Move over Grumpy Cat…

NORM

Meet Sacramento’s most famous cat.

To celebrate the summer reading theme “Paws to Read” Sacramento Public Library will be hosting a real reading heavyweight: Norm Lopez. Stop on by Central Library Sunday, June 8th at 1 pm to meet the Mayor of Midtown and sign up for the Summer Reading program! In addition to hanging at the Sacramento Public Library, Norm will also be promoting the summer reading program with a little free library at his normal spot in midtown.

Get out your poodle skirt…

Capital Decades50

We’re celebrating the 1950s in Sacramento for this year’s Capital Decades series! As with previous years, the library is offering engaging programs every Tuesday in May that are beyond the usual history lecture – we want to explore what day-to-day life was really like in Sacramento during the decade.  I am happy to announce that this year we will partner with Sacramento Modern (SacMod) on displays and our May 13 program (Gretchen Steinberg will share some great images and facts about Sacramento fallout shelters).  We will be screening a rockin’ Elvis movie for Classic Movie Night on May 6, exploring the Cold War and atomic era on May 13, talking about the sights and stories of the decade with native Sacramentans on May 20, and showing a rarely-seen Sacramento Chamber of Commerce film from 1950 on May 27.  All programs will take place in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Also, there will be 1950s displays designed and installed by Sac State intern Kaitlyn Crain and SacMod at Central Library throughout the month.  For more details about the series, visit http://www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2014/April/Capital-Decades/.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw

http://holykaw.alltop.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/42513429-media_http25mediatumb_afCFj.jpgToday is our Maker event – Author and maker David Lang will be at Arcade Library to talk about his book, Zero to Maker, maker culture, and answer questions.  While you’re here, tour the Library’s 3D printing lab–the Design Spot. See our rainbow elephant, bird mobile, the Hex Flex, and more!

But what do YOU want to make? Lunch? The world a better place? A 3D printed candy box? People smile? A crocheted doily? Come in to the library, we can help you make almost anything. My heart’s desire is to make people love the library as much as I do.

And vegan coconut lime rice pudding. It’s delicious.

/jess

We’re still accepting submissions for the Midtown ramble in May – email jzaker@saclibrary.org to include your spot! Don’t forget to get a copy of A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

The wild nerves of your poems will translate straight into my tongue – D.M. Thomas

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

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Banksy image

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.

/jess

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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau

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 jzaker@saclibrary.org so we can construct a route.

/jess

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You just NEVER know what you might find when you wander!
Image courtesy of Street Art Utopia.

Television is chewing gum for the eyes. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

/jess

You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. – Ginger Rogers

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:Image

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.

/jess

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing. – Audre Lorde

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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?

We can find immeasurable joy in the birth of a child, a great work of art, or falling in love. Richard Louv

http://altlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/37e24-book2blove.jpg?w=332&h=214February 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”.

/jess

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

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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?

/jess

For the record, I get all my quotations from BrainyQuote.com. I could spend hours browsing there.