Anza Opening Media Advisory

Michelle Jeffers
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Invitation to Cover: Anza Branch Library Reopening Celebration, Saturday, June 18, 2011

WHAT:    Join City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisor Eric Mar and other city and state officials for the reopening celebration of the historic, renovated Anza Branch Library.

WHEN:    1 p.m., Saturday, June 18

WHERE:  550 37th Avenue between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street

WHO: Remarks by:

  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Department of Public Works Director Edward D. Reiskin
  • San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez
  • Donna Bero, Executive Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Official ribbon cutting at renovated library, lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association, and Aztec dancers from Danza Xitlalli- Xolotl.

WHY: The Anza Branch Library, originally opened in 1932, has been seismically strengthened, made fully ADA accessible and had its historic shelving, stenciled ceiling and other features restored.

The library now includes an extensive addition at the side and rear of the branch, creating space for accessibility improvements and a new elevator and restrooms. The community meeting room was revamped with new windows, flooring and more space to support programs for all ages. The branch also has a large, dedicated children’s room with a new play-to-learn structure and new space designated for teens, plus an expansive reading area. New landscaping now surrounds the building, including a bucolic courtyard off the community room. All the improvements were designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification or greater by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Anza Branch Library is the 19th project 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 Anza Library totaled $7.7 million. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provided new furniture and equipment for the branch.

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