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

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!


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