Mountain View Voice

News - February 28, 2014

Community briefs

Jazz pianist to perform March 5

Jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti is performing in a benefit concert for the Community Health Awareness Council on March 5.

The 29-year old from Menlo Park was a child prodigy and has been a faculty member of Stanford's jazz workshop since age 15. He has released several albums, performed with jazz legends like Dave Brubeck, and been nominated for two Grammy awards.

The show will be held at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $63 and $103, the latter allowing special seating and admission to a 7 p.m. reception with Eigsti. All proceeds go to CHAC, which provides free and low cost mental health services to local residents.

Tickets can be purchased at mvcpa.com or by calling 903-6000.

—Daniel DeBolt

County libraries improve e-book offerings

The Santa Clara County Library District is encouraging readers to delve into more than 46,000 free e-books being made available to library cardholders.

In an effort to entice readers, the library district last year joined ReadersFirst, an international coalition of libraries that aims to improve e-book access and services for public library patrons.

ReadersFirst allows patrons to search one comprehensive catalog to access library offerings; as well as place holds, check out and renew items, view availability and manage fines.

Without ReadersFirst, library patrons would often be directed to third-party sites when checking out an e-book from a library, virtual library manager Megan Wong said.

"The user experience gets fractured because there are several different distributors," she said, adding that patrons would have to log in again on a separate website before the library joined the ReadersFirst coalition.

"We're trying to bring all of the content and features to our own library site," Wong said.

She said the library district has seen a spike in demand for e-books among patrons, which prompted the district to make the experience as seamless as possible.

Wong said that each year, the library tries to increase the number of e-books it has in its collection.

"We have been seeing a trend in that our e-books have increased 75 percent in the last fiscal year," she said.

The Santa Clara County Library District began offering e-books in 2007.

To view the "ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors," people can visit www.sccl.org/readersfirst.

—Bay City News Service

Open space district bond vote

The board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District was expected to vote Wednesday, Feb. 26, to place a $300 million bond measure on the June ballot.

The district says the money would be spent on projects to expand public access; protect redwood forests; manage land that feeds lakes, streams and waterways; preserve agriculture along the San Mateo Coast; and restore native vegetation.

The increase in the property tax rate would not exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, the district says. Passage would require approval by two-thirds of the voters in the district, which includes large parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and a portion of unincorporated Santa Cruz County.

The board meeting was held after the Voice's Wednesday press deadline.

—Almanac staff

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