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

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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.
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Cory 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.
August 15, 2013