SLO County Public Libraries offer tech-focused Mobile MakerKits


” Public libraries in San Luis Obispo County are offering a new way to try out the latest in innovative technologies.The libraries are partnering with SLO MakerSpace to offer Mobile MakerKits to adults with a registered library card. The program is being funded by a grant from State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative.The kits can be checked out for up to three weeks, and you can set one kit on hold at a time.The Mobile MakerKits include robotics, coding, sewing, virtual reality, 360° camera, digital tablet, and more.”


Planter’s paradise: SLO County Seed Library sprouts in Nipomo

From New Times SLO

” There are seeds for 170 different plants sitting in the Nipomo branch of the San Luis Obispo County Library system right now. And that collection—1,700 seed packets full—is only going to grow.Seriously, no pun intended. The seeds will literally grow into plants if the 22 currently registered members of the San Luis Obispo County Seed Library drop them into soil, water them, and care for them. And the collection will literally grow if people donate more seeds and if seed library borrowers refurbish the seed supply.”

SLO County library’s bookmobile was an adventure on wheels

From The Tribune

” Bookmobiles in San Luis Obispo County, like other technologies for distributing information, have gone the way of the Sony Walkman.The county library system operated a bookmobile for more than 30 years, reaching out to mobile home parks and remote locations as far away as California Valley.”

Paso Robles Press 3 SLO County libraries benefit from grant

From Paso Robles Press

” The Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries awarded a total of $10,100 from the Barbara Baltimore Library Endowment to fund three projects in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.”

SLO County libraries honor Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

from the New Times SLO

“In addition to Free Comic Book Day, May also brings us Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. As such, SLO County libraries will be celebrating with a series of readings, film screenings, performances, and displays.”

San Luis Obispo: Bequest erases Friends of the Cambria Library’s debt

from the Cambrian

” A generous bequest from the estates of two longtime Cambria residents means that Friends of the Cambria Library is debt free for the first time since the group and the county agreed to go in 50-50 to pay for a new, larger facility. In November, Friends combined a $240,000 donation from Evelyn Therese Ericson, and her sister Margaret ‘Meg’ Helen Ericson, with about $140,000 the nonprofit already had in hand. Friends then paid off the $383,908 still owed to the San Luis Obispo County for the group’s share of the new $2.8 million library building at 1043 Main St.”

Morro Bay library, freshly remodeled, to reopen in February


“Next month, the Morro Bay Public Library will reopen at its Harbor Street location with a marine theme and a fresh, roomier look. The library at 625 Harbor St. underwent a massive overhaul that started in July under the direction of local architect Shana Reiss.”