May 9, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org
New North Beach Branch Opens May 10
Branch Library Improvement Program comes to completion
WHAT: Grand opening celebration of the new North Beach Branch Library, with ribbon cutting, music, lion dancers and other entertainment.
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor David Chiu, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Recreation and Parks Manager Phil Ginsburg, Library Commission President Teresa Ono, Friends of the Library Executive Director Scott Staub, community leader Julie Christensen.
Performances and activities with the Jing Mo Athletic Association lion dancers, Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz, Salesian Club Theatre of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and The Rabbit Hole and FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory.
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, starting at 12:00 p.m. Speeches and ribbon cutting at 1:00 p.m. The Library opens for service at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 850 Columbus at the corner of Columbus and Lombard
INFO: The new North Beach Branch is the last of 24 libraries to be remodeled or rebuilt (with one new library in Mission Bay) under the Branch Library Improvement Program (2000). It was designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects to meet LEED Silver certification. The green building project was managed by the Department of Public Works and features a special outdoor art/sound installation commissioned by the Arts Commission as well as solar power provided by the SFPUC and denim insulation provided by a grant from Levi Strauss & Co.
The 8,500 square-foot, two-story building includes a community room with after-hours access for the community, expanded space for children, teens and adults, larger collections and additional public computers. Friends of the SFPL raised funds to furnish and equip the new library.
The new library was part of a collaboration and master plan with the Recreation and Park Department’s Joe DiMaggio playground, which is currently being renovated.