25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries

Writer and Friends volunteer Joseph Jordan found this antidote to the nonsense being spread about libraries by Terry Deary: British children’s author Terry Deary — best known for his Horrible Histories series and controversial chatter about the nation’s school systems — told the Guardian he thinks libraries “have had their day.” He’d prefer that people buy their books instead […]

Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

Hello Readers Review readers! My name is Katherine Jardine and I am the Administrative Assistant at Friend of the San Francisco Public Library. I’ll be sharing interesting, odd and always inspiring articles about libraries, books and things slightly beyond. Check out this article that was posted this week on the website Good about mini libraries: Libraries are […]

From Huffington Post: Possibly the One Thing Almost All Americans Agree On: Libraries (in the Digital Age)

By Jessica Door of the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read the article in its original source here. I thought I had a pretty good read on the public perception of libraries after nearly two decades as a librarian, library trainer, and part of the Gates Foundation’s team working to […]

From LA Times: Not dead yet: Libraries still vital, Pew report finds

By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic January 22, 2013, 4:00 a.m. Read the article in its original source here. Perhaps the most groundbreaking aspect of “Library Services in the Digital Age,” the report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is how non-groundbreaking its findings are. Based on “a […]

President Obama Appoints Luis Herrera to Serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board

For those who haven’t been paying attention, the San Francisco Public Library is killing it right now! Specifically, our City Librarian. This week, President Obama appointed our amazing City Librarian Luis Herrera To Serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. This appointment is in addition to being Library Journal‘s 2012 Librarian of the […]

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles

Now that’s a headline that caught our interest! According to a recent CNN article, the InterContinental Hotels Group is replacing the pulp with electronic versions of the Bible, loaded on Kindle e-readers at the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England. The decision is part of a pilot program by Gideons International, which distributes over 84 million […]

SFPL Goes Green with Gold and Silver!

Boy oh boy, other library systems must be green with envy! The Reader’s Review is proud to announce that four of the renovated San Francisco branch libraries have now received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council! Both the Park and Anza branch libraries were certified LEED Gold. […]

SF Public Library Wins Another Award!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Public Library, winner of a National Competition to build Learning Labs for teens! The Library received $100,000 in grants from the MacArthur Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as well as an additional $20,000 in funds to support the work from the Friends of the San Francisco […]

What is your favorite branch library and why?

By Katie Sue Ambellan Libraries are essential.  They provide information, education and are pillars in communities.  The San Francisco Public Library system has 27 branches, a robust Main library, four bookmobiles and two off-site locations. Since 2000, 22 branches have been renovated or newly built through the Branch Library Improvement Program.  2011 alone has seen […]

“OH. MY. GOD. Becky, look at her book.”

Found on The Book Bench from The New Yorker:  a sign outside the Hillsdale Free Public Library in New Jersey, posted by Reddit member CorporatRe.