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CLA Annual 2014

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Welcome to the New CLA Website! 

We are excited to welcome you to the new CLA website. We anticipate that this new website will be much easier to navigate than our last. CLA members, please take a minute to log into your account, reset your password and update your profile.  As part of the transition to the new site, you will need to reset your password. To do so, you can either click the “Forgot Your Password” link on the homepage, or by going to the link here. If you are not already a member, JOIN TODAY!!

Zoia Horn, Library Icon, Dies at 96 

7/15/14 - Zoia Horn, who was chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee in the mid-70s and who spent 20 days in jail rather than testify in a trial involving anti-Vietnam War activists, died Saturday at the age of 96. Horn’s autobiography, Zoia!, is available online via, and includes a copious accounting of her activism. The California Library Association’s annual intellectual freedom award is named in her honor.
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Appointments to California Library Services Board

6/23/14 - 
We are delighted to congratulate Paymaneh Maghsoudi, Anne Bernardo on their reappointments to the California Library Services Board. Ms. Maghsoudi is currently the library director of Whittier Public Library and has also served as CLA President. Ms. Bernardo, Director of the Tulare County Law Library, has been active in library advocacy, and is President of the CLS Board. We also welcome Governor Brown's new appointments, Florante Ibanez, of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and Gary Christmas from his long services to California libraries, particularly in Riverside. [read more]

Governor Signs 2014 -2015 Budget - Library Money Is Protected

6/20/14 - Shortly before 10 a.m. this morning, Governor Jerry Brown joined new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at a Budget signing event in San Diego.  Before members of the press, the Governor signed SB 852, the main Budget bill, which contains new funding to enact the Governor’s plan to connect public libraries to a high-speed, broadband backbone operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), as well as new funding for the California Library Services Act and the state literacy program.  We are grateful to the Governor, the legislature and CLA members and supporters who wrote letters, participated in Day In the District, and made personal calls to legislators this year. 
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California Libraries Host Drive to Benefit Animal Welfare Organizations

6/10/14 - 
Public libraries across the state are partnering this summer with animal shelters, humane societies, and local SPCA’s to collect much-needed supplies and promote pet adoption, community service with animals, and spay/neuter awareness.The statewide summer reading theme is animals and the slogan is Paws to Read. The statewide drive encourages community members who take part in libraries’ popular summer reading programs to help animals and the organizations that care for them. [read more]

Lunch @ the Library Collaboration Expands to More California Communities

6/09/14 - The California Library Association (CLA) and California Summer Meal Coalition announced today the addition of more libraries to Lunch @ the Library, a collaborative effort to provide summer meals and literacy opportunities in California’s libraries. County library systems in Alameda, Contra Costa and Kern, along with Riverside Public Library, will join over 50 other California library sites engaged in collaborations that combat summer learning loss and hunger.  [read more]