Monthly Archives: May 2013

San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book 2013: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

May 28, 2013

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San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book 2013:

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


A major terrorist attack strikes the Bay Area. The Department of Homeland Security declares a police state where every citizen is treated as a potential terrorist. The fate of our first amendment rights resides in the hands of a high school-age hacker. This is the premise of the provocative, refreshing and timely novel Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which has been chosen as San Francisco’s One City One Book for 2013Little Brother book cover.

The One City One Book: San Francisco Reads 2013 Selection Committee says Little Brother, which is set in San Francisco, is the perfect pick this year because “Doctorow is an author not afraid to fight the good fight, and in this highly readable, technologically savvy novel for all reading levels, he gives us the tools necessary so that we can do the same.” Additionally, “reading it will be a great cross cultural experience for youth and adults.”

For the first time, the One City One Book selection committee has picked a book that is marketed as a Young Adult novel.  Library Journal says: “Doctorow is the ultimate crossover author, whose sharp writing and commitment to investigating the hot-button political and technological issues of today (and tomorrow) engage YA and adult readers alike.”

Citywide programming will take place in September and October. For more information:

About the Book and Author:

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only 17 years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Little Brother is available at all San Francisco Public Libraries and also can be downloaded for FREE:

Image of Cory DoctorowCanadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Little Brother, and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include Pirate Cinema and Homeland (2013), the sequel to Little Brother. His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web’s twenty-five “influencers” by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

San Francisco Public Library Adding Sunday and Monday Service at Three Branch Libraries

May 22, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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San Francisco Public Library Adding Sunday and Monday Service at Three Branch Libraries

Provides More Library Service for Annual SF Summer Reading Program

Just in time for summer, San Francisco Public Library is adding an additional, permanent, day of service at three branch libraries: Mission Bay, Portola and Visitacion Valley branch libraries.

Starting June 2, Visitation Valley Branch will now be open on Sundays and starting June 3, Mission Bay and Portola branches will be open on Mondays, making all three libraries seven-day-per-week operations.

“As libraries across our State are reducing library hours and closing their libraries, San Francisco continues to invest in libraries and expanding library access,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Extending access to our libraries is vital to ensuring that youth maintain their reading and learning skills over the summer months. I’m pleased that three of our City’s libraries will be able to add additional days of service that will strengthen educational opportunities this summer and provide safe welcoming spaces for youth all year round.”

Visitacion Valley’s Sunday hours will be 1-5 p.m., matching Sunday hours at other San Francisco Public Library branches. Mission Bay and Portola will be open Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., also providing consistency with other San Francisco library branches’ Monday hours.

“This expansion of service will ensure that youth who participate in Summer Reading will have more opportunities and days to take part in the Library’s free science and entertainment programs offered at every branch,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The additional days of service at the Mission Bay, Portola and Visitacion Valley libraries will continue even after the summer is over. Pick up bookmarks with the new hours at each of these libraries. More information can be found at


San Francisco Summer Read 2013

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading program provides opportunities for children, teen and adults to read all summer, record their time and earn prizes including books or passes to more than 18 San Francisco museums and attractions. Children (birth to 12 years) can earn a prize for reading 10 hours or more; Teens 13-18 each prizes for reading 30 hours or more; and adults each prizes for reading 40 hours or more over the length of the program, June 1 through August 11.

In addition, every San Francisco Public Library will offer free classes, workshops, entertainment and storytimes every week of the summer. Sign up for Summer Read SF online at

Supervisor Farrell Reading Scholarships

As an added bonus for teens who participate in San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading program, Supervisor Mark Farrell is sponsoring four (4) $5,000 scholarships for teens (13-18 years) who meet the basic requirements of the SFPL Summer Reading program to read 30 hours over the summer and also publish five (5) book reviews in the online Summer Reading system. Every teen fulfilling these requirements will be entered into a random drawing to receive a scholarship.  The drawing will take place after Summer Reading ends in August. For more information, go to or ask your youth librarian. Scholarships with be administered as 529 accounts through ScholarShare.

Pride Month Activities at San Francisco Public Library

May 15, 2013


Michelle Jeffers
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Pride Month Activities at San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month this June with author readings, films, spoken word and exhibitions.

Among the highlights is a screening of America’s Most Unwanted, a story of hope and inspiration about queer foster youth in the Bay Area, co-sponsored by Frameline LGBT International Film Festival, and SF CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Shani Heckman, and former foster kids and others impacted by homelessness.  America’s Most Unwanted – June 4, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Local author Michelle Tea hosts the annual RADAR SuperStars Program. This year’s talent includes theater director and former Pomo Afro Homos star Brian Freeman; “masculinity expert” (VICE) and “Self- Made Man” columnist (The Rumpus) Thomas Page McBee; and reformed girl scout, Iranian-American Dynasty Handbag writer, performer and director Jibz Cameron (Escape From the Family Home; Oh, Death; Hell in a Handbag). Radar Superstars, June 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

In association with ITVS Community Cinema, the Library presents the film Love Free or Die, which tells the story of Gene Robinson who was the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the Anglican Church. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by the Rev. Jim Mitulski of the Pacific School of Religion. Love Free or Die, June 18, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, will discuss her beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. Abbott conducted research for her book in the Main Library’s San Francisco History Center. Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, June 20, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St.

The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library will screen LGBT films this month:  Ma vie en rose and Tomboy.  Ma Vie en Rose, June 8, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library.  Tomboy , June 22, 2 p.m. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th Street.

The Main Library is also screening films in connection with LGBT Pride as part of its regular Thursday@Noon films. On June 20, the film De Lovely (2004, 125 minutes) will be shown. De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. On June 28, the film Saved (2004, 92 minutes) will be screened. This film is about a young girl at a conservative Southern Baptist high school who becomes pregnant while trying to “save” her gay boyfriend. Both films will be screened at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium, at noon.

Exhibitions of books with LGBT themes will be on view at the Main Library:

Celebrate Your True Self with Marcus Ewert’s and Rex Ray’s 10,000 Dresses! –This exhibit highlights the groundbreaking children’s book, 10,000 Dresses, by local author Marcus Ewert and local illustrator Rex Ray, the first transgender book ever written for children. A modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside, this beautiful book from Seven Stories Press was a 2008 Lambda Literary Awards finalist, a 2009 Rainbow List Book, and a 2010 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Honor Book. Exhibition:  June 1 through Aug. 31, 2013, Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center.

From Heather’s Mommies to Tango’s Daddies: The Evolution of Family Affirming Children’s Literature – From the first obscure titles published by a feminist publishing cooperative in the 1970s through to titles published in the last year, Randall Tarpey-Schwed brings to the Library his unique collection of books that portray gay or lesbian parents. Here is the opportunity to view more than 70 books which illustrate how this unique genre evolved despite political controversy. The exhibition also shows how society’s view of the LGBT community has changed. Exhibition:  May 4 Through Aug. 1, 2013, Main Library, Third Floor, Gay & Lesbian Center.

Branch Exhibition:

Discovering Noelie: A Life Lived in Eureka Valley, 1921-1999 – An exhibition exploring the history of Eureka Valley through the display of found objects from one person’s life. Discovered on the stairs outside of the Eureka Valley apartment that she occupied before passing away in 1999, Noelie Jensen’s papers, photo albums and photographs bear witness to a woman who lived her entire life in Eureka Valley.  Her life spanned the change in the neighborhood from the working class, Irish and Swedish immigrant community of Eureka Valley of the early 20th century to the present Gay enclave of The Castro. Augmenting her personal photos are photos taken from the collection of the San Francisco Public library documenting the physical change of the neighborhood as it transformed during the last half of the twentieth century.  The transformation of Eureka Valley to The Castro is told through the photographs of a resident that witnessed the transformation of not only a neighborhood but a city.
Exhibit: June 8 through Oct. 3, 2013, Eureka Valley Branch Library.
1 José Sarria Court (16th Street near Market)


Finally, come out and cheer on library staff and the Green Bookmobile, which will march in the Pride Parade on June 30. More information can be found at