Half Moon Bay: Library party a bookend to summer

From Half Moon Bay Review

” A visitor to a typical library might expect a hushed environment that preserves the peace for reading books, but Half Moon Bay Library regulars emphasize again and again that their institution is far from typical. Its End of Summer Party proved just that.“We wanted to celebrate the end of summer with something exciting before school starts,” Youth Services Librarian Karen Choy said. “Everyone here is part of the community, familiar faces.”Pop tunes and partygoers — babies, kids and adults — filled the Ted Adcock Community Center. At different stations, they shuttled beanbags through arcade-style games, crafted festive paper flowers, and studied animal skeletons and pelts.With a palette of paints spread before her and a brush in hand, one participant looked particularly busy as kids lined up to see her.“She grew up in Half Moon Bay coming to the library,” Choy said.Now 21, Marcela Cordova said she first visited the library when she was 7 or 8 years old. Since then she’s been involved at the library in many capacities as a reader, contestant, club member and more. On this day, the college student returned to be the in-house face painter.”



San Mateo : In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete?

From San Mateo Daily Journal

” In the digital age, will libraries be obsolete? Absolutely not, according to local tech and library experts who discussed this issue last week at the San Mateo Public Library. The panel included Dan Clancy, vice president of engineering, Nextdoor and former director of Google Book project (see recent Atlantic Monthly); Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation, Netflix and San Carlos councilman; David Weekly, manager of Rapid Rollout Lab for Google access; Karen Kuklin, Gensler architect; and Karen Schneider, dean of the Sonoma State University Library. Moderator was Greg Lucas, state librarian of California and former Sacramento Bureau Chief, San Francisco Chronicle.In fact, the panel agreed that libraries are more important than ever in the digital age. They offer space for people to come together, a need more relevant today than ever before. It’s the place where various segments of the community gather. Libraries provide essential access to information in a public space open to all, especially those who cannot afford an internet connection at home. It’s the ideal place to experience technology and to provide educational opportunities outside the classroom.”


San Mateo County Libraries Win American Library Association Award

From Patch

” On April 25, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that San Mateo County Libraries are one of eight recipients of its prestigious 2017 John Cotton Dana Award, which is given to libraries for outstanding public relations. The Libraries are being recognized for their rebranding campaign, “Open for Exploration”, which unified their twelve community libraries into a shared vision and brand, and effectively communicated their positive impact on individuals and communities.”


San Mateo County: Beyond the bookshelf

From Half Moon Bay Review

” Sunday marked the start of National Library Week, a U.S. observance first instituted in 1958 by the American Library Association.Things have changed since the 1950s, and libraries are ever-evolving at a rapid pace to meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve.In the beginning, libraries were places where books were shelved for safekeeping, their content carefully curated and preserved. They were reverent places where voices were hushed, and heaven forbid that you bring in a snack while you perused the stacks.“When I was growing up, it was like, food in the library, are you kidding me?” said Greg Lucas who was appointed librarian of California by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. “Three years ago, 17 libraries said to each other, you know, when the schools close down for the summer, hunger doesn’t go on vacation. They started serving free lunches in their libraries.”Other libraries soon joined the groundswell. If you walk into the Half Moon Bay Library after school, you may be offered a healthy snack.Alternatively, those attending a special library event may get a nose full of something good that happens to be cooking.There’s no doubt about it, libraries have become modern community centers, a place where lives are enriched and people are transformed.”


San Mateo County : County library system launches mobile Exploratorium-like initiative |

From The Almanac

” A history on the use of perspective in art, available at the website of Dartmouth College, says that it wasn’t until around 1400 that artists understood and began to realistically portray, in drawings and paintings, a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface such as a canvas.But artists from the Middle Ages and earlier were working at a disadvantage: they did not have access to the San Mateo County Libraries’ Lookmobile, a 3,000-square-foot trailer scheduled to make visits to member libraries, including in Atherton and Portola Valley.A kind of Exploratorium on wheels, the walls of the Lookmobile have “perspective windows,” transparent acrylic surfaces that allow kids to observe three-dimensional scenes outside and use dry-erase pens to trace on the windows the dimensions of the real-time objects they see on the other side.”


San Mateo County Wins National Recognition for Library’s Summer Learning Camps

From Menlo Park Patch

“San Mateo County Libraries’ innovative efforts to eliminate summer learning loss, especially among low-income youth, and maintain the educational momentum of the school year was honored with a National Association of Counties 2016 Achievement Award.The national recognition in the “libraries” category shines a well-deserved spotlight on the Summer Learning Camps program led by San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL). Now in its third year, the camps program focuses on children in communities with high numbers of students reading below grade level and advances literacy by engaging both the youth and their families. ”


San Mateo libraries forgive fines for food

From SF Bay

“Library delinquents in San Mateo County have a chance this holiday season to redeem themselves with charitable food donations, library officials announced Monday.
Starting on Nov. 16, outstanding fines will be waved for donations of nonperishable boxed or canned food to any of the 12 branches in Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos or Woodside.”

San Mateo libraries forgive fines for food