News Release - May 13, 2009

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

(415) 608-1593 (cell);


Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library Celebrates Grand Re-Opening May 16

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What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisor Eric Mar and other officials for the re-opening celebration of the renovated Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library.

When: 1–3 p.m., Saturday, May 16

Where: 361 9th Ave. (between Clement and Geary)


Remarks by:

  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Eric Mar
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Ed Reiskin, Director, Department of Public Works
  • Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Ribbon Cutting: Ribbon Cutting and Performances By: Jing Mo Athletic Association Lion Dancers; San Francisco Talent Education – The Suzuki Program; Dmitry Rashkin and Svetlana Chernitskaya; Boswick the Clown; Melody of China; Charity and the JAMBand; Ballet Russe; The Bubble Lady; Alek Yasko; Richmond Library Staff

Why: The Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch is the 10th branch to be completed under the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2000. The Richmond Branch is also the largest branch renovation project in the program. Project costs totaled about $13.7 million. Of that amount, $5.96 million came from the California Reading & Literacy Improvement & Public Library Construction & Renovation Bond Act of 2000 (Proposition 14). The Richmond Branch Library renovation was the only Carnegie Library funded from the Prop. 14 funds and was chosen because of its critical requirement for seismic strengthening and expansion to meet the needs of the diverse community it serves. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

This renovation project includes almost 50 percent more square footage and provides for a complete renovation and restoration, including seismic upgrade, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access improvements, energy-efficient building systems and technology upgrades including doubling the number of public computers, while retaining the historical integrity of this 1914 Carnegie landmark building. The addition will be able to support a significantly expanded collection of materials with more audiovisual and Chinese and Russian-language items. Other key aspects of the renovation include two new study rooms; a designated teen room, additional public restrooms; a beautiful two-story atrium and lobby on the 10th Avenue side; and enhanced landscaping surrounding both sides of the branch including a new play structure on 10th Avenue.


As part of the celebration, 9th Avenue between Clement Street and Geary Boulevard will be closed off. Some of the musical entertainment will precede the opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Library services will begin at 2 p.m.

Please RSVP to (415) 557-4277

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