From the 1906 Fire to the Internet, French Libraries in San Francisco Reinvent Themselves

From France Today

” The oldest French library in the San Francisco Bay Area is located at the Alliance Française San Francisco (AFSF.) The newest French library is found at the Alliance Française Silicon Valley (AFSCV.) What they have in common is reinvention as useful places in our changing world where much information is found online, and books are read on screen.
Their histories are completely different. One is a product of the Gold Rush, while the other is a product of a new social need. One rose from the ashes of a fire that destroyed the books, the other rose because there were just too many books. But both have become important instruments to help students connect with each other and the French language.”