Join South San Francisco Public Library in Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition 

ppie100 flyer (proofed)Join South San Francisco Public Library for a docent-led presentation in celebration of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair. The exposition left San Francisco with a number of now-iconic structures including the Palace of Fine Arts and the entry gate to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Presented in conjunction with the California Historical Society.

This free event will take place Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at South San Francisco Main Library in the auditorium. 

For more information or to request sign interpretation or other accommodation, please call 650-829-3860.

SLA-SV Presents A Night to Remember with State Librarian, Greg Lucas

Register for our Joint Meeting with the SF Bay Region Chapter


Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fattoria e Mare, 1095 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA


Please join us for a night to remember with special guest California State Librarian, Greg Lucas! This is a unique opportunity to hear a leader of libraries speak. Prepare to be engaged!


Greg Lucas was appointed California State Librarian by Governor Jerry Brown on March 25, 2014. Besides collecting and preserving California’s history and culture, the State Library – founded in 1850 – provides access to books for visually impaired Californians and conducts research into an array of areas at the request of lawmakers and the governor. The State Librarian also advocates for literacy, librarians, and California’s 1,185 libraries.

California possesses one of the most important history collections in the United States. The collection begins with artifacts dating to 1540 and continues through the present. There are books, newspapers, lithographs, and campaign memorabilia as well as 4,500 maps and 250,000 photographs.

Previously, Greg was a senior editor at Capitol Weekly and a freelance writer. He created the blog, California’s Capitol,, in 2007. He is also a Friends of the California Archives board member.

During 19 years covering the state Capitol for the San Francisco Chronicle, Gregwrote nearly 3,000 articles on everything from presidential politics to the introduction of prune burgers in school cafeterias. He was also a ride operator on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Stanford University and a Masters degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.

Agenda for Thursday, May 28, 2015

  • 5:30 – 6:30 Registration, networking and appetizers
  • 6:30 – 7:00 SLA-SF announcements
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Program with Q&A following


A variety of delicious foods in a buffet-style

SLA Program Cost

Early Bird Special 

  • $30 for members
  • $50 for non-members
  • $25 for student/retiree/between jobs members

Late registration (after May 15, 2015)

  • $35 for members
  • $55 for non-members
  • $30 for student/retiree/between jobs members


Fattoria e Mare, 1095 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 342-4923


Please register by Friday, May 22, 2015.   Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Register here.

Join the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library for a Pre-Party and Fundraiser Event!

CSC Library IMG_0323This year, the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.

About CSC?

The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. The Center for Sex & Culture aims to provide a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to the widest range of people. Founded 1997, established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 2001, the Center for Sex Culture serves a nationally (in fact, globally) significant function, adding to the few accessible resources for sex education available to the public, not just academics or specialists. We have acquired various collections of books, papers, art, erotic material, personal collections from notable people in the sex-positive community, and other media.


The Collection

The CSC is dedicated to collecting and preserving information about sex. We have our donors to thank for the vibrancy of our collection. Our donors, including Dr. Carol Queen, Dr. Robert Lawrence, Good Vibrations, Vern and Bonnie Bullough, Annie Sprinkle, Jonie Blank, Larry Townsend, Jello Biafra, and more were dedicated to collecting materials that have long been shunned by traditional booksellers, libraries and museums. They have collected these materials at great personal risk and expense because they believe they had intrinsic value to society. At the Center’s library, these materials have finally found a home where they are cataloged, stored and preserved for future generations of researchers and the public.

A sample of our remarkable holdings include:

  1. Graduate and undergraduate dissertations, representing original research
  2. Rare Pulp erotic fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s to today
  3. Rare Zines from the late 1950s to today
  4. Sexual education textbooks from the 1970s to today
  5. HIV education materials from the ’80s to today
  6. Early 20th Century “marriage manuals” (sexual instruction guides)
  7. Extensive collection of sexual journals, including Sexology and Libido Magazine, the journal of sex and sensibility
  8. Nina Hartly fan mail
  9. Patrick Califia papers

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About the Event

This fun event will take place at ALA in San Francisco on June 25th at 8pm until midnight. Throughout the night, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with quite a few librarians and find new friends before the conference starts. Your $35 ticket will get you complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, live music as well as tours of the center and highlight many of its important collections. You aren’t going to want to miss this opportunity to see one of the most hidden libraries in San Francisco and your money will go to a good cause so come out and join us.

Purchase your tickets here –

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 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


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