Last week was a dreary week in San Francisco, full of weak and weary souls unable to forget that bleak game in which their proud team's championship hopes ended up as dying embers. Sorrow for the lost Super Bowl! A second championship celebration within four months in front of City Hall's door? Neve ... More >>
The libraries have gotten in on the action. It was only a matter of time. The Super Bowl is basically a proxy battle between two cities -- co-headliners, standing face-to-face, flexing muscles like boxers at a pre-fight weight-in, compared and contrasted for two weeks of hype, overlayed by montages ... More >>
I've seen my share of salacious flap copy, but a friend's promotion of the forthcoming novella she edited for Harper Collins, Lust in the Library, caught my attention: "Some like it hot, and some like it in the reference section."
"Do they?" I wondered, "or is this truly fiction?"
Lust in the Libr ... More >>
'Social inclusion'?You've seen it. We've all seen it. There's always one guy at the public library -- perhaps he's the guy with the bag full of other bags, perhaps not -- engrossed with adult materials on the public computers. And not just any adult materials. We're talking about stuff that makes ... More >>
But can we get that in writing?A former City College librarian recently sued his onetime place of business claiming his colleagues callously refused to accommodate his disability -- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a counter-intuitive malady for a librarian. Also, he claims higher ups co ... More >>
A Peanuts comic strip from the 1950s features Charlie Brown pushing a vinyl record with a T-shaped stick like a hoop -- listening to records and pushing hoops are both things kids used to do -- before bitterly complaining about library records' poor sound quality. You can still get LPs at the Main L ... More >>
Sadly, you won't find this title at the San Francisco Public Library. But you will find the album Mind Control by Stephen Marley.The San Francisco Public Library's planned celebration of "Banned Books Week" -- and online links to the sorts of literature that librarians elsewhere have been com ... More >>
stuffunemployedpeoplelike.comYeah, we thought it was Zach Galifianakis too. It's Joaquin Phoenix -- and be quiet or he'll eat you.You've got to salute someone who finds a way to succeed in down times. The man who invented and marketed the bindle -- he must have cleaned up during the Great Depress ... More >>
Returning library books on time can be tough, and everybody has their reasons. In fact, as part of the San Francisco Public Library's most recent amnesty campaign, those who returned items were asked to give their best excuses.
It turns out, a second grader named Vaness ... More >>
Habitual users of the Internet in San Francisco's Public Library -- here's your chance to be heard! (other than the persistent muttering and shouting some people seem to engage in). Patrons of our library system are invited to participate in a nationwide survey of public library Internet users to de ... More >>
Ma'am? Would you be interested in purchasing said tome for a mere five dollars?Late last month, we wrote about a Friends of the San Francisco Public Library book sale featuring all the tomes you could carry away for a buck apiece. It turns out that the library's nonprofit arm will be at it again thi ... More >>
Monday, April 6
11 a.m. - Public Safety Committee
Who watches the watchers? Why, the Public Safety Committee does. Every other week.
Its recent agendas haven't actually involved DOING much -- there's not much legislation coming out of these meetings -- but they've been crammed with hearings ... More >>