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City and county officials are required to provide space for the library and fund its operation, but a new location has not been secured.
Former State Bar President Jon Streeter is among more than 700 lawyers, legal groups, students, judges and others who sent a letter in May urging Mayor Ed Lee and county supervisors to find a new home for the library
It’s the traditional intersection of huge amounts of information with the silence that enables its assimilation into our minds and values and imaginations. And its shepherded by knowing, caring librarians who can understand where we’re trying to go and point out the most enjoyable paths.
No doubt the “cloud” will continue to rain down information on us in torrents. But, in a world without libraries, and short on silence, much of it may just wash over us to vanish in the sands of noise.
•A special service and collection of the Sonoma County Library, the collection comprising 5,000 books on wine and related subjects, subscriptions and backfiles to over 80 wine-related periodicals.
•Located in the: Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St. (corner of Piper and Center), Healdsburg, Telephone 707-433-3772; Fax 707-433-7946.
•Wine Librarian Jon Haupt and the other professionals at the Healdsburg Library will be happy to get you the right article, bibliographic reference, photograph or piece of wine information. Contact them at the above numbers or send e-mail to: email@example.com
•A Business and Technical Library for the Sonoma County Wine Industry which helps fund it.
•An Historical Archive of Wine History worldwide, with a special emphasis on the rich history of wine in Sonoma County.
•Article on the Sonoma County Wine Library from the Bohemian.
From the Wall Street Journal, Joe Queenan recalls his lifelong habit of reading.
I started borrowing books from a roving Quaker City bookmobile when I was 7 years old. Things quickly got out of hand. Before I knew it I was borrowing every book about the Romans, every book about the Apaches, every book about the spindly third-string quarterback who comes off the bench in the fourth quarter to bail out his team. I had no way of knowing it at the time, but what started out as a harmless juvenile pastime soon turned into a lifelong personality disorder.
If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find "reality" a bit of a disappointment.
Fifty-five years later, with at least 6,128 books under my belt, I still organize my daily life—such as it is—around reading. As a result, decades go by without my windows getting washed.
The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.
For more information and ways to get involved, check out the Boing Boing Library Lab write-up, the BTPL IndieGoGo campaign, the BPTL's blog, and the BPTL's social channels (@thebptl on Twitter and fb.me/theBPTL on Facebook).
If it sounds similar to the current Bike Library in Old Town, that is on purpose. The two companies would be the next generation of the current Bike Library, and with funding in question after this year, the city is looking at the best course of action moving forward.
As part of an ongoing Bike Library Alternatives Analysis, the city is looking into implementing an automated bike-share system to augment the current Bike Library.
Pretty hip place if you asked me...
From the Anchorage Daily News, by Elise Patkotak:
There are great differences between the library of my past and the libraries of the present and future. Some of those differences are simply mindboggling. For instance, in my day a library card meant I could go to a room with a stack of books, choose which I wanted to read and have the books stamped by a nice lady at the desk. Then I got to walk out of the building with my arms full of treasure. Now, a library card means you can sit in the comfort of your own home and download e-books that you can keep for about three weeks before they "return" to the library shelf. How cool is that?
Equally important, perhaps, in a time when we are more and more isolating ourselves from our family and friends through use of electronic media, the library remains a place of vibrant community where ideas can be accessed and shared, discussions held and knowledge gained whether you are rich or poor. It is the ultimate democratizing institution available to everyone in this country.
Today's reality is that if you can't afford a computer, you are at a distinct disadvantage in a very competitive world. Go to the library and find free computer access to anyone with a library card. And that card is also, as always, free. In a world where having information at your fingertips is more critical than ever to succeeding, the library is the one place anyone can go to level the playing field.