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REFRIGERATOR DOOR - Voices, New & Trends

by Cheryl Porter
Contributing Writer

EBooks Now Available at Kern County Library

As of last month, all library patrons can now use their library card to download free ebooks, including fiction, non‐fiction, children’s, teens and classic book titles, using the OverDrive eBook service funded by the Kern County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. EBooks are checked out online and then downloaded to a PC or Mac®, or transferred to a Kindle™, Sony® Reader™, Nook™, or other similar device. Downloaded eBooks automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so no late fees! Adobe® Digital Editions software is required and installation is free.

To introduce the public to the OverDrive eBook service, eBook 101 workshops will be offered Saturday August 11th and Saturday August 25th from 10am to 12 pm in downtown Bakersfield in the Tejon Room, 2nd floor of the Beale Memorial Library at 701 Truxtun Ave.  Class size is limited, registration is required; call 661-868-0770.

To learn more about getting started with eBooks, go to

Free Web-based 511 Info Service for Motorists

Through Kern 511, the Kern Motorist Aid Authority is now offering the public free online access to traffic conditions, transit information and road work information in the Kern County area. By visiting, travelers can check real time traffic speeds, find traffic alerts, plan a trip on a bus or train, and find a carpool or vanpool partner, all before leaving the house.

The online interactive map allows visitors to check highway traffic information and highway speeds, road construction locals, traffic alerts, accidents, road and lane closures, and even view live camera shots from various locations. Estimated travel times can also be calculated. In the near future, travelers will also be able to access similar 511 info by phone from anywhere in Kern County, using a touch tone keypad or voice commands in English or Spanish.

Download a Doggie

For National Dog Day on August 26, teach your kid about caring for pets with Fluff Friends Rescue. Associated with the Humane Society, the free app lets her customize and run an animal shelter - a great way to learn about the responsibility that’s needed to raise a pooch. 6 years+; for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

SJCH Honors Wendy Wayne 

San Joaquin Community Hospital announced at her recent public memorial service that the resource library at its Cancer Center will be named for the late Wendy Wayne.

For the last two years, Wendy had been the project coordinator for the Cancer Center at SJCH, where she enthusiastically took on the task in order to ensure that Kern County residents could have access to world-class cancer care in their own backyard. During her service to SJCH, Wendy visited more than 15 major cancer centers throughout the U.S. to observe and learn more about true patient-centered cancer treatment and helped create the Patient and Family Advisory Council for The Cancer Center at SJCH, a group consisting of current or former cancer patients, relatives or friends of patients.   

“We think naming the center’s resource library after Wendy Wayne is a fitting tribute,” said Jarrod McNaughton, SJCH’s vice president of marketing and development. “We know that she wanted patients and their loved ones to have access to the very latest information on cancer and cancer treatments; that is what they will find at the Wendy Wayne Resource Library.”

Local Author Shares Lessons from The Lemon Tree

Family dynamics and near-tragedy come together in The Lemon Tree, a faith-based book for all ages, by local author Lenora McClellan. In it, several family members go for a walk in search of lemons and a renewed sense of closeness. But it is only when the youngest member goes suddenly missing that the real meaning of family comes to the surface as God’s hand brings about the dramatic conclusion.

In addition to the story, the book offers a contest for readers who buy it directly from the author. Published through RoseDog Books, The Lemon Tree is available through,, and other online outlets, or through the author’s Facebook page.  To meet the author, catch Lenora at her next book signing at B Moore Christian Books and Music on Saturday, August 25 from 11am to 3pm at 526 Olive Street Bakersfield, (661) 324-2897.

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