1. Christopher sends us a story from the San Francisco Chronicle, Singles check one another out at S.F. Main Library," about pre-Valentine's Day literary speed dating events held as a way to promote the library system and reading. From the article:
...Four minutes later, they were back at introductions with other book-clutching speed daters. Twenty-five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender participants, and 38 straight participants the night before, got a chance to find love before Valentine's Day during the library's first literary speed-dating events. The events drew so much interest that the library hopes to replicate them again soon.
Announced at the start of the year, each free event was designed to accommodate 36 people. Enrollment for the straight night closed at the end of January with a waiting list of 50 people, said librarian Donya Drummond.
2. The new DC library branches have been getting a lot of accolade in the press lately, such as "The Public Option: Parks and Libraries Soar: A bright library in Washington, a genre-bending garage in Miami Beach and a great new park in Brooklyn" in a roundup of the best architecture of 2010 in the opinion of the Wall Street Journal.
Watha T. Daniel Public Library, DC. The Rhode Island Avenue facade of the building, looking northwest from 7th Street NW.