Exhibition of Student-Created Artists’ Books at CSUEB

Book by Jessica Brooke

Book by Jessica Brooke

The California State University, East Bay University Libraries’ Hayward Hills is currently hosting an exhibition of artists’ books created by students during the Fall Quarter. Every year, Professor Michael Henninger brings his bookmaking classes to the Hayward Hills campus library to show students the collection of artists’ books housed in Special Collections. The students are able to handle an assortment of artists’ books and see the varied way in which artists interpret the book format, from those examples that are easily recognized as a codex to those that more closely resemble bars of chocolate or stacks of credit cards.

Welcome to Downtown Hayward by Asia Jordan

Welcome to Downtown Hayward by Asia Jordan

After the visit to Special Collections, the students create their own artists’ books during the quarter. A selection of these student-created artists’ books is now on display near the Biella Room in the Hayward Hills campus library. As can be seen in this year’s exhibit, students have created beautiful, creative artists’ books showcasing many different bindings and techniques, from Japanese stab binding to flipbooks and photography to watercolor. The exhibit will run through the end of March. Come by and see the books to be inspired by the creativity of the students in the bookmaking classes.

If you are inspired by the students’ creations and would like to see more artists’ books, please contact Diana Wakimoto at diana.wakimoto@csueastbay.edu to schedule an appointment.

From Marshes to Air Travel Masses: The Origins and Development of SFO

SFOPlease join us for Travel Month at the South San Francisco Public Library!

Ranked the seventh busiest airport in the United States, San Francisco International Airport, or SFO, serves tens of millions of air-travel passengers yearly. From its humble origins as cow-pasture and marshland belonging to the Mills Estate, to major international airline hub and gateway to the Pacific and Asia, the history of SFO’s development will be presented by Dennis Sharp, the Curator of Aviation at SFO Museum, through words and images. The presentation will also include an overview of SFO’s exhibition program, the SFO Museum.

This free event will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, located at 33 Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco.

For more information or to request sign interpretation or other accommodation, please call 650-829-3860 at least 10 working days before the event.

Editor’s Note: This event submitted by Anissa Malady, Reference Librarian at South San Francisco Public Library

Sarah Houghton on Library Marketing

sarah_houghton2This past Thursday at the Oakland campus of California State University, East Bay, BayNet and the Special Libraries Association – San Francisco Bay Chapter (SLA-SF) held their joint annual meeting. Appetizers and drinks were made available to attendees (both of which were fantastic) during the networking portion of the meeting. Librarians from all walks of life rubbed shoulders and squeezed into a hallway — so as to be closer to the food and drink — for the better part of an hour, trading stories and getting to know each other.

After everyone had enjoyed their fill and settled into their seats, a raffle was held in which three gift certificates to Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in Hayward as well as a trip for eight to wine tasting at Concannon Vineyard. And once the victors received their lovely gifts, the main attraction settled into her place at the head of the room.

Sarah Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library and also known as the Librarian in Black, gave a presentation entitled: “The Wrong Love: Why We Need to Stop Telling People to Love Libraries”. The primary thrust of the presentation is that the current marketing tactics being embraced by libraries and librarians in the United States is flawed. Instead of asking people to love their libraries, we should instead be telling our patron communities how much we love them.

For those of you who weren’t there, firstly I hope you had a good excuse, and secondly keep an eye out for an article in the next BayNet Newsletter for a detailed run-down of Ms. Houghton’s suggestions. But even if you only take away the idea that the way we talk about libraries should change from “Please love Libraries” to “Libraries love you”, then things are already moving in the right direction. For more information, check out her blog post which inspired the presentation: The Wrong Love

The presentation was engaging and insightful and drove people to ask many good questions, perhaps a few more than Ms. Houghton was prepared for, but better too many than too few, right? I thoroughly enjoyed the event and I hope that those who were able to attend felt the same way. Keep an eye here for announcements about more BayNet events in the future, like the upcoming Day of the Book Writer’s Conference at JFK University. Hope to see you there!

October 18th: Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour

October 18th: Library 2 Library Bike Tour!If you’ve enjoyed the recent posts about Mountain View Public Library’s Bike Events, now is the time to attend one yourself! On October 18th, the Mountain View Public Library will join three other local libraries to host the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour: a fun bicycle tour for library lovers, bicycle enthusiasts, and bibliophiles. It will connect four Silicon Valley libraries, beginning in San Jose and ending in Mountain View. Each library stop will include a craft, a fun event, and a Library tour. Ride with the group or go at your own pace; just hop on and off whenever you want. Admission is, as always, free to the public. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and bike lock!

July 22 – Mechanics’ Institute Tour @ Night

Mechanics' Institute Building

The Mechanic’s Institute Building

Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm
57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Meet on the 3rd floor

The Mechanics’ Institute, one of the oldest libraries in the west, is offering a free evening tour of its historic library and building.

The Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco was founded in 1854 with four books and a mission to start an organization to serve the education, information and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in such subjects as mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics, had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as a membership organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

The Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership. Tours typically take 45 to 60 minutes.

Free Tour. No reservations required.

For more information on this event, as well as the numerous other events being held at the Mechanic’s Institute, check out their website.

This post was submitted by Deb Hunt, Library Director at the Mechanic’s Institute in San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @debhunt6.

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