Historic Sunset Branch Library Turns 100 Years Old

For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Historic Sunset Branch Library Turns 100 Years Old
Centennial celebration features fun for the whole family

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San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is holding a Centennial Celebration for its historic Sunset Branch Library on Saturday, April 7 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The branch, opened in 1918, was designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh and built at a cost of $43,955. As its eighth neighborhood branch library, San Francisco created a fine classical building, its design and architectural decorations embodying the hopeful intent of a city eagerly rising, only a dozen years after being reduced to smoldering ruins in the 1906 earthquake.  San Francisco was then in a whirlwind of rebuilding and rebirth following the earthquake and the Sunset District in particular was entering a sustained building boom that would transform sand dunes into thriving neighborhoods.

Sunset was the fifth San Francisco library built with funding from the American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who donated nearly $55 million of his fortune to build over 2,500 libraries in America and other countries. The branch has several architectural features typical of Carnegie libraries, including its symmetrical plan and façade, and the steps leading up to the building, symbolizing the uplifting effects of learning for Andrew Carnegie, who rose from childhood poverty to become a rich man.

The library was officially designated a San Francisco Landmark in 2004, commemorating the building’s exterior composition and materials, the volume of the main reading room, the ornamental ceiling and its Italianate design.

Saturday’s neighborhood celebration will include a performance by the Flying Angels Dance Company, shenanigans with Boswick the clown, a smoothie bicycle, chutney making and tasting, children’s book reading by local author Emma Smith, raffles for gift cards from local businesses, button making and more. In addition, there will be a Sunset District history program led by Woody LaBounty, Lorri Ungaretti and the Western Neighborhoods Project.

Event:              Sunset Branch Library Centennial Celebration
Date:               Saturday, April 7
Time:               12 – 5 p.m.
Place:              Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Avenue
Cost:                Free

Photo opps:     Performers, historic building features, families celebrating

The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Sunset 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House – Saturday, April 7, 12 – 5 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

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The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Imagination of American Poets   
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

 

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

 

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with the opening event featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

 

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

 

Related programs:

 

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

 

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

 

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver– April 1,

2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

 

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Click here for a complete list of upcoming National Poetry Month programs.

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Imagination of American Poets   
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with the opening event featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 – June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver– April 1,

2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story 

WHAT:  The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

COST:  Free

BACKGROUND:  National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Park Service ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented during Women’s History Month, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 21, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story  

San Francisco, CA – The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, on Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented as part of the Library’s celebration of More Than a Month – Black History, Culture & Heritage, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show – Grammy® nominated Morgan Taylor brings music and animation to the Main Library

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 13, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

Grammy® nominated Morgan Taylor brings music and animation to the Main Library

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is excited to hold the only free Bay Area appearance of the Gustafer Yellowgold show. Described by the New York Times as “Dr. Seuss Meets ‘Yellow Submarine’,” Grammy® nominated artist, Morgan Taylor, brings his one-of-a-kind music and animation show to the Main Library on Sunday, Feb. 25yellowgold.

Taylor will be featuring material from his new album “Brighter Side” alongside classic fan favorites.  Taylor’s funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold’s show a truly all-ages experience.

“Coming to the Bay Area and seeing the familiar and new faces in my audiences is always a highlight of my year,” exclaimed Morgan Taylor. “Performing in the library enables me to reach a much more diverse audience, where I can make a connection with parents and children who might not otherwise get a chance to catch one of my performances.” When asked whether Baconstein will make an appearance, Taylor replied: “In more ways than one. Oh, that magic meat.”

Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show – Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: 2/12/18
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

The Imagination of American Poets
Portraits by Christopher Felver

banner-final-felver

All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with an opening event on the 24th of March featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver – April 1, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

More Than A Month – The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

More Than A Month
The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we promote affirmative examples of important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. This year, the Library has titled the programs that celebrate Black history, culture & heritage More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities every month, all year roundmorethanamonth.

The Library is championing Black history, culture & heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. More Than a Month features film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits, music and craft classes for the whole family.

On Feb. 7, Historian and archivist Bill Doggett, in a multi-media presentation, examines the historic role of racism during the Civil War and compares it with the current heated and divisive debate about race during the first year of the Trump administration. This program takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Merced Branch Library.

Visit the African American Center in the Main Library to learn about historical, political and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials spanning a broad range of subject areas, the Center organizes many free exhibits and programs.

“All year long we invite you to join us every day, in every library location,” says library spokesperson Katherine Jardine, “to continue honoring and celebrating the diverse and special histories and heritages that make up our beloved City and our unique country.”

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. More information, including the program guide, at sfpl.org/more-than-a-month.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Tales from Africa to Black America with Muriel Johnson – Feb. 6, Richmond

#Charlottesville, the Civil War, and Race: Why the Civil War Still Matters – Feb. 7, Merced

1966 Bayview Uprising and BVHP History – Feb. 10, Bayview

Black Freedom Struggles in the Jim Crow West – Feb. 11, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Harriet Tubman: A Forgotten Legacy – Feb. 13, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Rooms

Race, Disability and Poverty in Children’s Books – Feb. 18, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Crafts:

Music Performances & Dance Classes

Film Screenings

Exhibits & Displays

Dave Eggers Tours New Book in San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018

Penguin Random House Media Contact: Jordan Rodman
(212) 782-9714; jrodman@penguinrandomhouse.com

Library Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Dave Eggers Tours New Book in San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Dave Eggers, the best-selling author and founder of McSweeney’s, will launch the publication of his latest book, The Monk of Mokha, by touring San Francisco in a San Francisco Public Library bookmobile along with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the heroic subject of Dave’s new book.

eggersThe kick-off event is held in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and Penguin Random House, and will take place on the steps of City Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. Speakers at the event will include Dave Eggers, James Freeman, Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee; Hellen Russel, co-founder of Equator Coffee; Zahra Billoo, Executive director of CAIR; Dawood Yaseen, head of student life at Zaytuna College; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera; Ahmed Abo Zaid, Vice President of Local87; Bita Nazarian, Executive Director of 826 Valencia; Supervisor Jane Kim, and Mokhtar Alkhanshali. A book sale will be provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Monk of Mokha is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemini-American man raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemini coffee, but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by a civil war.

eggers2After the launch event, Eggers and Alkhanshali will ride on the Library’s bookmobile and visit five Bay Area bookstores, on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28: The Booksmith Bindery, Green Apple Books on the Park, Book Passage in the Ferry Building, Bookshop West Portal, and Books Inc. Laurel Village. The book will not be officially published until Jan. 30, but early copies will be available at all of these San Francisco venues.

San Francisco Public Library bookmobiles and its mobile outreach unit offers a variety of library services beyond SFPL’s 28 neighborhood libraries, connecting residents where they work, play, create, learn and live regardless of age, physical, economic, social, and geographic or other barriers. The bookmobiles visit more than 60 regular locations each month, offering a wide variety of library materials in multiple formats as well as a menu of library programming. They can be found at senior centers & residences, schools and day care centers, and at Treasure Island as its only regular library service.

 

Talking with Kids about Race – A progressive workshop for parents, caregivers and educators

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Talking with Kids about Race
A progressive workshop for parents, caregivers and educators

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA This weekend, the Library continues the successful series of progressive programs that help parents, educators and caregivers talk to kids about race and power with an interactive workshop facilitated by Abundant Beginnings.  Participants will be given tools to discuss race, racism, inequity and injustice, and will practice concrete and developmentally supportive conversation starters about how to create environments for kids that nurture racial justice.

Free childcare and translation services are available with advanced registration.

talkingaboutraceAbundant Beginnings is a community education and empowerment initiative that re-imagines how communities can grow learners who think critically, live responsibly and create meaningful change.

Sponsored by Abundant BeginningsOur Family CoalitionSURJ SF – Showing Up for Racial JusticeSan Francisco Public LibrarySan Francisco Unified School DistrictSF Families UnionTeachers 4 Social JusticeSan Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Talking with Kids about Race: Nurturing Justice – Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium