News Release No. 3 - November 18, 2008

For Immediate Release: November 18, 2008

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Marcia Schneider (415) 557-4252

More Days, More Service at San Francisco Public Libraries

Seven branch libraries adding

Sunday or Monday service to their schedules

Library service is being enhanced at San Francisco Public Library branches throughout the city. Beginning this weekend, five additional libraries now will be open on Sundays and two libraries now will be open on Mondays.

Starting Nov. 23, the Bayview/Anna E. Waden, Merced, Noe Valley/Sally Brunn, Ortega and Presidio libraries will 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.

Each of these libraries will be holding special open house celebrations to kick off the new open days this Sunday and Monday with fun activities and light refreshments. "I love Sunday," and "I love Monday" buttons will be handed out at each branch and entertainment will be provided including performer Owen Baker-Flynn at the Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library at 2 p.m. Sunday and Harpist in the Hood at the Ortega Branch Library from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Libraries provide vital services during these tough economic times," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Increased branch library hours, made possible thanks to the dedicated support for libraries provided by San Franciscans, will benefit all of our residents, including job seekers, students, small business owners, children and youth, and more."

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.

"Adding new days to these branch libraries helps give every San Francisco neighborhood enhanced access to the services and resources that the libraries provide," said City Librarian Luis Herrera. "We want to ensure the libraries meet the needs and schedules of all our residents."

These increases will give people who work during the week more opportunities to use library services on Sunday, while additional openings on Monday are ideal for childcare groups, students after school and library users of all ages who benefit from the increased openings.

In addition to the branch libraries, new Bookmobile service is being added at Treasure Island. Every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., the Bookmobile will be available at the Treasure Island Community Center, "Ship Shape" building, 497 Ave. I.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

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