Holly McDede

Volunteer Reporter/Producer

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10:37am

Sun January 8, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

A tale of two libraries, and two budgets

The San Francisco Public Main Public Library

Nobody mistakes California for some mythical Library Land of fully staffed facilities with budgets that reach up to the clouds. In fact, Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year would eliminate all state funding to California library programs. Still, some library systems are somehow, someway continuing to upgrade – like San Francisco. 22 branches have been refurbished or opened in San Francisco through a Neighborhood Library Campaign that began over a decade ago on a budget that has grown to $188.9 million as of February of last year.

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8:00am

Fri January 6, 2012
Arts & Culture

Written on the Dock of the Bay: Friday, January 6

In Daniel Handler's 'Why We Broke Up' the reasons for a break up are explained through an assortment of boxed objects, illustrated by Maira Kalman

BAY AREA BOOK WORLD BREAKING NEWS

Hey, so, just wondering, why did the love of your life break up with you? Actually, it’s not just me who’s wondering. David Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, would like to know as well. So if you could post your break up tale here, that would be great.

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8:43am

Fri December 16, 2011
Arts & Culture

Written on the Dock of the Bay: Friday, December 16

http://www.readerscafe.org/

BAY AREA BOOK WORLD BREAKING NEWS

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8:25am

Thu December 15, 2011
Connecting the Dots

Connecting the dots: top news stories for Thursday, December 15

The War in Iraq has come to a formal end; the flag will be lowered today. Yesterday, President Obama addressed soldiers in an aircraft hangar at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Obama said that, unlike previous empires, the United States did not invade other states for "territories or resources" but "because it is right." Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said Iraqis were glad the US troops were leaving. He told the BBC, "These have been difficult years...”

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11:32am

Wed November 23, 2011
Economy/Labor/Biz

Indie bookstores go electronic to survive

Under Creative Commons License from Thomas Hawk. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/5118688233/

Who would have thought that Borders, the corporate bookselling behemoth that had stores in practically every mini mall across America, would now be shutting its doors? Some blame the Borders breakdown on the end of books as we know them. The cause? Technology.

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