Monthly Archives: February 2018

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 21, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story  

San Francisco, CA – The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, on Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented as part of the Library’s celebration of More Than a Month – Black History, Culture & Heritage, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show – Grammy® nominated Morgan Taylor brings music and animation to the Main Library

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 13, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

Grammy® nominated Morgan Taylor brings music and animation to the Main Library

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is excited to hold the only free Bay Area appearance of the Gustafer Yellowgold show. Described by the New York Times as “Dr. Seuss Meets ‘Yellow Submarine’,” Grammy® nominated artist, Morgan Taylor, brings his one-of-a-kind music and animation show to the Main Library on Sunday, Feb. 25yellowgold.

Taylor will be featuring material from his new album “Brighter Side” alongside classic fan favorites.  Taylor’s funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold’s show a truly all-ages experience.

“Coming to the Bay Area and seeing the familiar and new faces in my audiences is always a highlight of my year,” exclaimed Morgan Taylor. “Performing in the library enables me to reach a much more diverse audience, where I can make a connection with parents and children who might not otherwise get a chance to catch one of my performances.” When asked whether Baconstein will make an appearance, Taylor replied: “In more ways than one. Oh, that magic meat.”

Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show – Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: 2/12/18
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

The Imagination of American Poets
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with an opening event on the 24th of March featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver – April 1, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

More Than A Month – The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

More Than A Month
The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we promote affirmative examples of important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. This year, the Library has titled the programs that celebrate Black history, culture & heritage More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities every month, all year roundmorethanamonth.

The Library is championing Black history, culture & heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. More Than a Month features film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits, music and craft classes for the whole family.

On Feb. 7, Historian and archivist Bill Doggett, in a multi-media presentation, examines the historic role of racism during the Civil War and compares it with the current heated and divisive debate about race during the first year of the Trump administration. This program takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Merced Branch Library.

Visit the African American Center in the Main Library to learn about historical, political and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials spanning a broad range of subject areas, the Center organizes many free exhibits and programs.

“All year long we invite you to join us every day, in every library location,” says library spokesperson Katherine Jardine, “to continue honoring and celebrating the diverse and special histories and heritages that make up our beloved City and our unique country.”

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. More information, including the program guide, at sfpl.org/more-than-a-month.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Tales from Africa to Black America with Muriel Johnson – Feb. 6, Richmond

#Charlottesville, the Civil War, and Race: Why the Civil War Still Matters – Feb. 7, Merced

1966 Bayview Uprising and BVHP History – Feb. 10, Bayview

Black Freedom Struggles in the Jim Crow West – Feb. 11, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Harriet Tubman: A Forgotten Legacy – Feb. 13, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Rooms

Race, Disability and Poverty in Children’s Books – Feb. 18, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Crafts:

Music Performances & Dance Classes

Film Screenings

Exhibits & Displays