While in San Francisco, I visited some libraries and bookstores there and near the city, which I’ll share here.
My first stop was the San Francisco Main Public Library.
My only memory of this place before was that it smelled like urine. But, I hadn’t really explored it until now. It’s a beautiful building with amazing art pieces. And it does still smell like pee but you can’t spell “public” without that.
One of their current exhibits was Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art based on the recently published book of the same name. It was only two glass cases but still a fascinating glimpse into their lives and their work. (You can read my review of another of their exhibit here.)
I also saw a copy of The Complete Collection of Pictures and Songs by Randolph Caldecott in their George M. Fox Collection of Early Children’s Books.
Another exhibit, Candi Farlice- Musings from an Artist’s Life, featured interesting ways to tell stories, including an apron containing pockets full of hair from various family members throughout the years.
San Francisco’s One City One Book pick this year was Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. They had an exhibit using the book as a way to show people how life was like in the 1970s. (You can read my review of the book here.)
It was cool to see a StoryCorps StoryBooth there. I’ve been fascinated with various storytelling media.
Other bookstores and libraries I visited:
Green Apple Books was definitely a destination for me. At first, I had forgotten the Annex was a separate building and was wondering what all the buzz was all about and where the other rooms were. Luckily, I walked the few more steps to the main store.
City Lights was another bookstore in my Must-Visit list. I remember entering this place as a child by myself and feeling so out-of-place that I hurried out!
I hadn’t heard of Alexander Book Company before but fell in love with it!
San Francisco is such a rich literary scene!