Stockton, Lagging in Literacy, Focuses on Neglected Library System

From Comstocks

“A 2010 report of the most literate cities in the U.S. placed Stockton at the absolute bottom. The city had climbed three spots on the list by 2016. That was the same year voters passed Measure M, the Library and Recreation Special Tax, approving $200 million for these services.Stockton resident Mas’ood Cajee says the measure has already improved Stockton’s library system. Cajee had volunteered as chair of the advocacy group Strong Libraries = Strong Communities to get Measure M passed, and was then appointed by newly elected Mayor Michael Tubbs as chair of the oversight committee for administering funds.”

Stockton Plans Library, Recreation Center Combo

From Fox 40

“Tackling literacy and obesity at the same time, a multi-million-dollar project is coming to northeast Stockton.The city held a community meeting about the new library and recreation center project, and city leaders are hoping this will transform the community.Stockton Community Services are in the process of designing a joint library and community recreation center in northeast Stockton.“We realized that we don’t have enough libraries and recreation centers,” said Suzy Daveluy.Deputy of Community Services, Suzy Daveuly, says this project was needed.
“We don’t have enough community spaces for our community members and there’s definitely a lack of things going on in northeast Stockton,” said Daveuly.The $15 million project is funded by the measure M tax, which voters approved in 2016.Saturday, the city held two public meetings to find out what else people want included in the project.”

Stockton Plans Library, Recreation Center Combo

Stockton-San Joaquin County: County Libraries Partner With Hoopla Digital

From The Escalon Times

” Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library System officials have announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital ( card-holders in Stockton, Escalon, Lathrop, Linden, Manteca, Mountain House, Ripon, Thornton, and Tracy locations can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Makerspace ready for unveiling at Chavez Library

From Recordnet

” Local business leaders will celebrate the completion of an upgrade and beautification project of one of the city’s libraries next week.The Leadership Stockton Class of 2017 will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cesar Chavez Library from 5-6 p.m. June 2 , marking the end of an 11-month project aimed at bringing beauty, education, technology, resources and hope to the city.As part of the Creation and Access with Resources and Technology program, or CART, the class worked with Cesar Chavez Library to build and promote a makerspace in a former computer lab the entire community can use to improve 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.The makerspace includes a variety of equipment including three 3D printers, a laser cutter, circuit machine, virtual reality equipment, video and sound editing equipment, among others, that residents may not have access to in their daily lives.”

Stockton library branch reopens after 7 years


” City of Stockton library cardholders can now check out new books and use new computers at the Fair Oaks Library, which reopened Wednesday after seven years.Hundreds lined up outside the building Wednesday for a chance to see the revived library.“I just remember the fact that when I was a child and my actual mother, coming here just to read books with me,” recalled Markis Sosa, who fought vigorously with other community members to have the library reopened.Books were just one part of the equation for Sosa.“I also have a speech impediment (and) I was able to somewhat overcome that,” he said.In addition to providing Sosa an educational resource, the library proved to be much more.”

Great Big Read draws hundreds to downtown Stockton

From Recordnet.Com

“Janet Leigh Plaza in downtown Stockton was alive with music, games and storytelling as part of an event aimed at increasing an interest in reading among youngsters on Saturday.The Downtown Stockton Alliance, city of Stockton and the San Joaquin Public Library hosted the second annual Great Big Read, featuring a variety of activities designed to promote reading such as making bookmarks and creating postcards and coloring books.“The purpose is to just bring literacy alive, especially for the families you see here,” Stockton City Librarian Suzy Daveluy said. “It’s encouraging to see how literacy is providing access to books. And it provides support to young people who just love to read.”Last year’s event attracted about 300 people to Janet Leigh Plaza, Daveluy said, and even more people attended Saturday. ”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: OKs High-Speed Internet for Libraries

From Govtech

“For those who surf the Web at public libraries in Stockton and San Joaquin County, the concept of high-speed broadband either is a rumor or a nostalgic throwback to the glory days of dial-up internet.In other words, that site you just called up on your browser is loading slowly, the video you want to watch is buffering and the online experience is suffering.But the problem — which most acutely affects those lacking internet service at home — soon will be solved, says John Alita, Stockton’s director of community services. Higher-speed internet service is on its way to the five branches in Stockton and the eight other branches in the county.”