Visitacion Valley Branch Library Grand Opening

Saturday, July 30, 2011

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


Invitation to Cover: Visitacion Valley Branch Library Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, July 30, 2011

WHAT: Join City Librarian Luis Herrera, Supervisor Malia Cohen and other city and state officials for the grand opening celebration of the new Visitacion Valley Branch Library.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 30

WHERE: 201 Leland Avenue at Rutland Avenue (Leland Avenue will be closed for the opening celebration)

WHO: Remarks by:

  • City Librarian Luis Herrera
  • San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Department of Public Works Director Edward D. Reiskin
  • Donna Bero, Executive Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Official ribbon cutting at new library; lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association; dancers from the Asian Pacific American Community Center and the Samoan Community Development Center; a Chinese orchestra; martial arts from Kuk Sool Won; a children’s performance with Magic Dan; and music by Curt Yagi.

WHY: After more than 75 years in leased or temporary spaces, the Visitacion Valley neighborhood will finally have its own more than 9,000 square foot branch library building.

The new library will offer a larger collection of library materials including a large Chinese collection. The branch will have designated space for teens and children, a quiet study room, a beautiful hanging public art sculpture, plus a program room accessible after hours for community meetings.

The building was designed by the San Francisco Bureau of Architecture’s Library Design Studio, Department of Public Works. The lead architect also designed the nearby Visitacion Valley Playground Clubhouse. The construction was designed to make it a sustainable building, certified to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver or greater from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Visitacion Valley Branch Library is the 20th 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 Visitacion Valley Branch Library totaled $13.4 million including property acquisition. A separate fundraising campaign by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is underway to provide new furniture and equipment for the branch.

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