Summer Stride – Kick Off Event This Saturday!

Coming up: fun, adventure, and amazing new worlds —all for free! Brace yourself for one of our favorite annual Library programs: Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore. Summer Stride is SFPL’s all-ages summer learning program, funded in part by Friends. This is a particularly special Summer Stride because the Library is celebrating the National Park Service’s […]

Coming Up: Readers Bookstore Member Sales

 We recommend getting your holiday shopping done at Readers Bookstores this season because we have some great member sales coming up: Thanksgiving Sale: 35% off November 21st – 29th (please note that both stores closed 26th and 27th) December Holiday Sale: items are 20% off all month long! Our Readers Bookstores have something for everyone: […]

Nightingale, a poem by Neeli Cherkovski

NIGHTINGALE when the nightingale speaks of the poor she means the poor in spirit building up into monstrous tomes… she means to point out the good qualities of failed men no one will murder her unless a carpeting of clouds deigns to shut her down though the valley of castles may delight our eyes and […]

Kicking Off with World Literature

Going into the City, reviewed by Byron Spooner

Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man, A Memoir by Robert Christgau Reviewed by Byron Spooner  Back in the days right after the extinction of the dinosaurs, when I was still new to New York City, it was a pretty frequent thing to spot Robert Christgau riding his crappy-looking bike […]

Patti Smith’s new memoir announced

I’m looking forward to this perhaps more than is healthy.–BJS