The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library used to be fluorescently lit, faded, worn, and dingy. But on Saturday, after two years of restoration, the Beaux-Arts building reopened with a more modern look, new computers and chairs, and Chinese dancers welcoming back patrons. SF architects Bobbie Fisch of Tom Eliot Fisch Architects and Paulett Taggart of Paulett Taggart Architects. Together they designed a new addition and oversaw the rehabilitation of the branch. “We wanted it to be a good intervention but to not really show,” says Fisch.
What with libraries being all hip now, we thought we'd let you in on the latest happenings over at the SF Public Library and its awesome booster organization, the Friends of the SF Public Library. To celebrate our city book emporium's 50th year of epic book sales, the Friends are staging the library's first-ever mid-year sale, featuring a quarter of a million books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and other multimedia goodies waiting to be taken home with you.
Ike's Sandwiches, SF Literary Big Wigs and Motown Tunes at the SF Public Library's First After-Hours Event
Just when I thought libraries couldn't get much cooler, the Eureka Valley Branch Library and Friends of the SF Public Library went ahead and scheduled an after-hours party called IMBIBE. It goes down tomorrow night, comes complete with an open bar (Blue Angel Vodka and New Belgium beer), Ike's sandwiches, and features local literary big wigs like Litquake founder Jack Boulware, Beth Lisick, SF artist (and our July 2010 cover artist) Wendy McNaughton and others. It's the first time there's ever been an after-hours library event, and this promises to kick things off in style.
The event, which goes from 6:30-9 pm, is free for Friends of the Library members, and raises money for our city's public libraries. So if you sign up for a $35-a-year membership for access to this party, either in advance or at the door, your dough is going to a phenomenal cause.