Summer 2014 Newsletter

San Francisco Chapter  Summer 2014

Events and News WNBA-SF chapter Chapter President

New Ways to Read:
eMaterials, Libraries, and the Digital Divide

Sharon McKellar
Sharon McKellar

August 2nd, Saturday, 2:00–4:00 pm
Rockridge Library, Oakland
Speaker: Sharon McKellar, Librarian, 
Oakland Public Library

Are you curious to know how libraries add eBooks to their collections? Have you heard of OVERDRIVE? Do you wonder what readers are digital and which aren’t? Come to our kick-off meeting of the program year and find out! Mix and mingle after the talk, snacks provided. FREE to members and guests. Please RSVP in the form below.

Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Librarian will speak about new ways to read, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and online reading and will give insight into what types of books (genre, age range etc.) get more use digitally. She will also address impacts these new “reading technologies” have on libraries, librarians, and a population with uneven access to digital resources and will shed light on how libraries are facing these impacts, both good and bad.  Following the talk there will be time for questions. 

Sharon McKellar has been a librarian with the Oakland Public Library since 2003, serving as a children’s librarian, a branch manager, and currently as the Community Relations Librarian.  She is a reader, a writer, and an excited member of the 2015 Caldecott Selection Committee.

Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College AvenueOakland, CA  94618 (510) 597-5017

Join us at the library! Bring business cards to network, books to display and sell.

Click here to RSVP so we know how many members to expect. 

Dear WNBA-SF Chapter Members,

Summer is upon us and WNBA-SF is busy planning new programs and activities for our upcoming year 2014-15, and also for the 100th anniversary celebrations in 2017–two short years away!

SF Chapter is focused on its mission to promote literacy, a love of reading, and to advocate for women in the world of words. We’ve come up with a stimulating schedule of meeting, mixers, and events, along with exciting ongoing projects. All these are outlined on the Benefits to Membership page; some are featured in this newsletter’s left right column. Some highlights are:

  • Member mixers with interesting speakers, every other month
  • Special events and sponsorships, great opportunities for networking
  • Ongoing literacy projects, both locally and globally
  • Children/YA local author list as resource for school visits
  • Adult local author list for book clubs /general readership

We’d like to include you, our members, in all our plans! To make this easy, so you can plan ahead, and participate in doing whatever you like best, we’ve set up a special web page of our program, Volunteer Opportunities. Look it over and use the online form to secure your volunteer spot. We’ll be in touch with you.

This is the time of year to renew your membership! Our membership year is June 1st – May 31st. If you joined in April or May 2014, your membership is good through May 31, 2015. Most of you joined in 2013. Please take the time now to renew here.

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell at the WNBA Nat’l Board Meeting

It’s a pleasure serving on the board and participating in our fabulous literary events. Hope to see you all August 2nd at Oakland’s Rockridge Library to kick off our exciting year! 

Thank you, as always, for your support.


Kate Farrell, President

Register Now! Early Bird ends June 30th.

San Francisco Writing for Change Conferencesfw4c

September 6th, 2014

Registration begins at 8:15 am
8:45 am – 5:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Center of San Francisco
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), San Francisco, CA

The Sixth San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is the place to discover whether your book can change the world. The theme of the conference is “Changing the World One Book at a Time,” and the goal is to encompass business, politics, technology, social issues, the environment, culture, the law, and much more.

The Writing for Change Conference is devoted to bringing together agents, editors, authors, and publishing professionals to enable nonfiction writers to learn about writing, publishing, marketing, and technology. You’ll also learn how to get your work published successfully, online and off. READ MORE

Glenda Carroll

Glenda Carroll


Written by Catharine Bramkamp 

Glenda Carroll is a writer and outdoor enthusiast. Her favorite pursuit is open water swimming. She talks with us about swimming in deep water and swimming in words.

Dead in the Water was inspired by an organized open water swim in Whiskeytown Lake in Redding. There were two swims that day: a one mile and a two mile. I had finished the one mile swim, was sitting on the beach, waiting for the start of the next swim when people ran by me to a swimmer who was being pulled out of the water at the side of the course. Watching the EMTs try and resuscitate him and seeing his wife helpless beside him never left me. I went over to the finish line (for the second swim) and watched swimmers as they finished. One man came through the finish chute, bent over and said ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’ He was. Both men died. They were the first deaths in the thirty years that Pacific Masters had been sponsoring open water swims. I turned the trauma of that day into my inspiration for Dead in the Water.”

Coming soon…!
National Reading Group Month


October 11, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Books, Inc., Opera Plaza 
601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco


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Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, & Litquake

Come meet this year’s high profile award-winning authors as they discuss their new novels over French wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. 

Katie Crouch, Abroad: A Novel

Alice LaPlante, Circle of Wives

Sophie Littlefield, The Missing Place (out this October)

Free raffle of all books presented! Other free items for book clubs.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder


Public Speaking for Women Writers: Five Mental Shifts to Build Your Confidence

Written by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

It’s heartbreaking when I hear a writer—usually a female writer—say that she doesn’t want to publish or promote her book because it might involve public speaking.

Let’s face it, if you want your book to be read by more than your ten best friends and your mother, you’ll have to promote it, not only by writing articles and blog posts, but also at live events, media interviews, and podcasts.  That’s where your skills as a speaker come in.

I suffered paralyzing stage fright for decades. The idea of an “audience” horrified me. If you’d told me at age 30 that I would eventually be paid to teach and coach people to overcome their fear to become effective public speakers, I’d have told you that you were plumb crazy.

But that is exactly what happened.


This was a fantastic tribute to our Founder!
Effie Lee Morris 18th Annual Lecture

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Yuyi Morales

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  
San Francisco Main Library, Civic Center
Free and open to the public!
Guest Lecturer: Yuyi Morales

This was a powerful community, literary event: Yuyi Morales at the San Francisco Public Library! After a packed, catered  reception in the Children’s Center, the mariachi band led us down the stairs and through the lobby to the auditorium for Yuyi’s talk. She held us spellbound for over an hour. We were barely able to raffle the free books that Women’s National Book Association: San Francisco Chapter provided, and have books signed, before the library closed for the night!

The Fisher Children’s Center, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and the Women’s National Book Association/San Francisco Chapter presented special guest lecturer, Yuyi Morales, who will deliver the 18th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture in Children’s Literature, “Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story.”

Author/illustrator Yuyi Morales has drawn on her Mexican-American heritage to create a wide variety of picture books. The winner of a 2014 Pura Belpré Award for Niño Wrestles the World, she divides her time between Mexico and California.


Story Circle at the Living Room

Story Circle at the Living Room

Literacy Partnership

This year the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, sponsored a Book Drive to benefit the Living Room, Santa Rosa, a daytime drop-in center that provides a safe haven to ease the adversity of homelessness for women. In January, WNBA-SF launched an early literacy activity at the Living Room, using donated books for picture book storytelling—part of the Living Room’s Mother and Child program.

In June, the SF Chapter sponsored a workshop in “Picture Book Storytelling” to recruit more volunteer readers at the Living Room. We taught techniques that enlivened the telling of a picture book and were successful in recruiting a few more readers.

Now we are pleased to announce that the SF Chapter has increased its visits to the Living Room from biweekly to weekly: every Monday at 10:30 am. We will be collaborating with community partners to purchase children’s books at low cost and to request book donations.

Without the efforts and donations of WNBA SF Chapter, there would be no literacy program at the Living Room or focus on children’s books and reading.

Book Drive: At all our SF Chapter events throughout the year, we will accept classic children’s picture books and board books in English and Spanish. 


 Click here to sign up for Volunteer Opportunities!

Click here to find yourself in the Membership Directory! If you want to add or update your information, just renew your membership or contact:

 WNBA SF Chapter Board Contact Info

WNBA 2014-2015 BOARD

President: Kate Farrell

Vice President: Open

Treasurer: Sherry Nadworny

Secretary: Open

Membership Chair: Jane Glendinning

Blog Managing Editor: Open

Featured Member Interview Editor: Catharine Bramkamp

Social Media Manager: Frances Caballo

Past President & Webmaster: Linda Lee


Annual Membership 2014-2015

The membership period runs from June 1st – May 31st

Please join or renew now!

Your membership dues pay for our FREE public events, for MEMBERS’ ONLY Mixers, for our Literacy Initiatives, SFWC and SFPL sponsorships.

 The WNBA National Directory is now being upgraded and will soon launch! We hope to see your name and expertise listed there.