Solano County: What would you do with $232B?

From Daily Republic

“What if I told you there was a way to save $232 billion annually on health care-related expenses and it was possible by utilizing a program that is already in place in many communities? The Journal of American Health estimates that an excess of $232 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy skills. Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information correctly. This lack of understanding hampers an adult’s ability to make the best health decisions for themselves and their family and increases the likelihood that they’ll have higher health care costs because of the need for additional or supplemental services.”

At Your Library: What would you do with $232B?

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

From The Daily Republic

“The Solano County Library is building community by going beyond the brick-and-mortar walls of the eight branch libraries and connecting boys, books and barbershops.Reading at the Barbershop, based on a nationwide barbershop literacy project, engages with and promotes literacy in a male-centered space for boys ages newborn through 8.The goal is to catch reluctant readers at an early stage to help them develop the joy of reading through community-based literacy support.”

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

Get a jump on flu season with free shots at Solano libraries

From Daily Republic

“A steady stream of people stopped by the Ulatis Community Center library Wednesday afternoon to get a jump on the flu season.The Solano County Library and Solano County Public Health Department, with help from Touro University California students, offered free vaccines.It was the first of five local clinics at Solano County libraries. And, a perfect venue, said Leo Saddam of the county health department.The library shares the news with its patrons. “The people know we come every year,” Saddam said. All clinics are from 1 to 4 p.m. An average of 50 people take advantage of the offer at each location, Saddam said. Sometimes, it’s double that.”

Get a jump on flu season with free shots at Solano libraries

Solano: At Your Library, Lifelong learning goals can be simple or complex

From Daily Republic

“Now that September has arrived, students are back in school and life is settling into the new post-summer routine for many households.The routine has not really changed much in my home this year, since my children are now adults and no longer in school. In all honesty, I do not miss the drama that accompanied the school year, such as getting the kids to school on time and making sure homework was done. Did I mention getting the kids to school on time? Glad I survived those battles.Despite some of the challenges of getting back to the school-year schedule, there were also rewards. I was delighted when my son showed an aptitude for playing the saxophone and my daughter excelled in math and science, and all their other accomplishments. As parents, we desire that our kids learn and grow and have a wide range of meaningful experiences along the way. A great deal of time and energy is spent ensuring that this happens.”

At Your Library: Lifelong learning goals can be simple or complex

Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

From The Reporter

“The opioid crisis has been a national issue since the late ’90s, and it has been a problem for many local communities in the past decade alone.Nancy Calvo, the coordinator for opioid abuse prevention program Drug Safe Solano, said recent data from the California Department of Public Health indicated that Solano County alone has been seeing higher prescription rates and individuals identified as having opioid abuse disorder in the last few years alone. Additionally, she said many who are dependent on opioids lack access to seek treatment.
“Nationally, we have an opioid crisis and that’s also happening in California,” she said. “It’s trickling down to the local levels, and Solano County is not immune.” To help provide awareness of the issue, Drug Safe Solano is hosting a series of presentations at county libraries, including two in Vacaville over the next two months. The presentations will cover what is happening with the issue both nationally and statewide, local statistics, showcase what other counties are doing to help people addicted to opioids, what to be aware of regarding prescriptions, referrals for more information and local resources.”

Drug Safe Solano holding opioid awareness presentations at Vacaville libraries

Dixon Public Library to consider entering county library system

From The Reporter

” The Dixon Public Library announced that it is considering entering into a contract to have the library managed by the Solano County Library system.The item will be discussed at the Dixon Public Library Board’s June 27 meeting.According to a press statement, the change would allow the library to expand its literary services, provide further staff training and development opportunities, access to additional databases like or, five-day a week delivery service, the ability to contract with Solano County for auditing services and to work as a team member on countywide library projects that could affect Dixon. It would also allow administrative, technical and automated service taken care of by the county at other locations, freeing up Dixon library staff to do more direct customer service.”

Dixon Public Library to consider entering county library system

Tax season begins with free tax-prep campaign at Solano libraries

From Daily Republic

” The room was packed Saturday at the Suisun Library for the kickoff of a free tax preparation campaign across the county.W-2 forms in hand, papers filled out with all the important information, about 50 people waited for their chance to get those darned taxes finished.Solano County libraries are hosting free tax preparation Super Saturdays each weekend this month.It’s part of the Earn it, Keep It, Save It program. The United Way Bay Area and the county libraries are urging low-income workers to come in and get their taxes done early and learn about opening a savings account to help put money away for future needs.”