City Librarian Luis Herrera Receives Award for Outstanding Service to Children from American Library Association

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March 11, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Receives Award for

Outstanding Service to Children from American Library Association

The American Library Association has announced that the 2014 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Luis Herrera, San Francisco’s City Librarian. The annual Sullivan Award honors and recognizes a library administrator who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. The award will be presented at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, at the ALA President’s Program, Sunday, June 29.

The award cites Herrera’s passion and exceptional support for public library services to children in a wide range and scope.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, in his support of Herrera’s nomination for the Sullivan Award, stated “I have been proud to see what a central role the San Francisco Public Library plays in the lives of our city’s families… Herrera has championed the program to ensure San Francisco’s 27 neighborhood branch libraries are updated, accessible and welcoming to children and families.”

Lee also noted Herrera’s creation of San Francisco Public Library’s Tricycle Music Fest West, an early literacy-themed series of library concerts for children that “draws award-winning musicians to San Francisco and ignites the rock-and-roll spirits of thousands of our families with young children.”

“The 2014 Sullivan Award committee was unanimous in their selection of Luis Herrera,” said Dodie Ownes, 2014 jury chair. “The excellent nomination packet conveyed Luis’s wide ranging impact on our profession,” noted Kathleen Reif, jury member and 2013 Sullivan award winner. Another stated “Luis Herrera is the personification of a library administrator who supports children’s services at the highest level.”

City Librarian Luis Herrera has long held professional leadership positions, both in the State of California as well as nationally. As former President of the Public Library Association (PLA) Board, he was instrumental in negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement between PLA and the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) that institutionalized and provided funding for Every Child Ready to Read, a widely adopted and successful national library program model.

San Francisco Public Library patrons have long benefited from Herrera’s leadership and focus on children’s services. He has supported the development and deployment of many child-friendly programs, including robust childcare provider service; Baby Rhyme Time, Lapsit Storytime, and Stay And  Play; the first multi-year partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District; and procured an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for a Teen Digital Media Center.

As a member of the IMLS Board of Directors, Herrera endorsed the 2012 partnership between IMLS, the Office of Head Start, and the Administration of Children and Family’s (ACF) Office of Childcare, as well the Growing Young Minds project. Herrera’s collaborative work also helped create a partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and the support of a 2012 IMLS research brief, Children’s Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm.

Luis Herrera is a long time and active member of REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, since his graduation from the University of Arizona until today. He also was recognized as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2012.

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Love Me Tenderloin: Documentary film premiering at San Francisco Main Library

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February 26, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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Love Me Tenderloin:
Documentary film premiering at San Francisco Main Library

The eclectic Tenderloin, near neighbor to cultural, civic and government buildings as well as the hotels, shopping and tourism of downtown San Francisco, is the subject of a new documentary film by Henri Quenette, premiering at the San Francisco Main Library on March 25.

Long known as the “heart” of San Francisco, the Tenderloin is a refuge for elderly, disabled and low-income working people striving to stay in the city. This area is perhaps the last frontier in SF’s ever-expanding gentrification trend. It has a high density population and visible issues with drugs.

Henri Quenette’s moving documentary film about San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, Love Me Tenderloin, shows the everyday lives of four inhabitants living in the Tenderloin: Bridchette, Arnold, Woody and Indian Joe. Through these lives, the viewer learns about the many difficulties of living in the Tenderloin. Almost a quarter of the neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty level. Despite the challenges, the film also offers hope, by highlighting how much love there is among the residents of the neighborhood and the people who work there to improve the life of the Tenderloin residents.

Film premiere: San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on March 25 at 5:45 p.m. A reception will follow the screening, sponsored by the French American Cultural Society.

For a preview, see the trailer and other information at:  https://www.facebook.com/LoveMeTenderloin or  http://vimeo.com/86108597.

For more information about the film screening, please call 415 557-4277.

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You Don’t Say! Wordless Cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

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February 21, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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You Don’t Say! Wordless Cartoons from
the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

Exhibition at San Francisco Main Library Opens April 1, 2014

Picture story, pantomime, cartoon without words—these are some of the terms for comics and cartoons in which the characters depicted remain silent. Speech balloons and thought clouds almost never interfere with the cartoon itself, and the joke or punch line is universally understood. A centuries old art form, the cartoon without words essentially evolved out of the eighteenth century caricature. As it developed in the nineteenth century, the cartoon without words was separate from, but still a part of, the cartoon and comic strip movement. Emerging out of this pantomime world were cartoon artists whose work influenced and still delights readers, contemporary cartoonists, and scholars around the world.

You Don’t Say! Wordless Cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor draws on the Library’s collection of works by the wordless cartoon masters of the nineteenth through the twenty-first century, and their historical influences. On display are the published works of A.B. Frost, H.M. Bateman, Otto Soglow (“The Little King”), Carl Anderson (“Henry”), Marge (“Little Lulu”), Milt Gross (“She Done Him Wrong”), Mik (“Ferd’nand”), e.o. plauen (“Vater und Sohn”), Sam Cobean, George Baker (“The Sad Sack”), Antonio Prohias (“Spy vs. Spy”), and many more. The exhibition opens April 1 in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library, and continues through May 31.

In conjunction with You Don’t Say! the Library presents silent films throughout April, with the film series Thursdays at Noon in the Koret Auditorium. The lineup features Silent Movie (April 3), City Lights (April 10), Modern Times (April 17), and The Artist (April 24). All films are shown with captions when possible to assist the deaf and hard of hearing.

On April Fools’ Day, 1947, Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and Library Trustee, gave ninety-three jest books to the San Francisco Public Library. He faithfully continued to add toward the establishment of what is now considered the world’s largest public collection of wit & humor.

Located in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) contains more than 23,000 books, 250 periodical titles, media and ephemera, as well as the personal archive of Nat Schmulowitz. This extraordinary collection reflects the eclectic humor of its founder, whose motto still resonates: “Without humor we are doomed.” The annual SCOWAH exhibition, which opens every April Fools’ Day, is a tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center is home to the Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing & the Development of the Book, the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, the Fox Collection of Early Children’s Books, and the Little Maga/Zine Collection, as well as other special collections.

All programs at the Library are Free. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

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Exhibition Opening – Chicks with Shticks: The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism

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February 21, 2014

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

Exhibition Opening:

Chicks with Shticks: The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism
San Francisco Main Library, James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center
100 Larkin St., 3rd floor
March 15 – July 10, 2014

For 20 years, The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, have dished out song and satire to audiences around the world. They’ve written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s legendary Studio 54 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, toured internationally, recorded eight albums and been the subject of two feature films.

The Kinsey Sicks are known for their gorgeous four-part harmonies and their incisive lyrics, usually naughty, often addressing the politics and controversies of the day. In fact, their music forms a kind a soundtrack that sketches the gains, losses and challenges of these last two decades of queer American history. The New York Times has praised their “voices sweet as birdsong.” The San Francisco Chronicle extols their “gloriously, proudly bad taste,” calling the group “high camp, unafraid, subversive . . . astonishing.”

Now for the first time, Kinsey Sicks artifacts— scripts, sheet music, costumes, photos and other memorabilia—are gathered in one place to tell the story of how this group, founded by professionals and activists with no aspirations to be entertainers, have found their way to becoming a cornerstone of queer culture and commentary. This exhibition, Chicks with Shticks: The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism, will be on view March 15 – July 10 in the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, at the Main Library. Come visit, and find out what makes these chicks’ shtick tick.

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Exhibition Opening: The Black Woman is God – San Francisco Main Library, African American Center

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February 21, 2014

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Communications, Programs & Partnerships
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Exhibition Opening: The Black Woman is God
San Francisco Main Library, African American Center
100 Larkin St., 3rd floor
March 1 – May 15, 2014

Curated by Karen Seneferu, one of five contributing artists, the exhibition The Black Woman is God, will be on view in the Main Library’s African American Center March 1- May 15. The exhibition is deeply influenced by Afrocentric scholars Frances Cress-Wesling and Dr. Runoko Rashidi, who see divinity in the Black Woman.

Contributing artists Tarika Lewis, Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Sydney “Sage” Cain and Ajuan Mance also present artwork which explores the divinity of Blackness, and the centrality of the Black Woman within that cosmology. The exhibition explores politics within the art in this provocative presentation.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

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StoryCorps Launches New West Coast Location at the San Francisco Public Library

Contact:

StoryCorps Press Desk
646-723-7020 ext. 75,
press@storycorps.org

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STORYCORPS LAUNCHES NEW WEST COAST LOCATION AT THE
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Airbnb co-founder, Joe Gebbia, will record inaugural interview with an early Airbnb employee

 

February 14, 2014—StoryCorps, the national oral history organization, will call the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) its new home in the Bay Area, with Airbnb as its lead sponsor. Airbnb is the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. To date, StoryCorps has the largest single collection of voices ever gathered, from nearly 90,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Who:

  • StoryCorps, Airbnb, San Francisco Public Library, KQED, KALW

 

When:

  • Friday, 2/21 at 10:00am PST

What:

  • Opening of StoryCorps’ brand new location at the San Francisco Public Library; inaugural interview by Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia and an early Airbnb employee about starting the company in San Francisco.  Representatives from StoryCorps, San Francisco Public Library, KQED, and KALW will also be in attendance.

Where:

  • San Francisco Public Library
    • 100 Larkin Street
    • 6th floor, Skylight Gallery

Why:

In partnership with SFPL and Airbnb, StoryCorps in San Francisco will give residents the opportunity to record and archive their unique and powerful stories. StoryCorps housed a booth in San Francisco from October 2008 to January 2014 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and collected more than 3,000 interviews. With this new location, StoryCorps will redouble its effort to honor and celebrate stories from residents of the Bay Area. Local public radio station KALW will continue to be StoryCorps in San Francisco’s broadcast partner, and KQED will join as a media sponsor.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Segments of select interviews air on local public radio and may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

General Press Guidelines

  • Cameras will be allowed in the StoryBooth before interviews begin. Photographs and video can be shot from outside the window during interviews.
  • Press can listen to interviews with wireless headphones from outside the booth (when available).

Press may be able to interview some participants before and after their StoryCorps interviews.

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Can you see what I saw? Will I see what you saw?

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February 18, 2014

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

Exhibition Opening: SEE/SAW
San Francisco Main Library, Civic Center
2nd Floor, Library for the Blind
March 1 – May 29

Can you see what I saw? Will I see what you saw?

Have you ever been faced with 100 words and had to guess what all of them are? Or, have you ever looked through art rather than at it? Come by the Library for the Blind & Print Disabled on the second floor of the Main Library to experience these and other playful encounters with art.

Maia Scott combines visual art, writing, and movement in this collection of pieces, most of which are enhanced and enlivened by you, the people who experience or respond to them. Drawing from a deep appreciation of movement and dance, Maia aims to turn viewing art into an active experience enlivened by people in motion. Plug into a mask, listen to your favorite song through its eyes, and add your selection to a playlist that will be transformed into a piece of punchy, poetic performance art.

Read a poem, walk a labyrinth and graffiti your expertise on the path. And become a figure of beauty amidst sacred geometry and satire as part of “Vitruvian Counterpoint.” Follow up your exhibit viewing by attending a semi-improvisational performance featuring poetry, a paw de deux with a guide dog, and plenty of crowd-sourced inspiration.

Related Events – March 4, 11, 18 & 25: Playshops with Maia Scott. Main Library, Library for the Blind, 6 – 8 p.m.
March 30: Maia Scott performs semi-improvisational pieces. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please call 415 557-2477.

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Exhibition Opening: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

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February 18, 2014

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

Exhibition Opening: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

San Francisco Main Library, Fourth Floor
100 Larkin Street
March 8 – June 5, 2014

While the general public is all too familiar with superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman and others, lesser known is how many women drew comics in the early 20th century. While many of these talented women, like Nell Brinkley, were the superstars of their day, they’ve fallen into relative obscurity.

Through photos, letters, original artwork, toys, comic books and other ephemera, this exhibition showcases women cartoonists from the late 19th century to the present, including the first woman comic strip artist, Rose O’Neill, and her comic The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine in 1896.

Related program: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, lecture and discussion with author and curator Trina Robbins, March 27, 6:00, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room. A book sale by Readers Books follows the discussion.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

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Month-long Performing Arts Festival Returns to SF Public Library

 

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February 18, 2014

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

Month-long Performing Arts Festival Returns to SF Public Library

Entertainment and Learning for All Ages March 2014


San Francisco libraries welcome multi-media music, storytelling, circus performers, puppet shows and more throughout the month of March with the Performing Arts Festival 2014!

 

What do Wilco, Bob Dylan, The Polyphonic Spree, Lisa Loeb, Flock of Seagulls, Guided By Voices, and The Breeders have in common?  Each has shared show bills with Gustafer Yellowgold!  The library is tickled pink, um yellow, to welcome back Morgan Taylor, the award-winning cartoonist, songwriter, and creator of Gustafer Yellowgold. And the Gustafer Yellowgold performances will be rivalled by other top performers.

 

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations, and storytelling.  Hailed by The New York Times as a “Cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss,” the shows are a must-see for families who love groovin’ and boppin’ together.  With its unique crossover appeal, the show entertains all ages. Gustafer Yellowgold will be featured in six performances plus a teen workshop.

 

Come sing with the beloved bilingual recording artist, educator and children’s author José-Luis Orozco! Children and families will sing and dance to Jose-Luis’ Spanish and English music rooted in Latin American culture. His music combines rhymes, movements, and rhythm with information, such as the alphabet, vowels, numbers, and colors. These four concerts will be a delight for the entire family.

 

Acrobatics, juggling, balancing, contortion, and more will be performed by Wayne Huey of Red Panda Acrobats and by the kids and teens of Circus Center’s Youth Circus. The Youth Circus will thrill with aerial acts, clowns, face painting, and a chance to join the circus at the skills workshop following the performance.

 

And finally, by popular demand, five puppet troupes are returning to SFPL to amuse and amaze. Magical Moonshine Theatre performs traditional European-style hand-and-rod puppet theatre. Sean’s Shadows creates tales with light and shadow from around the world. The Fratello Marionettes both educate and delight with puppets and puppeteers in full view. Ventriloquist, Tony Borders, brings some crazy critters and a magical picnic with Muppet-style hand puppets.

 

Please see complete calendar, as follows. For more information, call 415 557-4277.

 

March 1                                   *Tony Borders’ Crazy Critters

4 – 4:30 p.m.                           Golden Gate Valley Branch

 

March 4                                  *Fratello Marionettes’ The Carnival of Animals

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                  Western Addition Branch

 

March 6                                   *Sean’s Shadows presents The Gingerbread Baby

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                  Mission Bay Branch

 

March 6                                      *Sean’s Shadows’ The Cat Drum

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                        Ingleside Branch

 

March 8                                   Sean’s Shadows presents Turtle’s Hungry

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon         Park Branch

 

March 8                                   *Fratello Marionettes’ The Frog Prince

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon         Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch

 

March 8                                   *Red Panda Acrobats

1:00 – 2:00 p.m                        Presidio Branch

 

March 8                                   *Fratello Marionettes’ Peter and the Wolf

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                       Ocean View Branch

 

March 8                                   *Sean’s Shadows’ The Cat’s Drum

3:00 – 3:30                               Marina Branch

 

March 8                                   *Red Panda Acrobats

4:00 – 5:00                               Bayview Branch

 

March 11                                 *José Luis Orozco in Concert

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon           Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd Street & Treat

 

March 12                                 *Cartooning Workshop for Teens with Morgan Taylor

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.                       Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, 2nd floor

 

March 13                                 *Tony Border’s Puppets’ Magical Picnic

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.                   Sunset Branch

 

March 13                                 *The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon         Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch

 

March 13                                 *Tony Border’s Puppets’ Magical Picnic

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.                      Anza Branch

 

March 14                                 *The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                       Visitacion Valley Branch

 

March 15                                 *José-Luis Orozco in concert (English/Spanish)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon         Mission Branch

 

March 15                                 *Magical Moonshine Theatre: Puppylocks & the Three Bears

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                       Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 661 Lombard Street

 

March 15                                 *José-Luis Orozco in Concert (English & Spanish)

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.                       Excelsior Branch

 

March 15                                 *The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                       Bernal Heights Branch

 

March 15                                 *Magical Moonshine Theater’s The Puppet Man

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                       Potrero Branch

 

March 16                                 Gustafer Yellowgold and Jose-Luis Orzoco in concert!

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.                       Main Library, Koret Auditorium

 

March 18                                 *The Gustafer Yellowgold Show!

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.                   Portola Branch

 

March 18, 2014                       *The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                       Merced Branch

 

March 22                                 *Fratello Marionettes’ The Carnival of the Animals

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.                       Glen Park Branch

 

March 22                                 *Circus Center’s Youth Circus

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                       Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch

 

March 29                                 *Magical Moonshine Theatre’s The Puppet Man

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon         Parkside Branch

 

March 29                                 *Red Panda Acrobats

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 Noon         Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch

 

March 29                                 *Red Panda Acrobats

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.                       Ortega Branch

 

March 29                                 *Magical Moonshine Theatre’s The Puppet Man

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                       West Portal Branch

 

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S.F. Library’s New Sweet Deal – Office 2013 Now Available on All Computers

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February 14, 2014

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

S.F. Library’s New Sweet Deal

Office 2013 Now Available on All Computers

 

As a Valentine’s gift to its library users, San Francisco Public Library has upgraded all public computers to the Office 2013 suite of tools in order to provide an improved experience for those using library computers for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. This software refresh replaces Open Office applications (Writer, Calc, & Impress) with Microsoft Office 2013, which includes Word, Excel, & PowerPoint.

 

Microsoft Office represents the industry standard for word processing, providing better program compatibility for students, researchers, job applicants and others. Most businesses require knowledge of MS Office tools as a prerequisite for job seekers, many of whom use library computers to aid in the job hunt as well as in building a resume and for filling out job applications.

 

In addition, Office 2013 offers Excel, the state-of-the-art tool for organization and analysis of data into spreadsheets, charts, graphs, etc. as well as PowerPoint, presentation software favored by educators and business.

 

This newest version of Office provides forward and backward compatible capability for our users.  Users must have SFPL library cards and PINs in order to log in and use this new software, as with all computer usage at the library.

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