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San Francisco Public Library Adds More Days, More Hours at Branch Libraries

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2017
Media contact:  Mindy Linetzky
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San Francisco Public Library Adds More Days,
More Hours at Branch Libraries
Every Library. Every Day. All Libraries in San Francisco Open Seven Days per Week

 San Francisco, CA –Just in time for summer, San Francisco Public Library is adding an additional, permanent, day of service at nine branch libraries: Anza, Bernal Heights, Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial, Golden Gate Valley, North Beach, Ocean View, Parkside, Potrero and Presidio branches. This will mean all San Francisco public libraries will be open seven days per week.

In addition, Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton, Glen Park, Ingleside, Mission Bay, Portola and Visitacion Valley branches will gain additional hours during the week. Thanks to the additional hours, all San Francisco neighborhood libraries will be open a minimum of 50 hours each week, with some open 55 hours per week. The San Francisco Main Library is open 60 hours each week.

The new hours go into effect starting Saturday, June 17, 2017.

“Libraries are essential to so many members of our communities, families, seniors, students and children,” said Mayor Edwin Lee. “I’m excited that we are expanding the libraries’ hours this year, providing more activities and more learning opportunities for all our residents across San Francisco.”

“This expansion of service just in time for summer will ensure that youth who participate in the Library’s annual Summer Stride program will have more opportunities and days to take part in free STEM learning programs offered at every branch,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. The expanded hours promote increased access to library collections, services and materials for all community members.

The additional days of service will continue after the summer is over. View a chart of new library hours (PDF). Bookmarks with the new hours will be available at each of these libraries.

More information can be found at sfpl.org.

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A Collaboration on the Human Experience – New Exhibit & Related Programs: Meeting Places

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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 A Collaboration on the Human Experience
New Exhibit & Related Programs: Meeting Places

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San Francisco, CA –
A year after having met in Florence, Italy, in 2013, book artists Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva embarked on a series of twelve collaborative book art projects, now on display at the San Francisco Public Library’s Art, Music & Recreation Center.

On Thursday, June 15 there will be an artist talk and discussion at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Silva and Harris will lead a workshop demonstrating innovative folded book structures with the use of upcycled library materials.

Harris and Silva set constraints for their book arts process, both of materials and time, which forced them to work in an immediate, intuitive and exploratory way. The process began with one artist providing the inspiration and starting materials, such as saved remnants, quotes, and ideas previously set aside. The receiving artist then had only weeks to bring the project to a “halfway” point, adding or editing materials sparingly during this phase. The project was then given back to the originating artist who finished the books (in an edition of two) in a few weeks’ time.

The varied work addresses issues and histories from their shared and layered perspectives as artists, mothers, daughters, wives, and expats in a changing and complex environment. Their collaborations, which have since grown to include sculpture and photography, point to a unified aesthetic, as if made by one hand. More than a set intention, this is a natural outcome of their work together. What comes of their joint efforts unveils our human experience through an appropriately prismatic lens.

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Related Events

Exhibition: Meeting Places: Collaborative Bookworks by Lyall Harris & Patricia Silva – June 10–Sept. 14, Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center, 4th Floor

Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk – Thursday, June 15, 5 p.m., Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center, 4th Floor

Book Arts Workshop – Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room

 

Black Lives Matter: Self-Empowerment through Art

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Black Lives Matter: Self-Empowerment through Art
New Exhibit: My Art Makes My Life Matter

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San Francisco, CA –
Curator Kheven LaGrone wondered what the Black Lives Matter movement means in the San Francisco Bay Area, and asked several local black artists to depict how they use their art to make their lives matter. In the new exhibit, My Art Makes My Life Matter, on view June 17 – Aug. 10 in the Main Library’s African American Center, several artists share personal stories on how artwork empowers them.

On Saturday, June 17 there will be an artist talk and discussion at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s African American Center.

“Creating art cleanses my mind of ugly or useless thoughts by dredging them from my subconscious into a permanent form that forces me to acknowledge and release them, “ says artist Adam Hernst. “It also manifests the positive, constructive ideas that I didn’t know were in me. This creates clarity, joy and hope.”

Created and curated by Kheven LaGrone, the exhibit celebrates the diversity of black artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, from people experiencing homelessness to college professors. Some of the participating artists in this exhibit came from Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAP). Hospitality House serves primarily homeless and poor residents of the Tenderloin, Sixth Street Corridor and Mid-Market neighborhoods. Hospitality House’s CAP is the only free-of-charge fine arts studio and gallery space for artists and neighborhood residents whose socioeconomic struggles would otherwise prevent them from accessing the powerful artistic and cultural landscape of San Francisco.

Some of the other artists participating in this exhibit came from St. Mary’s Center.  St. Mary’s Center is a community of hope, justice and hearing that serves homeless and at-risk seniors and preschoolers in the heart of Oakland.

“I cherish the opportunity to participate in a show whose theme so closely corresponds with the role Black art has played in my life,” says college professor and artist Ajuan Mance. “For me, creating art has always served as a way to communicate the way I see and experience the world around me. In my art, I can express not only how I experience the present, but how I understand and am shaped by the people and events of the past. My art makes my life matter, because it is the means through which I express to other black people that I see you, I feel you, and I love whom we are.”

Kheven LaGrone has created and curated several shows at the San Francisco Public Library and has exhibited in New York City, Atlanta, Oakland and Richmond.

Related Events:

My Art Makes My Life Matter – On view June 17 — August 10, Main Library, African American Center, 3rd Floor

Artist Talk & Discussion – Saturday, June 17, 1:30 p.m., Main Library, African American Center, 3rd Floor

San Francisco Public Library Exhibit Showcases Rediscovered San Francisco History (1977)

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBIT SHOWCASES REDISCOVERED SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY (1977)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco State’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability hosts an interactive, multimedia exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the occupation of UN Plaza, an iconic Bay Area event that continues to transform lives of disabled and nondisabled people today. Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights, will be on display in the Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor of the Main, June 10 – Sep. 3.

An opening event will be held at the Koret Auditorium in the Main Library on June 10 at 1 p.m. The event will include a reunion for the occupiers, including Judith Heumann, the Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under President Obama.

Patient No More tells the story of how more than 100 people with disabilities occupied 50 UN Plaza in San Francisco for nearly a month in April 1977 to demand that as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a precursor to the Americans with Disabilities Act, be signed. Supported by groups such as the Black Panthers, Delancey Street, Glide Memorial Church and politicians, including Philip Burton, George Miller and Mayor George Moscone, the protesters emerged victorious after a 26-day demonstration.

“This amazing Bay Area story isn’t in a single history textbook, even though this remains the longest unarmed occupation of a federal building in U.S. history and everyone – disabled or not – experiences its impact every day,” said Catherine Kudlick, professor of history and director of the Longmore Institute at San Francisco State University.

One of the many treasures featured in Patient No More is a testimonial featuring Dennis Billups, a San Francisco native. Billups lived with his story for decades wondering if anyone would care about what a black blind man had to say. Billups came to be known as the occupation’s “Chief Morale Officer.”  Billups says that sharing his story and participating in Patient No More reminded him of how he and his fellow people with disabilities changed lives.

“The exhibit opened up a new door for young listeners to have lots of hope,” Billups said.

The exhibit features video interviews of Billups and others, including Elaine Brown, former chairperson of the Black Panther Party, former U.S. Representative George Miller (D – CA District 11), and Judith Heumann.

The exhibit also includes individual stations with built-in accessibility features so those with various cognitive disabilities, vision, hearing, and mobility impairments can visit. “Like the curb cuts for wheelchair users that now help parents with strollers, bike riders, and skateboarders, these access features have unintended benefits for everyone,” says Kudlick.

To learn more and explore the virtual exhibit, visit patientnomore.org. To watch a video about Patient No More, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=546&v=kQS0W0yoft0.

The exhibit is presented by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University with additional support from a California Humanities “Community Stories” grant, the East Bay Community Foundation, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and San Francisco State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, as well as many private donors.

For calendar listing, contact information for the original 504 protesters, and images, please contact Emily Beitiks, beitiks@sfsu.edu, (415) 405-3528.

About The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University studies and showcases disabled people’s experiences to transform social views. Through public education, scholarship, and cultural events, the Institute shares disability history, promotes critical thinking, and builds a broader community. To learn more, visit: longmoreinstitute.sfsu.edu

Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights – June 10 – Sep. 3, Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Patient No More is open to the public during the San Francisco Main Public Library’s regular hours with several guided tours and accompanying programs.

Related programs:

Patient No More Opening Event – June 10, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Docent Tours
ASL Docent Tours: July 11, 5:30 p.m. and July 22, 3 p.m., Skylight Gallery
Audio Descriptive Guided Tour: Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m., Skylight Gallery

Disability Activism Then and Now: A Conversation with Disability Organizers – July 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

HolLynn D’Lil Presents Her Book: Becoming Real in 24 Days – July 18, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

1997 Disability Sit-In: The Power of Imagery Photographer Anthony Tusler – Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

Disability Rights Films: The Power of 504 and Lives Worth Living – Aug. 12, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Corbett Joan O’Toole, Fading Scars, My Queer Disability History – Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

Superfest International Disability Film Festival Showcase – Aug. 26, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

HOMOPOLIS Exhibit Captures Unique Moment in Time – Curator Ken Maley to give exhibition talk on Sunday, June 18

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

HOMOPOLIS Exhibit Captures Unique Moment in Time
Curator Ken Maley to give exhibition talk on Sunday, June 18

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Prior to the 70s, the gay rights movement in San Francisco was a modest one, compared to modern times. But even with anti-Vietnam activism motivating a new, younger generation of gays, local media gave scant attention to the burgeoning gay rights movement.  International media, however, flocked to San Francisco to report on the gay community. On assignment for Marie Claire’s feature story on gays in San Francisco, photographer Robert van der Hilst recognized the potential for a much larger photo reportage and enlisted local media consultant, Ken Maley.

The resulting collection was originally exhibited in Paris as HOMOPOLIS, to great public acclaim and many of the images were published in major European magazines. During its seven week run in 1982, the exhibition drew more than 150,000 viewers. “People are stunned at the exhibition,” says Van Der Hilst. “Viewers think it’s fantastic. They’re seeing things they’ve never seen before, like gay cowboys dancing together.” The James C. Hormel Center reprises selections from the HOMOPOLIS exhibit, and the images poignantly capture the heady days just prior to the AIDS epidemic.

HOMOPOLIS: Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981 — May 27- Aug 24, Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

Related programs:

HOMOPOLIS Curator Talk

HOMOPOLIS captures a unique moment in time, the cusp of the AIDS appearance that dominated the 80s coverage of gay issues in the media.  Join curator Ken Maley for a discussion on how the photographs presented in the exhibit came to be created, and a look at San Francisco in the days before AIDS.

Maley was frequently engaged by the international media to assist in their reporting efforts and worked with some of the leading magazines, newspapers and television outlets around the world, such as France’s Marie Claire and Paris Match, Germany’s Stern magazine and ZDF-TV, Japan’s NHK-TV and The London Observer.

HOMOPOLIS Curator Talk – June 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

Take Pride in Your Library

The queerest library ever celebrates Pride month in a big way with book and author talks, craft programs and our beloved Drag Queen Story Hours. Look for the Library’s contingent in the Pride parade – we’re the folks with books on our heads and Pride in our spirit.

Drag Queen Story Hour with Honey Mahogany – June 10, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center

Drag Queen Story Hour with Yves St. Croissant – June 17, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

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

 

Annual Wit & Humor Exhibit: Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War

For Immediate Release:
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Annual Wit & Humor Exhibit: Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War
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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 opened April 1 in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library and closes next Wednesday, May 31.

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

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

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2017
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@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 celebrates Pride month in a big way with book and author talks, rainbow crafts, exhibits and our beloved Drag Queen Story Hours.

The Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center kicks-off Pride month on June 1 with RADAR Superstars, the annual birthday bash for superstar and emerging writers. Featured on the stage of the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will be Ana María Montenegro, Clement Goldberg and MariNaomi, hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera.

RADAR Productions will also be bringing three Drag Queen Story Hours to the libraries this month. Take the whole family to these crowd pleasing events at the Main Library, Bernal Heights and Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branches, featuring Panda Dulce, Honey Mahogany and Yves St. Croissant. For days and times, see the Pride program guide.

Another Pride highlight will be a reading June 3 at the Main Library with Dorothy Allison, the author of the iconic book, Bastard out of Carolina, which is also the Library’s On the Same Page selection. Allison will talk about her work, share some of her recent projects and be available for a book signing.

The exhibit, Homopolis: Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981, fills the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center through Aug. 24 with photographer Robert van der Hilst’s images which poignantly capture the heady days just prior to the AIDS epidemic.

Chinatown Branch celebrates Pride this year with a book discussion and film screening on June 3 featuring the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance of Being Earnest. On June 17, the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch will feature author and retired librarian Lynne Barnes reading from her poetic memoir: Falling into Flowers.

While enjoying the exhibits and events at the library, peruse our renowned LGBTQIA collection and check out a book, video, e-book and more.

In addition, the Library has also gone full rainbow with rainbow storytimes, rainbow candy necklaces and rainbow bridge building. And don’t forget to look for the Library’s contingent in the parade – we’re the folks with books on our heads and Pride in our spirit.

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.

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

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates its role in a Strong Democracy, Participates in National Campaign – #LifeLibertyLibraries

For Immediate Release:
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San Francisco Public Library Celebrates its role in a Strong Democracy,
Participates in National Campaign – #LifeLibertyLibraries

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Access to information, public disclosure, deliberation, civic engagement and the opportunity for everyone to have a better tomorrow – these are the ideals that many great countries hold true. Public libraries uphold these ideals and values, helping people to be better informed, providing assistance in separating fact from fiction and affording education and skill development for everyone. San Francisco Public Library is participating in a national campaign sponsored by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) that celebrates these values and the important role that libraries play in our strong democracy. The community can learn more about that role by following @SFPublicLibrary and @UrbanLibCouncil and joining the conversation at #LifeLibertyLibraries.

“The library is a place that supports the values of equity and inclusion that mirror San Francisco’s values,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Our libraries are sanctuaries that provide a safe and neutral space for ongoing dialogue on the issues and challenges facing our nation.”

Libraries across the country have developed unique programs, services and operating practices that address specific needs in their community. These programs include organizing and contributing to discussions that address topics such as a civil society, inclusion and tolerance, tenets of democracy and civic engagement, among others.

An example are the many immigrant services programs occurring in San Francisco Public Library locations across the City. Programs presented by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) include ten “Know Your Rights” workshops that outline the latest immigration policies (held in English, Spanish and Chinese) and “Become an Immigrant Ally” programs, covering how current executive policies are affecting the immigrant community. Additional SFPL programs include resources and volunteer opportunities on how to make a difference in your community and conversational English language groups.

In addition, our Summer Stride programs include Alphabet Rockers’ Social Justice Family Workshops, teen Rock Against Racism and Youth Speaks Turn UP (The Volume) programs.

ULC will share information on programs like these as well as thought starters through social media channels and #LifeLibertyLibraries to encourage participation, conversation and engagement.

“Our library is a safe haven for our City’s diverse communities with free access to limitless resources for learning and success,” said Herrera. “The library supports the values of equity, inclusion and are open to everyone.”

“Libraries are the people’s university, helping each person grow and prosper personally and professionally. It’s a vital community resource that portrays our principles and beliefs,” said Susan Benton, ULC President and CEO. “Libraries provide us the ability to make ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation stronger. It’s a place where everyone can celebrate their values and become better informed citizens while reflecting on their independent thoughts, their aspirations and their future.”

Information about San Francisco Public Library programs and services can always be found at sfpl.org.

“The library provides everyone with the freedom to access information to make enlightened and informed decisions,” said Benton. “It’s especially imperative in today’s society as a place to share ideas, seek education and collaborate with or in one’s community. We encourage everyone to join the conversation on how libraries have supported their lives in their communities.”

The Friends of San Francisco Public Library are also seeking input with their Tell Us How You Think “Libraries Deliver Democracy” effort. They’re sharing the community’s vision of our most democratic public institution, our public library.

For more information about San Francisco Public Library please visit sfpl.org. For more information on Urban Libraries Council and member libraries, please visit UrbanLibraries.org.

About Urban Libraries Council

Urban Libraries Council (ULC), founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries and the force that inspires them to evolve. ULC creates the tools, techniques, and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. ULC also speaks loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities, and secures funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, ULC produces innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. ULC member libraries serve more than 90 million people.

Combatting Summer Slide with Summer Stride

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Combatting Summer Slide with Summer Stride

Library offers more than 1,000 summer learning and exploration programs

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San Francisco, CA — The Library’s annual summer learning program, Summer Stride, opens on May 13 and runs through Aug. 20. Summer Stride offers prizes, special free weekly programs at every neighborhood library, free shuttle excursions to local national parks, youth volunteer opportunities and college scholarships.

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride program encourages students and patrons of all ages and abilities to track their reading time and to stop by their neighborhood library for books, comics, ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Summer Stride includes more than 1,000 learning and exploration programs for the whole family, like LEGO robotics, engineering, magic, crafts, hip hop classes, summer films and more.

The Library’s Summer Stride program works to combat “summer slide,” which is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of their achievement gains made during the previous school year. Statistics show that in low-income households, students fall behind an average of two months in reading during the summer. Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.

Summer Stride not only works to strengthen a student’s literacy skills during their summer months, it also builds important STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and expands the notion of learning to include active exploration outside of library walls. Summer Stride programs focus on youth, but also engage the entire family and adult patrons.

“The Library is a place of full access to educational and entertaining materials during the summer months and throughout the school year,” says City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Summer Stride helps keeps students engaged and excited to begin the new school year.  The library is a safe and equitable space for people to gather and share knowledge, and this summer we’re proud to continue offering dynamic programming for people of all ages and abilities.”

Summer Stride has forged crucial partnerships that help to emphasize “beyond the book” learning. For a second year, the Library has teamed up with the National Park Service to keep children and families reading, creating and exploring all summer long. Ranger talks occur in all 28 locations, and patrons can take free shuttle excursions from nine neighborhood libraries to local national parks. Book Nooks in parks distribute free books through little free libraries, and branches feature “trailheads,” offering maps, reading and resources for visiting local National Parks.  New this year, “Story Walks” are located in the local national parks, offering guided trail tours using children’s picture books.

Christine Lehnerts, former Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, says, “This partnership with the San Francisco Public Library is a fantastic way for kids and their families to get to know the national parks in their backyard.”

A new partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers free film screenings for families as part of ‘Kids Camp,’ a librarian-led summer film program in the historic New Mission Theater that includes titles such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess Bride and The Iron Giant. Select screenings include giveaways, costume contests and other activities.

Summer Stride includes interactive game boards for children, teens and adults that encourage reading and allow readers to win prizes. The beautiful and whimsical artwork featured on all Summer Stride promotional materials was created in partnership with Chronicle Books and designed by Lizi Boyd, an award-winning author and illustrator. Lizi’s Summer Stride illustrations are a takeoff from her latest book, I Wrote You a Note, published by Chronicle Books.

All reading, listening, learning and library time counts toward the prize goal. Participants who read 20 hours are eligible to receive a commemorative Summer Stride tote bag.  In addition, all participants are eligible to enter weekly raffles to win prizes including passes to San Francisco museums, sporting events and attractions.

Summer Stride programs and activities will be held throughout the San Francisco Public Library system.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library for details, or go to sfpl.org/summerstride.

Summer Stride Video PSA (available as a video file upon request):

Summer Stride PSA

View the Summer Stride Guide (PDF)

Check out San Francisco Unified School District’s robust Summer Reading List (PDF)

Summer Stride 2017 is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library Wins Multiple National Awards

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
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San Francisco Public Library Wins Multiple National Awards

Library Honored for Public Relations, AIDS Archive Digitalization, Community History Web Training and Promoting Dialogue on Urban Change

 

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library has recently been awarded four prestigious national awards – from the American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“I’m proud that we have received national recognition for so many diverse projects,” said Luis Herrera, San Francisco City Librarian. “These awards address San Francisco’s role in combatting AIDS, supporting the National Parks, recognizing our community history and being the tech capital of the nation.  Our staff is always looking for better and more innovative ways to serve the community and it’s nice for us and our partners to be rewarded.”

The awards are as follows:

American Library Association’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award for “Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore.”

San Francisco Public Library is honored to receive the John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding library public relations for the “Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore” collaboration with the National Park Service. “Summer Stride” encouraged learning, reading, creating and exploring both inside the library and outside in the region’s majestic national parks with a unique twist on the traditional summer reading program. This wide-ranging initiative featured traditional tracking of time spent reading, enhanced by park trailheads inside library locations and weekend shuttles from neighborhood libraries to national park sites. Through appealing, consistent graphics that were carried through from the promotions to the program itself, the campaign captured the attention of the community, leading to a dramatic increase in summer reading participation.

Only eight libraries from across the nation received this award which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award.

Summer Stride 2017 continues this summer, as we offer even more opportunities to visit our National Parks.

National Endowment for the Humanities’ award for “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records”

The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collaborating institutions will digitize about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public online. In the process, collections whose components had been placed in different archives for various reasons will be digitally reunited, facilitating access for researchers outside the Bay Area.

The 24-month project, “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records” begins on July 1, 2017. The 127,000 pages from the three archives range from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed reports and agency records to printed magazines. Also included are photographic prints, negatives, transparencies and posters. All items selected for digitization will be carefully examined to address any privacy concerns.

In the late 1980s, UCSF initiated, with the GLBT Historical Society and other Bay Area archives, the AIDS History Project, addressing the need to forge relationships between historians and the AIDS community to document and preserve the lessons and experience of the AIDS epidemic. Today UCSF, the GLBT Historical Society, and SFPL archivists have selected collections from each archive that will contribute to an understanding of the medical, social and political processes that merged to develop effective means of treating those with AIDS, educate the public about HIV, create social support organizations for those who were often shunned by family and advocate for a community that was dying at an alarming rate.

The San Francisco Public Library houses both the City and County of San Francisco city archives and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, the first research center for GLBT collections in a public library in the country. In its role as the repository of the city archives, the library receives collections from politicians, including mayors, as well as from city departments, many addressing policy decisions and the creation of the “San Francisco model” in response to the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. Not only will the proposed collaborative project allow greater access to primary source materials that are located only in San Francisco, but it will ensure that these items are digitally preserved for long lasting use.

Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program award for “Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives”

The Internet Archive, in collaboration with San Francisco Public Library, Queens Public Library, Cleveland Public Library and WebJunction, has received a $338,940 grant to implement a new project titled “Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives.” The award is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. It’s specifically from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program which supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty and library leaders.

The Internet Archive will provide continuing education, training and services to enable 15 public librarians at 15 different libraries to capture historically valuable web materials documenting their local communities. Participating librarians will receive intensive training in a variety of web archiving topics through in-person and online trainings, professional support from experts on web archiving in public libraries and cohort-based activities. Training materials will also be made freely available online for reuse by others. Participants’ institutions will be provided with five-year subscriptions to the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service, resulting in the long-term preservation of over 35 terabytes of web-published community history materials.

The project will empower public libraries to serve as leaders in archiving and providing access to the web-based records chronicling the lives and accomplishments of their communities.

National Endowment for the Humanities’ award for the “Public Knowledge” project

San Francisco Public Library and our partner the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) have received a $250,000 Public Humanities Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Public Knowledge project.

Public Knowledge aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals and communities. Public Knowledge will take place primarily at library branches in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. All activities are free.

Public Knowledge will bring together artists, scholars, librarians, community organizers and San Francisco residents. By sharing their varied expertise and creating new knowledge through the project’s activities, participants can learn from each other and, collectively, begin to develop new approaches to strengthening the fabric of civic life.  As part of the exploration into impact of urban change on public culture, the project will explore the following themes:

  • The effect of digital technologies on the circulation of knowledge
  • The evolving civic role of public libraries and museums in American cities
  • The complex cultural history of technological innovation
  • The relevance of public engagement as a form of art

This series of public programs addressing San Francisco’s recent demographic changes and their impact on the city’s public culture began in April and will continue for two years.