Big Bicycle Meet in October, 1900.
 ”Picture taken in front of the grand-stand in the Old Agricultural Park, entrance which was on 20th & G street, the grand-stand extended from F to G street.” (Sacramento, CA)

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In 1922, the Publicity Committee of ALA put forth a proposal of a National Library Week based on the success of book and library weeks that had taken place around the country. The committee proposed that the first National Library Week take place in April 1923.

The closing paragraph of the committee’s proposal reads: “It may be suggested that there are too many ‘weeks.’ The best answer is that other interests find that it pays. We should lose no opportunity to spread the gospel of library service in the fight against ignorance, indifference, illiteracy, and inefficiency.” (From the Bulletin of the American Library Association, Volume 16, 1922)



What is National Library Workers Day?

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

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It’s National Library Week! Did you know the first National Library Week was May 16 - 22, 1958? The theme was Wake Up and Read! But there were earlier National Library Weeks. Come back tomorrow to find out more about the earlier National Library Weeks.

American at Play - Library of Congress

Drones vs. Balloons: Zuckerberg Explains Why Wings are Better for the Internet than Helium - GigaOm

Feel Factor: Devices to Detect and Respond to Users’ Moods - GCN

Five-Year-Old Finds Xbox One Password Bug - PC Magazine

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work - TED Talks (Video)

How to Promote Your Content with Social Media - Social Media Examiner

No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales - NPR, All Tech Considered

Star Wars Read Day: Books? A Jedi Craves These Things - C|Net

Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

Twenty Years Photographing Public Libraries - SFGate

Tabuce, a Paiute elder, prepare acorn meal. Yosemite Valley. (date unknown) Tabuce was also known as Maggie Howard.  Each Paiute woman had their own acorn tree which was handed down from generation to generation.
Shakespeare’s First Folio and other rare books are on display this month at the Sutro Library in San Francisco.
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Sutro Library is exhibiting a 16th century book of Petrarch’s sonnets, an original King James Bible, and other beautifully bound works of art. The exhibit runs through April 30.
The Sutro Library, which is a branch of the California State Library, is on the 5th floor of the J.Paul Leonard Library - Sutro Library on the campus of San Francisco State University.
The Sutro Library is open weekdays, 10-5.

Blogger Pulls Off $30,000 Sting to Get Her Stolen Website Back - Mashable

Fair Use is in the Eye of the Beholder or Not - Tame the Web

Hooking Up the Office Projector Shouldn’t Be This Hard - The Next Web

How a Secret iOS Feature Could Change the Internet - CNN Money/Fortune

How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place - LifeHacker

Leaked NSA Documents will be Stored in a Public Database - The Verge

Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

Virtual Reality, Perfect for an Immersive Society - New York Times

What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ in Education? - Mind|Shift

Zola’s Bookish Recommendation Engine Goes to Work for Libraries - L.A. Times