BAYA Presents: Reading Without Walls: Graphic Novels, Literacy, and Diversity

BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians and the “In the Library With a Comic Book Podcast” Team Present:

Reading Without Walls: Graphic Novels, Literacy, and Diversity

Featuring Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, and David Brothers


Monday October 24th, 9am to Noon

Berkeley Public Library

Central Library

2090 Kittredge Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

(a 5 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART Station)


Morning refreshments and coffee will be served.

$25 Advance Registration

$35 at the Door

BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians 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 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 share their collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Jack and Amanda will also release their annual, annotated Top Ten Favorites list for kids, teens and adults.

This will be followed by a presentation by author and Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young Adult Literature: Gene Luen Yang. Yang’s debut graphic novel American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be considered as a finalist for the National Book Award and won the American Library Association’s (ALA) Printz Award for best young adult graphic novel. His 2013 graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints was also a National Book Award finalist.

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 Gene Luen Yang (writer of The Shadow Hero and Secret Coders), Mariko Tamaki (writer of This One Summer and Skim) and David Brothers (Branding Manager at Image Comics, editor of Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark).

Books will be available to purchase for your library (home or otherwise).

An informal hosted field trip with Jack and Amanda to nearby local comics shop Fantastic Comics (just up the street at 2026 Shattuck Avenue) will be offered post-program.

All this for just $25 ($35 at the door)! Visit to register. Questions? Contact Jack and Amanda.

Memory is About the Future an Event at the San Francisco Public Library

Memory is About the Future Flyer

Thursday March 17, 2016 at 6:00pm

Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Main Library, Lower Level

Historian Abby Smith Rumsey will discuss her new book, “When We Are No More: How digital memory is shaping our future.” She writes that our personal and cultural memories are intimately intertwined, shaped and sometimes controlled by political forces and economic interests. In the age of digital abundance, Rumsey says it’s harder, not easier, to secure important historical archives for future generations.

A book sale follows with Readers Bookstore.


EVENT: If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words… with Shelly Schoo

KellySchooPicStrong graphics and data visualizations go a long way toward making your message more compelling and impactful. What are the critical aspects to creating high-impact PowerPoint presentations? During this session, you will learn the foundations for building a persuasive narrative as well as how to better use PowerPoint to convey your message clearly and meaningfully.

In 2013, Shelly Schoo received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her MLIS, Shelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Yale. Currently she works at Intuit (developer of Turbo Tax and Quickbooks) in Mountain View, where she leads a team responsible for Channel and Field Sales training. Prior to joining Intuit, Shelly worked primarily in the legal and high tech industries, spending 15 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of senior leadership positions.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94703 
Cost: BayNet members – $5.00; Non-Members – $10.00

Register online.

The Cartoon Art Museum Visits SSFPL

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Andrew Farrago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum, will share highlights of the museum‘s collection and talk about the museum’s history as well as its future.  The Cartoon Art Museum is a celebration of cartoon art in all its various forms from comic books, to editorial cartoons, anime, and more. The museum recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, so join us at South San Francisco Public Library to learn all about the Cartoon Art Museum!

Cartoon Art Museum

EveryLibrary Fundraiser in San Francisco: Tuesday November 17

On Tuesday November 17th, from 5:30-8:30, EveryLibrary will be hosting a fundraiser at the Library Bar in San Francisco at Hotel Rex. This event will host a cash bar, a chance for Librarians in San Francisco to get together and support a good cause, and do a little celebrating and networking. If you haven’t been to the Library Bar yet, this is a great opportunity to come and indulge your literary side. After all, what could be better than books, cocktails, a menu of American classics, and supporting an organization that is fighting for libraries at the ballot box?
This event was brought together by the librarians of San Francisco and Michelle Zaffino, an American author of young adult fiction and memoir, a digital librarian, information architect and content consultant based in San Francisco

About EveryLibrary
If you’re unfamiliar with the work that we do – EveryLibrary is a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work exclusively on local library ballot initiatives. We work with local ballot committees and PAC leaders in support of local library ballot measures, on specific state legislative measures which impact libraries ability to act as districts, and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public. We have worked with a number of libraries in California to help them win their campaigns. Some of the libraries we have worked with have included;
• Santa Clara County
• Oakland Public Library
• Kern County Library System
• South Lake Tahoe Public Library
• Georgetown Public Library
• Sacramento Public Library
• Pomona Public Library

All of our work is pro-bono and completed supported through fundraisers like this one, large donations from vendors, and countless small donations from supporters like you. Find our more from our website –
If you’d like to get involved in the work that EveryLibrary does, we’d be happy to answer you questions about what you can do, how you can volunteer, and what libraries need to help fight for their funding at the event. If you can’t attend, but still would like information, we’d love to have you fill out our volunteer form here.

Ticket Details
$10 donation ticket
$15 at the door
$25 deluxe donation ticket (includes a bonus)

November 17, 2015 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Library Bar at Hotel Rex