After three years of contentious spats with neighbors and legislative snarls, the renovation of the North Beach Branch Library is one final vote away from approval. Read More
Stone-broke Detroit is preparing to close as many as 18 of its 23 library branches and lay off 191 of the 333 library workers. Meanwhile, the budget for revamping the main library’s south wing ballooned from $300,000 to $2.3 million. The overhaul features 20 lounge chairs that cost $1,092 apiece. Read More
WHO: U.S. Department of Commerce, via Texas Connects Coalition
WHAT: The Madison County, Texas, Public Library received funds to buy 16 new computers to replace nine computers bought just two years ago. The grant also funds a part-time computer-class instructor and a variety of peripherals. Read More
I get it that driving a Muni bus is not particularly glamorous, and that a huge amount of prestige does not come with the job. But Muni drivers’ compensatory sense of entitlement is really starting to rub me raw. Read More
The warning bells should have sounded when a group of preservationists tried to landmark a San Francisco building last year that was historically insignificant, architecturally challenged, yet admittedly quaint, like a 1960s television ad.
But we now know things do not go better with Coke, smoking is not cool and a lot of structures approved over time would have helped our landscape considerably if they were never built. Read More
The Board of Supervisors could decide later this year whether the North Beach branch library is a city landmark, which could help protect the building from demolition plans.
The City’s Historic Preservation Commission on Sept. 1 recommended, by a 4-3 vote, that city leaders rule that the building is a landmark. Read More
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Novelist Rick Moody talks about his latest book, “The Four Fingers of Death.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]Lectures Read More
The Library Commission meets Thursday to discuss what every city department has on its mind these days: budget cuts.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has asked each department to come up with $45 million in cuts to solve the current year budget deficit problem, which could become worse with the expected announcement of state cuts on Friday.
For the Library, the mid- year cuts mean losing a total of $2.1 million. Read More
A negelected but symbolic mural will remain — at least for now — at the Bernal Heights Library while the building is renovated.
Two sides of the painting on the 70-year-old library were recommended to be painted over, but community members stepped in to convince officials to leave the entire mural. Read More
If only I had time for another life I could be wading, in and out of the garden on a drop of dew – on the taxpayer’s dime.
But such apparently is not my fate because I don’t have time to go back and get a master’s degree in Library Science, the one thing keeping me from joining my namesake Jerry Garcia in recorded history. Read More