Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the holiday, here are a few Halloween contributions from various libraries.  The Library of Congress has a thorough, but brief article on the history of Halloween, NYPL has loaded a video on how to carve their famous library lion into a pumpkin, and the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts has created a lengthy and varied Halloween reading booklist for all ages. If that isn’t quite enough for you, check out Indiana’s reputedly haunted Willard Library.  If you would like to catch the Grey Lady yourself, there are three cameras that offer images every 20 seconds, 24 hours a day.  This video gives some background information on why she haunts Willard’s historic building.  What fun events are our PLP libraries doing for America’s third-favorite holiday?

Willard's Grey Lady

The Grey Lady of Willard Library

What do people do in libraries, anyway?

The Pew Research Center has announced that they will launch a new study to investigate how the digital age impacts library usage and the users.  The story is hereladder of books

Window clings for your library!

Share that you are a PLP member library by placing a cling in your building’s window!  Our new clings are only 6×7 inches, should stick well to any window, resist fading, and best of all, they are free!  If you are a PLP member library, call the office and place your request with Wendy, and she will send them out when they are ready.

AB 438

October 8, 2011


FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist

Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE: News From the Capitol


This afternoon, Saturday, October 8, Governor Brown signed AB 438 (Williams), the controversial library outsourcing measure CLA has been closely monitoring all year. There was no signing message issued.

The bill, as sent to the Governor, would “impose requirements on a city or library district that intends to withdraw from a county free library system and operate libraries with a private contractor.”

AB 438, as you may recall, is sponsored by the Ventura Reader’s Book Group and was supported by a number of major employee union organizations, including SEIU, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, as well as several Friends of the Library groups. It was opposed by the League of Cities, Chamber of Commerce, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, LSSI, and numerous individual cities. During debate on the bill, the supporters argued for the protection of jobs and for more public input on the decision to outsource, while the opposition argued that the “practical effect of the bill was to ban cities from contracting out services, which likely means staff layoffs and branch closures.”

The Governor has until midnight tomorrow to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk that were sent to him during the close of the 2011 session.