27.7.14

Local History: City Directories

One of the most useful resources for researching family history or the past residents of a property are annual city directories. Published from the nineteenth century up to the early 1980s, they list who lived at a certain address and often noted their occupation as well. Businesses could also be included, usually alphabetically and by industry; many took out advertisements as well. To save time, the San Francisco Genealogy Society has produced a page with links by year.

Explore The New Yorker Archive

The New Yorker is offering free access to their archive for the next few weeks to promote their new website. This includes material back to 2007, as well as selected content from previous decades.  If you're not sure where to start, there are recommendations at Slate and the AV Club.

26.7.14

In Memoriam: Nadine Gordimer

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has passed away at the age of 90. The Guardian has an appreciation by Margaret Atwood and a piece recommending five of her books, while the Johannesburg-based Mail and Guardian notes her importance to South African literary and political life. She was also interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel for her radio program, Writers and Company.

Reading Suggestions: 100 Novels

The Telegraph has drawn up a list of 100 novels they believe everyone should read. Most of the books are standard English and American classics, but there are also some interesting suggestions from France (Old Goriot, Germinal, The Voyeur, Suite Francaise, Life: A User's Manual), South Asia (Waiting for the Mahatma, Midnight's Children, The Home and the World), China (The Dream of the Red Chamber) and Japan (The Tale of Genji). You can view the entire list here.

24.7.14

The Man Booker Long List

The long list for the Man Booker prize has been announced; this is the first year that American authors have been included.  The Guardian has a gallery featuring nominees, which to the surprise of many does not include Donna Tart's The Goldfinch.

We're Back!

Hello, and thanks for visiting. The staff of the Golden Gate Valley Library will resume blogging here in future, and we hope that the information is of use to our readers. Please check back regularly; you can also look at our new Facebook page.

20.9.10

Branch Renovation Update (9.20.210)

Below is a slideshow of the branch construction. The renovation is a part of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP). The branch is tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid 2011.

Updating the branch will enable the San Francisco Public Library to provide the Golden Gate Valley neighborhood with a branch library that is safe, modern, and accessible to all. For more information, call (415) 557-4353.


31.5.10

Go With the Flow! Teen Summer Reading 2010



How it works

You must be 13 by June 5th 2010 to register.

Register at your local library starting June 5th 2010. You will receive a Go With the Flow gameboard.

Complete 6 tasks on the gameboard. Activities include reading, visiting environmental places in San Francisco, getting friends to sign up, or going to library events!

When you complete your 6 activities, come back to the library by July 31, 2010, to claim your prize: a flash drive and raffle ticket–to win a MacBook, iPod Nano, Nintendo Wii or MP3 players! You must be present to win grand prizes on August 4, 2010 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at the Main Library.

Get your game board signed off by the librarian (anywhere on the form) and keep it - this is your party invitation to the Teen Summer Read Party and the Grand Prize Raffle!!

25.1.10

Word Up Wine Tasting


February 21st, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA, 94123


Now in its second year, the WORDUP event features over 20 local talented vintners pouring their wines made from some of California’s most interesting vineyards. Meet artisan winemakers from the Richmond, Presidio, Marina, Excelsior and more, enjoy hand-crafted wines and purchase bottled wines at special prices to support the Campaign. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and unique wine-related silent auction items up for bid.

All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Library Campaign which is raising funds to furnish and equip the 24 branch libraries being renovated and rebuilt throughout San Francisco.

To purchase tickets online or contact Sara Bassett at sbassett@friendssfpl.org or call at 415.626.7512 x 106.

2.11.09

Golden Gate Valley Branch Library Renovation


The renovation is a part of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP). The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library is temporarily closed renovation. The last day open was November 7, 2009. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid 2011 (about 18 months).

Updating the branch will enable the San Francisco Public Library to provide the Golden Gate Valley neighborhood with a branch library that is safe, modern, and accessible to all. For more information, call (415) 557-4353, or visit http://www.sfpl.org/.

Below are information about the temporary services during the branch renovation:

Toddler tales
Nearby branches
Bookmobile service