Monthly Archives: January 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: San Francisco Public Library vs. Enoch Pratt Free Library

News Update 2/11/13: See San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Make Good on the SuperBowl bet:


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Jan. 31, 2013                                                               (415) 557-4282;


 Super Bowl XLVII


Two Great Libraries, One Super Bowl Bet

San Francisco – San Francisco Public Library has 49er Fever! As the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens get ready to battle it out on the gridiron this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII, SFPL is standing tall with the 49er faithful and waging a Super Bowl-Library bet with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

We’re calling it a cross-country battle of the libraries.

Here’s the bet:

If (when) the 49ers win on Sunday, Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden will have to recite George Sterling’s iconic San Francisco poem, “The Cool, Grey City of Love” in Baltimore’s Central Library Main Hall wearing a 49ers jersey.

If, by slim chance, the Ravens win, San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in the atrium of the San Francisco Main Library wearing a Ravens jersey.

Whoever loses will also have to video their director reciting the poem and post on YouTube.

“We are confident about the Niners victory on Sunday and we sure hope Dr. Hayden looks good in red and gold,” said Herrera. “As a huge sports fan, I am thrilled to support our football team while spotlighting two great library systems and two great literary cities.”

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History of Urban Street Dance

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January 29, 2013                                                         (415) 557-4282;


History of Urban Street Dance

Black History Month Celebratio, Feb. 5 and 6

Children, tweens and teens are invited to celebrate Black History Month by learning the story of various styles of urban street dance at the Richmond and Merced branch libraries. Whether it be the ballet-esque glides of Jook dancing from Memphis, the emotionally expressive storytelling mime-like moves of Turf dancing from Oakland, or the aggressively convulsive theatrics of Krump dancing from Los Angeles, these styles of vernacular dance have emerged from a street dance tradition rooted in the African American heritage of funk and hip hop culture and have become a multicultural phenomenon.

History of Urban Street Dance

February 5, 4:30 p.m.
Richmond Branch Library
351 9th Ave., San Francisco

February 6, 4:30 p.m.
Merced Branch Library
155 Winston Drive, San Francisco

Sergio Suarez of All the Way Live Foundation will impart his knowledge of street dance history. Each event  also will feature dance demonstrations by Beatz n Pieces, Agatron, Fluidgirl, and Too Wet. Beatz N Pieces has performed breakdance locally and globally, earning numerous championship titles. Agatha “Agatron” Rupniewski is a veteran popper/robot/mime who has performed with Bay Area stepping Crew “the Robonati.” She put together the first local all female street dance battle and showcase. Her street dance classes feature popping, robotting, tutting, waving, and fancy footwork. Too Wet has been street performing for over 10 years and teaches gospel mime dance at churches. Fluidgirl dances with Medea Sirkas, the legendary San Francisco/Oakland based pioneers of strutting, boogaloo, and the Fillmore dance styles.

This program is for ages 7-18. All programs at the Library are fee.

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San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía Gives His Inaugural Address


January 17, 2013


San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía Gives His Inaugural Address

The Parallel Literary Histories of San Francisco: Poetry in Times of Hope and Resistance

San Francisco Public Library is honored to present San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, who will give his inaugural address as the City’s Sixth Poet Laureate on January 27, 2013, 1-3 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium. The title of his address is The Parallel Literary Histories of San Francisco: Poetry in Times of Hope and Resistance.

Murguía will speak about the intersection of Latino and San Francisco literary history, particularly the influence of each on the other. He will also talk about how poetry has helped raise awareness about Latin America and Latin Americans here in San Francisco, and the role that poetry has had in shaping the community’s approach to struggle, resistance and community. Interspersed with his comments, he will read selected poems he has written, as well as read from poems he has translated.Photo of Alejandro Murguia

“In the 1970s and to the present, the contributions of Latino poetic voices to the history and poetic-literary movements of San Francisco cannot be underestimated,” Murguía said. “Latino poets have enriched and enhanced the poetry of San Francisco with their bilingual writings, their political perspectives and their approach—to quote the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton—that poetry like bread is for everyone. At the same time the people of San Francisco … have been and continue to be a source of solidarity without which this most recent flowering of Latino poetic voices could not have bloomed so brilliantly.”


1 p.m. – Inaugural Address, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Opening Ceremony: Jorge Molina, Shaman of the Mission

Native American Invocation: Dr. José Cuellar, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University

Welcome: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera

Introduction: Byron Spooner, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Poet Roberto Vargas

Inaugural Address: Alejandro Murguía

2 p.m. Reception – San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Entertainment by La Familia Pena-Govea

This event is presented by San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. There will be a book sale by Readers Bookstore. All programs at the Library are free.


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San Francisco Public Library to Offer Home Metering Devices To Measure Home Appliance Energy Use


Check out a What’s Your Watt metering device today!

San Francisco Public Library to Offer Home Metering Devices

To Measure Home Appliance Energy Use

Adds to list of services for city residents

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 15, 2013 – The San Francisco Public Library today launched a new program to offer library patrons What’s Your Watt home electric metering devices as a tool to measure energy usage in home electronic appliances.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), What’s Your Watt is a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks program, the Department of the Environment (SF Environment), and the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). Wells Fargo presented the idea for the program and a seed grant to purchase meters, which are now available for check out at all 28 San Francisco public libraries. PG&E provided the home metering devices. Borrowers may take the devices home to determine wattage, associated costs and C02 emissions information for all electrical appliances, including computers, refrigerators and hair dryers.

“Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo and PG&E, San Francisco library users can now check out a home energy metering device along with their books,” said Melanie Nutter, director of SF Environment.  “We are delighted that our libraries and local businesses are so committed to helping San Franciscans reduce their energy use, save money and lower their carbon emissions.”

Standard library borrowing rules apply for the home metering devices, which can be checked out for three weeks. Each branch library and the SFPL Green Bookmobile will have two devices and the Main Library will have six devices.

The What’s Your Watt home metering devices are simple to use and come with instructions in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Additional information can be found at:

“It is our hope that San Franciscans will take advantage of this program so they can reduce their energy consumption to lower their energy bills, while benefitting the environment as well—both great goals to start in the new year,” said Tracy Curtis, president of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco market.

About SFPL Green Stacks

San Francisco Public Library’s Green Stacks is dedicated to helping the City go green. Libraries have always been dedicated to free, renewable resources and this new, citywide program highlights the environmental initiatives, programs, exhibitions and information created and supported by today’s library system. In partnership with SF Environment and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Green Stacks empowers all library users to live a more eco-friendly life.


About SF Environment

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) creates visionary policies and innovative programs that promote social equity, protect human health, and lead the way toward a sustainable future. We put our mission into action by mobilizing communities and providing the resources needed to safeguard our homes, our city, and ultimately our planet. For more information on SF Environment, visit:


About the Business Council on Climate Change

The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a public-private partnership between local government and the business community that works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco through collaboration and direct action. For more information on BC3, visit:

About Wells Fargo

In April 2012, Wells Fargo released a set of environmental commitments to be achieved by 2020; including reducing the company’s environmental impact, financing the transition to a greener economy and encouraging stronger and more sustainable communities. A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and building sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2006, Wells Fargo has provided more than $11.7 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide. This includes investments in more than 260 solar projects and 34 wind projects that generate enough clean renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. For more information, please visit:


Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, it provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the US.


About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the US. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

Funding for What’s Your Watt was provided through a partnership with the City and County of San Francisco. Through the partnership, PG&E offers comprehensive energy efficiency services and technical assistance to residential, small commercial, large commercial and municipal customers.  This program is funded in part by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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January 16, 2013


Michelle Jeffers