As artifacts of our history, maps of San Francisco illustrate the growth patterns, politics, and aspirations of city planners over the years. The four historic maps, currently on exhibit in the 2nd floor’s archival display cabinet, demonstrate the development of an urban San Francisco between 1868 and 1929.
The maps on exhibit are:
John Cage was an American 20th Century avant-garde composer. Zen Buddhism was a significant influence on his work, and many of his pieces were composed using chance operations. In one of his most well-known pieces, 4’33” (1952), a pianist sits silently at a piano with their hands at rest. Cage pioneered the “prepared piano” where unconventional objects lay on piano strings. He was among the first to blend acoustic and electric sounds in compositions. Cage was the music...[read more]
Did you know that each year the Audio Publishers Association (APA) selects audiobooks for awards, just like the Oscars with films and the Grammy Awards with records? On May 31st, the APA announced the 2018 winners of the "Audie Awards." Our audiobook selections for June includes this year's winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, as well as the finalists from sev...[read more]
With Google easily at hand, fewer people ask trained, professional librarians for research assistance. Librarians curate the information they provide with unbiased and vetted results that are relevant and current. Whether you are researching the side effects of a newly prescribed medication or want to know if the Tesla Model S has a faulty autopilot system, our 7 professional librarians can assist you.
The tools available to librarians go far beyond Google. We will work with you to pr...[read more]
On June 9 MI is hosting a writing class taught by novelist, teacher, and mentor of mine Sandra Scofield. I use the term "mentor" loosely since I've never met her, but I've pored over her two books on craft (both in our collection) so I feel like she sits on my shoulder as I wail away on my manuscript.
Scofield's recent book, The Last Draft: a novelist's guide to revision has a heartfelt and rich introduction...[read more]
Reference assistance is available to all MI members. Professional librarians provide many levels of research support, from answering research questions, assisting with database searching, and help finding materials that meet member interests.
Beginning May 9th, our professional librarians will staff the 3rd floor Reference Desk from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. You are welcome to stop by during those times to ask a question in person. You may also call us at 415-393-...[read more]