Every few years the San Francisco Public Library stages a contest to design library cards. This year they had over 3,000 entries. Ultimately, five designs are chosen from ten finalists, and patrons can pick which one of the five winners they want when they sign up for a new library card. This year, one of the ten finalists is one of my daughter’s schoolmates (a 2nd grader)! She calls her design “Imagine the possibilities.”
On March 14, 1896, the Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The baths were built on the sleepy western side of San Francisco by wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco (1894–1896), Adolph Sutro. The vast glass, iron, wood, and reinforced concrete structure was mostly hidden, and filled a small beach inlet below the Cliff House, also owned by Adolph Sutro at the time. The baths struggled for years, mostly due to the very high operating and maintenance costs. Shortly after closing, a fire in 1966 destroyed the building while it was in the process of being demolished. All that remains of the site are concrete walls, blocked off stairs and passageways, and a tunnel with a deep crevice in the middle. The Sutro Bath ruins are open to the public, but a warning sign advises strict caution, stating “People have been swept from the rocks and drowned." Both the Cliff House and the former baths site are now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and operated by the United States National Park Service.
The San Francisco Public Library has put out a call for “MLIS grads & innovative librarians” to apply for their Librarian I pool. The catch? They are only accepting applications through July 19 – so get on it.
Contrary to national trends, the SFPL has been remodeling and renovating branch libraries and expanding hours. SFPL librarians are unionized with good pay and benefits.
A friend of mine who works at SFPL said “we need more awesome people at SFPL!”