San Francisco Women Street Artists Demonstrate Their Craft at Main Library!


January 22, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

San Francisco Women Street Artists Demonstrate Their Craft at Main Library!

In celebration of women artists of the City, local street artists will be creating art, live and in person, every Friday in the Main Library’s 4th floor Music Center throughout the month of March 2014. A different artist will be on hand each Friday from 1 – 3:00 p.m. This program of live art, Art in Action: How It’s Done: Celebrating Women Artists in San Francisco, Past and Present, is presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission in association with the Library. All of the artists are part of the SF Arts Commission Street Artists Program.

Photographs and information featuring original Art in Action female artists, which took place at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940, will be on display in the Art, Music and Recreation Department on the 4th Floor throughout the month of March.

Follow San Francisco Public Library on Instagram (@sfpubliclibrary) to see Art of the Walk: An Instagram Tour of Art by Women in San Francisco featuring a different work every day in March.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Art in Action Schedule:

March 7: Kathy Hallinan

Kathy Hallinan learned her leathercraft from her mother, one of the original street artists in San Francisco. She dyes, patterns, punches and cuts her own leather to create beautiful, handmade baby booties, hair clips, bracelets and more. She has been designing and selling her leathercraft items for over 40 years.

March 14: Mara Murray

Mara Murray started designing her own unique hand-made ZOOMEEZ animals, dolls, pillows and accessories in 2008. To create her artwork, she uses colorful fabrics, recycled jeans, and trims. Each ZOOMEEZ has its own personality and spirit; a one of a kind creation for the inner child in us all.

March 21: Jenifer Martinez

Jenifer Martinez and partner Stan Chiao work together to create a line of whimsical t-shirts featuring Jen’s original cartoon stick figure artwork. The t-shirts are sold side-by-side with their unique line of Steampunk jewelry made from stainless steel chain maille accented with recycled keys, clock parts and recycled materials.

March 28: Simone Guimaraes

Simone Guimaraes creates her artwork in a very organic style by using different media, bright, exciting colors and upcycled items. Her cat paintings are created using recycled San Francisco maps and acrylic paint. Each one tells its own story and finds their new owner, with a smile, all over the world. That is what her artwork is all about!

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Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball


January 17, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

Exhibition Opening January 25

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

A new library exhibition opening Jan. 25, Linedrives and Lipstick, details the history of women’s baseball, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century and Vassar College. Linedrives and Lipstick, which will be on view at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery through March 16, 2014, celebrates the legends and landmarks of the dedicated women athletes who hit, fielded, slid, and caught with passion.

From early games played before small, yet curious crowds in 1875 to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s 1948 season that attracted 910,000 paying fans, the history of women’s baseball was as exciting and tumultuous as a fast-paced game. Women were paid to play ball in the 1890s, and a surprising number of women were included on early 20th-century men’s teams.

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with 45 images, photos and 10 objects selected from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. Postcards of women at bat in long skirts, images of girls with scraped knees, and historic black-and-white photographs document more than a century of change for women’s baseball. The exhibition showcases many of the pioneering players, including Maggie Riley, Connie “Iron Woman” Wisniewski, and Ruth “Tex” Lessing, who garnered cheers from adoring fans—and braved critics’ jeers—as they barnstormed across the country from one game to the next.

This exhibition and program are co-sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Exhibits USA, a national program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Please join us for an exhibition opening program on women and baseball, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring baseball scholars David Block, Jean Ardell, Dorothy Mills, Leslie Heaphy and Monica Nucciarone.

Other related programs

Thursday @ Noon Films – Women in Sports

March 6
A League of Their Own
1992, 128 minutes

March 13
Whip it
2009, 111 minutes

March 20
Bend it like Beckham
2002, 112 minutes

March 27
Heart of the Game
2005, 97 minutes

All films are screened in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library.

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God’s Hotel: Author talk and book signing with Dr. Victoria Sweet


January 21, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

God’s Hotel: Author talk and book signing with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, will speak about the discoveries she made during her twenty years of serving as a doctor practicing personalized care at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital. The event will be held on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God’s Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves — “anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times” and needed extended medical care — ended up there.

At Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, Dr. Sweet had the chance to practice a kind of “slow medicine” that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place and its patients transformed the way she understood the body. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her patients evoked an older notion, of the body as a garden to be tended. God’s Hotel tells their stories, and the story of the hospital, which — as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern health care facility — revealed its truths about the cost and value of caring for body and soul.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Dr. Sweet lays out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country. God’s Hotel is San Francisco Public Library’s On the Same Page selection for January/February 2014.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing.

Author Talk & Booksigning:

Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tuesday, February 25 – 6pm

For more information about this program, please call 415 557-4277.


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Exhibition opening: Survival in Sarajevo Jews and Muslims, Serbs and Croats working together during the Bosnian War 1992-1995


January 17, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

Exhibition opening: Survival in Sarajevo
Jews and Muslims, Serbs and Croats working together during the Bosnian War 1992-1995

Survival in Sarajevo, a multi-panel exhibition on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, tells the story of how a small community of approximately 1,200 Jewish residents in the multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo turned a synagogue into one of the most effective humanitarian aid agencies operating inside the city during the Bosnian War. This exhibition opens Jan. 18 and will be on view during library open hours until March 16Exhibit on Sarajevo.

For three years, Muslims and Jews, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats, all worked together in the Jewish community’s aid agency, La Benevolencija (Ladino for good will). They ran a soup kitchen, pharmacy, medical clinic, two-way radio to the outside world, woman’s club, adult education courses and a children’s program. When the post was cut off to the city, La Benevolencija brought in the mail – then had its team of young men run through the city to deliver the letters. La Benevolencija also operated eleven rescue convoys out of the war zone between 1992 and 1994 and took more than 900 Jews and non-Jews out of the besieged city.

The exhibit begins with a history of the Jews in the Balkans – from their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the Holocaust in 1941. When the exhibition turns to the Bosnian war of 1992- 1995, all photographs were taken by Edward Serotta, who covered the conflict for Time magazine, Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung. This exhibition, while politically neutral, profiles extraordinary people of different ethnic backgrounds who made a difference during difficult times.

This exhibition is made possible by Centropa, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, the Milton and Roslyn Wolf Foundation, Alan & Susan Rothenberg, Morton and Amy Friedkin, Dennis & Tracy Albers and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Related events

Opening Program

Meet photographer and curator Edward Serotta and guest speakers – Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret auditorium.

Sarajevo Today – Sarajevo is a vibrant city, one of the fastest growing metropolises in the region. Find out more about contemporary Sarajevo arts, culture, architecture and life through this panel discussion with Zina Besirevic, Jasminko Halilovic and others familiar with the city. Co-sponsored by the Jericho Foundation – Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorum.

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Supervisors David Chiu and Malia Cohen Announce Partnership Between Tech and Non-profit to Mentor Kids

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Supervisors David Chiu and Malia Cohen Announce Partnership Between Tech and Non-profit to Mentor Kids

January is National Mentoring Month

SAN FRANCISCO—Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Chiu today announced a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to reduce the existing waiting list of San Francisco children seeking mentors from 83 to zero. The announcement was made at the Bayview Branch Library in San Francisco.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization providing year round, long term, 1:1 mentoring, a proven intervention for improving youth academic achievement and social engagement, serves 1,000 youth throughout the Bay Area and currently has 83 children in San Francisco on a waitlist for a mentor.

Recognizing the ongoing growth of the tech sector and’s mission to engage the industry towards playing an active role in the community, Supervisors Cohen and Chiu helped bring these two organizations together with a goal of not only decreasing the waitlist to zero, but building a database of mentors for the future. The connection to’s membership will specifically target mentors who, in addition to offering their time and commitment, can also provide children with access to future skill development and career opportunities.

“One-on-one mentoring is a proven model to help inspire and guide young people,” said Supervisor Cohen. “We should be doing everything possible to bring additional resources, people and energy to help our City’s children. This partnership will have a lasting impact on our community.”, a tech advocacy organization with over 700 members and 15,000 individual supporters, is consistently seeking opportunities to engage with the community and bring talent, innovation and energy towards solutions to help the City. The organization gladly accepted the call to engage their membership on such an important issue.

“Our members represent San Francisco values and care deeply about the City’s future,” said Board of Directors member Steve Sarner, Vice President of Marketing for Tagged Inc., a social media company. “Our goal will be to meet this challenge and help connect kids from throughout the City to our individual members who can offer time, compassion, and their expertise.”

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu also recognized an opportunity to assist young people who are seeking mentoring opportunities from one of the City’s fastest growing sectors. “During National Mentorship Month, it is fitting that we highlight the efforts of those investing in young people who are seeking guidance and role models,” said Supervisor Chiu. “While we have seen real economic benefits from our City’s tech sector, I will continue to strongly encourage the industry to play a more significant role in our civic fabric and answer the call to serve.”

“We’re so grateful to both Supervisors Chiu and Cohen, and, for organizing this effort to match children with motivated mentors,” said Katherine Bella, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. “Children at this age are incredibly impressionable, and every child deserves the opportunity to have a role model in their life.”



Judson True, Office of Supervisor David Chiu; 415-554-7451

Yoyo Chan, Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen; 415-554-4566

Alex Tourk,; 415-291-9501

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Get a Work of Art in Your Wallet

January 10, 2014

CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
415 557-4282;

Get a Work of Art in Your Wallet

Discover Your Library with Colorful New Library Cards Designed by Children and Adults, Available at San Francisco Public Libraries Starting January 13.

Pick a new library card! Five colorful new designs were selected from more than 3,500 entries in a design contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, ImproveSF and San Francisco Public Library. Current and new library card holders can select one of the new cards, either new or as replacement for an existing card, for free through Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The new cards will be available at the Main Library and each of the 27 branch libraries effective Monday, January 13, 2014.

“Having a library card empowers our users to be lifelong learners and readers,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera, a big supporter of the new designs.

The contest, held in September and October of 2012, accepted entries in five categories, divided by age: 2nd grade and under; 3rd through 5th grades; middle school; high school; and adult. The entry forms were available through schools, libraries and online. Of the 3,500-plus designs submitted, the entries were winnowed to ten in each category. The five winners were selected following public voting at Over 14,000 votes and comments were received.

Images of the new library cardsAmong the motifs featured on the new cards are a child reading and dreaming while sitting on a stack of books (2nd grade and under winner), shelves of books with a playful penguin (3rd – 5th grade winner), a host of colorful butterflies swarming a book (middle school winner), a rainbow emanating from a book (high school winner), and a lazy fox writing beneath a tree (adult winner).

For the first time ever, in addition to four children’s designs, San Francisco Public Library also has a design created by an adult artist. The Library also continues to offer a “classic” or standard card.

Show your library card love by snapping a photograph holding your new library card and posting it on Instagram and Twitter @sfpubliclibrary #lovemylibrary.

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Note to Editors: The youth library card design winners can be made available for interviews. In addition, higher resolution images of the cards are available. Thank you.

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Breaking the Barriers: The American Tennis Association & Black Tennis Pioneers

Sept. 27, 2013

Breaking the Barriers:

The American Tennis Association & Black Tennis Pioneers

Exhibition on view, Sept. 28 through Jan. 5, at San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery

San Francisco Public Library and United States Tennis Association (USTA) are pleased to present, Breaking The Barriers: The American Tennis Association (ATA) and Black Tennis Pioneers, an exhibition that blends photos, newspaper accounts and video to create a lively, informative and thought provoking experience about the history of African Americans playing tennis.

The exhibit, which will be on view Sept. 28 through Jan. 5, also explores the origins and history of the American Tennis Association, which was established in 1916 to promote the sport of tennis and to help African Americans gain access to tournament tennis. The exhibit will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco.

As the exhibition reveals, there were many trailblazers in the fight for equality in tennis, most notably Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. Gibson, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971, broke a major barrier when she entered the U.S. National Championships at Forest Hills in 1950. Attaining the World No. 1 ranking and capturing Wimbledon and U.S. National titles twice, Gibson personified the struggle for equal opportunity in previously restricted tournaments.

Arthur Ashe, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985, was the first African American male to capture a Grand Slam singles title (1968 U.S. Open). Adding to his 13 career titles and spectacular Davis Cup play, Ashe was a pioneer of causes for the underprivileged, co-founding the National Junior Tennis League in 1969.

There are other stories told as well, notably, the influence of early mentor, Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, known as Dr. J. As founder and director of the ATA Junior Development Program, Johnson worked tirelessly to gain admittance for his young players into previously segregated tournaments. Breaking The Barriers also showcases the unheralded champions of the ATA before tennis was integrated; names in the spotlight include Jimmie McDaniel, Dr. Reginald Weir, George Stewart, Tally Holmes, Gerald Norman, Oscar Johnson, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Ora Mae Washington, Isadora Channels and the Peters sisters.  The exhibit will also highlight Bay Area stars such as Mark Manning, Raquel Kopps, Don Johnson, Barbara Lewis, Tayler Davis and the Chang Family.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the United States Tennis Association – Northern California, and is a key component of a new USTA NorCal initiative, Beyond The Baseline: Leading the way in bringing tennis & education programs to grassroots communities.

Related Exhibit: They Were First: African Americans in Sports.
This exhibition, created by San Francisco Public Library’s African American Center, pays homage to great leaders of the past such as Fritz Pollard, the first African American to head coach for an NFL team, Oliver Lewis, the first African American winner of the Kentucky Derby, Vonetta Flowers, the first African American to win a medal in any winter Olympics game and many others.  In visuals and text, the story of African American sports unfolds.  Main Library, Skylight Gallery, September 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014

About U.S.T.A. Northern California and the Northern California Tennis Foundation

The United States Tennis Association (U.S.T.A.) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  U.S.T.A. owns and operates the U.S. Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series linking ten summer tournaments to the U.S. Open. U.S.T.A. Northern California (U.S.T.A. NorCal) is one of 17 sections of the U.S.T.A. whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis as an inclusive and inviting lifetime activity within the region. A not-for-profit organization with approximately 38,000 adult members, 14,000 junior members and over 400 organization members,  U.S.T.A. NorCal invests 100% of its proceeds into growing the game. Its philanthropic entity, the Northern California Tennis Foundation (N.C.T.F.), is a public supported tax exempt charity founded in 2010 (EIN # 263688410) which supports community based grassroots tennis and education programs and underserved tennis playing youth with grants and scholarships.

About Beyond The Baseline

Beyond The Baseline means providing opportunity, access and resources to disadvantaged youth from all communities to enable them to play tennis and excel in academics through organized community tennis and education programs.

Earlier this year USTA NorCal hosted an event on the recreation field at Google headquarters (Mountain View CA), bringing together Google employees, USTA volunteers and youth from surrounding underserved Bay Area communities in cooperation with East Palo Alto YMCA, East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring and College Track. This event was the first in a series of strategic engagement events for employees of Silicon Valley to be followed by NetApp (Sunnyvale, CA) in October.

This November, USTA NorCal continues the initiative. Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, wife of tennis legend Arthur Ashe, will make a special appearance at USTA NorCal’s Beyond The Baseline – Honoring the Legacy of Arthur Ashe and Community Tennis Heroes. This inaugural event is taking place on November 7, 2013 at The Galleria at San Francisco Design Center. More information is available online.

Michelle Jeffers
San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282

Michael DeFlorimonte
michaelD. Communications

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Endangered Birds of the Philippines SF Main Library Exhibit – Stegner Environmental Center – Oct. 5 – March 28


Sept. 25, 2013


Endangered Birds of the Philippines

SF Main Library Exhibit – Stegner Environmental Center – Oct. 5 – March 28


Endangered Birds of the Philippines, an exhibition that will go on view in San Francisco Public Library’s Stegner Environmental Center, will feature mixed media artwork that celebrates the iconic and critically-endangered Great Philippine Eagle and other endangered birds.


Image of a birdCreated by artist David Tomb, the exhibit features luminous and colorful paper assemblages that convey the ambiguous and mysterious jungle terrain of the Philippine island of Mindanao. Through this project, Tomb and Jeepney Projects Worldwide bring attention to the challenges these grand birds face in order to survive and share a sustainable future with an ever-growing Filipino population.


David Tomb is a co-founder of Jeepney Projects Worldwide: Art for Conservation, an organization that partners with regional conservation groups to inspire, support, and help restore lost habitat of critically endangered birds. In January 2011, Tomb and the Jeepney team visited Mt. Kitanglad on Mindanao to see wild nesting Great Philippine Eagles and other endemic birds. Jeepney has since partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation, creating limited edition fine art prints to raise funds for research, public outreach and education. Tomb has exhibited in galleries, universities, and museums extensively across the U.S. and has been published widely including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harpers. Tomb’s work is in many public collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Huntington Library, and the Consulate General of the United States in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.


Related Program:

Endangered Birds of the Philippines – Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Filipino American International Book Festival.


MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

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Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City SF Main Library Exhibit – Filipino American Center – Oct. 19-Jan 23


Sept. 25, 2013


Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City

SF Main Library Exhibit – Filipino American Center – Oct. 19-Jan 23


Kodakan, verb – the generic Filpino term for taking photos derived from the known camera brand Kodak. Example: “Kodakan na! It’s picturing taking time!” Synonym: “piktyur piktyur” or “piktyuran na”


Kodakan imageWhat does it mean to be Filipino in San Francisco? And how do we tell our stories by posing for the camera? The Kodakan exhibit, presented by Kularts and going on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Filipino American Center, explores changing expressions of Filipino cultural identity through the simple act of snapshot photography. Inspired by images in the book Filipinos in San Francisco and the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, artists Wilfred Galila and Peggy Peralta, with assistance from Cece Carpio, create playful photo homages to the vintage photos. Accompanied by videos, poetry, and interview snippets, the artists share the varied faces and stories of the San Francisco Pilipino American community.


Related Program:

Meet the Artists & Discussion Panel – Saturday, October 19, 12:30  p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Filipino American International Book Festival.


MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

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Filipino American International Book Festival II – October 18, 19 & 20 at SF Main Library

Filipino American International Book Festival II

October 18, 19 & 20 at SF Main Library

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, San Francisco Public Library will be hosting the second, bi-annual Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookfest II) at the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St., on Oct. 18, 19& 20.

The theme of this year’s literary event is expressed in a layered title in Tagalog and English. It begins in Tagalog with “Likhâ ng Lahi” (literature of the people) and flows into the second part in English: “Writing Our Way Home: Shaping Tradition, History and Culture.”

Filipino American Book FestivalLike the successful Filbookfest I, held at the Main Library in 2011, Filbookfest II will showcase the richness of Philippine culture through books, the visual and culinary arts, and music. The three-day festival opens Oct. 18 with three film documentaries based on award-winning books written by prominent artists from the Philippines. Musician and writer Richie Quirino will screen his documentary about Filipino jazz based on his award-winning book Pinoy Jazz Traditions. Noted film historian, director and author Nick Deocampo will travel from Manila to present two of his documentaries, one on Spanish influences in early Philippine cinema and another on American influences based on his books that are highly regarded.

Oct. 19 and 20 will feature award-winning authors and artists from the Philippines and the U.S. including Evelina Galang, Criselda Yabes, Dean Francis Alfar, Jon Pineda and Claude Tayag. There also will be story-telling for children, plus workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including self-publishing, blogging, and endangered Philippine species. A panel on Carlos Bulosan, one of the most revered pioneers of Fil-Am literature, which feature professors Dawn Mabalon, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and Dan Gonzales of San Francisco State University and authors Lou Syquia and Oscar Penaranda (moderator). The library events will close with a balagtasan, a poetic debate/joust that is unique to the Philippines and was a big hit in the 2011 book festival.

Throughout the festival, book sales and signings will be available.  Supporters of the festival include the University of San Francisco, Chevron, San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, and FANHS. The festival is presented by the Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, in conjunction with Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco.

Find the complete schedule for FilBookFest II at

MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers
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