News Release - March 31, 2009

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org

San Francisco Public Library Goes Green

New Green Stacks Program Promotes Sustainable and Renewable Efforts at the Library

As a forerunner for renewable resources, the San Francisco Public Library is taking its eco-friendly credentials to the next level. The Library is proud to launch its new Green Stacks program in April with a series of informative workshops, readings and events for all ages.

Among the program highlights:

#Community Gardens of San Francisco - Reading with Alex Hatch, author of Cracks in the Asphalt: Community Gardens of San Francisco.

April 1: Main Library,

100 Larkin St., 6 p.m.

April 15: Excelsior Branch Library,

4400 Mission St., 7 p.m.

Compost and the Climate Change Connection: What happens after the green cart

April 8: Western Addition Branch Library

1550 Scott St., 6:30 p.m.

April 27: Mission Branch Library

300 Bartlett St., 7 p.m.

April 29: Glen Park Branch Library

2825 Diamond St., 6:30 p.m.

Worm Composting for Kids - Dive deep into the worm composting bin with The Garden for the Environment. Ages 5 & up.

April 14: Visitacion Valley Branch Library

45 Leland Ave., 1 p.m.

Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming - Reading with author and chef Laura Stec. Program will include show-and-tell displays and mini culinary class.

April 18: Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

1801 Green St., 3 p.m.

#The North Pole Was Here - Imagine - Updated slide show based on the film, An Inconvenient Truth.

April 22: Main Library

100 Larkin St., 6:30 p.m.

#The Farallon Islands: Past, Present and Future - Film and panel discussion.

April 29: Main Library

100 Larkin St., 6 p.m.

#Co-sponsored by the Library's Wallace Stegner Environmental Center.

Although launching in honor of Earth Day, the Library's Green Stacks programs will continue year round. In 2009, program themes range from the green table (food related topics) to transportation to life's big events. From the food you eat to the plants you grow, from the transportation choices you make to how you celebrate life's turning points, the Library strives to provide inspiration for living green. The Library's thought-provoking programs aim to enlighten and benefit all in making a more eco-friendly life.

The San Francisco Public Library is also making changes to create a greener environment for its staff and facilities, from instituting a composting program to evaluating commute options to striving for LEED Silver certification for new library construction projects and more. Coming soon, a dedicated Web page at sfpl.org that will highlight all the Library's green efforts.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library's Green Stacks is a new program dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today's library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life.

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