News Release - January 29, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Sherri Eng, (415) 557-4282; seng@sfpl.org

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Western Addition Branch Library Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, City Librarian Luis Herrera and other officials for the grand re-opening celebration of the newly restored Western Addition Branch Library.

When: 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 2

Where: 1550 Scott St. (at Geary)

Who:

Remarks by:

  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
  • State Assemblyman Mark Leno
  • Jewelle Gomez, San Francisco Public Library Commission
  • Edward D. Reiskin, Department of Public Works
  • Donna Bero, executive director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Western Addition Library Campaign Committee

Entertainment by:

  • Lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association
  • Taiko Ren
  • Kindergarteners from Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • African American Historical and Cultural Center Studio A Dancers
  • African American Historical and Cultural Center After-school Program
  • Bay Area Magic Makers
  • Afro Solo Theater Group

Why: The Western Addition Branch is the seventh library to be renovated or built under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which was funded by a $105.9 million bond measure approved by voters in 2000. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the Western Addition Branch. Improvements to this beautiful modern building in a park setting include a new and expanded teen area, updated children’s room, a new program room, a landscaped courtyard, more computers and free WiFi access to the Internet. The renovation also features seismic retrofitting and ergonomically redesigned staff work areas.

Please RSVP to (415) 557-4277

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