The California State Library recently started posting a number of it’s 3D images on the online site, Phereo. So put on your 3D glasses and take a look at images of our recent renovation.  Spend some time browsing through the digital versions of some of our amazing stereo card collection.  Let us know what you think!

3D image of South Dome and Clouds’ Rest, rising one mile above the valley, Yosemite Valley, CA.

Mr. Fiske Looking at His Second Wedding Cake in Yosemite. (1897) George Fiske, photographer .
Born in 1835 in Amherst, Massachusetts, George Fiske came to California around 1858.  He set up home and his photographic studio in Yosemite Valley.  His first wife was Elmira F. Morill.  Caroline Paull was his second wife
Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me …
Catalina Island circa 1908.
Photo by Frederick W. Martin. Check out our picture catalog for more California memories.
Illustration by Charles Bradford Hudson, 1909.
Hudson (1865 - 1939)  illustrated a number of fruits and flowers for the horticulturalist Luther Burbank, who developed more than 800 varieties and strains of plants.
Explore the California State Library’s picture catalog.
Read more about Charles Hudson on the Smithsonian website.
Tour the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa, CA.
It’s #FoodieFriday!  Check out these early tamale vendors, circa 1897.

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News from our manager for Braille and Talking Books:

US currency, AKA Federal Reserve notes, are not currently “tactile-enhanced”, making them difficult for blind and visually impaired individuals. The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) recently announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program.

Libraries need to be aware of this because the distribution will begin through our network of regional and sub-regional libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped. While that doesn’t involve public libraries per se, many people may just hear the word “library” and come to you.

Garden Shop, Carmel by the Sea (date unknown)
This lovely fairytale cottage is called the Tuck Box and is still in business today.  It was built by Hugh Comstock in 1927 and was first used as a restaurant in the 1930s.

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