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Palo Alto City Library Main Library Expansion and Renovation Project groundbreaking event

Congratulations, California libraries! The Urban Libraries Council has recognized ten libraries in the nation for their innovative programs and three of the honorees are CLA member libraries!

Civic and Community Engagement: Los Angeles Public Library
The Your Path to Citizenship Starts at the Los Angeles Public Library program provides a safe place for immigrants to access a wide range of services. Nearly 10,000 people have taken advantage of the resources available in “citizenship corners” in all 73 library locations.

Organizational Change and Strategic Management: San Francisco Public Library
Community Impact through Renewed Engagement initiated a research process to renew community connections in five city neighborhoods. From walks in the neighborhoods, to ride-alongs with police, to interviews with community members, the teams spent three months gathering data and then presented their findings to community members and library staff.

Sustainability: Sacramento Public Library
Read and Feed: Partnerships for Building Healthy Communities supports a comprehensive healthy communities initiative in a neighborhood with a majority of its children living in poverty and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Congratulations Palo Alto City Library on your successful groundbreaking event for the Main Library Expansion and Renovation Project.  The event was held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and was free and open to the public.

For Earth Week this year, Heather Hayashi helped organize this Living Sustainably exhibit at the Biomedical Library. The exhibit presented and promoted ways to be environmentally conscious and all the initiatives going on in the campus and greater community. It became a collaboration between San Diego Coastkeeper (a local non-profit dedicated to saving our beaches), a student-run community garden on campus (Roger's Community Garden), ESG, and the Biomedical library. 

Library Director Jan Sanders is happy to announce the addition of three full-time Librarian I’s to the Pasadena Public Library staff:

Rosa Cesaretti will join the excellent team at the La Pintoresca/Villa Parke Branch pairing, serving under the tutelage of Branch Manager Pat Smith.
She received her MLIS from UNT and she has successfully applied for a Staff Innovation Fund Grant to develop a Spanish Language Storytime program for the Pasadena Public Library
Zyrel Rojo will serve at the Lamanda Park/San Rafael Branch pairing, working with Branch Manager Leonard Lane and his fine team.
Tara Smith moves to Hastings Ranch Branch Library where she’ll complete the outstanding team there with Branch Manager Diane Walker.

Stephanie M. Roach is now Adjunct Faculty at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA where she teaches information literacy.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, marked the opening of a new photography show highlighting the 26 library buildings in Contra Costa County as the Library continues to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Jade Alburo, Librarian for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islands Studies at UCLA, has been named USA country coordinator for the International Librarians Network (, a facilitated peer mentoring program designed to help librarians develop international networks.

Christina Nhek was awarded the 2013 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) scholarship award.

Marta Fuchs wrote about speaking to 4th and 5th graders about the process of doing family research and writing stories in The Power of Stories:

Dr. Sylva Natalie Manoogian, Class of 2013, was featured in UCLA GSE&IS’s online magazine for receiving her Phd in Library and Information Science.  Find the article here:

Torrance Public Library launched “Library Spots in Public Parks” in August.  Using Little Free Libraries (, and with grant funding from the California State Library, they purchased two models and installed them in two public parks.  The Parks were selected to serve a population who cannot easily get to a branch library, but can get to the park in their neighborhood.  Volunteers care for them and refill them with donated books.  In partnership with the Cultural Services Division, who used local artists and area children to finish and decorate the structures, and the Park Services Division, who installed them safely, these new Library Spots are a pilot project for the City of Torrance.  If successful, more “Spots” may appear… For more information, see www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov or contact Hillary Theyer, City Librarian, at or 310-618-5953.

Tamera LeBeau has been appointed Director of Library Services for Livermore Public Library. She previously served as the Assistant Library Director.

Is the Upland Public Library haunted? That’s what library staff aimed to find out with the help of local paranormal experts, Darklands Paranormal. Darklands visited both the old Carnegie building and the current library building twice to acquire sounds, EVPs, and images of what might be paranormal activity.  They presented these findings on Saturday, August 17th in the old Carnegie building in the dark of night. A rousting 205 people turned out, curious to see if their favorite haunt is haunted. The findings revealed a few interesting images from both the Carnegie and the current building … images of possible ghosts and blurs of energy. There were even a few eerie sounds from the dark recesses of the buildings.  But the most peculiar of the findings was a clear image of something appearing and then disappearing in the series of photos that were taken. In all honesty, it kind of looks like the TARDIS of Dr. Who fame. No one is sure what it is, but Darklands is going to come back to the Library for some more footage. Look out for another showing of their findings in October!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Allison Tran, teen services librarian at Mission Viejo (Calif.) Library, the newest member manager of The Hub,, its young adult literature blog.