News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 09/13/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Joins “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries”
Contact : RuthAnn Garcia, Library Services Manager    650-329-2562

Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library is joining libraries across the state in participating in "Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries" on Monday, October 4, to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries and library systems are to the state of California. This Snapshot Day has been developed by the California Library Association (CLA).

Palo Alto City Library will hold a contest for customers to submit their photos that depict what the Library means to them. Winners for the best photo by a kid, teen, and adult will be announced on October 4. Children’s, Mitchell Park, and Main libraries will each host a Library Open House event to announce winners and provide fun activities for customers to share their thoughts on the value of the library to their lives. The Library will compile statistics, customer comments, photographs, and other data chronicling a typical library day at Palo Alto’s libraries—both in the branches and online. The results collected will be added to those of other libraries across California, by CLA, to show how libraries provide invaluable services to Californians.

Kim Bui-Burton, CLA President and Director of the Monterey Public Library, says "I invite all California community members of any age to visit their library on this historic day and be a part of this first ever "snapshot" of California libraries.  Every kind of library provides unique and irreplaceable services; we know this because in communities across the state library usage is rising, and demand is growing for books and other resources, knowledgeable staff assistance and computer/Internet access - despite budget cuts, reduced hours and programs. We look forward to capturing this "day in the life of California libraries" to demonstrate to decision makers the extent that our patrons, customers and future leaders rely on California libraries for critical library services, resources and programs - now, more than ever."

Please visit the Library web site or call the Reference Desk at 650-329-2436 for more information about this and other library programs and services.