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 Tutor.com or Lynda.com, 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.”


Blood pressure monitors available at Solano libraries

From The Reporter

” Concerned about your blood pressure or just interested in learning more the subject? “Just Check It” today at the Fairfield Civic Center Library.The free program, which kicks off today at the library, 1150 Kentucky St., allows community members to borrow a blood pressure monitoring kit from any library branch and get up close and personal with all things related to blood pressure.The event runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and includes free refreshments and prizes.Touro University California’s Mobile Diabetes Education Center will be onsite to provide free blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing to screen for prediabetes.Also known as the “Silent Killer,” high blood pressure is a contributing factor to chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, officials said. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure.In Solano County, heart disease and stroke rank as the second and third leading causes of death, respectively.”


Solano Library’s ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ celebration kicks off 2019

From Daily Republic

” Solano County Library will host a variety of events in January as part of its annual “Promises Made, Promises Kept” celebration.The events mark the 2012 passage of Measure L – the one-eighth of a cent sales tax that comprises almost a quarter of the library system’s funding.Eighty percent of voters chose to extend the sales tax for libraries in Solano County. The tax was first passed in 1998.“Keeping the promises of more books, more hours and more services for youth was difficult during the recession years. But it was vital that we maintained services, especially during those very difficult times,” said Bonnie Katz, Solano County’s director of library services, in a press release.”


Solano County: Fairfield library dedicates new garden, bench

From Daily Republic

“Mary Bourguignon was always an avid reader, according to her sister, Jean Phillips of Madison, Wisconsin.“She would be up late at night with the light on and a book in her hand,” she said.The Solano County Library hosted twin dedications Saturday at the Fairfield Civic Center Library: a bench for Bourguignon, who died last year, and the Sensory Garden.
Phillips said she hoped her sister would be remembered for her love of learning and passing it on to the next generation.Bourguignon, who died suddenly in March 2017, was a community activist who devoted her time to building parks, preserving open space and improving local schools. She was also active in the Slow Food movement and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).Bourguignon was the campaign manager for Measure B, the 1/8th-of-a-penny sales tax devoted exclusively to libraries, which was passed in 1998. She stepped up again in 2012 as co-campaign manager, a responsibility she shared with her friend, Ann Cousineau, to lead the successful campaign to renew the tax before its sunset.”


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.”