Released: BayNet Newsletter Winter 2017

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at

In the Fall 2016 issue:

Online Library 2.016 Conference Examines the Future of Libraries by Allison Randall Gatt: This write-up of the Online Library 2.016 Conference covers everything about the future of libraries from information visualization to do the intersection of libraries and democracy (very important these days).

From Essential Librarian to Essential Leader by Elise Y. Wong: This librarian outlines her journey from becoming an essential part of her library to becoming a full-blown leader in her department. I think we could all use some ground-up inspiration once in a while.

Library Events Around the BayA calendar of library events going on in the next few weeks around the Bay! Grow your network, take a walk around Chinatown with BayNet, and take in an exhibit at the American Bookbinder’s Museum. Yes, there’s a bookbinder’s museum. Check it out!

Tools for Measuring Social Media Success by Ginny  Mies: With the end of the fiscal year looming on the horizon, it’s a good time to take a look at how that social media presence is providing some Return on Investment.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting by Diana Wakimoto: BayNet held an event talking about the art of Yarnbombing and how it can be a powerful force of social justice activism! Not to mention a handy craft in case of the apocalypse.

Archives: Visit the BayNet Website! A 20 year old reprint of the President’s Message from Winter of 1997. Concerns about hardware problems and navigating an ever-changing technological landscape sure don’t sound familiar to me at all. At least that was before everything you did online was being watched!

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Winter 2017 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

[Write Up] Crocheting and Knitting for Good Causes: Not Your Grandma’s Knitting

yarnbomb2On the afternoon of December 4th, librarians congregated in the Community Room at the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library to get their crocheting and knitting on. Led by Monica Ruck and Michele Grim, the attendees learned more about yarn bombing and craftivism in the Bay Area and beyond before turning their attention to crafting. Ruck and Grim explained their own craftivism work—using crafting as a form of activism—and showed examples of their work.

While most have probably seen examples of yarn bombing before—yarn or knitted projects attached to various public structures such as fences, lampposts, benches, etc.—you may have not considered how craftivism could align with library programming. The attendees discussed the possibility of yarn bombing events and crafting workshops to benefit organizations that take knitted and crocheted pieces as potential ways for libraries to partner with local crafters and make a positive difference in the wider world.

yarnbomb1Ruck and Grim’s slideshow, which is available via this link here, contains links to many tutorials to learn more about crocheting and knitting, as well as links to organizations where you can donate your crafted pieces.

It was a great crafting event and everyone came away with new or refreshed skills and the desire to incorporate more time for crocheting and knitting in their lives—any hopefully some ideas for library craftivism events, too! Hopefully BayNet will be able to sponsor more craftivism events in the future and if you have an idea for a future workshop or event, please contact anyone on the board. Happy crafting!

Written by Diana Wakimoto

SSF Grand Avenue Library Centennial and Re-Opening Celebration

Saturday, October 15th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grand Avenue Library Centennial and Re-Opening Celebration

Providing library services to the residents of South San Francisco for 100 years!


On Saturday, October 15, 2016, celebrate 100 years of libraries in South San Francisco and the re-opening of the Grand Avenue Library. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m., featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment, refreshments, collection and history room highlights, and family-friendly activities.

A century ago, local school teacher Rue Randall Clifford, affectionately known as “Cliffie,”  rode horseback collecting the necessary signatures needed to obtain an Andrew Carnegie grant of $10,000 to build South San Francisco’s first library, located on historic Grand Avenue. One hundred years later, the Grand Avenue Library will reopen after an extensive renovation.  The newly remodeled branch will feature expanded collections, updated technology, a new quiet study room, a teen area, and an outdoor patio.

The library staff, the Library Board members, along with our Friends of the Library are looking forward to  bringing our diverse community the best library services and programming for another 100 years.

Submitted by: Anissa Malady of South San Francisco Public Library

MVPL Bike Stop: Bike Fest

Check out BikeFest 2014 at MVPL

Check out BikeFest 2014 at MVPL

By the time summer rolled around, we had put together several smaller bike-related programs. We wanted to do something bigger. We decided to close our side parking lot and throw a BikeFest.

We sent out a broad call to local bike organizations, inviting them to take part. We did not charge any fees to participate, and we did not pay any group to join us. Here’s what we said:

The Mountain View Library BikeFest will create a space where bicyclists and bike organizations can gather together to celebrate bicycling in all its many variations. It will take place on Saturday, July 12th between 10 am and 1 pm, and will attract community members of all ages. It will take place in the surface parking lot adjacent to the library on Franklin Street, and may possibly also spill over into Pioneer Park.

We are looking for organizations who would like to participate. While your participation can be as simple as setting up a booth to answer questions, we would prefer for you offer a hands-on activity. This activity could be something like bike tune-ups, “test drives,” fittings, bike-related crafts or coloring, helmet adjustments, a rodeo or obstacle course, etc. Or it could be something entirely different and bike-related. We’re happy to discuss possibilities with you. Creativity encouraged! We hope to create a street fair atmosphere, similar to San Francisco’s Sunday Streets.

We asked participants to bring something interactive, and they did not disappoint. More than 150 patrons of all ages got to enjoy:

  • Cycletopia: a demonstration protected bike lane put together by Safe Streets Mountain View. It provided a green carpet entrance to the festivities.
  • Curators from the Pedal Power exhibit, which was on display at the Los Altos History Museum, brought a watt-meter bike which measured how many watts a patron generated by pedaling.
  • Great Streets Mountain View brought a small model of city streets where patrons could design their own bike lanes.
  • Safe Moves put together a rideable model of city streets, where kids could practice stopping at stop
    BikeFest at Mountain View Public Library

    BikeFest at Mountain View Public Library

    signs, crossing train tracks, and identifying hazards on the road. They also brought a blender bike, and we enjoyed making and eating bike-powered smoothies.

  • The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition brought their spin art bike. Patrons pedaled to power a paint spinner, making cool designs.
  • The Bay Area Bike Mobile came to do free tune-ups and repairs.
  • Beeline Bikes also did free tune-ups and repairs.
  • Cognition Cyclery brought an electric bike that patrons could test drive. They gave away free water bottles, answered questions, and yes, did free tune-ups and repairs.
  • The local YMCA brought three exercise bikes and did pop up spin classes.

In addition, Cycle California magazine sent us a big stack of magazines to give away. And of course the library set up a table with plenty of coloring activities available for everyone.

All in all, it was a great way to get to know some of our local bike organizations, and to introduce patrons to them as well. I saw a lot of good conversations and people having fun. But to be honest, one of my favorite moments was seeing an eight year old boy trudge up to the Bay Area Bike Mobile with two flat tires and then ride away laughing after they were fixed. We hope all of our events are as much fun.

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth Mountain View Public Library Bike Stop blog post focusing on the results of their Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program. This series is written by Emily Weak, Adult Services Librarian at Mountain View Public Library.