For holders of San Mateo County Library cards ( with barcode number prefix 29041…) or Redwood City Library cards (with barcode prefix 29045…), your libraries participate in a fairly new lending program with libraries outside of San Mateo County. Check out details here.
Finding design books
Woodside patrons are borrowing romance novels by prolific authors where San Mateo County Library has not purchased certain titles. Other more academic interests are filled by University of Nevada or Loyola Marymount College temporary loans.
When I first went to our electronic catalog, I couldn’t find The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon. LINK + picked up the Alameda County Library copy and sent the hold title to me for free. I can marvel at color photographs of arts and crafts from around the world. Each page gives the back story of the artist and usually a website to consult.
A design book not currently in our catalog and therefore available through LINK + is Made in New York: Handcrafted Works by Master Artisans by Nathalie and Ted Sann.
Some Technical Notes on LINK +
This service is only for print books, and not for DVDs or music CD's. You do have to pick up and return to the same San Mateo County Library site. We’re showing special courtesy to the materials as we’re borrowing from outside the county. Due dates are not flexible, and one definitely does not want to “misplace” the loan item, as lost book charges are very high. The LINK + is counted as one of the 20 hold titles you may place at one time, although a 75-cent fee is not charged.
Some Excursion Notes for Arts and Crafts Aficionados
The American Craft Council artisans' fair is at Fort Mason in San Francisco from Aug. 3-5. Though one pays an entry fee, I find it wonderful to browse through arts and crafts offerings from around the nation, in jewelry, wearable textiles, ceramics, furniture, etc. This is a juried show so the level is high, but I’m there more for admiring than purchasing. I often make a reservation in advance at Greens, or just pop in and buy baked goods at their counter and take food outside by the waterfront to eat. I also make time to drop in at the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library bookstore in Bldg. C at Fort Mason.
Quilting and ceramics and paper have always held an allure for Karen Y., although she’s an admirer, not an artisan herself.