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Prepare for the ultimate unboxing experience! Mattie Taormina and Diana Kohnke of our Sutro Library show the custom box that holds our copies of the First, Second, and Third Folios. The First Folio (printed in 1623) is a collection of William Shakespeare's works that is frequently described as "one of the most influential books ever published in the English language" and "one of the most valuable printed books in the world." Enjoy!
Mike Marlin, Director of the State Library's Braille and Talking Book Library, talks about an exciting new development in providing materials to visually impaired and print disabled people around the world.
Author and former state legislator Stan Statham visits the State Library for a conversation about his career, his new book Reclaim California (2017) and the history of attempts to create new states within the existing boundaries of California. Statham served in the State Assembly from 1976 to 1994 and later became the President and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association, serving as the moderator for California’s gubernatorial debates in the 1990s and 2000s.
Mike Marlin, Director of the State Library's Braille and Talking Book Library, talks about an exciting new development in providing materials to visually impaired and print disabled people around the world. The Senate recently passed the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, also known as the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act. This treaty was sponsored by the World intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It will provide a copyright exception so that participating countries around the world can share their materials across borders for use by blind, visually impaired and print disabled individuals.
American Haiku Archives
This first podcast by the American Haiku Archives (AHA), presents an overview of the archive—the largest public collection of haiku-related materials outside Japan. Poets Garry Gay and Patricia Machmiller discuss the AHA’s founding in 1996, and describe some of the treasures in the AHA’s collection. They also read selections of their own haiku and announce the names of their fellow AHA board members. In appreciation of his work on behalf of the AHA, Michael Dylan Welch’s poems are read. The podcast closes with readings of two linked poems co-written by Michael and Garry. This podcast was hosted by Gene Larson and recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.
Yuki Teikei Haiku Society
In this podcast, members of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose, California—Patricia Machmiller, Patrick Gallagher, Alison Woolpert and Carole Steele—discuss their work with the American Haiku Archives, housed at the California State Library. They read from the letters and haiku of Kiyoshi and Kiyoto Tokutomi, founders of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and they read a selection of haiku from Cherry Blossom Light, an anthology of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, published in 2016. This podcast was recorded on April 13, 2017 at the California State Library.
The History of California's Libraries from the 1770s Onward
State Librarian Greg Lucas reads an address given by the late Dr. Kevin Starr, author, historian and former State Librarian. Dr. Starr gave the address at the California Millennium Conference on November 11, 2000.
Part 1: The first libraries: California from the 1770s to the Gold Rush.
Part 2: The formation of the California State Library in 1850 through the development of the county library system in the early 1900s.
World Folktales and Fables Week, March 19–25, 2017
It's Story Time at the California State Library. In celebration of World Folktales and Fables Week, State Library staff have selected their favorite tales to read. So, sit back and listen. We have familiar stories and some you may not have heard before. Each day this week, we'll add a new story!
"The Bremen Town Musicians"
By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Read by Ben Tang, Research Program Specialist.
"Tessie, The Monster of Lake Tahoe"
Read by Wendy Hopkins, former Chief of Library Development Bureau.
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
Read by Devin Lavelle, Senior Researcher.
"What Do You Do With An Idea?"
By Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom.
Read by Pamela Rasada, Policy Analyst.
"Mercury and the Woodman"
Read by Carley Herron, Staff Services Analyst.
"The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon"
A Caribbean folktale from the book Magical Tales from Many Lands, retold by Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Jane Ray.
Read by Chris Berger, Senior Research Librarian.