November 21, 2015

Eat My Twitter

Eat My @Twitter ▽ The Party

Dec 5 at 7:30pm 

Dear Friends and Perverts and Perverted Friends from all fissures of the identity spectrum.


by rosey lakos

As some of you already know, The Center for Sex & Culture will be relocating this winter. All across the Mid-Market section of SOMA, SF rents have tripled (or the buildings have mysteriously caught on fire).  This is all in direct correlation to the tech-boom. When we first took over this location we envisioned a secure place with longevity, then the tech-workers moved in- Twitter , followed by Square, Uber and Dolby. Of course there needs to be space built to house and feed these overpaid tech workers. In our corner of Mid-Market space we saw 3 massive city corner blocks bulldozed over to build ugly, insanely overpriced, dorms, markets, and specialized food courts. All this construction displaced communities that were already at risk and in threat of displacement- homeless, nonprofits, and arts organizations.

Our displacement, like many of our nonprofit neighbors, has forced us to reevaluate, restructure, and reimagine what CSC will become in the future. We have had many community discussion, input, meetings with the board and key staff members, as well as working with the city to determine possible relocation options. The good news, CSC Library & Archive work will continue during our closure, you can’t keep the best lil’ sex library down. We have some exciting projects underway, and are looking forward to partnering with other great organizations. We have an amazing collection of print, journals, zines, rare pulp and and extremely important archive. Freeing the information, and access for all takes time, money, and dedicated people.

Alas, we have decided what we want most is to spend time celebrating the last five years of friendship, sexiness, community and irreverence under the roof of CSC and the building we’ve inhabited on 1349 Mission St in SOMA, where so many of us have gathered in big and small groups to do all sorts of things both vertically and horizontally.
So we’re having a par-tay on DECEMBER 5TH!

Before the holidays and before we begin to pack, we’d love nothing more than to have you come and hang out with us one last time in our perverted library, gallery, and archive.

Drinks, snacks, music, and good people!



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May 27, 2015


We Want You  The American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco June 25th-30th, yes the same weekend as PRIDE! It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend. The Library, Archive and Gallery have many things planned for the long weekend, but we need your help.

On Thursday June 25th the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.

We need help on the following days to prep for the ALA Pre-party, and so that we may host library, archive, gallery open hours during ALA/PRIDE weekend:

Sat., 6/13 – Gallery Archive Show Prep: you will be assisting gallery and space prep for a CSC archival display, this is an early shift- 9am -1pm.

Tue., 6/13 – Library work Day: you will be assisting in library, archive, gallery pre-party prep and ALA/Pride Open Hours. Continue reading

April 18, 2015

Join the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library for a Pre-Party and Fundraiser Event!

CSC Library IMG_0323This year, the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.

About CSC

The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. The Center for Sex & Culture aims to provide a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to the widest range of people. Founded 1997, established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 2001, the Center for Sex Culture serves a nationally (in fact, globally) significant function, adding to the few accessible resources for sex education available to the public, not just academics or specialists. We have acquired various collections of books, papers, art, erotic material, personal collections from notable people in the sex-positive community, and other media.

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The CSC is dedicated to collecting and preserving information about sex. We have our donors to thank for the vibrancy of our collection. Our donors, including Dr. Carol Queen, Dr. Robert Lawrence, Good Vibrations, Vern and Bonnie Bullough, Annie Sprinkle, Jonie Blank, Larry Townsend, Jello Biafra, and more were dedicated to collecting materials that have long been shunned by traditional booksellers, libraries and museums. They have collected these materials at great personal risk and expense because they believe they had intrinsic value to society. At the Center’s library, these materials have finally found a home where they are cataloged, stored and preserved for future generations of researchers and the public.

A sample of our remarkable holdings include:

  1. Graduate and undergraduate dissertations, representing original research
  2. Rare Pulp erotic fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s to today
  3. Rare Zines from the late 1950s to today
  4. Sexual education textbooks from the 1970s to today
  5. HIV education materials from the ’80s to today
  6. Early 20th Century “marriage manuals” (sexual instruction guides)
  7. Extensive collection of sexual journals, including Sexology and Libido Magazine, the journal of sex and sensibility
  8. Nina Hartly fan mail
  9. Patrick Califia papers

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About the Event

This fun event will take place at ALA in San Francisco on June 25th at 8pm until midnight. Throughout the night, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with quite a few librarians and find new friends before the conference starts. Your $35 ticket will get you complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, live music as well as tours of the center and highlight many of its important collections. You aren’t going to want to miss this opportunity to see one of the most hidden libraries in San Francisco and your money will go to a good cause so come out and join us.

Purchase your tickets here –

February 13, 2015

Cult Classic Valentine and Barry Gifford

On Valentine’s Day at 2PM, the South San Francisco Public library is showing a screening of Wild at Heart.                A great V-Day date movie. 

As part of Love in the Library month, and in anticipation of Barry Gifford’s Author Talk, taking place Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.,we are excited to screen the action packed romance film, Wild at Heart. In 1990, director, David Lynch based this, now cult classic film, on the Barry Gifford novel of the same name- it’s the gritty love story of Sailor and Lulu.

Bring a date! I’ll make the popcorn!


This free event will take place Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Main Public Library in our Auditorium.

January 26, 2015

The ALA Zine Pavilion Need Yer Zines!

The ALA Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco this summer, during PRIDE weekend, look out SF! I will be volunteering at the Zine Pavilion, and will be there representing the Center for Sex & Culture, make sure you stop by our table at the Zine Pavilion!

The Zine Pavilion crew will also be exhibiting zines, but we need your donations to make it all possible! The donations will be raffled off at the end of the ALA to one, or more, lucky libraries to help them start or add to their zine collection. Show some library love by donating your zines!

The Zine Pavilion is also looking for exhibitors!

Seeking zinesters to table at the zine pavillion to be set up at the American Library Association [ALA] annual conference in San Francisco June 26th – June 29th.
A group of librarians have been given the opportunity to showcase zines on the convention floor at the ALA annual conference. We are currently seeking zinesters who want to showcase their wares.  The tables are FREE, as is a pass to get into the conference. Tables will be stationed around a “zine pavillion,” which will have a ton of zines [donations welcome!] which will be raffled off to one luck library. You can table for any amount of time that works with your schedule.  The purpose is to spread the love of zines and zinecollections in libraries to the greater library community. To get a sense of how we run the pavilion and for more information visit our tumblr: http://zinepavilion.tumblr. com/  You will be able to sell your work and will get a lot of exposure to librarians all over the United States.
January 26, 2015


The Center for Sex and Culture is having Valentine Book Sale, Cocktail Party, and Open Mic, Thursday, February 12 at 7PM. Nothing says I love you like SMUT! This year give your Valentine the gift that keeps on giving, erotica, literature, how to, or just some straight up porn! We will have a special V-Day Cocktail, some sinfully sweet treats, a naughty Valentine card making station, and an Open Mic- tell us all about your best or worst Valentine (performances are welcome too).

Give some love to your local sex library by buying some books!

January 25, 2015

The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica: Rose Caraway

I am extremely pleased to work at a library willing to try a little different programming! The South San Francisco Public Library is celebrating “Love in the Library” month! We have an array of traditional Valentine themed programs such as, Blind Date with a Book, and a Valentine Card Craft. However, we also have a few non-traditional programs happening, such as: Online Dating– we’ll help you set up your dating profile, even help you create the best profile photo to help find that special Valentine, we will be hosting a Digital Valentine Card Craft, and on Valentine’s Day we will be screening the cult classic film, Wild at Heart! As if that is not enough- we are also hosting the Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway, and her Big Book of Erotica! Rose is an author, editor, blogger, podcaster, and audiobook narrator; and we are looking forward to hearing all about her life and career. Please join us on Saturday, February 7th at 2PM- and get your Love on at the Library!


December 20, 2014

The History of Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco

December 20, 2014

South San Francisco, CA December 20, 2014  Submitted by Anissa Malady SSF Library

The South San Francisco Library is hosting a series on Health and Wellness and this FREE event will be the first in this series. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Services Building, Council Chambers, 33 Arroyo Dr. FREE parking is available in the underground parking lot.

Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will present a slideshow about the origins of the health plan that opened to the public in 1945. Learn about how industrialist Henry J. Kaiser paired up with physician Sidney Garfield to build a system of health care and hospitals that now serves as a model for the nation. This presentation will explore the evolution from early service to workers in the Mojave Desert, the Grand Coulee Dam, the seven World War II shipyards, and the Fontana steel mill, to post-war care for union members and their families that resulted in massive California expansion – including facilities in South San Francisco.

Lincoln Cushing is the lead archivist at Kaiser Permanente. Cushing has worked as an archival consultant at the Oakland Museum of California and Clorox, and as a Spanish-language cataloger and electronic outreach librarian at UC Berkeley. He has authored numerous books on social justice poster art of the late twentieth century.

P.S. Lincoln Cushing is a Rock Star Librarian/Archivist


July 30, 2014

Social Media Posts as a Library Representative

My personal thought on posting to social media as library representative…

Facebook, you should post 3-4 times a day spaced out, including a post in the evening hours. Do not make your images too big, 430X430 px or smaller.

Twitter, you cannot really go wrong here, unless you do not post at all. Post often, post regularly, and lastly- interact. I post at least twice a day and sometimes even 5-7 times a day.

Instagram and Tumblr these models of social media are all about image content rather than text. Visually it should inspire,  provoke thought, generate laughter, or start a  conversation. Post when you feel it.  Link it back to what we do, and link it back to our collection, programming and all around library mission.

Social Media is just another form of patron outreach, used to promote news and updates about your Library programs and services. It can also be used to promote life long learning, and the enjoyment of reading, culture, and the arts.  Again, each post should be related to your library services, program, collections and community.

I often use the statement at the end of Tweets or FB posts,

To find out more about,_________, visit your local library.

and include a link to the holdings in our collection.

Social Media is also a way to partner, collaborate and have a conversation  about what you do, what you want to do,  and a way to partner with those who want to do the same. Pay attention to what others are doing with social media, reach out, and do not be afraid to emulate, we are all on the same mission!

When I am low on inspiration  I turn to these sites…

this is an ever changing list, and should include your regional location

The Bold Iatalic


Brain Pickings


7 X 7


really regional 

Everything South San Francisco

Mission Local

Richmond District Blog

Pacifica Riptide

and not so ever changing…

History Orb

Author Birthdays

Literary Birthdays Blog


for promotion, poster making and photo enhancement 

editor by pixlr  (poor mans photoshop, great for making collage banners)

Poster my Wall


Image size calculator 

FaceBook Photo Size & Dimenison chart (this is FB recommended dimensions)

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social media flyer made using Phoster


Instagram Post


July 11, 2014

Bookish Beasts 2014

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Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

We have a great line up this year!

CCA (California College of the Arts) MFA Comics Dept, Justin Hall

Modern Times Book Store

Manic D Press

Last Gasp

Tara Avery

Tyler Cohen


 Dorian Katz

Jon Macy

Shayna Why

Agent Agnes 

Ajuan Mance

Laurel Lee 

and of course the Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive, with their amazing and ever growing zine collection.

CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource.

Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103



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