Virtual reality comes to West Sacramento library

From Daily Democrat

” A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., has brought virtual reality technology to patrons at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located in West Sacramento.Yolo County Library has been awarded one Oculus and one Rift/Oculus Ready PC from Facebook that has allowed the West Sacramento branch to now offer virtual reality programs.“Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.”This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Project coordination, implementation of software and on-site staff training was supplied courtesy of VARLibraries.”


Yolo County libraries gear up for Summer Reading Program

From Daily Democrat

“With the school year winding down, things are just about to pick up at Yolo County libraries.Each year, Summer Reading Programs take place at various branches, encouraging reading even though classes are out.”Summer reading is so important as it works to combat summer slide, loss of learning that occurs over the summer,” explained Woodland Library Services director Greta Galindo.In summer of 2016, over 8,000 Californians signed up for a public library summer reading program and more than 1.5 million Californians attended summer reading events and activities. The Yolo County Library joins libraries across the nation and state of California to encourage adults, youth and families to read over the summer. The Summer Reading Program is a project of the California Library Association and part of California’s statewide summer reading outcomes.”

Yolo County: Library solicits input for facilities master plan

From The Davis Enterprise

“What kind of library does Yolo County want 20 years down the line?That was the central question for residents who attended a series of community conversations with library representatives this week, including one at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis on Monday.Gatherings also took place in Esparto, Winters and West Sacramento and the information gathered will help guide the facilities master plan being developed for the Yolo County Library.Also included will be results of an online survey that elicted 418 responses from community members.”

Santa Monica Hires New Library Director

From Santa Monica Lookout

” After a half-year search, the City of Santa Monica has hired the librarian of Yolo County as its new library director, City officials confirmed this week.
Patricia Wong will start her new job March 6, said Debbie Lee, the City’s Chief Communications Officer.Wong served as Yolo County’s librarian for nine years.”

$5,000 humanities grant for Yolo County libraries

From Daily Democrat

” California Humanities, a nonprofit organization, recently awarded the Yolo County Library a $5,000 Humanities for All Quick Grant for their “I Am Your Neighbor – A Tale of Two Cities” project, a collaboration with Yolo County Housing and YoloArts.“I Am Your Neighbor – A Tale of Two Cities” seeks to humanize the homelessness experience and bring heightened awareness to the community about the difficulties of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in a three part series set for Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland, according to county spokeswoman Beth Gabor.”

Yolo County: Grant-writing workshop set at Davis library

From Davis Enterprise

” Community agencies and grant writers are welcome to attend a free workshop on census data grant-writing on Monday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.Participants will learn how to access the most current data from the United States Census Bureau’s products via the newly enhanced American FactFinder and how to successfully capture community profiles relevant to specific grants and program developments.”

Yolo County Library materials to be more widely available

From The California Aggie

“Good news is in the air for Yolo County residents who have limited access to the Yolo County Library. Through the new Books by Mail program, books, DVDs, magazines and other library materials can be delivered right to residents’ front doors, free of charge.Involvement in the program requires a short application process available online or over the phone. Once the process is completed, residents select the materials they wish to receive in the mail. They can even opt for the library staff to choose a custom selection of materials based on personal interests. The library ships their chosen materials in reusable canvas bags with prepaid postage.Books by Mail came about when staff at the Yolo County Library noticed how difficult it was for some residents to commute to their local libraries due to problems such as lack of transportation or limitations of illness. The library’s staff drew inspiration from the San Francisco Public Library’s Books by Mail service and worked to bring the program to Yolo County.”