Park Branch Library Reopening Celebration

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282 or (415) 608-1593;


Invitation to Cover: Park Branch Library
Reopening Celebration, Saturday, February 26, 2011

WHAT: Join City Librarian Luis Herrera, Mayor Edwin Lee, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and other officials for the reopening celebration of the Park Branch Library, San Francisco’s oldest library.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, February 26

WHERE: 1833 Page Street (at Cole)

WHO: Remarks by:

· Mayor Edwin Lee
· City Librarian Luis Herrera
· Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
· State Senator Mark Leno
· State Senator Leland Yee
· Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
· 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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Official ribbon cutting at restored library, lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association, and musical entertainment.

WHY: The Park Branch Library is the 16th 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 program is supporting the renovation of 16 branch libraries and the construction of eight new library buildings around the City. Project costs for the Park Library totaled about $2.9 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

The 101-year-old Park Branch Library, which first opened its doors in 1909, has been returned to its neo-classical glory with a sensitive renovation that was also designed and built to meet silver certification standards or greater, under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Highlights of the interior remodel include energy-efficient lighting that reflects the historic period, improved electrical and ventilation operations, sustainable linoleum flooring and an energy-efficient heating system. The lower-level meeting room at the branch was reconfigured with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, new lights and flooring. Two new accessible restrooms were added downstairs and a family restroom was renovated upstairs. In the main room, the historic wooden tables and chairs were refinished, historic perimeter wood shelving was refurbished and new shelving was added along with a beautiful painted ceiling.

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