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.


The History of Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco

KPatMSBKaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will present a slideshow about the origins of the health plan that opened to the public in 1945. Learn about how industrialist Henry J. Kaiser paired up with physician Sidney Garfield to build a system of health care and hospitals that now serves as a model for the nation. This presentation will explore the evolution from early service to workers in the Mojave Desert, the Grand Coulee Dam, the seven World War II shipyards, and the Fontana steel mill, to post-war care for union members and their families that resulted in massive California expansion – including facilities in South San Francisco.

Lincoln Cushing is the lead archivist at Kaiser Permanente. Cushing has worked as an archival consultant at the Oakland Museum of California and Clorox, and as a Spanish-language cataloger and electronic outreach librarian at UC Berkeley. He has authored numerous books on social justice poster art of the late Twentieth Century.

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This free event is part of our Health & Wellness in the Library series. It will take place Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers, 33 Arroyo Dr. Underground parking is available.

For more information or to request sign interpretation or other accommodation, please call 650-829-3860 (voice) at least 10 working days before the event. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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!

Released: BayNet Newsletter Fall 2014

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

In the Fall 2014 issue:

The Power of Personal Stories by Marta Fuchs: Learn how to use personal stories to connect with groups.

Becoming a Successful Indie Author/Publisher by Deborah Hunt and David Grossman: Two successful indie authors/publishers share their reasons for not signing on with a traditional publisher

The Benefits of Twitter in 20 Tweets by Diana Wakimoto and Aline Soules: Reasons to use Twitter for more than personal reasons from two academic librarians

And a notice about Inventor’s Workshops available from The Lawrence Hall of Science: A great way to get kids interested in science at your library!

If you’d like to submit an article for publication in the Winter 2014 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

MVPL Bike Stop: How to Ditch Your Car and Shop by Bike Workshop

Photo courtesy of  Janet Lafleur

Photo courtesy of Janet Lafleur

Editor’s Note: This is the second 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. 

Our library received a Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant for an initiative called Library Bike Stop. In addition to purchasing a free-standing bike repair station for installation outside the library, the Grant funded books and additional tools. We also committed to providing at least ten bike-focused library programs. These programs allow us to serve a more traditional library function: providing information. Infrastructure is important when supporting bicycling, but so is making sure people have the confidence that comes with knowledge and understanding.

Our first Library Bike Stop program was titled How to Ditch Your Car and Shop by Bike.

I met local cyclist and blogger Janet Lafleur when I attended our city chapter’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, an organization whose purpose is to advocate for cyclists and cycling infrastructure. During the course of the discussion, Lafleur spoke about her experiences shopping by bike. Afterwards, we continued the conversation; she told me how she bought groceries, visited big box stores, and even bought her Christmas trees without a car. It struck me that a woman who was unafraid to pedal around town with a six foot tree strapped to her bike might have some bike shopping skills worth sharing.

Lafleur also seemed like a perfect person to launch our programming series; she is passionate about biking, has integrated it into her daily life, and has strong ties to the local biking community. Her bike shopping skills mean she has knowledge which is not well described anywhere else which she able to share with others in a very engaging manner.

Photo courtesy of Janet Lafleur

We held the program at 3 PM on a Saturday and Lafleur’s presentation was about 30 minutes long. Her slides were dominated by wonderful photos that illustrated different strategies of shopping and carrying things by bike. She brought two bikes and her bike trailer, as well as a number of different bags, baskets, bungees and clips. She also invited a special guest who was able to bring a long tail bike. In a great piece of commuter bicyclist showmanship, this guest brought her folding bike as well, strapped to the back of the long tail bike. Throughout the presentation, the audience asked lots of great questions, and people shared strategies and experiences.

Last year, our library had a maker grant and this experience, as well as our commitment to participatory programming, inspired me to include a hands-on project as the second half of our program. I found a great DIY bike shopping accessory on a bike forum – grocery bag panniers made from reusable bags. We asked participants to bring their own shopping bags or to purchase bags from the Friends of the Library. The basic technique is to cut one strap on each bag, and then sew those together. It is fairly simple process and let us set up and show off the library’s four digital sewing machines.

A few weeks after the program Janet Lafleur put together a blog post based on our instructions and pictures she had taken, and this post proved quite popular (she also said some really nice things about libraries and librarians).

This program was a positive start for the grant programming. We were able to make a solid connection with Janet, who is established in the local bicycling community, and reach out to  some of the community’s novice cyclists.

Information about biking, especially for those who are trying to integrate it into day-to-day life—rather than biking trails on the weekend—is an experience-based, person-to-person shared knowledge. The best way to answer questions like: Which streets are safe?  Should you buy panniers or a basket?  What kinds of regular clothes will stand up to a commute and  full day of work without being smelly?  How do you get your bike on the train politely? is to ask someone to share their experience. But for those who don’t already know an expert cyclist, our Shop by Bike program kicked off our library’s efforts to transmit this experiential knowledge to a wider network of folks.