Tagged: Sacramento

Fix Your Car

Why pay some fool a boatload of cash when you can DIY? The Sacramento Public Library subscribes to not one, but two auto repair databases. You can even access one of them from home. I like Chilton’s for looking up recalls and labor estimating. Mitchell’s is great when looking up common vehicle symptoms as well as commonly replaced components.

Truuuust me. My car is from 1997.



Make Music

Join us next Tuesday (July 7 – 6:30-7:30pm) for our first SacWave meet.

We’ll have a drum machine for you to tinker with. Tape splicing and circuit bending workshops will happen later this year — come hang out and help shape the future of SacWave!

First Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Sacramento Public Library.
828 I street, Sacramento.

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Party Like It’s 1984


SacWave – Create Electronic Music

We’ll have a different instrument for you to try each month. From drum machines and synthesizers to effects boxes and more. Discuss your favorite hardware and software and share production tips and tricks.

No experience necessary. Join us and start making electronic music! For July we’ll have an Alesis HR16B for you to explore. We’ll also be chatting about the current issue of Computer Music magazine, available through our Zinio service (downloads included).

First Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Sacramento Public Library.
828 I street, Sacramento.

Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1

You can borrow this machine!
The HR16 was used back in the day by Orbital and Autechre. This specific unit was modified by alien-devices.com/.


Sac Pride


Sacramento Public Library was representing at Sac Pride yesterday – sharing our materials lists, handing out SPL branded treats, and just generally rocking our queer. (Please note the glitter duct tape artistry of yours truly.) And today is my third alt+fitness (fourth? who knows) since coming downtown to CEN so if you want to join me for Industrial Strength, c’mon down! Our June book is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a quick and creepy read.

But the question at hand – what can we do to make you want to spend your summer with Sacramento Public Library? Aside from our sweet Summer Reading Challenge (win an iPad mini!) and our intrinsic awesomeness, of course.


Everyone Eats Food

Don’t laugh! That Nolan Ryan cookbook is legit.

Jalapeño Country Gravy
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeño peppers
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups of whole milk
Whisk peppers, flour, salt, and pepper until blended.
Add milk and continue to stir until desired texture forms.

Nolan Ryan: Beef & Barbecue Cookbook
Texas Eats: The New Lone Star Heritage Cookbook
Dos Caminos: Mexican Street Food
Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. – Alan Watts

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.


My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here. – Jim Henson


The holiday season is upon us. Our Halloween book shelves are emptying out. Items checked out today are now due back in mid-November. Library of Things voting is getting WILD. So we’ve added a mellow day. An all-day Jim Henson marathon! Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on 11/27 and 11/28 but we understand that by 11/29, you need to get out of the house. Arcade Library will be showing “The Muppet Movie“, “The Dark Crystal“, and “Labyrinth” starting at 1030a. You’re welcome to dip on and out, watch as much or as little as you like. (If you can’t make it in, the links to request a copy from the library are in the titles above.) Though I’m starting to think maybe some Charlie Brown holiday classics are in order . . .

What are your go-to holiday books/movies/music?

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky. – Percy Bysshe Shelley


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 10/4 – alt+fitness Zombie Survival Aerobics AND (yes, AND!!) BollyWOW! at Arcade

Wednesday 10/15 – alt+library book club: The Cater Street Hangman at Coffee Garden

Friday 10/17 – the ever spooky annual Haunted Stacks at Central


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!)

Wednesday 12/17 – alt+library book club: Hyperbole and a Half at Coffee Garden

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.)

Art is for everybody. – Keith Haring








Last night we enjoyed our second annual Midtown ramble, the May meeting of the alt+library book club. Attached are some images of the discoveries we made when we got “lost” on our walk route. Turns out the Sacramento actually has a dedicated program for art in public places! I had no idea. Growing up in AZ, there was a surprising commitment to public art. I remember a lot of works on the Phx freeways. And Tucson has a thriving local arts community as well. (Though lately I have a hard time admitting I’m from AZ; the politics are embarrassing.)IMG_5316[1]

Libraries and public art are often linked. There is art in, on, or around all of SPL’s branches. One of the most visible pieces is the giant book at the North Natomas branch. When I was the supervisor at the North Sacramento library, we were knitbombed (which was AWESOME). And, of course, libraries are always having art programs for all ages. My question for you is: what contribution have YOU made to public art? Are tattoos a form of public art? Check out War Ink if you think so. What’s your favorite piece of public art – hidden, easily visible, whatever – here in Sacramento?

IMG_5312[1]Also – next month’s book is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly as we are partnering with the Sacramento French Film Festival and will be hosting a showing of the movie at the Arcade Library on July 2nd. Punk Rock Aerobics on June 7th. Some fun queer activities for Gay Pride Month. All of it will end up on meetup, of course. Just look there.


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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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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