Yolo County: Library offers graphic novels for kids, teens, adults

From Davis Enterprise

” The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, is offering access to eBooks that you can check out and return on your home computer using your library card number and password.More than 60,000 of these eBooks are available through Enki, a program offered by many California public libraries, and that provides fiction, nonfiction, classics, encyclopedias and even comic books.When libraries offer comic books, they usually go under the name graphic novels. Many people think graphic novels are naughty novels for adults, but actually, the term means long and frequently pretentious comic books.In recent years, libraries have included comics to encourage reluctant readers to become active library users.Between the public library and the internet there is not a great shortage of fiction or nonfiction even without Enki. As the saying goes, “So many books, so little time.”The readers of comic books, however, may want more comics, particularly comics that don’t cost $4 for a 20-page pamphlet.”



Yolo County Library offers new collection of e-books

” Yolo County Library has introduced 60,000 new e-books to its collection in partnership with Enki, an e-book platform created by California libraries. This new addition will add even more resources to the library’s collection.All genres are included in the collection in hopes that everyone in the Davis community will be satisfied. Crista Cannariato, the library’s regional supervisor, explained that Enki offers many unique resources that would be difficult for people to come by any other way.“I think that it’s great to have additional e-books available to the public,” Cannariato said. “I think it’s going to help to increase the variety of what we’re able to offer and it also increases the amount of materials we’re able to offer […] There are a lot of titles […] by independent publishers [and] some self-published items as well. There’s study aids and test preparation books, which will also be available to the community.”Cannariato also noted that the e-books will improve people’s experiences with the library overall. As more resources become available, the usage of the library by community members will hopefully increase .“We are able to let people check out 20 titles at a time on that platform, which is nice if they want to read that much,” Cannariato said. “So hopefully people will be able to find something without having to wait for it.”While there are certainly many advantages to offering more e-books, Roberto Delgadillo, a librarian at Shields Library who specializes in research support services, explained that there can also be drawbacks, since many people still prefer using physical copies of books.”


Yolo County announces new librarian

From The daily Democrat

” A West Sacramento man has been appointed as Yolo County’s new librarian.The Yolo County Board of Supervisors announced this week that Mark Fink, 50, would be taking over the position to replace Patty Wong’s previous position held by Interim County Librarian Chris Crist.According to a report from Yolo County Spokeswoman Beth Gabor, Fink has an impressive resume that made the decision easy.“Yolo County is fortunate to have hired a county librarian of such high caliber, and with a diverse career background,” said Oscar Villegas, who represents District 1, surrounding West Sacramento and Clarksburg. “We have every confidence that Mark will continue to build upon the solid foundation that has been established throughout our county library system.” A local, Fink currently serves as a District 1 representative on the Yolo County Library Advisory Board. He is also the deputy director of library services with the Solano County Public Library.”



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.”