Only 32% of Stanislaus County third-graders read at grade level. How Stanreads! helps

From The Modesto Bee

“Like many great love stories, it started with coins in a fountain.Only this time, the love is for reading, and the fountain is in the foyer at Stanislaus County Office of Education in downtown Modesto. “It all started with Dee Dee Baker taking the coins from the fountain to donate to the library,” said Lisa Tiwater, SCOE’s assistant superintendent of instruction, while talking about StanReads!, a program to propel county children to read at grade level by third grade.Baker has since retired, but about five years ago, she was the director of literacy and the SCOE liaison to the Stanislaus County Library.When Baker took the coins to the library, she learned about the national campaign for grade level reading and was excited to have SCOE join the effort. SCOE joined forces with the Stanislaus Community Foundation.From there, Stanislaus Reads emerged, which evolved into StanReads!, which is part of the five action teams that make up Stanislaus Cradle-to-Career Partnership.Their first action was to discover how proficient Stanislaus County children were in reading.”

New services expand materials at Stanislaus County libraries

From Turlock Journal

” Two recently added programs at the Stanislaus County Library will be adding material to the libraries catalog, both in digital form and on the actual shelves.
The Stanislaus County Library recently joined CloudLink, which provides a platform for libraries to share digital collections with other participating libraries. This partnership allows libraries to increase digital circulation and decrease hold times. CloudLink integrates seamlessly with the existing CloudLibrary service.”

Amador: Library Presents English Language Learners Series For Adults

From Caravan News

” The Cesar Chavez Central Library, in cooperation with the Amador, Calaveras, Stanislaus and Tuolumne County Libraries, will present a 20-week series of programs for English language learners. The “Collaborative Connections” project is made possible by funding from the California State Library’s Pitch-An-Idea Regional Grant to the 49-99 Library Consortium.
Collaborative Connections will introduce adult English Language learners to library and community resources and provide an opportunity to practice their English language speaking skills in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

Stanislaus County library provides incredible services, due entirely to an eighth-cent sales tax

From The Modesto Bee

” This month is Library Lovers Month.Now, aren’t you happy you have discovered this little-known fact?Actually, every month should be Library Lovers Month. Our Stanislaus County Free Library is a true treasure, in every sense of the word. And yes, it is totally free.Approximately 415,000 county residents have library cards. The collection of books and periodicals totals nearly 700,000. The “extra” programs available are amazing and extensive.The average patron likely is not aware of many of these perks. Here are just a few.Reserving books online is a snap. Just a couple of clicks and the desired book comes right to your local branch. It is like having your own bookstore … just order and wait.The Cloud Library App gives access to an extensive collection of ebooks available for reading on a variety of hand-held devices. As in regular book circulation, they may be checked out for 21 days, but there is no danger of being overdue and paying a fine. At the end of Day 21, the book magically disappears and goes back to the library archives.I like this app because I travel extensively, and carrying a couple of books in my backpack was always a nuisance. Plus, you can download anywhere you have Wi-Fi access, so you can check out another book whether you’re in Modesto or Mongolia.”

Monday Top Ten: The many resources at the Stanislaus County Libraries

From The Modesto Bee

” We all know there are books in the library – um, duh. But take a look at the options offered at the Stanislaus County’s 13 library branches and you’ll quickly realize that the resources there go far beyond the stacks.From online access to help for the homebound to facilitating citizenship to even tapping into your ancestry, Stanislaus libraries offer a bounty of aid and materials for the county’s residents. And that’s not even getting into all the classes and special programs each branch sponsors weekly for people of nearly every age.It’s been a long and sometimes difficult road for the county system, which just a few years ago had to reduce its open hours because of budget cuts, shutting on Fridays in June 2010. Happily, those closures are no more, with the branches throwing open their doors again on Fridays beginning this past July, according to Susan Lilly, communications manager at the Stanislaus County Library branches.”

Patterson: Segoviano to retire from library

From Patterson Irrigator

“When Sandie Segoviano turns the key in the lock of the Patterson Branch Library March 3, it will be for the last time in her 31 years on the staff. Segoviano is retiring from the library after three decades.”

Ceres Library begins a new chapter

from the Modesto Bee

“Six weeks after the 5,000-square-foot branch of the Stanislaus County Library reopened – having closed in mid-March for a renovation – signs point to success. Use of the library is up and response from patrons has been ‘overwhelmingly positive,’ said librarian Bryan Sontag.”