Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hive Pop-Up Learning Lab

Hive Pop-Up Learning Lab Will Engage
Bay Area Youth in Digital Media

Two-day event in October is first collaborative event for San Francisco Learning Lab partners as grant-funded programs take shape

SAN FRANCISCO (September 26, 2012) – The Bay Area Video Coalition, California Academy of Sciences, KQED and San Francisco Public Library will collaborate on the first San Francisco Hive Pop-Up Learning Lab on October 26-27, 2012. The two-day event will provide local youth the opportunity to engage in digital learning and interactive education with the guidance of Bay Area community and media arts organizations, including Children’s Creativity Museum, TILT, Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, World Savvy, WritersCorps and more.

Awarded $100,000 in grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the four partner organizations are working toward the ultimate goal of developing a Learning Lab at the San Francisco Main Library, where youth can actively engage in and develop digital media skills that they can build upon and transform into valuable learning tools for life and education.

The MacArthur Foundation has already supported the creation of successful Hive Learning Networks in New York and Chicago, which are dedicated to transforming the learning landscape and creating opportunities for youth.

“While the Bay Area is a hub for technology and innovation, there are thousands of young people in San Francisco who do not have access to digital tools, nor the chance to learn skills that will be critical to thrive in the 21st century; to participate meaningfully in their world and to write their own story,” said Jill Bourne, Deputy City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. “The Library is thrilled to be working with our partners to create these opportunities.”

The San Francisco Learning Lab partners and participating organizations will provide two days of hands-on digital learning, creative collaboration and interactive lessons to develop questions and solve problems around the theme of “Save the Earth.”

The event will be held at the new Ortega branch of the San Francisco Public Library (3223 Ortega Street). On Friday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00 pm, local middle and high schools are encouraged to participate during school hours. On Saturday, October 27 from 1:00-5:00 pm, the event is open to teens and the general public. This is a free event. For more information, please visit

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Media Contacts:

Kelly Mendez, California Academy of Sciences,, (415) 379-5133

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library,, (415) 557-4282

Happy Birthday Charles Wallace!

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September 25, 2012



Saturday, October 13, 2 p.m., San Francisco Main Library

A Wrinkle in TimeJoin Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book A Wrinkle in Time. Writers Rebecca Stead, Hope Larson, Lewis Buzbee, Gennifer Choldenko and John Stephens will talk about how the book inspired them and invite you to share your memories, too. Carla Kozak, Children and Teen Collection Development Specialist at San Francisco Public Library, will serve as emcee.

 50th Anniversary Celebration of A Wrinkle in Time

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium
Handicapped Accessible

The authors will be signing copies of their books after the event. The book sale is organized by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Readers Books.

Rebecca Stead is the author of First Light and the Newbery Medal-winner When You Reach Me. Her new novel, Liar & Spy was released in August 2012. Rebecca grew up in New York City where she lives today.

Hope Larson is the author of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Find more information at

Author Gennifer Choldenko is best known for Al Capone Does My Shirts, a Newbery Honor book and New York Times bestseller. No Passengers Beyond This Point, her newest novel, is “a wonderfully imagined adventure story.”

Lewis Buzbee is the author of three award-winning novels for younger readers, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, Steinbeck’s Ghost, and Bridge of Time.  He teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco.

With a background in television writing (Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls), John Stephens has turned to novels. The Emerald Atlas debuted at number 5 on the New York Times bestseller list. Book 2, The Fire Chronicle, releases this October.A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time

50 Shades of Banned Books

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September 24, 2012

50 Shades of Banned Books

San Francisco Public Library’s Annual Banned Books Event Takes on 50 Shades of Grey with Bravo TV’s Emily Morse as Moderator

50 Shades of GreySan Francisco Public Library’s annual Banned Books event celebrating the Freedom to Read takes a turn for the grey (and risqué). Join Emily Morse, the San Francisco star of Bravo TV’s newest hit, Miss Advised and host of the podcast Sex with Emily to dissect and discuss The New York Times best seller and much-banned book, 50 Shades of Grey, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Unleash your inner goddess and join us to share your opinions about the 50 Shades phenomena at this Banned Book Club, and celebrate the freedom to read all the erotic fiction you want.

In addition to her podcast hosting duties and stint on Bravo TV, Emily Morse is the author of Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. She is a former campaign aide who worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. She also directed and produced the award-winning documentary, See How They Run, which follows a notorious San Francisco mayoral race. A book sale by Readers Books will follow the event.

San Francisco Public Library’s event is part of Banned by the Bay celebration. For more information visit

Banned Books Week is an annual event highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the U.S. The Fifty Shades of Grey books trilogy by E.L. James was banned this spring in libraries in three states

The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held nationally from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, visit According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racismPhoto of 50 Shades of Banned BooksPhoto of Banned BooksPhoto of banned books50 Shades of Grey50 Shades of Grey

Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration

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September 12, 2012

Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration

On view, San Francisco Main Library Skylight Gallery, Sept. 15-Dec. 2, 2012

cover imageA good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV. Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration explores 100 years of bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of 41 artists who created works especially for children.  The exhibition opens Sept. 15 and will be on view through Dec. 2 in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

Originating from the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, Draw Me a Story presents 41 original works of art and 12 books in a thematic and nostalgic trip through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques. The exhibition starts with artists Ralph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway—two of the most popular illustrators of the late 19th century, both of whom now have children’s literary awards named after them – and includes 20th century artists innovators like W.W. Denslow, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg.

Related Programs:

Author and Illustrator Dan San Souci – Opening event featuring the author of The Christmas Ark, Clubhouse Book, and Capitol Kitty. A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.

Sept. 16, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 2 p.m.

Picturing Alice –The Lewis Carroll Society’s Mark Burstein discusses Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the many artistic interpretations of this book. With book sale by Readers Books.

Oct. 25, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 6:30 p.m.

Note to Editors: More images available upon request

Public Hearings on Library Hours and Services

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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September 11, 2012

Public Hearings on Library Hours and Services

San Francisco Public Library will be conducting public hearings in each of the city’s 11 supervisorial districts this September and October to obtain community input about library hours and services.

The Library Preservation Fund, renewed by Proposition D in November 2007, requires that the San Francisco Library Commission assess and modify as appropriate the hours of operation of the Main and branch libraries at least once every five years. The public hearings are a key component of this process.

These public hearings will also allow residents to give SFPL their ideas about library services and priorities and allow the Library to present ideas about its future goals and initiatives. Each hearing will have language interpretation provided by the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. We will also provide American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning for attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing at each of the 11 public hearings.

Schedule of Public Hearings:

Thursday, September 13, 6-8 p.m., Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library (District 1)

Saturday, September 15, 1-3 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium (District 6)

Wednesday, September 19, 6-8 p.m., Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch Library (District 3)

Saturday, September 29, 1-3 p.m., Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library (District 8)

Tuesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m., Bernal Branch Library (District 9)

Tuesday, October 16, 6-8 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library (District 10)

Wednesday, October 17, 6-8 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (District 4)

Monday, October 22, 6-8 p.m., West Portal Branch Library (District 7)

Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 p.m., Park Branch Library (District 5)

Saturday, October 27, 1-3 p.m., Presidio Branch Library (District 2) Rescheduled from Sept. 25, 2012.

Tuesday, October 30, 6-8 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (District 11)

Art Challenge: Design the Next Library Cards

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September 4, 2012

Design Challenge template (PDF) English | Chinese | Spanish

Art Challenge: Design the Next San Francisco Public Library Cards

All ages invited to submit designs at or

Want to get your original artwork in everyone’s wallet? The Mayor’s Office and San Francisco Public Library are hosting an challenge asking you to design new versions of San Francisco Public Library cards, in honor of national Library Card month. Starting today  (September 4) and continuing through October 5, children, teens and adults will have a chance to submit their original artwork for consideration.

Five winning designs will be featured on new San Francisco library cards issued in 2013. There are more than 400,000 San Francisco library cards in active circulation. San Francisco Public Library issues about 60,000 new cards each year.

“ImproveSF and the San Francisco Public Library have formed a great civic partnership to engage our vibrant and creative communities in designing and voting for our next library cards,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This challenge highlights the important and innovative role of our libraries in continuing to provide free, equal access to information to support the success of our residents.”

“Our libraries are part of the fabric of San Francisco, true civic resources that keep our community well informed by opening doors to a wealth of materials and services for all ages, simply with the swipe of a library card. We can’t wait to see the public take ownership of the library card designs and create our next generation of cards,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The public will get to vote for the winning library card designs through ImproveSF is a citywide program that generates opportunities for the City and Country of San Francisco and its residents to work together via online community challenges voted on by the public.

Artwork entries are accepted in five categories, divided by grade or age: 2nd Grade and under; 3rd-5th Grades; Middle School; High School; and Adult. Artwork submission forms will be distributed through San Francisco schools and libraries and they can be printed out online from or

Entrants competing in the high school or adult category can visit and register for an account to submit their designs digitally. Artists competing in the grade school or middle school categories can submit their forms to a local library or ask an art teacher or parent to help them submit digitally on Artwork submissions can also be mailed to San Francisco Public Library, Public Affairs Dept. 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

The Library Card Design Challenge is being created with the help of Captricity, an award-winning Silicon Valley-based technology startup that has developed an advanced data extraction service to digitize paper-based information.

To find out more details and learn how to vote for your favorite designs call (415) 557-4277 or visit or