Everyone needs to read this book. Period.
Talk about a powerhouse of my favorite things! Kindred by Octavia E. Butler is one of those timeless modern classics that not only changed the literary landscape when it was published in 1979, but remains essential reading for modern day. In a genre dominated by white men, Butler paved the way for generations of future female writers (not to mention all gender authors of color) to share their voices. In the novel, the main character--a modern African American woman--is transported back in time to the antebellum south. The social commentary on race and humanity is still very much as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. But let's set aside all the important literary context, Kindred is just damn good fiction.
WHOA. What did you say? "This isn't a book review for the NOVEL Kindred"?...well, true. But you should probably go ahead and read it anyways, just to be safe.
So, back to the point here. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation is a beautifully illustrated retelling of Octavia's original. Authors Damian Duffy and John Jennings stay true in plot and emotional gut wrenching feeling of the novel. If you're already a fan, don't worry -- knowing the twists and turns of the story ahead of time only increased my anticipation/anxiety of certain moments. A perfect read for science fiction fans as well as veteran graphic devotees.
If you're a graphic novel novice, Vision is an excellent place to tip your toes into the genre. This stand-alone spin-off from Marvel's Avengers is a deep, well-told rumination on the nature of humanity---which requires zero knowledge of the superhero world it's based in. Vision, the Avenger, is an indestructible 'synthetic humanoid' whose only desire is to work his government job, raise a happy family, and seem human. Through his search for normality we see a vision* of the frailty and conviction that define us as humans; it's in the moments when Vision and his family seem to suffer 'robotic' malfunctions that they actually feel the most real.
*Phew* that was an emotionally hard-hitting synopsis there....but don't let this somber review deter you, this book is also infused with lots of humor (notably the third person omniscient narrator). Plus, no Marvel Avengers comic could go without some action sequences too. Basically Vision has something for everyone, told in a you-can-definitely-read-the-whole-thing-in-one-sitting two book series.
a vision in Vision, ha ha see what I did there?
Do you ever wish you could change history? Do you ever think, if only the top notch minds of the 1800s could only have come together in person to FIGHT HISTORICAL CRIME? Well dear readers, fear not. Sydney Padua's got you covered in her extremely detailed rocking alt-history The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.
So if you're not up on your computer history, Ada Lovelace was renowned mathematician who, by all standards, invented the computer. Daughter of the also pretty famous poet Lord Byron, Ada's jilted mother wanted her children to grow up as far away from "scoundrel poets" as possible, thus turning Ada's genius to the "hard sciences." A woman of wealth, she corresponded with the great thinkers of the time. Though they never actually met in person*, Charles Babbage presented her his plans for a warehouse sized calculator called the Analytical Engine--but Ada envisioned more than just mathematical calculations. With a very complicated algorithm** the Machine could process functions and store results in its memory.
In The Trilling Adventures, Sydney re-imagines a world where these two pioneering engineers get together and solve crimes in a hilarious way. But don't be fooled, this book doesn't thumb it's nose at history. Much of it is based on primary documents and schematics*** found by the author--who is herself a computer engineer and graphic designer in addition to being an awesome female comic artist.
I'm a huge fan of graphic novels that think outside the box, and this beauty from Pantheon Books is a great addition to the genre.
Also did I mention how much I love books with footnotes?****
* though they ran in the same circles and corresponded heavily through letters
** at least, I think that's how it works? Maybe it's not that complicated, and there are lots of explanations in the book, but it feels complicated. I have trouble getting my phone to connect to wifi, so what do I know.
***these primary sources are included in the book, and you too can browse and UNBELIEVABLY large collection of actual documents thanks to Google's work to preserve and share these for free.
****and boy, does this book pack a punch in the footnote department.
It's mid-July...the nights are long, the days are hot, and the kids are still home for the summer. Try a board game to beat the heat! We're living in a fantastic era of tabletop gaming, so you can let that dusty old copy of Monopoly stay buried under last year's beach towels--there's a whole world out there of exciting options. I've highlighted a selection of board games that I love (and regularly play in my own life), which fit a variety of ages, skill-levels, and situations. - Kimberly
Combining my two favorite things, Bring Your Own Book is the perfect activity for a varied group of people, and a MUST for die-hard book nerds. How to play: draw a suggestion card (e.g. "a line from a teenager's diary"), then everyone searches their chosen book to find a line that fits. Call it when you've got it ("it was the best of times, it was the worst of times"), and that round's judge chooses a winner. The versatility is endless. You can have a lot of fun it with any group, for however long. You can play with your favorite book, or one you've never read, or everyone can pick the same book (a great idea for a book club party game).
This oh-so-cute Sushi collecting game is jam packed with skill building mechanics-- basic counting, probability, pattern recognition, and resource management. Each round you select one card from your hand to keep, then everyone passes their whole hand. Game play is fast! Like a sushi boat making its way through a restaurant, you have to grab what you need to build a set, one sushi at a time (and hope another player doesn't snag it first). And did I mention it's super cute?
I love Forbidden Island for its relative strategic simplicity: find the artifacts, save the island from flooding. Easy. But to stay afloat and find the treasures, you need to think a few steps ahead of the card-drawn variable of floodwater as a team. You must work cooperatively to strategize on the most efficient use of your moves in order to escape the sinking island with your loot. This is an excellent introduction to strategy planning game play for younger children, but it still provides a challenge for older players. Packaged in a durable tin, Forbidden Island is great to take on the road.
A Super simple game that's easy for even the most inexperienced player to quickly learn. The game is built by adding path tiles on each round, and where the path leads, your piece must follow--even if it's colliding with another player or falling off the board completely! If yours is the last left standing, you win. Not a lot of concentration is needed to have fun with Tsuro, which is great for groups who'd like to chat around the table between turns. No reading required also means kids younger than the recommended age of 8 can get in the mix too. In the end, I think Tsuro's real strength is its fast-paced game play (15 min or less) and ability to work just as well with two players as it does eight.
A board game of storytelling, an excellent way to indulge the creativity of kids (and adults). Each card in the deck is illustrated with a different imaginative image, the meaning of which is totally up to you. The Storyteller for the round chooses a card from their hand and gives it a title, without showing the other players. Everyone then picks a card from their own hands that fits, all the cards are shuffled, and players try to guess which was the Storyteller's original card. An easy game to play with even very young children.
Gifts for Dad
Shopping for Father's Day can be a tricky one-- if your dad is anything like mine there's only one real criteria for a good gift: is it useful? Soap, key chain, shoelaces, coffee cup. Yep, yep, and yep. Now you might say hand crafted hot sauce and a cork board dart set aren't really functional...but for a certain dad, you bet they are! We've highlighted some of our favorite dad-centered books and gifts below. Call the shop to place anything you see here on hold 619-236-5802.
1. All Natural Gentleman's Soaps by Matr Boomie. $9.95
These Fair Trade vegan soaps come in a 'manly' variety of scents that inspire adventure with every wash: lemon, citrus, passion fruit, and mint. 7 oz bars packaged in organic cotton cloth.
2. 33 Glasses of Whiskey tasting guide notebook, $5.95
Pocket sized for perfect in-the-moment field notes for up to 33 different whiskeys. Each page has a spot for product information, flavor wheel, and tasting notes.
3. Atlas Obscura, An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders $35.00
This unbeatable staff favorite is a treasure trove of unusual facts and fascinating photos. Each vignette highlights a unique off-the-grid location, with historical notes and traveler information.
4. The Greatness of Dads, $18.95
Featuring compelling quotes, literary excerpts, and pop culture references as well as inspiring photographs of fathers (some famous and some not). A lovely offering to the dads, grandads, and father figures in your life.
5. Dad to the Bone Mug, $12.95
Hefty 8oz mug from Waste Not Paper will show your dad who's boss.
6. Stolen Riches Dress Shoelaces, $18.95
Stolen Riches has been a family owned and run mill for over 100 years, and their offering of patterned shoelaces are the perfect gift for that little bit of luxury in an everyday item.
7. Tools of Titans, $28.00
Internationally bestselling author Timothy Ferriss is at it again with a truly inspiring read on the tactics, routines, and habits of some of the world's most successful people.
8. Animal Trophy Magnetic Key holder, $14.95
No need to go hunting in the wild (for animals or keys) again! Mount this guilt free steel tiger head on your wall to be the guardian of your keys.
9. Baby Clydesdale Sriracha Hot Sauce, $10.00
Sauce with a little kick! This unbelievably fresh and delicious hot sauce is made in small batches right here in San Diego.
10. Work Darts Cork Board, $15.95
Fun and functional, this cork board doubles as an actual dart game or a place to pin notes and ideas. Good for work or home.
Don't get me wrong, I love Oh, The Places You'll Go! The late great Dr. Seuss is a fountain of wise words (and definitely 100% one of the best children's authors ever), but the last thing I wanted to take with me to college was a picture book that made my mom cry when she gave it to me.
Give the grad in your life a token of your appreciation befitting an accomplished student, destined for greatness.* We've highlighted a selection of practical, entertaining, and just-for-the-heck-of-it gifts, sure to please. Everything displayed here is available in the shop or online.
*and a little future fun
Mother's Day is on the horizon, we've put together a selection of books and gifts that are sure to bring joy to her day.
1. The Perfect Book: Tartine All Day ($40.00), Rad Women World Wide($15.99), Foraged Flora ($40.00), The Mothers ($26.00)
2. Craft + Foster Soy Wax Candles, $22.00
3. All Linked Up Silver Necklace from, Matr Boomie $26.95
4. This Season's Newest S'well Bottle Designs, $25.00 - $42.95
5. Brass Desktop Perpetual Calendar, $21.00
6. Gold Foil Coffee Cups from Easy Tiger, $12.95
7. "Soap for Okay Moms" by Whiskey River Soap Co. $8.95
8. Storiarts Literary Infinity Scarves, $48.00
9. Vanilla Bean Boxed Pen, $15.95
Come in to see our full selection of curated gifts, or give us a call to place any featured item on hold (619) 236-5802
Is your bland cookbook collection stuck in the 1950s? ¡Cuba! by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Hun, and Jody Eddy will spark a revolution in your kitchen. With Fidel six feet under, and throngs of tourists flying direct to Havana, now is the perfect time to bring these Caribbean and Spanish influences onto your plate. This new era brings delicious opportunities for all of us, and this collection is just the start. Each page is a photographic tribute to the culture and history of Cuba and her people. Featuring mouth watering recipes and local anecdotes that will leave you saying "¡Viva Cuba Libre!" -Jeff
February brings with it a host of emotions, depending on which relationship-hemisphere your love life lands you. There's nothing sweeter than a first romance, and nothing more gut wrenching than a bad breakup. But here at the Library Shop, we've got the secret to life-long love and happiness... look no further than your bookshelf! Each volume can bring you closer to that nirvana than any dumb first date who doesn't text you back will (isn't that right, Alex?!).
Now we're not saying you need to cheat on your book soul mate, if you've found your one and only. But what is love without a little trust? I know my faded copy of the Neverending Story will always be there for me, patiently waiting on my shelf like the giving tree, ready for when I need it.
But--hey--you're still young and cute! Play the field a little! We've got a selection of sweep-you-off-your-feet books waiting to be unwrapped for a swoon-worthy blind date. Each selection flew under the radar of mass popularity, but we love them all. In the totally succinct and not at all crazy sounding words of James Joyce, "love loves to love love." Take a chance at love with a book you haven't met yet!*
All the books are available for purchase online and in the shop. No peeking until you've sealed the deal with a receipt!
- Dark family secrets
- Rich luminous narrative
- An unraveling of self
- Eastern European setting
- Mysticism and storytelling confront reality and science
- Murder, speakeasies, and gangsters
- Unreliable narrator???
- Vicious flapper frenemies
A whodunit that will leave you reeling
- A love story for book lovers
- Engrossing detail, vividly written
- Reflections on humanity and individuality
- A book to be savored
- Urban fantasy cold-war-esque setting
- Clashing cultures and belief systems
- Tough-as-nails female lead
- Imaginative world building and complex characters
- Dead Gods
- Historical Crime Fighting Fiction
- Appendix of primary source documents
- Hilarious footnote bonanza
- Computer science and female badassery
*Of course, if you have read the selection, we are happy to take it back and make other suggestions. We know some of you are experts at the game of book-love. More power to ya!
There's less than a week before Christmas & the start of Hanukkah -- still time to find those last minute little goodies to round out your gift giving selection. We've got lots of fun toys and gifties in the Shop, come on down & check out a few of our favorite Stocking Stuffers! We're open every day of the week M-Thr 9:30 to 7, Fr & Sat 9:30-6:00, and Sun 12-6 --- but we're closed Dec 25th & Dec 26th.
- Such cute book cover designs from Hawaiian artist Jane Mount; you can rock your literary love on jacket, purse, or lapel.
- Pocket-sized plaything, Crazy Aaron has created a 'silly putty' for the modern day.
- Take your sock wearing to the next level with these fun patterned Uni-sex Knee Highs.
- Amazingly this pen holds enough ink to write 3 meters a day for 7 years!
- Who wouldn't want an extra set of hands? Finger Hands (Available in both Left & Right) are a hit kids and adults alike...especially when holiday cocktails are involved.
- Bright LED beams from Bruce's foot, lighting the way for Justice in a dark world, right?
- This handy pocket-sized rolodex makes networking a breeze, sturdy metal patterned after a classic composition notebook.
- A sleek looking paperweight for any home or work desk: pick any date in the next 50 years, and this little calendar will tell you the day of the week.
- We're in love with these sumptuous silk ties from Detroit's Cyberoptix. Perfect for the librarian-loving book worm in your life.
We've chosen a range of great gift items for babies to tweens and everything in between. Stop into the Shop to see our full line of children's toys, books, games, & more.
1. Plush Toys by Jellycat, $22.00 (Ages 0+)
- Jellycat must infuse some kind of cloud-magic hybrid in their products; each plush toy is oh-so-soft-and-cuddly you'll have a tough time turning it over to your little one.
2. Remote Control Metal Detector Robot by 4M, $25.00 (Ages 8+)
- More than just a toy, building this robot from scratch teaches kids the basics of circuit construction.
3. Harry Potter Puzzle by New York Puzzle Company, $18.95 (Ages 12+)
- Featuring the classic 1997 Year One cover art, this 1000 piece puzzle is the perfect post-holiday family activity.
4. Animal Parade A - Z by Begin Again, $38.95 (Ages 3+)
- Made from sustainably harvested wood, little ones can learn their upper & lower case alphabet on this two sided puzzle-- plus play with the animal figures on their own!
5. Crystal Growing Coral Reef by Copernicus Toys, $13.95 (Ages 6+)
- Kit contains three multi-colored coral forms to grow your own beautiful desk top ocean reef.
6. Sushi Go! by Gameright, $13.95 (Ages 8+)
- A fun family card game that encourages strategy and probability learning in middle grade kids.
7. Books For Everyone to Enjoy, $17.99 - $29.95
- A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, $17.99 (All Ages)
- Shy by Deborah Freedman, $17.99 (Ages 3-5)
- The Ultimate Peter Rabbit by Camilla Hallinan, $19.99 (Ages 10+)
- Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved by Paul Barret, $29.95 (Ages 12+)
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, $18.99 (Ages 12+)
It's December 1st and officially time to get serious about your holiday shopping. Check out our first installment of the Library Shop Holiday Gift Guide 2016: a curated selection for everyone on your list.
- Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl, $15.99
- The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin, $35.00
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, $75.00
- An Artist's Alphabet by Norman Messenger, $17.99
2. Bottled Up Glass Decanter by Fred & Friends, $20.00
- The perfect balance of classy and sassy, these gilded glass decanters hold 35 oz of liquid. Makes an excellent host(ess) gift!
- Drink you tea in style with this camp-ready enamelware featuring folklore inspired illustrations.
- Custom printed in Detroit, these luxurious scarves are light enough to wear in any season-- show your #librarylove every day of the year.
- Available in 14K Gold, Rose Gold, or Nickel Silver, these locally made bangles keep you looking chic and tell the world that your heart lies in SD.
- The Daily Show (The Book): an Oral History by Jon Stewart, $30.00
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, $45.00
- Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs by Robert Trachtenberg $40.00
- Star Trek 50 Artists 50 Years, $39.95
I wanted to pick one stellar kids book to write about today, but I just couldn't decide. There are three books currently rocking my children's lit world--and the common denominator seems to be... "dissatisfaction?" I'm not so sure what this says about me, but my soul connects with the protagonists of each of these absolutely lovely picture books. Lessons geared toward our children can be just as important to remind ourselves of as adults. Be present. Be content. Be Nice.
Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell
Poor little Tek, he just loooves his tablet. He never sees his friends anymore, never sees his family. "Outside the world was evolving," the story bemoans, "but Tek couldn't have cared less." But one day, everything changes. Tek is forced to disconnect. And what does he find? That the world, is in fact, worth appreciating. "He looked around and discovered a dragonfly, a tiger lily, a ginkgo tree, a hairy elephant, the hairy people, and an awesome Awesomesaurus."
This fuzzy little grump could be any kid these days; it's so easy to get plugged in and hooked. Patrick McDonnell, who just happens to be one of my favorite kids books authors, is spot on here-- don't forget to experience the world around you! Each page is an adorable Mutts-like take on the classic cave man, and the book itself is shaped like a tablet, complete with home screen button and text emojis.
Penguin Problems by Jory John & Lane Smith
Oh BOY do penguins have problems. "It's too cold... the ocean smells too salty today... everybody looks the same as me... I look the same as everybody else." Our penguin narrator woke up on the wrong side of the iceberg and refuses to see the world in any other light. Why should he? It's too dang bright. But one day a walrus shows up, as they do, always thinking the glass is half full. "Have you gazed upon the blue of that cloudless, winter sky, my friend? Have you felt the sun as it gently warms your back?" It's all about perspective. We might find a thousand things to complain about, but take a step back and we'll see the world for its better side. At least for a moment. And that's a step in the right direction.
It is tough to be misunderstood, and nobody knows this better than the Kraken. He just wants a little social interaction. But yet fish swim away in terror. "Why?!" he cries out to the salty depths above. The solution comes from an unlikely source: the fearsome Great White knows how to make friends, it's as easy as one, two , three (...and four, five, six).
1. Keep your cool. 2. Smile! 3. Hugs, not slugs! 4. Share! 5. Lend a helping fin. 6. Be yourself!
The truth is some people have a hard time making friends--kids and adults alike. But the simplest answer is the easiest: be a nice person and stay true to yourself. You may not conquer the world, but gosh darn it, you'll have at least one good friend.
Each of these supremely awesome kids books are avaialbe in the shop or online. I know they will be come your new obsession too --Kimberly
Bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz has a new book out this week! Something in Between is the story of Jasmin de los Santos, daughter of devoted Filipino immigrant parents, grappling with a life changing family secret. Their visas expired years ago-- her entire family is illegal.
Check out what real-life-teen Nkechi thinks about Something in Between, she's one of our Super Awesome Teen Book Crew Guest Reviewers!
Here at Central we have an awesome Teen Center. Not just a great collection of books (which we have), and not just study rooms, comfy couches, and a media gaming room (which we also have)-- but the Pauline Foster Teen Center is patronized by some of the coolest teens in San Diego.
One such rad teen is Charisse, our very first Library Shop Guest Reviewer! The Teen Book Club meets every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month and reads the latest in YA in addition to helping with teen author events.
Here's Charisse's take on Signs of You by Emily France:
Euphoria, by Lily King, is one of the best books I've ever read.
Whoa. Bold statement, right? I know I'm probably not telling you a hot secret, seeing as Euphoria is a several times over award winner, but if you haven't had a chance to pick it up: now is the time!
Based on the life of Margaret Mead (real-life pioneer in the field of anthropology)-- this 2014 novel is a can't-put-it-down thrill to read. King totally immerses you into this intense moment in history: anthropology as a budding field of research, women taking charge in the male dominated 1930s, "Western advancement" in all its evil...and yet the 254 pages of Euphoria is also perfectly written emotional journal of three unique people. A love triangle that tests the definition of marriage, of sexuality (especially in the early 20th century), and of (dare I say) euphoria.
plus, the fact that Rainbow Gum trees are a real thing is amazingly mind blowing. Bark that oxidizes at different rates, turning bright rainbow colors?? WHAT IS THIS SCIENCE?
Did I lose you there for a minute? Sorry, I can't help but be totally wowed.
But even if you aren't impressed by Rainbows growing out of the Earth-- you will be by this book.
If you loved Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, don't miss her brand new follow up, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. She called it 'Life-Changing' for a reason- these books will change your life! Now, take it to the next level with visual examples of her clothes folding techniques, closet and drawer organizing examples, and frequently asked questions. My closet had a years-long log jam- thanks to Kondo's great books I finally got rid of those old shirts. Many of us were inspired by her first book, this companion volume picks up right where she left off and keeps the fire blazing. Pick up your copy today! -Jeff
We are so pleased to showcase one of our favorite local jewelry vendors, Wild Habit. Danielle and Sue are wanderers, collectors and makers with a passion for nature and all things "wild." Their jewelry is a stunning mix of natural stones, gold, feathers, greenery and even porcupine quills. We have a curated selection available in our shop and more pieces available in store. We're proud to support San Diego artisans like Wild Habit. Read below to find out more about these ladies, their inspiration, and, of course, what they're reading!
We create and design handmade home goods, installations, and jewelry from natural and found materials. We forage in nature to create beautiful, wild wares to bring the outside in. We collaborate and create handmade products and installations from our found, natural materials. Staying true to natural beauty and to our craft, we are impulsive in gathering (picking up anything we find interesting) and deliberate in our execution (finding the best way to show of the inherent beauty of the material). We illuminate birch bark, carve bones, wear feathers and stones. Our WILD HABIT keeps us exploring & creating - from our back woods to the beach to the mountains and world-wild. Making beauty from nature is what do and what we love - from jewelry to lighting, wall art to table art.
Tell us about the inspiration for your pieces.
There is no place we'd rather be than outside, enjoying the shapes, patterns, colors of nature and that is where our process starts. We explore and forage to find objects that inspire us and bring them into our studio to start creating. Sometimes a fallen log or dried out cactus will sit on a shelf for months until we find inspiration for its next life - a way to really show of its beauty. We want to bring that beauty of the earth into every heart and home, with the hope that by sharing the thoughtfulness of handmade goods, inspired by the earth, people will appreciate, conserve, and respect the land around us.
What does a typical work day look like?
The best days are the exploring days and the making days but not all days get to be that inspired. As a small business we do everything from sending invoices to wiring electrical sockets, so we try to reward each menial task with a fun making task (designing a new piece, visiting a new stockist). We usually chat in the morning about our goals (sometimes while walking our dogs), get some of the administrative tasks out of the way, and then we put on our jumpsuits and head to the studio to start making. From painting antlers, to cleaning birch bark, to designing jewelry, every day is different, creatively consuming and exciting.
How do you work as a team?
We went to Antarctica together 12 years ago and have been planning how to capture that magic and make something of it since. Our love for the outdoors, our complimentary creative vision, and all Earth's natural treasures brought us together. And now we get to work together to share the things we find most beautiful. Usually one of us will get excited about a certain piece and then we start to play and see what we can make from it. We go back and forth with revisions and alterations until we make something we love so much we don’t want to see it go! It is such a fulfilling collaboration and our friendship grown so much since we started our partnership. We feed off each other’s ideas, energy, and creativity with every project.
Favorite spots in San Diego to play hooky?
We are learning that our work can easily and quickly consume our lives, so we need to be sure we take time to do things that inspired us to start WILD HABIT. Playing hooky is actually essential to keeping us creative! We make an effort to get outside and play most Fridays. We love going to the Del Mar Dog Beach, Mount Laguna to get a snow fix, music at Pappy & Harriets, and camping in Joshua Tree. While it could be considered playing hooky, we usually end up with pockets full of natural treasures and talking about what we can make with them. Luckily, we love what we do so it never feels too much like work!
We often have meetings at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. When working downtown, we love the San Diego Library rooftop, admiring the design in the East Village and eating oysters at Ironside or grabbing fancy coffee at Holsem.
What are you currently reading?
The Power of Habit, Breaking Wild, My Family and Other Animals, and always Mary Oliver everything.
It's almost Valentine's Day, and we have a variety of beautiful gift options in the shop for anyone on your love list. Whether you're shopping for friends, kids, spouses or a new flame, we've got you covered!
And for him...
Until our e-commerce is up and running, we are happy to hold any item below for you in the shop. Just email us libraryshop at supportmylibrary dot org or call the store at (619) 236-5802 to purchase.
Supplies are limited but we're happy to work as your personal shoppers if we're out of any of these one-of-a-kind items!