Pleasant Hill, we have an architect!! The announcement arrived in my inbox days ago that the City of Pleasant Hill has selected architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ)–whose team includes design firm Margaret Sullivan Studio (MSS), the “national leader in the visioning, programming, and interior design of public libraries of the future”, according to the … Read more

Reflections on Independence Day

Shortly after I graduated from law school and began working as an attorney in San Francisco, I experienced something that might be described as a kind of cultural epiphany. I realized that I had spent so much of my youth engrossed in the literature, history and culture of western Europe that I had little knowledge … Read more

Why Our Public Library Matters

When I was growing up in San Mateo in the 1960s I was blessed to live within easy walking distance of the city’s public library. On weekends and during summer vacations I probably spent more time there than anywhere else. My middle school and high school years were a period in which I explored my … Read more