Library Commission Elects Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi as President

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Library Commission Elects Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi as President

January 28, 2016, SAN FRANCISCO, CA—

The San Francisco Public Library is happy to announce the election of Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi to the position of President of the San Francisco Public Library Commission.  She has been on the Library Commission since June of 2014 when appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee. Dr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi has almost 20 years of leadership experience within California higher education.

“We look forward to having Dr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi’s leadership and vision guiding the Library Commission in such groundbreaking times”, said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

maryDr. Wardell Ghirarduzzi is currently the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at the University of San Francisco.  Working with faculty, staff, students and diverse communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, she promotes understanding of diversity as core to the holistic and sustainable higher education organization.  She received her BA in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, her hometown.  She received her MA in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

“I am so pleased and humbled by the opportunity to serve the city and county of San Francisco community in this new capacity. The San Francisco Library Commission is uniquely situated to lead in the creation of equitable centers of learning which encourage critical convening and mutual discovery. This is an important historical moment for this work, and I am profoundly excited to be part of it”, said Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi.

The San Francisco Public Library Commission is a seven-member commission appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco.  The Commission sets policy and is responsible for the library budget for the San Francisco Public Library system.  Commissioners serve a four-year term.

The Library Commission also re-elected Susan Mall as the Vice-President of the Commission.  Ms. Mall was appointed in February 2013 by Mayor Edwin Lee. Ms. Mall is development professional with a successful track record of leadership, strategic planning and event production for fund-raising, donor relations and marketing efforts.

Author Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son – SF Public Library to Host Book Talk and Signing

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Author Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son
SF Public Library to Host Book Talk and Signing

Author Talk
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 6 pm
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son, San Francisco Public Library’s On the Same Page pick for January/February 2016 will be at the Library’s Koret Auditorium to give a short reading of his acclaimed book, talk about his newest work, Fortune Smiles, a collection of short stories and take questions from the audience.

orphanThe Orphan Master’s Son has been described as “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks.  He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive.  Driven to the absolute limit, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress.

adamAdam Johnson, a professor of English at Stanford and a San Francisco resident, is also the author of the short story collection, Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award for fiction.

Book signing follows the talk. Book sales by Readers Bookstore.

There are currently more than 900 copies of this journey into North Korea checked out at San Francisco Public Library. Don’t miss this insightful program!

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San Francisco Public Library Unveils New $1.7 Million Learning Center & Veterans Resource Center

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San Francisco Public Library Unveils New $1.7 Million
Learning Center & Veterans Resource Center

(San Francisco – January 20, 2015) –Mayor Ed Lee joined with Supervisor Jane Kim and City Librarian Luis Herrera for the grand opening of the San Francisco Main Library’s new $1.7 million, fifth floor learning center, known as The Bridge at Main.

The new center, constructed by San Francisco Public Works, offers programming and information to build literacy skills along with a new Veterans Resource Center, to provide assistance and benefit connections for veterans in San Francisco.

“San Francisco is a true tale of two cities. It has an incredible literate population that supports the literary arts, books and poetry, but also some astonishing gaps. A recent study found that 47% of adults in the city have low literacy skills, and only a fraction are being served,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “This new center is part one of the tremendous and transformative undertaking we are making at the San Francisco Main Library. Our mission is to make sure that all San Franciscans gain 21st century literacy skills and that no one in our community is left behind for lack of resources.”

The Bridge at Main will offer a full complement of adult and family literacy classes, 1-on-1 tutoring, learning differences resource support, plus technology, health and financial literacy programs. The Library’s 30-year-old adult literacy program, Project Read, which pairs learners with volunteer tutors to build English language skills, will also be housed in the new Bridge at Main.

The Bridge at Main also is taking an innovative approach to digital literacy skills, offering classes and resources for 3D printing, sewing, digital animation and more. Thanks to a new financial literacy grant, the center will offer classes to help people learn about everything from establishing a checking account to saving for college and retirement to understanding home loans.

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC), which is offered in partnership with Cal Vets, will allow veterans to be able to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to them and their families. The VRC will have a collection of books and other resources for veterans, and provide access to computer equipment for extended periods in order to complete online application and do research.

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

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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

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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
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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

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Contact: Benjamin Ibarra, Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Public Library
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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

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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.