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County Library database now available at County libraries

ancestryFULLcolorThe San Bernardino County Library System is excited to announce that it has added to its collection of databases. All SBCL databases are accessible for free to SBCL cardholders and provide an array or career, homework, and just-for-fun resources. is available in all branches using the library’s public computers and will not be accessible outside of the branches. provides access to over 12 billion genealogical records, including immigration records, military service records, census data, and much more! Library customers can use to explore their family history and build their family tree. Stop by your local San Bernardino County Library to start learning more about your past!

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision,, by contributing to the educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit call (909) 387-2220.

Big Bear Library closed temporarily for repairs

logosmallerThe Big Bear Library will be closed until at least early August while crews repair damage caused by a plumbing leak.

The leak was discovered on July 11 after a hose that feeds clean water into a restroom burst, flooding the restroom and eventually the lobby and community room with an inch of water. The library was closed the following day to begin repairing the carpet, ceiling panels and drywall that was damaged from the leak.

“Fortunately, nothing in our branch collection was damaged,” said County Librarian and Deputy Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “The water damage is being cleaned and the necessary repairs are underway so we can get back to business.”

Customers are encouraged to access other mountain branch libraries in Lake Arrowhead, Crestline or Running Springs. For a full listing of the County’s 32 libraries, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

Apple Valley Library reopens at Victor Valley Museum

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in LibraryThe San Bernardino County Library’s Apple Valley branch, currently undergoing construction, will temporarily reopen at the Victor Valley Museum in time for customers to join the Summer Reading Program.

Beginning Monday, June 29, the Apple Valley branch will offer access to library materials, programs, services, and the ability to request materials from other branches. The temporary location is at the Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Computer access is the only service that won’t be available.

Apple Valley customers are invited to “Join the Galactic Forces” during the Summer Reading Program. Throughout the summer, the Library will give away awesome incentives to participants who sign up and read.

Reading for rewards is just the beginning. The Apple Valley Library will host various programs of galactic proportions, including performers, space-themed crafts, movies and more. Tuesdays will feature 3 Performer shows which will begin at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Space will be limited, so please come early to secure a spot. Additional programs include family movie nights on Mondays at 4:30 p.m., kids craft station on Thursdays at 4 p.m., and teen programs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. For a full listing of Summer programs, please refer to the Library website, The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, so come on in and sign the whole family up. This program is absolutely free!

For more information, call the Victor Valley Museum at (760) 240-2111.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision,, by contributing to the educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

County executive Keith Lee announces retirement

Keith LeeSan Bernardino County Deputy Executive Officer and Regional Parks Director Keith Lee, a longtime leader in County government and the community, is retiring after 29 years of service to the public.

“I appreciate the years of service I’ve been able to have in San Bernardino County,” Mr. Lee said as he was being honored during today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

County Librarian Leonard Hernandez has been appointed to succeed Mr. Lee.

In addition to the County’s 10 regional parks and recreational facilities, Mr. Lee oversees the County Museum System, the County’s six airports, the County Library System, Registrar of Voters, and the Agriculture/Weights & Measures Department.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Executive Officer, Mr. served as Director for the Jobs and Employment Services Department, where he was responsible for providing job training for economically disadvantaged adults and youth, welfare recipients, laid-off and older workers.

Mr. Lee began his service with the county as a field representative to the Board of Supervisors, serving as liaison to the local community, assisting in the drafting of legislation and ordinances, tracking and coordinating constituents’ concerns.

Mr. Lee holds an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sociology.

In addition to his duties with the County, Mr. Lee has been active in the community, serving as past president of the Downtown YMCA and on the boards of directors of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, The Unforgettables Foundation, The Volunteer Center, and the Youth Action Project.

Students awarded iPads for countywide reading achievement

bakersbookclubbakersattachment Two local students were awarded with iPad Minis on Wednesday from Supervisor Josie Gonzales as winners of the Baker’s Book Club, San Bernardino County Library’s first fall reading program.

The prizes were presented to Citlaly Placencia, 12, of Muscoy, who read a total of 5,667 pages during the 49-day reading program, and Dilshad Singh, 14, of Muscoy, who read a total of 2,827 pages. From the 7,430 students who signed up for the book club, Placencia, a 7th grader at Chavez Middle School, and Singh, a freshman at Cajon High School, each read the most pages in their respective age categories.

The iPad Minis were donated by Supervisor Gonzales in hopes of motivating students to read more books during the Baker’s Drive-Thru sponsored book club.

“Today we celebrate two students who dedicated themselves to achievement through reading,” Supervisor Gonzales said during the award presentation.

“This valuable partnership made possible by Baker’s Drive-Thru and the San Bernardino County Library aims to instill a love for reading in our young children. Giving students that passion to read gives them a key to academic success and personal achievement,” Supervisor Gonzales said.

“Reading is one of the most important skills a child needs in order to succeed in life,” County Librarian Leonard Hernandez said. “Our libraries are proud to partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales in creating a reading program that motivated so many young people to exercise this important skill.”

The program, which ran Oct. 6–Nov. 23 at all county libraries, is the first fall reading program of its kind in San Bernardino County. Children ages 4-17 were incentivized with prizes from Baker’s Drive-Thru ranging from free milkshakes and hamburgers to a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire. Parents were required to monitor their children’s reading progress and sign off on their page logs.

For more information on the Baker’s Book Club, visit or call (909) 387-5720.

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County Library and Bakers Drive Thru offer an exciting Book Club

MUS Opening Day POsterJoin the San Bernardino County Library as we partner with Bakers Drive Thru to promote reading among children and teens this fall. This eight-week reading program will begin Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 and run through the weekend of Nov. 22, 2014.

The San Bernardino County Library and Bakers Drive Thru are very excited to host this first ever fall Book Club to promote reading among children and teens just as the school year is beginning  preparing them for literacy success for the rest of the school year.

Participation in the program is easy! Visit any of our 32 County Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4-17 and a parent or guardian must sign off on the reading log. Children will be able to reach three reading incentive levels and win prizes provided by Bakers Drive thru by logging in the number of pages read in their log. Awards vary on the level each participant achieves but includes certificates for free Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshakes; bean burritos, fries and a drink; single baker and Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshake. Every participant who reaches level three will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.

The program officially opens at all San Bernardino County library locations on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The Baker Family Learning Center at 2818 North Macy Street in Muscoy will be hosting a special kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 including a special presentation acknowledging this amazing partnership with Bakers Drive Thru, a performance by Arty Loon, followed by sign-ups to Bakers Book Club. The first 100 children and teens to attend the kick-off event will receive a free bag!

For further information regarding this event, please contact Liz Smith at (909) 387.2273.

Excavate something big at your local library


The San Bernardino County Library invites you to travel back to the dinosaur days and join our Summer Reading Program for fun filled and educational programs and performers.

Each of our 32 branches are offering a program for all ages so stomp in, sign up and begin earning awesome rewards for reading! The best part: this program is absolutely free!

Four larger than life dinosaurs have invaded the Lewis Library in Fontana, James S. Thalman Library in Chino Hills, Hesperia Branch Library and Newton T. Bass Library in Apple Valley. The dinosaurs will only be here for 2 weeks so come see them before they’re extinct.

Participating in the Summer Reading Program has dino-sized benefits. Studies show children who read at least 5 books over the summer will maintain their reading level for the next school year so let’s get out there are READ!

Calling all dino supporters – for the second year, the San Bernardino County Library has partnered with Barnes & Noble in Redlands to host a Summer Bookfair in connection with the Summer Reading Program. From now until Saturday, August 9, 2014, if you shop at the Redlands Barnes & Noble store and mention the County Library or show this voucher here, the County Library will receive a percentage of the sales. The money earned will be used to purchase new youth materials for all 32 library branches.

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