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A friend of reading for 32 years

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER -- AUG 29, 2012 --West Sacramento’s Margaret Crawford (center) was honored for her volunteer service to the Yolo County Library system and local library branch last week, with a celebration at the Merkley Avenue branch. Gathered with her above are (left to right) Katie Villegas, Cindy Tuttle, Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan and City Councilman Oscar Villegas. Crawford has finished 32 years of service on the county advisory board. Among the issues she pushed was the planning of the current version of the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library at 1212 Merkley Avenue. She’s also been an active member of the West Sacramento Friends of the Library, volunteering to organize fundraising book sales, annual dinners and the Friends’ newsletter. (courtesy photo)

Kids: read to a nice dog


The West Sacramento library branch is promoting reading by inviting kids of all ages to read to a therapy dog for 15 minutes on the second and fourth Friday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m. at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

First come, first to read.

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West Sac library: prizes for kids, teens


Pizza coupon for youngsters, tablet computer raffle for teen book reviewers during library’s summer reading program

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is rolling out its ever-popular summer reading program starting June 1.  The program runs through mid-August and will include free reading clubs for all ages, exciting events and great prizes.  All programs are free.

  “A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading during the summer,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” said Wong.  “Sign up at your local Yolo County Library branch.”

Beginning June 1, everyone who visits any Yolo County Library branch may sign up for summer reading and pick up a schedule of summer events for children, families, teens or adults.  The lineup includes Olympic Dreams, The Bat Lady, sing around the campfire with Mr. Daddy Longlegs, magician Jon Lopez, Dream Interpretation and much, much more.  Events vary from branch to branch, so stop by your branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information.

  “Dream Big…Read!” is for children ages 0-12.  Sign up, visit the library during the summer and check in at the Information Desk to chat about what you have been reading to get a prize.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and Round Table Pizza coupon, while supplies last.

“Own the Night” is the teen program (ages 13-18).  Sign up and fill out a short survey to be entered into the system-wide raffle for a chance to win an Android Touch Screen Tablet, MP3 player or a Target gift certificate.  In addition, there are library activities at each branch to earn additional raffle tickets.  The more books you read and review and earn raffle tickets for, the more chances to win.

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Your old books & DVDs can help


The West Sacramento Friends of the Library need your donation of gently-used books, DVDs and magazines for their book sales alcove and sale event. Drop off your donations at the bin outside the north wall of the library, at 1212 Merkley Avenue. Sale proceeds benefit library programs.

For information, call 375-6465 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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Kids: ‘read off’ your book fines


Yolo library card holders age 5-18 who have overdue book fines are invited to “read off your fines” between April 6-14. The library will give $1 credit against these fines for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice at the library. Available hours vary; visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

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What do you want from your library?

GUEST COMMENTARY from the March 7, 2012 News-Ledger:

By Patty Wong
Yolo County Librarian

When I came to Yolo County Library as the County Librarian, I got to know people from grass-roots community groups that have supported the Library for over one hundred years.   Each branch of the Yolo County Library has local residents who contribute their time and energy to support their local library.  All of us at the Yolo County Library want to ensure this on-going community involvement in public libraries.  To reach this goal, we’ve begun our first-ever strategic planning process.

I’d like to invite all residents to participate in a survey that will help shape the future of Yolo County Public Libraries.  The survey is part of a strategic planning process that includes research, public comment, interviews and discussion sessions with community leaders and library staff.  Some of the questions I’d like folks to think about are:  What makes Yolo County a unique community?  Why is Yolo County a great place to live, work and raise a family?  Through your comments, we’ll learn about our community’s needs and vision for the future.  We’ll use this information to build a stronger public library.

In many ways the public library is an integral part of the quality of life in Yolo County.  It serves the information needs of all residents, including recreational reading, research, online computer access, ready for kindergarten and adult literacy programs, volunteer opportunities and much more.  Small business owners use the public library to work and read up on new management publications.  Parents bring their children to the library for free events, homework help and a constant source of new books to read.  Programs for older adults help answer their questions about financial issues and health care.

  In recent years, we’ve implemented new conveniences such as downloadable e-books and held classes for community members to learn how to use this new technology.  A new mobile website allows residents to check their library account on their smart device to see if their requested book, movie or CD is waiting for them.

Our communities have changed too, and library services are needed more than ever in our rural areas such as Knights Landing and Yolo.  These small libraries help close the digital divide in rural areas where information is harder to access because of distance, scarcity of community gathering places and the lack of high speed cable.  These libraries also provide access to resources for rural residents to live happy and productive lives in a complex and ever-changing world.

I invite you to participate in the Yolo County Library planning process by completing the survey or by contacting Elizabeth Gray, Assistant County Librarian (530) 666-8084 or elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org, with your input.

The survey will be available soon online at www.yolocountylibrary.org and will be available in hard copy format in all Yolo County branch libraries.  Those who complete the survey may choose to be entered in a raffle to win a book or tote bag.

The Yolo County Library needs your help in shaping the future direction of our public libraries. Please join us in the endeavor.

Cheap books! Sale this weekend at library

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library have scheduled a book sale for this weekend (March 3-4) at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4, and Sunday’s are 10-3. $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for paperbacks, children’s books 10-25 cents, and there will also be VHS movies and videocassette books. On Sunday, items are $2/bag.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4, or email wsfol99@yahoo.com. Sale proceeds benefit library programs.

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