Library News

End-of-year Schedule

Stop by the library over the holiday week and pick up a good book or great movie to start your new year off!

Books and Movies

Library hours over the holidays:

Close at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, through Christmas Day, December 25

Open Wednesday, December 26 through 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29

Close at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9 through New Year's Day, January 1

Open regular hours starting Wednesday, January 2

Gingerbread houses and shorter closures

Gingerbread HouseCome to the library in December for special programs for all ages: gingerbread houses, author and music events, puppet shows, teen crafts, and even a teddy bear tea party!

This year the library will be OPEN the last week of December. 

  • Open regular hours until 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22
  • Open regular hours Wednesday, December 26 until 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29 - including regular storytimes and Read to a Dog
  • Open regular hours starting Wednesday, January 2

Libraries will be closed for two holiday weekends:

  • Closed 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25
  • Closed 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29 through Tuesday, January 1
  • Occidental Library will be closed all day Saturday, December 22 and Saturday, December 29.

Late December calendar of events

Books for book clubs

New titles for your book clubThinking of starting a book club? Already have a book discussion group going? The latest list of titles available to your group is now available.

Books include fiction and non-fiction from our general book discussion groups as well as mystery titles from our past mystery discussions.


All titles available to book clubs

Foundation news & State of the Library

ChartThe Fall 2012 edition of the Library Foundation newsletter is now available to read and download. 

The State of the Library report mentioned in the newsletter is now available to read online.

Election updates

VOTERegister to vote, find your polling place, research ballot measures, and track election results through the links in our Elections page.

Homework? Look it up here!

Mouse does homeworkKids! Do you need an encyclopedia article for your homework? A biography of Beyoncé? A photograph of a phalarope? A recipe from Romania? A map of Minnesota?

We have online versions of the California missions Fact Cards, the World Book encyclopedia, Wildlife Encyclopedia, and CultureGrams, so you can look up the same facts on your computer at home as you can look up in the reference books at the library.

Our Biography database includes articles from standard Gale biography references. And with Searchasaurus and Student Research Center, you can find magazine and news articles on all subjects.

Check out all our great homework databases, free from anywhere with your library card. Need help getting started, or help with the reference books in the library?  Ask your librarian next time you're in the library. Good luck on your homework!


E-books quick start guides

e-booksToday our new e-books are available for you to borrow.

Click the download e-books / audiobooks button on our home page to go to our OverDrive site and browse the available titles. 

Quick start guides are here, covering what to install and how to check out and download your books on Android, Kindle/Kindle Mobile, iPad/iPod/iPhone, and Nook.

Want more e-books?  Okay!  This page lists other kinds of e-books you can get with your library card.  Borrow from Open Library, sample local authors' works, or download PDF copies of up-to-date legal books and test prep books.

E-books arrive September 6

  e-booksWant to read library books on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad?  Starting Thursday, September 6, you will be able to browse and check out e-books for your computer, tablet, or e-book reader.  E-books will be available in formats including PDF, EPUB, and Kindle.

Read the press release

Find out more about supported devices

Library closed September 1 - 3

Pick up your hold requests by Friday and stock up on those holiday weekend reads!  The Library will be closed over Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday.

Changes in fines and fees

bring 'em back
Starting Saturday, September 15, these will be the late fines for items returned after the due date:

  • 25 cents a day on all items other than DVDs
  • $1 a day on DVDs
  • $10 maximum late fine per item

Also, there will be a change to the policy on unpaid fines and fees.   A patron whose library account has $5 or more in fines and fees will not be able to use Library services until the amount owed is lower than $5.