Come see me, LA! –> Working Poet Radio Show

From LA Weekly:

The Working Poet Radio Show
7:00 p.m. June 4
Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium

Whether it’s Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, digital media are changing the business world, one click at a time. The whole concept of sharing has swiftly become more than social, and if you’ve seen Jon Favreau’s latest film, Chef, you’ll understand how quickly your Twitter game can change your career. Enter The Working Poet Radio Show, a new monthly radio and television talk show sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library, which seeks to explore the lives of creative people. The June 4 show, “Working With Humor,” will focus on comedians and how digital media are changing their professional lives. Sit with the live audience and listen as L.A. success stories Flula Borg, a German techno DJ; Key & Peele director Jay Martel; and best-selling author Pamela Ribon discuss how humor has changed because of social media. “It’s such a struggle for people to get to where they want to be,” says show host (and L.A. Weekly contributor) Joseph Lapin on the struggle to be successful while maintaining creativity. “This show appeals to those who want to be creative.” Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St.; Wed., June 4, 7 p.m.; free. (213) 228-7338,

— By Kellyn Kawaguchi

Price: free!

Dewey Update: Michigan is for Book Lovers

Sorry for the delay; yesterday was a little hectic, and with this bum knee it takes me twice as long to accomplish something. And you guys accomplished something, too, with 156 donations and counting. Thank you!

It’s still National Library Week, so let’s go help:

Benton Harbor Public Library Children’s Department: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Benton Harbor is one of the poorest cities in the country. U.S. census data shows around half of the residents live in poverty, and more than 90 percent are African-American. The state has recently taken over the city’s finances, a move that has the area’s NAACP concerned.

Benton Harbor has an unemployment rate of 16.3%, compared to the national average of 5.8%

The Benton Harbor Library has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, and a fascinating Wikipedia page. Closed on Sundays, The Benton Harbor Public Library is located in southwest lower Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan in Berrien County. From the sites it’s clear the library is staffed with librarians who care, who listen to the teens and kids in their community, and find a way to make the library an engaging, exciting place to visit every day.

EXCITING LIBRARIES. I believe they’re playing at Coachella this weekend.

Keep Reading and/or Donate

dewey day two

I can’t stop messing with these MRI scans the imaging center gave me on a disc to take home. So I put up today’s Dewey contest to give me something to do that will actually be productive.

Did you know it’s National Library Week? Go hug your library. It misses you and you will certainly miss it if it suddenly has to go away.

I’m in an Outsiders kind of mood today, so the wishlist is for the Westfield Detention Center. Books donated will be filling a library where Mount Holyoke students volunteer their time to read with/to the boys detained at Westfield.

And congrats to Nicolle R. Bougas, who donated yesterday and will be receiving a signed copy of Going in Circles.

Yes! The Dewey Donation System is Back!

Oh, boy. I have no web skills anymore, people. But what I do have is a stack of free copies of GOING IN CIRCLES and a desire to help out some libraries.

Do you guys miss Dewey like I do? Okay, good. Because I put up a small contest for this week.

Down and Dewey Book Drive

I’ll do the work if you do the clicking. Each day I’ll throw a few wishlists up, each helping a different library in need, and one donor a day will receive a free, signed copy of my book. You can enter as many times as you like, and for as many days as you like. I figure we can tag a few wishlists a day, giving lovely surprises to librarians all over the place.

Today’s wishlists are for Children’s Hospitals. Go, give, and spread the word! Dewey’s been on Facebook since you were on Friendster, and he has a brand spanking new Twitter account.


All this rehashing of my high school years might be undoing years of therapy. I think I can safely blame Facebook for part of it. I’m new to it. Look, I had a Geocities account, whippersnappers. And I made it safely through both the Friendster and MySpace Administrations. But Facebook, that’s where you all are. So here I am finding people I haven’t heard from in decades at the same time I’m finding things I wrote back then… and possibly I’m trying to find meaning out of coincidence, but I don’t really believe in coincidences.

You know, this started with me wondering why I’ve hoarded all of these letters and notes, and then through Facebook I get back in touch with friends from my freshman year Latin class (For those of you who have seen the Little Pam fanpage, that’s four of us (Latin was held in a Spanish classroom by a guest teacher)). So the other day I found a six-page print-out of our inside jokes from Latin class. Why is there a six-page list of Latin class inside jokes? Because I made one. I also have one from seventh-grade gifted class, and a two-year high-school relationship. I’m listy. I hoard memories, remember? Continue reading

Our Oakland Librarian Needs Our Help!

Dear Pamie,

I’m happy to see your blog is still going strong and that you are still writing.

I’m writing, because I am frantic. I have a request that will cost nothing to anyone but the time to send a batch email.

In order to save Lakeview and 5 other Oakland libraries from having hours cut from 6 days to 3 or 2 days a week, starting in July, we need people to contact City Council telling them to vote against this plan. City Council will decide at the end of June, so we only have a few weeks to turn this around.

Could you ask your blog friends to help us? If any of your blog friends are in the Bay Area and want to help in person we are having our first Save Oakland Libraries, Again!


Saturday, May 23rd 2:00-3:00
Lakeview Branch Library
550 El Embarcadero
Oakland, Ca 94610

Please email:

Ron Dellums officeofthemayor @
Larry Reid lreid @
Nancy Nadel nnadel @
Jean Quan jquan @
Ignacia De La Fuente idelafuente @
Desley Brooks dbrooks @
Jane Brunner jbrunner @
Patricia Kernighan pkernighan @
Rebecca Kaplan atlarge @
Carmen Martinez cmartinez @

Here are some specifics about Lakeview, where you spoke when you visited a few years ago.

Lakeview provides in additon to books, dvds, music cds, wifi, public internet computers, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines:

1 or 2 adult programs a month (booked through April 2010)
Two art galleries, which have exhibits scheduled through October 2010
3 children’s story times a week
The Lakeview Writers Group which meets monthly and has done so for many years and has printed out two small volumes of original writings.
The Book Club, which meets monthly and has done so for many years.
1 teen program every other month and often more
A chess club which meets weekly after school and has done so for years
A knitting club for all ages which meets weekly and has done so for years
A new chess club starting monthly meetings on the 3rd Saturday of every month
1 Large special children’s program a month and/or 1 Small special crafts children’s program a month.
School visits and class visits
Currently we have 15 regular volunteers who donate 3 or more hours a week.
Our garden which surrounds our beautiful small building is totally maintained by volunteers
Over 10,000 people were inside Lakeview in April.2009!

This is a library that deserves to be SAVED!

Thank you, Pamie, if you even have time to read this.


Mary Eileen Farrell
On my own time
From my own computer

postcards from topeka

I woke up this morning with the joke I should have fit into last night’s late-night blog about Dr. Inappropriate. (“Less Talkin’, More Doc’in.“)

Meghan has posted parts of our Topeka pre-reading podcast. I’m just going to do myself a favor and not listen. But you can. She had to cut the coffee-fueled dirty parts where I talked about Johnny Depp and fingerpainting, and somehow I think that’s for the best. Continue reading

A blog is a species

A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web.

Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts.

If a fraction of [the “Blog People”] were devoted to buying books and providing librarians for the library-starved children of California, the effort would be of far more use to humanity and society.

Someone needs to tell President ALA about Ironically, it was an article in the Library Journal (via Publishers Weekly) that led to the very first bookdrive.

[thanks to Jennifer for the link]