News Release - September 8, 2009

Ingleside Branch Library Grand Opening Sept. 12

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


Ingleside Branch Library Grand Opening Sept. 12

Invitation to Cover

What: Join Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisors John Avalos and Sean Elsbernd and other officials for the opening celebration of the Ingleside Branch Library’s new building.

When: Noon–3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: 1298 Ocean Ave. (at Plymouth)


Remarks by:

Mayor Gavin Newsom

City Librarian Luis Herrera

Supervisor John Avalos

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd

Acting State Librarian/Deputy State Librarian Stacey Aldrich

Department of Public Works Director Edward D. Reiskin

San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez

Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Official ribbon cutting, lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association and entertainment provided by: the Aptos Middle School Band; Phil Berkowitz & The Dirty Cats, the San Francisco Cable Car Chorus Barbershop Quartet, balloon animals by Everlene Watson and a children’s storytime with author Andrea Alban Gosline.

Why: The Ingleside Branch is the 11th 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 was previously housed in a leased facility and is now being replaced by a city-owned building. Project costs totaled about $7 million including site acquisition. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

The light filled and sustainably designed new branch provides a prominent civic presence to the neighborhood. The Library features a separate teen room, a spacious children’s area with window seats and skylight, plus a program room that will provide a community gathering spot and a public art sculpture by artist Eric Powell,. The branch includes new furniture and shelving, an expanded collection of materials and computers, a reading area, Wi-Fi access and more functional staff work spaces


As part of the celebration, Plymouth Street at Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic. Musical entertainment will precede the opening ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m.

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