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It’s the Why That Matters | IBPA Independent

January 2016
by Rana DiOrio

Little Pickle’s raison d’être is to create media that fosters kindness in young people—and to do so in a manner congruent with that mission. More importantly, we firmly believe that the future of civilization rests in society’s collective ability to instill kindness in its children. This is our why, and it fully informs our business model, distinguishes us from others in our industry, and serves as Little Pickle’s primary competitive advantage.

B CorpConsistent with our why, Little Pickle was the very first media company to qualify as a Certified B Corporation (“B Corp”). B Corps, such as Ben and Jerry’s, Method Products, and Patagonia, are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, performance, environmental conscientiousness, charitable activity, and treatment of employees, B Corps distinguish themselves in competitive industries by offering a positive vision of what business can be.

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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? Blog Tour

Join us on the virtual book tour road! Read reviews, check out interviews with the authors, and enter giveaways for a chance to win your own copy of What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?. Follow along using the tour schedule below, updated daily.unnamed-1

February 3rd Leo Libris – REVIEW
February 4th The Book Adventures of Emily – REVIEW
February 5th Freda Hansburg – INTERVIEW
February 8th my name is Sage – REVIEW
February 9th Literary Lunes – REVIEW
February 12th Fascinating Quest – REVIEW
February 13th Townsend House – REVIEW
February 15th Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews – BOOK SPOTLIGHT
February 16th The Phantom Paragrapher – REVIEW

 

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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

What Does It Mean To Be An EntrepreneurLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls; a little fanfare, if you please! Little Pickle Press is proud to announce the release of What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?, number six in the award-winning flagship series.

To get you ready to read, we asked co-author Rana DiOrio to tell us why this book is just the thing for young readers today.

1. Breakthroughs are often thought of as big explosions of ideas. Is that how Entrepreneur came about, or was it more of an evolution?
I conceived the idea of writing Entrepreneur a few years ago. I wanted a resource to explain to my children what it is I do. As a former technology investment banker and living in the Bay Area, I knew there were many other children who would benefit from this book. I approached an iconic serial entrepreneur to co-author the title with me. His vision of it was different than mine. I wanted to capture the essence of entrepreneurship, and he wanted to block and tackle the “how-tos”. After I realized that he wasn’t an ideal fit, my editor friend and fellow entrepreneur, Emma D. Dryden, offered to co-author the title with me. I thought the idea was inspired, so that’s what we did. Our collaboration was dynamic and fun. So, the short answer to your question is that Entrepreneur evolved to became exactly the book I hoped and dreamed it would be.
2. What makes this book timely? 
Small business activity is on the rise in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 38 of the top 40 largest metropolitan areas during 2015, according to two new reports from the Kauffman Foundation. As we speed away from the economic sluggishness caused by The Great Recession, innovation abounds and access to capital is great. Entrepreneurs are changing the way we live, work, and give. Their work product and creative problem solving are improving our standard of living—creating wealth, jobs, and conditions for a thriving global society.
As many children are future entrepreneurs and all children stand to benefit from entrepreneurs, it makes a lot of sense to engage them in conversations about entrepreneurship.
3. Do you feel that an entrepreneurial spirit is something that can be nurtured and developed, or is it something you’re born with? How would you encourage it?
There is scholarly evidence supporting both sides. In my humble opinion, which is informed by working with entrepreneurs for 25+ years, I believe that the entrepreneurial spirit can be nurtured and developed and is most often sparked and fueled out of necessity. There are myriad ways to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in children. An easy place to start is by taking advantage of one of the many programs designed for this purpose—the Angel Resource Institute, the Boys and Girls Clubs Young Entrepreneurs Academy, BUILD, The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, the Edward Lowe Foundation, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, to name a few. Even the Girl Scouts of America recently introduced an Entrepreneur Badge!
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Thanks, Rana. Hey, folks. We all know that kids are bright, inventive, and energetic. Books like What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? will give them the direction that they need to channel those resources into a future that benefits everyone. Buy a copy today for that creative little (or not-so-little) someone in your life!

Define Water Bottle: Take Your Pick

Define Water BottleIt’s a rare soul who can truthfully admit that they drink the recommended daily allowance of water, or even close to it. Filtered through coffee, perhaps, or sweetened and carbonated. But plain water? Boring. This is where the Define water bottle comes to the rescue.

Infused water is a big deal right now, with touted benefits from improved health to life-altering events. The real benefit is the fact that when you add a touch of flavor to water, people tend to drink more. When that flavor is derived from chemical-free additions such as fruit and veggies, so much the better.

When thirteen-year-old Carter Kostler realized that his mom loved fruit-infused water, but didn’t have a convenient way to take it on the go, his mind went into design mode. The result? The Define water bottle.

Available in multiple sizes and styles, the Define water bottle features a wide mouth for filling purposes, a secure flip-top lid, a lanyard for easy carry, and BPA-free parts that are easy to disassemble at dish washing time.

Clean water, though kind of dull in the flavor department, is a must for a healthy lifestyle. When an entrepreneurial spirit tackles convenience, boring is all washed up.

Solar-Powered Water Filter: A Prize Winner

Solar-powered water filterWhile many kids her age were worrying about the latest fashion trend or cell phone upgrade, fourteen-year-old Deepika Kurup was focused on a pressing global issue—clean drinking water. This interest led to her prize-winning invention of a solar-powered water filter.

After witnessing children in India collecting water from a contaminated drinking source (the only one then available), Kurup took it upon herself to seek a solution. After several months of research and testing, she hit upon a working combination: “she ultimately came up with a system that exposes titanium oxide and zinc oxide to sunlight, creating a chemical reaction that generates hydroxyl radicals, which in turn can kill harmful bacteria.”

While still in seventh grade, Kurup entered the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, eventually going on to  win a $25,000 award. Rather than simply basking in the glow of the scientific community’s praise, Kurup has further plans for her invention. “My next step is applying for a patent,” she says. “I want to start a nonprofit organization to deploy my innovation.”

From sunlight to limelight, Deepika Kurup and other young entrepreneurs like her should prove that the next generation is in good hands.

3D Printing: A New Way to Build

3D printingIt used to be a common joke that anyone who looked at a printer would wish aloud that said printer could run off material goods such as dinner or a pile of cash. While 3D printing may not make you rich or well fed, it is doing a lot to make lives easier.

The first patent application for 3D printing (then called RP, or Rapid Prototyping) dates back to 1980, when a Dr. Kodama of Japan first sought approval. The patent fell through due to a delay in filing, which allowed Charles Hull to take honors for the first patent.

The idea behind 3D printing is pretty straightforward. Rather than spitting out ink, the print head extrudes melted plastic in a preset pattern. The printer builds up the plastic layer by layer, until the object is complete. The actual process is a bit more complicated, but fun to watch.

While it’s neat to think of printing out your own knick-knacks, one of the most important uses of 3D printing is in the medical field. Prosthetics, organ and tissue models, and other printed pieces are helping to improve surgical procedures and enhance independence and mobility for amputees.

While the old saw about printing off a new yacht might be closer than ever to coming true, it’s no joke that an entrepreneurial spirit is something to build on.

Stem Cells: Your Body’s Building Blocks

Stem cellsRemember when you were a kid, and you got to play with modeling clay in art class? Wasn’t it neat, turning that nondescript clump into whatever you could dream up?

Did you know that your own body is capable of that same type of creativity?

In addition to bone cells, brain cells, and a ton of other kinds of cells, your body produces stem cells. These are unspecialized cells that can, with the right encouragement, become just about any kind of cell that your body needs.

The discovery that cells are the building blocks of life has been around since the mid-1800s. By 1961, the first research studies were being conducted. The year 1968 saw the first bone marrow transplant, a medical breakthrough that led to cloning research and incredible advancements in cancer treatments.

A well-known use of stem cells involves the treatment of cancers such as lymphoma. Stem cells are removed from an adult donor through a process called apheresis. The patient undergoes heavy doses of chemotherapy to kill the cancer, and then the stem cells are transfused into the patient. If all goes well, the stem cells multiply, creating healthy new cells and starting the patient on the road to remission.

Cells are microscopic. BUT.

Combined with an entrepreneurial attitude and a desire to change things for the better, they become one of the biggest breakthroughs of this century.

Velcro®: Stick With It

Velcro® Combing burrs out of your dog’s fur usually results in snarls—from pelt and person both. For George de Mestral, an “Ah, rats!” moment turned into an “Aha!” breakthrough, with the invention of Velcro®.

During a hunting trip in Switzerland in the forties, Mr. de Mestral decided to take a closer look at the tenacious and aggravating cockleburs that covered his pants and his dog. The image of hundreds of tiny hooks snagged in his brain, and our man George realized that it might be possible to create a strong, lightweight, and re-usable fastener.

Within ten years, Velcro® had been patented in Switzerland, with an additional trademark registered in the United States. The name is a mashup of the French words velour and crochet—velvet hook.

Simple yet ingenious, Velcro® is also an empowering tool. Small children and folks with mobility issues can use Velcro® to replace shoelaces, buttons, and other fasteners, allowing them to dress themselves and tend to personal needs without assistance.

George de Mestral’s entrepreneurial eye proves that perseverance can change the world. If at first you don’t succeed …

Stick with it.

 

Penicillin: Dawn of the Antibiotic Age

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It’s that gross stuff that lurks in aging containers of leftovers, or turns your bread gray and nasty.

It’s also credited with saving more than eighty million lives.

In ancient Egypt and for centuries after, physicians would often slap a slice of moldy bread over wounds to promote healing and prevent infection. Nobody knew exactly why it worked until a fateful day in September of 1928, when Alexander Fleming noticed a glob of green mold growing in a petri dish that had been inoculated with Staphylococcus bacteria. The mold had cut a clean swath through the otherwise healthy bacterial colony. Subsequently named Penicillium notatum, this fuzzy green interloper was subjected to numerous studies by Dr. Howard Florey, Dr. Norman Heatley, and Dr. Ernst Chain.

It was discovered that penicillin worked on bacterial cell walls, preventing tiny holes (caused by cell division) from closing, and allowing fluid to rush in and pop the bacterium like a balloon.

While the potential for penicillin was obvious, so was the problem with turning it into a useful medicine: the scientists involved couldn’t produce nearly enough. Luckily, the P. notatum strain has several relatives, and the chance discovery of P. chrysogenum led to the purposeful culture of large quantities of penicillin. By 1942, the first civilians could be treated—and cured—by this amazing new medicine.

Alexander Fleming was just doing a little post-vacation cleanup in his lab when he made a discovery that changed the face of medicine. His mind may not have been on a cure at that moment, but his entrepreneurial spirit and sense of curiosity took the “Oo, what’s this?” spark and fanned it into a lifesaving breakthrough.

Penicillin is only one of the many amazing drugs available today. What would you consider a breakthrough discovery in medicine? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Breakthroughs: An Overview

With a special book birthday on the horizon, Little Pickle Press would like to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit helps turn great ideas into a better reality.

Whether it’s building a better mousetrap or creating something entirely new, creativity is at an all-time high. While not every idea will lead to re-inventing the wheel, brilliant concepts are turning up in every aspect of life.

Join us each day this week as we dig into the motivation behind six breakthroughs from the past century. Share your thoughts about each discovery, and tell us what entrepreneurship means to you. At the end of the week, we’ll light the candles on an inspiring new release from Emma D. Dryden and our own Chief Pickle, Rana DiOrio.

Invite your friends, because we’re saving seats for all of you!

Little Pickle Press and The Great Kindness Challenge – A Perfect Way To Start The New Year

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Little Pickle Press has partnered with The Great Kindness Challenge to help educators inspire students to be kind. To achieve this goal, we’ll donate the e-book of our award-winning What Does It Mean To Be Kind? and its discussion guide to 16,000 schools participating in the 2016 challenge!

And from January 5, 2016 to May 5, 2016, Little Pickle Press will donate 15% of the net sales of the print version of What Does It Mean To Be Kind? to The Great Kindness Challenge to fuel this important work.

Please help us foster kindness by spreading the word. And we hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of this title, either from us or wherever books are sold.

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Thanks for joining us in making our world a better place!

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The Worldwide Tribe

Throughout the month of December, we’ve been sharing organizations, non-profits, people, and companies that inspire us to give back to our communities and the world around us using the hashtag #GiveBack. For Day 22, we’re sharing The Worldwide Tribe with you!

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The Worldwide Tribe aims to create one tribe of global citizens, by connecting people all over the world, to redefine what it means to be a community

What is The Worldwide Tribe?

The Worldwide Tribe is a grassroots organization harnessing the power of social media to act immediately and responsively to the current refugee crisis, while encouraging and informing a community of global citizens. “We have used our social reach to develop a committed audience who want to exercise their personal power in a positive way, and have been able to harness this to directly affect change in refugee camps in Calais and Lesvos. Our current projects include a volunteer programme in Lesvos, where we are also working to build a dome to provide much needed shelter for women and children. We continue to work in Calais, where we are installing WiFi in the camp and have funded the build of a custom-fire truck to prevent further devastation.”

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We asked the founders, Jaz and Jess, what inspired them to #GiveBack:

We first went to the refugee camp in Calais to understand the human stories behind the negative headlines we were reading. The hospitality and kindness we were met with, combined with the inspirational, heroic stories we were told have inspired us to continue to support the incredible people stuck there.

Spending time in the camp reaffirms our belief that deep down, underneath the layers of culture, language, habits and beliefs, we are all the same, all human and we all have a responsibility for one another. The determination and strength of the refugees we meet is the driving force behind everything that we do.

What we have learnt from them is invaluable. We constantly take more away from the camp and this whole experience than we are ever able to give in return and for that we are forever grateful!

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So far, our crowdfunding campaigns and social reach have enabled us to achieve the following:

  • Install a number of WiFi points in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais to bring a vital form of communication to those who are having to live there.
  • Fund the build of custom fire-truck from Arcadia, which will be able to navigate the terrain of the Calais Jungle to provide safety and immediate response that emergency services cannot.
  • Secure a dome from Pacific Domes Europe which will be transported to the Pikpa refugee camp in Lesvos and will provide vital shelter and safety for vulnerable women and children.
  • Provide building materials for the Pikpa camp in Lesvos which has greatly improved the structure and stability of the camp, and has impacted profoundly on living conditions.
  • Develop a strategy to implement a volunteer programme in Lesvos, providing imperative support for those on the islands, while creating an outlet for the many people who want to help.
  • Facilitate the travel and placement of over a dozen qualified doctors to the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, alongside our counterparts at Help Refugees.
  • Collect and distribute numerous shipments of physical donations to Calais and Lesvos, a task which we have now handed over to CalAid.
  • Speak at various schools and conferences about the refugee crisis, what life is like in a refugee camp and what people can do to help.

In the future we plan to continue to expand our work and support for refugees across Europe. We hope to roll-out our WiFi solution across further refugee camps, continue to support the development and improvement of conditions on the island of Lesvos and work to use our platform and social reach to inspire a global community.

Learn more about the Tribe and ways you can help (including putting on your own fundraiser!) at theworldwidetribe.com & on Facebook

You can donate directly to The Worldwide Tribe at bit.do/wwtdonate

Why not hold your own fundraiser? You could do a sponsored walk/run/cycle, a bake sale or host a party – the possibilities are endless! You can pay your funds raised into bit.do/wwtdonate or you can set up your own fundraiser through MyDonate in aid of The Worldwide Tribe!

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Check out their blurb on the back cover of the second edition of What Does It Mean To Be Global?: “Global is perfect. It encourages … understanding, compassion, and worldliness, exactly what we must instill in the next generation. This book inspires readers to travel and learn more about our world and the people in it—an absolute winner!”  

Buy 6 or more books and we’ll upgrade your shipping to USPS Priority Mail!

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Through December 20th, any purchase of six or more books from our website will be automatically upgraded to United States Postal Service Priority Flat Rate Mail.

No code is necessary. And the offer is good for any six Little Pickle Press/Relish Media books, so you could buy the Five-book What Does It Mean To Be…?® series autographed bundle plus just one more title to qualify!

This holiday season, help to foster kindness in children and youth with our award-winning titles, delivered just in time. Check out all our books here.

Happy Holidays!

Our Holiday #BTheExChange Project!

See how we’re helping at least two underserved schools get the items on their wish lists!

To review, the steps are:

1. Find the stuff you don’t want any more that’s ready for its next adventure.

 

2. Take a photo and upload the item image to Yerdle. Add a description so it will get snapped up!

 

3. Once someone buys it, you’ll get a free shipping label to mail it to them.

 

4. As soon as the item is on its way to its new owner, you’ll get Yerdle dollars for your item.

 

5. Donate those Yerdle dollars to the Yerdle fund!

 

Throughout December, when you use this link to get to Yerdle, our joint Yerdle-Little Pickle Press project gets credited with your generosity! http://bit.ly/BtheExChange

 

Happy Holidays, from all of us at Little Pickle Press!

 

Need a gift for your child’s teacher? Apples are nice, but books are better!

Treat your favorite teacher to our beautiful, classroom-enhancing stories.
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A moment from our award-winning “What Does It Mean To Be Present?”

From now until Dec 11, 2015, use promo code BestTeacher to get 35% off with free shipping in the Continental US. We’ll also include a free poster for the classroom! Books will be tied with Little Pickle Press ribbon and a gift tag for you to personalize.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Little Pickle Press!

31 Days of Giving Back: People and Organizations that Inspire Us

Follow us on social media where every day in December we’ll highlight a person or organization that inspires us to Give Back.

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A page from our award-winning “What Does It Mean To Be Global?

We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+

Tell us how you and the young people in your life

#GiveBack!

Find out more at http://bit.ly/LPPGiveBack

Help Syrians in Need + Show Children What It Means To Be Global

We are all part of one global community, and what we do has a profound impact on the lives of others. Little Pickle Press is committed to making a positive impact on those most affected by the Syrian crisis.

From now until March 1, 2016, we’ll donate 15% of any purchase of What Does It Mean To Be Global? to Hand in Hand for Syria, the first humanitarian organization to bring emergency aid into Syria when the conflict commenced in 2011. They remain a crucial source of medical aid, food, educational materials, and safe water for the Syrians in most desperate need.

 

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Please consider purchasing What Does It Mean To Be Global? in English,

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French,

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or Spanish.

Join us in making a difference and showing the young people in our lives what it means to be global. Here’s more about the book:

What Does It Mean To Be Global?

Written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Chris Hill

Can you say “hello” in nine languages? You can! Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.

The first book in Rana DiOrio’s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be Global? has won six awards: The USA Book News Best Books Award for Children’s Picture Book: Nonfiction; the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction; the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Children’s Picture Book, Peoples, Places and Cultures; Learning Solutions Magazine Teachers’ Choice™ Award for Children’s Books; IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Winner for Interior Design in Children’s/Young Adult; and The Nautilus Silver Award for Children’s Illustrated.

And an easy link to Buy What Does It Mean To Be Global? + Help Syrians in need

From all of us at Little Pickle Press,

Thank you for helping make our motto come true: “Media For A Better World!”

A Lesson From Nature: Cold Penguins To The Middle

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We asked child trauma specialist Dr. Donna Gaffney, Doctor of Nursing Science and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, to create the Breath To Breath discussion guide and offer resources for how anyone can help or get help. Among the materials Dr. Gaffney shared was this powerful lesson from nature.

We all have times of vulnerability and times of strength. In the extreme conditions of Antarctica, Emperor penguins huddle in densely packed circles to keep each other warm and thriving. Healthy and fit adults whose temperature regulation is the most mature take up the periphery of the circle, and thus are buffeted the most by the frozen air and fierce winds. The youngest or those with more difficulty regulating body heat are permanently placed in the warm center of the huddle. But what happens to the cold adults?

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The adult penguins on the outermost edges of the huddle periodically work their way into the center of the circle with the immature and infirm penguins, in order to regain their own body heat. Meanwhile, other robust adults take their places in the frigid outer circle. Thus the herd keeps up the body heat of the whole group without sacrificing the young or old, and giving those in the prime of life regular opportunities to warm themselves in the middle.

Perhaps, the motto of the group might best be stated, “Cold penguins to the middle!”

Like the penguins of Antarctica, human beings try desperately to keep safe and comforted in the midst of a crisis or during times of grief. At times we may feel very cold, needing heat and contact from those around us. However, at other times we are capable of offering warmth and protecting others. The lesson of the Emperor penguins can serve us well.

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Article by Dr. Donna Gaffney, DNSC, FAAN and children’s literature expert Mary Galbraith, who thank their colleagues at Liberty Science Center in NJ, in particular Dr. Emlyn Koster, for their research on the Emperor Penguin’s survival strategies.

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Happy Birthday to Lew!

What’s better than a birthday? A double birthday!

Join the friends and family of Team Pickle as we celebrate the launch of our new YA imprint, Relish Media, with the publication of Craig Lew‘s powerful and engrossing new novel, Breath to Breath.

Happy book birthday, Mr. Lew! And many more …

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Little Pickle Press is growing with readers! Have your young readers grown with us? Share a  favorite “book birthday” memory of your own in the comments. Do you remember when a beloved book was published?  Do you look forward to getting books for special occasions? Tell us your story, and don’t forget to leave a special message for Craig Lew in the comments!

Alice Statler Library

The Alice Statler Library

Hospitality is more than making sure that your guests have comfortable chairs and full coffee mugs—in fact, there’s an entire industry devoted to hospitality services. Paired with culinary arts, the hospitality industry is an important part of establishing the personality of any given region. If you’re studying these subjects at San Francisco’s City College, you have a very special collection to help you: the Alice Statler Library.

Established by the Hotel and Restaurant Foundation in 1964, the Alice Statler Library fields questions from all over the United States, and provides curriculum support to the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies department. With more than ten thousand books and a vast collection of menus dating back to the 1920s, students and chefs alike can find wisdom and inspiration specific to their industry.

One of the special features of the Alice Statler Library is the computer lab. Situated in a soundproof room, the lab boasts twenty-four computers programmed with the most up-to-date software for menu design, nutritional analysis, and other essentials.

While the library is naturally most helpful to students, it is, unlike most hospitality libraries, open to the public. Whether you’re considering opening a theme restaurant, or just looking for a new way to fold napkins for your Thanksgiving dinner, the Alice Statler Library can help. Drop by in person or online to see why it’s considered “the finest hospitality library west of the Rockies!”