News Release No. 2 - November 21, 2008

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2008

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Marcia Schneider (415) 557-4252

State Historic Preservation Award for Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch

In honor of the historic rehabilitation of the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library, the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Department of Public Works and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library received the Governor's Historic Preservation Award for 2008 at a ceremony in Sacramento today. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in California in the field of historic renovation.

Carey & Co. Architecture, working with the Branch Library Improvement Program team, took great care to preserve and restore the historic features of the 1916 Carnegie landmark library, while also bringing the facility into the 21st Century. The grand re-opening of the branch, which is located at 451 Jersey St., occurred in March.

"The city is proud to be recognized for the diligent and careful restoration work that went into this beautiful and significant branch which originally opened its doors to library patrons in 1916," said City Librarian Luis Herrera. "The historic renovation not only preserved many of the unique features of this distinguished library, it also brought needed improvements including seismic safety, energy conservation and accessibility for all users."

The Noe Valley/Sally Brunn project included renovation of the ornamental ceiling, cleaning of the brick and terra cotta facade, refinishing of historic tables, chairs and perimeter shelving, and the installation of new period-style pendant and table light fixtures.

Renovation of the 6,096-square-foot branch was funded by bonds approved through the Branch Library Improvement Program passed by voters in November 2000 with additional funding raised by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The Branch Library Improvement Program is the largest capital improvement campaign in the history of the San Francisco Public Library. The program provides for the renovation of 17 branch libraries, the replacement of four leased facilities with city-owned buildings, the replacement of two branches with new buildings, and the construction of one new branch in Mission Bay.

This Sunday, the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch also will begin offering Sunday hours from 1-5 p.m. Several other branches are also expanding their hours this weekend: the Bayview/Anna E. Waden, Merced, Ortega and Presidio libraries will all now be open Sundays, 1-5 p.m. On Nov. 24, Glen Park and Golden Gate Valley branches will add service 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mondays.

With these new days in effect, 12 San Francisco libraries now offer seven-day service. A total of 17 libraries are open Sundays and 19 libraries are open Mondays. To help patrons remember the new hours, bookmarks and magnets are being distributed at the affected branch libraries.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

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