News Release - January 7, 2009

Public Viewing of the Presidential Inauguration

For Immediate Release: January 07, 2009

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

Public Viewing of the Presidential Inauguration at San Francisco Public Library

The San Francisco Public Library is holding a special free public viewing of the live, televised coverage of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

The event is sponsored by the Library's African American Interest Committee in recognition of the tremendous level of interest in the inauguration. "This is a momentous occasion for America, the election of an African American president, and even doubly so for African American communities who are looking at this past election and its outcome as miraculous and earth shaking," said African American Center Librarian Stewart Shaw.

The viewing offers those living and/or working in the Civic Center neighborhood a chance to view the historic inauguration ceremony with the community, hear President Obama take the oath of office and give his inaugural address.

"On such an historic day for the nation, we are looking forward to hosting all who wish to view this remarkable event with us in the beautiful Koret Auditorium," said City Librarian Luis Herrera. "The Library strives to be a place where all are welcome and can come together to celebrate democracy and open access."

The public viewing will conclude at Noon Pacific Standard Time; the timeline is expected to allow library patrons to watch televised coverage of the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House and other events that follow the ceremony.

Free tickets for the program can be obtained in the days prior to the event from the General Collections Reference Desk located on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library. Patrons with tickets will be allowed to enter the building at 8:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the official library opening time. After 9:00 a.m. seating in the Koret will be available on a first come, first served basis. Refreshments will be served in the Library's Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room.

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