May 19: Save the Date! Graphic Novel Panel at BayNet Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 19th! BayNet presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections. In this special presentation – led by two veteran graphic novel selectors and general comic book enthusiasts – you will learn about why librarians serving all kinds of audiences are turning to graphic novels, and best practices and procedures to further grow and diversify comic and graphic novel collections. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain at this half-day workshop.

We’ll begin with a presentation by Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Librarian and Consultant), two longtime graphic novel selectors and the co-hosts of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast. The duo will discuss the history and current direction of representation in comics; share their collection development best practices, and favorite resources; and discuss philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Jack and Amanda will also share some of their annual annotated Top 10 lists, and allow plenty of time for Q&A.

The second half of our program will feature a special panel of comic book professionals who will share their creative process and discuss the power of comics as a means of telling diverse stories, and as educational tools. Guests on the panel will be:

Mariko Tamaki – Eisner Award-winning writer of This One Summer, current writer on Supergirl: Being Super and Hulk
Justin Hall – Assistant Professor of Comics at CCA, editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Thi Bui – writer/artist of the upcoming graphic novel The Best We Can Do, founding member of Oakland’s International High School
Nidhi Chanani – writer/artist of the upcoming graphic novel Pashmina, illustrator at Everyday Love

EVENT: Thirsty Thursday

We’re well into the new year, time to reconnect with your Bay Area library colleagues. Join BayNet for cocktails and conversation at DaDa Bar in the Financial District.

Location: DaDa Bar, 65 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Register online!

Chinatown Walking Tour

What: A walking tour of Chinatown

Where: Chinese Historical Society of America museum at 965 Clay Street

When: February 25th at 10:30 AM

Certain words, such as fog, sourdough bread, and cable car, can elicit certain feelings and memories with anyone who has been to San Francisco. Chinatown is no exception to this category. Millions of visitors travel to San Francisco’s Chinatown to eat dim sum, see the fortune cookie factory, and watch lion dancing if they are lucky enough. While these activities gather a lot of attention today, the history of San Francisco’s Chinatown is deep rooted and extends all the way back to the 1850’s. With over 100 years worth of stories, memories, and experiences, BayNet invites you to explore this long lasting and ever changing community with the Chinese Historical Society of America.

The Chinatown walking tour will take about 1.5 hours and visits 24 different landmarks of historical, social, and cultural significance. It is our hope that after our Chinatown walk, you will be have a better understanding of this deeply treasured community.

This event costs $20 per person. Registration is limited to 15 people, so act fast! You can register for this event here. We look forward to seeing you there!

*Walking tour prices also include admission to the museum.

Note: This tour is contingent upon the weather. If the rain is forecast, the walking tour will be substituted by a docent-led tour of the Chinese Historical Society of America museum. 

EVENT: Not Your Grandma’s Knitting: Craftivism & Yarn Bombing

Saturday, December 3rd, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
South Branch of Berkeley Public Library, “Community Room”
1901 Russell Street in Berkeley

Join us on December 3rd for an afternoon of crafting instruction and discussion. Learn knitting and crocheting basics and how crafting can be used to create public art (“craftivism” and “yarn bombing”). No experience necessary!

A limited supply of craft materials will be available for participants to practice with and start projects.

Participants are encouraged to bring craft supplies if possible: knitting needles and/or crochet hooks, yarn, felt, newspaper or magazine clippings for collage, etc.Participants may also bring works in progress or patterns if they have specific questions. Any and all forms of crafting are welcome!

This event is, unfortunately over, but if you wanted to see the PowerPoint Presentation, it is available here: Yarn Bombing and Craftivism

Wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is not sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. Groups and organizations may use meeting rooms when they are not being used for activities sponsored by the Library. Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the goals, policies or activities of any group or organization. For more information on meeting rooms at the Berkeley Public Library, visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org