Santa Clara : ‘Food for Fines’ Waives Library Fees for a Good Cause

From San Jose Inside

” More than 100,000 people have unpaid fines or fees with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD). At the same time, Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) needs help stocking its shelves in order to provide food to the more than quarter million Silicon Valley residents it serves each month. Food for Fines, a new amnesty program offered by the SCCLD, seeks to address these challenges.To encourage patrons to return to the library in good standing, SCCLD is waiving up to $100 in fines and fees in exchange for the donation of non-perishable food. This is an amazing deal that offers the opportunity for SCCLD library card holders to quickly return to good standing and enjoy full borrowing benefits. Plus, they can help someone in need put food on the table, making this truly a win-win program.”

Santa Clara Co. Library District Ranked Among Tops In Nation

From Los Gatos Patch

” The Santa Clara County Library District was rated among the top public libraries in the U.S., awarded a four-star rating from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.The national rating system recognizes top performing public libraries within the nation. In 2016, 7,349 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated with only 260 libraries receiving the distinguished Star Library one-, two-, three-, four- or five-star rating. Thirteen California libraries were awarded the prestigious Star Rating in 2016.”

Campbell Library plugging in to video game tournaments this summer

From San Jose Mercury News

“Before ending their soccer match the two acknowledged each other’s skills with a soccer ball and game controller. While Jared plays soccer during the summer in camps, he spent the afternoon of June 17 playing the game in a different way.The two played video soccer games on a PlayStation console at the library in honor of the real-life UEFA Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario tournaments.In the community room of the Campbell Library, Jared and Griffin, a librarian for teen and adults services, squared off on a virtual soccer field, each representing teams in soccer leagues across Europe. The room was far enough from patrons to have conversation above a whisper, so the two players could laugh, talk video games and exchange friendly banter.The video game event is one of many programs Griffin hopes to expand during the summer for teens and adults.”

Pleasanton city attorney, librarian say farewell

From Pleasanton Weekly

“Pleasanton City Attorney Jonathan Lowell and Librarian Julie Farnsworth are retiring this month, leaving the city in better shape as a result of their service.
Farnsworth is the senior of the two, having served here for nearly 13 years. She was deputy county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library System when she was hired in late January 2003 and has seen the Pleasanton Library grow from 979,433 checkouts a year to 1.4 million today — a 49% increase.”

Saratoga: Library launching ‘1,000 Books Before Six’

From San Jose Mercury News

“It’s been said that children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves. To help in that endeavor, the Saratoga Library has launched a campaign to help parents read 1,000 books to their children before their sixth birthday.”

Los Altos: Library users reject new online catalog – old one returning

from Los Altos Online

” ‘Short of the rollout of Obamacare, I have never seen such a lousy IT system cutover for the public to use,’ [a library patron] said. ‘It definitely was not ready for primetime.'”