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News Release - October 22, 2009

Park Branch Library Celebrates its Centennial

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2009

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

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Park Branch Library Celebrates its Centennial

San Francisco Public Library’s Park Branch will celebrate its 100th birthday on Oct. 29 with a day filled with festivities, crafts and historic programs.

The branch at 1833 Page St. originally opened on October 29th, 1909, making it the oldest existing San Francisco Public Library building. The Park Branch was built with City funds: $7,000 for the land and $27,000 for the building. The two-story brick and terra cotta neoclassical building was designed by the McDougall Brothers. Although built at the time that Andrew Carnegie was funding the construction of other city libraries, Park Branch is not a Carnegie building.

The 100th birthday celebration on Oct. 29 includes:

  • 10:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time
  • 11 a.m. Branch birthday party for kids
  • 11:30 a.m. Musician Charity Kahn will perform—children and parents are encouraged to attend in costume.
  • 3 p.m. Face painting with Erin Gallagher
  • From 6-8 p.m., the branch will remain open for an evening celebration for the entire neighborhood with food and festivities including:

Slide show of historic photos by Katherine Powell Cohen, author of Arcadia Press’s new book in the Images of America series, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury

Musical performances by the Urban School of San Francisco Jazz Combo, Joli Valenti and Gail Muldrow and more

Announcement of the winners of the Haight Ashbury Neighbor¬hood Council’s “Why I Love the Park Branch” student essay contest

The centennial event is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Cole Valley Improvement Association and Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council.

Renovation of the 6,096-square-foot branch was funded by bonds approved through the Branch Library Improvement Program passed by voters in November 2000 with additional funding raised by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

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