Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Fall And The Giants Are Playing Baseball! World Series 2014.

Everyone here is very excited that the Giants have returned to the World Series.  Following our 2010 and 2012 tradition of Giants championship blogging, this year we again introduce the newest book and video titles for the San Francisco baseball fan.

There have been a half dozen titles that retell and document the 2012 World Series Championship team that are listed below.  There are also a few other recent titles for the die-hard Giants fans. Battle of the Bay returns to 1989 Bay Bridge World Series. The Giants Baseball Experience is a year-by-year history of the New York and San Francisco Giants.  Rivalry Heard 'Round The World tells stories of the enduring rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers on both coasts. Old-time San Franciscans will enjoy The 1957 San Francisco Seals written about the City's season year of minor league baseball.

The Library also has DVDs to borrow of the complete 2012 World Series as well as a DVD of Matt Cain's perfect game of June 13, 2012.

Happy reading and and happy watching.  Go Giants!

The 2012 Championship Team

Comeback Kings: The San Francisco Giants' Incredible 2012 Championship Season / Bay Area News Group (Triumph Books, c2012).

San Francisco Giants: Return to the Pinnacle: 2012 World Series Champions (KCI Sports Pub., 2012).

The Year of the San Francisco Giants: Celebrating the 2012 World Series Champions (Fenn-M&S, 2012).

Never. Say. Die. The San Francisco Giants -- 2012 World Series Champions / photography by Brad Mangin; written by Brian Murphy (Cameron & Co., 2013).

The Years the Giants Won the Series: A Fan's Journal of the 2012 and 2010 World Series Seasons by Joseph Sutton (Mad Dog Publishing Co., 2013).

One Common Goal: The Official Inside Story of the Incredible 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants (Skybox Press, 2013).

Other San Francisco Baseball Titles

Battle of the Bay: Bashing A's, Thrilling Giants, and the Earthquake World Series by Gary Peterson (Triumph Books, 2014).

The Giants Baseball Experience: A Year-By-Year Chronicle from New York to San Francisco by Dan Frost (MVP Books, 2014).

Rivalry Heard 'Round the World: The Dodgers-Giants Feud From Coast to Coast by Joe Konte (Sports Publishing, 2013).

The 1957 San Francisco Seals: End of An Era in the Pacific Coast League by P.J. Dragseth (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013).


2012 World Series (A & E Television Networks, 2012).

Baseball's Greatest Games. San Francisco Giants' First Perfect Game (A&E Television Networks, c2012).

Earlier blogs

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Your 2010 National League Champion San Francisco Giants: A Reading List

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The 2012 San Francisco Giants - World Series Bound Once More

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Krazy Kat and Peanuts

George Herriman's Krazy Kat and Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts are two major newspaper comic strips that bookend the twentieth century.  They are works that provided daily entertainment for their readers, but also had a unique artistry.

Deep thinkers found much to think about in these series.  The New York Review of Books has published philosopher, critic and novelist Umberto Eco's 1985 article "On 'Krazy Kat' and 'Peanuts'" on their website.

image source: "Some Say it With A Brick": George Herriman's Krazy Kat," by Elisabeth Crocker

Regarding Krazy Kat, Eco notes "a certain lyrical stubbornness in the author, who repeated his tale ad infinitum, varying it always but sticking to its theme."  Writing of Peanuts, Eco observes that
...you could never grasp the poetic power of Schulz’s work by reading only one or two or ten episodes: you must thoroughly understand the characters and the situations, for the grace, tenderness, and laughter are born only from the infinitely shifting repetition of the patterns... 
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image source: Peanuts Wiki

After reading Umberto Eco's essay you will, of course, want to view the source.  Thankfully the Library has large and growing set of reprints of these timeless comic strips published by Fantagraphics.

Here is a book list for your reading pleasure. The Peanuts sets often have introductions written by celebrities from many creative fields.  Many of these volumes are available at the Main Library and the branches.

Krazy & Ignatz. Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut: Convening the Full-Page Comic Strips, 1916-1918.

Krazy & Ignatz. A Kind, Benevolent and Amiable Brick : Convening the Full-Page Comic Strips, 1919-1921.

Krazy & Ignatz. There is a Heppy Land, Fur, Fur Wwa-a-ay: Comprising the Complete Full-page Comic Strips, 1925-26.
Krazy & Ignatz. Love Letters in Ancient Brick: Continuing the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, 1927-28.

Krazy & Ignatz. A Mice, a Brick, a Lovely Night: Cataloging the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, 1929-30.

Krazy & Ignatz. A Kat a'Lilt With Song: Convening the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, with Some Extra Dailies, 1931-32.

Krazy & Ignatz. Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush: Compounding the Complete Full-Page Comic strips, with Some Extra Rarities, 1933-34.

Krazy & Ignatz. A Wild Warmth of Chromatic Gravy: Coalescing the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, with the Usual Extra Rarities, 1935-36.

Krazy & Ignatz. A Brick Stuffed with Moom-Bims: Congregating the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, with Addenda, 1939-40.
Krazy & Ignatz. A Ragout of Raspberries: Culling Together the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips, with Addenda, 1941-42.

The complete Peanuts.  1950 to 1952.

The complete Peanuts. 1953 to 1954

The complete Peanuts. 1955 to 1956.

The complete Peanuts. 1957 to 1958.

The complete Peanuts. 1959 to 1960.

The complete Peanuts. 1961 to 1962.

The complete Peanuts. 1963 to 1964 [foreword by Bill Melendez].

The complete Peanuts. 1965 to 1966 [foreword by Hal Hartley].

The complete Peanuts. 1967 to 1968 [introduction by John Waters].

The complete Peanuts. 1969 to 1970 [foreword by Mo Willems].

The complete Peanuts. 1971 to 1972 [introduction by Kristin Chenoweth].

The complete Peanuts. 1973 to 1974 [introduction by Billie Jean King].

The complete Peanuts. 1975 to 1976 [introduction by Robert Smigel].

The complete Peanuts. 1977 to 1978 [introduction by Alec Baldwin].

The complete Peanuts. 1979 to 1980 [introduction by Al Roker].

The complete Peanuts. 1981 to 1982 [foreword by Lynn Johnston].

The complete Peanuts. 1983 to 1984 [introduction by Leonard Maltin].

The complete Peanuts, 1985 to 1986 [foreword by Patton Oswalt].

The complete Peanuts. 1987 to 1988 [foreword by Gary Trudeau].

The complete Peanuts, 1989 to 1990 [introduction by Lemony Snicket].

The complete Peanuts, 1991 to 1992 [introduction by Tom Tomorrow].

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Berta and Elmer Hader: Their Journey From San Francisco To The Caldecott Award

Famed children's book illustrators.  Berta and Elmer Hader met in San Francisco where they were both members of a vibrant art scene. They moved to New York State where over the course of 20 years they built their home. During this time they worked on jobs through Berta’s connections in the magazine world. They created inserts for children included in publications like Good Housekeeping, Century, and McCalls. When the post office banned the use of inserts in magazines the Haders switched gears and started to create children’s books. 

Come to the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room on the Main Library's lower level on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM for the program "Berta and Elmer Hader: Their Journey From San Francisco To The Caldecott Award."  The Haders’ niece, Joy Hoerner Rich, and the director of the educational non-profit Hader Connection, Karen Tolley, will be bringing the Haders to life as they tell stories about Berta and Elmer’s lives and achievements. 

For further information about you can also check out their book Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art.

Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art by Joy Hoerner Rich, Karen Tolley, John Waller, and Judy Waller (Joyful Productions, 2013).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fred Lyon - Living Through the Lens

The Art, Music and Recreation Center and the San Francisco History Center are pleased to bring you this film screening and book signing.

Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens, directed by Michael House, is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, who is still going strong after seven decades behind the camera. Though Lyon is one of America’s leading advertising, interior design, architectural, food, wine, and travel photographers, he is best known for his mood-soaked street photography of San Francisco in the ’40s and ’50s.

This film takes the viewer inside the world of Lyon, exploring his immense archive of San Francisco images, the film also goes into what it takes to make a living from photography, revealing the story of this prolific, innovative artist. Photographer Fred Lyon has been called “San Francisco’s Brassai”. He’s also been compared to Cartier-Bresson, Atget, and Andre Kertez, but all with a San Francisco twist. Fred happily admits his debt to those icons.

Now 90, his nonstop career reaches back to the early 1940s and embraces news, fashion, architecture, advertising, wine and food. These days find him combing his picture files for galleries, publishers and print collectors. (An exhibit of his work opens at the Harvey Milk Photo Center on November 8 and runs through January 10, 2015.)

Photographer Fred Lyon will be on hand before and after the film screening to sign copies of his newest monograph -  San Francisco: Portrait of a City


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Main, Koret Auditorium, Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Photographer Janet Delaney In Conversation with Architect Mark Hogan

The San Francisco History Center and Art, Music & Recreation Center invite you to join photographer and author Janet Delaney in conversation with San Francisco architect Mark Hogan. 

Wednesday - 9/24/2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South of Market: 1978 - 1986 is a photographic portrait of a San Francisco neighbourhood in the throes of urban renewal.

In 1978, Janet Delaney moved to San Francisco’s South of Market district because the location was central and the rent was cheap. On the weekends she photographed with her large format camera at the nearby construction site for what is now the Moscone Convention Center. After witnessing the nighttime demolition of an adjacent residential hotel, Delaney became interested in the rippling economic effects urban renewal was having on poor and working class residents. Leaving the construction site behind, Delaney joined local efforts to protest the city’s treatment of the community and began to photograph and interview her neighbors in their homes and places of work.

South of Market is not a romantic representation of San Francisco’s past, but rather a testament to a vanished community made up of blue-collar workers, small business owners, families with children, artists, and gay men. The work is especially relevant today, as a new wave of gentrification brought on by the second internet boom is again driving less affluent residents out of San Francisco. “As I continue to photograph in San Francisco and in urban areas around the world,” says Delaney, “I see that who plays and who pays remains, as it always was, the central issue.”

The photographs are accompanied by interviews which offer personal responses to the impact of gentrification on twelve of Delaney’s neighbors. An essay by Erin O’Toole sets the context for this story by providing a history of this constantly evolving San Francisco neighborhood.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Merola Goes To The Movies - Anna Bolena.

 image source: Anna Netrebko, Merola Opera Program

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch are teaming up once more to bring you a screening of a performance of Gaetano Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

This performance features 1996 Merola alum Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.  Eric Génovèsé directs the Vienna State Opera.

Donizetti retells the tragedy of Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives. Betrayal and passion ensue as the Anna is driven insane by her unfaithful king as he plots to bring his mistress to the throne.

For more information read this article by the Merola Opera Program's Tracy Grant.

Anna Bolena will be screened at 1:00, Sunday, September 21st at 1:00 PM in the Main Library's Koret Auditorium.  Seating begins at 12:30 PM.  The screening time is 150 minutes.  All Library programs are free.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's it worth? Price It!

price it database

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles is a database available from the San Francisco Public Library website that allows you to find pricing information for antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories.  The pricing information comes from online auction sites such as eBay, online antiques dealers such as GoAntiques and TIAS and a few land based auction houses.  The items you find in Price It provide a general idea of what a similar item may sell for.  Everything listed in Price It! has already sold.

Price It can be found by following this link and/or following these simple instructions:
  • Go to sfpl.org
  • Hold your mouse cursor over eLibrary and click on Articles and Databases
You will see a list of ALL the databases offered by San Francisco Public Library!!
  • Scroll down to "P" and click on Price It!
In the top right you will see the three services offered by Price It!: Search, Info Center and Collecting Club.  Here you will find a brief overview of each section.  And remember SFPL librarians are more than happy to assist you in person at any reference desk nd can answer quick questions on the phone and through our reference chat service.


A keyword search for HUMMEL results in over 200 entries from $10 to over $6,000.  You can sort results by price, date sold or best match.

Info Center:

Here you can find stories and articles from some of the best-known authors and authorities in the antiques and collectibles industry.  You will find valuable tips and tricks on how to repair, restore and conserve your antiques.  You can learn how to hire an appraiser and learn the difference between market value, utilitarian value and sentimental value.

Collecting Club Directory:

The directory currently feature 6,332 groups.  You can limit by category and also search by keyword to find a club that may offer more resources and expertise.

Help Center:

Here is where you can request more information and find tips on how to search the database. 

The Library still has price guides to collectibles of all kinds, but an online resource like Price It! will provide the most general and current information available.