator for the event, said the reason that book was picked again in 2016 as the One Book selection was that this year there was no other winner in the category and the message in “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” was still relevant today. She said the book was a wonderful story about how books and inspiration from words can revive the human spirit.”