Illustration by Charles Bradford Hudson, 1909.
Hudson (1865 - 1939)  illustrated a number of fruits and flowers for the horticulturalist Luther Burbank, who developed more than 800 varieties and strains of plants.
Explore the California State Library’s picture catalog.
Read more about Charles Hudson on the Smithsonian website.
Tour the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa, CA.
It’s #FoodieFriday!  Check out these early tamale vendors, circa 1897.

By the Numbers: How Kindle Unlimited Compares to Other Ebook Subscriptions - TechHive

Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices - MIT Technology Review

Government Opts for Open Standard Document Format - GCN

How Cat Photos Can Reveal Privacy Issues With What You Share Online - The Next Web

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain - TED Education (Video)

IBM & California Partner on Private Cloud - Information Week

I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This is How I Work - Lifehacker

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses - MIT Technology Review

Site Renovation: How THOMAS Transformed into Congress.gov - GCN

Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

ThrowbackThursday - Mrs. Julia Babock (1930) Kern County librarian
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News from our manager for Braille and Talking Books:

US currency, AKA Federal Reserve notes, are not currently “tactile-enhanced”, making them difficult for blind and visually impaired individuals. The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) recently announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program.

Libraries need to be aware of this because the distribution will begin through our network of regional and sub-regional libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped. While that doesn’t involve public libraries per se, many people may just hear the word “library” and come to you.

Garden Shop, Carmel by the Sea (date unknown)
This lovely fairytale cottage is called the Tuck Box and is still in business today.  It was built by Hugh Comstock in 1927 and was first used as a restaurant in the 1930s.

Amazon Finally Tries Out the ‘NetFlix for Book’ Craze - Wired

How the DARPA of the Energy World Wants to Change the Electricity Grid - Fast Company

How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Internet’s Turbulent Next Decade - Pew Research Internet Project (Slide show)

Little Free Libraries Attract Neighborhood Readers Worldwide - Valley News

Six Books I’d Recommend - gatesnotes

Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

Ten Tips on How to Make Slides That Really Communicate Your Idea - TED Blog

American Indian Girl (date unknown)
For more great photos, check out our picture collections!

At the request of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging and Long-term Care, the California Research Bureau releases Psychosocial and Economic Health of Older American Indians and Alaskan Natives in California. Older AIANs were 80 percent more likely to report having mild to severe psychological distress in the past 12 months than other older Californians. They were also 2.1 times as likely as other older Californians to experience some combination of not being able to afford food, skipping meals, going hungry, and not eating balanced meals.