Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

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PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST!!
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Sept. 3, 2014

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Michelle Jeffers

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

Carine Risley
(650) 312.5258; risley@smcl.org

Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

Kindie Rockers Perform at San Mateo County and San Francisco Public Libraries

Grammy winners rally for early literacy during the Library’s sixth annual free Tricycle Music Fest. Alison Faith Levy gets the party started early in San Mateo County with the Foster City Library–the roaring outdoor show in the Leo J. Ryan amphitheater on Saturday Sept. 13 will include acrobats and caricature portraits. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, known as “the faces of kindie music” by The Washington Post and winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy Award for children’s music, kick off the family rock concert series in San Francisco at the Bayview Branch on Sept. 27. Their two week long engagement with Tricycle closes at the Brisbane Library on Oct.  5.

Don’t miss the all-star line-up representing the best local and national talent on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Excelsior Branch, in partnership with Sunday Streets. Alphabet Rockers and Alison Faith Levy join Lucky Diaz for hours of dancing in the streets.

It’s a dream come true for little rockers and their parents – a tiny tot takeover of the Main Library’s atrium before open hours! On Sunday, Oct. 5, Lucky Diaz and band will transform the atrium into a live version of their new PBS show, Lishy Lou and Lucky, Too, including full band, ensemble and epic dance party. Show starts at 10 a.m. with free tickets: http://trike2014.eventbrite.com/

All the San Mateo County Library events feature not only incredibly talented artists, but hands-on activities like Imagination Playground and other family programming to extend the fun. Be sure to wear your costumes to the Halloween finale event with The Pop Ups—there will be a Halloween Dance Party at Pacifica Sharp Park on Oct. 25 and a Halloween Costume Parade in Belmont on Oct. 26 with festive seasonal crafts.

Tricycle Music Fest is presented jointly by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library. San Francisco performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Together we bring the biggest and best kindie rock music to Bay Area families. And, because playing is as critical as singing in early childhood learning, we will be raffling off one tricycle to a lucky concertgoer at every event. Skip the nap, grab your boogie shoes and catch unforgettable shows–only at the library!

Please see the full schedule of events at sfpl.org/tricycle and smcl.org/tricycle.

The Bands

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Despite their Latin Grammy win for ¡Fantastico!, as well as a nomination for Aqui Alla, and a new PBS show, 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. Hear award-winning tunes live at their four remaining shows, including a VIP Before Hours Dance Party at the Main Library.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their Grammy Award-winning album, Can You Canoe? Their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their latest release, Through the Woods. With songs written by the campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

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 Pop Ups

Brooklyn-based Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein will be here for the finale weekend with a whole new electro-pop show inspired by their new release, Appetite for Construction. Another Grammy nomination or win is wildly anticipated. Experience what happens as The Pop Ups mix indie rock, hand-painted sets and puppets. Inspired by their Costume Party anthem, come dressed in your favorite costume and get ready to dance.

The Corner Laughers

Relying on clever wordplay and reinforced by their wonderful harmonies, the California based band The Corner Laughers use comedy to instill a love of learning for their small listeners. With their heavenly vocals, the Corner Laughers are also accompanied by guitars, ukuleles, and a heart-pounding rhythm section. More information on the band and their albums can be found here.

Alphabet Rockers

The Alphabet Rockers, recognized for being “the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families,” was founded by singer-songwriter Kaitlin McGaw, hip hop theater veteran Tommy Shepherd, and beatboxer Stefanie Liang. The Alphabet Rockers mission is to produce high quality, authentic and engaging hip hop productions for young audiences that make learning come alive through beats, rhymes and movement. The Rockers also deals with many social issues, such as bullying, that children come across in schools.

The Schedule
SFPL events are hosted in San Francisco by San Francisco Public Library; SMCL events are hosted in San Mateo County by San Mateo County Library.

Allison Faith Levy Big Time Tot Rock
Saturday, Sept. 13
Foster City Library, 11:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party- Excelsior Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Oct. 19
Ortega Branch, 2 p.m. (SFPL)

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Saturday, Sept. 27
Millbrae Library, 10 a.m (SMCL)
East Palo Alto Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)
Bayview Branch, 4:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Sept.28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Branch, 12 p.m. (SFPL)

Tuesday, Sept.30
Mission Creek Park, 10:30 a.m. (SFPL)
Golden Gate Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Thursday, Oct.2
Parkside Branch, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Eureka Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Friday, Oct. 3
Richmond Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Half Moon Bay Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Before Hours Dance Party – Main Library, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Brisbane Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)

Corner Laughers
Saturday, Sept. 21
Portola Valley Library, 3 p.m. (SMCL)

 

The Alphabet Rockers
Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Library, 11 a.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 18
Atherton Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)

 

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday, Oct. 11
San Carlos Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)
Bernal Heights Branch, 4 p.m. (SFPL)
Woodside Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 12
Marina Library, 1:30 p.m. (SFPL)

 

The Pop Ups
Halloween Finale Shows

Saturday, Oct. 25
Eureka Valley Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)
Pacifica Sharp Park Library, 4 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 26 Belmont Library, 11 a.m. (SMCL)
Potrero Branch, 3 p.m. (SFPL)

Increased Internet Access at the Library!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282
Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Increased Internet Access at the Library!

Effective Sept. 5, library computer users will have greater access to Internet-enabled computers throughout the library system. Computer users will be able to reserve up to two one-hour sessions per day, as opposed to the current limit of one hour per day. The second hour is contingent upon availability. The increased time is in response to patron need and popular demand, and provides better service and utilization of library resources.

“The Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We believe that these additional hours will better serve our library patrons.”

In addition, most of the Main Library’s Internet Express computers, will have increased time limits, from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Free Wi-Fi is available for both card holders and non-card holders at the Main Library and all branches for those who wish to bring their own devices. In addition, library patrons may be able to borrow a laptop computer for in-library use at branches when desktop computers are not available.

All library users are encouraged to apply for a free library card. Use of library computers is free to card holders, and, as part of the initiative to provide more access to our library users, Library staff will waive the lost card fee and issue a free replacement card through June 2015.

For more information, please call 415 557-4400.

San Francisco Bids Farewell to Candlestick Park Stadium

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Aug. 15, 2014

San Francisco Bids Farewell to Candlestick Park Stadium

Exhibition highlights history of Candlestick Park Stadium

Candlestick Park Stadium, the City’s baseball and football stadium for over 50 years, will be torn down in late 2014 or early 2015. Lights Out at the ‘Stick is a newly opened exhibit located in the Grove Street lobby of the Main Library featuring a brief history and memorabilia. The exhibit, jointly presented by San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, will be on view until Oct. 9.

Candlestick ParkOpened on April 12, 1960 for the newly relocated San Francisco Giants, the stadium was designed by John S. Bolles. It was the first reinforced concrete stadium built for major league baseball. Affectionately dubbed The Stick by the fans who spent many cold days and nights there, the stadium was home to the Giants until they moved to the new Pacific Bell (now AT&T) Park and home to the San Francisco 49ers from 1971-2013. With the 49ers’ move to a new stadium in Santa Clara in 2014, the Stick is being retired and demolished.

Among the items on display are a San Francisco 49ers uniform and helmet, a Candlestick seat, reproduced tickets and program from the 1962 Giants v. Yankees World Series home game, a Giants uniform and more.

Candlestick Park holds many memories for locals, particularly on October 17, 1989, during Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area. Despite widespread damage throughout the region, no one in the stadium was injured.

Candlestick was also home to other events. The Rolling Stones performed in 1961, Mass was led by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and The Beatles played their final concert at Candlestick on Aug. 29, 1966. Paul McCartney performed a final farewell concert at the stadium on August 14, 2014 before it disappeared forever.

For more information about the exhibit and other library programs and events, please call 415 557-4277.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Michelle Jeffers
San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Connie Chan
Recreation and Park Department
(415) 831-2796; connie.chan@sfgov.org

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Additional images of Candlestick Park available via San Francisco History Center and SF Recreation and Parks

New Adaptive Technology now available at the S.F. Public Library

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July 30, 2014

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

New Adaptive Technology now available at the S.F. Public Library

San Francisco’s Main Library now features new assistive technology software on selected public computers. As part of its long-term and ongoing commitment to providing library services to all library users, additional adaptive technology also can be found in branch libraries. Public computers with assistive technology offer magnification, screen readers, voice recognition and more.

“We are excited to offer new opportunities for all San Franciscans to fully utilize the resources of the Library,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The new computer workstations will help make online information and print materials more accessible to persons who are blind, have learning differences (such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder [ADD]), have low vision, or have disabilities that affect their mobility or dexterity.

Features of the new computers include ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, software designed specifically for users with low vision, which magnifies text and reads text aloud. Individual users can change print size, color, font style and background color.

JAWS is another software which serves users who are blind or have low vision.  JAWS enables users to hear text that appears on the computer screen, whether from the online catalog, the Internet or documents created in Microsoft Word or Excel.

Another feature, Read & Write, is a text to speech software which speaks text as it is being typed, performs real-time spell checking, can suggest phonetically close spellings, will automatically correct words and provides automatic word prediction.

Voice recognition is another important software being offered. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was developed for users unable to effectively use a keyboard: Dragon NaturallySpeaking allows users to enter commands or dictate text by speaking into a microphone. Before learning to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking, users must know how to use Microsoft Windows and any Windows-based program (for example Word or Excel) they will be using.

The new computers feature large character keyboards, and different mouses to meet different needs. The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) also will feature Braille translation software, Refreshable Braille Display.

In addition to these Main Library enhancements, branch library users can request laptop computers for in-library with assistive technology software, including ZoomText, JAWS and DragonNaturallySpeaking. Please allow up to 72 hours to enable a laptop to be sent to the branch where you wish to use it.

For more information about these enhancements and other services and technology for persons with disabilities, please call 415 557-4557.

 

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Selected as 10th Annual One City One Book

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June 20, 2014

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Selected as
10th Annual One City One Book

Maupin to speak on Oct. 23 at Main Library

San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to announce that the 10th Annual One City One Book selection is Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, a beloved book that celebrates San Francisco in the 1970s. Mr. Maupin will appear at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m., in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein.

Library bookshelves will be stocked with fresh copies of Tales of the City 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.

Cover image of Tales of the City
Cover image of Tales of the City

For almost four decades, Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

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.

For more information visit: sfpl.org/onecityonebook or Twitter: #ocobsf14 or call 415 557-4277.

About the Author:

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944, but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maupin is the author of the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, and The Night Listener, among other works. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The final Tales book, The Days of Anna Madrigal, was published in 2014.

Maupin lives in Santa Fe and San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

Summer Read 2014 Scavenger Hunt at the Library

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June 13, 2014

Media Contact: Marcia  Schneider
(415) 557-4252; Marcia.Schneider@sfpl.org

Summer Read 2014 Scavenger Hunt at the Library

Fox Case: A puzzle adventure based on The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

A popular scavenger hunt returns to the San Francisco Public Library this summer as part of the summer reading program for participants of all ages. This activity, fun for friends, families with older kids and teens, co-workers, classmates and more, will be held on July 19, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. at the Main Library. Capacity is limited, so participants are advised to form teams now and sign up at http://www.mastermindhunts.com/fox-case.

The Library teamed with Mastermind Hunts to create a puzzle hunt based upon Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files. Teams will explore the library to crack codes and help solve this baffling mystery, armed with a set of surveillance photographs and a handful of clues. Wits, observational skills and library resources will be used to track down and uncover the agenda of a mysterious interloper.

Assemble a crack team of puzzle solvers and put on your best walking shoes. This event is free, but you must register your team online in advance. Registration will be closed when we reach capacity, so sign up early.

Mastermind Hunts also managed the Library’s One City One Book scavenger hunt in 2013, and over 300 participants registered and explored the Library and the City, following the clues. Join us for this year’s wild and fun event.

For more information about this and other library programs, please call 415 557-4277. All programs at the Library are free.

Summer Activities for Kids at the Library!

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June 11, 2014

Media Contact: Marcia Schneider
(415) 557-4277; publicaffairs@sfpl.org

Summer Activities for Kids at the Library!

          Summer reading is in full swing at all San Francisco Public Libraries, full of good reading suggestions and prizes, but that is only part of the fun. Check out these learning and literacy activities being offered at your neighborhood library! Here is a sampling of summer reading programs and activities for kids and teens:

Maker Mondays

Join us for Maker Mondays at the Main Library. Activities include stop-motion animation using iPads, as well as robotics, Lego construction and DIY crafts. During this weekly arts and crafts hour, participants can make various art projects, including duct tape hats and roses, custom made buttons and stickers, paper crafts and much more. Activities are designed for children ages 8 and up, tweens and teens through age 18.  For information please email richard.le@sfpl.org or call (415) 557-4559.

Maker Mondays, Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, every Monday until Aug. 25, except Monday, July 21. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Read Write Discover – Free Literacy Tutoring

Read Write Discover (RWD), a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization, is partnering with the Library to offer free summer literacy tutoring to youth. RWD matches high school students with youth, grades one through eight, who are struggling in reading and writing, or whose families face language barriers in their communities. RWD programs are located at Bayview, Chinatown, Excelsior, Ocean View, and Visitacion Valley branches.

For more information about RWD, go to http://www.readwritediscover.org/.

Lunch is On Us

In partnership with the Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF), the Library is again serving free lunch to youth this summer. Come for lunch, then stay for Summer READ SF and engaging activities! Last summer, we served over 2,500 lunches. We hope to increase that number by offering lunch every weekday at the Main Library, and pairing four additional lunch locations with individual literacy tutoring with Read Write Discover. All youth ages 18 years and under are welcome.

Lunch is On Us Schedule (June 2 – Aug. 8)

Main Library, Children’s Center         Monday – Friday                    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Bayview Branch                          Tuesday  12:15 – 1:00 p.m. & Thursday 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Excelsior Branch                                 Tuesday & Thursday               12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Ocean View                                        Tuesday & Wednesday           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Visitacion Valley                                Monday & Tuesday                12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Tree Frog Tuesdays

Pythons, pelts and learning, oh, my! Tree Frog Treks, a local education organization, brings live science to the library. Through fun, interactive experiences, Tree Frog Treks naturalists inspire eco-literacy knowledge of biology, chemistry, earth science and natural history. Kids not only will learn about their environments, they also will meet live reptiles and amphibians face-to-face. From creeping, crawling, slithering critters to 14 foot-long Burmese Pythons, kids have a chance to learn about natural habitats and ecosystems.

Tree Frog Tuesdays and many other children’s and teen programs at the Library can be found at sfpl.org. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

Author Ruth Ozeki to speak at Main Library Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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June 10, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Author Ruth Ozeki to speak at Main Library
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Ozeki, acclaimed novelist and filmmaker and author of My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), will speak about her latest novel, A Tale for the Time Being, at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ozeki’s unforgettable novel was selected for the Library’s On the Same Page, a bi-monthly book and discussion program promoting high readability books with broad appeal to the community.

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace — and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. A Tale for the Time-Being (2013) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and will be published in over thirty countries. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

For more information about this and other library programs, please call 415 557-4277. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Author Lisa See Speaks at Main Library on June 12, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Author Lisa See Speaks at Main Library on June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Who: Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls

What: Author discussion about new novel, China Dolls

When: June 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Info: This program is offered in connection with the exhibition Forbidden City USA: Chinese American Nightclubs 1936-1970, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, now through July 6. The program is free and open to the public

A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.

Media Contact:

Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org
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Book Launch – The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

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June 6, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Book Launch

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

On Wednesday, June 11, photographer and essayist Robert Dawson will lead a slide show and discuss his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April 2014), with City Librarian Luis Herrera. The event will take place in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, at 6:00 p.m.

An abiding love and respect for the role of libraries in the community is the central theme of the book. A project conceived here in the Bay Area, Mr. Dawson spent eighteen years documenting and photographing hundreds of libraries in 38 states across the country, large and small, urban, rural and remote, from the grand reading room of the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library.

Essays, letters, and poetry by distinguished writers and librarians complete this impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution, including a forward by Bill Moyers and afterward by Ann Patchett. Other contributors include Amy Tan, Philip Levine, Barbara Kingsolver, Isaac Asimov, and San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera.

These photographs address the changing role of the public library as non-commercial centers for information and resources that help us define what we value and what we share as communities and as a nation. Dawson’s work focuses on this vibrant, essential, yet vulnerable aspect of our shared commons.

Robert Dawson is an Instructor in Photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University. His other works include: Great Central Valley: America’s Heartland, written with Stephen Johnson and Gerald Haslam; Farewell Promised Land, written with Gray Brechin; and more. He and his wife, Ellen Manchester, recently received a Guggenheim grant to document library literacy efforts in Stockton, California.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.