The wall inside the pop up at 312 Valencia St.

The Scanners project at 312 Valencia St., a month-long pop-up that ends next Sunday, is exactly the kind of thing you run into in the Mission and think, I must tell people about this.

It’s a collection of old books and a series of talks. Patricia Greenfield, a professor of psychology from UCLA, will talk tonight at 5 p.m. about how reading affects human development and the brain.

If you can’t make that, you might want to drop in to look at the collection of books.

I picked up a first edition of Tom Wolfe’s “Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers,” but as you can see, they have a lot of books to browse through.

Nick Hoff, a writer and translator, and Matt Borruso, a visual artist, are behind the project. You might want to visit their online resource page as well.

The last event will be October 28, an artist talk on source material by D-L Alvarez and Colter Jacobsen. That’s at 6:30 p.m.

Desire and intellect.
Long before the gardening craze, there was gardening.
Mine now, but you can borrow it if you like.

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