Speed Dating

By Michelle Jeffers This week, San Francisco Public Library hosted its first ever literary speed dating events. Two nights were set aside so singles of different sexual orientations could meet, chat and maybe make a love connection. The literary twist was that the “daters” had to be prepared to talk about a book they loved […]

San Francisco Eats

By Michelle Jeffers Apple pie! That’s my assignment this Thanksgiving for the in-laws’ dinner and I’m worried. I’m not really much of a baker, especially when it involves pie crust. Fortunately, I work at the Library. And like everything else in life, I’m pretty sure I can read my way to success. So off to […]

Off the Record

By Michelle Jeffers Speaking of children’s picture books, earlier this month San Francisco Public Library participated again in Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record program which aims to get readers across the country reading the same book to promote the importance of reading to children. Here’s how one SFPL children’s librarian, Joseph Liebman, experienced the […]

Civic Dialogue

By Michelle Jeffers and Marcia Schneider Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is a book that every person in this earthquake prone, diverse Bay Area should read. It is a story about integrity, friendship, trust, loyalty and doing right by one’s community. It is a story that demonstrates the power of one. But, perhaps most importantly, it […]

Dave Eggers at SF Main Library Tonight

Michelle Jeffers Imagine that you’ve just rode out one of the worst disasters in a century inside your home. You’re feeling lucky to be alive and uninjured and now you’re trying to help your neighbors cope with the disaster’s aftermath. Instead, you’re dumped in jail without being told why and without being allowed to call […]

Banned Books Week

By Michelle Jeffers Nope we’re not banning books. But San Francisco Public Library is joining in Banned Books Week to call attention to the hundreds of challenges that public and school libraries receive every year for what some deem as objectionable material. As the American Library Association points out, there were 460 recorded attempts to […]

Card Catalogs

By Michelle Jeffers Want to feel old, fast? Check out a funny site out there called Obsolete Skills. I didn’t realize so many life skills had already become obsolete, from making a collect call from a payphone to driving a stick shift to setting the correct time on a VCR (did anyone ever really know […]


By Michelle Jeffers Since the best job ever title is already taken, I will say I have the second best job in the world. And I recognize how profoundly fortunate I am to have it. California’s jobless rate remains over 12 percent! It was nice to see the word get out about the work libraries […]

San Francisco Mysteries

By Michelle Jeffers This fog-shrouded summer has me fixing to curl up with a good San Francisco mystery. Appropriately enough, San Francisco Public Library’s bi-monthly book club selection for July and August is The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. The Spellman Files is the first in a series about San Francisco private investigator Isabel Spellman, […]

Cool blogs

By Michelle Jeffers San Francisco Public Library has a growing collection of blogs, updated by the librarians you see every day. The blogs highlight new acquisitions and longtime treasures, and share information, experience and knowledge with patrons. How can you resist a blog named What’s On the 6th Floor? This blog is created by the […]