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September 30, 2009 > Library Advisory Commission

Library Advisory Commission

By Dustin Findley

City Engineer and Public Works Director Greg Armendariz informed the Library Advisory Commission on September 21 that facilities for library customers returning books have been improved. The existing drive-through book drop on the rear island has been removed.

Two stalls have been added to the five- minute book parking stalls, signage improved and pavement markings refreshed. The City will monitor the effects of the improvements before deciding whether to introduce a traffic ordinance to make violations legally enforceable.

The 1.7 million items in the Santa Clara County library system, including Milpitas, will be tagged with radio-frequency identification (RFID) by an outside firm.

The library's computer network has run at full capacity, exceeding available bandwidth, resulting in slower Internet access. The County is looking for a long-term solution.

Silicon Valley Reads' 2010 collection is "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan. The book begins "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

It is the short answer to the pervasive question as to what is healthiest for human consumption. There will be a launch event on January 27, 2010 in Campbell, the only time Pollan will be in Santa Clara County. For more information, visit http://siliconvalleyreads.org.

The City funds a family child care grant program for licensed childcare providers who provide services in their homes. The City allocates and distributes $6,000 annually. This year the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission recommend an award of $500 to a dozen applicants. The funding increases program quality and provide necessities to enrich the care of the children.

Library patron spoke of a music-study group activity and asked about availability of the community room during after hours on Saturdays or Sundays. The group is willing to pay a reasonable amount to use the facilities. Santa Clara County Library will look into the matter.

Milpitas Public Library will close on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) and on Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day).

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