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.
Exhibition Features Powerful Latino Poster Art of the 70s to Present
Serigrafía, a traveling exhibition featuring 30 influential silkscreen prints created by the best of California’s Latino/a printmaking community, will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, July 26 – Sept. 7, 2014.
The exhibition features poster art from the 1970s to the present, including works of Bay Area artists Juan R. Fuentes, Jos Sances, Favianna Rodriguez, Esther Hernandez, Yolanda Lopez and other California artists. Emerging in concert with the civil rights movement and activism for political and social justice for marginalized groups, these prints confront political, economic, social, and cultural issues on both a personal and a global level.
The art, which explores such subjects as the United States embargo on Cuba, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, was conceived to provoke, protest, and praise. From the iconic “Sun Mad” by Esther Hernandez, who combined the familiar Sun Maid girl with the calavera (the satirically costumed skeletons) to bring awareness about the use of pesticides, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals in raisin production, to works by emerging printmakers like Gilda Posada, whose print “Libertad” was created to show the relationship between liberation movements for human rights in Palestine and in Mexico, this exhibition is varied in subject matter but rooted in a long heritage of California printmaking.
Many graphic artists called on the iconography of their pre-Columbian past, such as in Xavier Villamontes’ Boycott Grapes, which depicts a powerful Aztec warrior crushing handfuls of grapes that drip with the blood of exploited and injured farmworkers. When strikes, marches, and legislation failed to improve conditions in the fields, through posters like this one, the United Farms Workers Union (UFWA) asked the public to boycott grapes, wine, and lettuce in order to pressure growers.
This exhibition was made possible by funding from The James Irvine Foundation and was produced by Exhibit Envoy, a statewide organization that provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California.
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.
Opening discussion with curators Juan R. Fuentes and Jos Sances
July 30, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.
Voice on Ink/Voz en Tinta, poetry event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia August 7, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Library’s annual summer reading program, Summer Read SF 2014, open to readers and pre-readers of all ages, officially opens on May 31 and will run through Aug. 11, offering prizes, special free weekly programs at every neighborhood library, and even college scholarships. Signing up has never been easier, through a neighborhood library, bookmobile service or online at sfpl.org/summerread.
All reading counts toward the goal, including books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and online reading. Children through age 12 who read for 10 hours (or are read to) are eligible to receive a durable Summer Read SF Book Bag. Adults and teens who sign up, track their time and read 30 hours or more are winners, and also will receive the Summer Read SF Book Bag. In addition, all participants are eligible to enter a weekly raffle, to win prizes including passes to San Francisco museums, sporting events and attractions.
This year’s Summer Read promotion includes interactive game boards for children, teens and adults that encourage reading and allow readers to track their prize progress via stickers and stars. The beautiful artwork featured on all Summer Read promotional materials was supported by Chronicle Books and designed by Shane Prigmore, an award-winning design professional in animation, film and illustration. Prigmore’s Summer Read SF illustrations are a takeoff from his book, Planet Kindergarten, written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and published by Chronicle Books.
Summer Read programs and activities will be held throughout the San Francisco Public Library system. To kick off Summer Read 2014, Yuyi Morales, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will offer a reading on Saturday, May 31, at a 12 noon appearance in the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center. On Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 – 11 a.m., she will lead a read-aloud of her book, Niño Wrestles the World, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Award. This event will be held for children and families at the Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St.
Watch for details about July’s Scavenger Hunt and other activities. Special thanks to Supervisor Mark Farrell, who will be awarding four college scholarships of $5,000 each for teens, ages 13 – 18. To be eligible for the drawing, teens need to sign up, read for 30 hours and submit five book reviews.
This year, five San Francisco public libraries will also be Summer Lunch locations, offering free summer lunch for all youth 18 and under. The locations are: the Main Library Children’s Center, and the Bayview, Ocean View, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley branch libraries.
Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library for details, or go to sfpl.org/summerread.
Award-Winning Children’s Book Creator Yuyi Morales to Deliver 2014 Effie Lee Morris Lecture and Kick Off Summer Reading
Celebrated children’s author/illustrator to speak at S.F. Main Library
Yuyi Morales, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be the special guest lecturer for the 18th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, which each year honors the work of a noted author or illustrator of children’s books. This year’s event, “Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story,” will held on Tuesday, June 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.
As the guest lecturer, Morales also will help kick off the 2014 Summer Reading Program on Saturday, May 31, at a 12 noon appearance in the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center. On Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 – 11 a.m., she will lead a read-aloud of Niño Wrestles the World, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Award. This event will be held for children and families at the Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St.
Morales fills her books with pictures in the colors of her childhood in Mexico. When she came to the United States in 1994 as a young mother with a new baby, libraries – particularly San Francisco Public Library’s (SFPL) Western Addition Branch – became her personal oasis.
“Libraries are essential in my life and in my history. I could just be, and read any books I wanted,” said Morales, speaking about her first experiences in an SFPL branch. She and her son would stay in the library until closing, reading story after story and picking up more and more English. “In the picture books, there were some words I may not have understood, but as long as I understood a few words and looked at the illustrations, I got the meaning, and it kept me wanting to learn more.”
She went on to explore books that taught her how to make paper, drawings, and puppets, and started to make her own books describing her new life. Out of that beginning came books like Niño, in which a little boy dreams of fame as a masked luchador, or wrestler; Harvesting Hope, about Cesar Chavez; Ladder to the Moon, a collaboration with President Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, in which a little girl uses the power of dreams to move beyond loss; a series of tales about the trickster skeleton Señor Calavera; and other rich and evocative picture books.
Morales, who has drawn on her Mexican-American heritage to create a wide variety of picture books, divides her time between Mexico and California. Morales’s lecture theme, draws on all these experiences.
As part of Yuyi’s commitment to the importance of early childhood reading and education, she will participate in a series of events and presentations while in San Francisco for the Effie Lee Morris lecture:
Saturday, May 31: Yuyi Morales will attend the day-long Summer Read SF kick-off at the Main Library Children’s Center, 2nd Floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.
Tuesday, June 3, 6 p.m.: Yuyi Morales delivers the 2014 Effie Lee Morris Lecture: “Creating Children’s Books: An Immigrant’s Story.” Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco.
Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 – 11 a.m.: Yuyi Morales leads a read-aloud of Niño Wrestles the World for children and families. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St., San Francisco.
Note to Editors: High Resolution Photographs of Yuyi Morales and Book Covers are available upon request.
Each year, the Effie Lee Morris Lecture features a distinguished guest author or illustrator of children’s books discussing his or her work for the enjoyment of teachers, librarians, scholars, and the book-loving public. The event honors the work of the late Effie Lee Morris, SFPL’s first coordinator of children’s services.
The Effie Lee Morris Lecture is sponsored by the Library’s Fisher Children’s Center, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277 or (415) 557-4554.
24th Branch Completes Branch Library Renewal Program
San Francisco – The new North Beach Branch Library opened on May 10 to great community fanfare, following a ribbon cutting ceremony and traditional lion dance, performed by the Jing Mo Athletic Association. North Beach is the 24th and final branch library to be built or remodeled through the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), a $105.9 million bond measure approved by voters in 2000.
The new North Beach Branch is located at 850 Columbus at the corner of Columbus and Lombard. The building, which features two stories with double height reading rooms, was designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects of San Francisco to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification or greater from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project, which was first initiated in 2003, was managed by the Department of Public Works.
Mayor Ed Lee cut the ribbon to open the new library, accompanied by Supervisors David Chiu and Scott Weiner, City Librarian Luis Herrera, State Senator Mark Leno, Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Recreation and Parks Manager Phil Ginsburg, Library Commission President Teresa Ono, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Friends of the Library Executive Director Scott Staub, community leader Julie Christensen and branch manager Robert Carlson.
Entertainment for the opening celebration was provided by North Beach neighborhood groups including Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz, Salesian Club Theatre of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and The Rabbit Hole and FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory.
Mayor Lee praised the new building and the positive benefits for the North Beach community, including the creation of construction jobs, a place for children, teens and adults to gather, and the collaborative nature of the project. The new library was part of a collaboration and master plan with the Recreation and Park Department’s Joe DiMaggio playground, which is currently being renovated as part of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. That project is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2015.
City Librarian Luis Herrera noted the significance of the new library to the community of North Beach. “In the legacy of the poets and writers of North Beach, including Poet Laureate Emeritus Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who was unable to be with us today, we invite the community to join us at this special place, your library, to read, to study, to write and to dream.”
The 8,500 square-foot, two-story building includes a community room with after-hours access for neighborhood meetings; a larger children’s area and new teen space; additional public computers; new furniture and equipment; and an expanded collection of books, DVDs, and CDs, including more materials in multiple languages to meet the community’s needs. The library is 60% larger than the former branch.
Among the environmentally conscious features of the new Library are an 11.5 kW solar array provided by the SFPUC which will help to power the building, and 11,350 square feet of insulation made from recycled denim, equating to approximately 4,500 pairs of jeans that live inside the Library’s walls. The denim insulation, provided by a grant from Levi Strauss & Co., is safer than traditional fiberglass and delivers maximum thermal benefits, reducing the amount of energy used to heat and cool the building.
The total budget for the project was $14.5 million, with additional funding provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, which paid for furniture and equipment in the new facility.
The North Beach library has a unique public art feature – a sound sculpture around the exterior perimeter of the building, through which the sounds of North Beach are broadcast through waterproof speakers. Sonic Dreamscape, created by world renowned sound artist Bill Fontana, features characteristic neighborhood sounds, from poetry readings, cafés, markets, sea lions, playgrounds, foghorns and more. This extraordinary piece was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
The new library will feature longer hours than the previous branch, and will be open six days a week. The increased hours are part of an increase in days of service and open hours at libraries throughout the city.
Prior to 2000, the Chinatown and Mission branch libraries were remodeled and a new Ocean View Branch was built. With the conclusion of the BLIP, all San Francisco Public Libraries are seismically safe and accessible to people with disabilities.
New North Beach Branch Opens May 10
Branch Library Improvement Program comes to completion
WHAT: Grand opening celebration of the new North Beach Branch Library, with ribbon cutting, music, lion dancers and other entertainment.
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor David Chiu, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Recreation and Parks Manager Phil Ginsburg, Library Commission President Teresa Ono, Friends of the Library Executive Director Scott Staub, community leader Julie Christensen.
Performances and activities with the Jing Mo Athletic Association lion dancers, Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz, Salesian Club Theatre of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and The Rabbit Hole and FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory.
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, starting at 12:00 p.m. Speeches and ribbon cutting at 1:00 p.m. The Library opens for service at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 850 Columbus at the corner of Columbus and Lombard
INFO: The new North Beach Branch is the last of 24 libraries to be remodeled or rebuilt (with one new library in Mission Bay) under the Branch Library Improvement Program (2000). It was designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects to meet LEED Silver certification. The green building project was managed by the Department of Public Works and features a special outdoor art/sound installation commissioned by the Arts Commission as well as solar power provided by the SFPUC and denim insulation provided by a grant from Levi Strauss & Co.
The 8,500 square-foot, two-story building includes a community room with after-hours access for the community, expanded space for children, teens and adults, larger collections and additional public computers. Friends of the SFPL raised funds to furnish and equip the new library.
The new library was part of a collaboration and master plan with the Recreation and Park Department’s Joe DiMaggio playground, which is currently being renovated.
Digital Bookmobile showcases eBook lending in San Francisco
Aboard customized tractor-trailer at this event, readers will learn how to check out free eBooks and audiobooks from their area libraries.
What: Digital Bookmobile National Tour Events
Who: San Francisco Public Library and the Digital Bookmobile National Tour
When: May 13
Where: See below for details
· The Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech tractor-trailer that tours the continent spreading awareness for digital libraries and eBooks. The event in San Francisco will provide an engaging experience for readers of all ages.
· Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and more on all major eReading devices—including Windows® and Mac® computers, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows Phone 7, Kindle®, Sony® Reader and NOOK™.
· Use interactive PCs and Macs® to experience eBooks and audiobooks from libraries in California and around the country.
· Library card holders can also check out digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting overdrive.com.
· Housed inside a 74-foot-long, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the Digital Bookmobile is a modern take on the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades.
· Both the events and the service are free to patrons. You can see a full schedule at www.digitalbookmobile.com.
Tuesday, May 13 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
San Francisco Public Library – Main
100 Larkin St. (parking on Fulton St)
San Francisco, CA
The Digital Bookmobile is operated by OverDrive, Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH BIBLIOCOMMONS FOR ENHANCED CATALOG AND DISCOVERY
San Francisco Public Library, which has notably cultivated exceptional community support for building projects and branch renovations, has partnered with BiblioCommons for a catalog and discovery layer to enhance the library’s presence as a community hub online.
By adopting the BiblioCore catalog, San Francisco Public Library will join King County Library System, Chicago Public, Brooklyn Public, New York Public, Seattle Public, Boston Public, Multnomah County Library, and many other large urban and suburban library systems utilizing the BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog. BiblioCore works with all major ILS platforms and replaces the traditional patron catalog while encouraging community engagement around the collection, promoting the expertise of librarians as readers advisory and reference specialists, and setting a new bar for exceptional online patron experiences.
“We welcome this chance to collaborate with other large public libraries within the BiblioCommons platform and to engage our community in new ways,” said San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We want our online spaces to be as engaging and community-focused as our physical buildings, and we look forward to working with the team at BiblioCommons to bolster the library’s ability to support life-long education in new and meaningful ways.”
The BiblioCore catalog is planned to be live at San Francisco Public later this year. After the catalog is live to the public, additional BiblioCommons modules will be implemented such as Summer Sites to support summer reading and literacy initiatives for all ages.
Contact: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Jeffers at 415-557-4282 or Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org.
Join us for an author talk by Lisa See, The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, as she discusses her new novel, China Dolls. The program will be held on June 12 in the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.
The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.