Memoirs, biographies and interviews make up the vast majority of the top 20 circulating books in the subjects of Art, Music and Recreation this fiscal year. Three titles are holdovers from the top circulating titles of 2012-2013 - Bossypants (number 1 last year), Waging Heavy Peace (number 7 last year) and Rita Moreno (number 22 last year).
There are only two titles without a biographical component. Difficult Men is behind the scenes survey of the changes in television dramas since the 1990s. One title that has defied the trend toward celebrity worship on this list is Knitting Yarns, a collection of writing about knitting and the community of knitters.
The top twenty highest circulating books of the past year:
Chimurenga Library is a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Library, Chimurenga (a South African artistic, cultural organization), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This building wide exhibition / installation was inspired by the FESTAC '77 festival held in Nairobi.
A quotation from Randy Weston's autobiography African Rhythms, from the first floor library (image source: Andrea Lo, SF Weekly blog (June 3, 2014))
The Art, Music and Recreation hosts only a subset of this building-wide installation. Like the rest of the library, visitor / view is guided by red masking tape to quotations and to displayed video, images and text. Books from our collection are likewise highlighted with labels hanging from wooden blocks.
More information about the Chimurenga Library installation at the San Francisco Public Library can be found at: