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David Talbot’s Season of the Witch Selected as 11th Annual One City One Book

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2015

Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
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David Talbot’s Season of the Witch Selected as
11th Annual One City One Book

Cover image of Season of the WitchSan Francisco Public Library is thrilled to announce that the 11th Annual One City One Book selection is David Talbot’s Season of the Witch, an extraordinary telling of the colorful and often dark history of San Francisco from 1967 to 1982.

Library bookshelves will be stocked with fresh copies of Season of the Witch in September – or, read it over the summer and be ready for all the fun events happening this fall! Citywide programming will take place throughout September and October.

Mr. Talbot will be making multiple appearances in the fall, including readings, discussion panels, school visits and more.  In addition, there will be tours, book discussions and other presentations, with our program partners. Please watch the complete program schedule, available in September.

From the early days of the Summer of Love in the Haight, through years of murder and mayhem, the city evolved. Through extensive research and personal interviews, Talbot captures a 15-year history never before told in this level of detail. The stories lend themselves to opportunities to revisit this history through exhibits, music, politics and more.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.

Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors, including Green Apple Books, Green Arcade Books, Books Inc., California Historical Society, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, San Francisco History Center and more.

For updates and more information, please visit: or Twitter @OneCityOneBook and #ocobsf15 or call (415) 557-4277.

About the Author
David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur and now book publisher. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, and has been hailed as a “pioneer of web publishing” by The New York Times. In addition to the national bestseller, Season of the Witch, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America, an illustrated “pulp history” aimed at younger readers. His book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, will be published by HarperCollins in October. Talbot was a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, the Guardian and other publications. This fall, he will launch a new venture with Skyhorse Publishing, an imprint called Hot Books that will publish short, investigative books on the most burning topics.

Welcome to Summer Stride 2015: Read. Make. Learn.

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2015

Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra

 Welcome to Summer Stride 2015:

Read. Make. Learn.

The San Francisco Public Library’s annual summer learning program, open to readers and makers of all ages, kicks off on May 30th and runs through August 9th.  With the offer of weekly prizes, activities and a custom designed tote bag people are sure to race to sign up, and luckily signing up for Summer Stride 2015 has never been easier.  Simply go to any one of the 28 libraries, roaming bookmobiles, or online at our site, for more informationImage of Summer Stride.

Summer Stride 2015 will Tip Off with a joint event between the Golden State Warriors and the Library’s Ortega Branch.  Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle will visit the Ortega Branch on Friday May 29, 2015 at 2pm to read from his children’s book, Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game, sign autographs and encourage the kids to join the Summer Stride program.

All reading counts toward the children’s goal of 10 hours of reading, thereby winning them a custom Summer Stride 2015 tote bag.  Adults and teens with 15 hours of reading will also win a tote bag.  In addition all participants can enter a weekly raffle that can win prizes such as museum passes, gift cards and much more.

All participants can track their reading time using the Summer Stride Program and Tracking Guide, available at all branches and online at  The program guide will offer up information on the more than 350 free programs available for people to read, make and learn throughout the summer.  Everything from dancing, singing, science projects, makerspaces and book groups will have programming available to participate in throughout San Francisco.

This year’s Summer Stride tracking guide allows for readers to track their progress through stickers and badges.  For a second year, the Library partnered with Chronicle Books to create the Summer Stride artwork by award winning children’s author Benjamin Chaud inspired by his latest book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School…

The Library will also have the Free Summer Lunch program available at certain locations: the Main Library’s 2nd floor children’s center, Bayview, Ocean View, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley branches.

Summer Stride is a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The Summer Stride 2015 program is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Chronicle Books and La Boulange Café & Bakery.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library location for details, or go to and learn more about this great opportunity.

Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2015

Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295

Library Expands Access to Deaf Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

Related Events

Opening Program

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

California’s Wild Edge Poets

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

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

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

Contact: Benjamin Ibarra; (415)-557-4295

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please call 415-557-4277

Burgeon Group,
The New Wheel,

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

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2015

Contact: Michelle Jeffers; (415) 557-4282

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2015

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282

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

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

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

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

It is the general policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any person, living or deceased. However, in the rare instance where there are reasons so compelling that adding the name of a person to the geographic name of a specific branch library, or to another library facility, may be appropriate, it is the policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any living person, or for any person deceased less than one year.

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

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

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

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2015

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

Annual exhibition opens April 1

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

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

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

“Without humor we are doomed,” noted Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and former library trustee, who donated his collection of 93 jest books to the San Francisco Public Library on April 1, 1947. Every year, the Library presents an exhibition based on works in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor in tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Related Programs:

Thursdays at Noon Film Series: Comedy Films -

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

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

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

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

March 6, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver

Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

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

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

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

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

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

Images available on request.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Community to Celebrate Construction of Ingleside Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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