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Rancho Cucamonga Public Library's Hogwarts Class Reunion event

Congratulations to Tulare County Library for being awarded two CSAC awards this year! CSAC is the California State Association of Counties. The annual Challenge Awards program was created by CSAC in the mid-1990s.  Since that time, it has grown in popularity. The award-winning programs are just a sampling of the creativity and leadership demonstrated each day by our counties. All 220 Challenge Award entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges closely affiliated with California counties and the programs and services they deliver.

David Lieber, Director of Public Affairs & Member Services for the California State Association of Counties stated: "I am honored to inform two of your county's outstanding programs are being honored in the 2013 CSAC Challenge Awards."

The following Tulare County programs are being honored:

  • Challenge Award - Teen Digital Media Lab - The Tulare County Library provides a new way to engage teens and prepare them for a 21st century world by providing digital resources and guiding them to be creative.
  • Merit Award - Your Library in More Places - The Tulare County Library provides an innovative and cost-effective solution to provide library services in rural areas without branches, staff, or bookmobile through a 24/7 access bookmachine.

Tulare County Library is the only library to win the award this year, and they have won two. They are also the only county to win two awards in our population range.  An award ceremony was held at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors September 24th Board meeting.  Link for the awards:

Potions poured, wands were crafted and classes at Hogwarts were back in session as the Rancho Cucamonga Public Libraries celebrated the 15 year anniversary of the original publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone.  This National Medal winning library was one of only fifteen libraries nationwide to win Scholastic’s 15 Years of Harry Potter contest. 

The event billed as a Hogwarts Class Reunion took place on August 31, 2013 at the Rancho Cucamonga Library. Library staff, local actors, and other Harry Potter enthusiasts played the role of Hogwarts Faculty that taught various courses and other activities. Courses and activates included: wand making, herbology, potions, magical creatures, dark arts, astronomy, and divination.  The festivities began with an opening ceremony hosted by Mad-Eye Moody, intermission included story time and concluded with the opening of the Hogwarts Time Capsule with such items as: snitch, taking portrait, Dumbledore’s wand, Hogwarts texts books, and other memorable items form the series.  The event was a huge success with about 500 people in attendance, in ages ranging from young children, to teenagers, to adults.

Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD)
service area passed Measure A, the all-mail ballot recently sent to residents.  The final, unofficial results from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters indicate that Measure A passed by 81.7 percent. Measure A asked for a continuation of the existing special tax rates of $33.66 per single-family home without any increase in taxes. Voters chose to ensure the extension of library funding for the next 20 years.

Measure A accounts for 18 percent of SCCLD revenue and is needed to maintain library hours and services.  These special tax funds help keep qualified librarians on staff, provide an award-winning bookmobile program, maintain children’s reading programs and purchase needed books and up-to-date research materials.  Revenue collected by this tax is returned directly to each local library, thus ensuring the ability to purchase more materials and maintain open hours.  

Todd Deck recently started my new position with the Tehama County Library. He is the circulation clerk/web services coordinator/jack of all trades. He is in his last year at Emporia State University pursuing his MLS with a 4.0 gpa.

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU SLIS), will serve as the 2014-2015 Association for Information Science and Technology’s (ASIS&T) president. As president elect and president, Hirsh plans to help ASIS&T attract new members from across the globe, increase the association’s visibility, and continue to demonstrate the value of the information profession. See more at:

Celma de Faria Luster is an experienced librarian who has been working as an Extra-Help Librarian for six years in public libraries, and as a part-time librarian since 2012 at the Sonoma County Library. She is familiar with academic and school libraries and expanded her knowledge researching these settings.  Her Masters in Library and Information Science is from San Jose State University. Originally from Brazil, she now lives in California with her family.

Her book entitled, “Extra-Help Librarians: A Guide For Success At Public, Academic and School Libraries” was released this September.  Extra-Help Librarians are important contributors to libraries’ staffing, covering absences and supplementing other staff needs. Information on this category has been limited. Therefore, this book focus on librarianship education and career, including the Extra-Help Librarians profile and job search, overview of libraries, and the professional’s work at public, academic and school libraries. Relevant theoretical and practical issues are developed. Library Science students, new graduates, professionals aiming to re-enter the library job market and even administrators can benefit from the content. You can find her book through distributors including Ingram, Barnes & Nobles, Baker & Taylor,  ISBN: 9780988924215; LLC: Z682.35.V62 L87 2013; DDC: 023—dc23

Stephanie M. Roach of John F. Kennedy University Libraries in Pleasant Hill, CA will begin teaching information literacy for JFK University's College of Undergraduate Studies beginning Fall 2013.

Mary-Alexandra Smith graduated in August from the University of North Texas Greater Los Angeles Cohort with a MS in Information Science as well as a Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Content Management.  She is a 2013 Beta Phi Mu inductee!

Jennifer Sweeney’s book entitled, “Influence of an academic intervention program on minority student career choice.Journal of College Student Development” was published this September.   

Doug Taylor of the Ventura County Library System has published a novel with and titled Bogota by Bus. When two American men decide to go to Cancun, hilarity and adventure ensure. Through a series of preventable accidents they find themselves frantically fleeing down the Central American isthmus being chased by Sandinista authorities, bounty hunters, Colombian rebels and a cigar-smoking madam with a score to settle!

Pamela Veasey is proud to announce that on September 15, 2013 she celebrated 10 years with the Contra Costa County Library, El Cerrito Branch.  She has been at the same branch since I started.  She was presented with a plaque from the County Librarian.  Her co-workers all signed a card for her and they had banana crème pie and brownies!  She loves the community where she works and is constantly taking classes to improve her library skills.  She is currently enrolled in the Library Technology Program at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.