Monthly Archives: November 2017

Gifts that Keep on Giving at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Gifts that Keep on Giving at the San Francisco Public Library

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San Francisco, CA – This holiday season, add a personal, handmade touch to gift-giving by upcycling with the Library. SFPL is excited to be offering free workshops and events about green ideas and environmentally sustainable practices during the month of December. Transform old books and magazines, T-shirts and sweaters, and bottles and jars into cup cozies, mixed media wreaths, sugar scrubs and more.

Libraries throughout the City are hosting Green Gifts workshops for kids, teens and adults, focusing on crafting seasonal presents and decorations using repurposed materials. The workshops help patrons learn to create less waste by providing innovative and fun ways to utilize the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Patrons can try their hand at weaving newspaper baskets, folding origami trees, creating paper ornaments, fabric flowers, T-shirt tote bags and much more. For more information, view the complete program guide, and visit sfpl.org/GreenGifts.

For additional, and year-round, eco-friendly resources and programs at the Library, visit the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the Main Library.

Green Gifts – Program Highlights:

Crafting with Recycled Books – Dec. 2 & 3, West Portal

Mixed Media Wreaths – Dec. 5, Anza

Adult Craft Night: Sugar Scrubs and Holiday Cards – Dec. 6, Noe Valley

Holiday Upcycling – Dec. 7, Excelsior

Children’s Craft: Calming Jars – Dec. 9, Western Addition

Fingerless Gloves with GoGo Craft – Dec. 13, Portola

TAY Day in the Hormel Center – Dec. 18, Main Library, Hormel Center

Craft Night: Snow Globes & Gift Tags – Dec. 20, Ortega

Ring in the Holidays at the Library – Music, craft programs, toy trains and more – all free at your neighborhood library

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 29, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Ring in the Holidays at the Library

Music, craft programs, toy trains and more – all free at your neighborhood library

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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is the place to bring your friends and family for free holiday fun this season. There’s craft making, holiday music, special exhibits, food demonstrations and much more – all free.

Kick off the season with Bright Star – Music and More, a special musical pop-up event for children and families at the Main Library on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 pm. The program is centered on the Curran Theater’s new production, “Bright Star,” a musical written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The library will host a performance by bluegrass band Alabamajama, and a star-making craft where kids and families will have the chance to express themselves around the theme of “If You Knew My Story,” one of the songs from the musical.

The Holiday Train display also revs its engines on Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 4 in front of the Children’s Center in the Main Library.  Train engineers of all ages can push the levers that make the trains travel the tracks in a sparkling custom-built winter wonderland.

During December, libraries across the City are holding Green Gifts workshops for kids, teens and adults, focusing on crafting seasonal presents and decorations using repurposed materials. Transform old books and magazines, T-shirts, sweaters, bottles and jars into cup cozies, mixed media wreaths and sugar scrubs. Participants can try their hand at weaving newspaper baskets, folding origami trees, creating paper ornaments, fabric flowers, T-shirt tote bags and much more.

The majestic sound of authentic bronze Russian Holiday Bells will fill the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 23 as San Francisco Symphony Percussionist Victor Avdienko performs a special holiday concert. The concert will include several traditional chimes, a few contemporary pieces and improvisations, followed by a film screening of Blagovest Bells’ A Voice of Pure Earth: The Sacred Bells of Russia.

Plus, libraries are good places to take family or friends during the holidays. They can gather around the fireplaces at Eureka Valley or Merced branch libraries; meditate while walking the stone pavers marked with West African Adinkra symbols in the courtyard of the Bayview branch; see Herb Caen’s original typewriter at the North Beach branch; and view historical photos in the serene History Center at the Main Library. Out of town guests can take the cable car to the Chinatown branch; view the amazing City skyline from the Potrero branch windows; or just cozy up with a good book or magazine in the leather chairs at the Presidio branch. Folks from colder climates will enjoy the special gardens behind the Noe Valley, Ingleside and Western Addition branches.

Or just check out a good book, a calming CD, a seasonal video and enjoy the holidays!

 

Holiday highlights:

Bright Star – Music and More with the Curran Theater – Saturday, December 2, 3:30 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor

Green Gifts – various library locations and dates, see program guide.

Russian Holiday Bells – Saturday, December 23, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Biblio Bistro cooking demonstration – Wednesday, December 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Heart of the City Farmer’s Market, UN Plaza (weather permitting)

A Muslim Family’s Chair for the Pope exhibit – through Jan. 31, Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor

Kwanzaa – Celebrating Kuumba (Infinite Creativity) – Sunday, December 31, 1 – 3 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Free Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 17, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Free Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

Soprano Julia Bullock, dramaturg Kip Cranna and author Marlene Smith-Branzini appear at the library

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San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Public Library is hosting a free, public discussion presented by the San Francisco Opera about Dame Shirley, whose book, The Shirley Letters, inspired this season’s opera premiere, Girls of the Golden West.

San Francisco Opera Dramaturg Dr. Clifford “Kip” Cranna will moderate the discussion with soprano Julia Bullock, who portrays Dame Shirley in the new opera, and Louise Clappe expert Marlene Smith-Baranzini. The event is free.

The talk is being held in connection with the library’s On the Same Page bimonthly book club. The November/December selection is The Shirley Letters.

 

Program:             Opera Talk – Girls of the Golden West

Date:                     Tuesday, Nov. 28

Time:                     6 p.m.

Place:                    Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Cost:                      Free

 

The new opera, Girls of the Golden West, by John Adams with a libretto by Peter Sellars is based on The Shirley Letters, a collection of 23 letters written by Clappe to her sister in Massachusetts detailing life in a Gold Rush-era mining camp in the mid-1800s.

The On the Same Page selection is based on the Heydey Publishing edition of The Shirley Letters, edited and introduced by Marlene Smith-Baranzini. The series of letters written by Clappe to her sister were first published under the pseudonym of “Dame Shirley” in Pioneer magazine. In these letters Clappe writes of life in San Francisco and the Feather River mining communities of Rich Bar and Indian Bar in 1851 and 1852. She focuses on the experiences of women and children, the perils of miners’ work, crime and punishment, and relations with native Hispanic residents and Native Americans. Bret Harte is said to have based two of his stories on The Shirley Letters.

San Francisco Opera Presents Girls of the Golden West – Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Related program:

Hands on History: Girls (and Some Guys) of the Golden West – Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor