Johnny Otis (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Our Sonoma County Local Authors project continues to grow. With the discovery of a list of authors compiled back in 1994, Collections Development Librarian David Dodd was able to fill in a few blanks in the Sonoma County literary landscape and bring Community up to 1020 entries. Notable additions from the list and from books new to the Library include:

  • Johnny Otis (1921-2012), American singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario (and briefly, owner of a deli-style grocery store/cabaret in Sebastopol where he played sold-out shows). Otis is known as the original “King of Rock & Roll” and he is commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues.
  • Laura Chenel, California’s first producer of fromage de chèvre—the soft and creamy king of goat cheese
  • Terrence McKenna (1946-2000), known as the “Timothy Leary of the 90s” — ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants
  • Bart King, Disney-Hyperion and best-selling Amazon kids author, who “writes for kids and immature adults”

I’ve begun loading a selection of photos to HistoryPin, which is a “way for people to come together to share and celebrate local history. It consists of a shared archive, a mutually supportive community and a collaborative approach to engagement with local history.” HistoryPin allows us to share our collections in a new way by making it easier to see images in geographic and historical context by way of timelines and Google StreetView mashups.

I uploaded a group of San Francisco photos to start, including a group of gorgeous Lothars & Young prints of the SF waterfront and Sea Cliff neighborhood in the 1920s, as well as some featuring Sonoma County residents, including the late Petaluma Library librarian Maxine Kortum, shown above outside the SF Main Library about 1948. Photos can be “pinned” to a collection (including collections other members create) and arranged for tours. We will pin more photos to the SF collection as well as to other collections as time allows. In the meantime, HP members from around the world have uploaded tons and tons of great images and more that tell stories of their communities — have fun exploring!