Celebrate Middle Eastern Heritage at the Library

August 16, 2016

Media Contact:  Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Celebrate Middle Eastern Heritage at the Library

In recognition of the cultures and peoples stemming from the Middle East who reside here in the Bay Area, a wide variety of programs for all ages and exhibitions will be presented in August, September and October.  Programs include lectures, films, cooking demonstrations, performances, music, games and more at the Main Library and branches, with select programs offered at multiple locations.

Adult Programs (selected):

You Are Under Arrest for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution.  Ahmed Salah, co-founder and leader of street activists, discusses his book and the growth and failures of the Egyptian opposition.

Sept. 7, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms, 6 p.m.

Sept. 17, North Beach Branch, 1 p.m

Sept. 24, Parkside Branch, 2 p.m.

The History and Art of Bellydancing with the Sausan Academy of Egyptian Dance

The program explores the history and evolution of belly dance and discusses the various styles, including a live demonstration.

Sept. 10, West Portal Branch, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17, Richmond Branch, 1 p.m.

Arab Street Food by Reem

Vendor Reem’s will give a talk on Middle Eastern street food and the chefs who have inspired them, including a tasting of their breads and dips.

Sept. 25, Mission Branch, 2 p.m.

Sept. 7, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic, 6 p.m.

Sept. 17, North Beach Branch, 1 p.m.

Sept. 24, Parkside Branch, 2 p.m.

Film Screening: Caramel  - Discussion will follow this screening of Caramel (2008), in which friends and employees of a ramshackle beauty salon in Beirut look for love and romance.

Sept. 10, Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1 p.m.


Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay, curated by Najib Joe Hakim, opens in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery on Aug. 27. The exhibition includes multimedia histories as well as black and white photo portraits of 27 individuals from the Bay Area’s Palestinian American community, the second largest community in the U.S.

Home Away from Home – Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Aug. 27 – Nov. 27

Related Programs:

Opening event:  Curator Najib Joe Hakim will discuss his work and the ties and aspirations of the Bay Area Palestinian American Community. Aug. 28, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Palestinian Poetry and Music Celebration. Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam and poets Elmaz Abinader, Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis and Tarik “Excentrick” Kazaleh perform their work. Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: In Defense of Culture features the work of 50 artists and print makers from around the world, who created their works in commemoration and solidarity to support the booksellers in Baghdad, whose lives and others were irrevocably changed by a car bomb set off in their street in 2007.

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Main Library, Skylight Gallery, Sept. 17, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017

Related Programs:

Opening Event: Art as Activism, Art as Memorial. Five artists from the exhibition, including Art Hazelwood and Kahlil Bendib, will speak on the use of art for memorializing loss and activating resistance. Sept. 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here – Readings and author discussions with Deema Shehabi, Art Hazelwood and others.  Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, Dec. 4, 1 p.m.

Related exhibition:

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Transcendent Hope –City College of San Francisco Library. The exhibition includes artists’ books, broadsides and prints. Oct. 24, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Additional exhibit:

Absent, I come to the home of the absent celebrates the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Absent, I come – Main Library, General Collections, 3rd Floor, Sept. 2 – Oct. 31

Children’s Programs (selected)

Alison Faith Levy Sings Shalom!

Alison Faith Levy is known for her lively and interactive program of original tunes that get young children and families dancing and singing along.

Sept. 13, Anza Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 15, Noe Valley Branch, 4 p.m.

Sept 20, Sunset, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 24, Marina Branch, 11 a.m.

Sept. 27, North Beach Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem

Arabic dance, also known as belly dance, balady or raqs sharqi, is one of oldest dance forms in the world.

Sept. 6, Presidio Branch, 11 a.m.

Sept. 15, Eureka Valley Branch, 3 p.m.

Sept. 22, Parkside Branch, 10 a.m.

Sept. 23, Mission Bay Branch, 4 p.m.

Sept. 30, Golden Gate Valley, 3 p.m.

Middle Eastern Cooking with Arezoo Fakouri

Bay Area cook Arezoo Fakouri loves cooking with flavors and ingredients from her native Iran and experimenting with other Middle Eastern flavors as well. For children 8 and up.

Sept. 25, Ortega Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Persian Dance Performance with Shahrzad Dance Company

Join Shahrzad Dance Academy in an engaging and education program on Persian Dance, an ancient art form shrouded in mystery.

Sept. 22, Bayview Branch, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 22, Chinatown Branch, 4 p.m.

Sept. 24, Excelsior Branch, 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 24, Merced Branch, 2 p.m.

Teen Programs (selected)

Henna Garden Workshop

Henna Gardens is a Middle Eastern owned company that teaches the history and art of henna. Henna tattoos will be provided!

Sept. 10, The Mix at Main, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 12, Portola Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Middle Eastern Snack Trials

You may know pita, hummus and baklava…now let’s try some of the other tasty snacks of the Middle East. For tweens and teens, ages 10 – 18.

Sept. 7, Western Addition Branch, 4 p.m.

Film Screening, Koran by Heart

A global contest reading of the Quran by young Muslim children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during Ramadan tells a coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times. For ages up to 18.

Sept. 16, Bayview Branch, 4 p.m.

Adult Programs (selected)

Opium Sabbah World Music

Hip hop artist Opium Sabbah was raised listening to the rich, exotic music of India and North Africa.

Sept. 3, Western Addition Branch, 2 p.m.

Sept. 24, Bernal Heights Branch, 1:30 p.m.
For additional information about Middle Eastern culture and heritage, check out our reading list on the Library’s Website, sfpl.org, under Books and Materials, Read This! These programs about Middle Eastern Culture and many other related programs can be found at sfpl.org. All programs at the Library are free. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2016 One City One Book: Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by Carey Perloff

June 9, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2016 One City One Book:

Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by Carey Perloff

San Francisco Public Library is pleased to announce that Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by local author and American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff has been selected as the 2016 One City One Book.

Perloff has penned a lively and revealing narrative of her 20-plus years at the helm of A.C.T., and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today’s technology-infused world.

Beautiful Chaos is a tremendously engaging and entertaining narrative that offers readers an inside look at our home-grown, world-class theater company. It also reminds us of the amazing artistic treasures available to us in the Bay Area and the need to protect, cherish and champion our local arts community,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We encourage the entire city to read Beautiful Chaos and join us for programs celebrating the 12th annual One City One Book program.”

“I am so enormously honored and delighted that Beautiful Chaos has been selected as the 2016 One City One Book,” said Perloff. “It was my hope in writing the book to stimulate conversation about the changing role of arts and culture in our city, to explore the journey for women in the arts, to consider the challenges of the kind of humanities-free education happening in so many universities today, and to celebrate the incredible immersive joy of experiencing live performance. I look forward to great conversations across San Francisco as we wrestle with the many issues raised in the book. I am so grateful to my wonderful publisher City Lights Press, a local treasure, for believing in this book and making it happen.”

Perloff’s personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change—is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis.

Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.

Visit sfpl.org/onecityonebook for more information about programs, book club discussion questions and more, and start reading the book now.

SFPL and the GGNRA Partner to Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 2, 2016

Media Contacts
David Shaw, Parks Conservancy
(415) 561-3064; dshaw@parksconservancy.org

Alex Picavet, NPS
(415) 786-8021; Alexandra_picavet@nps.gov

Michelle Jeffers, SF Public Library
415 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org



Create Your Reading Adventure This Summer With San Francisco Library Staff and the Rangers of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Where else can you find fun, adventure, and amazing new worlds all for free? In a library book and a national park. San Francisco Library and the NPS have teamed up this summer to keep children and families reading, creating, and exploring all summer long.

The National Park Service (NPS) is marking its 100th birthday in 2016 and one of the primary partners for the Centennial year at GGNRA is the San Francisco Library System. In celebration of the wonders of the national parks, the SF Public Library is positioning its annual summer reading program, Summer Stride: Read, Create, Explore to ensure that youth and families spend time reading and learning as well as exploring national parks. Summer Stride kicks off May 7 at the Junior Ranger Jamboree at Crissy Field and will continue until August 13.

As part of this partnership, rangers from the GGNRA will be leading ranger talks at all 28 San Francisco Public Libraries this summer. In addition, patrons can join a park ranger on a free shuttle from nine neighborhood branch libraries to local national parks.

“The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service’s founding has been a great catalyst to form new partnerships and opportunities for introducing the next generation to the parks,” said Christine Lehnertz, Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. “This partnership with the San Francisco Public Library is a fantastic way for kids and their families to get to know the national parks in their backyard. We are excited to invite patrons of the libraries to participate in special Centennial events throughout Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled At SFPL Presents Safe to Touch – A Multi-media, Tactile Art Installation by the Artful Steps Program of Stepping Stones Growth Center


April 11th, 2016

The Artful Steps Program at
Stepping Stones Growth Center
311 MacArthur Boulevard
San Leandro, California
(Facility #019200015)
Contact: Missy Brooks, #(510) 567-2621

Calendar Announcement

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
At the San Francisco Public Library Presents
Safe to Touch

A Multi-media, Tactile Art Installation by the Artful Steps Program
of Stepping Stones Growth Center

San Francisco, CA- Image of The GardenAt a typical art gallery, guests are discouraged from standing too close to the artwork, much less touching it! The opposite is true of Artful Steps’ new, innovative series, “Safe to Touch”. This installation challenges how art can be experienced, not only by sight, but by feel. We invite you to interact with the work tactilely; feeling the various sensations of touch. The sequence of the pieces in this installation were thoughtfully chosen based on diversity of feel rather than for complementary colors or subject matter. From the soft, wooly curves of felting to the hard, cool bumps of tile mosaics, each work delights in a unique way.

This show embraces the philosophy that art should be accessible and enjoyed by all regardless of ability/disability. We welcome all to experience the show and remember, it’s safe to touch!

The artwork is currently on display until June 24th at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove) and is walking distance from the Civic Center BART Station. All programs at the library are free and supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Artful Steps Program at Stepping Stones Growth Center in San Leandro teaches multi-media art to persons with developmental disabilities. The primary goals of Artful Steps are to enable our students to expand their methods for self-expression, to enhance their self-esteem and independence, and to develop their artistic ability.

For more information, please contact:
Missy Brooks, Artful Steps Director
(510) 567-2621 mbrooks@steppingstonesgrowth.org

*Details of Artwork:
The Garden, Mixed Media, by artists: Melissa Poe, Scott Kenney, Karen Ridge, Donna Kurtz and Kathy Wilson

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Celebrating Children, Books and Literacy

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2016

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros
Celebrating Children, Books and Literacy

Sunday, April 24, Parque Niños Unidos


San Francisco joins in the national celebration of children, books and literature, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom streets. Día is an initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

Rooted in a Latin American tradition, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros is a child-centered event with the goals of promoting literacy and unifying families of all cultures. Children and families from around the Bay Area are invited to attend a free afternoon of fun, sun, dance, books, music and more.

San Francisco’s first Día took place in 1999 and each year since then, organizers volunteer their time and resources to promote literacy and unify families of all cultures through a community-based, child-centered event. This year’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros will include such activities as music, dance, free books giveaway, and other activities.

San Francisco Public Library joins community partners in hosting this event, including the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, First Book SF, Pulsing Word, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, Raising A Reader National, and members of the SF Early Literacy Network. Día is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Fund and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.


1 p.m., Teddy Bear Hip Hop with Destiny Arts

2 p.m., Maria Luna ¡Baila Conmigo!

3 p.m., Alphabet Rockers concert

DJ Eric Cuentos will spin tunes throughout the afternoon and Dra. Marisol will emcee the event. Free book giveaway to every child is provided by Reading Is Fundamental, First Book SF, and Tandem Partners in Early Learning. Additional activities will be lead by community partners, including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, CARECEN, Good Samaritan Family Resource, The New Wheel, Tree Frog Treks and others.

Current and past member participants:

ArtSpan, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Book Press, Crissy Field, Department of Children, Youth and their Families, First Book SF, First 5 San Francisco, Friends of the San, Francisco Public Library, Jumpstart San Francisco, KQED Education Network, Mayor’s Office of Community Development/Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Mission Learning Center, Nuestros Niños/Childhood, Matters Radio Show, Office of Early Care and Education, Poetry Inside Out, Precita Eyes, Pulsing Word, Raising A Reader National, Reading Partners, Richmond District YMCA, San Francisco Children’s Art Center, SF Early Literacy Network, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco State University’s Jumpstart Program, San Francisco Friends School, SCRAP, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, and University of San Francisco

About SFPL:

San Francisco Public Library was a proud winner of the 2009 Raul and Estela Mora Award in recognition of its outstanding decade of Día celebrations. The Library has been celebrating Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros since 1999 and recognizes the observance of Día as a commitment to honor children and home languages and culture; promote literacy in all languages; involve parents as valued members of the literacy team and promote library collections that reflect our plurality.


For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

San Francisco Main Library Celebrates 20 Years


For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
415 557-4282

San Francisco Main Library Celebrates 20 Years

WHAT:      20th Anniversary Celebration of the Main Library

We are marking two decades of the “new” Main with music, aerial dance, cheers and treats outside on the Main Library’s Larkin Street plaza, facing Civic Center Plaza.

WHEN:      Monday, April 18, starting at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:   San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, steps

WHO:        Anniversary Remarks with City Librarian Luis Herrera, Library Commission President Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Director Derick Brown, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library interim Executive Director Marie Ciepiela

DETAILS:  12:30 p.m. Mariachi Nueva Generacion

12:55 p.m. BANDALOOP (vertical dance performance rappelling from roof of the Main Library)

1:05 p.m. Anniversary Remarks

1:15 p.m. Cheer San Francisco

Friends of the Library will host a book sale on the plaza.


San Francisco Main Library Turns 20

March 31, 2016
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
415 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

San Francisco Main Library Turns 20

Twenty years have passed since the San Francisco Main Library first opened its doors to great acclaim on April 18, 1996, and that anniversary is being celebrated with more than 20 lively programs, events and exhibits.

Today, the Main is busier than ever, greeting more than 1.8 million visitors each year, and checking out close to two million items. The Main Library is open more than 3,000 hours a year.

atriumAnniversary day on April 18 will feature music, refreshments, performances and more, starting at 12:30 p.m. on the Larkin Street steps of the Main Library at 100 Larkin Street. In honor of the original 1996 opening events, the anniversary celebration will feature a performance by BANDALOOP, a pioneer in vertical performance. Under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination. BANDALOOP has performed for sold out crowds at sites throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Additional Selected Events:

April 8: Library Treasure Hunt starts in the atrium of the Main Library at 12 p.m. Participants will explore undiscovered gems of knowledge and complete mini-challenges at six or more stops throughout the building.

April 12: The Matter of Black Lives will feature comedian and activist Sampson McCormick, poet Amanda Johnston, and social justice activist and popular culture scholar and writer Shawn Taylor, who will discuss their views on the current state of Black America. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.

April 13: A distinguished panel of architects will discuss Twenty Years: A Renaissance of Library Architecture. Learn how architecture reflects the evolution of library services with Marsha Maytum, Mark Schatz, Cathy Simon, John King, and Charles Higueras. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.

April 26 and 28: Save Your Stuff and Pass it On. Learn how to preserve your precious personal memories and archives. Books & Paper, April 26; Photos: April 28. Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 6 p.m.

Selected Exhibitions:

Animal House: Anthropomorphic Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor. Have some fun with an exhibition showcasing animals behaving like humans in cartoons, comics and literature from artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. April 1 – May 31, Main Library, Skylight Gallery. (see also: http://sfpl.org/releases/)

Queerest.Library.Ever. #Hormelat20. Selected items are drawn from the Hormel LGBTQIA Center from its archival collections of personal papers and organizational records, including rare posters, photographs, correspondence, documents and objects. April 16 – Aug. 7, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Skylight Bridge, and Hormel Center, plus Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch. (see also: http://sfpl.org/releases/)

Main Library at 20. Exhibition includes original blueprints, photographs, reports, press packets, and newspaper accounts from the planning, construction and opening of the Main. April 18 – June 30, Main Library, San Francisco History Center.

Note to Editors:  Photos and graphic images available.

Animal House: Anthropomorphic Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor – Annual exhibition opens April 1

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Animal House: Anthropomorphic Selections
from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

Annual Exhibition opens April 1

April 1 – May 31, 2016
Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Animal House: Anthropomorphic Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, an exhibition showcasing animals behaving like humans in cartoons, comics and literature, opens April 1, in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

A literary device appearing in 18th and 19th century political pamphlets and news sheets, as well as magazines of humor and satire, anthropomorphic or humanized animals are part of the 21st century commonplace. The burgeoning movement away from moralizing children’s books toward the shaping of books with more entertainment value represents some of the largest appeal to readers of all ages (think Dr. Seuss and descendants).

Many people are familiar with the comics section of the newspaper, a significant literacy tool as well as popular entertainment. For San Francisco Bay Area readers at least eight strips with humanized animals appear in our local newspapers. From nursery rhymes, fairy tales and children’s books, to political humor and a wide assortment of cartoons and comics from international sources, we recognize and celebrate the mischievous activities of anthropomorphic animals. They carry on just like we do!

Join the fun as we feature a selection of materials, showcasing the renowned, and little known, comic artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Animal House continues through May 31.

“Without humor we are doomed,” noted Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and former library trustee, who donated his collection of 93 jest books to the San Francisco Public Library on April 1, 1947. The collection has grown to more than 22,000 volumes and includes periodicals and audio-visual materials; it is considered the most significant collection of its kind in a public library. Every year, the Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents an exhibition based on materials in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, in tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.


The Art, Music and Recreation Center presents Yackety Yak: Animals Talk Back, the Thursdays at Noon Video Series, in the Koret Auditorium:

April 7 – A Wallace and Gromit Double Feature: A Grand Day Out and Curse of the Were-Rabbit
April 14 – The Adventure of Milo and Otis
April 21 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
April 28 – Ponyo

Publicity poster for Rum Pum Pum by Hans Fischer (1961)
Publicity poster for Rum Pum Pum by Hans Fischer (1961)

SFPL Celebrating 20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org


SFPL Celebrating 20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.
Hormel Center Highlights Milestone with Exhibition and Related Programs


The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at San Francisco Public Library is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a major exhibition, titled Queerest.Library.Ever. #Hormelat20, that recognizes its history as the first library center of its kind in the nation with collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex and allies history and culture, with a special emphasis on the Bay Area. The center is named for U.S. Ambassador James C. Hormel and has been a source of pride for San Francisco and LGBTQIA advocates for two decades.

Selected from its archival collections of personal papers and organizational records, the exhibition will include rare posters, photographs, correspondence, documents and objects. The exhibition will span four locations: the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, its 3rd floor Hormel Center, the 6th floor Skylight Gallery bridge and at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. It will be on view from April 16 through August 7.

There will also be a variety of special events to celebrate the Hormel Center and its place within the LGBTQIA community, including the opening event, Teens and Queens, on Saturday April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

This special exhibition is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Exhibition highlights at each location include:

The Jewett Gallery at the Main Library showcases its archival collections with Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future. “Lesbian Literary Love” looks at relationships between lesbian authors, publishers, booksellers and readers. “How We See Ourselves” includes alternative gender expression and vintage physique photographs and drawings.  Recently digitized materials from the Frameline film and video collections continue this investigation of visual self-representation. “How We Come Together” demonstrates the importance of community, including bars, community groups, and entertainment. “How We Effect Change” investigates activism and politics.

The 3rd floor Hormel Center documents four components of its history: Making of the Mural documents how the spectacular ceiling mural came about; How the Hormel Happened recounts the genesis and development of the pioneering affinity center. Reversing Vandalism showcases art projects created out of vandalized library books and LGBTQI Shades highlights the photo history project documenting the bay area’s queer communities.

6th floor bridge revisits Out at the Library, the panel exhibit celebrating the Center’s first ten years is once again on display, having traveled all across the country.

The Eureka Valley branch offers Queer & Quirky: OBJECTifying Ourselves displays artifacts demonstrating the relationship of queer culture to dominant American culture, including a Gay Bob doll, Queer Trivia game and a rare 1600s broadside.

Hormel Center Online

This online exhibit will feature many fascinating, never-before-available programs and materials, including archival histories with photos and anecdotes created by our Hormel Archivist.


April 23: Teens and Queens, the opening program, features The Rising Rhythm Project honoring voguing legends with fabulous and fierce choreography. Other acts will also follow. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 2:00pm

May 17: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading. Our annual event featuring the year’s finest in LGBTQIA writing and poetry. Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 6:00 p.m.

June 2: Twenty-Five Years of Vampire Life: The Gilda Stories Reissued. When Gilda escaped from slavery in 1850 she didn’t expect to live to see the 21st century.  Jewelle Gomez will read from this cult classic and catch you up on what Gilda’s been up to. Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 6:00 p.m.

June 7: From Sleaze to Classics. An Intergenerational Conversation on Lesbian/Queer Lit. Featuring Ann Bannon (Beebo Brinker series), award-winning author Michelle Tea, and RADAR Artistic Director and writer Juliana Delgado Lopera. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

June 8: RADAR SuperStars Program: featuring La Pocha Nostra; La Chica Boom; Chinaka Hodge and Aya de Leon. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00.

Library Continues Latino Voices Programs

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Library Continues Latino Voices Programs

(February 23, 2016) San Francisco, CA—San Francisco Public Library will continue its Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming with three events that explore the history of Latino press, radio and comic arts within the U.S.

Jaime Crespo, the author of the comic, Tortilla, will be the featured artist at A History of Latino Comics: El Movimiento on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.  Crespo will take us on a personal journey of his first discoveries of Latino themes in comics. He will explore the effect of everything from car magazines to politically charged works in his comicslatino500.

On April 14, we will be screening Peril and Promise in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.  This is a screening of the final episode of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History video series, which looks at the past 30 years of Latino American history within the U.S.  The video takes a closer look at the second wave of arriving Cubans in the 1980s, and the unrest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua that led to hundreds of thousands of new Americans.

Comic artist Jaime Crespo will return on May 12 to the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium with Latino Comics Expo co-founder Ricardo Padilla, for the final program in the series, A History of Latino Comics: The Underground.  The duo will discuss how the Underground Comix scene of the 1960s and 70s stimulated a Latino Comics movement.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

This program is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with Accion Latina, an organization dedicated to promoting cultural arts, community media, and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities.