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War Comes Home – SFPL and SFSU Explore Veterans’ Experiences as part of Statewide Program

For Immediate Release: Nov. 4, 2014

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

War Comes Home

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.

To commemorate Veteran’s Day on November 11, the Library’s On the Same Page citywide book club featured title for the fall is What It Is Like to Go to War (Grove/Atlantic 2011), by New York Times bestselling author, Karl Marlantes. This account of combat during the Vietnam War is this year’s California Reads selection of Cal Humanities, in partnership with the California Center for the Book.

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 of Women 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.

On Nov. 8, Defending Our Stories/Commemorating Our Veterans will honor courageous Filipinos who fought for the survival of families and communities on both sides of the Pacific 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 programming@sfpl.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.

World Series Stakes Are High: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Wages Bet with Kansas City

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October 30, 2014

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World Series Stakes Are High

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.

San Francisco and Kansas City Public Libraries engaged in an earlier Twitter war with its own wager. If the Giants win, Kansas City will add Dan Fost’s The Giants Baseball Experience: A year by year chronicle from New York to San Francisco.

Tales of the City Author Armistead Maupin Appears Next Week at San Francisco Main Library, Book Stores, Schools and Businesses

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2014

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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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 Airbnb to 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.

Find more One City One Book programs at sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

About One City One Book

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.

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. www.airbnb.com

Hervé Tullet Mixes It Up with School Kids at S.F. Main Library

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October 10, 2014

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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

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September 23, 2014

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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

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September 19, 2014

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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 and Ruby, 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.

Tales of the City
Cover image of Tales of the City

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.

For more information visit: sfpl.org/onecityonebook or Twitter: #ocobsf14 or call 415 557-4277.

One City One Book Event and Discussion Guide (PDF)

September Calendar of One City One Book Events

Book Discussions

Sept. 24

Mission Bay Branch

6:30 p.m.
Sept. 30

Parkside Branch

7:00 p.m.

Get Crafty:

Make Your Own Leather Cuff Bracelet

Learn how to stamp, dye, and paint your own leather cuff. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up is required.

Sept. 24

Portola

6:00 p.m

String Art Workshop
Join GoGo Craft for a string art workshop. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.

Sept. 20

Presidio

2:00 p.m.

Sept. 26

Bernal Heights

2:00 p.m.
Sept. 27

Ingleside Branch

2:00 p.m.

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.

Sept. 28
Western Addition

2 – 4:00 p.m.

Dreamcatchers!

This one is for the kids…
Sept. 30

North Beach

4 – 5:30 pm

Exhibition:

“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: maricela.leonbarrera@sfpl.org 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 Laurel Village, 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”

October 2

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.

October 9

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.

October 16

Footloose

(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.

October 23

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.

October 30

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.

Get Crafty

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.

Marina Branch, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
Glen Park Branch, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.

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

Exhibition:

“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 tourguide@toursofthetales.com.

For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.

Compositions: A Filipino American Experience

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September 3, 2014

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Michelle Jeffers
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Steve Kech
Communications, The Alvarado Project
(415) 203-0137; stevekech@gmail.com

Compositions: A Filipino American Experience

Exhibition Opening Sept. 20

Compositions: A Filipino American Experience, curated by Janet Alvarado is an 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.

Related programs:

Opening  – Meet Curator Janet Alvarado for a gallery talk.

Gallery talk with Janet Alvarado- Sept. 21, Skylight Gallery, 1 p.m.

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

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September 5, 2014

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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.

Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

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PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 3, 2014

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Michelle Jeffers

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

Carine Risley
(650) 312.5258; risley@smcl.org

Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

Kindie Rockers Perform at San Mateo County and San Francisco Public Libraries

Grammy winners rally for early literacy during the Library’s sixth annual free Tricycle Music Fest. Alison Faith Levy gets the party started early in San Mateo County with the Foster City Library–the roaring outdoor show in the Leo J. Ryan amphitheater on Saturday Sept. 13 will include acrobats and caricature portraits. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, known as “the faces of kindie music” by The Washington Post and winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy Award for children’s music, kick off the family rock concert series in San Francisco at the Bayview Branch on Sept. 27. Their two week long engagement with Tricycle closes at the Brisbane Library on Oct.  5.

Don’t miss the all-star line-up representing the best local and national talent on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Excelsior Branch, in partnership with Sunday Streets. Alphabet Rockers and Alison Faith Levy join Lucky Diaz for hours of dancing in the streets.

It’s a dream come true for little rockers and their parents – a tiny tot takeover of the Main Library’s atrium before open hours! On Sunday, Oct. 5, Lucky Diaz and band will transform the atrium into a live version of their new PBS show, Lishy Lou and Lucky, Too, including full band, ensemble and epic dance party. Show starts at 10 a.m. with free tickets: http://trike2014.eventbrite.com/

All the San Mateo County Library events feature not only incredibly talented artists, but hands-on activities like Imagination Playground and other family programming to extend the fun. Be sure to wear your costumes to the Halloween finale event with The Pop Ups—there will be a Halloween Dance Party at Pacifica Sharp Park on Oct. 25 and a Halloween Costume Parade in Belmont on Oct. 26 with festive seasonal crafts.

Tricycle Music Fest is presented jointly by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library. San Francisco performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Together we bring the biggest and best kindie rock music to Bay Area families. And, because playing is as critical as singing in early childhood learning, we will be raffling off one tricycle to a lucky concertgoer at every event. Skip the nap, grab your boogie shoes and catch unforgettable shows–only at the library!

Please see the full schedule of events at sfpl.org/tricycle and smcl.org/tricycle.

The Bands

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Despite their Latin Grammy win for ¡Fantastico!, as well as a nomination for Aqui Alla, and a new PBS show, 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. Hear award-winning tunes live at their four remaining shows, including a VIP Before Hours Dance Party at the Main Library.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their Grammy Award-winning album, Can You Canoe? Their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their latest release, Through the Woods. With songs written by the campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

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 Pop Ups

Brooklyn-based Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein will be here for the finale weekend with a whole new electro-pop show inspired by their new release, Appetite for Construction. Another Grammy nomination or win is wildly anticipated. Experience what happens as The Pop Ups mix indie rock, hand-painted sets and puppets. Inspired by their Costume Party anthem, come dressed in your favorite costume and get ready to dance.

The Corner Laughers

Relying on clever wordplay and reinforced by their wonderful harmonies, the California based band The Corner Laughers use comedy to instill a love of learning for their small listeners. With their heavenly vocals, the Corner Laughers are also accompanied by guitars, ukuleles, and a heart-pounding rhythm section. More information on the band and their albums can be found here.

Alphabet Rockers

The Alphabet Rockers, recognized for being “the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families,” was founded by singer-songwriter Kaitlin McGaw, hip hop theater veteran Tommy Shepherd, and beatboxer Stefanie Liang. The Alphabet Rockers mission is to produce high quality, authentic and engaging hip hop productions for young audiences that make learning come alive through beats, rhymes and movement. The Rockers also deals with many social issues, such as bullying, that children come across in schools.

The Schedule
SFPL events are hosted in San Francisco by San Francisco Public Library; SMCL events are hosted in San Mateo County by San Mateo County Library.

Allison Faith Levy Big Time Tot Rock
Saturday, Sept. 13
Foster City Library, 11:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party- Excelsior Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Oct. 19
Ortega Branch, 2 p.m. (SFPL)

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Saturday, Sept. 27
Millbrae Library, 10 a.m (SMCL)
East Palo Alto Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)
Bayview Branch, 4:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Sept.28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Branch, 12 p.m. (SFPL)

Tuesday, Sept.30
Mission Creek Park, 10:30 a.m. (SFPL)
Golden Gate Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Thursday, Oct.2
Parkside Branch, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Eureka Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Friday, Oct. 3
Richmond Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Half Moon Bay Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Before Hours Dance Party – Main Library, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Brisbane Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)

Corner Laughers
Saturday, Sept. 21
Portola Valley Library, 3 p.m. (SMCL)

 

The Alphabet Rockers
Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Library, 11 a.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 18
Atherton Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)

 

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday, Oct. 11
San Carlos Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)
Bernal Heights Branch, 4 p.m. (SFPL)
Woodside Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 12
Marina Library, 1:30 p.m. (SFPL)

 

The Pop Ups
Halloween Finale Shows

Saturday, Oct. 25
Eureka Valley Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)
Pacifica Sharp Park Library, 4 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 26 Belmont Library, 11 a.m. (SMCL)
Potrero Branch, 3 p.m. (SFPL)

Increased Internet Access at the Library!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2014

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

Increased Internet Access at the Library!

Effective Sept. 5, library computer users will have greater access to Internet-enabled computers throughout the library system. Computer users will be able to reserve up to two one-hour sessions per day, as opposed to the current limit of one hour per day. The second hour is contingent upon availability. The increased time is in response to patron need and popular demand, and provides better service and utilization of library resources.

“The Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We believe that these additional hours will better serve our library patrons.”

In addition, most of the Main Library’s Internet Express computers, will have increased time limits, from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Free Wi-Fi is available for both card holders and non-card holders at the Main Library and all branches for those who wish to bring their own devices. In addition, library patrons may be able to borrow a laptop computer for in-library use at branches when desktop computers are not available.

All library users are encouraged to apply for a free library card. Use of library computers is free to card holders, and, as part of the initiative to provide more access to our library users, Library staff will waive the lost card fee and issue a free replacement card through June 2015.

For more information, please call 415 557-4400.