I know I said we'd be shooting for the second Sunday of each month, but I wanted to try an event at the Main Library, and the second Sunday was booked, so here we are, on the third Sunday.
This is our main event for the month, but it'll be a bit different from past events in that we can't bring any food or beverages (apart from bottled water) into the conference room I've reserved. So, I've set the start time for an hour earlier: We've got the room for three hours, from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m., and at that point, anyone who'd like to can join me for a stroll over to a Hayes Valley cafe for a glass a wine or a cup of tea and more conversation and, perhaps, more reading.
Because of the set-time for the room, I'm capping the number of people at a dozen, which'll give us about two hours of reading time, and another hour of discussion/settling-in time. Please don't RSVP "yes" unless you really intend to come. Also, if you do sign on but something comes up, please bow out officially (and ahead of time) so the next person on the waiting list can roll on in.
A few more things:
--Please arrive at the library a bit early, so you have time to find the conference room. It's the Sycip Conference Room, on the fourth floor, to the right of the Page Desk. You can ask a friendly librarian for directions. It would be nice if we could avoid the interruptions that come with late arrivals. :) The Main Library often has interesting exhibitions going on in various places (especially on the "basement" floor and on the top floor), so if you felt like it, you could always head over even earlier and poke around a little. For instance, there's a nice display of Russian children's books from the Soviet/Constructivist/Cubist Era outside the children's section of the library right now--beautiful illustration and design. It's modest, but, I thought, very worthwhile: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1012696601 Also, the S.F. History Center on the top floor is great--check out Dashiell Hammett's typewriter, along with wonderful maps and so on. It opens at noon on Sunday (as does the library itself), and it's a fine place to stick your head into.
--Please bring two bucks, exact change (bills please), for your friendly organizer, to offset the monthly fee charged by Meetup.
--The library's restrooms are on the ground floor, so be sure to--as my mom used to say--"piddle a little" before you head upstairs.
--Please keep your selections to about 10 minutes. This is especially important for this occasion, when we have to be out of the room by a specific time. You can always do a run-through of your piece at home and time yourself (I often do this, actually).
--The Main Library is right next to the Civic Center BART Station (and Hayes Valley is near the Van Ness Muni station for those of you who plan to linger).
Our theme will be (drumroll please...) **Love** (since it'll be just days after Valentine's Day). Yes, I know that's also the theme for the special small-scale V-Day readup, but I think such a vast theme can handle it. You're encouraged to approach this theme from whatever angle you like, to interpret it however broadly or narrowly you see fit. And you can ignore it too, if you choose, you nonjoiner, you.
I'm excited, folks. I went over to the library today for a mandatory orientation for first-time room reservers, and the fellow I spoke with had marvelous community-minded energy. I think we'll have a lot of fun, and we'll be making good use of a fine public facility. Plus, we'll be surrounded by books! How perfect is that?
Hope to see a wisdom of you!