They’re HERE! Just picked up my box of books for World Book Night. Lori and I will be handing out free(!) books on Wednesday April 23rd somewhere in the midtown area. Check the meetup for details. So – speaking of sharing the joy of words – HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! I’ve been sharing poems with a couple of friends on a near daily basis. My favorite Emily Dickinson, illustrating so perfectly the experience of the current warm weather, is below:
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!
Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue
- Emily Dickinson
Any favorite poets or poems? Share in the comments! We’re also still looking for spots for our midtown ramble in May so by all means email me or post in the comments. Also, big things are in the works for your alt+library. UNEXPECTED things. So blow your dandelions and wishes in our direction.
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Delicious springtime has come around again and we are beginning to plan our second annual Midtown ramble in conjunction with the alt+library book club. May’s selection is A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit so we’d like to share the best places in Sacramento you’ve found when you were lost (intentionally or accidentally). Our parameters are smaller this year: between H & P and between 20th & 28th. Not familiar with that area? Go wander now! Find what you can find, something that delights or astonishes you. Be a tourist in your own hometown. Our walk will be Wednesday May 21st – start place to be shared soon. Please email your location suggestions to email@example.com so we can construct a route.
You just NEVER know what you might find when you wander!
Image courtesy of Street Art Utopia.
Lora Zombie has perfectly illustrated how I feel when I am on camera.
Grab some ocular Bubble Yum – Lori and I will be on cable access today. LiveWire with Ray Tatar at 5p. To talk about our beloved alt+library and all the delightful things we get to do in and out of libraries. Then you can join us LIVE at Coffee Garden tonight! to discuss Octavia Butler’s Fledgling. And in April (which is fast approaching) we’ll have our April Fool’s Sacramento History program, Punk Rock Aerobics, Book to Art for Hyperbole and a Half – all of the fun. Remember, we are always accepting program ideas, book suggestions, and compliments. Especially compliments.
I’ve seen the quote about Fred Astaire, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!” (Bob Thaves) and it never fails to make me smile. During Women’s History month, nearly every library will have a strong/powerful/notable women display up in the branch and the variety is astonishing. A couple of years back, I did a women’s history month program at the North Sacramento Library where I played a song by a different female musician each day we were open. Oddly, no one seemed to notice the 3-4 minutes of rocking out but we enjoyed it! See photo:
But, as always, we of alt+library want to hear from you. What woman/women inspire you and why? (This is a little like a wishing well, I keep dropping in questions but there are rarely comment echos splashing back up; I remain optimistic). I just read Janet Mock’s biography, Redefining Realness, and DAMN if that isn’t inspiring! She overcame a LOT to be the woman she is today. Also inspired every day by the women I skate with on the Sac City Rollers.
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.