Sunnyvale librarian selected for national Emerging Leader program

From The Mercury News

” Sunnyvale children’s librarian Raina Tuakoi has been nationally recognized as a 2018 “Emerging Leader” by the American Library Association.Tuakoi has been with the Sunnyvale Public Library for more than three years and said she became dedicated to the profession since spending a lot of time at the San Mateo Public Library as a child.“Working as a library page before college and during college made me realize that’s what I want to do. I really love being a librarian,” she said.The ALA’s Emerging Leaders program allows newer library employees from across the country to participate in a development program where they can connect with other librarians to network and exchange ideas. Tuakoi and the other 49 Emerging Leaders will attend an ALA midwinter conference and the association’s annual conference. They will work together to present a professional project.”


Sunnyvale Library to close patent and trademark resource center

From The Mercury News

“After 54 years of helping residents patent innovations, the Sunnyvale Public Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center will close.The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously voted at its Nov. 28 meeting to discontinue the center. The council followed a unanimous recommendation to do so from the Board of Library Trustees.The center, which opened in 1963, is one of seven patent and trademark resource centers in the state, with others located in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The San Jose center opened in January 2016 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. A U.S. patent and trademark office opened in downtown San Jose the year prior.After the San Jose offices opened, the Sunnyvale center’s use “declined to the point of being nearly nonexistent,” according to the staff report.”

Sunnyvale gets mobile bike library

From Mercury News

” The Sunnyvale Public Library will soon hit the streets with a new mobile bicycle library complete with the ability to check out books, sign up new members and give away library-related goodies on the go.The library-on-wheels is a bright green electric bike with a yellow book trailer hitched to the back that can haul 25-50 pounds of books and other materials. It’s also a hot spot for free wireless Internet and is equipped with a tablet station where people can sign up for library cards.Librarian Christina Shin says similar mobile bikes are used at other Bay Area libraries like Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Los Gatos. Shin says it could be a tool to boost outreach while also promoting other city aims like healthy and green living.”

Sunnyvale: Library cart cafe brews coffee, fights homelessness

From The Mercury News

” Visitors to the Sunnyvale Public Library can now purchase beverages from a cart that has a purpose beyond just refreshment.Kartma Street Cafe held its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the library on March 22. The cart bills itself as “the street cafe that’s ending homelessness.”A creation of Downtown Streets Team, all of the baristas and operators are individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Organizers say those staffing it are receiving the chance to “earn a living wage.” All Kartma baristas go through training before going on to serve the public.The cafe, which got its start in San Jose, is now a permanent fixture outside the library courtyard. It serves coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Java is from Chromatic Coffee in San Jose. The cart is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

Sunnyvale Library has been delivering books to home-bound residents for 30 years

From San Jose Mercury News

“For 30 years the Sunnyvale Public Library has been bringing the gift of literature to those who may not be able to go out and check out a book on their own.
The Homebound program, called Special Outreach Services until recently, works to bring library material to readers who aren’t able to travel to the library on their own power. The program specializes in assisting the elderly, the injured and the mentally ill.”

Sunnyvale Library director is turning the page

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Sunnyvale’s library and community services director is beginning a new chapter in life. Lisa Rosenblum, who has been with the Sunnyvale Library for six years, has accepted a new position as chief librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library in New York.”

Sunnyvale Public Library to celebrate centennial Dec. 14

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Once upon a time, the Sunnyvale Public Library wasn’t the public library. In the beginning it was a reading room, first opened by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1908. It wasn’t until Dec. 14, 1914, that the union gave control of the library to the city, officially marking the beginning of the Sunnyvale Public Library. One hundred years later to the very day it became the public library, there will be a celebration of literary proportions.”