Library Development Programs and Projects

Graduated student receiving high school diplomas

The grant and support programs and projects developed and managed by the Library Development Services Bureau, for California libraries statewide, are featured here. These opportunities are designed to assist libraries as they reimagine and sustain existing library programs, connect with their communities, foster partnerships, test and implement new technologies, and extend and enhance their library services.

California Libraries Learn (CALL)

The California Libraries Learn (CALL) project provides continuing education for California public libraries. In collaboration with the California Library Association, CALL helps our state’s public library staff grow with their communities. Our calendar is filled with free learning opportunities. We maintain a continuing education blog and CALL Academy is available 24/7 and includes California-specific content.

California Library Literacy Services (CLLS)

California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) supports the people of the state by providing services to adults with low literacy and their families through California public libraries.

California Preservation Program (CPP)

The California Preservation Program (CPP) provides information, education, and expert assistance on the preservation of collections to libraries, archives, historical societies, history museums, and records repositories in California.

California Revealed

California Revealed is an initiative to help California’s public libraries digitize, preserve, and serve their local history collections online. Participating libraries identify and select from their collections, create discovery metadata for the selected materials, and send materials together with associated metadata to a digital preservation service managed by the California Preservation Program.

Career Online High School

Career Online High School is an educational service offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, which gives adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at the same time. Through this program, California public libraries receive support to offer free COHS scholarships in their communities.

Center for the Book

The California Center for the Book aims to help California libraries get their communities reading and connecting through the development and expansion of programs geared toward adults that promote civic engagement, reading, and lifelong learning.

Early Learning with Families

Early Learning with Families (ELF) 2.0 is a California State Library initiative intended to further the evolution of library services to young children (0-5), their families and caregivers. ELF libraries serve their communities by providing high quality, engaging, family-focused, and developmentally appropriate early learning services that support family strengths and nurture young children's bodies, minds and spirits.

Harwood Public Innovation for California’s Libraries

The California State Library is working with The Harwood Institute to support California library staff in adopting the Turning Outward practice. Library professionals who Turn Outward build a deep knowledge of their communities and use the community as the reference point for their choices and judgments concerning library services. More about the Harwood program

High-Speed Broadband in California’s Libraries

The goal of the High-Speed Broadband Project is to bring high-speed broadband to all California public libraries by connecting them to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN)—a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of California's vital public-serving educational institutions.

Innovation Stations

The Innovation Station project aims to create innovation labs in public libraries to encourage middle school students to explore science, technology, and math (STEM)-related activities, so that they will more likely consider STEM careers in the future.

Libraries Illuminated

The Libraries Illuminated project helps California public libraries make software and hardware improvements to maximize benefits to patrons as they access new high-speed broadband and Internet connections.

Lunch at the Library

Lunch at the Library provides library staff with tools and technical assistance to develop successful public library summer meal programs and provide children and teens in low-income communities with free and healthy summer lunches, and summer reading and enrichment programs, to help combat hunger and obesity and prevent summer learning loss.

Maximizing Learning Spaces, or How to MacGyver Your Library

The Maximizing Learning Spaces project provides an opportunity for libraries to receive support to re-examine, plan, evaluate, and reimagine library spaces to maximize their potential as places of learning, literacy, and reading.

Mental Health Initiative

The Mental Health Initiative provides training opportunities for public library staff to learn how to work effectively with patrons affected by mental illness.

Public Library Directors Forum

The Public Library Directors Forum (PLDF) is a biannual event for California public library directors. It provides directors with opportunities to learn, share, reflect and engage with colleagues on issues affecting California public libraries and the communities they serve. PLDF serves as a platform for the State Library to gather views and suggestions from the field, and to consult with directors and communicate about upcoming projects and program initiatives.

The Public Library Directors Forum 2019 will take place on April 23 and 24 at the Kimpton Sawyer hotel in Sacramento. The Forum agenda is now available. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Monica Rivas.

Public Library Staff Education Program

The Public Library Staff Education Program is a tuition reimbursement program developed by the California State Library to assist California public and county law libraries with staff professional development. Funding for credentialed training is provided to enable library staff to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support valuable programs and services in their communities.

Stay & Play

Stay & Play is a library service model specifically designed to serve and support the needs of informal child care providers, often referred to as Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN). Stay & Play builds on the early learning foundations and best practices promoted, for more than a decade, by the California State Library’s Early Learning with Families (ELF) initiative — a statewide initiative that supports the continued evolution of library services to young children, their families and caregivers.

Summer@Your Library: Explore, Learn, Read, Connect

Summer @ Your Library provides California public library staff with program planning resources, training workshops, a set of quality principles and indicators, statewide summer program outcome statements, and a framework and support for presenting outcomes-based summer programs. Project staff also collect and collate libraries’ summer participation data, work with libraries to develop and test new programming and outreach models, and support a community of practice.

Value of Libraries

Through this project, the State Library is exploring and demonstrating the value that public libraries provide to their communities and the people who invest in them. This effort aims to bring together the best information about the value of libraries and make it easily accessible through an online clearinghouse.

Veterans Connect@the Library

Through this project, California public libraries work to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families by connecting them to state and federal benefits and services for which they are eligible.

Zip Books

Zip Books is a project that provides resources and support for California public libraries to employ an alternative model to interlibrary loan, based on a buy vs. borrow and direct patron delivery concept.