We're late to the party, admittedly. But it has come to our attention that the sex columnist for U.C. Berekley's Daily Californian wrote an autobiographical column about coitus in the library -- and the Internet has reacted. Per the column, the writer inveighs in favor of sex in the library. A comme ... More >>
The Examiner recently ran an article that tells you much of what you need to know about the Ethics Commission's place in this city -- but not everything. One year after suggesting the mayor remove Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez, Ethics put together a letter to ask how the hell that' ... More >>
Some might think that libraries would hate the idea of being digitalized -- the scanning of books, papers and other texts and creating a virtual counterpart. But turns out, that's not actually the case.Organizations, including the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American L ... More >>
When it comes to getting the Sunshine Ordinance enforced, you might as well be walking on the sun...Last night, after 18 prior rejections, the Ethics Commission finally deigned to hold a hearing of a case referred its way by the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. For those scoring at home, the task f ... More >>
I was out for dinner with a couple of friends this week, talking about the reading Nathan Myhrvold gave this week at Omnivore Books, which we had all missed. The cost of attendance: purchasing a copy of Myhrvold's six-volume, 2,400-page Modernist Cuisine -- one of the most talked-about, controve ... More >>
Wonder, wonder, wonder no more: Kathleen McGowan wrote The Book of LoveIn San Francisco, libraries serve many more purposes than they do in other towns -- in which they're mainly used by 14-year-olds to loudly check their Facebook accounts until the librarian boots them out. Here they serve as de ... More >>
Really, Zeitoun? Really?After it turned out that we might be waiting 11 years for a book on hold, we grew interested in the number of copies the San Francisco Public Library keeps of certain much-loved tomes. What, we queried the library, is the book it has the most copies of? Well, it turns out ... More >>
davecobb/FlickrThings can get gory.It's not till you're older, with a 420-fueled freakout over that late-night session with Chucky under your belt, that things like gingerbread men can seem sinister. When you're a kid gingerbread men are charming ― something you can verify by watching the l ... More >>
The exhibit exhumes 160 years of S.F. dining history.With multiple blogs covering new restaurant openings, trends, and gossip with the fervor of Woodward and Bernstein scooping Watergate, local foodies are more than well informed as to what's going in San Francisco's present-day dining scene. ... More >>
Of all the libraries in the city, you might think it odd that little old Bernal Heights would be the one tapped to host a national competition. So does the librarian there. On the American Library Association website, Bernal is listed as San Francisco's participating branch in Saturday's "Nationa ... More >>
Sit. Stay. Explore some archives. This is just one of the awesome dog-themed posts the library's History Center and Book Arts & Special Collections blog (yes, there is one, and yes, it's awesome) has posted recently. [What's On the 6th Floor?] Mayhem at the Beauty Bar. Not the usual kind. [Mi ... More >>
Nancy Mary Sage was six months old when The Big One hit in 1906 and destroyed her familyWhenever a survivor of the Great Quake of '06 dies, more of them always seem to turn up after the obituary runs in the San Francisco Chronicle. Nancy Mary Sage died yesterday in Littleton, Colo. at age 105; he ... More >>
Yes, students have been confused by the "return" button; they expected some parts to move. And, yes, other students had no idea that one could erase text by simply hitting "backspace." But, no, no one has ever attempted to apply Wite-Out to the computer screen. Librarian Johanna Goldschmid is a ve ... More >>
Joe EskenaziYep, it's the only working fireplace in the San Francisco library system. Sadly, hot toddies are not permitted.Make of this what you will: The Harvey Milk Memorial Library in Upper Market, which will reopen on Saturday after a 20-month retrofitting and renovation, looks as good as it ... More >>
Jesus H. Shatner/FlickrOne of these babies should be as essential to reading as an Itty Bitty Book Light.Wouldn't we all read more if it somehow involved doughnuts? Tomorrow morning, books collide with sinkers in front of Dynamo Donut Coffee (2760 24th St. at York), scene of a book giveaway ... More >>
What Tom Stoppard did in this 1974 play would be too expensive to try today
The Meat Purveyors drag bluegrass through the gutter; the Owls one-up the Beatles
Four decades after it was rescued from a storage shed, Diego Rivera's magnificent City College mural remains a hidden treasure
How Robin Stein, a journalistic neophyte, put excitement in her life -- and a dangerous Texas pipe manufacturer on the front page of the New York Times
Since selling his world-famous film archive to the Library of Congress, Rick Prelinger's been busy saving 40,000 magazines, newspapers, and government documents from history's dustbin. He wants you to take a look.
Congress and the music industry fight over Internet radio
If San Franciscans tried to choose a single book to read, we'd kill each other. Fortunately, it's been chosen for us.
The Mechanics' Institute Library
The Clinton administration has praised the Anti-Defamation League for helping shield kids from Internet hate. But should a group that spied on thousands of Californians be allowed to police the Web?