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OMG, You Totally Need to Check Out an Electricity Meter from the SF Public Library – See How Much Juice You’re Using

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Well of course you know how much juice you’re using on a a monthly basis, but if you go to your local branch library you’ll be able to check out an electricity meter that’ll tell you how much each of your appliances is sucking down.

Like this:

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The entire program is ably explained here by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Deb Wandelll. (And obviously, people, make sure you unplug you old analog 13″  CRT TVs that you don’t even use anymore…)

I’ll tell you, I haven’t borrowed anything from the lieberry in a good long time, but this thing I just checked out myself.

The big fridge is brand new and you can tell by looking at this meter, so that’s good. (I wish it didn’t have to be an expensive counter-depth model but this one was the biggest model available that would fit through some super-narrow Victorian doorways (after taking both fridge doors off, yish))

Now the mini fridge and the chest freezer, well, they’re just not built as well so they cost a pretty penny to run even though they’re newish. Oh well.

The 70″ Sharp is from 2011 – it’s fine. It’s LED after all.

Speaking of which, you can light up a whole room with a “25 watt” LED light on a desk lamp, as I do. The meter says that these bulbs burn 5 watts, which is about what I figured.

You can’t use the meter to see what your overhead room lights are using, but you can just look at the bulbs’ ratings for that. (2012 was probably the first year it made sense to convert to LED lighting  - Costco is now selling heavily-subsidized bulbs so you ought to get some yourself.)

Or if you want, you can just buy a meter from Amazon, I don’t care. But then what do you do with the meter when you’re done with it.

Congratulations to the SFPL for this program

OMG, Our San Francisco Public Library is Now Letting Your Check Out Electric Meters for Free – Save $$ at Home

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Soon you’ll be able to see how much juice each of your appliances is using by simply checking out a meter as if it were a book.

But act fast – these things should prove popular.

All the deets:

“San Francisco Public Library to Offer Home Metering Devices - To Measure Home Appliance Energy Use - Adds to list of services for city residents

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16, 2013 – The San Francisco Public Library today launched a new program to offer library patrons What’s Your Watt home electric metering devices as a tool to measure energy usage in home electronic appliances.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), What’s Your Watt is a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks program, the Department of the Environment (SF Environment), and the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). Wells Fargo presented the idea for the program and a seed grant to purchase meters, which are now available for check out at all 28 San Francisco public libraries. PG&E provided the home metering devices. Borrowers may take the devices home to determine wattage, associated costs and C02 emissions information for all electrical appliances, including computers, refrigerators and hair dryers.

“Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo and PG&E, San Francisco library users can now check out a home energy metering device along with their books,” said Melanie Nutter, director of SF Environment. “We are delighted that our libraries and local businesses are so committed to helping San Franciscans reduce their energy use, save money and lower their carbon emissions.”
Standard library borrowing rules apply for the home metering devices, which can be checked out for three weeks. Each branch library and the SFPL Green Bookmobile will have two devices and the Main Library will have six devices.

The What’s Your Watt home metering devices are simple to use and come with instructions in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Additional information can be found at: www.sfenvironment.org/whatsyourwatt.

“It is our hope that San Franciscans will take advantage of this program so they can reduce their energy consumption to lower their energy bills, while benefitting the environment as well—both great goals to start in the new year,” said Tracy Curtis, president of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco market.

About SFPL Green Stacks
San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks is dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life.

About SF Environment
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) creates visionary policies and innovative programs that promote social equity, protect human health, and lead the way toward a sustainable future. We put our mission into action by mobilizing communities and providing the resources needed to safeguard our homes, our city, and ultimately our planet. For more information on SF Environment, visit: www.sfenvironment.org

About the Business Council on Climate Change
The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a public-private partnership between local government and the business community that works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco through collaboration and direct action. For more information on BC3, visit: www.bc3sfbay.org

About Wells Fargo
In April 2012, Wells Fargo released a set of environmental commitments to be achieved by 2020; including reducing the company’s environmental impact, financing the transition to a greener economy and encouraging stronger and more sustainable communities. A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and building sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2006, Wells Fargo has provided more than $11.7 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide. This includes investments in more than 260 solar projects and 34 wind projects that generate enough clean renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/environment.

Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, it provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the US.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the US. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

Funding for What’s Your Watt was provided through a partnership with the City and County of San Francisco. Through the partnership, PG&E offers comprehensive energy efficiency services and technical assistance to residential, small commercial, large commercial and municipal customers. This program is funded in part by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

The San Francisco Public Library Invites Older Adults to Mental Aerobics Starting Jan. 25th

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library will soon be offering weekly drop-in Mental Aerobics classes at the Main Branch in Civic Center beginning Jan. 25:

Location: Main Library Latino/Hispanic A
Address:100 Larkin St. (at Grove)
Library Sponsored Public Program
Event Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Description:
A free class offered for seniors by the Older Adults Department of the City College of San Francisco, in association with Access Services of SFPL. Classes will be on Monday afternoons, from January 25 – May 24, 2010.
 
 
 
via Austin Kleon
  
All the deets: 

Exercise Your Brain at the San Francisco Public Library
 
Weekly drop-in Mental Aerobics class beginning Jan. 25 through May 24

 

San Francisco Public Library has joined forces with the Older Adults Department of City College of San Francisco to present Mental Aerobics, a weekly free mental exercise class for the brain beginning later this month.
 
The old saying “use it or lose it” applies as much to the brain as it does to any other muscle in the body. In this very social class, Hope Levy, a member of City College’s Older Adults Department since 2003, will lead attendees through fun, challenging and creative brain exercises designed to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory.
 
Levy will present ways of conquering everyday memory challenges, such as remembering names and “tip-of-the-tongue syndrome.” She will also discuss the latest news on mental fitness. She stresses this course is appropriate for first-timers as well as those who have previously attended a memory and mental fitness program.
 
Beginning Jan. 25 and running through May 24, classes will be held at the Main Library on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  (Note: no class will be held on Feb 15 or March 29.) All classes will be held in the Main Library’s Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room on the lower level. Library patrons can take one class, the entire series or pick and choose from among the classes. Simply show up and fill out a registration form at the class.
 
Levy has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She holds masters degrees in Gerontology and Special Education, both from San Francisco State University. Through her work, Levy promotes positive aging through her passion for lifelong learning.
 
The Older Adults Department of City College offers classes designed for adults 55 or older, though all are welcome to attend. For additional information about the Mental Aerobics class, contact Hope Levy at (415) 931-8679 or
hopelevy@yahoo.com.
 
Mental Aerobics is part of SFPL’s Wise Up! program, a series of classes and events for learning and living well at any age.

The Refurbished Richmond Branch Public Library Looks Good From the Back Also

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library looks pretty good, don’t you think?

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Look for it on Ninth or Tenth Avenue.

Grand Re-Opening of the Richmond Branch Library, Home of the Ann Coulter Collection

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Well, the Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library will once again be open to the public starting tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 PM. Check it:

“Mark your calendars now! The Richmond / Senator Milton Marks Branch will re-open Saturday, May 16, with a spectacular opening party featuring music, entertainment, refreshments and lion dancers. Located at 351 Ninth Ave., the branch has been closed for a renovation that adds 4,000 square feet to the building and includes seismic strengthening, accessibility improvements, and energy-efficiency and technology upgrades.”

We’ve got your grandeur right here in spades:

“VITA SINE LITERIS MORS EST” means Give a Hoot Read a Book or Life Without Learning (Literature?) is Death, one of those.

Kicking it old-school, baby:

Now about controversial writer Ann Coulter. Can you see her book Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America prominently displayed? It jumps right out at you as you walk in. This might be the entire collection of Coulterana in the whole county.

The branch’s expansion will allow for enhanced services, including an increase in the collection size with more teen, audiovisual and Chinese and Russian materials.

The branch will now have two new study rooms; a spacious new lobby at the 10th Avenue entrance; additional public restrooms; and a designated teen room. A large program room is included, creating a new neighborhood venue for events. The historic integrity of this 1914 Carnegie landmark has been maintained and the building restored to its original grandeur.

See you there!

Gavin Newsom Names San Francisco Poet Laureate #5: Diane di Prima

Friday, May 15th, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Librarian Luis Herrera honored Poet, Prose Writer, Playwright and Teacher Diane di Prima today at the recently refurbished Richmond Branch Library on 9th Avenue. She is now officially the fifth San Francisco Poet Laureate.

The mise en scene – our new old Carnegie Library at 361 9th Avenue betwixt Geary blvd. and Clement. FYI, the Grand Re-Opening is tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Click to expand:

The San Francisco Poet Laureate program was started up by former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown. Others so honored over the years have been Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and devorah major.

Reading Rant from Pieces of a Song: “The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All other wars are subsumed in it.”

Some of Ms di Prima’s original paperbacks are quite pricey these days. Here’s what’s she’s been up to:

A bibliography

This Kind of Bird Flies Backward, Totem Press, New York, 1958
Various Fables from Various Places, (editor), G.P. Putnam, New York, 1960
Dinners and Nightmares, Corinth Press, New York, 1961
The New Handbook of Heaven, Auerhahn Press, San Francisco, 1962
The Man Condemned to Death, (translator), no press listed, New York, 1963
Poets’ Vaudeville, Feed Folly Press, New York, 1964
Seven Love Poems from the Middle Latin, Poets Press, 1965
Haiku, Love Press, Topanga, CA, 1966
New Mexico Poem, Poets Press, New York, 1967
Earthsong, Poets Press, New York, 1968
Hotel Albert, Poets Press, New York, 1968
War Poems (editor), Poets Press, New York, 1968
Memoirs of a Beatnik, Olympia Press, Paris and New York, 1969
L.A. Odyssey, Poets Press, San Francisco, 1969
The Book of Hours, Brownstone Press, New York 1970
Kerhonkson Journal, Oyez, Berkeley, 1971
Revolutionary Letters, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1971, 1974, 1979
The Calculus of Variation, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 1972
Loba, Part I, Capra Press, Santa Barbara, 1973
The Floating Bear: a Newsletter (editor), Laurence McGilvery, La Jolla, 1973
Freddie Poems, Eidolon Editions, Point Reyes, 1974
Brass Burnace Going Out, Pulp artforms-Intrepid Press, Buffalo, 1975
Selected Poems: 1956-1975, North Atlantic Books, Plainfield, VT, 1975
Loba, Part II, Eidolon Editions, Point Reyes, 1976
The Loba As Eve, The Phoenix Book Shop, New York, 1977
Selected Poems: 1956-1976, North Atlantic Books, Plainfield, VT 1977
Loba: Parts 1 – 8,  [Book I] Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1978
Memoirs of a Beatnik (revised), Last Gasp Press, San Francisco, 1988
Wyoming Series, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 1988
The Mysteries of Vision, Am Here Books, Santa Barbara, 1988
Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1990
Seminary Poems, Floating Island, Point Reyes, 1991
The Mask Is the Path of the Star, Thinker Review Internatl, Louisville, 1993
Loba, [Parts 1 - 16, Books I & II] Penguin, New York, 1998
Dinners and Nightmares [expanded edition], Last Gasp, 1998
Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, Viking, NY 2001
Fun with Forms [ltd. ed.] Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2001
Towers Down (with Clive Matson) Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2002
The Ones I Used to Laugh With, Habenicht Press, San Francisco 2003
TimeBomb, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2006

Look for Diane at the Excelsior Branch Library in Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM for an “informal talk/ reading” called “Taking Dictation.” 

And a more formal inauguration of her new title is forthcoming.

Congratulations Diane di Prima!