February's main event: Let's read to one another at the Main Library

Hi, everybody,

 

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!

 

--E.

 

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  • Jeffrey K.

    Dear Kritika,
    Your voice, reading, discussion was amazing.
    We spoke upon leaving, but I want you to know that I will miss your unusual contribution to our reading group.
    I wish you adventure, success, and love in your new venture.
    You will always be welcome to return.
    Namaste, Jeffrey

    February 18, 2013

  • Edward

    Thanks, everyone, for a good time. I'll post the readings later in the week. Monday is my Sunday, and I want to keep the computer time to a minimum. :)

    February 18, 2013

  • Kritika G.

    My last meetup with this group. Such wonderful people and so well conducted. The best way to spend three hours on a Sunday.

    February 18, 2013

    • Edward

      We'll miss you, Kritika!

      February 18, 2013

  • Edwin

    These 'readups' have been consistently excellent. Thanks Edward.

    February 18, 2013

    • Edward

      Thanks, Edwin. It's all you people that make them what they are. :)

      February 18, 2013

  • Ian S.

    Be careful when you collect the money. The librarians are very strict about their facilities being used for free. It's against their charter. If they see you collecting the money, they might make you leave. Believe me, I spent a lot of time sending emails back and forth about this. You can't even call it a donation.

    February 11, 2013

    • Edward

      Thanks, Ian. I'll collect the dough after we leave the building.

      February 11, 2013

  • Edward

    Karen gets a Gold Star for environmental consciousness (but two more absences and I'll have to knock her down a grade). :0)

    February 1, 2013

    • Edward

      That Rilke was a smooth operator, eh? :) Speaking of V-Day flora, this is awfully sweet: http://shop.floragrub...­

      February 8, 2013

    • Edward

      And Karen, we'll miss you; come back soon!

      February 8, 2013

  • Kritika G.

    Thank you to our intrepid organizer for taking on the quest to find a good meeting place for the group. The veterans of the group often reminisce about past readups where we've been assailed by yapping dogs, flapping pigeons, seething masses of yelling kids, cantankerous cars, and even a squawking cockatoo!

    While the presence of wine (as promised in our group name) will be missed, silence will surely be welcome.

    February 1, 2013

    • Kritika G.

      As long as the sideshows don't involve falling authors again :)

      February 1, 2013

    • Edward

      I do plan to bring some tin foil.

      February 1, 2013

  • Edward

    Glad you'll be reading your poetry, Evelyn. I Look forward to hearing it!

    February 1, 2013

  • C

    Yippee!!!

    February 1, 2013

  • Karen

    Attending the climate change rally at Justin Herman Plaza.

    February 1, 2013

  • Evelyn

    I expect to read a few of my own very short poems.

    February 1, 2013

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