County ELF program a CSAC
2008 Merit Award winner
County Library Early Learning with Families (ELF)
program has been selected for a 2008 Merit Award by the California
State Association of Counties (CSAC). Out of 255
submissions, the Awards selection panel chose 35 Merit
Award winners (and 10 Challenge Award winners) statewide
to honor innovation in county government.
at play in Butte County. Left to right: Susie Mesecher,
Oroville Branch Senior Library Assistant and Americorps
Member Lynn Rich.
Also pictured, David Jewell, another staff member.
[Photo courtesy Ozzie Serrano]
Learning with Families (ELF) at the
Butte County Library
partners with parents and caregivers to support young
children’s early learning and literacy skills
development. At the Butte County Library the ELF program
includes Library Playtimes and Babies Love Books lap-sits.
Library Playtimes welcome families into the library to
play together with developmentally appropriate toys, while
specialists from the community (such as speech
pathologists, public health nurses and nutritionists) also
“play” with the children and chat with parents in the
library’s positive, informal environment.
library’s Babies Love Books lap-sits fully engage
parents with their very young children, and include
interactive playtimes with rhymes, songs, bouncing and
books, followed by children choosing a board books to take
home and enjoy.
County’s ELF program has received positive feedback not
only from the hundreds of parents and caregivers who have
attended the programs, but also from numerous partners,
local media, and service clubs. The First 5 Butte County
Children and Families Commission also showed its praise by
generously providing a $55,000 grant to sustain ELF
through 2010. Further, in-kind contributions of time by
community resource specialists have added thousands of
dollars worth of support. Butte County Library staff has
shared their experiences with other libraries through
presentations at the CLA Annual Conference and the
Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference, as
well as on the ELF project website at www.elflibraries.org.
County Library Director Derek Wolfgram says, “I hope
this award serves to further California libraries’
awareness of the difference they can make in improving the
lives of the youngest members of our communities. As one
of the original ELF pilot libraries funded by the
California State Library in 2006, the Butte County Library
is grateful to the California State Library, the Butte
County First 5 Commission, and colleagues throughout the
state who provided inspiration and support.”
more information about the Early Learning with Families
(ELF) program, please contact Suzanne Flint at the
California State Library at (916) 651-9796 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Public Library’s book cart drill team wins
the gold at ALA
cart drill team rookies, Santa
Monica Public Library’s “Well Stacked Scibrarians,”
won the gold at the American Library Association’s (ALA)
fourth annual Library Book Cart Drill Team Championship at
the ALA Annual
Conference in Anaheim.
to the ALA, teams such as Santa Monica’s “shatter”
the myth of the conservative librarians. And shatter the
“Scibrarians” did, to a sold-out ALA crowd of over
2000 on June 29.
Stacked Sci-brarians perform at the Book Cart Drill
Team World Championship competition in Anaheim.
[Photo courtesy Chuck Rokosz]
winning ensemble, a cast of mad scientists cum zombies,
made swirling book carts, mixing potions, and moon walking
look easy. But like all great performers, the “Well
Stacked Scibrarians” had done some serious rehearsing.
SMPL Youth Services Librarian Shana Johnson, a former
Stanford cheerleader and the team captain, says SMPL
practiced three hours twice a week for two months.
“Because ALA was right down the road this year - we were
determined to do Southern California proud,” she says.
team decided their first ALA routine would be a nod to the
25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s chart busting
“Thriller” album. After studying previous winners on
YouTube, Shana Johnson says the crew came up with a story
arc, songs (“Weird Science,” “Somebody is Watching
Me,” and “Thriller”) and the Jackson-like moves for
the grand finale.
Johnson’s opinion the competition says to people
“librarians are cool…It shows we can do something that
is completely not buttoned-up and straight-laced.”
Stacked Sci-brarians receiving their winning
from the judges.
[Photo courtesy Chuck Rokosz]
addition to the “Well Stacked Sci-brarians” who took
home the gold DEMCO grand prize book cart, California’s
myth-busting teams were the “Bibliotechies” of St.
Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano,
“California Girls” of the California School Library
Association’s Southern Section, “Call Number 007” of
the Riverside County Library System (west), the “Dancing
Raisinettes” of the Fresno County Library, and the
“Palm Desert Library Cart Attacks” of the Riverside
County Library System.
watch SMPL’s Norma Angel, Diane Bednarski, Rachel Foyt,
Lana Fukushima, Shana Johnson, Simran Khalsa, Christa
Muscatine, Donnae Tidwell, Ann Wagner, and Ivy Weston
perform their routine, visit the official YouTube link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZAL0bcO_k8&NR=1.
more information about the Book Cart Drill Team World
Championship competition, visit the American Library
Association’s website at www.ala.org.
for Bibliographical Studies and Research/UC Riverside
receives Sautter Award for the California Digital
July 20, the Center for Bibliographical Studies and
Research at the University of California, Riverside
received a Larry L. Sautter Silver Award for Achievement
in University Computing for development of the California
Digital Newspaper Collection. This University of
California system-wide award recognizes “innovative
deployment of information technology in support of the
CBSR staff with Sautter Award. From left to right: Charles
CBSR Systems Administrator; Brian Geiger, Assistant
Allan Crosthwaite, CBSR Digital Projects Coordinator.
[Photo courtesy Amber Dobson]
software developed for the California
Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) incorporates
unique features for processing and displaying digital
newspapers. The Center for Bibliographical Studies and
Research (CBSR) is currently beta testing the software and
plans to make it available to libraries next year.
CDNC is an on-going program of the CBSR to digitize
historical California newspapers and make them freely
accessible to the public. The CBSR has digitized over
200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years
1846-1911. They include the Alta California,
1849-1889; the Sacramento Union, 1851-1895; the San
Francisco Call, 1900-1910; the Amador Ledger,
1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911;
the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907; and very early
California newspapers from 1846-1851: the Californian;
the California Star; the California Star and
Californian; the Sacramento Transcript; the Placer
Times. Additional titles and years will be added to
the collection as funding permits.
CDNC builds on the California Newspaper Project, a 17-year
effort by the CBSR to catalog, union list and preserve
California newspapers. Close to 9,000 California
newspapers were inventoried in over 14,000 repositories
throughout the state, 1.5 million pages of California
newspapers were preserved and made available on microfilm,
and 100,000 rolls of negative microfilm rolls are being
processed for permanent storage.
California Digital Newspaper Collection is supported in
part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the
California State Library; and the U.S. Institute of Museum
and Library Services, under provisions of the Library
Services and Technology Act administered in California by
the State Librarian.
Project team consists of: Benjamin Arai, Software
Developer, TABBEC; Chuck Boucher, Systems Administrator,
CBSR; Craig Boucher, Software Developer, TABBEC; Allan
Crosthwaite, Digital Projects Coordinator, CBSR; Jeanne
Gahagan, Digital Archivist, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley;
Brian Geiger, Assistant Director, CBSR; and Andrea Vanek,
Assistant Director of Newspaper Projects, CBSR.
more information about the CDNC, please contact Andrea
Vanek at email@example.com
or (510) 643-7680.
City Public Library’s Project READ wins Kent Award, Congressional
City Public Library’s Project
READ, in collaboration with Cañada College, received
the San Mateo County School Boards Association’s J.
Russell Kent Award
in May, an honor that earned Project Read a Certificate
of Recognition from the California Senate and a Certificate
of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S.
House of Representatives.
school board singled out Redwood City’s Project Read
program (funded in part by California
Library Literacy Services ) for its Inmate Peer
Tutor Program, a project in which Project READ
volunteers tutor inmates who in turn earn college credits
for tutoring their peers. Kathy Endaya, Director of the
Redwood City Project READ, says, “Almost 89% of
incarcerated people read or write below a 5th grade level.
Because of our successful and close alliance with Canada
College, we not only have the Kent Award, we have also
started breaking the cycle of low or non-literacy in a
correctional institution.” In addition to boosting
reading levels, Endaya reports that the program is
building self-esteem in both the inmate tutors and the
Redwood City partners with Canada College on the
award-winning program, the inmate tutors earn one college
credit for their work. Many of the participants, now
“college students,” continue their education by taking
additional classes while still incarcerated. These new
readers are then able to participate in recovery programs
and GED classes, and achieve other educational goals.
earned the Kent Award because of our work with Canada
College. The State Senate and Congressional Certificates
honor both Project Read and Canada College. We are
so very proud to share it with our wonderful partner!”
Endaya says. California
Library Literacy Services (CLLS), she says, does “a
great job” supporting community collaborations, work
that “expands and enhances our services to our
more information please contact Redwood City Project READ
at (650) 780-7077 or visit www.projectread-redwoodcty.org.
State Library’s Research Bureau wins national
Legislative award for Homeless report
California Research Bureau (CRB) at the California State
Library is one of nine national winners of a 2008
“Notable Document Award” from the National
Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative
Research Librarian staff. The CRB won in the “Innovative
Study” category for Voices
from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers.
Bernstein and Lisa K. Foster wrote March 2008’s Voices
from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers
as part of the California Homeless Youth Project, a major
research and policy initiative the CRB and California
Council on Youth Relations, with support from The
California Wellness Foundation, undertook to bring
attention to the serious issues facing homeless youth in
more information about the Voices from the Street: A
Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers please contact
Lisa Foster at the California State Library at (916)