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Library Launches New Youth Library Card

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 Library Launches New Youth Library Card
Unique partnership between SFPL and SFUSD promotes academic success

WHAT:  City Librarian Luis Herrera and SFUSD officials celebrate National Library Week with the launch of SFPL’s exclusive new Scholar Card, an all-access youth library card connecting over 55,000 SFUSD students to millions of free resources.

WHEN:  Today – Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m.

WHERE:  SFUSD Tenderloin Community Elementary School, 627 Turk St

WHO:

  • City Librarian, Luis Herrera
  • SFUSD Superintendent, Myong Leigh
  • Board of Education Vice President, Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell
  • Library Commission President, Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi
  • Brad Williston, SFUSD Teacher Librarian Administrator
  • Principle Anastasia Shattner
  • Ms. Park’s 3rd grade class
  • Jim Jeske, SFPL Children’s Librarian
  • Jaime Wong, Chronicle Books
  • Christian Robinson, Illustrator

THE SCHOLAR CARD:  San Francisco Public Library has teamed up with the San Francisco Unified School District to provide every SFUSD student with a public library card: The Scholar Card. The Scholar Card simplifies the library card application process and connects students to millions of free resources, such as online homework help, language learning tools and streaming media. The Scholar Card eliminates barriers to access by providing students with a “clean slate”; all fees are waived upon activation.

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A New Exhibition Exploring the Best Examples of Worldwide and Local Playground Design Premiers in San Francisco on April 6

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Amanda Hawkins, Design Museum Foundation
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Sarah Madland, San Francisco Recreation & Park.
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Missy Benson, Playworld
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Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org • 415-557-4282

A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE BEST EXAMPLES OF WORLDWIDE AND LOCAL
PLAYGROUND DESIGN PREMIERS IN SAN FRANCISCO ON APRIL 6

The Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Will Run Through July 8, 2017

 

San Francisco (March 29, 2017)— Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to announce the opening of Extraordinary Playscapes, an exhibition featuring over 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, at the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center on April 6. Curated by Design Museum Foundation, the exhibition explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity. From towering treetop playgrounds to hand-knit crochet installations, visitors will discover how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful play environments.

“Our goal is to connect San Francisco to the free play movement through an exceptional public exhibition about the design of playscapes,” says Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation and co-curator of the exhibition. “There are so many examples of extraordinary playscapes in the world, and we’re hoping to inspire people of all ages to get outside and play.”

Among the many sites on display, the exhibition will feature: a project that reimagined a scrapped ambulance as a children’s hospital playground in Malawi, Africa; examples of how Danish design integrates nature and play; and innovative play-centered design happening right here in San Francisco. As an interactive experience, Extraordinary Playscapes includes playable installations, videos, scale models, and hands-on elements for viewers as they explore the art, history, and science behind the world of play.

“San Francisco Public Library is excited to host this exhibition that celebrates play spaces around the world and recognizes the importance of play in children’s lives,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “With actual play equipment being brought in, this is an exciting installation for the Main Library and truly reimagines 21st century child-friendly library spaces. We encourage families from throughout the neighborhood and across the city to come and interact with this exhibit and the new PlayCubes in Civic Center Plaza.”

The program also includes a “Playground Passport” that can be picked up at the exhibition and at select local playgrounds highlighted in the exhibition. The passport will highlight amazing spaces for play around San Francisco, including a new installation of PlayCubes — a modular playground by Richard Dattner, Architect and Playworld — as part of the exhibition at Civic Center Plaza. Through support from San Francisco Recreation & Parks and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, PlayCubes will be open for play while the plaza’s permanent playgrounds are under construction.

“The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department works hard everyday to ensure that kids have clean, safe, fun places to play and grow,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manger, Phil Ginsburg. “We are thrilled to partner with the Design Museum Foundation to celebrate the joy and importance of play,” said Ginsburg.

Playworld has partnered with the Design Museum Foundation on the Extraordinary Playscapes exhibit since 2015, bringing new play areas to both Boston, MA and Portland, OR. “The importance of outdoor play in the formation of a healthy childhood is well documented. Playworld is committed to providing beautiful and relevant play spaces. PlayCubes by Playworld inspires play for a wide age range, and can help you easily design for play in public spaces and in the route of travel for families. The popularity of PlayCubes and the Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibit in Boston, MA and Portland, OR shows us the beginning of a new playground revolution” said Missy Benson, a Play and Design Specialist for Playworld. “The installation of PlayCubes on Civic Center Plaza provides an exceptional opportunity to encourage millions of visitors to venture outdoors and experience a play space integrated with exceptional design,” said Benson.

Extraordinary Playscapes, free and open to the public, is on view from April 6 – July 8, 2017 at the San Francisco Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center. The exhibit opening will be held at the Main Library on April 6th, 6:00pm. The exhibition will then travel to Chicago, IL through 2017.

Additional Program Events:

A public ribbon cutting celebration for PlayCubes will be announced next week!

June 22, 6:30pm
UNITE: Why Play? A panel discussion on the importance of play, featuring: Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play; Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco Recreation & Park; Gwen Gordon, Gwen Gordon Play; and Missy Benson, Playworld.

June 24
Kid’s Workshop — A child-driven community event where kids can get creative, collaborate, and design their own playgrounds.

For more information about programming and events related to Extraordinary Playscapes, visit designmuseumsf.org

About Design Museum San Francisco

At Design Museum San Francisco we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. Design Museum San Francisco is redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we’re online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a network of exhibitions, events, and content. Our mission: Bring the transformative power of design everywhere, to inspire a world full of creative problem solvers. For more information visit designmuseumsf.org

About Playworld

Playworld is a division of PlayPower®, Inc. Playworld believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone’s health and well-being. It’s something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld’s equipment and surfacing are designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For nearly 50 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. For more information visit playworld.com.

About the San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center

The Fisher Children’s Center provides a variety of services, exhibits, and programs to promote children’s enjoyment of literature, media, information and recreational reading. The Center is for children, parents, childcare providers, educators, individuals and researchers. For more information visit sfpl.org

About San Francisco Recreation & Parks

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community. Today the department, overseen by the Recreation and Park Commission, administers more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city limits. For more information visit sfrecpark.org

Exhibit Openings & Author Mary Roach in Conversation

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Exhibit Openings & Author Mary Roach in Conversation

Annual Wit & Humor Exhibit: Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War
Works by Women Eco Artists: Reclaiming Earth

Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War, an exhibition that draws from materials in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, is a selection of the spirit, wit and humor of those at war, and the people they left behind on the home front.  The exhibit opens April 1, in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

How did average readers and soldiers in the trenches deal with the stress of war in the 20th century? One way to preserve one’s sanity was keeping a sense of humor. From every imaginable corner of a war-torn world, humor was used to oppose tyranny and satirize the enemy. War is hell, but troops found that humor stayed the beast, at least temporarily; they laughed while belly-aching daily about the latest SNAFU, they laughed about jawbreakers in the mess and ribbon-happy officers. Folks at home rationed fuel and stockings, collected pots and pans for the war effort and listened to the radio for the latest news from the front. The world was full of newspaper cartoons and strips, editorial cartoons, propaganda art, Armed Services Editions sent to the troops, and humor created by the troops themselves in such newspapers as Stars and Stripes and Wipers Times.

“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. The collection has grown to more than 22,000 volumes and includes periodicals and audio-visual materials; it is considered the most significant collection of its kind in a public library. Every year, the Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents an exhibition based on materials in the Schmulowitz Collection, in tribute to Mr. Nat Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War – April 1–May 31, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor

Reclaiming Earth, an exhibition of Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD), showcases the work of more than 50 female artists in altered books, textiles, photographs and paintings and opens on April 8 in the Jewett Gallery.

The exhibit developed from a depression-era adage: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without: Lessons from our Grandmothers. Works focus on the cultural values of conservation, preservation, and frugality practiced by ancestors and cultures that live in harmony with nature. The exhibit honors the 20-year local history of WEAD, which was founded by San Francisco environmental artist, Jo Hanson, who would have been 100 in 2018. WEAD is an international artist organization that focuses on ecological and social justice issues. Notable Gallerist Donna Seager served as juror.

Reclaiming Earth: Works by Women Eco Artists – April 8–June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Both exhibits are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Related programs:

Mary Roach in Conversation with Steven Short

Beloved Bay Area author and New York Times bestseller, Mary Roach, is in conversation with KALW Producer Steven Short to discuss Roach’s latest work, Grunt; a book that tackles the science behind some of the most challenging adversaries for soldiers—panic, exhaustion, heat, flies and noise. Roach answers questions not found in any other book on the military: How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again. The author talk is part of the Annual Wit & humor Exhibition, Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War

Mary Roach in Conversation with Steven Short – April 13, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Reclaiming Earth Opening Event: A discussion with the juror and WEAD artists – April 9, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Innovative Teen Center Now Open Seven Days a Week

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Innovative Teen Center Now Open Seven Days a Week

SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2017 — The Mix at SFPL, an innovative, youth-designed, 21st century teen learning space located in the Main Library, greets spring breakers this week with new, expanded hours. Previously closed on Sundays and Mondays, The Mix is now open seven days a week. Teens can drop by The Mix for coding classes, cooking demonstrations, open mics, songwriting sessions, poetry slams, drum lessons, 3-D printing workshops, book clubs and more. All activities and services at The Mix are free.

The Mix at SFPL is a hub of out-of-school learning for youth from the City and the Bay Area. The space provides connected learning experiences to not only engage youth and promote learning that aligns with youth-led interests, but to also support youth as they develop necessary 21st century skills.

The Mix provides provides 4,770-square feet of space and equipment for youth ages 13-18 to explore, create and develop digital media and computer skills as well as discover and engage with the Library’s traditional books and materials. Outfitted with state-of-the-art digital media, video/sound recording, computer and creative maker equipment, teens are able to expand their imaginations as well as their technology and literacy skills and engage in individual and team projects that promote critical thinking, inventiveness and skill building.

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Spend Spring Break in The Mix

Girls Who Code – Tuesday, March 28, 4:30 p.m.

Biblio Bistro at The Mix – Tuesday, March 28, 4 p.m.

Tuesday Night Open Mic at The Mix – Tuesday, March 28, 6p.m

Song Writing at The Mix – Wednesday, March 29, 5 p.m

Youth Speaks Turn Up (The Volume!) – Wednesday, March 29, 4:30 p.m.

The Mix Book Club – Thursday, March 30, 4 p.m.

Video Studio: Open House – Thursday, March 30, 4p.m.

Drum Lessons – Friday, March 31, 4 p.m.

3-D Printing Work$hop – Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m.

For a complete list of programs and activities, visit themixatsfpl.org/events.

Talking With Kids About Race

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Talking With Kids About Race

San Francisco Public Library hosts progressive program for families and educators

WHAT:  San Francisco Public Library is holding the first of a series of progressive programs that aim to help parents, educators, and caregivers talk to kids about race.  The powerful changes we can make are often on a micro level, and this introductory workshop will help families and educators outline developmentally supportive language to use with kids to strengthen efforts in raising safe and empowered young people.

The nearly 250 free registrations filled up in about two weeks, demonstrating that families, teachers, and caregivers in San Francisco are eager to engage in dialogue about race with each other and with the young people in their care.

“As the President of the BOE and as a resident of San Francisco, I have always thought it to be important to have honest conversations about race relations with our children early,” says program partner Shamann Walton, President of the SFUSD Board of Education. “Embracing differences and learning about them is what helps us work better together. The reality remains that we cannot solve problems if we ignore them.”

“As a queer immigrant mama leading the largest LGBT family org in CA, I am thrilled to be partnering with so many folks who are also dedicated to creating radically inclusive schools and communities in SF and beyond,” says program partner Renata Moreira, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition.  “All of us need to know how to best engage in developmentally appropriate conversations which name race and other identities in order to raise a generation that’s culturally aware.”

WHEN:    Saturday, March 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

WHO: Micia Mosely, Educator and Workshop Facilitator

Luis Herrera, City Librarian

Renata Moreira, Our Family Coalition, Executive Director

 

Talking With Kids About Race is presented by SFPL with community partners: San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Families Union, Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Our Family Coalition, Main Street Mamas, and First 5 San Francisco.

Talking With Kids About Race in 2017 — March 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

San Francisco Public Library Debuts Performance Arts Festival

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San Francisco Public Library Debuts Performance Arts Festival

Live! At The Library – March 2017 Programs

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San Francisco Public Library celebrates the performing arts with a new series of city-wide programs, titled Live! At The Library. The series includes 50 events throughout the month of March at all neighborhood branches, showcasing San Francisco’s rich history of the performing arts and embracing diverse forms of entertainment.

Special guests include dance workshops with the San Francisco Ballet, a West African guitar performance by Jesse Sahbi and a special hands-on workshop with award-winning author Jason Reynolds and Youth Speaks’ MC K~Swift.  Events include body percussion and belly dancing, instrument “petting zoos”, marionette shows, special effects and animation classes, rock concerts, Shakespeare plays and more.

Live! At The Library is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Featured programs

Dance Workshop with SF Ballet
Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m., Children’s Center, Main Library
Monday, March 20, 3:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley, Main Library

Jesse Sahbi, West African acoustic guitarist
Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m., Noe Valley Branch
Friday, March 17, 2 p.m., Marina Branch

Jason Reynolds + TURN UP (The Volume)
Wednesday, March 8, 4:30 p.m., The Mix at SFPL, Main Library

Belly Dance Workshop
Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m., Ingleside

World Rhythms and Chants with Body Percussion
Saturday, March 25, 1:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch
Saturday, March 25, 4 p.m., Parkside Branch

Community Music Center Young Musicians – Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch

The Fratello Marionettes
Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m., West Portal Branch
Saturday, March 18, 3 p.m., Western Addition

Special Effects Makeup
Thursday, March 30, 3 p.m., Mission Branch

iPad Stop Motion Animation
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch

Rock Against Racism – The Mix at SFPL’s House Band
Friday, March 3, 4:45 p.m., The Mix at SFPL, Main Library

Twelfth Night
Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m., Mission Bay Branch
Wednesday, March 15, 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch
Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch

Find the entire list of programs in the Live! At The Library Program Guide or via the Library’s online calendar.

699,000+ Items Returned During Library Fine Forgiveness Period

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699,000+ Items Returned During Library Fine Forgiveness Period
More than 10,000 patrons had fines forgiven

City Librarian Luis Herrera with Webb Johnson during the return of a 100 year past due book.

699,563 items were dropped off during San Francisco Public Library’s latest fine forgiveness program from Jan. 3 – Feb. 14, 2017. During the six-week period, late fees were waived on all returned books, CDs, DVDs and other materials, regardless of how long overdue.  Included were 12,246 items that were more than 60 days past due. The value of those long overdue items was nearly $236,000.

Among the older items returned in the “We Want You Back” campaign was a collection of short stories titled 40 Minutes Late clocking in at 100 years past due. The book was returned in January to Park Branch, San Francisco Public Library’s oldest branch building. Also returned was Brass, a Novel of a Marriage by Charles Norris with a due date stamp of 1937, making the item 80 years past due. Both books were originally borrowed by the patron’s great-grand parents.

A collection of 19 of the most overdue items are on display it in the atrium of the Main Library.

San Francisco library patrons saved $329,797 in overdue materials fines and more than 5,000 patrons were able to obtain a clean slate on their record.

Ryan Kuang, a sophomore at UCLA and former Board of Advising Youth member, visited the Mix at SFPL on his last day of winter break to say hello to staff and have his fines forgiven. Youth library cards are fine-free, but now that Kuang is an adult he faced over $72 in outstanding fines. After speaking with a library staff member, his record was cleared.

Fine forgiveness is an opportunity for residents to reconnect with the library. The program allows the Library to recover materials and gives patrons with overdue items a clear record. The program aligns with the Library’s commitment to eliminating barriers to service and providing basic access for all San Franciscans, especially those most in need of library services.

To spread the word about the amnesty, SFPL partnered with Recovering the Classics, a crowdsourced collection of original book covers for works in the public domain. Among the titles selected were L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, coupled with the beloved mantra “there’s no place like home.”

Photos and patron contract information for interviews available upon request.

 

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Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander in conversation with Director of San Francisco Human Rights Commission Sheryl Evans Davis

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Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander in conversation with Director of San Francisco Human Rights Commission Sheryl Evans Davis

“Children’s book authors have the power to change our imaginations.” – Kwame Alexander



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SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2017 — Award-winning author, poet and educator Kwame Alexander will share excerpts from The Playbook, a recent collection of poems and verse inspired by notable athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James and Michelle Obama. He will be joined by San Francisco Human Rights Commission Director, Sheryl Evans Davis.

When Alexander received the call in 2015 that his book The Crossover had won the Newbery Medal, he recognized that the two decades spent struggling to make it as a poet had been worth it. “When you’ve been told ‘no’ 20 times, the inclination is to walk out the door,” Alexander told a library audience last year. “Here’s the thing, you’ve always got to say ‘yes’ to yourself.”

Alexander has been describing his uphill battle to literary acclaim to audiences across the country, and the San Francisco Public Library is honored to host the author this Sunday afternoon in the Koret Auditorium for a discussion about his latest work, The Playbook. Alexander often shifts back and forth from conversational speaking to delivering spoken word poetry from his books, and although the subjects of his books make them easy for children to relate (his verse forms often sounds like hip-hop), his live appearances often provide many take-aways for adults as he addresses topics like love and parenting.

Following the event will be an author signing with Alexander and book selling by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
This event is presented in partnership with Friends of San Francisco Public Library, African American Center, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Collective Impact.

 

About Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include Score in this game of life, Animal Ark, Out of Wonder and Surf’s Up. Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program.

 

About Sheryl Evans Davis
Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Director Davis previously served as Commissioner between 2011 and 2016, including a tenure as Vice Chair of the Commission. Prior to joining the HRC, Director Davis was Executive Director of Collective Impact, a community-based organization in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco.

 

Kwame Alexander in the Koret – Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Local residents are first to earn high school diploma through innovative program offered by San Francisco Public Library

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Local residents are first to earn high school diploma through innovative program offered by San Francisco Public Library

Library offers accredited diplomas and career certificates to residents through Career Online High School

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2017 — Kevin Surles, Vinh Tran and Hassan Basbassi are the first San Francisco residents to earn high school diplomas through the Career Online High School program at the San Francisco Public Library.  The library partnered with Gale, a leading provider of library resources and a Cengage company, in 2015 to offer the innovative program in an effort to help the city’s 94,000 adults who lack a high school diploma.

Last weekend, the Library celebrated the first graduates with staff, family and friends in the San Francisco Public Library’s Learning Studio.  “The Library’s Career Online High School program is a great opportunity for individuals seeking a second chance,” said City Librarian, Luis Herrera. “We are impressed by the diversity of the graduates and their drive to improve their lives; all three graduates, upon entering the program, were fully committed to making a better place for themselves, their families and their communities and we are honored to assist these individuals on their roads to success.”

San Francisco Public Library awards scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Hassan and Vinh both majored in Homeland Security, while Kevin majored in Office Management.   “Kevin, Vinh and Hassan’s achievements are a great example of the direct social and economic impact libraries have on their communities, and Gale is proud to partner with them to make it happen,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale.

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at the San Francisco Public Library, or by visiting the library’s website at sfpl.org.

For more photos and requests to speak with the graduates, please contact katherine.jardine@sfpl.org.

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Marty Nemko Talks Shop – If the Economy is So Recovered, How Come I Still Can’t Find Good Work?

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Marty Nemko Talks Shop

 If the Economy is So Recovered, How Come I Still Can’t Find Good Work?

San Francisco Public Library is proud to host eminent Bay Area career expert Dr. Marty Nemko. As he does on his KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco) radio program, Nemko will do Workovers on volunteers from the audience. Uncannily, in just a few minutes, he is able to help nearly every person with their career. Importantly, the embedded career lessons apply not just to that person but to anyone looking to improve their work life.

In addition, Dr. Nemko will share insider truths about popular careers—upsides and little-discussed downsides. Plus his favorite under-the-radar careers.

And if that’s not enough, one of his clients, a true Rocky story, will tell her career story in words and song, with Marty Nemko accompanying on the keyboard. An inspiration for anyone who thinks they’re unemployable.

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2017 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Koret Auditorium, Main Library