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Dec 5 at 7:30pm
Dear Friends and Perverts and Perverted Friends from all fissures of the identity spectrum.
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!
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 Makingithappen.us 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
This year, the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by Makingithappen.us and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.
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.
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:
- Graduate and undergraduate dissertations, representing original research
- Rare Pulp erotic fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s to today
- Rare Zines from the late 1950s to today
- Sexual education textbooks from the 1970s to today
- HIV education materials from the ’80s to today
- Early 20th Century “marriage manuals” (sexual instruction guides)
- Extensive collection of sexual journals, including Sexology and Libido Magazine, the journal of sex and sensibility
- Nina Hartly fan mail
- Patrick Califia papers
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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