Watsonville Library Receives Grant To Engage Local Immigrants

From Watsonville Patch

” Watsonville Public Library is one of twelve public libraries across the state of California chosen to receive support from California Humanities as part of the second year of their Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program. The program is designed to explore new ways of engaging immigrant communities through public humanities programming. The Watsonville Library will receive up to $5,000 to support public programs, along with an intensive program of training and technical support.”


Watsonville: Encouraging young readers

From The Register-Pajaronian

” To her friends, family and coworkers, Deanne Pernell was an energetic, caring teacher with a passion for teaching young people to read, and a particular affinity for bilingual education.When she died in 2014 at age 59, Pernell’s loved ones began looking for a way to memorialize her.On Friday, a group that included teachers and librarians gathered in Watsonville Public Library to unveil the Deanne Pernell Reading Mentors Program, which pairs young readers with volunteers in six-week sessions geared to build reading and comprehension skills.
The program is funded by a $50,000 gift from Pernell’s father, Godfrey Pernell.“She was the best person I have ever known,” Pernell said. “This is an opportunity to help with something that she was passionate about.”Community Foundation Santa Cruz County is managing the bequest.Also called “Reading Buddies,” the program is slated to launch in Fall 2018.The library will recruit volunteers to help with the free six-week program, who will be paired with children grouped according to their grade level. The volunteers will then be tasked with reading a book to the kids, and with helping them as they take turns reading. Training will be provided.Participants will receive the book they read at the end of the program. Volunteer mentors must commit to come on weekends for six weeks.”


‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services

From KQED Arts

” As more people stream and fewer buy, Netflix-like subscriptions look like the reasonable bet for tomorrow’s music marketplace — a way for suppliers to mimic Spotify without going the freemium route. Apple Music, set to begin charging users September 30, is often lauded as the brave initiator of this potential future, but well outside Cupertino, a smaller company has spent the past five years pioneering a similar model in one of the last places you’d expect: The public library.”

‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services

Watsonville Public Library: Library offers digital music from its website

From Santa Cruz Centinel

“Watsonville Public Library has joined Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalogue.The Freegal Music Service allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 28,000 music labels from 101 different countries.”