Library launches Books by Mail service for residents at home

For residents who have trouble getting to the library, borrowing books and other materials is about to get a whole lot easier. Beginning in July, the Lake County Library is launching a “Books by Mail” service. This new service is for Lake County home residents to get free library books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks by mail.

Lake County residents with reduced mobility can register by phone by calling their local library branch, listed below, or register on the library’s website:

Lakeport Library: 707-263-8817
Clearlake Library: 707-994-5115
Middletown Library: 707-987-3674
Lake Superior Library 707-275-2049

Once registered, any books, DVDs, CDs, or audiobooks requested by a customer will be mailed to their doorstep in a library canvas mailbag via the US Postal Service. Customers are only limited by what can fit in that mailbag. Once items are posted, customers have 28 days to enjoy. When they are ready to return them, they return the items in the same mailbag through the postal service. The library provides a return label free of charge.

Library patrons can request items by calling their local library and requesting items over the phone. Residents can also browse the library’s online catalog and request items for free.

Books by Mail was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS Grant Number CAGML-248370-OMLS-21.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums nationwide. They advance, support, and empower museums, libraries, and related organizations in the United States through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit



House passes funding bill that includes key Lake County priorities

On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) voted to pass HR 8294, the six-bill appropriations package that includes funding for key projects in Lake County for which Rep. Thompson won the inclusion. Projects include the Middle Creek Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project and the Clearlake Burns Valley Sports Complex and Recreation Center Project.

“Today’s vote helps vital projects in Lake County clear another major hurdle as they move through the legislative process,” Thompson said. “I worked with local leaders in Lake County to identify these projects because we know that when fully funded, they will improve the lives of our communities. As this process continues, I pledge to ensure that this is always part of the final package that is sent to President Biden’s office.

Funding amounts for Lake County projects included in today’s vote are:

  • $2,000,000 for the Clearlake Burns Valley Sports Complex and Recreation Center Project, which will support the construction of a large sports and recreation center including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a 20,000 foot recreation center squares, a small retail space, a courtyard public works company and a set of 80 affordable housing units.
  • $750,000 for the Middle Creek Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project, which will revive an authorized Corps of Engineers project, Middle Creek, CA, to reduce catastrophic flooding and loss, improve water quality and restore vital wetland habitat with cultural significance to the surrounding tribe. communities.

More information about Representative Thompson’s FY 2023 community-funded project applications is available online at



MIA receives grant for special “Senior Days” programs to be held at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) received a $9,220 Parks Improvement Grant from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to conduct special bi-monthly “senior days” at the park over a four-month period at Spring 2023. Who enroll in the special program will be bussed free of charge from Lake County senior centers to attend a day at the park. Each day will include two educational programs and a free picnic.

According to Henry Bornstein, AMIA Grants Coordinator, “The idea behind this project is to allow seniors to feel welcome in the park, have fun outdoors and learn more about the historic park in Anderson Marsh State. The park is an important part of what Lake County has to offer its residents and may have been overlooked by seniors who may not have felt comfortable visiting the park on their own.

“The special programs will be educational, but also fun,” said Roberta Lyons, President of AMIA. “Seniors who attend special park days will learn about the long history of the Indigenous peoples who lived on the land now known as Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and the history of the Europeans who more recently lived on this land. earth. They will also be able to learn about the park’s rich natural history, plant habitats and wildlife.

“AMIA is grateful for the financial support from the California State Parks Foundation that will allow this project to get off the ground,” Bornstein said.

The AMIA is a non-profit association that cooperates with state parks to support the promotion of educational and interpretive activities at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. For more information on Anderson Marsh State Historic Park or the AMIA, please visit or contact AMIA at [email protected] or 707-995-2658. Information about the California State Parks Foundation is available at,



Scotts Valley Advisory Council meets Monday

The agenda includes:

  • Report your concerns to Supervisor Scott. This may be her last meeting since she announced that she will be leaving the BOS at the end of the month.
  • Provisional guest speaker, a representative from the Bureau of Land Management will discuss the implementation of the South Cow Mountain Management Area.
  • Scotts Creek Vegetation Clearing.
  • City of Lakeport South Main Annexation in November ballot.
  • Lindsay Dailey, Tera and Terre Logsdon on a $30,000 grant to support the Scotts Valley Firewise community.
  • Broadband coverage for Scotts Valley; Susan Parker, CAO County Contact
  • New Use Permits -Terre Logsdon
  • Scotts Valley Groundwater Protection Committee
  • Water trucks filling from a well drawing from the Scotts Valley Aquifer
  • Greg Scott of the Scotts Valley Firewise Community

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 25 at 5 p.m. Zoom link information: Dial +1 669 900 6833
Meeting number 986 2616 1748
Password 173 031


—Compiled by Ariel Carmona Jr.