San Bernardino County Library Launches SBCL App

The San Bernardino County Library is set to launch the “SBCL App” for mobile devices.  The SBCL App provides a simple option for the public to access much of what the Library offers all in one place, including:

  • Search for books, movies, and other materials
  • Place and/or check the status of holds
  • Check due dates and renew items
  • Access digital content including eBooks, e-Audio Books, music, and digital magazines
  • Stay current with events at local branches
  • View phone numbers and locations of all 32 branch libraries

The SBCL App is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision2Read Initiative by providing an additional avenue for accessing, utilizing, and enjoying all that the County Library has to offer.

The SBCL App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or by visiting sbclib.boopsie.com.

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 people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, http://www.sbcounty.gov/vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.


Published June 21, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (13)



Summer Camp Fun at the County Museum

This summer, your child can meet animals with superpowers, shake it up, dig up clues from the past, and investigate forensics—museum-style! Registration is now open for San Bernardino County Museum Summer Explorers day camps. Week-long sessions start June 20 and continue through July. Advance registration is required; campers must have completed first grade and be 7 to 10 years old. Each camp session is Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $155 per week of camp; children of Museum Association members may enroll for $135 per week. Limited scholarships are available by application.

In “Amazing Animal Superpowers,” June 20 – 23, campers will discover the amazing world of animal adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in the wild. Get up close with some furry and scaly friends.

In “Whose Fault Is It Anyway: Shake It Up,” June 27 – 30, learn how earthquakes happen and create and measure your own mini-quakes. What can fossils and rocks teach us about our potential for earthquakes? How can you help your family be prepared?

In “Giant Beasts of the Ice Age,” July 11 – 14, join in a mock excavation. Do you have what it takes to be a paleontologist? What Ice Age animals lived in your own backyard?

In “Crime Scene Investigation: Forensics Museum Edition,” July 18 – 21, become a detective for a week and learn the secrets of crime scene investigation. Using forensic science, uncover evidence to help figure out whodunit!

Camp wraps up July 25 – 28 with “Best of Summer Camp Sampler for Kids on the Spectrum.” In a specially tailored camp designed for children on the Autism Spectrum (ASD), explorers will experience a highlight week of activities from previous camps. Focused on interests and social skills-building, parents caregivers, and aides are welcome to attend the session or spend time steps away in the museum enjoying the exhibits.

Registration forms are available on-line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or at the museum front desk. Class enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the education division at (909) 798-8611.

Summer Explorers and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. Summer Camps are supported in part by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and a generous donation from Johnnie Ann Ralph.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published June 15, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (20)



County Fleet Management named #1 fleet in the nation

County Fleet Management is on a roll.

The agency that acquires and cares for the vast majority of county vehicles was named the top government fleet in the nation on Tuesday at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference

San Bernardino County earned the top spot for showing leadership with staff, with customers and within the community; staying efficient and competitive; overcoming challenges; and having a vision and direction for the Fleet Management operation.

Falling in closely behind San Bernardino County were the counties of Riverside, San Diego, Ventura and Sacramento; the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Oakland and Beverly Hills; and other notables including New York City, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

San Bernardino County was also recognized as one of five fleets nationwide for its completion of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) program and CLEANFleet program.

The CFMO certification benchmarks fleet practices against private-sector companies with which the public-sector group competes most directly. The certification testing process addresses 20 categories and eight foundation categories to ensure fleet management success and aims to make a fleet operation cost-effective, efficient, competitive, and well-managed.

The CLEANFleet certification ensures fleet operations are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.

The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Hesperia, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and 60 strategically located fueling sites.

Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 1,940 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.


Published June 15, 2017 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (13)



Mega Pet Adoption Event in Yucaipa on June 10 and 11

More than 200 dogs and cats will be available for adoption at the annual Mega Pet Adoption event at Yucaipa Community Park on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal shelters and rescue groups from throughout the county will have cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds available for adoption at the two-day event.

Yucaipa Animal Hospital will provide low-cost vaccinations and microchipping on both days.

On-site licensing will be available for residents of Yucaipa and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

The event will also feature pet-themed merchandise.

Find a new friend!


Published June 9, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | 6 Comments | Number of Views (35)



Gear Up & Read at the San Bernardino County Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to build your mind and participate in our Summer Reading Program: Gear Up & Read!

Throughout the summer, the County Library will host amazing programs and activities as well as give away fantastic rewards at all 32 of our branch libraries. Participating is easy: beam in to your local San Bernardino County Library to sign-up and become part of this read for rewards program to earn exciting weekly incentives.

Gear Up & Read! is part of our county community’s Vision2Read effort. Vision2Read, www.vision2read.com, is a project of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision, designed to promote literacy in the county by highlighting literacy-related programs and volunteer opportunities.

This summer, the County Library has a goal of reaching a 10 percent increase in both circulation and participation in the Summer Reading Program, which would put participation at 40,000 individuals.

Reading for rewards is just the beginning. The Library will host various STEM-themed programs including storytime, crafts, discovery time as well as awesome performers who provide exciting, entertaining and educational shows the whole family can enjoy.

The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages so come on in and sign up the entire family. The best part – this program is absolutely free!

The fun doesn’t stop there. The County Library will offer special drawings for children and teens who meet the County Library Reading Challenge. The children’s challenge is to read at least 45 books or the equivalent in pages and minutes to receive a ticket. For teens, the challenge is to read at least eight books or the equivalent to get a ticket. In addition, each child and teen who reach the challenge will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7” tablet at their branch library. Also, for every 25 items checked out this summer, receive a ticket for our countywide drawing to win one of the grand prizes which include Samsung Galaxy Tablets, a Nintendo Switch gaming system, a 4 pack of Disneyland tickets and more.

Check out the San Bernardino County Library website, http://www.sbclib.org/, for details on the kick-off events and program information.

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 people who call San Bernardino County home.

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

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.


Published May 25, 2017 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (38)



County wins 40 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs ending veteran homelessness, advancing literacy, and saving citrus trees are among 40 groundbreaking initiatives that won 2017 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Public Defender and the Department of Behavioral Health also won a Best in Category Achievement Award for the Everyone SWIMS program which addresses the continuing problem of unnecessary hospitalization and incarceration of individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. Everyone SWIMS stands for Self-sufficient, Well-being, In-house, Mental health services and the program helps increase access to outpatient and crisis stabilization services to the indigent population facing criminal charges.

“The County continues to be a national leader because we are always thinking of new and different ways to improve lives and save taxpayer dollars,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “I am proud of our employees for providing top-notch services and professionalism to our county residents.”

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has garnered 242 awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming public meeting:

County Administrative Office – Vision2Read

Housing Authority – County Vision to End Homelessness

Department of Child Support Services – Child Support License Release Project

Public Works – Flood Warning System Upgrade

Public Works – Pavement Preservation & Preventive Maintenance Program – A Performance Based Approach

Fleet Management – Vehicle Maintenance & Light Repair Program

Workforce Development Department – Annual Y4 Youth Leadership Event

Human Resources – Department Diversity Committee Program

Information Services Department – Vision2Read

Information Services Department – Generator Monitoring and AQMD Reporting

Information Services Department – Request for Guard Services Tracking System

Information Services Department – Automated Incident Reporting System

Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – ARC Website Consolidation and Redesign Project

Preschool Services Department – Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership

Agriculture Weights and Measures – Protecting Citrus Trees by Creating the ‘Help Us Save Our Citrus’ Program

Department of Public Health – Laserfiche

Department of Public Health – SharePoint

Department of Public Health – Virtual Receptionist

Department of Public Health – After an Emergency: Using Mutual Aid to Help Rebuild a Local Government Department when Resources are Limited

Probation – Custody to Community (CTC): Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders

Probation – Probation Training System (ProbTrain)

Registrar of Voters – EDATE – A Program to Effectively Manage Election Tasks

Registrar of Voters – Poll Worker Training Program

Transitional Assistance Department – Inmate Medi-Cal Enrollment

Transitional Assistance Department – Mobile Fresh

Transitional Assistance Department – Visual Interactive Voice Response (VIVR)

Transitional Assistance Department – Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Biometric Voice Print (BVP) Log In

Aging and Adult Services – Enhancing APS through In-Home Capacity Assessments

Children and Family Services – Kinship Supportive Service Program

Children and Family Services – Jurisdiction/Disposition Report Writer (J/D Writer) Unit

Program Development Division – Human Services (HS) Ham Radio Program

Library – Staff Development Day

Library – New Book Festival

Department of Behavioral Health – Video Interpretation Video Project

Department of Behavioral Health – Group Facilitator Training

Department of Behavioral Health – Expanding and Sustaining the Psychiatric Workforce

Department of Behavioral Health – Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Department of Behavioral Health – Recovery Based Engagement & Support Team (RBEST)

Department of Behavioral Health – CONNECTIONS Program

Public Defender/Department of Behavioral Health – Everyone SWIMS (Self Sufficient, Well-Being, In House, Mental Health, Services Program)

To view specific information about each program, visit http://www.naco.org/blog/2017-achievement-award-winners-announced.


Published May 5, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | 1 Comments | Number of Views (59)



Museum visitors can set world record for Soul Train Dancing

Museumgoers in San Bernardino County love to dance. Once again, the San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate the opening of Train Days on Saturday, April 22, with a Soul Train dance – and may break the Guinness World Record while doing so. Last year, the Museum missed the record by just 27 dancers.

Dancers of all ages are encouraged to jump on the peace train. Museum admission is free to dance participants between noon and the 1:30 pm start time. The first 500 dancers will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the world record attempt. To sign up visit the museum’s website, www.sbcounty.gov/museum, and click on the Soul Train dance icon.

Museum members are invited to a free BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 pm, hosted by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club. Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. “Our members love Train Days. If you’re not already a member, now is the time to join,” said Maggie Latimer, the Association’s executive director. “Members enjoy a full year of free admission to the Museum, invitations to special events, and being part of the Museum family.” For more information, call 909-798-8625 or visit the Museum’s website.

“Even though we didn’t break the Soul Train dance record last year, we had great time,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “Just imagine hundreds of people, some in costume, dancing through the Museum courtyard. It was fantastic! We are confident we will break the record this year.”

County Supervisor Curt “Conductor” Hagman is a major sponsor of this year’s Train Days, which runs daily from April 22 through April 30 (closed Monday, April 24). Both weekends will feature family activities, a train talk, and food trucks.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits and other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published April 17, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (57)



Sharon Nevins appointed Director of Aging and Adult Services

sharon-nevinsSharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the Office of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
“I am honored to be able to serve our County’s seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve,” said Nevins.
Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs.
Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital.
“Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services. “For the past six months, she has led the staff of Aging and Adult Services and served as our County’s Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service.”

Published April 13, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (75)



Popular Train Days event rolls back to Museum

train-days-1Model train enthusiasts and locomotive lovers are planning to gather at the San Bernardino County Museum and Victor Valley Museum for Train Days, April 22 through 30. Kicking off the event again this year at the Redlands site will be the attempt at a world record for the longest Soul Train dance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Last year the Museum missed the record by just a few dozen people and is going for a second attempt. San Bernardino County Supervisor “Conductor Curt” Hagman is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

At the Redlands museum, model train layouts will fill the museum galleries, Learning Depot, and courtyard, with family programming scheduled throughout the day. The Redlands Noon Kiwanis will be sponsoring a barbeque luncheon on Saturday, April 22 for members, followed by the dance challenge with DJ Eturnal. Dancers are asked to start lining up at 1 p.m. The first 500 dancers to sign in for the dance line will receive commemorative Train Days t-shirts.

At Victor Valley Museum, the Antelope Valley N-scalers return and will be joined by a local group of train enthusiasts who will add a second layout in the galleries. Admission to the museum will also include children’s hands on crafts and train activities. Train Days at this county museum in Apple Valley will be open the weekend of April 22–23, and reopen Wednesday, April 26–April 30.

“Train Days at the county museum is great fun for all ages,” said Supervisor Hagman. “It also recalls the vitally important role that the railroad industry has played in the history of San Bernardino County and, indeed, in the economic development of the West. First came trails, then wagon roads, and then railroads that turned San Bernardino County into the link that joined the Pacific Coast with the eastern United States.”

“Train Days is a beloved tradition at the museum,” said Melissa Russo, museum director. “The event has grown over the years into a much-anticipated event when families can enjoy the fun of model railroading and see amazing hand-made layouts full of fascinating details. The engineering involved in crafting these tiny environments is something to experience.”

Train Days exhibits and activities are included with museum general admission. Lunch, snacks, and rides on a miniature train are available for purchase.

Train Days and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The Victor Valley Museum in Apple valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $2.50 (student or child). Train Days is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


Published April 3, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (90)



Regional Parks now hiring workers for summer swim season

recruitment-ig-jan17From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard or Summer Swim Complex employee, at one of our Regional Parks for the 2017 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2017. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2017 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.00 hourly (1 at each site)

  • 21 years of age or older
  • 5 Years of Lifeguard Experience
  • 1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
New Lifeguard – $ 11.00 hourly

  • 16 Years of age or older

 

Summer Park Worker – Cashier/Pool Attendant/General Grounds/Cashiers/Top of Slide -$ 10.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through May 2017
  • Interviews will be scheduled February thru May of 2017
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in March 2017
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2017

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please return completed applications to: Regional Parks Administration, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415-0763


Published March 8, 2017 | By County of San Bernardino | 7 Comments | Number of Views (179)





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