I am extremely pleased to work at a library willing to try a little different programming! The South San Francisco Public Library is celebrating “Love in the Library” month! We have an array of traditional Valentine themed programs such as, Blind Date with a Book, and a Valentine Card Craft. However, we also have a few non-traditional programs happening, such as: Online Dating– we’ll help you set up your dating profile, even help you create the best profile photo to help find that special Valentine, we will be hosting a Digital Valentine Card Craft, and on Valentine’s Day we will be screening the cult classic film, Wild at Heart! As if that is not enough- we are also hosting the Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway, and her Big Book of Erotica! Rose is an author, editor, blogger, podcaster, and audiobook narrator; and we are looking forward to hearing all about her life and career. Please join us on Saturday, February 7th at 2PM- and get your Love on at the Library!
December 20, 2014
The South San Francisco Library is hosting a series on Health and Wellness and this FREE event will be the first in this series. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers, 33 Arroyo Dr. FREE parking is available in the underground parking lot.
Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will present a slideshow about the origins of the health plan that opened to the public in 1945. Learn about how industrialist Henry J. Kaiser paired up with physician Sidney Garfield to build a system of health care and hospitals that now serves as a model for the nation. This presentation will explore the evolution from early service to workers in the Mojave Desert, the Grand Coulee Dam, the seven World War II shipyards, and the Fontana steel mill, to post-war care for union members and their families that resulted in massive California expansion – including facilities in South San Francisco.
Lincoln Cushing is the lead archivist at Kaiser Permanente. Cushing has worked as an archival consultant at the Oakland Museum of California and Clorox, and as a Spanish-language cataloger and electronic outreach librarian at UC Berkeley. He has authored numerous books on social justice poster art of the late twentieth century.
P.S. Lincoln Cushing is a Rock Star Librarian/Archivist
My personal thought on posting to social media as library representative…
Facebook, you should post 3-4 times a day spaced out, including a post in the evening hours. Do not make your images too big, 430X430 px or smaller.
Twitter, you cannot really go wrong here, unless you do not post at all. Post often, post regularly, and lastly- interact. I post at least twice a day and sometimes even 5-7 times a day.
Instagram and Tumblr, these models of social media are all about image content rather than text. Visually it should inspire, provoke thought, generate laughter, or start a conversation. Post when you feel it. Link it back to what we do, and link it back to our collection, programming and all around library mission.
Social Media is just another form of patron outreach, used to promote news and updates about your Library programs and services. It can also be used to promote life long learning, and the enjoyment of reading, culture, and the arts. Again, each post should be related to your library services, program, collections and community.
I often use the statement at the end of Tweets or FB posts,
To find out more about,_________, visit your local library.
and include a link to the holdings in our collection.
Social Media is also a way to partner, collaborate and have a conversation about what you do, what you want to do, and a way to partner with those who want to do the same. Pay attention to what others are doing with social media, reach out, and do not be afraid to emulate, we are all on the same mission!
When I am low on inspiration I turn to these sites…
this is an ever changing list, and should include your regional location
and not so ever changing…
for promotion, poster making and photo enhancement
editor by pixlr (poor mans photoshop, great for making collage banners)
FaceBook Photo Size & Dimenison chart (this is FB recommended dimensions)
Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.
The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.
We have a great line up this year!
CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource.
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Join us on #GiveOUTDay May 15th, 2014! Spread the word!
In 1994 my partner Robert and I (I’m author and sexologist Carol Queen, PhD) were visiting our friend Betty Dodson, sometimes known as “the Mother of Masturbation,” in her NY home. Why didn’t she bring her fabulous Bodysex workshop to the Bay Area? we asked. There wasn’t an appropriate venue there, she said. And then she said the words that begin the story of The Center for Sex & Culture: “You kids should start a place.”
Betty was right! Between us, we had connections in many sexuality-related communities. We both have doctorates in sexology; I worked at the legendary Good Vibrations and wrote for Spectatormagazine, which had evolved from the old Berkeley Barb; I wrote stories and essays for zines and anthologies too, and was working on my first book, Exhibitionism for the Shy; we traveled around the US teaching, speaking, and meeting people from many sexual worlds, and were ourselves comfortable participants in many of these; and we’d both been directors at SF Sex Info. Together, we could relate and identify with much of the range of sexuality.
It took over 5 years of talking up the idea, but at last an angel donor helped us get over the fence: We corresponded with the IRS, got our non-profit status, and began looking for a space. Interns and donated materials came our way even before we had a room to house them. When we did get a place, we invited every sexually interested person over 18 to be part of it: as member, performer, teacher, patron, life-long learner. Academics and journalists began to visit to use our library and inspect our collections. Librarians descended on us, helping us to organize the many books and journals we’d amassed. (We believe we now have the largest publicly-accessibly sex library in the country — maybe the world!)
We host sex ed classes, and also cultural events. I deeply feel that, in the absence of good sex ed in the US, many of us learn about sex and develop our attitudes about sexuality via culture, and we want to participate fully in that discussion. We also support culture-making: through writing classes for sex workers; our award-winning Erotic Reading Circle; burlesque and dance classes; and our annual Nude Aid artmaking day. We also support community-based organizations, from BDSM/leather, to sex worker support groups, to the unique safer sex strategies of the SF Jacks. Our collections include Buzz Bense’s HIV/AIDS poster collection (these hang in our gallery from November 2013 through January 2014), materials from Pat Califia and Larry Townsend, a full run ofOn Our Backs magazine, Scarlot Harlot’s searchable database of sex worker interviews, and so much more.
We are all-volunteer, a labor of love and community for everyone involved. The next wave of core staff — a new librarian, a gallerist, archivists, and each year’s group of interns — came to us because of the cultural impacts of our collections; they have made them increasingly organized and accessible, and are helping to turn CSC into a venue for erotic artists who have few other places to exhibit their work.
Our first publication was SAFE SEX BANG, a catalog of Buzz Bense’s aforementioned safer sex posters, in early 2014. We dream of publishing more books, thus helping more non-Bay Area people join the conversation. We also want to broadcast many of our events online, so we are even more a global community sex center than a local one. In the meantime, we hope you will visit us when you come to San Francisco! And thank you so very much for reading about our history and supporting us. EVERY donation helps us keep our doors open and take care of the materials our community has entrusted to us.
Here’s more information about a recent CSC story, collected by our friends at Horizons Foundation. Please read and share this article about what The Center means to two of our very favorite comrades and community members, Ingrid and Alexandria:https://www.facebook.com/centersexculture/posts/10154059497755276
Wishing you pleasure and all the sex information you need!
–Carol, Robert, Dina, Marlene, Dorian, Ian, Anissa, Gina, Ingrid, Alexandria, & the rest of your friends at the Center for Sex & Culture
The California Library Association is utilizing a crowdsource voting system, allowing CLA members to weigh in on what sessions will be offered at this years annual conference, November in Oakland. Crowdsource the Vote!
The best Little Sex Library that Could!
The Center for Sex & Culture (CSC), located in the heart of San Francisco, has a mission to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library and archive, and resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. As a grassroots non-profit organization with a public library we constantly evaluate and discuss the most effective ways to reach current and potential new patrons, while maintaining our survival in an escalating economic climate. However, with sex being a tantalizing and taboo subject we are hindered from displaying and communicating many of our resources in print and digital media because of clear age restrictions, but also because of current public perception of sexuality as deviant, offensive, and shameful. Attempting to balance thoughtful outreach and promotion, to be advocates for change, to organize materials with no clear cataloging categories, to maintain the day to day operations, and to manage an all-volunteer/intern staff, forces us to constantly change and evolve. We explore change by not only being librarians, but by being artists, participants, community organizers and social activists. These labels help us stretch out of our potential boxes and creatively reach others. The CSC library has also found many ways to explore change by utilizing current technology trends, such as social media, cloud computing, and open source softwares to organize, promote and manage our library.
Jon Macy is a Lambda Literary Graphic Novel Award Winner and needs our HELP!
Help a small press keep bringing queer comics to readers.
Jon’s work is sweet and romantic, but it is also sexy when the sex adds to the story. I believe it’s important that LGBT characters are shown fully realized, and without self censorship.
A young Druid on the eve of his initiation meets a troubled wolf and falls in love. The star crossed lovers don’t have a chance when lascivious Druid masters and savage elder gods threaten their fragile new relationship. Punk music, pick up trucks and psychedelic earth magic add an urban spin to this captivating queer Celtic fantasy world.
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This happened at work today, Single Ladies SFPL Style!