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Author Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son – SF Public Library to Host Book Talk and Signing

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

Author Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son
SF Public Library to Host Book Talk and Signing

Author Talk
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 6 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son, San Francisco Public Library’s On the Same Page pick for January/February 2016 will be at the Library’s Koret Auditorium to give a short reading of his acclaimed book, talk about his newest work, Fortune Smiles, a collection of short stories and take questions from the audience.

orphanThe Orphan Master’s Son has been described as “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks.  He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive.  Driven to the absolute limit, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress.

adamAdam Johnson, a professor of English at Stanford and a San Francisco resident, is also the author of the short story collection, Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award for fiction.

Book signing follows the talk. Book sales by Readers Bookstore.

There are currently more than 900 copies of this journey into North Korea checked out at San Francisco Public Library. Don’t miss this insightful program!

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

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

(San Francisco – January 20, 2015) –Mayor Ed Lee joined with Supervisor Jane Kim and City Librarian Luis Herrera for the grand opening of the San Francisco Main Library’s new $1.7 million, fifth floor learning center, known as The Bridge at Main.

The new center, constructed by San Francisco Public Works, offers programming and information to build literacy skills along with a new Veterans Resource Center, to provide assistance and benefit connections for veterans in San Francisco.

“San Francisco is a true tale of two cities. It has an incredible literate population that supports the literary arts, books and poetry, but also some astonishing gaps. A recent study found that 47% of adults in the city have low literacy skills, and only a fraction are being served,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “This new center is part one of the tremendous and transformative undertaking we are making at the San Francisco Main Library. Our mission is to make sure that all San Franciscans gain 21st century literacy skills and that no one in our community is left behind for lack of resources.”

The Bridge at Main will offer a full complement of adult and family literacy classes, 1-on-1 tutoring, learning differences resource support, plus technology, health and financial literacy programs. The Library’s 30-year-old adult literacy program, Project Read, which pairs learners with volunteer tutors to build English language skills, will also be housed in the new Bridge at Main.

The Bridge at Main also is taking an innovative approach to digital literacy skills, offering classes and resources for 3D printing, sewing, digital animation and more. Thanks to a new financial literacy grant, the center will offer classes to help people learn about everything from establishing a checking account to saving for college and retirement to understanding home loans.

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC), which is offered in partnership with Cal Vets, will allow veterans to 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.

Cure For Holiday Spending Hangover – San Francisco Public Library Offers Financial Education Workshops

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

Cure For Holiday Spending Hangover
San Francisco Public Library Offers Financial Education Workshops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 18, 2015)—All those folks looking to tighten their belts after holiday spending binges will have the opportunity to receive financial education and money savings advice with San Francisco Public Library’s Pennies to Plans workshops.

Library users can beat the holiday spending blues and get on track for a happy, prosperous and financially healthy new year in 2016 by taking part in one of more than 20 free programs. Programs include the Basics of Personal Finance, Saving and Investing to Retirement Planning to First Time Home Buying, and all are provided in conjunction with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco.

“Financial literacy is a vital component to the long term success of families and individuals in San Francisco”, said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We are pleased to be able to offer these programs with our financial education partners.”

The Pennies to Plans program is intended for all ages and income brackets.  The Library will offer programs at the Main Library as well as at neighborhood branch locations.  Some of the programs will be offered with ASL interpretation and some programs are also offered in Spanish.

All the upcoming Pennies to Plans programs are below and findable on our website, sfpl.org/calendar by searching the “Pennies to Plans” topic.

Location:

Ortega Branch
1/6/2015
6:30 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Marina Branch
1/9/2016
2:00 PM
Identity Theft Solutions

Excelsior Branch
1/12/2016
7:00 PM
Understanding Credit – In Spanish

Ortega Branch
1/13/2016
6:30 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Marina Branch
1/16/2016
2:00 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Chinatown Branch
1/16/2016
2:30 PM
Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports

Anza Branch
1/19/2016
7:00 PM
First Time Home Buyer

Richmond Branch
1/20/2016
2:00 PM
Financially Savvy Seniors

Ingleside Branch
1/20/2016
6:30 PM
Basics of Personal Finance

Anza Branch
1/20/2016
7:00 PM
Basics of Personal Finance

Sunset Branch
1/21/2016
7:00 PM
College Financing 101

Western Addition Branch
1/24/2016
2:00 PM
First Time Home Buyer

West Portal Branch
1/28/2016
6:30 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Western Addition Branch
1/31/2016
2:00 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Richmond Branch
2/10/2016
7:00 PM
Drive Away Happy: Car Buying Decisions

Main Library – Info Services
2/11/2016
6:00 PM
Financial First Aid – With ASL Interpretation

Excelsior Branch
2/13/2016
3:30 PM
College Financing 101

Ingleside Branch
2/17/2016
6:30 PM
Building a Better Budget

West Portal Branch
2/17/2016
6:30 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Sunset Branch
2/18/2016
7:00 PM
Understanding Credit

Main Library – Info Services
2/20/2016
1:00 PM
Basics of Personal Finance – With ASL Interpretation

Chinatown Branch
2/20/2016
2:30 PM
Identity Theft Solutions

Potrero Branch
2/23/2016
6:00 PM
Plastic Surgery: Getting Out of Debt

The Pennies to Plans series is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change – Rob Badger and Nita Winter’s Photographs on Display in San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery

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

California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change

Rob Badger and Nita Winter’s Photographs on Display in
San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery

Exhibition:
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

A 17 Year Journey Documenting Our State’s Vanishing Beauty
San Francisco Public Library, Jewett Gallery
January 23—March 27, 2016

Dec. 16, 2015 — El Niño storms are expected to bring large amounts of much needed rain to California. In years past this weather event has also produced magnificent explosions of color across the state.   The 1997-98 El Niño rains produced an unexpected “100 Year Bloom” that inspired Rob Badger and Nita Winter to begin their 17 year documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.  The exhibition opening and Meet the Artists event will be on Jan. 23, 2 p.m., in San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

flower1The artists have selected 40 exquisite photographs from their unique and impressive collection of fine art images. Spectacular wildflower landscapes, and intimate floral portraits created on California’s public lands highlight our states vanishing treasures. Badger and Winter have documented wildflower environments from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to the high, alpine rock gardens above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The exhibit features wildflowers, some exclusive to the Bay Area, like the exotic Tiburon Mariposa Lily found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County.

flower2The project is a visual story about the diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of color on our public lands. These protected habitats are being altered by climatic conditions alien to their region, and invaded and replaced by both non-local and non-native species.

Visitors to the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery will enjoy the beauty of wildflowers and learn more about them through the exhibit’s educational programs. Speakers will discuss climate change and other important wildflower/conservation issues, and how to become a citizen scientist. Informative maps and text will offer the visitor more insight into this magical and vulnerable world. Behind-the-scenes photos will reveal how the artistic images were created.

Related programs:

Meet the Artists
Join Rob Badger and Nita Winter for a slideshow and lively discussion about their wildflower project.
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.
The Beauty of Natives: Photography Tips from a Garden Photographer
Photographer and author Saxon Holt shares tips about native plants and photography
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Native Plants in our Local Landscape
Desmond Murray, Presidio Nursery Community Coordinator, discusses the beauty and role of native plants in our landscapes and ecology.  Hands-on activities will include a close up view on a variety of seeds, plants to touch and fun games. Appropriate for all ages.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

San Francisco, City of St. Francis

Margo Bors talks about San Francisco’s great variety of unique remnant natural areas and the many native plants and animals that call San Francisco home. This program will explore wildlife throughout the different seasons of the year.
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

 

About the Photographers: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

International award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners, and creative collaborators for 29 years. They work to create and protect healthy communities, both human and natural.

Rob Badger has focused on nature and conservation and environmental issues for 45 years. He has worked on assignment for the Audubon Society, National Forest Service, Nature Conservancy, American Land Conservancy, Save the Bay, The Trust for Public Land, Mineral Policy Center, and other organizations.

Nita Winter’s 33-year focus on people and nature celebrates diversity and healthy communities. She has received international recognition for her work and been featured in the Boston Globe,  the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as magazines and television shows.
Rob and Nita are currently working on their first book Impressions of Spring: Wildflowers of the West on our Public Lands, a project embodying the unique perspectives and visions of two distinctly different photographers creating a body of work dedicated to the delicate and ephemeral beauty of the natural world.

 

Artists’ Contact Information:

Nita Winter and Rob Badger:
nita@winterbadger.com; (415)-339-1310
http://www.winterbadger.com/wildflower-project

This exhibition is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library, Blue Earth Alliance, Exhibit and Project supported by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Clean Energy, California Native Plant Society and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Note to Editors: Higher resolution photographs available upon request

Quran Interpreted In Art – Arabic: Language of the Quran opens January 16th with Artists Talk at the San Francisco Main Library

For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2015
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Quran Interpreted In Art
Arabic: Language of the Quran opens January 16th with Artists Talk at the San Francisco Main Library

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.      – San Francisco Public Library announces a new exhibition that highlights contemporary art inspired by the Quran. The exhibition, Arabic: Language of the Quran, is presented by the local non-profit arts organization, Islamic Art Exhibit and will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Jan. 16-March 20, 2016.

Peace by Rubina KaziThe exhibition will feature the work of artists who have taken a verse from the Quran, which is typically read in Arabic, and illustrate it through a variety of art forms including calligraphy, painting and ceramics.

“Islamic Art invites greater American audiences to visit and enjoy an aspect of Islam that is not easily accessible and public libraries like San Francisco’s do just that,” said Nabeela Sajjad, Founder & CEO of Islamic Art Exhibit.

The tradition of Islamic art has flourished throughout the world for 1400 years with beautiful patterns and designs unique to the art manifestations in their varied forms.  The exhibit will consist of a variety of both traditional and contemporary art forms using everything from calligraphy and stained glass to digital media.  The words of the Quran will be tangible and relevant for all visitors to engage and discuss through the depictions seen in the artwork.

Flowers from the Blue Garden by Jane WaddickThe Islamic Art Exhibit seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through the visual arts.  Each exhibition provides unique opportunity to explore the scope of “Islamic Art” and celebrate the rich tapestry of countries, cultures and artistic traditions of the Muslim diaspora.

Meet the Artists: Talk and Discussion
January 16, 1 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Islamic Calligraphy Demonstration with artist Arash Shirinbab
March 13, 1 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library

Arabic: Language of the Quran exhibit runs January 16—March 20
Skylight Gallery, Main Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA

Editors Note: More photos of artwork are available

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

For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal

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

September 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Cuts Ribbon on New Ingleside Library Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to Editors: photos of garden available

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

Media Advisory
Invitation to Cover

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

Contact:
Benjamin Ibarra
Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Benjamin.Ibarra@sfpl.org
(415) 557-4295 (office)

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

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact:
Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295; Benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bands

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

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

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

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

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

The Schedule

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

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

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

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

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