New “Library of Things” at the Redding Library

From KRCR News

” The Redding Library now offers a lot more than just books.There are hundreds of thousands of books, but now there’s so much more including the relatively new “Library of Things”.Shasta Public Libraries Director Anna Tracy says it’s primarily for children right now.”This is our engineering maker box, and what it includes is this instruction manual full of different experiments. You can learn how to make a hovercraft balloon. You can learn how to do a candy corn catapult. All kinds of different experiences that really support the local education from Shasta County Office of Education and other schools in our districts, but also are a lot of fun.” said Tracy.There are things for us older children. The new emphasis was brought on by results from a recent library user satisfaction survey.”

Redding: Library’s literacy program turning man’s life around

From Redding Searchlight

” A Bay Area transplant has found a new life and a renewed purpose in Redding with help from the Shasta Public Libraries’ Literacy Program.Alonzo Scott, 48, tells an inspiring story that reaches back to his days of drinking and doing cocaine in his small San Francisco room to being tutored by a Foothill High School grad half his age at the Redding Library with the goal of earning his GED diploma.”I was sick and tired of drinking and drugging myself,” Scott said Thursday from his Redding home. “I’m glad I came here. I’ve met a lot of good people and they gave me a chance.”Scott found himself taking a bus to Redding after being notified that, following a four-year wait, his application for Section 8 subsidized housing in the city suddenly had been approved. He stayed at the Good News Rescue Mission until he found a place to rent with his HUD voucher and also spent time at the library, within walking distance from his home.”I started volunteering there (at the library) instead of hanging out outside,” Scott said. “I hit it off with most of the staff”. He said Kayla Menne, the library’s literacy coordinator, asked him one day if he’d be interested in her program. Scott said since he didn’t make it past the ninth grade, he signed up and for two months he’s been attending sessions to earn a high school equivalency diploma.”

Shasta: Property crimes, drug use and homeless camps top the Safe City Project’s list of issues


“Shuttering the Redding Library, cutting back on non-essential services and eliminating some city positions are three ways to fund the wide-ranging package of solutions to Redding’s crime problems that were unveiled Thursday during a well-attended presentation by the volunteer Safe City Project.”

Property Crimes, Drug Use and Homeless Camps top the Safe City Project’s List of Issues