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 (hoopladigital.com).Library 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 hoopladigital.com 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.”

http://escalontimes.com/section/11/article/6590/

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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.”

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170526/makerspace-ready-for-unveiling-at-chavez-library

Stockton library branch reopens after 7 years

From KCRA

” 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.”

http://www.kcra.com/article/stockton-library-branch-reopens-after-7-years/9634585

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. ”

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170429/great-big-read-draws-hundreds-to-downtown-stockton

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.”

http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/Stockton-Calif-OKs-High-Speed-Internet-for-Libraries.html

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Children read to rescue animals at sanctuary’s library event

From Record Net

” To a small child learning how to read, picking up a book and pronouncing words to an adult can be quite intimidating.But two guinea pigs named Estella and Pip don’t mind being read to. Especially if there is spinach, carrots and dried cranberries to munch on.Dozens of children got the chance to read to and touch rescued farm animals at the Weston Ranch Library on Thursday afternoon, brought in by Christine Morrissey from the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary.Morrissey said Thursday’s Rescue Readers Club “reading to the animals” event was the first the sanctuary has done, and hopes for more similar events to be done every month at libraries across San Joaquin County.”Our organization has been around for a long time – about 10 years – but the Stockton community doesn’t know much about us,” she said.Located in French Camp, the nonprofit organization provides life-long care for 200 abused and neglected farm animal.”

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170126/show-and-tail-children-read-to-rescue-animals-at-sanctuarys-library-event

San Joaquin County-Stockton: Inspirational libraries

From Recordnet

“When the grant was first awarded, photographer Robert Dawson and his wife, Ellen Manchester, saw it as an assignment.They would chronicle the library and literacy efforts in San Joaquin County and Stockton, almost like an annual report, Manchester said.Two years later, in 2016, Dawson said the project had morphed into something much bigger than the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, which sought the grant, ever anticipated.The San Francisco-based couple knew that Stockton was reportedly one of the least-literate places in the country. It wasn’t enough to show the libraries and schools where people were reading or learning to read. For Dawson, it meant showing the broader community, the economic conditions that impact a community’s literacy.”

http://www.recordnet.com/entertainmentlife/20161104/art-roundup-inspirational-libraries