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San Francisco Visit Recap, Part 2

10 Oct

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.

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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.

A view of the top

A view of the top

I was glad to see that their Friends of the Library had a special bookstore there- Readers Bookstore at the Main.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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It was cool to see a StoryCorps StoryBooth there. I’ve been fascinated with various storytelling media.

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Other bookstores and libraries I visited:

Chronicle Books- 165 4th St

Chronicle Books- 165 4th St

Thidwick Books

Thidwick Books


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.

Books Inc. (Burlingame)- This tiny store was full of people buying books which made me happy!

Books Inc. (Burlingame)- This tiny store was full of people buying books which made me happy!

The Beat Museum- I grew up in the North Beach neighborhood. I remember going to a hole-in-wall used bookstore, where I'm sure this museum now stands. They do sell books here, including a bath tub full!

The Beat Museum- I grew up in the North Beach neighborhood. I remember going to a hole-in-wall used bookstore, where I’m sure this museum now stands. They do sell books here, including a bath tub full!


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!

Fairfield Cordelia Library

Fairfield Cordelia Library

Fairfield Cordelia Library- Friends of the Fairfield/Suisun City Libraries

Fairfield Cordelia Library- Friends of the Fairfield/Suisun City Libraries

Located at the Oakland Airport

Located at the Oakland Airport

San Francisco is such a rich literary scene!

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