Deaf Services Center: dsc125-01
In 1977, the Oakland Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library received funding from a Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) to begin serving the Bay Area Deaf community. The funds were used to hire staff and to develop a collection which reflected their unique needs. This distinctive banner was designed by Lee Ann Akau, a local Deaf artist, and handcrafted by Margaret Myhre, Deaf Services Librarian from 1980-1989. "Library", as shown by two "L" handshapes, form the ends of the Bay Bridge. "Friend", as shown by the linked index fingers, spotlights the center of the bridge. This banner is a permanent part of the Deaf Services Center collection.
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