“Library trustees reviewed a plan Monday for how to spend $63.1 million in facilities improvements if voters approve a parcel tax. A survey of voters earlier this year determined there was 73 percent support for an annual $49 parcel tax for 30 years. The Joint Powers Authority Board are looking at a June 2015 special election. The plans call for replacing the Capitola and Felton branches, overhauling the Downtown branch and renovating and expanding the Aptos branch by 25 percent. Leaders also are discussing adding a literacy center to the Aptos branch by revamping under-used staff space on the second floor.” (via Santa Cruz Sentinel)
“Tempting as it may be to hum “Truckin’ ” while visiting the Grateful Dead archive at UC Santa Cruz – you know, “what a long, strange trip it’s been …” – the exhibit itself really isn’t that long nor all that strange. What it is, at core, is thorough.
The public archive, though afforded just two rooms on the second floor of McHenry Library, nonetheless houses a treasure trove of Deadheadnalia, presented in such a wonderfully nostalgia-laden way you’d think they were pumping patchouli oil (or some other potent substance) through the heating vents.”
“The library board agreed Monday to push two controversial issues to its Dec. 5 meeting to get legal advice on a patron suspension policy and replacing a citizen board member. The proposed patron policy changes allow for staff to suspend someone for up to a year after a series of warnings. Current rules allow only for a 30-day suspension, after which the next step was to seek a temporary restraining order. Staff now would be able to suspend a patron up to six months or a year after a fourth violation of conduct rules, and there are ways to appeal. The changes also ban using the library for sleeping. Landers said the rule is not meant to punish those who doze off while reading, but rather those who come to sleep for long periods of time. The new rules also empower staff to remove unattended items, such as backpacks.”