Image by Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a Half. Yeah, we’ll be reading that one for book club.
Today begins Women’s History month and I will say the Arcade Library has a BANG UP book display to celebrate that. We also hosted Riot Grrl Plyo today, in which I made my own self sweat so much my eyeliner ended up around my jawline. March sees the beginning of our Book to Art programs, starting with The Book Thief on the 5th. alt+library book club is reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler and we look forward to a lively discussion like the one for Every Day. Any title that makes people feel that passionately is a winner to me. We’re also gearing up for spring programming (like raw foods and gardening!) and, of course, our annual summer reading program.
But we want to hear from you. What programs do YOU want to see at the library? We now have alt+fitness on 1st Saturdays, Book to Art on 1st Wednesdays, alt+library book club on 3rd Wednesdays, and sporadic bonus programs as we get the chance. January’s Sip or Slurp were pretty well attended but that’s cozy cold-weather fun. What should we do in the warmer months?
February is often all hearts, flowers, and chocolates. Which is fine by me, I love that sh*t. But I have a tendency to fall in love with things and places. Barcelona, for instance. Bhakti semi-sweet chai. (The original is too sweet, it diminishes the ginger burn.) I also fall in love with books. This month’s alt+library book club pick is by one of my favorite authors (about whom I cannot be rational, not even a little bit) David Levithan. And it is a book about falling in love with someone for who they really are. Can that truly be done? Is there a way to love the person, beyond their gender or circumstances or anything physical? Read Every Day to find out.
What book or author have you fallen in love with? If you haven’t yet found love, hop over to Sacramento Public Library’s Facebook page to find out more about “blind date with a book”.
Image by skipsypony on deviantart.com
What are you doing this year? I’m doing alt+fitness. We had Industrial Strength already – I got comments about muscles aching days later. Up next is Partner Yoga, with an all-duet soundtrack, and in March – for women’s history month – Riot Grrrl Plyo. We have our second Sip or Slurp? program happening this Saturday – all about coffee with a guest presenter from Yellowbill. alt+library book club has started out with a bang; we had a very animated discussion about Aimee Bender’s The Color Master and our upcoming selection of Every Day by David Levithan will likely keep up the momentum. We’ll have Book to Art programming beginning in March, our potentially annual Midtown walk in May, and plenty of Summer Reading action. But enough about us. Tell us about you. What would YOU like to see from us?
For the record, I get all my quotations from BrainyQuote.com. I could spend hours browsing there.
- Keep a reading log. I have a hunch this will encourage better reading habits. Putting in writing that the last three books I read were The Viscount Who Loved Me, Lady Sophia’s Lover, and The Highlander’s Touch might make me read “better” books again (these were all enjoyable books, btw). Reading literary fiction has been shown to increase a person’s empathy–I could use some of that.
- Return library books on time. Seriously. I’m here every day and I still have fines.
- Read an Oprah Book Club book. I can’t be snobby—see #2. And it will give me something to talk to my mother-in-law about.
- Urr…look back at last year’s reading resolutions and get on that. The “Red Wedding” on Game of Thrones was a great big gory surprise that could have been avoided. Also, I don’t know anything more about Napoleon today than I did a year ago. So, fail.
Do you have any reading resolutions you’d like to share? Or did you do any feats of reading in 2013? Share/brag in the comments!
Happy New Year!
We started early on our New Year’s Resolutions here at alt+library. Is that cheating? Maybe, but we feel good about it. We’ve managed to decide on books for the book club way in advance—which means you can read ahead.*
January 15th—The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender
February 19th –Every Day by David Levithan
March 19th –Fledgling by Octavia Butler
April 16th –From Zero to Maker by David Lang
May 21st – A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
Check www.meetup.com/altlibrary for place and time—we’re going to mix it up on a few of these.
*And I have even fewer excuses for not finishing the books (maybe I just like spoilers).
alt+library has been invited to participate in the Crocker Art Museum’s Festivus themed Art Mix. We’ll be presenting the On-Stage Airing of Grievances–it promises to be very cathartic and yet have very little blowback (our most theatrical librarians will read your grievances–so you can complain away and no one will be the wiser). Our very own alt+librarian, Jess, will be performing feats of strength as well–see if you can out plank her!
(You can buy the great card shown above from Letterpress Light on Etsy.com)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5 – 9 PM
It’s a Festivus Miracle! Art Mix celebrates holiday traditions for the rest of us ● On-stage Airing of Grievances, presented by the alt+library Friends ● Feats of Strength with the ladies of Sac City Rollers derby team ● Live music by Gentleman Surfer ● Special set by DJ Rated R ● Re-gift exchange ● Festivus pole-making with the Art Mix Featured Artist ● “Seinfeld” Festivus episode marathon ● Drink specials under $5 all night
Free for members and included with general admission ($10) for nonmembers.
Let us know you’re coming at Crocker’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/776267282399201/
Art Mix is designed with adults in mind.
The holidays are nigh. Beginning with Halloween season, moving into the eating holidays. But don’t fret, alt+library is here for you! Starting in October with our Slender Poe book club at New Helvetia brewery (drinking!), followed the incredible Mary Roach’s book Gulp in November (eating!), and culminating with our annual Broke A$$ Holidays event in December (crafting!). How can you get involved? Join the meetup! Join the alt+Friends! Show up to programs! Don’t let the advertisers eat your soul; spend your winter months with alt+library.
Miracles are not something I have ever believed in. I do, however, believe in surprise and delight. And I am delighted to announce that alt+library programs will be shifting to a new branch along with this branch supervisor. Starting in mid-September, the Arcade Library will be hosting our alt+programs like Zombie Survival Aerobics, Broke A$$ Holidays, and more. There are rumblings too, of something more. Something potentially miraculous. So stay connected, either here, on our meet-up or other social media.
Also, our book selection this month is The Age of Miracles, written about “the slowing” where the rotation of the earth is slightly altered and the resulting undoing of the daily routines. What would you do with an extra hour in your day? An extra couple?
Sometimes it is really tough to decide what to write about, even for fun stuff like alt+library blog posts. So, today–a challenge!
Use this random story title generator to create a title and then write the first and/or last line of the story and post it in the comments. For instance:
The King of the Amazing Compendium
It held everything—backyard bird counts, a graph of the relative staying power of Duracell vs. Energizer batteries used in a Maglite flashlight from 1995-2006, a complete list of National Geographic map inserts (notations for all items missing from his collection), all the sushi restaurants within in a 12 mile radius of home (the best maximum distance for a to-from bike trip for lunch to leave plenty of time for an afternoon nap), the ingredients necessary for an authentic Sazerac, the names and addresses of all his grade school teachers (he held onto grudges and fond memories longer than the average man), a brittle four leaf clover, a string of numbers that must have meant something once, a sketch of a house with broken windows—the Compendium had everything the he needed except more pages.
The house was empty except for some dusty ice trays and a card in a bathroom drawer that read J. Wilson, curator.
We have another Bad Art Night coming up in September. The Museum of Bad Art, located in Boston, has nothing on our creators. We provide the supplies, you provide the “talent”. Don’t worry, my niece (seen pictured) won’t be a judge.
In other art news, we are currently reading Tales From Outer Suburbia by author and illustrator Shaun Tan. This collection of illustrated short stories is described as surreal and whimsical – something of a departure from our often grim and gory reading list. Crooked Little Vein, anyone? Just a pleasurably light and bizarre summer read. And stay tuned - we are planning grand adventures for the fall.