Greg Lucas, State Librarian

The History of California's Libraries from the 1770s Onward.

State Librarian Greg Lucas reads an address given by the late Dr. Kevin Starr, author, historian and former State Librarian. Dr. Starr gave the address at the California Millennium Conference on November 11, 2000.

Part 1: The first libraries: California from the 1770s to the Gold Rush.

Part 2: The formation of the California State Library in 1850 through the development of the county library system in the early 1900s.

World Folktales and Fables Week
March 19–25, 2017

It's Story Time at the California State Library. In celebration of World Folktales and Fables Week, State Library staff have selected their favorite tales to read. So, sit back and listen. We have familiar stories and some you may not have heard before. Each day this week, we'll add a new story!

Ben Tang, Research Program Specialist

"The Bremen Town Musicians"

By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Read by Ben Tang, Research Program Specialist.

Wendy Hopkins, Chief, Library Development Services Bureau

"Tessie, The Monster of Lake Tahoe"

Read by Wendy Hopkins, Chief, Library Development Services Bureau.

Devin Lavelle, Senior Researcher

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

Aesop fable.
Read by Devin Lavelle, Senior Researcher.

Pamela Rasada, Policy Analyst, holding a book

"What Do You Do With An Idea?"

By Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom.
Read by Pamela Rasada, Policy Analyst.

Carley Herron, Staff Services Analyst

"Mercury and the Woodman"

Aesop fable.
Read by Carley Herron, Staff Services Analyst.

Chris Berger, Senior Research Librarian, holding a book

"The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon"

A Caribbean folktale from the book Magical Tales from Many Lands, retold by Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Jane Ray.
Read by Chris Berger, Senior Research Librarian.

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