News Release - February 23, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282;


Portola Branch Library Celebrates Grand Opening

Invitation to Cover

What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisors Sophie Maxwell and David Campos and other officials for the opening celebration of the Portola Branch Library's new building.

When: Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28

Where: 380 Bacon St. (at Goettingen)


Remarks by:

  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
  • Supervisor David Campos
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez
  • Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Ribbon Cutting; Jing Mo Athletic Association Lion Dancers; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School string quartet; AuCo Vietnamese Cultural Center dancers; La Familia Peña Govea; The San Francisco School Chorus

Why: The Portola Branch is the ninth branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The branch is one of four libraries that were housed in leased facilities and are now being replaced by city-owned buildings. Project costs totaled about $3.3 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

The light and airy new 6,300-square-foot branch features a beautiful public art display of four handmade glass and metal shutters, a view garden, an expanded children's section, a designated teen space and a program room that will allow after-hours access for the community. The branch also includes an expanded collection of books, CDs, DVDS and other materials, new furniture and shelving, a prominent reading area, more computers, Wi-Fi access to the Internet and more functional work spaces for the Library staff.


As part of the celebration, Goettingen Street between Bacon and Burrows streets will be closed off. The musical entertainment will precede the opening ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m.

Please RSVP to (415) 557-4277

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