The coolest haunt in town: Boo Bash launches Stockton’s new Van Buskirk Micro Library

From RecordNet

” On Saturday, fairy princesses, ghosts and wizards from Hogwarts visited the Van Buskirk Community Center.The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library held a grand opening for the Van Buskirk Micro Library called “Van Buskirk Boo Bash,” and kids of all ages, some dressed in Halloween costumes, took the opportunity to play games, have their faces painted, snack on popcorn, fruit and other goodies, and read all the new books. Kids and adults had their faces painted and there were games, such as eyeball mini-golf and bugs in a jar.Horace Briggs Jr. and his family visited “Van Boo-skirk” and played a game inside the library called spider-web toss, where kids tossed cotton balls onto a sticky web for candy prizes.“It’s nice. It’s a good thing for the kids,” Briggs said as he held the hand of his 2-year-old nephew Duane Mayhan. “I go to every community center around: Stribley, here, Arnold Rue. It’s pretty good for the kids, keeps everybody out of trouble.” The Van Buskirk Community Center now has shelves filled with books and games for families to enjoy.”

New Library Plans Get Push At Stockton City Council Meeting

From CBS Sacramento

“City leaders in Stockton are considering moving forward on a new multi-million dollar project they hope will provide a safe place for people to learn and play.
The Stockton City Council took the next step in designing the city’s newest library and recreational center.Right now, in the neighborhood where the proposed library and recreation center will be built, there is evidence left behind from an illegal sideshow. There are also empty beer bottles and garbage. Neighbors hope a new library will clean things up.“When I go to work at one or two o’clock in the morning, that’s when they do the car shows because nobody is back there,” said Anthony Green, Sr., who lives in Stockton.Neighbors hope the mess will be a thing of the past when Stockton builds its seventh library. It will sit on nearly five acres next to Ronald McNair High School.“I think it’s good, for the young, people are excited,” said Lucio Gonzales, who lives in Stockton.The library is expected to have a learning center with an area for children, a space for teenagers and plenty of books. It will also be a recreation center with a gym, kitchen amenities and enough space for community meetings and events.”

New Library Plans Get Push At Stockton City Council Meeting

MANTECA LIBRARY: Waiting for the next chapter

From Manteca Bulletin

” The Manteca Library hasn’t been expanded since 1977. The expansion at the city-owned facility at 320 W, Center Street in downtown was designed to serve the needs of a community of 32,000. Manteca now has 75,000 residents.The last big push to expand Manteca’s library facilities started 20 years ago. A citizens’ task force was formed. Options were studied such as building a new library at Airport Way and Louise Avenue and converting the exiting location into a branch library. In the end the task force — and the City Council at the time — settled on staying at 320 Center St. They went with a schematic design that more than doubled the space with a two-story floorplan that emphasized the tech forces that were reshaping libraries as the 21st century approached.”

San Joaquin County third-graders still lag in reading

From Central Valley Business Journal

” Nearly three-quarters of San Joaquin County third-graders still don’t read at grade level, according to a report by the Beyond Our Gates program at the University of the Pacific. The university released its annual Literacy Report Card Monday. The report revealed that while its Reading by Third initiative has scored some successes in education, it still has a long way to go to meet its overall goal of all third-graders reading at grade level.”

San Joaquin County third-graders still lag in reading

Stockton: Immigration and naturalization at the Margaret K. Troke Branch Library

from the Caravan News

“On Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m., the Margaret K. Troke Branch Library presents Citizenship and Naturalization. Are you interested in completing the process for United States Citizenship or have family members who are? USCIS will present a naturalization information session for legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants.”

Stockton: Proposed budget still cautious but bigger

from the Stockton Record

“A hot-button issue during the past year has been the shuttered Fair Oaks Library on Main Street in east Stockton. Fair Oaks was closed by the city in 2010 as Stockton’s financial woes deepened. For more than a year, community leaders have been pushing for Stockton to reopen the library, which is located in an underserved part of town. Those leaders were successful in convincing the city earlier this year to remove the Fair Oaks building from the sales market. But the city’s proposed budget does not include funds to reopen the facility in 2015-16.”

California library advocate receives WHCLIST Award

from the ALA District Dispatch

“This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Mas’ood Cajee, a library advocate from Stockton, Calif., is the winner of the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes $300 stipend to defray the cost of attending the event.”

California library advocate receives WHCLIST Award