Woodland librarians chime in on ‘Amazon theory’

From Daily Democrat

“As people become infatuated with the evolution of technology, physical media is beginning to fall by the wayside.has become the household staple for movie and television show-streaming as about 54 percent of U.S. adults said they have the service in their household, according to Leichtman Research Group’s 2017 on-demand study.Video games have become easily available via download services such as Xbox Live and Steam while iTunes is forcing stores like Best Buy and Walmart to shrink their CD selections.Not even books are safe with the rise in electronic books — or e-books. Amazon currently has their cheapest Kindle E-reader for sale at around $80. With it comes cheaper costs for downloading entire novels and less occupied space for physical books.”



‘Food for Fines’ program returns to Woodland Library

From Daily Democrat

” Find a library book under your bed? Forget to bring a DVD back on time? Now is your chance to clear your library fines while helping others by donating food to people in need during Woodland Public Library’s Food for Fines program.Library Services Director Greta Galindo says the library is now offering a fine amnesty period starting Saturday and continuing to Dec. 21.“During this time, anyone with a Woodland Public Library card can have their fines waived in exchange for nonperishable boxed or canned food, which will be donated to the Yolo Food Bank,” stated Galindo.Food items should be brought to the check-out desk during open hours. There is no minimum food donation requirement or limit to the amount of overdue fines that can be waived per account; however, food donations will not waive any accrued collection or lost material fees. Perishable, expired, beyond sell by date and homemade food items will not be accepted.The most desired food includes tuna (canned or vacuum packed), peanut butter, beans (canned or dried), canned soup, stews, chilis and pastas; canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, cereal (boxes and bars; whole grain and low sugar), and juice (canned, plastic or boxed).”


Woodland library puts another Youth Rally in the books

From Daily Democrat

” Rhea Gardner wants teens to stop thinking a library is only for books. As the teen service librarian, Gardner is reaching out to local youths and showing them what the Woodland Public Library is offering.Continuing its second year, Gardner and her team hosted the Yolo Youth Ralley: arts and maker edition. The year’s focus was to inspire creativity in teens through several avenues. Teens could sign up for four of the 10 workshops available. Some included: makeup 101 with a beauty artist, laser cutting for woodworking and how to use a 3-D printer.
More than 30 teens participated in the Saturday program hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Leake Room. Enrollment costs were kept low, only $10, and included lunch. Gardner said waivers and discounts were offered to ensure anyone who wanted to participate could.Down at the library’s basement level, a group of teens stood on their yoga mats, listening to direction from Yoga Instructor Minakhi Sarma. Inside, more youths soldered circuit boards, participated in photography lessons or created designs to print onto shirts.Across in the Leake Room, Gardner was preparing for a painting session. She quickly painted her own design of a cherry blossom tree to give an example to for the incoming class.”


Woodland Library developing master plan

From Daily Democrat

“A series of meetings and other events have been scheduled by Woodland Library Services Director Greta Galindo as part of the development of a Facility Master Plan.
Galindo reported the process is designed to gather information “to shape a long-term master plan for its facility to guide how the library can best serve its community for future generations.
“The Library anticipates that the Facility Master Plan will form the foundation of a future building program for the expansion and/or renovation of the existing library to meet the community’s learning needs, abilities, demographics, and changes in technology,” Galindo stated. “The facility master planning process will assess the current state of facilities; analyze community and library use demographics; create a common vision based on community input; and consider new library service possibilities.”


Work on the Woodland Public Library ‘Makerspace’ begins

From Daily Democrat

” Tinkerers of all skill levels will soon be able to do more than research for a range of projects at the Woodland Public Library.Work on a “Makerspace,” located south of the Leake room in the Library courtyard began Jan 17. With a planned opening date sometime mid-May, the 1,600-square-foot room will house a number of varied equipment for a wide range of needs. The “Makerspace” is basically a learning lab that is designed to provide a space where people can create and invent by using technology that might not be available to them privately.


Woodland Library hosts free coding classes

From Daily Democrat

“The Woodland Public Library has wrapped up its fourth series of free “Kids’ Coding Classes” to help children learn increasingly important skills.According to Children’s Librarian Abigail Craig, a pizza party and open house was held last week to allow children to showcase their work for their families. All of the guests were invited to try coding
themselves, taking turns playing with Dash, a Wonderworks robot that can be programmed on a tablet with an app similar to Scratch.Currently, the Woodland Library is working on getting a group of these robots and some tablets to expand the classes through a recent grant with the Association for Library Services to Children.”


Price tag climbs for Woodland Library’s ‘learning lab’

From Daily Democrat

” If the Woodland City Council is learning anything about its celebrated “MakerSpace,” its that it costs money to remodel — a lot of money.On Tuesday night, after learning the 1,600-square-foot section of the Library meant to house cutting edge technology for community use will most likely cost more than $600,000, there was a lot of grumbling but no decision to back off the project.”