Kenny Williams, McFarland police chief and city manager, said the Police Department is in dire need of space and modernization: “There is no explanation that anyone can give me that providing library service is more important than providing basic public safety service to the community."
A partnership between Alameda County's library, office of education, and probation department has led to a colorful, culturally inclusive library inside the county juvenile hall staffed with permanent staff who try to teach youth a love of reading and learning.
Tapping federal Covid money and other local funds, Kern County rejected a controversial plan to convert the McFarland library in the small San Joaquin Valley town into a police station. The library is expanding its hours from two to five days.
While classroom libraries offer the best access and public libraries offer the greatest variety, school libraries offer the best of both worlds: convenient access to a wide range of materials for both pleasure reading and curriculum support.
Local libraries help parents to learn early literacy skills through storytime. Children's librarians say storytime is one of the best ways to cultivate a young child's interest in books and encourage lifelong reading.