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Author Mary Roach and Mythbusters' Adam Savage Dish Space Travel

Mary Roach is a local legend—you'll likely remember titles like Stiff, Spook, and Bonk. She makes science a hoot, no more so than in her latest Packing for Mars. As part of the SF Public Library's One City One Book program (this year's book is Packing for Mars, of course), Roach's scientific findings will be challenged by none other than the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters' Adam Savage.

Friends of the Public Library's 2nd IMBIBE Event (Space-Themed!) in the Marina

San Francisco is a city full of insatiable bookworms, whether we're poring over the dog-eared paperbacks we scored at the Friends of the Public Library's annual book sale or reading an ebook while on Muni. Not to mention our libraries and independent bookstores, which are sanctuaries for anyone who loves the written word.

Public Library's Family Pass Program Is a Free Chance to Check Museums

Because you've just spent your life savings on World Series tickets, you'll probably love to hear that the SF Public Library's Family Pass Program gives library card holders a chance to experience the city's fantastic array of museums for free. Say what?

Gigantic Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale

Hot off the heels of the Friends of the SF Public Library's massive book sale in late September, our sister company Chronicle Books is staging a sprawling sale of titles this weekend to add to your growing collection of rainy day books. Score awesome deals on hundreds of books from their warehouse, all a staggering 65% off their normal price.

Pssst, Book Lovers: Friends of the SF Public Library's Annual Book Sale Starts Next Week

One of my favorite times of the year is just around the bend. The Friends of the SF Public Library's annual Big Book Sale--basically Christmas for book lovers and record collectors alike--starts next week bright and early at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Fort Mason. It's the West Coast's largest book sale, and it's truly a sight to behold: expect thousands upon thousands of books from every genre imaginable just waiting to come home with you.

Poetry in Motion: SF International Poetry Festival

 

 

For anyone who thinks North Beach has lost its way as a leading literary light, shrouded o’er by a toxic cloud of weekend rowdies, think again.

Last night, every descendant of Ginsberg’s angel-headed hipsters within a world-wide radius clamored to Jack Kerouac Alley for the joyful kick-off of the 2nd San Francisco International Poetry Festival.

Founded by former SF Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, that raffish North Beach raconteur and beloved “poet of the people,” this now-biennial bash is a solid hit.

Fashion Don'ts on Display at the San Francisco Public Library

We may be serious about fashion, but there’s at least one place in San Francisco where we’re more than happy to embrace fashion that’s a total joke. House of Nat: Fashion Tips from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opening today in the San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery, pokes fun at fashion through the ages with artwork, photography and ephemera displaying the ha-ha-funny side of haute couture.

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