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Youth Citizenship Celebration Ceremony with Dave Eggers on August 17

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MEDIA ALERT

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org
Twitter: @SFPublicLibrary

Veda Banerjee, Parks Conservancy
(415) 561-3082; vbanerjee@parksconservancy.org
Twitter: @parks4all
 

What: On Friday, August 17, 2018, a group of young people will be honored as U.S. citizens and the next generation of national park stewards and public library users in a special citizenship celebration ceremony at Crissy Field. The ceremony for 30 children, ages four through 12, and their parents will be hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) San Francisco District and Field Offices in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Parks Conservancy, The Presidio Trust, and the San Francisco Public Library.

 

Who:   Dave Eggers, author and Shawn Harris, illustrator, Her Right Foot

Laura Joss, General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Greg Moore, President & CEO, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Michael Lambert, Acting City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

 

Where: Crissy Field, West Bluff Amphitheater, 938 Marine Dr., San Francisco, CA 94129.

 

When: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Program begins at 10:30 a.m.

 

Why: These young people will be the next generation to love, protect, nurture, and strengthen our beloved community institutions of national parks and public libraries that belong to all Americans. As part of the ceremony, the children will view a StoryWalk of the book, Her Right Foot, which is on display at the nearby Crissy Field Promenade. This is a story about the Statue of Liberty—a symbol of immigration and welcome in America. The a cappella singing group, Tosca, will perform patriotic music and the national anthem. In addition, children’s librarians from branches throughout the city will be in attendance and ready to sign up people for new library cards.

 

For more information on the organizations, please visit: www.sfpl.org, www.nps.gov/goga, www.parksconservancy.org, www.presidio.gov

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The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 13, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is honoring the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage with more than 70 programs in September. Throughout the month, enjoy lectures, films, cooking demonstrations and performance programs for all ages at every library location.

swanaIn recent years, the Library has celebrated Middle Eastern Heritage. In order to recognize more of our residents and the region, we are renaming our celebration SWANA. Many universities are adopting this language for use with their Middle Eastern studies programs. Southwest Asian and North African is a way to describe the region in a geographical, non-political, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way.

During SWANA, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival, listen to beats by Opium Sabbah, son of the legendary Algerian DJ Cheb I Sabbah, attend calligraphy demonstrations, learn about traditional Palestinian garb and attend a presentation about the role and status of Muslim women today. Fantastic food programs include sampling dishes by Chef Aliza with her unique Israeli spice blends, Palestinian food tastings and hummus making classes.

For younger audiences, enjoy Arabic dances by Heaven Mousalem and a special performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company. More live performances include Leila’s Quest for Flight presented by the Golden Thread Fairytale Players and cultural performances by the Kidswork Touring Theatre. Teens can get an exclusive sneak peek of a teen written-and-produced podcast about contemporary Muslim fashions with the de Young Museum’s Teen Advisory Board. Local baker Nora Takouat teaches families how to make authentic Algerian desserts, and the library brings out the bike-powered blender to whip up tasty batches of hummus.

View the SWANA program guide.

With SWANA, we hope that our residents from this region recognize that San Francisco welcomes and celebrates them. We also hope all our residents learn something new, have their curiosity stoked, and enjoy our varied programs. Learn more at sfpl.org/SWANA.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Best of Arab Shorts – Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

World Music with Opium Sabbah – Sept. 1, 1:15 p.m., Park Branch Library
Calligraphy Demonstration and Performance – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Palestinian Dress – Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library

Muslim Women beyond the Stereotypes – Sept. 29, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Shahrzad Dance Company – Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Leila’s Quest for Flight – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Algerian Sweet Treats – Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

Sneak Peak: Contemporary Muslim Fashions Teen Podcast – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., The Mix at SFPL

 

Music, Dances & Traditions of Southwest Asia to North Africa by the Kidswork Touring Theatre
Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Sept. 23, 1 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Merced Branch Library

 

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem
Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library
Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Mission Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Israeli Spice Blending with Chef Aliza
Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

 

Palestinian Food Tasting with Chef Nikki
Sept. 15, 12 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Presidio Branch Library

 

Hummus Making Classes & Middle Eastern Snack Trials
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

 

SWANA Program Guide

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

Shane Evans shares stories, dreams and reflections – Acclaimed author/illustrator to speak at the Main Library on September 6, 2018

For Immediate Release:  August 8, 2018
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Shane Evans shares stories, dreams and reflections

Acclaimed author/illustrator to speak at the Main Library on September 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The library is pleased to announce that Shane Evans will deliver the 22nd Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, titled The Art of Dream… on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

shaneEvans is best-known as the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning picture book Underground, a sensory rich evocation of how it feels to be a slave on the way to freedom. Among his dozens of other titles are collaborations with his lifelong friend, actor and singer Taye Diggs as the pair have together created Chocolate Me!, Mixed Me! and other warmhearted picture stories. Evans is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor award, and two Jane Adams Honor awards, one for Lillian’s Right to Vote (written by Jonah Winter) and the other for We March.

This annual event honors the work of the late Effie Lee Morris by celebrating the work of writers and illustrators for children whose work exemplifies the causes she championed: inclusivity, diversity and the rights of all children to read, learn and create. Ms. Morris was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Francisco Public Library, the first African American president of the Public Library Association and a founder of the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).

Sponsored by the Main Library’s Fishers Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco chapter of the WNBA, the author talk is free and open to all ages. Registration is suggested as space is limited. A book-signing will follow the presentation.

Shane Evans: The Art of Dream…– September 6, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Golden State Warriors Special Storytime

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2018
Media Contact:
Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

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Golden State Warriors Special Storytime  

warriorsWHAT: The Golden State Warriors take over the library’s school age storytime program with special guests to tip off the Library’s summer reading and exploration program, Summer Stride. The Golden State Warriors dance team and team announcer Matt Hurwitz, along with library favorite Curious George and former player Kelenna Azubuike, will be on hand to encourage reading and learning all summer long. The Library will also be promoting our new Warriors library card, with an image of Klay Thompson reaching for a basket. More event information here.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2018

WHERE: Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd floor

WHO:

  • Former Player Kelenna Azubuike
  • Team announcer Matt Hurwitz
  • Curious George
  • Warriors Dance Team
  • Children from neighborhood schools and camps

MORE SUMMER FUN:

warriorsstorytimeThe Warriors storytime is part of Summer Stride 2018, our summer extravaganza with more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

Celebrate National Summer Learning Day across the City – Attend a Trombone Shorty Read Aloud at your local branch

For Immediate Release:  July 11, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Celebrate National Summer Learning Day across the City

Attend a Trombone Shorty Read Aloud at your local branch

 

summerlearningSan Francisco, CA –If Trombone Shorty strolled into a San Francisco Public Library location and asked, “Where y’at?” we would enthusiastically reply, “At the Library!” where we are jazzed about having more than 1,000 programs all summer long. On July 12, the Library will host a special shout out for National Summer Learning Day featuring the read aloud of Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

In addition on July 12 from 2-4 p.m., the Library and the National Park Service will hold a special ranger talk at our newest branch, Public Knowledge Library at SFMOMA. A NPS ranger will lead kids and adults in songs, crafts and playful activities at the museum.

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer. On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer.

Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. A survey conducted by NSLA, indicated that two-thirds of teachers said they spend at least a month re-teaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.

NSLA’s Smarter Summers, Brighter Futures website supports promotion of National Summer Learning Day with an events tracker, summer meals locator, and user-friendly resources for families, summer programs providers, and municipal leaders – all to help keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer break.

In San Francisco, the Library offers more than 1,000 fun, informative and timely Summer Stride programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19.

Looking for good news to cover this summer? Join the families at any San Francisco Trombone Shorty Read Aloud location on Thursday, July 12:

 

Anza Branch Library 3:30 PM
Bernal Heights Branch Library 1:00 PM
Chinatown Branch Library 1:00 PM
Eureka Valley Branch Library 2:30 PM
Excelsior Branch Library 12:00 PM
Glen Park Branch Library 10:00 AM
Ingleside Branch Library 5:00 PM
Mission Branch Library 10:15 & 11:15 AM
Mission Bay Branch Library 3:00 PM
Noe Valley Branch Library 11:00 AM
North Beach Branch Library 11:00 AM
Ocean View Branch Library 2:00 PM
Ortega Branch Library 12:00 PM
Park Branch Library 10:15 AM & 11:30 AM
Parkside Branch Library 10:00 AM
Portola Branch Library 1:00 PM
Potrero Branch Library 10:15 AM
Presidio Branch Library 11:15 AM
Richmond Branch Library 2:00 PM
Visitacion Valley Branch Library 3:00 PM
West Portal Branch Library 10:30 AM
Western Addition Branch Library 11:30 AM

Daniel Ellsberg honored at Main Library – Northern California Book Awards present Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release:  June 15, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
 

Daniel Ellsberg honored at Main Library

Northern California Book Awards present Lifetime Achievement Award

San Francisco, CA – Celebrate the Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene on Sunday, July 1, 2018 when the 37th annual Northern California Book Awards recognize the best published works of 2017 by Northern California authors. Emceed by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor, authors will read briefly from their winning books. Eligible books are divided into eight categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Literature (Younger Readers and Older Readers) and Translation (Poetry and Fiction).

danielThe event features activist Daniel Ellsberg, who will be presented with the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service. Ellsberg has become a household name as the man who revealed the Pentagon Papers in 1971, a top-secret Pentagon study of decision making during the Vietnam War, to the New York Times and other newspapers. His 2017 book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, framed as a memoir, exposes the shocking details of America’s nuclear war program of the 1960s in which he, himself, took part as a high-level analyst. He details the dangers of our terrifying military buildup, how Eisenhower was planning a nuclear war, how the Trump administration renews this civilization-destroying threat, and offers feasible steps for dismantling this “doomsday machine.” His previous titles include Risk, Ambiguity, and Decision, and Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.

Date:   Sunday, July 1, 2018

Time:   1 p.m.

Place:  Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Cost:    Free

A reception and book signing with the authors follows the Awards Ceremony in the Library’s Latino/Hispanic Community Room. Nominated books will be available for purchase to benefit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Northern California Book Awards Sponsors

Poetry Flash, Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter, PEN West, Mechanics’ Institute Library, San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library sponsor and/or present the Northern California Book Awards.

Attention Calendar Editors: General event information

The 37th annual Northern California Book Awards take place on Sunday, July 1, 1:00 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Remarks by author and activist Daniel Ellsberg, 2018 Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement. Northern California authors will be honored in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation and Children’s Literature. Book signing reception follows. Admission free. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact NCBR@poetryflash.org, (510) 525-5476, or visit poetryflash.org.

37th annual Northern California Book Awards – Sunday, July 1, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

San Francisco Public Library Wins Library of the Year Award – SFPL honored with the most prestigious library award in the country

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

San Francisco Public Library Wins Library of the Year Award

SFPL honored with the most prestigious library award in the country

 

libjournalSan Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that it has been chosen as the 2018 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year. Established in 1992, each year the Library of the Year Award celebrates the library that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or have seen dramatic increase in library use and leadership in creating programs emulated by other libraries. To learn more, visit: https://lj.libraryjournal.com/2018/06/awards/2018-galelj-library-year-san-francisco-public-library/#_.

Under the leadership of recently retired City Librarian Luis Herrera and now his successor, Michael Lambert, SFPL is a library system that actively promotes San Francisco’s values of inclusion, diversity and equality and creates programs and policies to support those democratic values.  “The San Francisco Public Library plays a crucial role in supporting our City’s values and policies,” said Mayor Mark Farrell. “Their open doors, compassionate staff, community connections and creative programs help make San Francisco great. I applaud them for this well-deserved national recognition.”

In his support of SFPL’s nomination for 2018 Library of the Year, author Dave Eggers said, “This library has real energy. It has real passion. They move quickly on initiatives and they say ‘yes.’ Contrary to some large institutions, that can be burdened by their own size and history, and which have the alacrity of a cruise ship, the SFPL is nimble, creative, and always inclined to find a way to make things happen.”

The SFPL story builds on the transformational leadership of Herrera, the 2012 LJ Librarian of the Year, who retired this past February after 13 years. “I feel as though I’ve had an Ivy League education working with Luis Herrera,” Lambert said. “Luis was a transformational leader. He created an amazing culture of service and innovation here, but it is also a family culture for the staff. We care about one another, and we celebrate each other.”

“We have an incredible talent pool at SFPL,” Lambert continued. “Four years ago, we set out to be the premier urban library in the country, and our staff have bought in. We launched an initiative called Service Excellence, and every staff member, custodian, page, security staff, our librarians, our managers, everybody goes through service excellence training. People have committed themselves to the patron focus service model, and they have committed to creating a safe and welcoming library, a preferred destination for all San Franciscans.”

“Our library embodies the spirit of San Francisco – inclusive, diverse, caring and full of exuberance,” said Library Commission President Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi. “I’m so proud of our staff for winning this coveted award.”

More than 6.6 million customers used SFPL’s library facilities in 2017, including the Main Library in the Civic Center, 27 neighborhood branches and four mobile outreach vehicles. The library system enjoys extraordinary political and fiscal support thanks to a voter led initiative that mandates an annual funding set aside from the City’s property tax revenues, resulting in an annual budget of $126 million or $144 per capita. Every SFPL library is open seven days a week and all 27 neighborhood branches are open a minimum of 50 hours each week with some open 55 and the Main Library open 60 hours.

“The people of San Francisco are very lucky to have this excellent library at their fingertips, and the library profession is lucky to have it as a model and inspiration,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal. “San Francisco Public Library is truly a national leader in developing models of inclusion, demonstrating bold approaches to serving the diverse and underserved segments of it community, and redefining how urban libraries can and should be responsive to the national dialog on democracy.”

As the 2018 Library of the Year, SFPL will receive a cash prize of $10,000, is featured on the cover of Library Journal’s June 15, 2018 issue and will be honored at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual June conference in New Orleans. A team of Library Journal editors winnowed the competitive nomination pool to a group of semi-finalists. Each of those was evaluated by a panel of qualified industry professionals. For award guidelines and past winners, visit https://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards-info/.

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San Francisco Public Library by the Numbers

1 – National Library of the Year 2018

2 – Warriors’ blue and gold library cards

4 – Bookmobiles

5 – Library Commissioners

7 – Open days of the week

28 – San Francisco library locations

89 – Story times offered every week

872 – Staff to serve the public

900 – Summer Stride programs

1,500 – Library programs every month

1879 – First San Francisco Public Library opens

15,513 – Student Scholar Cards

444,491 – Library card holders

3.7 million – Items in the library’s collection

6.6 million – Annual visitors

10.8 million – Annual circulation of materials

About Library Journal

Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8,000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and websites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Junior Library Guild. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com.

About Gale

Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit: www.gale.com.

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles. For more information, see www.sfpl.org.

About Friends of San Francisco Public Library

Friends of San Francisco Public Library are a member-supported, nonprofit organization that advocates, fundraises and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library. For more information, see www.friendssfpl.org.

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Take Pride in Your Library – Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Take Pride in Your Library
Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever
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San Francisco, CA – The queerest library ever honors Pride with more than 30 programs for all ages, including special Drag Queen Story Hours, creative crafter-noons, a host of film screenings, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Eureka Valley’s Open House and a launch party celebrating the new LGBTQ Fiction Collection at the San Francisco Main Library.

The Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center celebrates Pride with RADAR Superstar on June 7, the annual birthday bash for superstar and emerging writers. Featured on the stage of the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will be Arisa White, Grace Twoers, Brontez Purnell and Jewelle Gomez. The Center continues the excitement with Sprightly on June 17, a re-occurring multi-purpose craft program for LGBTQIA young adults ages 18-25.

RADAR Productions presents two Drag Queen Story Hours at the library this month. Take the whole family to these crowd-pleasing events at the Library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and at Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branch during their Open House.

This year, in addition to screening popular films and classics like Milk and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, we’re celebrating the works of award-winning local lesbian documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist Debra Chasnoff during the Library’s “Thursdays at Noon” film series in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium with Straightlaced, That’s a Family and Let’s Get Real.

Look for the Library’s contingent in the Pride parade on June 23, and if you’re interested in helping our team be the best of the bunch, join us for a Pride Parade prep party at Excelsior Branch on June 17.

For a full list of Pride programs, events and book selections, visit our Pride page. Events are also listed on the Library’s online calendar.  While enjoying events at the library, peruse our renowned LGBTQIA collection and check out a book, video, eBook and more.

Pride programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.

RADAR Events & Drag Queen / Pride Story Hours

RADAR SuperStar Pride Program – June 7, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Rainbow Storytime – June 7, 10:30 a.m., West Portal Branch Library
Honey Mahogany and Persia at SFMOMA – June 16, 11 a.m.
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence all ages storytime – June 16, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Panda Dulce at Eureka Valley Branch Library – June 19, 2:30 p.m.

Special Pride Events

Black/Queer Optimism in the Early Era of AIDS — June 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, African American Center
LGBTQ Fiction Collection Launch Party – June 9, 2 p.m., Main Library, Stong Room (Floor 1)
LGBTQIA Wikipedia Editathon – June 10, 1 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center
Black LGBT Awards – June 16, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Eureka Valley Open House – June 16, 12 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Youth Speaks Queeriosity – June 16, 7 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Author Talk: Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Pride Crafts

Rainbow Beaded Bracelets – June 9, 4 p.m., Potrero Branch Library
Queer Qulture Qamp – June 11, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Queer Qulture Qamp – June 12, 1 p.m., Ortega Branch Library
Pride Parade Prep Party – June 17, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sprightly in the Hormel Center – June 17, 12:30 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
Crown & Tiara Workshop – June 19, 6 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library
Rainbow Magnets – June 24, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Pride Film Screenings

The Danish Girl – June 2, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Drag Queen Movie Fest: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – June 5, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
MilkJune 7, 6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library and June 8, 2 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
One Wedding and a Revolution – June 7, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Brokeback Mountain – June 7, 3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Before Night Falls – June 10, 2 p.m., Anza Branch Library
Any Day Now – June 12, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Straightlaced – June 14, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
That’s a Family June 21, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Kinky Boots – June 24, 2 p.m., Anza Branch Library
Let’s Get Real – June 28, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Score a New Golden State Warriors Library Card from San Francisco and Oakland Public Libraries this Summer

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 25, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Score a New Golden State Warriors Library Card from San Francisco and Oakland Public Libraries this Summer

New Warriors library cards support the importance of reading and library visits over the summer months.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors basketball team is showing its commitment to summer reading with new library cards designed for San Francisco Public Library and Oakland Public Library. The card is being launched in conjunction with both Bay Area library systems summer learning programs, to encourage children and families to keep reading, learning and visiting their public libraries, all summer long.

warriorsLibrary users on both sides of the Bay can show their Warriors team spirit with a new library card. The San Francisco Warriors card is available to all library users, starting May 26, while supplies last. Patrons can obtain a card while signing up for SFPL’s Summer Stride program, which kicked off on May 19. Oakland Public Library’s Warriors card will be available on June 9 to all library users. Oakland’s Summer Reading and Teen Passport Program runs from June 9 through August 4, with pre-registration now available at oaklandlibrary.org/summer.

“We are excited that the San Francisco Public Library is releasing new library cards celebrating the Warriors,” said Mayor Mark Farrell. “San Francisco is Warriors’ ground and these new library cards are a creative and practical way to proudly display our and blue and gold pride.”

Designed by the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco library card is brightly colored in the team’s traditional blue and gold design. The team acknowledged the city of San Francisco by combining a hand-drawn illustration of a Warriors player rising tall for a shot in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. This card, like all San Francisco Public Library cards, opens up a world of possibilities.

The Warriors represent teamwork, positivity and optimism and are honored to be a part of the rich history of the Bay Area.

Pick up this new collector’s edition library card at any neighborhood library in San Francisco or Oakland before they are gone.

About San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride program:

This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer  through August 19.

Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and fauna.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers who read for 20 hours earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors games.

Summer Stride is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Summer Stride Video PSA

43 seconds
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9ACOnXB3s

Inquire directly to receive a file download. High resolution photos and illustrations also available upon request.

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

This summer, enjoy life, liberty and libraries at a location near you
May 19 – Aug. 19, 2018

 

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libertySAN FRANCISCO, CA This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19. Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and fauna.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

This summer visit the library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and attend engaging free events in the museum all summer long. Stop by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission for the Kids Camp film series, programmed and hosted by librarians; Wednesday matinee screenings are free and include themed crafts pre-show.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

San Francisco libraries are now open seven days a week. This means more storytimes for babies, engineering and maker programs for teens, magic shows, crafts, musical performances and summer films for families at 28 welcoming neighborhood libraries.

SUMMER STRIDE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Summer Stride includes more than 900 programs.
View the complete Stride Guide here.

Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris: The Storyteller and the Artist – June 9, 11 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Studio Workshop with Shawn Harris – June 9, 3 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Park and Art with the National Park Rangers – July 13, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Drag Queen Story Hour –  June 19, 2:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Let’s Dye! with Peopleologie – June 9, 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Cheese and Wine Tasting with Rainbow Grocery Coop – June 13, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Author Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Author Cara Black – July 17, 7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck – June 4, 2:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library

Cooking Dorm Food – Aug 17, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Hip Hop Dance with Destiny Arts – July 18, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch Library

Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 6, 7, 29, July 6, 16 and Aug. 16, 18 at multiple library locations

Puppy Dog Tales – June 6, July 26, Aug 11 at multiple Library locations

Zoomobile – June 8, 4 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Harvesting Honey – July 17, 3:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Cranky Contraptions with the Exploratorium – June 29, July 18, 28, Aug. 2, 8 at multiple library locations

Designing Inventions with The CJM – June 7, 12, 19, 20, 22 at multiple library locations

 

Summer Stride is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Summer Stride Video PSA

43 seconds
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9ACOnXB3s

Inquire directly to receive a file download. High resolution photos and illustrations also available upon request.

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About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

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