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  1. Photos
  2. Resources
    1. Audio Books
    2. Blanchard Community Room
    3. Children's Room
    4. Career and Test Preparation
    5. Computer and Internet
    6. Databases
    7. Digital Media
    8. E-books
    9. Fiction Section
    10. Foreign-Language Materials
    11. Inter-Library Loan system
    12. Large Print
    13. Movies
    14. Non-Fiction Section
    15. Study Carrels and Tables
    16. Teen Section
  3. Circulation Policies
    1. Loan Periods
    2. Renewals
  4. Fees
    1. Overdues
    2. Lost or Damaged Material
    3. Other Charges
  5. Book Group
    1. Davis Reads 2013 Book and Film Event
      1. Film Screening
      2. Discussion of the book 'Enrique’s Journey' and the film 'Under the Same Moon'
      3. Film Screening
      4. Spanish Language Roundtable Discussion of 'La Travesía de Enrique' by Sonia Nazario
    2. Big Read: Open Access Science 2013 -2014
      1. Tabling session: Chat with UCD graduate students
      2. Book Discussion:
    3. Active Older Adult Wisdom Circle
  6. Best Time to Visit
  7. Reserving Materials Online
  8. Parking
  9. Book Sale
  10. Bronze Plaques Outside
  11. Bike Racks
  12. Photos of the Temporary Location When It Was At DISC

Location
315 East 14th Street
Hours
Mon 1:00PM-9:00PM
Tue-Thu 10:00AM-9:00PM
Fri & Sat 10:00AM-5:30PM
Sun 1:00PM-5:00PM
Phone
(530) 757-5593
Website
[WWW]Stephens Branch
[WWW]Quick link to card catalog

MOBILE APP: [WWW]http://www.libanywhere.com/m/373 (Automatically formats the catalog for smartphones and tablets)

The Mary L. Stephens Branch is part of the Yolo County Library system. It used to be known as the Davis Branch as the sign in the picture below indicates, but the name was changed in December 2006 to honor the former Yolo County Librarian who served from 1969-2006. Other book/item returns can be found at Patwin Elementary and near the main parking lot at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School. In 2011, the school library at Montgomery became a small satellite open regularly Saturdays 10 AM to 2:00 PM and Tuesdays 5 PM to 9 PM offering a small browsing collection, internet computers and pickup of materials placed on hold through the catalog.

Because of November 2007 Election/Measure P, the building closed for [WWW]renovation, taking about a year starting in Summer 2009. The library was closed for moving from August 15th to September 8th, according to [WWW]a press release dated 7/24/09. On Tuesday, September 8, the library opened at an alternate location: 2801 Second Street (Pena and Second, the former DISC arena behind Explorit Science Center) until renovations were completed.

On November 2, 2007 before the passage of the measure, JessicaRockwell interviewed Branch Librarian JayJohnstone on her KDVS show Neoisms about library services and the measure. This project was covered in the Davis Enterprise on [WWW]June 10, 2008 and [WWW]March 15, 2009 (Newsbank). The move to DISC was covered in the Enterprise on [WWW]June 10 and [WWW]June 30, 2009.

Some notable changes: The reference desk and circulation desk have been combined and the children's room has been greatly expanded, Outside, the bike rack area has been moved to the northern end of the parking lot and is lightly sheltered, and two automated check-in stations have been added which allow a patron to return an item and receive a receipt for the return immediately. The number of public computers doubled to 38. Several new public art pieces and new skylights were added.

Photos

newlibrary.jpgThe new exterior

library.jpgThe old exterior

juniors.JPGThe Children's Room

nonfiction.JPGThe Nonfiction Room

Library_Sign.JPG checkin_room.jpgThe machine sorts books into their houses locations Stolen_Bikes_Sign.JPGa 2009 sign warning of bike thefts

Resources

Audio Books

Blanchard Community Room

For more information see The Blanchard Community Room.

Children's Room

Good-sized, and has a play area with toys. Includes children's movies and their own check-out desk. The Davis Toy Library has relocated here.

Career and Test Preparation

People preparing for standardized tests may utilize the library's digital practice test database, a free feature from [WWW]http://www.learningexpresslibrary.com. Available tests include: ACT, ASVAB, GED, SAT, CBEST, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and more. Go to the reference desk and ask for more info. As previously mentioned, they also have a section for test books.

Computer and Internet

These are Internet Access computers for public use. There are 38 computers available, in almost constant use. The library has WiFi throughout the building. You can access wifi by sitting outside the library as well. Unfortunately, the wifi connections allow only HTTP - even VPN connections are blocked. Ethernet jacks are in the meeting room, but the Ethernet jacks require authentication and are for staff use only.

Databases

The Yolo County Library subscribes to [WWW]many online databases like Newsbank.

Digital Media

Library patrons may download e-books, audiobooks, and other digital media from the library website.

E-books

Yes, the library has e-books that you can download to your computer or tablet. Like checking out a regular book, they need to be "returned"; like checking out a regular book, it's free! See [WWW]this page for details

Fiction Section

Foreign-Language Materials

There is a shelf across from the Science-Fiction section that includes cassettes and CDs to help you learn other languages. Some of the audio material comes with books. Languages available include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish and more.

Inter-Library Loan system

If you cannot find a book inside the Yolo county system, they can post a notice to other libraries and one will eventually loan the book to YCL who then checks it out to you! It can take awhile because the books travel from anywhere in California, and another library system has to valiantly answer the call.

Large Print

The sizable large-print section might be just what your eyes need.

Movies

There are both DVDs and VHS. (in English and many other languages).

Non-Fiction Section

Study Carrels and Tables

After 1:30-2:00PM weekdays, students from the local schools come in and usually fill the available tables/study space.

Teen Section

Banned to non-teens during after school hours, the teen section also includes the Davis Library's graphic novel collection, which contains your regular selection of Marvel and DC compendiums (some vertigo too), but also a lot of mature graphic novels and lot of independant-ish graphic novels from publishers like Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly. Expect to find your X-Men, Green Lantern, American Splendor (Harvey Pekar), and works by Chester Brown and others.

Circulation Policies

You may check out as many as 50 items per library card with the following limits:
4 non-fiction books per subject
10 Blu-ray
10 DVDs
10 Books on CD
10 Music on CD
No other limits on other formats or media

Loan Periods

Renewals

The following may be renewed for 2 successive periods if there are no requests for them:

Online and phone renewals available. Library card number (and library pin number for online renewals) is required.

Online renewals: Go to [WWW]http://web-iii.yolocounty.org, click on "MY RECORD", enter the number from your library card and your library pin number, and check the boxes for the items you'd like to renew. Be sure to verify that the items have been renewed successfully. Someone may have placed a hold on an item, and if so, you will be unable to renew it.

Automated phone renewal available 24/7 at 530-666-8016 or 530-666-8017. Have library card and items ready. Listen for confirmation of renewals and note due dates.

Fees

Overdues

Fine per day per item:

Lost or Damaged Material

Other Charges

Book Group

Davis Reads 2013 Book and Film Event

Film Screening

Date: 10/7/2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meeting Place: Blanchard Room
Description:
This year, Davis Reads also features a film by director Patricia Riggen. This bilingual English-Spanish film offers a powerful visual complement to the book Enrique's Journey. A captivating family drama, this film follows a courageous nine year-old Mexican boy who sets off across the U.S. border to find his mother in Los Angeles. Rated PG-13. Contact the Library for the title.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Davis Library. No reservations are required. The Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Presented by Yolo County Library, all programs free. For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530)757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Discussion of the book 'Enrique’s Journey' and the film 'Under the Same Moon'

Date: 10/20/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meeting Place: Blanchard Room
Description:
Join us in a discussion of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario's book, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. Nazario tells the true story of a Central American boy who travels to the U.S. in search of his mother. The book puts a human face on today’s migration debate, looking at childhood, parenting, poverty, love and reconciliation in one transnational family. We will also be discussing the companion film, Under the Same Moon.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Davis Library. No reservations are required. The Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Presented by Yolo County Library, all programs free. For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530)757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Film Screening

Date: 10/24/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Meeting Place: International House, Community Room. 10 College Park Ave. Davis.
Description:
This year, Davis Reads also features a film by director Patricia Riggen. This bilingual English-Spanish film offers a powerful visual complement to the book Enrique's Journey. A captivating family drama, this film follows a courageous nine year-old Mexican boy who sets off across the U.S. border to find his mother in Los Angeles. Rated PG-13. Contact the Library for the title.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Davis Library. No reservations are required. The Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Presented by Yolo County Library, all programs free. For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530)757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Spanish Language Roundtable Discussion of 'La Travesía de Enrique' by Sonia Nazario

Date: 10/26/2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Meeting Place: Blanchard Room
Description:
Join us in a Spanish language discussion of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario's book, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. Nazario tells the true story of a Central American boy who travels to the U.S. in search of his mother. The book puts a human face on today’s migration debate, looking at childhood, parenting, poverty, love and reconciliation in one transnational family. We will also be discussing the companion film, Under the Same Moon.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Davis Library. No reservations are required. The Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Presented by Yolo County Library, all programs free. For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530)757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Big Read: Open Access Science 2013 -2014

Title: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canel by Mary Roach
Description:
America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Tabling session: Chat with UCD graduate students

Date: 9/28/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Meeting Place: Davis Branch Library's lobby

Book Discussion:

Date: 11/6/2013
Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Meeting Place: Blanchard Room

Active Older Adult Wisdom Circle

Every 2nd Thursday of the Month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room.
Description:
This is a meeting of elders exploring together aspects of the conscious aging movement, seeking to mine the wisdom from their long lives and to find effective ways to share and pass on their legacy. Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller’s book “From Age-ing to Sage-ing” serves as a guide for discussions and activities. All Welcome!
* No reservations required. Refreshments Served!

Best Time to Visit

Weekdays before 2PM and after 6PM are the best times to go to check out a book or just browse. After 1:30-2:00PM weekdays, students from the local schools come in and usually fill the available tables/study space.

Reserving Materials Online

The Yolo County library system has a pretty good selection of books, movies, and more. However it is spread across several branches, and popular books and DVDs other than Richard Simmons' Workout are generally snatched up quickly. If there is a particular book, movie, or other media that you desire (including items currently located at other branches) and you have a library card and PIN, you can look it up and reserve it from home through the [WWW]online catalog. You will be emailed when the item is available, and can then pick it up from the hold shelves. This is also good for busy people - reserve your items ahead of time, and you can be in and out in five minutes, with no searching.

Parking

Parking is usually not a problem, but because it is a city lot, the lot can fill up at certain times and days of the week. This is true for weekdays around 2:30-3:00PM, when tons of parents commandeer the lot, waiting to pick up their little darlings from North Davis. The same parents will overrun the lot on Saturday mornings, when they come to watch the same little darlings participate in soccer. This has occasionally led to frustrated library patrons complaining to library staff, who can't do anything about it because it's a city lot. Bicycling to the library is a very practical and effective solution because of the library and Community Park's great bike path connections to the North Star Greenbelt and other bike routes.

Book Sale

Every two months, the Friends of the Davis Public Library will hold book sales at the library. These are good for picking up some fiction or non-fiction on the cheap, and are usually in the J. Richard Blanchard Room (named after a long-time friend of the library who worked at Shields Library). Members of the Friends get first dibs the first couple hours of the sale, before it is opened to the public, though one could always join at the door. The Friends also maintain a book/magazine nook just inside the library entrance— a good opportunity to pick up older magazines or cheap beach books for mere change. The funds are used by the Friends of the Library to enhance the services and collections of the library.

Bronze Plaques Outside

libraryblob1.jpgUnidentified text in an italic hand, roughly early 16th century

libraryblob2.jpgArabic? libraryblob3.jpgLooks like an early form of Korean with Chinese characters integrated libraryblob4.jpgFantasy early Greek with multiple epichoric variants mixed.

Take some time to wander the sidewalk between the library and its parking lot. Embedded in the concrete are bronze plaques with amoebic edges, one of the Public Art projects installed at the site. (Others are the etchings on the glass of the doors and windows, and the ceramic installations around the two water fountains.) Each plaque has writing on it using a different writing system from around the world. There was some controversy because the writings are not actual texts — they artistically use the writing systems, rather than using the languages. There are 13 plaques with Egyptian hieroglyphics, Mayan writing, cuneiform, and others, designed to "provoke curiosity rather than satisfy it which is purposely left for the appropriate institution, the library", according to Wang Po Shu who created the artwork.

Bike Racks

The covered bike rack area in the lot appears to have less room than was available after the decorative wall was removed from the old structure. There is still room for the ubiquitous bike/trailer combo, but expect to get wet after parking your bike on rainy days. The photovoltaic panels on the roof of the structure are reported to be generating nearly $1,000 monthly credit on the library energy bill, helping to compensate for the plentiful power outlets used by visitors to power their laptops and other digital devices.

Photos of the Temporary Location When It Was At DISC

Temp_library_exterior.jpg Temp_library_interior.jpg

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2009-03-21 16:51:56   Stay away during lunch time when the high schoolers overrun the library/computers. Don't they have their own lab? —EricaMacGregor


2009-06-21 02:28:39   I'm surprised that the renovation went on even with the budget issue. And when asked about whether programs will be continued (storytelling for the kids, etc), they said they're not sure? So which one is more important-brand new renovations or services? —val

Childrens programming continues at the temporary site (2801 Second Street, corner of Pena and 2nd in the same building as Explorit). The storytimes for youngsters are conducted in the childrens section of the library, are well-attended, and seem to be appreciated by other library users even when it gets noisy. It's a joyous sound. (Jay Johnstone)


2009-06-21 15:18:57   They're [WWW]moving to DISC. Renovations is great, just wanted to be sure that they'd be able to continue their excellent programs and be able to still host community groups there, and not just upgrading the infrastructure.. —val


2009-08-07 18:38:41   I used to support the Friends of the Library booksale, but lately have seen some price increase that's hard to swallow - e.g., the [WWW]Belle Cooledge Library booksale (dates overlap with current booksale at Davis) sells their adults books at 50 cents (hardcover) and 25 cents (softcover), while the Davis FOL sell theirs at 2 dollar each? That's 4 times what they sell in Sacramento, people. Can anyone give me a reason for this? Even the SPCA thrift store sell their adults used book at 1 dollar I think, and all the kids books there are 25 cents vs. 50 cents to a dollar at the Davis library sale. —val


2009-11-04 14:04:16   There is now a Pepsi vending machine near the bathrooms at the temporary location. Not sure if this is for raising extra revenue for the library or not. —ZachStednick

The "Pepsi" machine vends water and tea drinks besides sodas. Having it at the library is experimental, to see how much demand there is for this convenience, and whether or not spillage is a problem. The renovation includes an area designated for snacks and beverages and may contain a vending machine also. The revenue is a small secondary benefit compared to the convenience for staff and visitors. (Jay Johnstone, Branch Manager)


2010-09-14 17:16:32   So will they bring back the teen center that was located here originally since the only other center for them was taken over by the Bicycling Hall of Fame? —Wes-P


2011-01-26 10:03:13   Was I correct in seeing a flyer that says theres Mandarin Chinese storytime on Sundays at 3pm? —jsbmeb


2012-03-20 11:52:03   Silence and respect for the space of others are not a priority in this library. It seems as though the needs of those who wish to converse and speak on their cell phones and the needs of children to scream, demand, throw tantrums and run across the hallways are more important than the needs of those who need some silence to read and concentrate. Please step at the entrance of the library and listen to the chartroom atmosphere. One can get more silence at Starbucks, unfortunately. —AChaves


2012-10-23 11:28:17   The library will be closed Monday, November 12 in observance of Veteran's Day. —PuiyukSin


2012-11-14 09:21:48   The library will be closed during the week of November 19th through November 25th due to staff furloughs. No materials will be due during the furlough. —PuiyukSin


2012-11-26 11:37:12   The Library will be closed from December 23rd through January 1st due to staff furloughs. No materials will be due during the furlough. —PuiyukSin


2013-02-04 12:17:02   The library will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. —PuiyukSin


2013-02-04 13:08:55   From their website: "All branches will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents' Day." —gcoville


2013-02-26 10:30:25   The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, March 31 and April 1, 2013 due to staff furloughs. —PuiyukSin


2013-06-06 15:53:08   The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in observance of Independence Day. —PuiyukSin


2013-07-29 12:53:01   The library will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. —PuiyukSin


2013-09-17 10:09:51   Due to staff training the library normally open on Monday, October 14th and October 28th, will be open from 2-6pm. —PuiyukSin


2013-12-09 14:58:40   The library will be closed from December 23th through the 26th and December 31- January 1, 2014. The library will be open from December 27th-30th from 12-5pm. —PuiyukSin


2014-01-02 16:29:16   The library will be closed on Monday 1/20/2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. —PuiyukSin


2014-02-08 16:56:22   The library will be closed on February 17th, 2014 in observance of Presidents' Day. —PuiyukSin


2014-11-21 16:49:13   For some reason the lounge chairs, so comfortable for reading in, have disappeared from the "Reading Garden." Instead of permanently replacing them with straightback metal chairs (that get uncomfortable after you sit in them for about 20 minutes), please bring back the lounge chairs; this will attract more readers/library visitors, I'm sure —BrianKenyon

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