San Jose: Free, Fun Math Tutoring Program Is Brainchild Of 2 Bay Area Teen Friends

From CBS Local

” It is summertime and Maya Nayak and Monjish Bhattacharyya could be taking it easy. Instead the two 17-year-olds are teaching younger children math. When Nayak and Bhattacharyya were in 7th grade, the childhood friends saw a need for free math tutoring in their local community.So in 2015 they formed FunMath4Kids, and started teaching a handful of younger students at a single San Jose library branch. Since then, the organization has expanded into a half a dozen libraries, with 40 plus volunteers teaching math to nearly 1500 students.”

Free, Fun Math Tutoring Program Is Brainchild Of 2 Bay Area Teen Friends

San Jose : Annual reading program focuses on caregiving

From The Mercury News

” Although caregiving is typically associated with nurses and hospitals, it’s also something that often falls on the shoulders of a mother, father, daughter, son, wife or husband and can affect an entire family.In recognition of such an important responsibility, this year’s theme for the annual Silicon Valley Reads program, “No What What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” focuses on caregiving.Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District and San Jose Public Library, this year’s program asks people to think, discuss and share the perspectives of caregivers through multiple free events such as art exhibits, films and panel discussions.The regional program will kick off on Feb. 1 at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino and conclude on April 15.“At some point we’ll be a caregiver in our lifetime,” said Nancy Howe, executive director of the Santa Clara County Library District.About 43.5 million Americans are unpaid caregivers who help family or friends with daily living activities and medical tasks, she added.”

San Jose: Raising a toast to Library Director Jill Bourne

From The Mercury News

“The San Jose Library Foundation showed its appreciation for Library Director Jill Bourne with a reception last Friday to celebrate her selection as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year for 2017. And while you might think such a party — especially one held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library — might be a quiet affair, it was anything but.Elected officials and city staff clowned around at a photo booth, munched on cupcakes bearing Bourne’s image and donned stereotypical “librarian glasses” during the party on the library’s eighth floor. The only “Shhh…” heard was when someone ordered a drink with that name. (The best cocktail name of the night was a Bellini called the 398.2. That’s the Dewey Decimal System number for Fairy Tales.)And while the Library Journal issue with her face on the cover was everywhere, Bourne still managed to deflect the praises sung by Mayor Sam Liccardo and City Manager Norberto Dueñas. “As soon as i learned about this honor — it really is huge in my industry — I was in disbelief,” said Bourne, who was wooed last year by the Boston library but decided to stay in San Jose. “The folks that got us this award were my incredible team. And I wanted to have a reception locally to honor the work of our library staff.”During Bourne’s tenure, the library has restored hours, brought patrons back into the fold through fine forgiveness and established new programs like Citizenship Corners and a free summer lunch program for kids.”

San Jose : Grand opening of mobile lab this Saturday

From San Francisco Bay Area News

” A 39-foot mobile lab will soon be traveling through San Jose to give people the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, San Jose library officials announced.A grand opening was scheduled for Saturday for the Maker[Space]Ship, which is equipped with state-of-the-art maker technology such as a 3D printer, laser cutter, telescopes, video cameras and microscopes.The lab, which is inside a custom-designed bus, was in the works for over two years and it’s free for everyone, according to library officials.”

San Jose council approves reducing library fines, amnesty program

From San Jose Mercury News

“Major changes are coming to city libraries after San Jose leaders Tuesday agreed to reduce fines, forgive penalties and welcome back borrowers who have been blocked from the library after accruing debt for late or lost items.The San Jose Public Library is strapped with a stunning $6.8 million in unpaid fines and fees. The debt began racking up in 2009 when city leaders doubled penalties for late or missing items — much more than neighboring libraries in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Clara County.Nearly 40 percent of all San Jose library accounts — about 187,000 — owe the library money, and three cardholders owe $10,000 or more. But the youngest patrons are the ones hit hardest, officials say, because nearly half the blocked accounts belong to youth.”

San Jose council might put off library changes to ‘explore’ new partnership

From San Jose Mercury News

“With kids owing nearly half of the city library’s unpaid fines or fees, San Jose leaders want to make sure youth still have access to books and are considering working with a nonprofit to replace lost or damaged children’s books.”The library ought to be seen as equal and accessible to all kids that want to learn,” said Emmett Carson, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His organization sought out Mayor Sam Liccardo after media coverage in March highlighted a stunning $6.8 million in unpaid fees owed to the library.Carson said discussions with City Hall have been ongoing, but the idea came to light a day before the City Council was set to vote on Library Director Jill Bourne’s recommendations to improve library access, including reducing fees, lowering checkout limits and launching an amnesty program.”

San Jose: Three people owe library more than $10,000 for overdue books

From San Jose Mercury News

” Three people owe the San Jose Public Library more than $10,000 for overdue or lost books, seven more racked up fines totaling more than $5,000 and nearly 130 face penalties of at least $1,000, records obtained by this newspaper show.How book-borrowers could amass such a staggering debt is hard to say — the city refuses to divulge who they are. But San Jose’s highest unpaid individual library fines, as well as the total penalties owed, dwarf those in San Francisco or Oakland.”