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Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2015

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

Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

Starting May 9th the San Francisco Public Library’s Deaf Services Center will be expanding its level of service to the deaf community.  The Center will now increase its hours of operation at the Main Library to 60 hours per week, an increase of 21 hours, keeping it on par with the regular schedule that the Main Library operates under.

Previously, the Deaf Services Center was closed on Sundays and Mondays, so increasing its hours to match the regular operating hours of the Main Library was a priority of San Francisco Public Library system.

“Allowing our patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing to have on par access with all other library users is vital in keeping with our Library mission,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The Library’s Deaf Services Center, located on the First Floor of the Main Library, was designed, constructed and furnished to facilitate effective communication for individuals using sign language or speech reading.  The Center’s collection includes books, magazines, video materials and other items about American Sign Language, sign language study, deafness, Deaf history and culture.  Patrons also have access to a videophone booth along with laptop computers with access to video relay services.

“It’s very exciting that the unique collection the Deaf Services Center holds will now be available to all patrons, every day of the week” said Marti Goddard, Access Services Manager for The Library.

Over the past year, as part of a system wide expansion of hours, the Main Library was also able to increase hours at the Daniel E. Koshland San Francisco History Center, which is now also open 60 hours per week.  The History Center contains a research collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, maps, posters, archives and manuscript collections, and ephemera, documenting all aspects of San Francisco life and history. The Center is also the archives for the City and County of San Francisco.

For more information about the Deaf Services Center visit its website, or view the San Francisco Public Library’s page at www.sfpl.org.

Exhibition Opening: California’s Wild Edge – The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015

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

Exhibition Opening: California’s Wild Edge
The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History

Renowned Woodcut artist Tom Killion will have his prints showcased at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery from May 9 through July 5, 2015. This striking exhibit captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica. The Main Library is located at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

Image of California coastTom Killion’s prints combine exquisite color with dynamic composition to portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations: storm tides crashing at Point Lobos, serene moonlit coves at Mendocino, and fog encircling the Golden Gate Bridge. Deepening the experience of the exhibit is accompanying poetry and prose from Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers, Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Jaime de Angulo and other California poets.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Exhibit Envoy, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and supported by Heyday publishing. Tom Killion’s new book of the same name, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History, will be published by Heyday in July.

Related Events

Opening Program

The opening program for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium. The program will feature Artist Tom Killion in discussion with poet Gary Snyder.

California’s Wild Edge Poets

A related program named California’s Wild Edge Poets will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mail Library’s Koret Auditorium. In attendance will be Poets Gary Young, Jane Vengua and Michael Hannon with Tom Killion.

S.F. Public Library Rolls Out New Book Bike named Spoke & Word

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

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

S.F. Public Library Rolls Out New Book Bike named Spoke & Word

As part of National Library Week, San Francisco Public Library is proud to announce the unveiling of its newest service innovation for the people of San Francisco, Spoke & Word, a pedal-powered library.  The book bike is a combination electric pedal assist bicycle and trailer that will bring the resources of the San Francisco Public Library to the people.

“The Book Bike will be a great tool to connect the citizens of San Francisco to their Public Library, wherever they may be” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

Thanks to a grant from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Library has collaborated with the Burgeon Group to design, build and fabricate the custom book trailer.

“As a design firm that only creates for public libraries, we are constantly excited about the myriad of new services libraries continue to roll out” said Kim Van der Veen, of the Burgeon Group.

The electric pedal assisted bicycle comes from The New Wheel of San Francisco.  The book bike was uniquely designed to navigate the hills, wind and topography of San Francisco while doing it in style.

“It’s exciting to see that so much can be done with creativity, ingenuity and a beautifully designed electric bicycle” said Karen Wiener, co-owner of The New Wheel.

The bike is fully equipped with Library resources: books, eMaterials, library cards, a Mifi hotspot and a bubble machine.  The name, Spoke & Word, resulted from a community-driven naming contest.

The book bike will be seen throughout the City, anywhere people are congregating. Farmers markets, festivals, Giants games, the Pride Parade, Sunday Streets and others will all be on the to-go list for this new community resource.

San Francisco Public Library is also partnering with local groups like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Bay Area Bike Mobile, Vie Bikes and local bike shops to enhance the offering of cycling related programming throughout the City.

Spoke & Word will make its first public appearance at Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros, a free Children’s Day literacy event on Sunday, April 19th from 1-4pm at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd Street and Folsom.  Activities will include dancing, book giveaways, multicultural music and much more.

For more information, please call 415-557-4277

Burgeon Group,www.burgeongroup.com
The New Wheel, www.newwheel.net

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the S.F. Public Library

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2015

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

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the S.F. Public Library

Poetry will resound throughout the month of April with special programs at the San Francisco Public Library. National Poetry Month, held every April, is one of the largest literary celebrations in the world. From poetic voices of the Muslim world, teen poetry winners, and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, there is plenty to choose from at the San Francisco Public Library!

April 7 – Persis Karim
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Poet and scholar Persis Karim will discuss poetry and poetic translation, and the emergence of Iranian-American literature.

April 8 – Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf continues the discussion of poetic voices from the Muslim world.

April 9 – Jacqueline Woodson
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
6 p.m.
Join us for an author talk with Jacqueline Woodson, the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. In her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, Ms. Woodson shares in vivid poems what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow, and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

April 14 – Joanne Kyger and Bill Berkson
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
Joanne Kyger’s latest work, On Time, is her first full length collection of poetry in nearly a decade. Expect Delays, Bill Berkson’s latest book, is wide ranging and experimental. Co-sponsored by City Lights Publishing. Book sales by Readers Books.

April 15 – Omar Offendum
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Omar Offendum is a Syrian American Hip Hop artist.

April 18 – We Are All Poets
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
2 p.m.
Grand finale for We Are All Poets, a youth literary and civic engagement program that unites elementary, middle and high school students with public officials. Work was submitted on the theme of The Power of Peace.

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

Library Unveils New Signage at Bayview Branch – Name Commemorates Memory of Linda Brooks Burton

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2015

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

Library Unveils New Signage at Bayview Branch
Name Commemorates Memory of Linda Brooks Burton

Signage reflecting the new name of the Bayview Branch Library, Bayview – Linda Brooks- Burton Branch, will be unveiled on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. The Bayview – Linda Brooks Burton Branch is located at 5075 3rd Street (at Revere).

Responding to a community-led proposal, the Library Commission approved the new name at its regular meeting on September 18, 2014. The Commission received approximately 3,000 petition signatures and letters speaking in favor of the proposal.

Linda Brooks-Burton, the longtime branch manager and later district manager for the Bayview Branch, passed away in September 2013, and the branch was renamed is in her honor and memory. Linda Brooks-Burton dedicated thirty years of service to the San Francisco Public Library system, including position of district manager for seven library branches in the southeast sector and 15 years as the managing librarian of the Bayview Branch Library prior to her promotion to District Manager. She was the unifying force that brought the Bayview community together to support the rebuilding of the Bayview Branch Library and she ensured that the new Branch Library reflected the history and culture of the community.

It is 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 is 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.

The Library Commission held a meeting at the Bayview Branch to allow member of the community to speak on the matter in August 2014, in accordance with policy. Following additional favorable public testimony at the September 18, 2014 meeting, the Commission voted unanimously in favor of the renaming.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor – Annual exhibition opens April 1

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2015

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

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines
from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

Annual exhibition opens April 1

April 1 – May 31, 2015
Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Subversive humor magazines have pushed the boundaries of civility and politics since the 19th century. They’ve been loved, hated, banned and worse. Most of us are familiar with Punch, MAD magazine, The Onion, The New Yorker, and now Charlie Hebdo, but did you know that Charlie Hebdo derived its dual inspiration from MAD magazine and the 19th century satirical French magazine, L’Assiette au Beurre (The Butter Dish)? You may be surprised to learn that the founders of Punch were inspired by the French humor magazine Le Charivari. Few of us may know that the Muslim world embraced one of the most acerbic humor magazines published in the early 20th century, Molla Nasreddin, founded in Azerbaijan in 1906. This beloved magazine continued to be published through 1930 until it was shut down by Soviet authorities.

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor gathers together some of the most irreverent humor magazines from around the world, reviewing the antecedents that helped to radicalize modern cartoonists and humorists, while connecting the dots to 21st century humor magazines. Mad World is a visual display of in-your-face humor, outrage, and shocking reality in a war-torn time where humor will, if we let it, dominate the world.

“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. Every year, the Library presents an exhibition based on works in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor in tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Related Programs:

Thursdays at Noon Film Series: Comedy Films -

Featuring Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (April 2); Crumb (April 9); Network (April 16); Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (April 23); and They Live (April 30). All films are shown with captions when possible to assist the deaf and hard of hearing. Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

The Politics of Humor: Jack Boulware (founder of the satirical magazine The Nose and co-founder, Litquake) and political cartoonist Mark Fiore in conversation. Tuesday May 5, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library.

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

Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2015

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

Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver

Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

raschka1Renowned author/illustrator Chris Raschka, winner of two Caldecott medals for his illustrations in A Ball for Daisy (2012) and The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006), will deliver the Library’s 19th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture on the theme of Remembering Books. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

Raschka will discuss “how memory is involved in the creation of books.” He is currently working on a new book based on a memory from his own childhood, a mostly wordless recreation of a child’s experience of getting lost from his parents. The elusive ways of memory, in writing and reading, will form the core of his lecture, illustrated with examples of his work.

raschka2Chris Raschka, the recipient of a 1994 Caldecott Honor for Yo?Yes!, has authored or illustrated dozens of other books for children. He also loves libraries. “I find I write better when I go to the library…When you sit down and you’re surrounded by other writers, you realize it’s not such a strange thing you’re doing.” In both his writing and illustrations, Raschka tackles issues such as diversity, race, friendship, and how to deal with strangers.

The Effie Lee Morris Lecture features thought-provoking conversations with today’s top authors and illustrators of books for children. This annual series offers the book-loving public an opportunity to enrich their understanding of how writers and artists create great works for young readers. The series is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A book sale by Readers Books and a book signing will follow the lecture.

The related exhibit, featuring 58 original artworks by the award-winning illustrator, Bravo! Chris Raschka!, runs through April 19 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery.

Images available on request.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Community to Celebrate Construction of Ingleside Garden

For immediate release: Feb. 23, 2015
Contact: Mindy Linetzky, Public Works, 415-554-4829

Community to Celebrate Construction of Ingleside Garden
Undeveloped City land to become new play-to-learn open space

District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, City Librarian Luis Herrera and public officials from San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will join with neighbors and children on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, for a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome a new garden in the Ingleside neighborhood.

By combining the existing Ingleside Branch Library courtyard with the currently undeveloped adjacent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission-owned land, the new Ingleside Garden will provide much-needed public open space in the neighborhood. The garden and play-to-learn space will provide an expanded area for library patrons and the general public to enjoy.

“This neighborhood has a growing number of families, however, there are very few open spaces in the area.  After two years of hard work, our office is proud to partner with city agencies to break ground on the Ingleside Garden.  This interactive play-to-learn area serves as a model of how we can be innovative in activating existing spaces to serve the families in our community,” states Supervisor Norman Yee.

What: Ingleside Garden groundbreaking ceremony
When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11 a.m.
Where: Ingleside Branch Library courtyard, 1298 Ocean Ave.
Photo opportunities: Ceremonial shovels in the dirt; children from the toddler tales program playing in courtyard; cookies and juice; drawings of new garden

When the new Ingleside Branch Library opened in 2009, the courtyard was designed to accommodate an expansion into the adjacent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission easement.

“We are excited to see this expanded garden space project move forward. We look forward to providing Ingleside Branch Library users and the entire neighborhood with a pleasant place to enjoy books, library programs and community open space,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The expanded garden will have interactive play features to engage the imagination of children, especially preschoolers. There will be little play structures that look like mushrooms; owls carved into poles and seats; fossil digs that kids will discover in planting areas; interactive play panels; and triangular-shaped forms covered with rubber matting for children to safely sit on and climb.

Public Works is designing the space and managing the construction.  Renovation elements consist of new concrete, safe surfaces, asphalt paving, planting, irrigation, furnishings, fencing, gates and accessible path-of-travel improvements.

“It will be a delightful place to hold the library’s ongoing children’s programs,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “It’s exciting that we can take vacant City land and make it into something wonderful for everyone to enjoy.”

“We like exploring new opportunities to maximize the public use of our lands,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly. “This project is a great example of a collaborative partnership that will make a positive impact for the entire neighborhood.”

About San Francisco Public Works: The 24/7 City agency cleans and resurfaces streets; plants and nurtures City-maintained street trees; designs, constructs and maintains City-owned facilities; inspects streets and sidewalks; builds curb ramps; eradicates graffiti; partners with neighborhoods; trains people for jobs; greens the right of way; and educates our communities.

About SFPL: The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.

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San Francisco Public Library Unveils New $1.7 Million Learning Center & Veterans Resource Center

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282; (415) 608-1593; mjeffers@sfpl.org

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San Francisco Public Library Unveils New $1.7 Million

Learning Center & Veterans Resource Center

 

WHAT:    Ribbon Cutting for new Library Learning Center and Veterans Resource Center

WHEN:   Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Main Library, 100 Larkin St., 5th Floor – Larkin Street side of Building

WHO:

  • Mayor Ed Lee
  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Jane Kim
  • Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco Public Works
  • David Rose, Cal Vets
  • David Mottola, The Arc San Francisco

WHAT:     The San Francisco Main Library has undertaken a $1.7 million remodel of its fifth floor to house a brand new learning center, The Bridge at Main, and a Veterans Resource Center. The new center offers programming and information to build 21st century literacy skills including adult & family literacy classes, 1-on-1 tutoring, learning differences resource support, plus technology, health and financial literacy programs. The center includes a brand new computer classroom as well as a state-of-the-art technology-equipped learning studio with resources for 3D printing, animation and other digital literacy skills. The center will also house the new Veterans Resource Center (VRC), in partnership with CalVets. Veterans will be able to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to them and their families. The VRC will have a collection of books and other resources for veterans, and provide access to computer equipment for extended periods in order to complete online application and do research.

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.