For immediate release: Feb. 23, 2015
Contact: Mindy Linetzky, Public Works, 415-554-4829
Community to Celebrate Construction of Ingleside Garden Undeveloped City land to become new play-to-learn open space
District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, City Librarian Luis Herrera and public officials from San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will join with neighbors and children on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, for a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome a new garden in the Ingleside neighborhood.
By combining the existing Ingleside Branch Library courtyard with the currently undeveloped adjacent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission-owned land, the new Ingleside Garden will provide much-needed public open space in the neighborhood. The garden and play-to-learn space will provide an expanded area for library patrons and the general public to enjoy.
“This neighborhood has a growing number of families, however, there are very few open spaces in the area. After two years of hard work, our office is proud to partner with city agencies to break ground on the Ingleside Garden. This interactive play-to-learn area serves as a model of how we can be innovative in activating existing spaces to serve the families in our community,” states Supervisor Norman Yee.
What:Ingleside Garden groundbreaking ceremony When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11 a.m. Where: Ingleside Branch Library courtyard, 1298 Ocean Ave. Photo opportunities: Ceremonial shovels in the dirt; children from the toddler tales program playing in courtyard; cookies and juice; drawings of new garden
When the new Ingleside Branch Library opened in 2009, the courtyard was designed to accommodate an expansion into the adjacent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission easement.
“We are excited to see this expanded garden space project move forward. We look forward to providing Ingleside Branch Library users and the entire neighborhood with a pleasant place to enjoy books, library programs and community open space,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
The expanded garden will have interactive play features to engage the imagination of children, especially preschoolers. There will be little play structures that look like mushrooms; owls carved into poles and seats; fossil digs that kids will discover in planting areas; interactive play panels; and triangular-shaped forms covered with rubber matting for children to safely sit on and climb.
Public Works is designing the space and managing the construction. Renovation elements consist of new concrete, safe surfaces, asphalt paving, planting, irrigation, furnishings, fencing, gates and accessible path-of-travel improvements.
“It will be a delightful place to hold the library’s ongoing children’s programs,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “It’s exciting that we can take vacant City land and make it into something wonderful for everyone to enjoy.”
“We like exploring new opportunities to maximize the public use of our lands,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly. “This project is a great example of a collaborative partnership that will make a positive impact for the entire neighborhood.”
About San Francisco Public Works: The 24/7 City agency cleans and resurfaces streets; plants and nurtures City-maintained street trees; designs, constructs and maintains City-owned facilities; inspects streets and sidewalks; builds curb ramps; eradicates graffiti; partners with neighborhoods; trains people for jobs; greens the right of way; and educates our communities.
About SFPL: The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.
San Francisco Public Library Unveils New $1.7 Million
Learning Center & Veterans Resource Center
WHAT: Ribbon Cutting for new Library Learning Center and Veterans Resource Center
WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Main Library, 100 Larkin St., 5th Floor – Larkin Street side of Building
Mayor Ed Lee
City Librarian Luis Herrera
Supervisor Jane Kim
Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco Public Works
David Rose, Cal Vets
David Mottola, The Arc San Francisco
WHAT: The San Francisco Main Library has undertaken a $1.7 million remodel of its fifth floor to house a brand new learning center, The Bridge at Main, and a Veterans Resource Center. The new center offers programming and information to build 21st century literacy skills including adult & family literacy classes, 1-on-1 tutoring, learning differences resource support, plus technology, health and financial literacy programs. The center includes a brand new computer classroom as well as a state-of-the-art technology-equipped learning studio with resources for 3D printing, animation and other digital literacy skills. The center will also house the new Veterans Resource Center (VRC), in partnership with CalVets. Veterans will be able to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to them and their families. The VRC will have a collection of books and other resources for veterans, and provide access to computer equipment for extended periods in order to complete online application and do research.
San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco State University Explore Veterans’ Experiences as part of Statewide Program with Talks, Exhibits, Books & Resources
In partnership with Cal Humanities’ War Comes Home, a multi-year initiative to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities, San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco State University celebrate our veterans with programs, exhibits and readings throughout the month.
In connection with the book club, SFPL and San Francisco State University are co-hosting a number of public programs and exhibits:
Women veterans are the fastest growing cohort of the veteran population. Join us on Nov. 5 for Experiences ofWomen Veterans, a panel discussion with Star Lara, Dottie Guy and Kelly McFarland from Swords to Ploughshares, at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
On Nov. 6, author and photographer Tom Graves will discuss his book, Twice Heroes, which features portraits of Nisei veterans and explores the experiences of Japanese American veterans before, during and after World War II. This event will be held in the Main Library’s Latino Hispanic Community Room.
Mental health issues, compounded by unemployment and substance abuse, lead many veterans into the criminal justice system. Adrian James, Roland Holmes, and Henry White from the San Francisco Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER) program will lead a panel discussion in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Nov. 18, Veterans & the Prison Industrial Complex.
Native American Veterans, on Nov. 19, features a panel discussion about the geographical distances and economic challenges that make it difficult for these veterans to access the resources and programs they need. This event will take place in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.
On view on the Main Library’s 4th Floor is the exhibit, Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs. This exhibit is a documentary project by San Francisco photographer Vicki Topaz. The images and stories portray the difficult journeys of military personnel who face a long road to recovery from traumatic experiences while in-service, and the help they receive from their steadfast and highly trained companions – their service dogs. The project emphasizes the strength and healing power of the human/canine bond and how it redirects the veteran’s focus away from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, nourishing their will to live and a desire to heal themselves. To learn more about the project, please visit http://healveterans.com/. The exhibit is on view through Jan. 8, 2015.
Coming Home: A Veteran’s Artwork Exhibition will be on view Nov. 13 through Jan. 15 at The Art Gallery, Associated Students Inc., San Francisco State University, terrace level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The exhibition strives to bridge the gap between the disparate experiences of veterans and civilians by utilizing the singular power of art to express that which defies expression. By providing veterans with the opportunity to speak about the way that their experiences have impacted their perception of home, the Art Gallery will give the public unusual access to their changed perspectives. As part of War Comes Home, the Art Gallery will create a platform for education, discussion, connection, and healing. For more information visit www.asiartgallery.wordpress.com.
The StoryCorps booth at the San Francisco Main Library will also be recording veterans’ stories this month as part of the initiative. For more than a decade, 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan while millions of families have stood behind them at home. The military community knows well the challenges of multiple deployments, combat-injuries, and long-awaited homecomings. Yet few civilians truly understand the complex realities of our troops’ service and sacrifice. StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative provides a platform for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories. In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening.
Tell your story at the StoryCorps booth at San Francisco Public Library by calling (415) 557-4277 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Francisco Public Library is also participating in Veterans Connect @ the Library. In partnership with the California Department of Veterans affairs, San Francisco Public Library will be opening a Veteran Resource Center (VRC) on the 5th Floor of the Main Library, starting in December.
The VRC will be run by trained volunteers who will provide veterans’ benefits and local service information to veterans and family members. Veterans will be able to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to them and their families. The VRC will have a collection of books and other resources for veterans, as well as providing access to computer equipment for extended periods in order to complete online application and do research. To find out more, contact the Learning Center at (415) 557-4388.
San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Wages Bet with Kansas City
Was it foolish, perhaps, for San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera to wager a World Series bet against Kansas City Public Library Executive Director R. Crosby Kemper III? Tonight’s deciding Game 7 of Major League Baseball’s World Series will provide the answer.
The stakes are high, because if the Kansas City wins tonight’s game, San Francisco City Librarian Herrera will be forced to don the Royals’ jersey and read a story out loud to video cameras, to be posted on the winning city’s library website.
Crosby Kemper, on the other hand, will face humiliation, given that the San Francisco Giants surely will win. His charge would be to don a Giants’ jersey and read from the children’s book, Smarty Marty’s Got Game, written by Amy G, the Giants’ in-game reporter.
Tales of the City Author Armistead Maupin Appears Next Week at San Francisco Main Library, Book Stores, Schools and Businesses
10th Annual One City One Book Celebrates Reading Around the City
San Francisco’s 10th Annual One City One Book program hit high gear next week with Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin visiting book stores, schools, businesses and the San Francisco Main Library. Join us for rollicking free conversations that highlight a magnificent book and celebrate the spirit of San Francisco past and present.
For more than three decades, Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture, from a ground-breaking San Francisco Chronicle serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparking comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
“Tales of the City symbolizes an exciting time in San Francisco when the culture was changing and anything seemed possible,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Those cultural changes and excitement continue today. Reading, or re-reading, Tales of the City will stimulate great conversations about our shared past and the future of San Francisco. Check it out from your neighborhood library and join the conversation.”
One City One Book’s main event will be Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorum. Author Maupin will be in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein. All One City One Book events are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Maupin launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City in 1976 as a serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, which went on to become a nine-volume series and adapted into a PBS miniseries. He is the author of nine novels, including Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives. Maupin lives in San Francisco and Santa Fe with his husband Christopher Turner. Soehnlein is the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys, Robin and Ruby, and You Can Say You Knew Me When. He has been honored with the Lambda Literary Award and a Henfield Prize in fiction. He is on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
In celebration of this season’s One City One Book, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Airbnb are hosting an invitation-only cocktail party, Happy “Tales” to You: An Evening with Armistead Maupin on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Airbnb headquarters. Book sales will be sponsored by Green Apple Books.
“Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world come together on Airbnbto share their own stories about the cities they love,” says Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia. “Airbnb is thrilled to host Armistead Maupin and support the San Francisco Public Library as we celebrate the incredible tales of the city we are all so proud to call home.”
Maupin will also be making appearances at Book Passage: Ferry Building and Books Inc., on Castro and Market, both on Friday, Oct 24. He will also be speaking to classes at Lowell High School and City College of San Francisco.
Libraries throughout San Francisco are also hosting ‘70s-themed craft programs in the spirit of Tales of the City as well as book discussions. In addition, the Main Library’s Thursdays @ Noon film series will feature films that explore cultural changes and will include a marathon screening of the 6-hour Tales of the City Season One miniseries on Oct. 30.
On Nov 15, historian Christopher Lowen Agee will be taking about this book, The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972, at the San Francisco Main Library, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.
Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.
About San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.
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Hervé Tullet Mixes It Up with School Kids at S.F. Main Library
Author and Paris-based artist Hervé Tullet, creator of The New York Times bestseller and international sensation Press Here, will lead local school kids in a creative collaboration on a giant mural, exploring color, shape and paint in the spirit of his eagerly-anticipated new book, Mix it Up. This event will be held outdoors at the San Francisco Main Library on Fulton Street, between Hyde and Larkin, on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.
Known as “the prince of preschool” in his native France, Hervé has published more than 60 books in over 25 languages for kids of all ages that encourage them to explore their creativity. His 2011 title Press Here, published by Chronicle Books, received starred reviews by Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, sold over one million copies worldwide, and has been on the New York Times Bestseller list since publication.
Hervé Tullet’s latest book, Mix It Up, was published in 2014, and is available through Chronicle Books, as well as bookstores and libraries.
His art workshops have been held at the Tate in London and in New York’s Guggenheim. A former advertising art director, Hervé is traveling the world from Malawi to Tokyo to Jerusalem to Brooklyn giving readings and art workshops.
San Francisco Public Library is honored to have been selected by Hervé and Chronicle Books to host his international painting party on Oct. 14 at the Main Library.
For more information about this and other San Francisco Public Library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.
Bayview Branch Library to add name of Linda Brooks-Burton
Library Commission Votes to Honor Her Memory
In response to a community-led proposal to rename the Bayview Branch Library by adding the name of Linda Brooks-Burton, longtime librarian, role model and branch manager of the Bayview Branch, the Library Commission voted unanimously in favor of the proposal at its Sept. 18 regular meeting.
Ms. Brooks-Burton, who passed away on Sept. 19, 2013, was a beloved figure who advocated tirelessly for the needs of the community and served as a role model and mentor for youth and all who used the library. She worked for the San Francisco Public Library for 30 years and, as Bayview Branch Manager for 15 years prior to her promotion to District Manager, was responsible for making the branch library an important and integral part of the broader community. She developed partnerships and collaborations with individuals, non-profits, schools and other agencies, and was the unifying force that brought the community together to support the rebuilding of the Bayview Branch Library.
The Library Commission held a public hearing at the Bayview Branch on June 19, at which community leaders presented their proposal. The Commission received over 3,000 petition signatures and individual letters from a broad spectrum of community organizations and individuals requesting the renaming, including hand written letters and notes. Among the comments received:
“Linda was my librarian growing up. Right now I’m in college and I thank her and all the beautiful people in the community who helped me out as a kid during my trips to the library. Linda has been an important person to the community. We need to remember her because she represents the power of literacy and education in a time of violence, uncertainty and community resilience.”
Another supporter wrote:
“Linda was a role model for us all, and we must keep her memory alive so she can continue to inspire the community she loved.”
The renaming is in keeping with Library Commission policy, first adopted in 1996 and revised in 2002, which states: “It shall be the general policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any person, living or deceased. However, in the rare instance where there are reasons so compelling that adding the name of a person to the geographic name of a specific branch library, or to another library facility, may be appropriate, it shall be the policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any living person, or for any person deceased less than one year.”
Also in keeping with policy, the community name will precede the individual name; the branch name will be reflected in signage and other materials as the Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library. In addition to the main entry sign, there will be a bronze plaque commemorating the memory of Ms. Brooks-Burton, as well as a biographical plaque and photo located in the entry lobby.
One City One Book Celebrates 10 Years with 2014 Selection
Armistead Maupin and Tales of the City
Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin’s novel of manners about life in San Francisco in the 1970s, is a fitting tribute to the 10-year anniversary of San Francisco’s annual One City One Book program. Fresh copies of the iconic novel can be found in libraries and bookstores throughout the city, with related programming under way, including author appearances, book talks, crafts programs and more.
Armistead Maupin will appear at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m., in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein, the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys, Robin andRuby, and You Can Say You Knew Me When. He has been honored with the Lambda Literary Award and his writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Out, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7 and other publications and anthologies. He is on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Maupin also will be speaking and signing books at Book Passage, Ferry Building on Oct. 24 at noon and later that day, at Books, Inc. at Castro and Market One at 7:30 p.m.
One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.
Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, with support from Airbnb and Chronicle Books. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.
Learn how to stamp, dye, and paint your own leather cuff. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up is required.
String Art Workshop
Join GoGo Craft for a string art workshop. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.
Tie-Dye Workshop Hands on tie dye class for all ages! Bring your own white, 100% cotton t-shirt or other article to dye or use library-provided squares.
2 – 4:00 p.m.
This one is for the kids…
4 – 5:30 pm
“Dear, I have no objections to anything.”
Using quotes, events and locations from the Tales of the City as a guide, the exhibit explores what San Francisco was like in the late 1970’s.
Sept. 20, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015
Main Library, 3rd Floor.
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center
October Calendar of One City One Book Events
Book Discussions @ The Library
Eureka Valley Branch Book Discussion with Special Guests! – Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
Join us for a lively book discussion hosted by the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as we dive into the classic book centered around the City we all love and share. To sign up, please contact: email@example.com or call 415-355-5616.
North Beach Branch Book Discussion – Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Main Library Brown-Bag Book Discussion, Oct. 9, 12 p.m. (location TBD)
Sunset Branch Book Discussion – Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Books Inc. Book Discussions
Tales of the City Book Discussion accompanied by a special Tales cocktail -Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness. My Tales of the City Instagram Photo Contest – Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in LaurelVillage, 3515 California St. Select photos and captions of San Francisco scenes uploaded to Instagram prior to Sept. 30 will be viewed and discussed.
Tales of the City Book Discussion accompanied by a special Tales cocktail – Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in The Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street
Thursday at Noon
Large Screen Videos | Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level
New Cultures, or “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”
Wizard of Oz
(1939 102 min. PG)
Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and end up in the Land of Oz. Here she meets magical new friends and foes on her journey to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz who can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their dearest wishes; a brain, a heart and courage. Featuring the incomparable music and lyrics of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, and costumes by the legendary Adrian.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
(1948 94 min. NR)
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy star as a New York couple living in a cramped apartment who buy a dilapidated, two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Connecticut. Life in the country is not the idyllic dream they thought it would be.
(1984 107 min. R)
When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal.
Blast from the Past
(1999 112 min PG13)
Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their underground bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies. There he meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him try to understand American culture at the turn of the millennium. Starring Brendan Frasier, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walkin and Sissy Spacek.
Tales of the City Series marathon
(1994 360 min.)
12 – 7 p.m.
In honor of this year’s One City, One Book, we will be showing all six episodes of the TV mini-series Tales of the City, based on the book by Armistead Maupin. There will be breaks after episodes two and four and some special activities.
Make Your Own Leather Cuff Bracelet – Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Potrero Branch. In this 1970’s style cuff making workshop, Tiffany BlackDarquea of Hoof and Horn Leather Goods will teach you how to stamp, dye, and paint your own leather cuff. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required. Modern Macrame Workshop
Let’s get knotty at the Library this fall! Learn how to create a modern macramé plant hanger or wall hanging with GoGo Craft. Bring your own small plant holder to the workshop. All other materials, tips, and tricks provided. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.
Tie-Dye Workshop Hands on tie dye class for all ages! Bring your own white, 100% cotton t-shirt or other article to dye or use the library provided squares. Library will provide all other materials. Parkside, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.
Portola, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.
Dreamcatchers! This one is for the kids – Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch
“Dear, I have no objection to anything.” A Look at the City in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City
Using quotes, events and locations from Tales of the City as a guide, the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center explores what San Francisco was like in the late 1970s.
Main Library, 3rd Floor, James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, Sept. 20, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015
One City One Book and the Bookmobile at Lit Crawl!
San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile will be parked outside the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, Oct. 18, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Check out books and DVDs and get a library card (wait, you don’t have one yet?).
Drop by for a free copy of Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (limited number), the One City One Book pick for 2014!
Tours of the Tales
A special walking tour features locations from Tales. Meet at Aquatic Park. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.
Compositions: A Filipino American Experience, curated by Janet Alvaradoisan exhibition of historical photographs by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado which dramatically captures the Filipino community in and around San Francisco during the 1940s & 50s, will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Sept. 20 – Dec. 7.
The combined talents of Filipino American scholars, authors and musicians went into the making of Compositions, which includes the exhibition, a literary anthology, a musical performance, panel discussions and other related programs.
These unique historical photographs by Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado provide an enhanced understanding of the earliest roots of Filipino American life. The lively photographs of neighborhoods include celebrations, street scenes, night clubs, house parties and other examples of community life.
An accompanying anthology, Claiming Our Stories,features contemporary Filipino American writers talking about the rich cultural history and contributions Filipinos have made to the City.
In Sounds of the City,original musical compositions will be performed by jazz musician Melecio Magdaluyo. The music, while contemporary, compliments the themes in the exhibition and intimately highlights old San Francisco in the neighborhoods photographer Ricardo Alvarado captured in the exhibition.
Compositions – A Filipino American Experience – Sept. 20 – Dec. 7, Main Library, Skylight Gallery.
Opening – Meet Curator Janet Alvarado for a gallery talk.
Heart of the City: The San Francisco Filipino Experience. Kicking off Filipino American History month, San Francisco State University Professor Daniel Phil Gonzales – one of the foremost Asian American Studies experts – explores what it meant to be a Filipino in the City after World War II. Joining him will be Professor Peter Bacho, Emil Guillermo, Professor Dan Gonzales, Melecio Magdaluyo and other special guests.
Heart of the City – Oct. 4, Main Library, Koret Auditorium,1 p.m.
Claiming Our Stories – Join us for the premiere reading of the anthology, Claiming Our Stories. Contemporary Filipino American writers Oscar Peneranda, Guilo Sorro, Emil Guillermo, Janet Alvarado and others talk about the city’s rich cultural history and contributions Filipinos have made to the community. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.
Claiming Our Stories – October 9, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Sounds of the City:Jazz with Melecio Magdaluyo – Join us for a musical performance with jazz musician Melecio Magdaluyo, John Santos and other special guests.
Sounds of the City – Oct. 28, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Defending Our Stories: Commemorating our Veterans
Defending Our Stories honors courageous Filipinos who fought for the survival of families and communities on both sides of the Pacific. Meet members of the Walter Scott Price family of Tacloban, Leyte, and Mrs. Norberta Alvarado, founding member of the Leyte Association of Northern California (est. 1965).
Defending Our Stories – Nov. 8, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 1 p.m.
All events are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alvarado Project, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Consulate General of the Philippines, San Francisco.
For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.
Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy
Exhibition on 21st Century Challenges for California Native People Opens Sept. 27
The efforts of three generations of Ohlone people, living in California and committed to keeping their native cultures alive and thriving, are documented through new photographic images and oral histories that illuminate their life experiences. The exhibition, Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy, chronicling the on-going cultural revitalization process taking place within the Ohlone communities, opens Sept. 27 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery.
The story is told through 22 stunning photographic portraits, representing multiple Ohlone generations, accompanied by excerpts from their oral histories. “I would love to see all the Ohlone descendants collectively come together and share the knowledge that we have with each other and partake in ceremony, and to do it in a good way so we truly do honor our ancestors.”
Ann Marie Sayers, Mutsun Ohlone Tribal Chairperson, Indian Canyon Nation and Founder of Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. “Perhaps the youth may come to the conclusion that if we want to make a difference, we will have to do so collectively.”
Today, the Ohlone live between two cultures that are often in opposition with one another. Challenges facing the 21st-century Ohlone include: protection of burial and other sacred sites; ensuring an accurate depiction of the history of California Native people; showcasing the significance of the arts and crafts revival; and creating a vision for the future for the Ohlone peoples. The active role of youth has been critical to this process.
Kanyon Sayers-Roods, also of Indian Canyon Nation, also gives voice to the youth. “I appreciate this chance I’ve been given: to realize I’m Ohlone, that I’m on the land where my great-great-grandparents survived, and to be who I am today. By honoring the past and continuing my education as well as always respecting my elders and learning from them, I can gain more knowledge and then be able to share that knowledge with our youth.”
The Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy project is produced by Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. and Community Works, with Ann Marie Sayers, Project Director; Ruth Morgan, Photographer; and Janet Clinger, Oral Historian.
The Main Library exhibition and programs are partially funded by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.
Exhibition and Oral Histories – Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy–Sept. 27 – Jan. 4, Main Library, Jewett Gallery.
Opening Event – Ohlone Dance, Song and Panel Discussion – Oct. 12, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Hosted by Ann-Marie Sayers, the program features a panel discussion moderated by Melissa Nelson,the Director of The Cultural Conservancy, with panelists Tony Cerda, Corrina Gould, Vincent Medina, Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Linda Yamane.
An Evening with Contemporary Ohlone Artists – Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room. Join us for an evening exploring contemporary Ohlone art, paintings, drawings, multi-media expressions, and some surprises. Hosted by Kanyon Sayers-Rood; meet the artists and find out more about their unique perspectives.
Native California Spoken Word – Nov. 20, 6 p.m.,Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Spoken Word is a medium for expression. Listen to song, poetry, stories, thoughts, and ideas in languages native to California, with no English translations needed.