Potrero Branch Library Reopening Celebration, Saturday, March 6

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282 or (415) 608-1593;  mjeffers@sfpl.org

WHAT: Join City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and other officials for the reopening celebration of the Potrero Branch Library.

WHEN: 4 p.m., Saturday, March 6

WHERE: 1616 20th Street (at Connecticut)

WHO: Remarks by:

  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
  • Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
  • Department of Public Works Director Edward D. Reiskin
  • San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez
  • Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Official ribbon cutting, lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association, and entertainment provided by the Knuckle Knockers, the Pride of International Studies Academy Choir and Fortune Kookie ballon artist, amazing city skyline views.

WHY: The Potrero Branch Library is the 14th branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The program is supporting the renovation of16 branch libraries and the construction of eight new library buildings around the City. Project costs for Potrero branch totaled about $5.4 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

The renovation of the beautiful, midcentury modern branch, originally opened in 1951, included seismic retrofits to make the building safer in an earthquake and updated for ADA accessibility. A brightly lit children’s area with a Play-to-Learn interactive wall, a new designated Teen area, updated technology and expanded city skyline views are among the enhancements at this beautiful branch. A new elevator and an additional staircase were added to access the new program room, which can accommodate Library classes and events as well as after-hours activities for the neighborhood.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As part of the celebration, 20th Street will be closed between Connecticut and  Arkansas streets to through traffic during the event. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Library services will begin at 2 p.m.

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