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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related programs:

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

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

San Francisco, City of St. Francis

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

 

About the Photographers: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

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

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

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

 

Artists’ Contact Information:

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

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

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Note to Editors: Higher resolution photographs available upon request

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editors Note: More photos of artwork are available

Season of the Witch Author David Talbot Appears Next Week at San Francisco Main Library for Final One City One Book Program

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2015

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

Season of the Witch Author David Talbot Appears Next Week
at San Francisco Main Library

for Final One City One Book Program

Cover image of Season of the WitchSan Francisco’s 11th Annual One City One Book program will finish up its programming next week with Season of the Witch author David Talbot in a round table conversation that highlights a magnificent book and celebrates the spirit of San Francisco Then and Now.  The panel discussion will include a variety of San Francisco luminaries that will share their stories regarding the tumultuous period of time detailed in the book.

The late 1960s through the early 1980s offered up turbulent and raucous times throughout the City and brought everything from kidnappings, health crises, assassinations and the after effects of the Summer of Love.  This roundtable discussion will give insight and multiple viewpoints regarding the events that shaped what San Francisco is now.

One City One Book’s main event will be at 6:30pm on November 12, 2015 at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium. Author Talbot will be in conversation with television and radio journalist Belva Davis, former City Attorney Louise Renne and Christopher Moscone, son of former Mayor George Moscone.  John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle will moderate. All One City One Book events are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Find more One City One Book programs at sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

About One City One Book

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.

About San Francisco Public Library

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.

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.

11 Bay Area Libraries to Read for the Record Together

For Immediate Release

Contact: Benjamin Ibarra, Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
(415)557-4295; Benjamin.ibarra@sfpl.org

Contact: Shelly Hausman, Communications Manager
San Mateo County Library
(650) 312-5258; Hausman@smcl.org

 

11 Bay Area Libraries to Read for the Record Together
Super Bowl 50 supports Early Literacy and Libraries

October 5, 2015 – Eleven of the Bay Area’s largest library systems, which offer services to over 3.5 million individuals, are joining forces to be part of Jumpstart’s global Read for the Record campaign on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  The campaign, aimed at ensuring that every child has an opportunity for success through engaging learning opportunities, will draw in young people throughout the world all reading the same book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett.  The Libraries will offer programs to promote early literacy, showcase the importance of reading together and improve the number of youth that do not currently have a library card.

Most libraries will offer up opportunities on October 22nd for kids to read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story out loud.  With the Super Bowl 50’s The Re(a)d Zone, all kids will have an opportunity participate in the attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest shared reading experience and win a copy of Not Norman: A Goldfish Story to build their home library. The emphasis will be getting the book into the hands of those who are less likely to have a book at home.

“Family and early literacy continues to be a focus for us,” said Anne-Marie Despain, SMCL Director. “We continue to seek partnerships that emphasize and facilitate reading together in fun ways.”

“This annual reading marathon allows us to engage our entire community to tackle the problem of low literacy with a team approach,” said San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera, “Together we can make a difference in so many lives.”

The 11 Bay Area library systems participating are: San Francisco Public Library, San Mateo County Library, Santa Clara County Library, San Jose Public Library, Burlingame Library, San Bruno Library, Daly City Library, Menlo Park Library, San Mateo City Library, Redwood City Library and South San Francisco Public Library. Additionally, there are important partners helping to promote this special day.  The Re(a)d Zone and Bay Area Early Literacy Initiative along with the Pacific Library Partnership all have offered support to engage as many families as possible in the Read for the Record Together events.

Libraries are hosting a variety of programming, including read-aloud programs, book giveaways, craft projects and library card sign-ups.  Much of the programming will focus on schools where students are reading below grade levels and communities where residents are not using library services currently.

For more information on the Read for the Record program, see http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-for-the-record.

For each participating library’s programming, see:

San Francisco Public Library (Schedule of Events attached)

San Mateo County Library

Santa Clara County Library

San Jose Public Library

Burlingame Public Library

San Bruno Public Library

Daly City Public Library

Menlo Park Library

San Mateo City Library

Redwood City Library

South San Francisco Public Library

 

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

For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco Library Branch Wins Award from Library Journal

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

September 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Cuts Ribbon on New Ingleside Library Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note to Editors: photos of garden available

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

Media Advisory
Invitation to Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bands

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

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

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

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

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

The Schedule

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

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

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

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

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