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Spring 2016

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Everything You Need to Know
About Digital Safety and Security

Sarah Mosunic will speak on May 26

What everyday activity could be putting you into danger if you're not very careful about what you're doing? Avoiding it isn't the answer because this activity-using the Internet-is pretty much essential to modern life. But you can learn to keep yourself safe. Sarah Mosunic of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department (LGMSPD) will address this critically important issue and provide vital information about protecting yourself at the Friends of the Library annual meeting on May 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Los Gatos Town Council Chambers.

Sarah says, "I have been involved in many Internet safety cases locally. We have had cases with tragic results, incredible financial loss, and some that have resulted in severe character damage-all preventable. This forum will be an opportunity for us to have a conversation about trends we see locally, new ways criminals are getting your information, and what to do if you are victimized. Everyone is vulnerable and needs to take steps to protect themselves online."

She points out that there are generational differences with regard to digital safety. "I'm a part of the generation that developed current technology and depends on it, almost instinctively, yet recognizes the dangers this presents. I really do fall in the middle," she says. "For example, my 90-year-old grandparents have very little exposure to the Internet. My mother, who is in her mid-60s, can type and navigate a computer with moderate skill, but hasn't progressed or improved her skills. My kids are completely dependent on technology and knew how to swipe an iPhone literally before they were potty-trained! They are assigned Chromebooks at school and use YouTube on their devices in class.
Digital Security
"By definition, these generational differences cause vulnerabilities online. My grandparents cannot understand the vastness of the personal information that is widely available on the Internet, and therefore are vulnerable to targeted scams. My mother is cautious enough to not be targeted by predators, but is not cautious enough to take steps towards personal protection while shopping online or understanding how to limit sharing personal information on social media. My kids confuse reality and virtual reality and have to be constantly reminded and protected. As we say, the term 'stranger danger' is nearly invalidated as this age group invites the stranger in by oversharing and being easily located, contacted, manipulated, and coached to danger willingly because the quest to gain more 'likes' or 'friends' is socially desirable."

Sarah is in her 15th year working as a civilian in law enforcement and has been with the Town of Los Gatos for about four years. For 11 years, she worked as an emergency dispatcher, and explains, "I always knew that I wanted to work in law enforcement in some capacity, but really had no desire to be a sworn officer. My initial goal was to go into forensic pathology, but I stumbled into dispatch and loved it."

After developing skill and expertise in investigative databases and procedure, she was assigned to the LGMSPD Detective Bureau. After several years there, she transitioned to the Administrative Division to work directly in support of Command Staff and just recently was promoted to Records Manager. Her promotion will be effective on May 9. In addition to managing the Records Unit, her duties include compiling statistical information, crime analysis, and being the administrator for internal and external law enforcement databases and communications platforms, which include Nextdoor, Nixle, and the department's mobile app. She reports directly to Captain Michael; D'Antonio and Chief Matt Frisby.

"I love the nature of my job and how it fits my personality," says Sarah. My day is fast-paced and high stress, evolves minute by minute, and allows me to be surrounded and supported by like-minded people. Law enforcement folks have this switch that we can flip in an instant. We all go from zero to 60 mph instantaneously, and we all have this innate ability to solve problems and seek justice. No other field would offer me the satisfaction of this career."

Sarah, who grew up in the Bay Area, lives in Morgan Hill with her husband, who is also in law enforcement, and their three sons, ages 17, 9 and 6. (This June, the oldest will graduate from high school, and the youngest will graduate from kindergarten!)

Join Sarah and the Friends on May 26 for an enlightening evening you won't want to miss.

 
In This Issue
Digital Safety &
Security 
and 
Friends Annual Meeting

May 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Los Gatos Town Council Chambers 110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, 95030
Stay Connected
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Slate of Officers 2016-2017

President   
Alyce Parsons 

Vice President   
Georgina Van Horn

Recording Secretary
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Corresponding Secretary
Georgina Van Horn

Treasurer  
Tom Atkinson

Membership  
Jill Logar

Bookstore Manager
Marlene Rodman

Sorting Room Manager Tom Atkinson

Grants and Appeals
Rita Baum

Newsletter
Mary Martin

Publicity
Cheryl McKenzie

Parliamentarian/Mailings Dale Hill

President Emeritus
Toni Blackstock

Members At Large:
Renee Munshi 
Louise Roon
Gretchen Bell

President   
Alyce Parsons 

Vice President   
Georgina Van Horn

Recording Secretary
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Corresponding Secretary
Georgina Van Horn

Treasurer  
Tom Atkinson

Membership  
Jill Logar

Bookstore Manager
Marlene Rodman

Sorting Room Manager Tom Atkinson

Grants and Appeals
Rita Baum

Newsletter
Mary Martin

Publicity
Cheryl McKenzie

Parliamentarian/Mailings Dale Hill

President Emeritus
Toni Blackstock

Members At Large:
Renee Munshi 
Louise Roon
Gretchen Bell

From Our President
by Toni Blackstock
Toni Blackstock, President
I t seems that spring is here and our Friends organization, like the season's flowers, continues to grow and thrive.

One special area of growth is our bookstore, which has recently welcomed several new volunteers who are helping to keep the store fully staffed and may enable us to expand the hours it is open.

The sorting room, currently led by the amazing Carol Hamilton, is where the hundreds of donated books we receive each week are processed and prepared for sale. Fortunately for the Friends, volunteers Renee Munshi, Katy Gallant and Jane Kon have been working closely with Carol and will be able to continue running the sorting room when Carol "retires" from the organization this year. And soon, our treasurer Tom Atkinson will be doing double duty when he takes over as manager of the sorting room and Amazon sales. We're still trying to talk Carol, who served four terms as president, out of leaving us, but we can understand her wanting to move to be closer to her family.

Currently, our main concern is the fact that so many people tell us that they didn't know about our bookstore, partly due to lack of signage visible from the street. Our publicity chair, Cheryl McKenzie, works hard at advertising the store's existence and promoting our many sales and events, so it's frustrating to be told that many some people in town haven't gotten the word yet. We welcome any suggestions about making the bookstore more visible to the public. If you have some ideas about how we can better make our presence known, please contact me at toniblackstock@gmail.com.

After this year's very successful membership renewal period, I want to thank all of you Friends members for your continuing support. Your dues help to fund our many programs. And, while you don't have to volunteer your time in order to be a Friends member, we would certainly welcome any of you who might enjoy working in the library or bookstore!



Another Successful Young Writers Workshop
by Rita Baum
On April 2,15 young would-be authors, ages 8 to12, gathered at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center for the Friends annual Young Writers Workshop. Led by local author and Friends Board member, Cheryl McKenzie (writes as C. Lee McKenzie), the aspiring authors learned plot, story and character development. At the end of the workshop, participants took home journals containing their first story, many with notes for the next one.




 
Get the New Friends Membership
Sticker for Your Library Card!
by Jill Logar, membership chair

Membership Sticker

As a member of Friends of the Library, you will soon be 
receiving a membership sticker to be placed on the best 
card in town-your library card.

This sticker, which will arrive by mail, can be attached to the front of a regular library card or keychain card 
(avoiding the barcode area). Additional membership 
stickers will be available to Friends members at the Friends Bookstore. Show your support for the Friends 
on your library card!

With your Fri ends membership dues, we are able to:Enrich the library's collection, equipment, and services.
Sponsor special programs for children, teens, and adults.
Support and promote the library in our community.
Be Part of What We Do!
by Cheryl McKenzie, publicity chair

Change!

We all know that change is the one consistent thing in our world, and the Friends of Los Gatos Library (FLGL) is a group that has experienced major change in recent years. 

With change, there is always adjustment, and at FOLGL we're definitely adjusting. For example, we no longer campaign for funds to supply the new library with furniture, fixtures and equipment because we succeeded in raising nearly $2.1 million for that purpose, thanks to our members and the amazing people of Los Gatos. Now we are raising funds to support this beautiful new facility and the programs for all ages that take place there. 

One of the biggest changes in the Friends organization is the way we are raising money by running our stand-alone bookstore. Visit our website (http://www.friendsoflglibrary.org/) to find out more about the bookstore and other Friends activities.

We need you to be a part of what we do!The Friends has an active board of members who attend meetings and work in many different capacities, each with one goal: to help our library continue to provide the best for our community. 


Our guest speakers and performers have always been popular free events, such as the talk by Silicon Valley Reads author Emmi Itaranta who spoke about her book, Memory of Water, earlier this year. Those will 


continue, but we're adding a special fundraising event each year that will allow us to host eminent speakers who are specialists in fields such as astronomy, archeology, fashion and other fields of popular interest. Two years ago, for example, internationally renowned author Erik Larson spoke at a library book-signing.

So how can you help? 

  • You can volunteer. Our bookstore is staffed 100 percent by people who give some of their time sorting donated books, stocking shelves, and selling books on Amazon and in the bookstore. All proceeds go to your library.

  • You can become a member. This only requires a quick click at a link on our website or a check made out to the Friends of Los Gatos Library. 

  • You can attend events that the Friends organize. Your attendance is essential to the success of future events.

  • You can visit our website, join us on Facebook, and see what our Twitter feed has of interest. 
We need you to be a part of what we do!

Heidi and Carol

 


 
Good-bye, Heidi!

On March, members of the Friends board and bookstore staff said good-bye to Heidi Long, former director of Los Gatos Library, at a party in her honor. One fun feature of the party was a "photo booth" using an iPad app called "Selfie" with a special printer connected by WiFi that the Friends purchased for the library for special events, such as the off-site Pizza Storytime at JJ Magoo's.
Here former Friends president Carol Hamilton toasts Heidi as she leaves for her new job at Pleasanton Library.


Attention Summer Readers!
by Catherine Gildea, youth services librarian


Kids

As we get closer to summer, here at the library we are gearing up for summer reading fun! This year our theme is "on your mark, get set, READ," and we will host programs and activities throughout June, July and August related to this theme, featuring books about sports, outdoor activities and games. 

The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is a wonderful way for children to grow as readers during the long school vacation. It also provides a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to play an active role in their youngsters' literacy. Books can be read and/or listened to, which makes this a great family activity where everyone wins.

This year we will be combining our very own Be a Book Family program with the fun of SRP. Those already signed up will be able to continue reading, logging their books, and winning. At the end of the summer, those who have reached their reading goal may collect their prizes. In addition, everyone has a chance to win exciting raffle prizes at all weekly SRP events. Our programs this year are packed with excitement and have something for everyone.

Our Tween and Teen Summer Reading Program (for ages 11 to 18) will build on the success of our combined program from last year. We will be showcasing tween and teen literature about sports plus other great reads. Tweens and teens can win weekly prizes throughout the summer by tracking their reading, updating their online reading log, and completing challenges. 

Kids who have lots of required reading this summer will find that SRP reading is a great way to combine winning prizes with reading those books for school.

Please visit our website - http://www.losgatosca.gov/241/Kids - for up-to-date information about SRP and related events, such as the kickoff on May 26.


 
 
Summer Reading Kickoff

When: May 26, 4 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Lawn, 110 E. Main St., Los Gatos
What: Enjoy a program by kids' musician Andy Z!


Sign up for Summer Reading
OnlineKids Page

At the kickoff event on May 26, or

In the library after May 26


Three Nights of History's Mysteries @ NUMU
by Melissa Maglio, librarian, local history/nonfiction collections

Enjoy hearing a good story or sharing your own?  Join us for one night or all three nights of History's Mysteries where you can contribute your knowledge of the town's history to the Los Gatos Library's history collection. These programs will be held June 16, July 21 and August 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Museums Los Gatos (NUMU).

In collaboration with NUMU, the Los Gatos Library will be displaying a large number of the library's unidentified historical pictures and asking audience members to share what they might know.  Take a trip back in time and reminisce with other town natives and longtime residents.  Our mysteries collection dates from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1980s.  With your help, we will continue to keep our town's history alive and exciting for future generations.  This is a free program for attendees with Los Gatos library cards and for NUMU members.

History


In this picture, can you identify who, what, when or where? Or do you know someone who might be able to? Then you and your friends would be perfect audience members at our next History's Mysteries night on Thursday,  June 16.  Hope to see you there!


Interested in local history? Our dedicated team of local history volunteers produce a quarterly e-newsletter dedicated to the history of Los Gatos.  You can join the list and preview a sample by going to Next Reads and selecting "Los Gatos Library Local History News."



Dolly Goyal is new Los Gatos Library Director
by Mary Brence Martin


Dolly Goyal
Starting May 9, Los Gatos will have a new library director, Dolly Goyal, whose most recent position was branch manager of the East Palo Alto branch of San Mateo County Libraries.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University, and a master's of library science from San Jose State University, Dolly started her career as a an extra-help children's librarian at Santa Clara City Library in 2008, and later worked part-time for the Santa Clara County Library District. Her first full-time position was as a teen services librarian at the Belmont Library in 2010.

She is a graduate of the 2012 Eureka! Leadership Institute, a program for librarians with between three and 10 years of professional library experience who exhibit leadership potential and are willing to share with others their enthusiasm, optimism, and vision for future library services. Eureka! Leadership awarded her a grant to implement a "Wellness Stop for Teens" program that promoted healthy living and nutrition programs for teens. Dolly is a member of Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA), The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Community (REFORMA), and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She served on the 2015 Michael L. Printz Awards committee, which recognizes a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature, and she has presented at California Library Association, American Library Association and Public Library Association conferences on topics such as teen services programming, staff engagement and community engagement. 

Half Ecuadorian and half Indian, Dolly was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area. "This is my 11 th year in California!" she says, adding that she lives in Sunnyvale with her husband, a chef, who has recently transitioned from corporate dining to working for the Fremont Union High School District. They have a rescued English cocker spaniel called Lois Lane. "She's named after a strong female comic book character. I'm a fan of Superman," says Dolly who also enjoys hiking, Pilates reformer classes and going to the movies. 

She's happily anticipating May 9 when she starts her new job in Los Gatos and says, "I'm really looking forward to working with what I hear is an amazing library team and also further enriching the connections between the community and library."

Welcome, Dolly!

Book Pedal-er Mobile Library Coming in May!

Early this month, the library will launch its brand-new Book Pedal-er Mobile Library. This electric-bicycle-powered mobile library will be used to enhance service and outreach for both the library and the Friends. The Book Pedal-er was purchased with collaborative funding from the Friends of the Library and the Pacific Library Partnership. 

The exciting new vehicle will allow library staff to bring books to homebound seniors and to expand the Be a Book Family program. It will promote the Friends and the library by attending community events such as farmer's markets, Shakespeare in the Park, music festivals, sporting events, bicycle races, and other community gatherings. During these stops, the Book Pedal-er will offer the same services provided inside the library.

What the Friends Funded in 2015-2016
Thanks to the generosity of dues-paying members and the fundraising efforts of the Friends, these are some of the services the organization was able to provide for the library this year. (Dollar amounts listed are from the library's "wish list" for 2015-2016.)

Summer Reading/Listening Club, whichencourages children, ages 0-18, to read or be read to through the summer, fosters lifelong learning, and promotes the use of the library as a community center in Los Gatos. It reaches nearly 1,000 local youngsters and includes entertaining programs, movie nights and music. $8,000

Teen/Tween Summer Reading Club, which encouragestweens and teens, ages 10-18, to read through the summer, maintains the library as a relevant place in their lives, and fosters lifelong learning. It includes collaborative programming with Fisher Middle School and Los Gatos High and a Community Readalong. $4,000

Afterschool and Family Night Programs whichcontinue year-round programming designed to highlight library services and collections, and build a lifelong group of readers. Nearly 800 school-age children and their families attended monthly programs from January through May and October through December. Some programs are the Video Game Night, Be a Book Family and "Kids Read." $6,000


Special Programs for Babies - Preschoolers offer year-round storytimes with a technology component in order to meet the learning styles of more children. The Friends provides funds for special guests, replacement of toys for the "stay and play" time, and for multiple Storywalk® displays. $3,000

Special programs for tweens which continue existing programs and develop additional programs for those patrons who are too old for children's programming and too young for teen programming: $1,500

Cusack Endowment Early Literacy Collection Enhancement. The Friends provide funds to expand the Easy Reader section of the Children's Collection, which circulates nearly 30,000 books of early-reading materials including phonics, emergent readers, and beginning chapter books annually, setting the foundation for learning to read in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. $1,000

Special Programs for Teens include the "Name Raffle" and "Candy and Conversation" for teens which will help maintain the library as a "third place" and foster a love of reading and learning. Programs also include study halls (with refreshments) for teens during finals. $2,500


Adult Collections - Bestseller books, DVDs and Bookclub kits. Patrons can find the latest bestsellers and DVDs and check them out right away in this popular special collection which doesn't allow holds on books. Book club kits provide a package of books that can be checked out as a unit. $6,000


Adult Programs/Forums - These funds support the continuation of the morning and evening adult book clubs and three series of three programs throughout the year. $6,000

Bookstore Update
by Marlene Rodman



First of all I am happy to report we finally have approval from the Town Council to be open on Wednesdays! Our regular hours will be noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. We are closed on Mondays.

The bookstore took in approximately $818 at our special sale on April 9-10. Proceeds for the month of March totaled $4,772.57. The deposits included $2,498.75 from the bookstore, $601 from the lobby shelves, and $1,672.82 from Amazon sales.