Soooo, it’s been a minute since we posted last. Oops. Much change has happened with the alt+librarians. Jess is now down at Central library. Lori is starting a small business. Our alt+Friends have almost all graduated from library school and gotten library jobs. (Congrats, former Friends!) But we are FAR from finished. In fact, we have just secured a VERY alt+library program. Central Library (828 I St, Sacramento, CA) is hosting Sister Spit – the queer spoken word troupe – on Sunday April 5th at 7p. I hear you asking yourself, “however can I get a ticket to this incredible event?” Sillies. It’s a library program. It’s FREE! You just get to show up!
We’re also looking at rebooting alt+fitness but now for downtown. I have your votes – people want an evening workout. Great!I can do that! As soon as logistics get sorted, I will have programs posted on our meetup. These are just a couple of great alt+library offerings we have for now. We ALWAYS have our monthly book club and our annual walkabout book club is just a few months away. (I’ll be asking for location submissions soon.)
What else do you want? Comment and let’s see what magic we can make.
If you know where that quote is from, good on you! You can find it at the Sacramento Public Library, of course. But we would love some feedback from you on what programs, what days, what times you want to have happen in 2015. Because now is the time for planning and no one wants to miss out on this sweet sweet alt+library action! We’ve selected our books, I’m planning the workouts, we have our big splash ideas rolling around. Maybe we’ll see you at Broke A$$ Holidays and you can tell us your thoughts in person! If not, enjoy your holidays and we’ll see you in the newly minted year.
Our conversation last night at the alt+library book club about Wonderstruck and museums in general still has me thinking today. When I was reading Fragrant, I came across the quote comparing Pinterest to the latter day cabinets of curiosity. And per our discussion, I started to wonder what I would put in a cabinet, leave hidden in an artwork like the Panorama, or what building I would choose to use as a marker of self. (City Lights, for the record.)
What would you put in YOUR cabinet of curiosities? How would your curate your collection of self? Comment below!
Sacramento is becoming a farm to fork capital. Slow food, sustainable farming – these are the sort of terms being used more and more frequently in the local lexicon. October is the annual Vegan Chef Challenge where a variety of restaurants offer a separate vegan menu for the month and diners vote on their favorites. (I only managed to make it to The Porch this year though, dang it.) This awareness of food, where it is coming from, what processes each item goes through on the way to your belly, is something that alt+library is interested in and we have had several raw or healthy eating programs over the last couple of years. Since we’re coming up on some serious “eating holidays”, we invite you to join us for Go Raw: Holiday Edition. If you loooooove a big fat roasted turkey, you get DOWN with your bad turkey-eating self. If you are interested in exploring some unusual raw variations on the more traditional fare, come sample the recipes we’ve collected and see what you think. (These are not mutually exclusive positions – you can dig cooked meat AND raw foods.) Holidays get heavy so keep your belly light and happy! As always, check out our meetup for upcoming programs and we hope to see you soon!
(There will definitely be dessert. Maybe even two.)
Though today I think that luster is actually just the much needed rain. Surprisingly rainy days are very quiet in the library – I would think everyone (read: me) would want to be curled up in the library with an absorbing book. But AUTUMN! We at alt+library have an action-packed couple of months coming up for you:
Saturday 11/1 – alt+fitness Hairobics at Arcade
Wednesday 11/19 – alt+library book club: Wonderstruck at Coffee Garden
Saturday 11/22 – Go Raw: Holiday at Arcade (mmm, samples)
Saturday 12/6 – alt+fitness Holidaze Yoga at Arcade
Sunday 12/14 – Broke A$$ Holidays at Arcade (make a thing!)
Also also also! LIBRARY OF THINGS! What, on earth, is a library of things? Why, exactly that! You, our lovely library users, get to vote on what “stuff” you want to see circulate from Arcade. Vote here. alt+library users – we want to see you. Get involved!
/jess (I used a whole lot of exclamation points. Dang.)
With both last month’s book (Helping Me Help Myself) and this month’s selection (The Art of Eating In), the story has the potential to inspire the reader to try some of the techniques discussed in their own life. I know I am VERY susceptible to in-text suggestion – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn always makes me long for peppermints. And a fire escape. And one of our previous selections, The Geography of Bliss, has inspired me to fly to Amsterdam in September. What book inspires YOU to do something out of your ordinary?
Re-reading the July selection for alt+library book club is cracking me up. Beth Lisick has the same approach to the “self-help” genre that I do. In fact the reason my psych degree remained a BA and I opted for a Masters in Information Science, instead of going further in the psychology field. (Though arguably public librarianship is strikingly similar to counseling so there’s that . . .) But reading a humorist’s take on a variety of “gurus” in different change-your-life fields is pretty darned entertaining. That said, I definitely get sucked into articles like Lessons from Punk Rock on BuzzFeed. And I have novels that I read regularly as a form of bibliotherapy – a way to hit the reset button or be tragically self-indulgent or whatever else I might need at the time. I also love to recommend books in the same way, the right title for the right mood/time.
Comment below: what is YOUR self-help book? Is it embarrassing? Or do you have a go-to you like to share?
Happy Summer Reading! No, seriously, have you signed up in your local library? Summer Reading is the biggest programming push of the entire year. Every branch has tons of activities and displays and everything else you could hope for going on RIGHT NOW. For those of us who (happily) don’t own children, there is still plenty happening. So often adults dismiss summer reading programs as “for kids” but that is WRONG-O! Did you know that “adults who read build up a much larger “cognitive reserve” than those who don’t—meaning they can hold on to mental sharpness much later into old age”? You could also win an iPad mini by participating. Looking for some title suggestions? Check out the alt+library book club previous picks. Or the Great Reads on the SacLibrary.org website. Or just walk into a branch a look around! Judge a book by its’ cover. There is a book for every person, every subject, every interest. Supporting summer reading programs supports libraries. You know the places that let you take home thousands of dollars worth of merchandise for weeks at a time? Yeah, us. Stay cool this summer and treat yourself to a book. And a popsicle. Or ice cream!
” . . . 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!
Today 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.
We’re still accepting submissions for the Midtown ramble in May – email firstname.lastname@example.org to include your spot! Don’t forget to get a copy of A Field Guide to Getting Lost.