Yolo County Library branches temporarily closing

From Daily Democrat

“All Yolo County Library branches, including the Woodland Public Library and Square One, will be closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through April 5, county officials announced Monday. Woodland’s Library Services Director Greta Galindo said the local location will close at 7 p.m. Monday.”

Yolo County Library branches temporarily closing due to coronavirus

Yolo County: Library strong community

From Winters Express

“It is easy to think of the Library as merely a place to check out books, but it is so much more than that. The admission price is nothing, the assistance is freely given, and its affairs are carried out on the Honor System. Its sole purpose is to distribute information, but asks nothing in return. No other establishments come to mind that operate as such. The Library is a treasure trove of knowledge, a wealth of adventure, a lifetime of whimsy, and a somber house of reflection… for those that know of its power. Winters’ citizens recognize this power, and have fought for such an institution to be a part of their town since the beginning. In 1892 The Winters Free Library was established in the home of J.A. Henderson, and it would reside there until some thirteen years later where it found a more functional home along Main Street. By this time, the Library’s size had grown to hold over four-hundred books, and in 1910, The Winters Branch of The Yolo County Library was established and firmly rooted in town. Five years after this, the volume of volumes had exponentially grown, and again new housing was in order. It was 1915 and a new Bond had been passed. With it came the money for a new Town Hall, and it was here that the Library would be now moving to (the current City Hall building.) Here it sat, spreading its wealth right in the middle of town, for the next fifty years.”

Library strong community

West Sacramento library celebrates 10th anniversary

From Daily Democrat

” Since it opened 10 years ago, the Arthur F. Turner Community Library in West Sacramento has welcomed 1.6 million visitors, according to Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink.Fink was one of several speakers Thursday night during the 10-year anniversary celebration of the library.“We have something to offer for everyone in the community,” Fink said, noting that the library — located at 1212 Merkley Ave. — is open seven days a week and draws people from across Yolo County and Sacramento. Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink speaks at the Arthur F. Turner library Thursday night, in honor of the library’s 10th anniversary. “I think the reason why we’ve had so many visitors here is because they just love coming and getting the excellent service and their questions answered,” Fink said. “It’s a place that feels like home.” Quirina Orozco, mayor pro tem of West Sacramento, spoke of the myriad services provided by the library. From learning a new language to graduating from high school, there is much more than books at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.”

West Sacramento library celebrates 10th anniversary

Yolo County Library increased participation in Summer Reading Program

From Winters Express

” Yolo County Library reported that Summer Reading Program participants read a total of 52,290 books, 14,226 days and 12,564 hours between Monday, May 20 and Monday, Sept. 30. Participation grew across all age groups this year with a 37 percent increase in sign-ups and a 35 percent increase in finishers.Participants who completed the program by reading 10 books, reading for 10 hours or reading over 10 days received a free book of their choice, resulting in 6,223 books being given away. In a post survey of the program, participants said their favorite part was “the free book,” and “reading for fun” was a close second. The survey also showed that 82 percent of participants read more often because of the program and 88 percent learned something new.One participant said, “It was really a great way to get me reading again.”Participants of all ages attended events held throughout the county, including a summer concert series headlined by the Element Brass Band; magic shows by Magical Nathaniel, Mike’s Magic Show, and Jon Lopez; presentations by Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show and Circus of Smiles; and slime-making.”

Yolo County Library increased participation in Summer Reading Program

Yolo County hires its first museum curator

From Daily Democrat

“After a nationwide search, Yolo County Library announced the appointment of Iulia Bodeanu as the county’s first museum curator.Bodeanu has been serving as interim coordinator for some months now.Community leaders from YoloArts, Yolo County Historical Museum, Friends of the Yolo County Archives and Yolo County Library all played roles in the recruitment and selection process, according to Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor..The museum curator is a new, full-time, limited-term position working under the auspices of the Yolo County Library. In this role, Bodeanu will lead a full review of the Yolo County historical collection, housed in Yolo County’s historical Gibson House and on the property, located in Woodland.The review process will include re-housing collection items and preservation work, according to Gabor.”


Yolo County: Esparto Library to capture wildfire stories

From Daily Democrat

“Yolo County librarians want to know how residents were affected by the recent “mega wildfires across the state.”The County Library is joining in a statewide effort, sponsored by the California State Library and the nonprofit organization StoryCenter, to memorialize the experiences of Californians affected by the fires — both bad and good.People are invited to share their stories on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Esparto Regional Library, 17065 Yolo Ave, in Esparto.People interested in sharing their experience can also register online at http://www.storycenter.org/yolo-wildfire-stories where they can sign up on their own or in pairs for a 30-minute recording session.“Participants need not talk directly about a specific loss or experience, but simply discuss broadly how these events are affecting their lives,” according to Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink. “StoryCenter will provide the questions that may be asked and will be onsite the day of the event to record participant stories.”The collected stories will be housed as part of the California Listens archive at http://www.archive.org, with excerpts shared through the StoryCenter website and the Yolo County Library website.”


Classic car and truck show returns to Yolo Library

From Davis Enterprise

“Join the Yolo County Library and the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library at the third annual Cruisin’ Into the Next Chapter Classic Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Yolo Branch Library, 37750 Sacramento St. in Yolo.All are welcome to attend this free family-friendly event which will feature a wide array of classic cars and trucks, antique fire trucks and low-rider bikes. In addition to the car show, there will be music, free face painting and books for children, craft activities in the library and tours of the historic Yolo Blacksmith Shop. Participants will also be able to enter to win raffle prizes, browse vendors, and buy T-shirts and Yolo keychains to support the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library.”