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State Librarian, Greg Lucas Comes To Solano County To Celebrate International Literacy Day
08/25/2014
By Ann Miller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com

 

STATE LIBRARIAN, GREG LUCAS COMES TO SOLANO COUNTY TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 

 

In honor of International Literacy Day, Solano County Library will host a program featuring Greg Lucas, the California State Librarian on Sept 8.  Lucas will speak about his work with the State Library and the campaign to eliminate adult illiteracy in California. Also on hand to share their stories will be a student and a volunteer tutor who are involved in the Library’s literacy program.

 

“The primary focus of the event and indeed, the entire month of September, is to build awareness of the impact of low literacy skills on adults in the community and the effect on the entire family,” said Joanne Wright, the Library’s literacy services program manager.

 

The program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, in Fairfield, CA.  Throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Library’s literacy services will be showcased in an interactive display in the lobby. Adult learners, volunteers and staff will be on hand to talk about the work of the program and to increase awareness of adult literacy issues in our community.  “Currently 141 adults who want to learn to read better are on a waiting list for a tutor. We know from our volunteers that this is one of the most rewarding ways to give your time. We call it ‘giving the gift of reading,” said Wright.



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Library Hosts e-Book Workshop
08/20/2014
By Ann Miller

 

Library Hosts e-book Workshop

 

According to a recent Pew Research study, roughly a third of U.S. adults read e-books, and that number is growing as more people buy tablets and other mobile devices.  Solano County Library offers free access to e-books and e-audiobooks to library customers.

 

On August 21 at 7:00 pm., Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center presents a workshop for those wishing to learn how to download and read or listen to library books on the go.  No signup is necessary, but participants need a valid library card and email address, and should bring their mobile device with them to the event.  The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For additional information, call 866-572-7587.



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Bay Area Bike Mobile
07/30/2014
By Carol Stuart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT Carol Stuart cvstuart@solanocounty.com 707-784-1523

 

Bay Area Bike Mobile
Free Family Bike Repair
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Back Staff Parking Lot near the fire station
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00-1:00

 

BE ONE OF FIRST 20 CHILDREN/YOUTH TO GET BIKE REPAIRS AND RECEIVE A FREE BIKE HELMET.

 

Safe Routes to School information, coloring books and more
Special thanks to the Spare the Air Youth Program, Safe Routes to School, The Solano Transportation Authority & the California Highway Patrol



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Murder Mystery Night for Teens at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
07/23/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com


Murder Mystery Night for Teens


Friday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m


Sherlock Holmes is not the only one who can solve a mystery. Join us and see if you can figure out “Whodunit?” Participants must be 12-18 years old. Sign up at the library or call 1-866-572-7587 and then join us for an evening of adventure. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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7/18 - Amy-Liz Music for Children and People Who Used to Be Children
07/18/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Amy Liz-Music for children and people who used to be children.

 

Tuesday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m.

 

With her great guitar playing, wonderful original songs and re-energized classics, Amy Liz will keep everybody happy.  Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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7/11 - DRUMMM! OneBEAT: Hands-on Community Rhythm Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Library
07/11/2014
By Sabine Salek


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:  

Sabine Salek, 1-866-572-7587, slsalek@solanocounty.com

 

DRUMMM! OneBEAT: Hands-on Community Rhythm Celebration


Join in the rhythm with Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR and friends! This "hands-on", participatory drumming event will entertain, educate, and inspire and it relieves stress. Discover what cultures have long known about drumming as a tool for connection: that it promotes strength and unity while celebrating diversity.  Fun for all ages, the spirit of community and collaboration will uplift and energize participants. Prepare to be playfully challenged. No prior drumming experience is needed. Drums will be provided or you may bring your own.

 

The program will be held in the Joseph Room at JFK library, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00pm.   The concert is a part of JFK Library’s First Saturday series, a monthly performing or cultural event held the first Saturday of the month. Funding for the series is provided by the Vallejo Friends of the Library



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7/11 - Wild things Animals of the World at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
07/11/2014
By Beth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Wild Things Animals of the World

 

Tuesday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m.

 

There is an amazing diversity of life on earth.  Meet real live animal ambassadors from five continents and hear their stories.  Free, thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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6/23 - Flag Day at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
06/23/2014
By Elizabeth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com

 

Flag Day 

 

Tuesday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Kids join the library’s annual tradition and join the celebration.   Make a flag and the parade around the library.The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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6/13 - The Bubble Lady Takes you to Bubbleland at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
06/13/2014
By Beth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

The Bubble Lady Takes you to Bubbleland 

 

Tuesday, June 17th at 3:30 PM 

 

Go on a musical journey to Bubbleland, a shimmery rainbow world where bubbles abound-some tiny and delicate, others big enough to hold a child.  Join us at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center for this free program, open to all ages. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com



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6/18 - Third Annual Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library
06/18/2014
By Beth Molyneux

June 18, 2014 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

Third Annual Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover 

 

Friday, June 27th 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

Pick up-Saturday, June 28th 11:00 AM or later 

 

Leave your stuffed animal to the library anytime Friday the 27th, do a craft and tuck it in.  During the night, the animals awake and party!  Come back Saturday morning 11 a.m. or after and pick up your animal and a photo of the wild rumpus.  Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com



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6/13 - Tony Borders Puppets at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
06/13/2014
By Beth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

Tony Borders Puppets-Critters and Continents 

 

Tuesday, June 24th at 3:30 PM 

 

Explore the world of animals in a show that combines puppets, magic and stories.  Meet a kangaroo from Australia, an elephant from Africa and many other creatures from around the globe.  Join us at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center for this free program, open to all ages. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com .



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6/13 - Recycled Jar Candle Making Program for Teens at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library
06/13/2014
By Beth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

Recycled jar candle making program for teens 

 

Wednesday, June 25th at 3:30 PM 

 

Something old, something new, something special made by you.  Teen, join us at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center for this free program. Thanks to the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries for making this possible. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.  For further information call 1-866-57-ASKUS or look on the library website at www.solanolibrary.com



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6/3 - Duct Tape Acts and Crafts for Teens
06/03/2014
By Beth Molyneux

May 29, 2014 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

Duct tape arts and crafts for teens

 

Teens-explore your sticky side with an imaginative duct tape creation.  Patterns and instructions for simple crafts projects will be available, but teens are encouraged to create their own designs too.   Come and join the fun. 



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5/29 - Five Wishes - Get a peek at your send off at Vacaville Cultural Center Library
05/29/2014
By Beth Molyneux

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Molyneux at 707-784-1544 or ekmolyneux@solanocounty.com 

 

Five Wishes 

 

Tom Sawyer hid in the church gallery to observe his own funeral.  You can get a peek at your send-off when you complete the advance directive “Five Wishes.”   With this legal document, you tell your family and doctor:  

 

what you want them to know (parting thoughts as well as details about the funeral or memorial service you want),  who should make health care decisions for you when you can't,  and the medical treatment you want in your last days.  

 

Join us on Tuesday, June 10 at 4 p.m. to talk about advanced directives with Cynthia Wolff, RN, BA, MSHSA from Yolo Hospice.  Attendees will receive their own free “Five Wishes” booklets. 

 

Space is limited.  Call 866-572-7587 to reserve a seat.  



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5/28 - Library's Summer Reading Programs Begin June 9, 2014
06/09/2014
By Ann Miller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:    

 

Ann Miller, amiller@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1506  

 

May 28, 2014 

 

LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAMS BEGIN JUNE 9, 2014 

 

Once again local libraries are gearing up for their annual push to get kids reading this summer.  “Kids who don’t read tend to experience a “summer slide,” their reading abilities regress and that effect is cumulative. Studies show that summer learning impacts high school completion rates and college attendance,” said Ann Miller, a Library spokesperson.   

 

To encourage young people to read and explore learning activities this summer Solano County Library has planned two age-appropriate reading programs, “Fizz, Boom, Read” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for teens.  Prizes, games and weekly performances are a three-prong approach to remind families that summer is a time to read, for learning and for pleasure. The programs also emphasize “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Arts, and Math) with activities such as  Python Ron’s Reptiles, science experiments, and a family night of “X-treme Science.”  The Friends of the Library underwrite events at all of Solano County Library’s eight branches.  

 

“This is one way we can impact the whole community because we know that kids who read over the summer do better in school,” said Miller. “Fizz, Boom, Read” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for teens begin June 9 and end August 9.  Solano County Library’s website, www.solanolibrary.com will have a full listing of events, game boards and sign up information beginning May 27, 2014. “We hope everyone will find a book this summer and get lost in it. Nothing beats a good book on a hot day,” said Miller.  



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4/2 - Solve the Mystery: Do You Know Any of these 1950's Bookworms
04/02/2014
By Ann Miller

SOLANO COUNTY LIBRARY
1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533


March 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com


SOLVE THE MYSTERY: DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE 1950’S BOOKWORMS?


Calling all amateur sleuths and family historians: Solano County Library needs your help in identifying these young readers.

 

Solano County Library turns 100 this year, and in examining its archival photographs, found these shots of children visiting its traveling branch somewhere in the county. Clues are scant, but long before the era of point-and-click book delivery, the Library offered mobile branch service to the communities of Bird’s Landing, Collinsville, and Pleasants Valley among others. The design of the vehicle and the children’s clothing suggests that these photographs were taken sometime in the early 1950s.

 

The Library will host a 100th Birthday Celebration from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on April 5 at 601 Texas Street in Fairfield. Now the site of the Solano County Events Center, the historic building housed the county library from 1931 through 1976.

 

Formal recognition will run from 9 a.m.to 10:30 a.m., family entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. Along with circus acts, musical performances, rocket launching and a number of other activities scheduled for the library’s birthday party, a selection of vintage photos marking a century of service will be displayed. Putting names to these young faces would help bring history alive for the generations that followed.

 

These little bookworms are likely grandparents now, but the Library hopes that you can help identify them. Please contact Ann Miller, the Library’s Community Relations Coordinator at 784-1506 if you can provide information about this photograph.



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3/25 - Solve the Mystery: Do you know any of these 1915 library bookworms?
03/25/2014
By Ann Miller

March 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com 

 

Solano County Library turns 100 this year, and in examining its archival photographs, discovered this shot of the very first storytime the library presented in 1915.  The location should be familiar to Fairfield residents—it was taken in front of the old county courthouse, which was the first home of the newly formed Solano Count y Library.  It soon moved to a room in the new Armijo High School until a fire in ravaged the building in 1929.  The library found temporary quarters in Suisun City’s American Legion building (now the Fairfield-Suisun Veterans Memorial Building) until a permanent location was opened in 1931 at the corner of Texas and Union streets in Fairfield, where it served the public until 1976.     That building currently houses the County Events Center, where the Library will host a fun-packed 100th Birthday Celebration on April 5.  The formal portion of the celebration runs from 9-10:30 a.m., family fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

 

These little storytime pioneers have most likely passed on, but the Library hopes that you can help identify some of them.  Along with circus acts, musical performances, rocket launching and a number of other activities scheduled for the library’s birthday party, a selection of vintage photos marking a century of service will be displayed.  Putting names to these young faces would help bring history alive for the generations that followed.  Please contact Ann Miller, the Library’s Community Relations Coordinator at 784-1506 if you can provide information about this photograph.



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3/24 - From the Printed Page to the Digital Age: 100 Years of Solano County Library
03/24/2014
By Ann Miller

March 19, 2014 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com 

 

  FROM THE PRINTED PAGE TO THE DIGITAL AGE: 100 YEARS OF SOLANO COUNTY LIBRARY  

 

   “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is an adage as true as it is common. As the community looks back on 100 years of the Solano County Library the innovative spirit of those first intrepid librarians and library supporters is echoed in the tech-centric world of libraries today.  

 

   Like their forbears, present-day librarians work hard to bring the gift of reading and lifelong learning to the communities they serve. With storytimes at the mall, a library at juvenile hall, and a dizzying array of library programs from knitting circles to health insurance for kids, they are following in the footsteps of their librarian ancestors. In the early days of the Solano County Library, unwavering librarians brought books and even food to far-flung residents, music education to one-room schools, and reading materials written in German to war prisoners at Mare Island.  

 

   By 1920, a mere six years after the Board of Supervisors established it, the Solano County Library had eight branches and served 49 schools. Although Vacaville and Vallejo had their own libraries, the Solano Library worked with both of them, as well as the libraries in Benicia and Dixon. The early cooperation between those libraries is echoed by the current SNAP (Solano, Napa, and Partners) consortium which shares books, a catalog, and databases.   

 

   Books and reading are synonymous with libraries, but so too is a long legacy of adopting technology as a means to bring people and information together. Today, librarians navigate expensive licensing requirements to bring downloadable books, and the devices on which they are read, to their patrons. Early librarians were equally committed to keeping up with technology, introducing phonograph records in 1918 and an early fax machine in 1968.  

 

   For ten decades the Solano County Library has remained committed to making reading and information accessible, in formats that people can understand. Clara Dills, Solano County’s first librarian, borrowed books in Italian from the California State Library to bring to Collinsville, an Italian fishing village on the Sacramento River, because “none of the adults were able to read in any but their own language.”  Solano County Library’s vigorous Adult Literacy Program celebrates 20 years this year, and is dedicated to helping English and non-English speakers learn to read and write.   

 

   Libraries have long enjoyed support due to their ability to adapt to the needs of their communities. In 1944 it was a Victory Branch  in a Vallejo apartment building.The branch, like the apartments, sprung into existence to meet the influx of defense workers at Mare Island. In 1950, pamphlets entitled “How to Survive an Atomic Attack” were distributed at the library, answering a question that reverberated at a time when Hiroshima was only five years past.  The year 1983 brought coin-operated computers and, over 13 years ago, the first electronic books. Now the Library offers a wide variety of online resources, including free car schematics, on-demand tutors, and museum passes, along with 8 locations for study, meetings, and free access to computers and Wi-Fi. By staying in touch with the needs, wants and aspirations of the people of Solano County, the library plans to stay relevant for the next 100 years. 

 

   The support that libraries have enjoyed, from the first women’s groups that lobbied them into existence to the widespread voter support evidenced by the 80% “yes” vote for the 1/8th of cent sales tax in 2012, can be credited to an almost constant adjustment of library services to the needs of the communities it serves.    An anniversary party at the Solano County Events Center at 601 Texas Street in Fairfield, on April 5, 2014 kicks off a year of celebrating 100 years of libraries in Solano County.  

    

April 5, 2014  

Solano County Events Center (1931 Library), 601 Texas Street, Fairfield CA 

 

9:00 a.m. 

Tony Wade  

Master of Ceremonies

 

Linda Seifert  

Chair, Solano County Board of Supervisors

 

Gerry Maginnity  

Acting California State Librarian  

 

Mike Perkins  

Children’s Librarian  

 

Velma Benson,  

Literacy Learner 

   

10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 

• Reception, Library Card Sign-ups, Tech Demonstra­tions and Book Giveaways 

• Keith Stout and his Alive Music Orchestra 

• Nikolas Strubbe’s Circus Acts, Storytelling and Deeds of Daring  

• Rocket Launching with Lawrence Hall of Science Inventors Lab  

• Crafts and Tattoos for Kids 

   

Upcoming Events 

April 9 • 3-4 pm John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, 505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo 

Leo Cavanaugh Concert 

 

April 14 • 7 pm Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive  

100 Things in Your Suitcase? Pack Like a Pro    

 

April 23 • 3:30-4:30 Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky Street  

Anniversary Presentation:  Magical Moonshine’s “Puppylocks and the Three Bears”   

 

June 14 Suisun City Library’s Birthday Party, 601 Pintail Drive   

 

July 8 • 7 pm Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center,  1020 Ulatis Drive 

Anniversary Party For Families: Don O’Brien’s Magical Science    

 

August 8 10:30 am & 1 pm Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive 

100th Anniversary Party, Birthday Cake & Wild Things Animal Show  

 

August 20 Springstowne Library, 1003 Oakwood Avenue, Vallejo  

Birthday Party   

 

September 8 • 8-5 Solano County Administration Center, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield

Library Literacy Services Anniversary   

 

October 10-12 Rio Vista Library at the Bass Festival Parade 



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8/28 - A Free Library Card Key to Student Success
06/24/2014
By Ann Miller

A Free Library Card Key to Student Success 

 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public libraries join in a national effort each fall to ensure that every child has a library card. 

 

Whether a student wants to research a political issue, get help with a math problem or use a free computer, a library card is the key. In addition to borrowing books, students can search eight databases of journal articles and connect with “on demand” tutors from tutor.com. Library cards are free with photo identification and proof of address. A copy of a birth certificate can be used for children without photo identification.   

 

Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school. As California schools adopt the nationwide common core standards, public libraries become even more important.  “Inquiry-based learning and critical thinking are at the very heart of what public libraries do. You can’t spoon feed knowledge. We give people the tools to learn and make up their own minds.  ” said Solano County Library’s spokesperson, Ann Miller. 

 

For children who might be blocked from using their library card due to overdue materials in the past, Solano County Library offers Read Away Fines.  Children get credit toward their library late charges by reading in the library. “We understand that getting library materials back on time is not always in a child’s control. We don’t want late charges to stand between a child and a book,” said Miller.  



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8/13 - "World's Largest Newstand" Now Free Through Library Website
06/24/2014
By Ann Miller

August 13, 2013 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

 

“WORLD’S LARGEST NEWS STAND” NOW FREE THROUGH LIBRARY WEBSITE 

 

Solano County Library card holders can now access over 90 magazines, cover to cover, and free on their computer or mobile device.  The lineup of magazines includes Rolling Stone, Forbes, and Newsweek as well as special interest magazines such as Gluten Free Living, Road and Track and Inked.  Zinio, a proprietary database subscribed to by the eight-branch library system was awarded Best New Database in 2012 by Library Journal.   

 

Two account setups and log-ins are required: the first enables checkout of the magazine, the second enables a personal library of checked out magazines for streaming or offline reading. “Once registered and logged in, the interface is pretty easy. The best thing is that no return is necessary,” said Lynne Williams, the Library’s deputy director for public services.   

 

Magazines can be viewed on a computer, smart phone, and tablet and there is no limit to the number that can be checked out. Users can even choose to have a magazine “delivered” when the latest issue is published. Readers can either navigate through the magazine by clicking links in the table of contents or browsing the magazine one page at a time. “From Family Handyman to Shape, from Kiplinger’s to Marie Claire, there’s something for everyone with this database,” said Williams.  



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6/20 - Solano County Library Now Lending Google Laptops
06/24/2014
By Ann Miller

June 20, 2013 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

 

SOLANO COUNTY LIBRARY NOW LENDING GOOGLE LAPTOPS 

 

Solano County Library users can now borrow Google Chromebook laptops for free. All branches except the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo are lending the light, fast, inexpensive computers.  John F. Kennedy will begin lending them when its consolidation project is completed later this summer.   

 

The  Library received 30 Chromebooks as part of a grant from the California State Library to help local libraries meet the demand for Internet access.  The Chromebooks connect to the Internet through wifi and must be used in the library. Cardholders can check them out at the customer service desks.  

 

“The devices are lightweight and their browsing is fast.  They are perfect for people who are working together in one of our study rooms,” said Lynne Williams, the Library’s deputy director for support services.  

 

Chromebooks are laptop computers that run completely in “the cloud,” the practice of storing computer files on servers, accessed through the Internet. No personal information or preferences are stored on the device making it a good fit for a lending laptop.  Users’ information such as emails, passwords, browser history, etc. is stored on Google’s remote servers rather than on the Chromebook.  A user can control the information that Google retains by following instructions on the screen.  

 

“When we piloted this project, the people who tested the Chromebooks found all sorts of ways to use them. They downloaded apps for creating presentations, discovering music, playing games and keeping in touch with family. They reported that the Chromebooks were user friendly;  they didn’t need much help to get started,” said Williams.



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3/19 - Library Offers Museum Passes with Discover and Go
06/24/2014
By Ann Miller

1-866-572-7587 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT:    

Ann Miller, amiller@solanocounty.com ; 707-784-1506  

 

March 11, 2013 

 

LIBRARY OFFERS MUSEUM PASSES WITH “DISCOVER AND GO” 

 

Solano residents now have access to free and low cost museum passes that can be downloaded and printed from their home computers. “The passes are a great low-cost way for families to do something together. They are also a way for us to share our unique Bay Area environment with visitors,” said Ann Miller, the Library’s community relations coordinator.  

 

Anyone with a library card can find the passes on the Programs page of www.solanolibrary.com.  The passes range from family passes like the ones for Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum to group discounts for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Local museums are also getting into the act, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum offers free admission for up to five adults in a family (children under twelve are always free).  The passes are printed at home, no pickup or return is necessary. “The Library has always been a place for inspiration and education. The museum passes extend that inspiration and education beyond library walls,” said Miller.  

 

Discover and Go is made possible through a partnership with the Contra Costa County Public Library.  Participating museums determine the amount of discounts and the number of passes they make available. A full list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on the www.solanolibrary.com.   

 

The following is a list of participating museums: 

Aquarium of the Bay 

Bay Area Discovery Museum   

The Beat Museum 

Bedford Gallery 

California Historical Society 

Cartoon Art Museum 

Charles M. Schulz Museum 

Contemporary Jewish Museum 

CuriOdyssey 

GLBT History Museum 

Habitot Children’s Museum 

The Lace Museum 

Lawrence Hall of Science 

Lindsay Wildlife Museum 

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life 

The Marine Mammal Center 

Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment 

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)   

Napa Valley Museum    

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1/13 - LEARN Sponsorship Boosts Children's Literacy in Solano
06/24/2014
By Dilenna Harris

Jan 11, 2013

 

PRESS RELEASE For immediate publication

 

Contact: Dilenna Harris

 

707-365-6664 

 

 

LEARN Sponsorship boosts Children’s Literacy in Solano 

 

Efforts to increase children’s literacy in Solano County got a big boost with more than $8,500 in contributions from local businesses. 

 

The Literacy in Education Access Resource Network (LEARN) received grants of $3,000 each from Comcast and Kaiser Permanente. Combined with a $2,500 sponsorship from Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region; enhancing its efforts to stem the dropout rate in local schools. 

 

LEARN is a partnership between Solano County Library, business and civic leaders, school districts, youth organizations, non-profits and other agencies. 

 

 “This partnership has significant resources to help reduce the school dropout rate, said Dilenna Harris, Executive Director of Solano County Library Foundation. “We are thrilled to receive the support of these major businesses as we increase literacy and technology skills for Solano County students.” 

 

Ken Maxey, Government Affairs Director for Comcast, noted, “We are committed to our Internet Essentials program to bridge the digital divide for students and families and Solano County Library Foundation and LEARN have been very supportive of this program.” 

 

Solano Kids Read, Tutor.com, Family, Adult and Children’s Literacy Programs, as well as the nationally recognized pediatric program, Reach Out and Read, are some of the organization’s initiatives. 

 

For more information about the LEARN program, or the foundation, visit solanolibraryfoundation.org or call (707) 421-8075.



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