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Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking. – Antonio Machado

” . . . the wisest phrase for this activity is the Latin solvitur ambulando (‘it is solved by walking’), attributed to St. Augustine.” – The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux.

Tada! Courtesy of one of our own librarians, we have a starting place. We’ll start at the University Art Center on 26th and J (2601 J St) at 7p on Wednesday May 21st for our Midtown Ramble. If you are still missing a copy of our selection, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, email or comment to request one.

Let’s get lost and see what we find!

By the French artist Oakoak.


If you want to print your own map, thank Downtown Grid and go for it. Midtown Map

“Crafting is putting ideas into action and then holding them together with an inexpensive adhesive.” –Amy Sedaris, Crafts for Poor People


As a self-proclaimed craft nut, I could probably fill a room with the monstrosities I have created over the years. Inexpensive adhesive (Gutermann, anyone?) or not, some creations were just not meant to see the light of day. I’m sure I’ve made plenty of nice things, but when you start to get creative it can be easy to forget about conventional aesthetics. I still maintain that my lumpy ceramic glaze test/ashtray/catchall is a thing of beauty.

Fortunately, alt+librarian Lori was able to pass on some of her paper craft prowess to me and the Alt+Friends when we got together recently to whip up some book-themed crafts. As you can see, the Friends did a beautiful job iris folding and binding matchbook journals. We’ll be selling these goodies at Coffee Garden for Second Saturday (March 9th) from 6-9 pm, along with some great used books. We have lots of newer fiction and some lovely decorating books. Hope to see you there!


Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. – Salvador Dali

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. - Salvador Dali

And fortunately for us at alt+library, Kristin deNeeve is GOOD. Newly arrived to Sacramento, she had the (mis)fortune of coming into my library where I discovered she is an artist, has talent, has worked with libraries before (see her NYU work) and was willing to work with us! She created this image for us – emblematic of some of the program offerings that alt+library tries to provide. Pretty sweet, huh? See some of you for Darling Jim tonight and the rest out and about!


Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction. – Natalie Clifford Barney


If only I could get the Bow Wow Wow song “Aphrodisiac” to stop running through my head as I plan this program.  But seriously, Food of Love is going to be the JAM!

Aphrodisiacs can be both truth and legend. Some foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase the, uh, necessary blood flow. We’ll be discussing foods and meals rumored to have aphrodisiac properties, even sampling a few.

 And everyone knows the Shakespeare quote from Twelfth Night:

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

While we aren’t looking to gorge ourselves to cure a broken heart, we do support the “music be the food of love” theory – bring a favorite song/artist/playlist to share, something that inspires you toward seduction. My weaknesses include Portishead (sex music!) and Sharon Jones (for making a first move).

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop

And we here at alt+library have so many reasons to be grateful! This is our 100th blog post and we would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who have supported our blog, meet-up, programming and indeed very existence.

For those who are coming to “For The Spell of It” this coming Friday, you may have a chance to win a free night’s stay AND a bottle of wine (21+ only!) if you can outspell the competition. That’s right, the Greens Hotel has generously donated a free stay in their charming boutique hotel – each room has a different letter, perfect for a spelling bee champ.

We’d like to thank the newly formed alt+friends group, supporters of the alt+library programming. More information on this group soon but you can learn more about the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library here.

We’d like to thank Scholastic Publishing and ALA for their generous grant that allows us to put on our week of “You Belong @ Your Library” GLBTQIA programs for National Library Week. 

We’d like to thank photographer and creative genius Terri Brindisi (aka Sac City Rollers photographer “Flash Exposure”) for the huge volume of work she did, shooting images for the “You Belong @ Your Library” campaign. Her photos can be found online, in Outword, on the back of buses and on posters all over Sacramento libraries.

Of course, we cannot thank enough the Sacramento Public Library and the support and leadership of our director, Rivkah Sass. Without such a wonderful library district, alt+library would never have made it off the ground.

Thank you to all and sundry who have helped; here’s to a bigger, better, stronger alt+library future!