Solano County: Never too late to think about back-to-school plans

From The Daily Republic

” “Back to school” is a three-word phrase that conjures a lot of feelings for different people.For many, it’s a blurred, hurried time of madcap preparation and scrounging for supplies. For kids, it’s an unfair encroachment on their summer fun – precious seconds of freedom lost to looking for new backpacks and pencils and nagging. For many others, it’s a phrase that conjures a mixture of the two, along with a wave of relief realizing those days are long past.But why talk about it in April? With finals just around the corner for many, and the liberation of summer just beyond that, it seems like “back to school” couldn’t be further away.Well, two years ago, right around this time, I made the decision to go back to school. It wasn’t an easy one, and it came about after a long look at my finances, at my spare time and at what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I won’t say I was in a rut, but I had certainly fallen into a routine, and going back to school would disrupt all that.”


Children interact with public service vehicles at Suisun library

From Daily Republic

“Children sat in police cars and tried pushing buttons, then ran to the recycling truck and climbed aboard to see how the view was from atop the vehicle.The first Touch a Truck event Saturday at the library attracted a lot of happy youngsters who got to learn about a few different jobs and touch vehicles normally reserved for grownups.Mayra Ochoa brought her children Sebastian, 4, and Jereni, 2, after hearing about the event from a friend.“My husband is working today and we didn’t have anything to do so I thought we would come out to this,” she said. “It’s neat because the kids get to check out a truck and learn about what they do.”David Currie, 7, of Fairfield, loved the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT truck.”

Solano County Library Literacy Services to celebrate helping adults

From The Reporter

” Solano County Library Literacy Services celebrates another year of helping adults read, write, and speak English.“Spread Kindness Like Confetti,” is the theme for the celebration which represents how literacy tutors and volunteers contribute to the lives of their students, their families and the community through literacy instruction that is based on the needs of the student.”

Solano County: Fairytales at their source can be a bit Grimm

From Daily Republic

” Night is coming sooner, the leaves are crisping and turning brown, and the air is cooling. It must be time for fall.Traditionally, it’s always been something of a time of reflection. There would be a celebration of a successful harvest, but also a time to brace oneself for the hardship of winter. It’s a time of change, but also a part of an endless cycle. It’s a little paradoxical that way.In that spirit, I felt it was the perfect time to read something that’s both new and old, or at the very least, new to me. I picked up a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales; I was familiar with a large number of the stories, but had never actually gone to the source.Somewhere along the line I had gotten the idea that the original stories were much more grim, some-pun intended, and that just made it seem like an even more perfect fit for this Halloween season. But to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, many of the stories I knew only from the various homages or retellings we see scattered around pop culture. In that way, getting to see them in their original forms was a little jarring, like seeing a stranger’s face that looks so much like an old acquaintance.”

Fairfield library reaches beyond its walls to connect with readers

From Daily Republic

“When David Greene was hired as a librarian in Solano County a little more than a year ago, he was instructed to think about finding unusual ways to do the usual things.The half-dozen residents who joined Greene for the inaugural Book Pub Club raised a glass in his direction after the hourlong gathering Wednesday, a metaphorical congratulations for achieving the goal. “I think this is cool. I’ve never participated in anything like this,” said Tim Loomis. “I like the free flow (of conversation).”The group met at Luigi’s Deli & Draft at 721 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. They ate, they drank and explored the details and vagaries of mysteries – whether in the written word or on the big screen or delivered through television programming.Most of those who attended described themselves as fans of mysteries, but did not necessarily like the same authors, or even fully agreed on what constitutes a mystery rather than perhaps a suspense-thriller or something that fits more comfortably under the banner of horror, but has an element of mystery to it.”

Real stories tell real, varied successes of Solano County literacy program

From Daily Republic

“Richard Diaz, Khatera Omari and Olivia Chavira Mercado were introduced to the Board of Supervisors this week under the singular umbrella of Solano County Library Literacy Services.But their stories are their own, with individual goals that illustrate the varied benefits adult literacy can have on the lives of those enrolled in the program.Omari used the program to become a U.S. citizen, while Mercado has earned a general education degree.Diaz, who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, used the program to overcome a lifetime of dyslexia. Now, the board was told, he “confidently reads and shares stories with his daughter, and started his own business.”The board adopted a resolution recognizing September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month. ”

Solano County : Library matches books with tattoos of Facebook friends

From Times Herald

“One tattoo depicts a woman’s Irish heritage. Another was a deceased mother’s heartbeat electrocardiagram. And another a Day of the Dead skull.There were more. Around 45. All in the name of literature and story-telling.And the Solano County Library’s Ann Miller couldn’t be happier.“It’s a success,” said Miller, with Facebook friends posting “tats” followed by library staff members suggesting appropriately-matched books, motion pictures or music available at the county library or branch libraries in Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City or Rio Vista.As long as the tattoos keep coming, the program continues, said Miller, concluding that there’s “lots of diversity” among those posted “just looking at their limbs.”One of the more interesting tattoos and story was a female deputy sheriff with a tattoo of her badge and two other deputy sheriffs also have the same badge (with, presumably, individual badge numbers) and the phrase “bonded for life.” “We’re getting a lot of participation,” Miller said. “People are engaged. And we’re getting heartfelt, personal messages. We’re making connections.” “We want to meet library customers where they are, which is not always in a library building,” said Bonnie Katz, director of Solano County Library.Libraries, continued Katz, “have been making personalized reading recommendations since the beginning of libraries. Suggestions based on tattoos is a new way to offer a traditional service.” Call it “thinking outside the books,” said Miller, adding that the idea was “borrowed” from a Denver and Portland public library that hosted similar programs.”