11 Bay Area Libraries to Read for the Record Together

For Immediate Release

Contact: Benjamin Ibarra, Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
(415)557-4295; Benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org

Contact: Shelly Hausman, Communications Manager
San Mateo County Library
(650) 312-5258; Hausman@smcl.org


11 Bay Area Libraries to Read for the Record Together
Super Bowl 50 supports Early Literacy and Libraries

October 5, 2015 – Eleven of the Bay Area’s largest library systems, which offer services to over 3.5 million individuals, are joining forces to be part of Jumpstart’s global Read for the Record campaign on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  The campaign, aimed at ensuring that every child has an opportunity for success through engaging learning opportunities, will draw in young people throughout the world all reading the same book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett.  The Libraries will offer programs to promote early literacy, showcase the importance of reading together and improve the number of youth that do not currently have a library card.

Most libraries will offer up opportunities on October 22nd for kids to read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story out loud.  With the Super Bowl 50’s The Re(a)d Zone, all kids will have an opportunity participate in the attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest shared reading experience and win a copy of Not Norman: A Goldfish Story to build their home library. The emphasis will be getting the book into the hands of those who are less likely to have a book at home.

“Family and early literacy continues to be a focus for us,” said Anne-Marie Despain, SMCL Director. “We continue to seek partnerships that emphasize and facilitate reading together in fun ways.”

“This annual reading marathon allows us to engage our entire community to tackle the problem of low literacy with a team approach,” said San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera, “Together we can make a difference in so many lives.”

The 11 Bay Area library systems participating are: San Francisco Public Library, San Mateo County Library, Santa Clara County Library, San Jose Public Library, Burlingame Library, San Bruno Library, Daly City Library, Menlo Park Library, San Mateo City Library, Redwood City Library and South San Francisco Public Library. Additionally, there are important partners helping to promote this special day.  The Re(a)d Zone and Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative along with the Pacific Library Partnership all have offered support to engage as many families as possible in the Read for the Record Together events.

Libraries are hosting a variety of programming, including read-aloud programs, book giveaways, craft projects and library card sign-ups.  Much of the programming will focus on schools where students are reading below grade levels and communities where residents are not using library services currently.

For more information on the Read for the Record program, see http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-for-the-record.

For each participating library’s programming, see:

San Francisco Public Library (Schedule of Events attached)

San Mateo County Library

Santa Clara County Library

San Jose Public Library

Burlingame Public Library

San Bruno Public Library

Daly City Public Library

Menlo Park Library

San Mateo City Library

Redwood City Library

South San Francisco Public Library


SFPL’s Branch Library Improvement Program Generates Significant Return on Investment and Benefit to Local Economy

For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2015

San Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement Program Generates Significant Return on Investment and Benefit to Local Economy

San Francisco Controller’s Office Study Reviews
Community and Economic Benefit of 14-year Program

For every $1 invested in the San Francisco Branch Library Improvement Program, the city realized a return of between $5.19 and $9.11, according to a new impact study released by the San Francisco Controller’s Office.

The report, Reinvesting and Renewing for the 21st Century: A Community and Economic Benefits Study of San Francisco’s Branch Library Improvement Program, takes both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the 14-year library project that resulted in the building or renovating of 24 of San Francisco’s 27 neighborhood branch libraries.

In addition to the return on investment figures, the study also found that the capital investments and additional operating spending associated with the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) contributed more than $330 million in indirect and induced benefits to the San Francisco economy.

“While the focus of the Branch Library Improvement Program was to ensure seismic safety and full accessibility for residents, the 24 completed projects have also helped bridge the technology divide, create safe and welcoming spaces for children, teens, and families to build a stronger community, and offer educational opportunities that enable all our residents to gain the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. Our libraries help our residents, our youth, our families and our seniors so they can all share in our City’s prosperity,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

The report was independently prepared by BERK, a strategic planning and business consulting firm, at the direction of San Francisco’s Office of the Controller. The research included the economic benefits analysis, 25 stakeholder interviews and reviews of the literature about BLIP including the two bond measures that funded the program.

The study looked at four specific measures of community benefit. In serving San Francisco in the 21st century, the report found that through BLIP, the city’s neighborhood libraries were able to expand their collections, improve their technology resources, increase community meeting space and expand service via community partnerships and programs.

“By completing the Branch Library Improvement Program in such as systematic and efficient way, we were able to transform neighborhoods and give San Francisco great pride in these true civic anchors,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The study also found that the Branch Library Improvement Program catalyzed neighborhood vitality. Its amplification of investments in branch libraries ultimately served as investments for the entire community: sparking, responding to and advancing community aspirations.

The careful renovations of 16 historic neighborhood branches, as well as the stewardship of environmental resources, including designing eight of the libraries to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status and two to achieve LEED Silver, was also called out among the study’s Community Benefits.

BLIP also stimulated economic activity by going beyond San Francisco’s minimum requirements for Local Business Enterprises to ensure hiring of neighborhood residents, particularly for the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library project, and thus contributed to the health of the City’s small, local businesses.

Finally, the report also identified lessons learned from BLIP to inform future capital investments in libraries and other public facilities. Those recommendations included: take a programmatic rather than incremental approach; use partnerships to leverage complementary skills and abilities; reinvent when necessary and build with the future in mind; while investing in facilities, invest in neighborhoods; engage the community to deliver on promises made; learn and reflect both during and after the investment period.

The report is available online at: http://sfpl.org/pdf/about/commission/ReinvestingRenewing.pdf

For a printed copy of the full report, please contact publicaffairs@sfpl.org or (415) 557-4277
Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; (415) 608-1593

San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal

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Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295, Benjamin.Ibarra@sfpl.org

September 29, 2015

San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal
Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Honored by New Landmark Libraries 2015

The San Francisco Public Library is proud to announce the selection of the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library as a winner of Library Journal’s 2015 New Landmark Libraries.  Originally opened in 2013 as part of the Branch Library Improvement Program, funded by a City bond measure, the branch has become a focal point for the Bayview neighborhood in which it residesbayview.

“We are extremely excited to receive this award from Library Journal, and proud to share it with the Bayview community.  Their efforts to make this library their own are what created the stunning space we have today” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

A true community effort, the branch was designed with many of the rich cultural influences of the Bayview at its core.  Earth-toned linoleum tiles that resemble a Kente cloth pattern offer an inviting exterior.  A beautiful interior courtyard offers simple design elements like wooden benches and a tree garden all with the opportunity for quiet outdoor contemplation.

The library building was designed by Hacker(formerly THA Architecture) and Karin Payson A & D of San Francisco and constructed by KCK Builders, a Bayview-based firm. The building received LEED Gold certification and is set with sustainable green features like a green roof, solar cells and clerestory windows.

“The Bayview/ Linda Brooks-Burton Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is a stunning example of how a library can honor a community’s history while laying out a path for its continued growth” said Toby Greenwalt of Library Journal.

The construction of the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch cost $13.5 million as part of a bond measure voted on in 2000.  The furniture, fixtures and equipment inside the library was paid for by funds raised by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Originally named Bayview Branch, the building added the name of Linda Brooks-Burton by a vote of the Library Commission in 2014. A beloved figure, Linda Brooks-Burton was a longtime librarian, role model and branch manager of the Bayview branch.  She passed away in September of 2013.

“Linda was the embodiment of peace; she had a spirit of calm that was infectious and I feel she would be proud of this accomplishment” said Lydia Vincent-White, community resident.

For more information on the New Landmark Libraries 2015 Award see the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton selection.

Community Cuts Ribbon on New Ingleside Library Garden

For Immediate Release: September 24, 2015
Contact: Benjamin Ibarra, SF Public Library
415-557-4295, Benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org

Community Cuts Ribbon on New Ingleside Library Garden
Undeveloped City Land Becomes Community Recreation & Learning Space

District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, City Librarian Luis Herrera and public officials from San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Recreation and Parks, along with neighborhood residents will cut the ribbon Thursday Sept. 24, on the newest public open space in the Ingleside neighborhood.

The Ingleside Branch Library’s courtyard merged with what was undeveloped San Francisco Public Utilities Commission land to offer up a community space.  The new garden and play-to-learn area offers an expansion of reading area for library patrons and the public in general to enjoy.

“Having this garden space next to the library creates a hub of activity that allow for the community to thrive,” said Supervisor Norman Yee. “Neighbors all benefit from the community that is created with an open gathering space like this”

The new Ingleside Branch Library opened in 2009 as part of San Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement Program, managed by San Francisco Public Works. At the time, the library contained only a small courtyard for outside space.

“It is with the dedication and vision of the City family, working together, that we are able to offer up such a pleasant place for reading, library programming and simple relaxing outdoor space for the community,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The expanded garden has interactive play features that will engage children’s imaginations.  The garden has mushroom shaped little steppers, owls carved into seats, fossil digs that kids can discover in the planting areas and interactive play panels plus triangular shaped rubber matting for children to climb on. The tiered garden space forms a natural courtyard space for community programs.

San Francisco Public Works designed the space and managed the construction.  Some of the renovation details were: new concrete, a safety surface, asphalt paving, planting, irrigation, furnishings, fencing, gates and accessible paths of travel.

“The garden showcases the remarkable design skills of our staff. We are proud that we were able to work with the community to transform vacant City property and make it into a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy,” said Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru.

The total budget for the project was $550,000, jointly funded by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Library and Supervisor Yee’s office.

Note to Editors: photos of garden available

***Media Advisory***Invitation to Cover–Ingleside Garden Ribbon Cutting

Media Advisory
Invitation to Cover

What:  Ingleside Garden Ribbon Cutting
When: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ingleside Branch Library courtyard, 1298 Ocean Avenue
Who:  Supervisor Norman Yee, City Librarian Luis Herrera, public officials from SF Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Public Works and Recreation and Parks, neighborhood children, parents, community members.
Photo Opportunities: Ribbon/Scissors; children playing in the garden; mushroom shaped steppers; fossil digs; interactive play panels

Benjamin Ibarra
Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4295 (office)

The Library Welcomes Kindie Rockers for 7th Annual Tricycle Music Fest

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Media Contact:
Benjamin Ibarra
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The Library Welcomes Kindie Rockers
for 7th Annual Tricycle Music Fest

October is here and everyone knows it’s time to break out your dancing shoes for some Tricycle Music Fest fun. We have an amazing line up featuring Grammy winners, Emmy Winners, local flavor, and fan favorites. There’s fun to go around for every type of music lover and nine chances to rock out at your Library.

Each week in October will feature a different performer, offering their brand of Kindie Rock!

Aaron Nigel Smith will kick off the 7th Annual Tricycle Music Fest with songs from his album 1 World Chorus: Celebrating Bob Marley. Full of reggae beats reimagined for the child in you and with you, the party gets started on Friday, October 2nd at 3pm at the Portola Branch. The fun will continue on Saturday, October 3rd at 4pm in the Main Library’s Children’s Center.

The following week Frances England will bring her kindie rock music to Parkside and Mission Bay Branches. Frances will entertain the whole family in the warm October sun on Friday, October 9th at 4:30pm at Mission Bay Branch. Then she will perform her toe tapping beats at the Parkside Branch on Saturday, October 10th at 3:30pm.

Our third weekend of performances will be performed by none other than the Grammy and Emmy winning team of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. With their new featured album, Adelante!, they will be sure to get the crowd jumping, dancing and singing along. The Richmond Branch will be hosting them at outdoor family fun day on Friday, October 16th at 3:30pm. On Saturday, October 17th at 3pm, the band will be performing at Bernal Heights Branch.

The fourth weekend of rocking will be headlined by The Not-It’s and their brand of Seattle kindie rock. The will be playing at Glen Park Branch during its Crazy 8 anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 24th at 2pm. The Not-It’s will continue their rocking and rolling to our West Portal Branch on Sunday October, 25th at 1pm for another outdoor party.

Tricycle Music Fest will conclude in San Francisco with the return of famed local kindie rocker, Alison Faith Levy, best known as “Sippy Alison”. “Sippy Alison” will host a special Halloween costume party concert at the Excelsior Branch on Saturday, October 31st at 11:30am. Bring your favorite costume, stick around after the show, meet the band and get your face painted.

Tricycle Music Fest is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and co-presented by San Mateo County Library. Together we bring the biggest and best kindie rock music to Bay Area families. Because playing is just as important as singing in early childhood learning, we will raffle off one tricycle to a lucky concert goer at each event. Families, get ready for a hip-shaking, head bopping dance party explosion of indie fresh pop rock beats—only at the library! Full schedule, sfpl.org/tricycle and smcl.org/tricycle.

The Bands

Aaron Nigel Smith
Aaron Nigel Smith’s “Call To Action” is to get kids and families to sing, dance and play together. In 2002 he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, NewYork and Boston. His fun, inspired, and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience off their feet.

Frances England
Frances England originally created her debut cd, Fascinating Creatures, as a fundraiser for her son’s preschool and never thought that anyone outside of her own circle of family and friends would hear it. But thanks to the Internet, the power of word-of-mouth and some great reviews, the cd began making its way into people’s homes across the country and as far away as Europe, Asia, and Australia. The songs on Frances’ new album, Family Tree, were written around the birth of her second son and retain the warm, intimate, indie-folk feel that so many people connected with on Fascinating Creatures.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Despite their Latin Grammy win for ¡Fantastico!, as well as a nomination for Aqui Alla, Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis always make time for libraries. As they team up with the cast from Lishy Lou and Lucky Too, get ready for hearty jokes and laughs, pop rock beats, and a jump-jiving dance party.

The Not-Its!
For more than six years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. With the release of their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, this Seattle “Kindie Rock” quintet will have children and their parents on their feet raising their hands for more from the moment they hit the dance floor!

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock
Kindie music trailblazer and founding member of The Sippy Cups, Alison Faith Levy knows how to get the entire family moving and grooving. With her Big Time Tot Rock Band, she brings dynamic musicianship and live beats from World of Wonder, her forthcoming album. From Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, Alison loves performing, and the San Francisco Public Library is her favorite performance venue.

The Schedule

Aaron Nigel Smith
Friday, October 2nd at 3:00 pm at the Portola Branch.
Saturday, October 3rd at 4:00 pm in the Main Library’s Children Center.

Frances England
Friday, October 9th at 4:30 pm at the Mission Bay Branch.
Saturday, October 10th at 3:30pm at the Parkside Branch.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Friday, October 16th at 3:30pm at the Richmond Branch.
Saturday, October 17th at 3pm at Bernal Heights Branch.

The Not-Its’s
Saturday, October 24th at 2pm at the Glen Park Branch.
Sunday, October 25th at 1pm at the West Portal Branch.

Alison Faith Levy
Saturday, October 31st at 11:30am at the Excelsior Branch.

One City One Book Programs Highlight San Francisco’s Recent History from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s

For Immediate Release:
September 14, 2015
Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295; Benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org


One City One Book Programs Highlight San Francisco’s Recent History from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s

David Talbot’s Season of the Witch is the 2015 Citywide Read

Cover image of Season of the WitchCelebrate San Francisco Public Library’s 11th annual One City One Book by taking part in a variety of events geared toward remembering San Francisco in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. This year’s selection is David Talbot’s Season of the Witch which showcases this transformative era in San Francisco’s history that shaped the city’s values of today.

The Library, in collaboration with a variety of program partners, offers up two-plus months of programs for the public to engage together on a book that shows where San Francisco was at a certain time and place and how it has changed and evolved since those interesting times.

Hands on History is a close up show and tell with the San Francisco History Center.
Saturday, September 26, 2pm. SF History Center, Main Library, 6th Floor.
Wednesday, October 7, 6pm, SF History Center, Main Library, 6th Floor.

Bicycle Tour with Chris Carlsson—A tour of the historical sites referenced in Season of the Witch.
Bring your bike and ride along.
Sunday, September 27, 2pm.  Meet at the Larkin Street Steps, Main Library.

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll A Night in Three Acts.  Hosted by book author David Talbot, with special guests Susie Bright, Cleve Jones, Dr. David Smith, Denise Kaufman and Ace of Cups; Barry Melton, Ben Fong-Torres, Penelope Houson, Gary Kamiya and Missy Manners.  This event is co-hosted by Litquake and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. (Ticketed event)
Friday, October 16, 8pm. Z Space, 450 Florida St.

The Peoples Temple Archives A discussion with David Talbot, SF Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff and business executive Jim Jones, Jr.  Moderated by California Historical Society Executive Director, Anthea Hartwig.  Co-hosted by the California Historical Society. Tickets to the event:  http://onecityonebookpeoplestemple.eventbrite.com

San Francisco Then and Now:  A panel discussion with David Talbot about the events within Season of the Witch and how they shaped the politics and values of the present day.
Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Book Discussions

Merced Branch Library book club  This group meets bi-monthly and will discuss the OCOB selection.
Tuesday, October 6, 7pm. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr. (415) 355-2825

Nuns Reading Noir Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will lead a discussion of the book with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir.  The hosts will be Sister Reyna Terror, Sister Rosemary Chicken and Sister Van Iniquity.
Saturday, October 10, 2pm., Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Library Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Ct. (415) 355-5616.

Parkside Library Book Club will meet to discuss the OCOB selection, Season of the Witch.
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval Street, (415) 355-5770.


Tie Dye Paper Crafts, Saturday, September 12, 10:30am Sunset Branch

Sand Art, Saturday, September 12, 2:30pm Richmond Branch

One City One Book: Tie Dye Paper Crafts, Saturday, September 19, 2pm Visitacion Valley

Tie Dye Paper, Saturday, September 19, 2:30pm Richmond Branch

Hemp Jewelry, Saturday, September 26, 2:30pm Richmond Branch

Sand Art, Thursday, October 1, 6:30pm West Portal

Make Bracelets with Beads, Saturday, October 31, Marina

Our Thursdays at Noon Film Series will showcase San Francisco based films that lay within the timeframe of Season of the Witch, 1967-1982.  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level

Milk-October 1
Following Sean-October 8
Harold and Maude-October 15
The Cockettes-October 22
Zodiac-October 29


Opening in late October there will be two OCOB themed exhibits

Music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s—Books and newspapers of the era tell a story about the music featured in the book.
Art, Music & Recreation Center, Main Library, 4th Floor.

49ers Lift Up San Francisco—The San Francisco 49ers football team won its first Super Bowl in 1981, closing the curtain on the dark times of the 1970’s.
Grove Street entrance, Main Library, 1st Floor.

About the Author

David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur and now book publisher. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, and has been hailed as a “pioneer of web publishing” by The New York Times. In addition to the national bestseller, Season of the Witch, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America, an illustrated “pulp history” aimed at younger readers. His book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, will be published by HarperCollins in October. Talbot was a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, the Guardian and other publications.

Bay Area Radio Host Offers Career Tips and Ways to Land a Good Job

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2015

Media Contact:
Benjamin Ibarra
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Bay Area Radio Host Offers Career Tips and Ways to Land a Good Job

San Francisco job seekers! Sick of hearing “Follow your Passion” as a guide for finding a career? For a more no nonsense approach, Marty Nemko, KALW radio host of Work with Marty Nemko will be speaking on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015, at 10 AM at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street. Marty Nemko will lay it all out with realistic talk on finding fulfilling and lasting work in the Bay Area. Nemko will also do “three-minute workovers” for volunteers, providing practical job related insights that everyone can learn from.

Nemko has been called “the Bay Area’s Best Career Coach” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and “Career counselor extraordinaire” by U.S. News & World Report. He’s hosted Work with Marty Nemko for 26 years and is a prolific author of seven books and three thousand published articles in magazines such as Time and Psychology Today.

Everyone is welcome to come hear Marty Nemko speak at the Main Library Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 10 AM. All programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free of charge. For more information, call 415-557-4277 or go to sfpl.org/events.

CENIC and the City and County of San Francisco Collaborate to Make San Francisco Public Library the First 10 Gigabit Library in the U.S.

Media Contact:
Benjamin Ibarra
415-557-4295; benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org


CENIC and the City and County of San Francisco Collaborate to Make San Francisco Public Library the First 10 Gigabit Library in the U.S.

San Francisco, June 26, 2015 — San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there to the world.

This unprecedented access to the ultra-high bandwidth CENIC network will provide patrons of the San Francisco Public Library with access to the latest and best resources across a wide array of needs and opportunities in areas such as business, government, science, health care, and education – opportunities to engage, create, invent, and learn.

“They are breaking new ground here, and it’s great to see,” said John Beto, Director of University of Maryland’s Information Policy and Access Center, which conducts research on issues that govern access to digital information.

SFPL accesses city-owned fiber that is used to connect them to CalREN. SFPL has a direct 10 Gigabit connection to their main library.  Seven branches now connect to the main branch at 1 Gigabit, with plans to connect all 27 branch libraries at this speed using city-owned fiber.  From CalREN, San Francisco’s libraries are connected to California’s K-12 and higher education systems, to research and education networks throughout the world, and to the public Internet.

“In keeping with our mission of equality and being a 21st century library, this broadband increase allows our patrons to have the very best in access and opportunity,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The Library’s new teen center, The Mix at SFPL, will greatly benefit from new broadband speed. The Mix at SFPL is dedicated to connecting young people with innovative technology tools such as 3D printers, video/audio editing software, fabrication, and other electronic tools to create their own digital or electronic art, to be involved in robotics, even to build their own drones, and to meet, socialize and collaborate with other young people who share common interests.

“The ability to access digital information is essential to every Californian and our remarkable libraries are places where access, the expertise of librarians, and a wealth of opportunities are available to all.  Bandwidth should never constrain access and innovation in our libraries,“ said CENIC President & CEO, Louis Fox.

“San Francisco was among the pilot sites that preceded the Governor and Legislature’s ‘Lighting Up Libraries Initiative,’ which will bring additional broadband capacity to all of California’s public libraries.  389 libraries will connect starting in July of 2015, with a goal to connect all of California’s 1,112 public libraries in the next few years,” said Fox.

“Public libraries change lives. And the 21st Century connectivity that they are getting through connecting to CENIC’s broadband network is going to be transformative for all of California’s diverse communities.  Already, 56 California library jurisdictions, including the San Francisco Public Library and the Peninsula Library Systems, have the highest level of connectivity of any libraries in the country – a number that will grow over the coming months,” said California State Librarian, Greg Lucas.

The updated broadband, including WiFi, can be experienced at San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  For more information you can reach us at www.sfpl.org or (415) 557-4400.

About CENIC • www.cenic.org

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

San Francisco Public Library and Gale to Deliver Accredited High School Diplomas to Residents Online

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San Francisco Public Library and Gale to Deliver Accredited High School Diplomas to Residents Online

Career Online High School Scholarships Support Local Economic Development

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As thousands of librarians from across the country descend on San Francisco for the American Library Association annual meeting this weekend, the San Francisco Public Library today announced it is offering residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates through Career Online High School, a groundbreaking program brought to public libraries by Gale. Currently, more than 30,000 San Francisco adults age 25 and over lack a high school degree or equivalent. San Francisco Public Library joins several other innovative libraries throughout California to offer the program, including Los Angeles Public Library, Sacramento Public Library and San Diego Public Library.

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“Being able to offer Career Online High School helps us achieve our goal of rethinking adult literacy in the 21st century in a profound and impactful way,” said Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library. “For SFPL, the Career Online High School initiative redefines the role of the library as the place for personal growth and learning for individuals most in need.”

“Earning a high school diploma can have a life changing effect – graduates earn more, have lower unemployment rates and contribute more to their communities both economically and socially,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager, Gale. “By offering Career Online High School, San Francisco Public Library will make an immediate positive impact in the community, and will support local economic and workforce development.”

San Francisco Public Library will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.

San Francisco Public Library will launch Career Online High School to the community in August. Interested residents can visit the library’s website here to learn more about the enrollment process.

For more information on Career Online High School, please visit http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/ or contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com. For more information on the economic impact of high school completion and the benefits of libraries, download the whitepaper here and watch the video here.

About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage Learning that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. In 2014, the program was adapted for the public library market by Gale, also a division of Cengage Learning. Since its launch, Career Online High School has been recognized as part of a Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative and acknowledged at the White House College Opportunity Summit.

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.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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