Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Little Piece of Mexico: Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries

August 22, 2013

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A Little Piece of Mexico:

Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries


Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Sept. 14 through Dec. 29, 2013


Of all the postcards of all the countries, Mexican postcards are unique.  Mexico in the early 1900s was practically unknown territory, rich in a diversity of people, customs and ethnic dresses and a place of conflicts and wars, generals and traitors, beautiful women and dangerous men, stunning landscapes, volcanoes, rivers, baroque architecture and thousand year old pyramids. All of it engaging to the eye and the camera.

PostcardA Little Piece of Mexico:  Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries explores Mexico from the turn of the last century through its postcards. The exhibit features the work of international photographers Willhelm Kahlo – a German photographer who nationalized his name to Guillermo (and the father of Frida); Abel Briquet (France), F. Leon (Oaxaca); Caecilie Seler (Germany), CB Waite (US), and Felix Miret (Mexico).


This exhibition, on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery,  100 Larkin St., Sept. 14 through Dec. 29, is drawn from the private collection of postcards owned by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía.


These post cards were sold in all sorts of venues, bookstores, cafes, restaurants, tourist sites and bus stops.  Looking at these images it is easy to reassemble a picture of Mexico prior to the 1910 revolution. The exhibition will remember the work of these important photographers. It will show Mexico City and its environs as it was more than 100 years ago and show a photographic history of the country through images of its architecture, landscape and people. More than 200 postcards will be on view in this exhibit, in addition to expanded reproductions of many of the postcards in an effort to show their striking images and details.


PostcardThe exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of San Francisco State University, and the City Lights Foundation.


Related Programs:


Exhibit Opening Event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía – Sept. 14, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.


Gone But Not Forgotten: Correspondence Calaveras for Dio de los Muertos – Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin St.

Jennie Hinchcliff and members of the SF Correspondence Co-op celebrate Dio de los Muertos. Attendees are encouraged to write, reflect, and correspond with loved ones — creating short poems known as calaveras — in the spirit of the holiday. Artwork created during the afternoon can be kept as a keepsake or mailed to friends; all artwork completed and mailed from the event will receive a commemorative hand cancellation.”


Virgin Guadalupe Celebration – Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.


Also join us for ¡Viva! San Francisco Public Library’s Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, featuring music, arts, films, crafts and more, for all ages, in September and October 2013.


Tales from Two Cities: Writing From California


August 21, 2013


Tales from Two Cities: Writing From California

Literary Conference, October 4 and 5, 2013, SF Main Library

Featuring Armistead Maupin, Tobias Wolff, Kevin Starr & More

What’s regional about Northern California writers and writing?  What’s Californian about it?  San Francisco Public Library will host a day and a half of discussions, readings, and interviews that explore the literary and publishing landscape of the Bay Area in Tales from Two Cities: Writing from California.  The literary conference, free and open to the public, begins Friday Oct. 4and continues all day Saturday Oct. 5, at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Featured is Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, who will be conversation with David Ulin, author, book critic and former Book Editor of the Los Angeles Times, on Oct. 4.

Other authors, editors, historians and booksellers include Dana Gioia, Kevin Starr, John Tayman, Ellen Ullman, Tobias Wolff, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Tei Yamashita, David Talbot, Gary Kamiya, Elaine Katzenberger, Oscar Villalon, Jane Ganahl, Frances Dinkelspiel, Ursula Heise, Peter Richardson, Laura Cogan, Will Hearst, Faith Adiele, Anthea Hartig, Michelle Tea and Phil Bronstein.

A second conference will explore writers and writing in Southern California, which will be held at the Los Angeles Public Library on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014.

Sponsors include: The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; FORA.TV; Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles. For more information, go to

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Scavanger Hunts, Digital Security, StoryCorps Sessions, Films and More Featured for One City One Book Fall 2013


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August 15, 2013

Scavanger Hunts, Digital Security, StoryCorps Sessions, Films and More Featured for One City One Book Fall 2013

This year’s selection is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book program for 2013 will feature a fall schedule filled with special events that play off the themes of this year’s book, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.  From a tech-focused scavenger hunt to digital privacy and security discussions, from films about hackers to crafting classes and legos workshops, plus find multiple chances to tell your own San Francisco stories for StoryCorps, the nationally known oral history project.

About the Book:

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:


Schedule of Events


Rogue Agent! The One City One Book 2013 Scavenger Hunt

Sept. 14, Check-in 1 p.m., Hunt begins 2 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. steps.

A rogue government operative has a plan that will jeopardize the privacy of all citizens, and it’s up to you and your team to help stop him/her before time runs out! Scour the Library and the streets of San Francisco to solve clues, crack codes, and help bring the perpetrator to justice in this information-based scavenger hunt based on Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. 

Assemble a crack team of puzzle solvers, and bring your wits, a spirit of adventure, and your best walking shoes. The One City One Book Hunt is FREE, but you must register your team online before Friday, Sept. 13 in order to play. Find more information and register your team here:

One City One Book Author Cory Doctorow in Conversation with Nico Sell

Oct. 2, 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Image of authorCory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

Nico Sell, a security expert and longtime organizer for Defcon, is the cofounder of Wickr, a free app that provides military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages and the best available privacy, anonymity and secure file shredding features.

Book sales and signing follow.

One City One Book and the Bookmobile at Litquake’s Lit Crawl!

Oct. 19, Valencia Street, San Francisco

SFPL’s Bookmobile will be parked along the Litquake Lit Crawl route (check the map). Check out books and DVDs and get a library card. Drop by throughout the evening for Little Brother book giveaways, free swag and to snap a picture in the LB cover blow-up. #ocobsf13

Digital Security and Privacy Discussions

Online Privacy Tools

Sept. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library, 1298 Ocean Ave.

Privacy is both an essential factor in computer security as well as an essential human and civil right.  The more data can be collected about us (with or without our awareness or approval), the more vulnerable we are. We will look at a handful of tools that may help us protect our online communications and decrease the amount of (meta-)data available to any three-letter-agency. Jan Schaumann is, serendipitously, a Staff Security Engineer at Twitter and an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Could It Happen Here? Little Brother in San Francisco 2013
Sept. 24, 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother may already be five years old, but its “day after tomorrow” setting seems closer than ever to reality. From the Occupy protests to newly revealed government surveillance programs, the real-world San Francisco is starting to look more and more like Doctorow’s version. But how close is it, really?  In this panel, held during Banned Books Week, tech policy experts, computer programmers, and crypto activists, including staff from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss some of the key elements and technologies described in the novel. Could the events Doctorow describes happen here? Have we already seen some of them happen?

Concepts in Crypto with Electronic Frontier Foundation

Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott St., San Francisco
Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Cryptography is not just an essential tool for communicating securely even when people are trying to listen in, but an important component of technological literacy. But it can also be intimidating and difficult to understand. In this workshop, Micah Lee and Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation give an introduction to some of the basic building blocks of encryption. Micah Lee is a staff technologist for EFF and the project maintainer of HTTPS Everywhere. An avid GNU/Linux user, he has been writing code in a variety of languages for a variety of platforms for over a decade. Parker Higgins is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in issues at the intersection of freedom of speech and copyright, trademark, and patent law.

Your Civil Liberties as a Digital Citizen
Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

An overview of what your rights are – and aren’t – in the digital world, along with online safety and privacy recommendations. As Senior Director of Trust and Safety at Twitter, Del Harvey works to define policy and to ensure user safety and security in the challenging realm of modern social media. Prior to joining Twitter in 2008, she spent five years as the co-administrator and law enforcement liaison for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, working with agencies ranging from local police  to the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and Secret Service.

Protecting Your Privacy Online

Oct. 7, 7-8 p.m., Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., San Francisco

Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St., San Francisco

This hands-on session will teach how to protect your privacy on the Internet with privacy tools including: encrypted Off-The-Record chat using Pidgin or Adium, and anonymous browsing using the Tor Browser Bundle. We will be installing and using software, so you will get the most out of it if you can bring a laptop. If you can’t bring a laptop, you are welcome to come and listen or find a buddy. Jacob Hoffman-Andrews works on security issues as a programmer at Twitter.

StoryCorps @ Your Library – Record Your San Francisco Story

Take part in One City One Book: San Francisco Reads by recording your own truly San Francisco story as part of StoryCorps @ Your Library. StoryCorps is one of the largest national oral history projects of its kind. We are recording stories around the themes of the book and about growing up in San Francisco – tell us about your high school experience, your neighborhood and family, or social justice efforts you participated in, here in the Bay Area.

Schedule an appointment to record your San Francisco story by calling (415) 557-4277 or email at

Interviews are collected as part of StoryCorps @ your library, a project of the American Library Association and StoryCorps. Funding for StoryCorps @ your library is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information at

Recording Times and Locations

Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St.

Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m.

Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Stong Room – 1st Floor

Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sept. 22, 1-5 pm.

Oct. 6, 1-5 p.m.

Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Park, 2825 Diamond St.

Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m.

Ocean View, 345 Randolph St.

Sept. 28, 2-5 p.m.

Golden Gate Valley, 1801 Green St.

Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m.

Bernal Heights, 500 Cortland Ave.

Oct. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Anza, 550 37th Ave.

Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m.

Craft, Hack, Build Activities

LEGO Robotics: Hack a Robot!
Sept. 28, 2-5 p.m., SF Main Library, Children’s Center-2nd Floor, 100 Larkin St.

Oct. 12, 2-5 p.m., SF Main Library, Children’s Center-2nd Floor, 100 Larkin St.

At this workshop teens and tweens will learn how to assemble a motorized LEGO robot and to program it to do various actions such as follow the sound of your handclap or avoid obstacles in its path. Ages 11-19. Workshop space is extremely limited. To register for a spot in the workshop or to add your name to the waitlist, please contact Eric Hannan at or 415-557-4426.

LED Robot Plushie Workshop + Little Brother Book Discussion

Learn how to light-up your craft projects with Amelia Strader, owner and founder of mobile crafting workshop GoGo Craft.  She will take you step-by-step through the process of making and then adding LEDs to this adorable robot plushie.  Materials included.  While you craft, you can chat about SFPL’s One City One Book – Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which features teens using technology for fun, a little mayhem, and to defend civil rights. For teens, ages 13 and up. Limited to 12 participants. Contact the branch to sign-up in advance.

Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St.
Sept. 18, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St.
Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell St.

Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m., Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th St.

Oct. 19, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Library. 1550 Scott St.
Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Bayview Branch Library, 5075 Third St.

Oct. 25, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch Library, 2825 Diamond St.

Oct. 26, 1 p.m., SF Main Library, Children’s Center, 100 Larkin St.

Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m., Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St.

Circuit Hacking Saturdays at SFPL!

Nov. 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library, 960 4th St.,

Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Ave.

Noisebridge, San Francisco’s coolest hackerspace, comes to the library as part of San Francisco’s citywide book club, One City One Book, reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother this fall.

Mitch Altman will teach you all of the skills you need to solder stuff together in one session. Kits to make cool, practical, intriguing, hackable things that you can bring home after you make them will be available. Limited space for 20 people at each event, first come first served. Doors open 10 minutes before start time. For teens and adults, ages 13 and up.

Films About Hackers and Hacking

Thursday @ Noon Films, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.


Oct. 3: Hackers

(1995, 105 minutes, PG-13) A group of New York teenagers find themselves embroiled in a dangerous espionage plot while competing to see which one is the best computer hacker.

Oct. 10: The Net

(1995, 118 minutes, PG-13) Sandra Bullock plays a computer expert victimized by sinister cyberforces who steal her identity for reasons unknown.

Oct. 17: Sneakers

(1992, 121 minutes, PG-13) From the writer/director of Field Of Dreams, this adventure caper is about a team of high-tech experts hired to penetrate and test security systems.

Oct. 24: War Games

(1983; 110 minutes, PG) A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top-secret super-computer that has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War III.


Oct. 31: The Matrix

(1999; 136 minutes, R) Set in a future when powerful computers rule the Earth, using human beings as their energy source. When computer hacker Neo discovers that his seemingly normal life is nothing but an illusion, he opts to fight back.

Branch Films:

Sept. 9, 3 p.m.: War Games

Golden Gate Valley, 1801 Green St.

Sept. 12, 4 p.m.: Source Code

Visitacion Valley, 201 Leland Ave.

Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m.: Swordfish

Chinatown, 1135 Powell St.

Sept. 23, 3 p.m.: Sneakers
Golden Gate Valley, 1801 Green St.

Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., Existenz

Bernal Heights, 500 Cortland Ave.

Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.: Sneakers

Portola, 380 Bacon St.


Sept. 28, 3 p.m.: Existenz

Glen Park, 2825 Diamond St.

Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.: Source Code

Anza, 550 37th Ave.

Oct. 12, 2 p.m.: The Matrix

Western Addition, 1550 Scott St.

Oct. 19, 2 p.m.: War Games

Ingleside, 1298 Ocean Ave.

Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.: The Matrix

Mission Bay, 960 4th St.

Oct. 26, 3 p.m.: Hackers

Ortega, 3223 Ortega St.

Book Discussions


Sept. 7 at 4 p.m.

Discussion for Teens!

Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St.

Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

Facilitated discussion in partnership with Borderlands Books: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror Bookstore

Borderlands Café, 870 Valencia St.

Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Mission Bay Branch Library, 960 4th St.

Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.
Noe Valley Branch Library, 451 Jersey St.

Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave.