SF Chronicle – “The city’s Ethics Commission Tuesday sent a letter to Mayor Ed Lee, asking him to consider removing the president of the Library Commission for shouting down a member of the public during a meeting. Here’s the interesting part, though: It’s taken two years for the issue to be dealt with by the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and the Ethics Commission. It languished at the latter for 19 months.”
SF Chronicle – “A spat over outdoor literature tables during Constitution Week led city officials in Redding to restrict leafleting outside the public library, an action that united a diverse set of opponents – local Tea Party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. Now a judge has issued a ruling that could break new ground on free speech in civic plazas. “The library is an area dedicated to the free exchange of ideas,” Judge Monica Marlow of Shasta County Superior Court said Wednesday in an injunction halting enforcement of the restrictions that took effect in April.”
SF Chronicle – “If it has been a few years or a few decades since you’ve ventured into your local library, you’re going to be very surprised by what you find. No longer are these dusty institutions of quiet corners, musty books and stern librarians, they are home to bestsellers, coffee carts, teen rooms, community, and civic gatherings. Libraries offer computer classes, babysitting workshops, tutoring programs and literacy programs, most of which are free, or are offered at a nominal fee. Not all services mentioned in this article are available at every library, but it’s worth finding out if your local library offers a similar option.”
SF Chronicle – “Cyclists at Ogawa Plaza got more than free pancakes, bike repairs and goodie bags at this year’s East Bay Bike to Work Day. Over a loudspeaker in front of City Hall, a couple of Oakland librarians had something else to share with them. “I went walking, what did you see? I saw a brown horse looking at me,” Amy Martin said as she stood in front of City Hall and read aloud from a giant children’s book.
Nearby, children sat in parents’ laps, clapping and reading along with the book, I Went Walking, and enjoying the impromptu session of story hour. But this story did not end with a happily ever after. Instead, after finishing the book for her young audience, Martin, a children’s librarian at Oakland’s main branch, delivered news of a public library system in peril — telling her listeners that 13 of the city’s 17 library branches may be closed come June. The audience booed and, following Martin’s lead, began to chant “No cuts to libraries!”
SF Chronicle – “As the city’s libraries complete their transformation into places for more than quiet reading, fundraisers thought it was about time some of their events got a modern makeover too. What did they come up with? Food (Ike’s Place sandwiches), drinks (alcoholic), music (soul and 60s) and a sassy librarian photo booth. When and where? Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at a library. That’s right, a library.
The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is holding its first-ever after-hours cocktail party, IMBIBE, at the renovated Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branch, located at 1 Jose Sarria Court.”
SF Gate – “Public libraries around the Bay Area and the country have emerged as vital resource centers for the growing hordes of job hunters. With free Internet access, tons of information online and in print, knowledgeable staffs and convenient locations, public libraries are attracting unemployed folks like never before.”
SF Chron – “‘Book art’ is a synthesis of form and content and provides us a bridge between the traditional book and contemporary art,” Lederer says. “Artists’ books engage us in their meaning through a myriad of elements (versus just text), including words, image, materials, shape, form and color. The creative opportunity for structuring and packaging book art is endless – from pop-ups to sculptural housing.”
AP – “Every day, when the main library opens, John Banks is waiting to get inside. He finds a spot and stays until closing time. Then his wheelchair takes him back to the bus terminal where he spends his nights. Like many homeless public library patrons, all Banks wants is a clean, safe place to sit in peace. He doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He doesn’t want anyone to talk to him. But the day he decides he wants help, he knows what to do: ask for the social worker.
SF Chron – “Pulling away from the Cafe Flore on Market Street, San Francisco author Daniel Handler feels all the power and the weight of the 33-foot-long bookmobile as he cajoles it up the Market Street hill en route to his childhood library branch at West Portal. Unused to navigating large vehicles – “I’ve never even driven an SUV” – he is remarkably calm as he chugs through traffic on a recent afternoon.”
SF Chron – “San Francisco is bucking the national trend of diminished funding and services thanks to a budget set-aside, which received overwhelming approval by voters in 2007, and substantial progress on the largest capital improvement program in the history of the city’s library.”