News Release - January 30, 2008

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2008

Contact: Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

African American storytellers, musicians, authors, artists and others will participate in a number of programs at the San Francisco Public Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Calendar of Events


Black Inventions - R.J. Reed presents miniatures of inventions by African Americans, including the stoplight, gas mask, ironing board and golf tee. Feb. 25 through 29. Bayview Branch.

Adult Progam Schedule:

Kicking off Black History Month is the third annual Spoken Word Festival held from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the Main Library's Koret Auditorium. The festival will celebrate African American history through the verbal words of black poets and spoken word griots and feature local spoken word artists, including Shakeel Ali, Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd, Terry Moore, Queen D and Clarity, the VOB the Haitian Rapper, Charles Chapmon and others. The event is sponsored by the Conversations on Africa Forum and the Library's African American Center.

M. B. Haniff: A Brief History of Jazz, Feb. 20, Parkside Branch, 7 p.m.

Children's Program Schedule:

National African American Read-In - Public readings of work that feature African American writers. Sponsored by the Library's African American Interest Committee.

Feb. 4, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 1 p.m.

Destiny, Harpist from the Hood, plays music and tells stories

Feb. 2, Mission Bay Branch, 2 p.m.

Feb. 13, Excelsior Branch, 3 p.m.

Feb. 13, Parkside Branch, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14, Main Library, 10:30 a.m.

Storyteller Yolanda Rhodes spins colorful yarns of African American tales

Feb. 4, Main Library, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 5, Portola Branch, 4 p.m. Space limited; reserve at (415) 355-5660.

Feb. 12, Marina Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 12, Golden Gate Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 19, Bayview Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 20, Western Addition Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 26, Glen Park Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 26, Visitacion Valley Branch, 1 p.m. Space limited; reserve at (415) 355-2848.

Feb. 26, Ingleside Branch, 3:45 p.m. Space limited; reserve at (415) 355-2898.

Storyteller Tureeda Mikell shares African folktales, rhythm, rap and rhyme

Feb. 5, Bayview Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 12, North Beach Branch, 11 a.m.

Black History Month films

Feb. 7, Ocean View Branch, 3 p.m.

Feb. 21, Ocean View Branch, 3 p.m.

Feb. 25, Bayview Branch, 10:30 a.m.

Derique's Body Percussion and Juggling Comedy Show

Feb. 9, Potrero Branch, 4 p.m.

Charles Dabo offers traditional African arts and crafts

Feb. 12, Ocean View Branch, 3:30 p.m.

African American Arts and Crafts

Feb. 26, Ocean View Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Mini African American Festival Talented youngsters from the Tenderloin community will sing and dance in solo and group performances. Feb. 20, Main Library, 4:30 p.m.

All programs at the Library are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (415) 557-4277, or go to

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