Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Ex Postal Facto Lectures


January 22, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

The Ex Postal Facto Lectures
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 1:00pm-4:30pm

An afternoon of panel discussions related to correspondence art takes place at the San Francisco Public Library as part of the Ex Postal Facto conference. The lecture series is part of the closing events related to the three-day conference.

Hosted by the San Francisco Public Library’s Book Arts and Special Collections, The Ex Postal Facto lectures feature luminaries of the West Coast correspondence art scene, in addition to contemporary artists working within the genre. The first panel of the day, “The History of West Coast Mail Art,” features speakers Lowell Darling (visual/conceptual artist), Leslie Caldera of Los Angeles (correspondence artist), Carl Chew of Seattle (artistamp maker) and Anna Banana of Canada (artistamp maker). The panel will be moderated by San Francisco writer and visual artist John Held, Jr.

A second lecture titled “Artistamps and Their Makers: Seeing the World in Miniature” features artists working in the field of faux philatelics, also known as “artistamps”. The work of James Cline (Founding Postmaster, Black Rock City Post Office), James Felter (Postes Mraur), Harley (Terra Candella), and Ginny Lloyd (Gina Lotta Artistamp Museum) will be highlighted. The discussion will be moderated by correspondence artist and Ex Postal Facto organizer Jennie Hinchcliff.

The lectures are the culminating event of the Ex Postal Facto conference — a celebration of correspondence art, letter writing, and faux philatelics. Held February 14 – 16 at various venues throughout San Francisco, Ex Postal Facto brings together “Networkers” from across North America – artists whose primary artistic medium is the postal system, and whose goal is to encourage open dialogue via the mail. For more information about the conference, please visit:

Schedule for Sunday, February 16th, 2014:

1:00pm – 200pm: “The History of West Coast Mail Art”

2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Artistamps and Their Makers: Seeing the World in Miniature”

3:45pm – 4:30pm: public reception in the Latino-Hispanic Community Meeting

–During the reception, Ex Postal Facto passport stamping will be available. Information about obtaining a passport for the weekend can be found at the Ex Postal Facto website. (In order to receive a commemorative stamp, attendees must have an Ex Postal Facto passport).

Images available upon request

Sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center and the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Storycorps Teams up with Major San Francisco Institutions for New Permanent Location

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Airbnb and the San Francisco Public Library will host StoryCorps’ West Coast hub, giving
residents the opportunity to add their stories to the renowned national archive

January 27, 2014, NEW YORK, NY—StoryCorps, the national oral history organization,
will call the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) its new home in the Bay Area, with
Airbnb as its lead sponsor. Airbnb is the world’s leading community-driven hospitality
company. To date, StoryCorps has the largest single collection of voices ever gathered,
from nearly 90,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

In partnership with SFPL and Airbnb, StoryCorps in San Francisco will give residents
the opportunity to record and archive their unique and powerful stories. StoryCorps
housed a booth in San Francisco from October 2008 to January 2014 at the
Contemporary Jewish Museum and collected more than 3,000 interviews. With this new
location, StoryCorps will redouble its effort to honor and celebrate stories from residents
of the Bay Area. Local public radio station KALW will continue to be StoryCorps in San
Francisco’s broadcast partner, and KQED will join as a media sponsor.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about
each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At
the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a CD copy of their
interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife
Center at the Library of Congress. Segments of select interviews air on local public
radio and may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius”
Grant recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are
as a nation.

“It has been a remarkable experience for StoryCorps to record the stories of the Bay
Area,” says Dave Isay. “As StoryCorps begins its second decade of service, it’s an
honor to have such terrific partners in San Francisco, where we will continue to expand
our reach and spread our message: that every life and every story matter.”

“We are honored and excited to welcome the StoryCorps recording booth to the Skylight
Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library,” says City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Our library
and our city offer such a diverse community of voices with exciting, historic, and
powerful stories to tell. We expect this collaboration to be a wonderful opportunity for
library users and for all residents to create an oral record that preserves the
experiences of their lives.”

“Airbnb brings hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world together every
day to share their cities and their stories,” says Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia. “That’s
why we’re proud to be partnering with StoryCorps, which has celebrated the power of
individual stories for more than a decade. We look forward to supporting the incredible
work they continue to do.”

To ensure the diversity of participants, StoryCorps sponsors major initiatives:
StoryCorps Historias collects the stories of Latinos throughout the United States and
Puerto Rico; StoryCorps Griot preserves the voices and experiences of African
Americans; the Military Voices Initiative records, shares, and preserves the stories of
post-9/11 veterans, active-duty service members, and their families; and OutLoud will
launch in 2014 to collect the stories of the LGBT community.

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About StoryCorps

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions listen to StoryCorps’ awardwinning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books that are New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. Our fourth book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, was released in October 2013. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit Find us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@storycorps).

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted
community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

San Francisco Women Street Artists Demonstrate Their Craft at Main Library!


January 22, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

San Francisco Women Street Artists Demonstrate Their Craft at Main Library!

In celebration of women artists of the City, local street artists will be creating art, live and in person, every Friday in the Main Library’s 4th floor Music Center throughout the month of March 2014. A different artist will be on hand each Friday from 1 – 3:00 p.m. This program of live art, Art in Action: How It’s Done: Celebrating Women Artists in San Francisco, Past and Present, is presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission in association with the Library. All of the artists are part of the SF Arts Commission Street Artists Program.

Photographs and information featuring original Art in Action female artists, which took place at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940, will be on display in the Art, Music and Recreation Department on the 4th Floor throughout the month of March.

Follow San Francisco Public Library on Instagram (@sfpubliclibrary) to see Art of the Walk: An Instagram Tour of Art by Women in San Francisco featuring a different work every day in March.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Art in Action Schedule:

March 7: Kathy Hallinan

Kathy Hallinan learned her leathercraft from her mother, one of the original street artists in San Francisco. She dyes, patterns, punches and cuts her own leather to create beautiful, handmade baby booties, hair clips, bracelets and more. She has been designing and selling her leathercraft items for over 40 years.

March 14: Mara Murray

Mara Murray started designing her own unique hand-made ZOOMEEZ animals, dolls, pillows and accessories in 2008. To create her artwork, she uses colorful fabrics, recycled jeans, and trims. Each ZOOMEEZ has its own personality and spirit; a one of a kind creation for the inner child in us all.

March 21: Jenifer Martinez

Jenifer Martinez and partner Stan Chiao work together to create a line of whimsical t-shirts featuring Jen’s original cartoon stick figure artwork. The t-shirts are sold side-by-side with their unique line of Steampunk jewelry made from stainless steel chain maille accented with recycled keys, clock parts and recycled materials.

March 28: Simone Guimaraes

Simone Guimaraes creates her artwork in a very organic style by using different media, bright, exciting colors and upcycled items. Her cat paintings are created using recycled San Francisco maps and acrylic paint. Each one tells its own story and finds their new owner, with a smile, all over the world. That is what her artwork is all about!

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball


January 17, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

Exhibition Opening January 25

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

A new library exhibition opening Jan. 25, Linedrives and Lipstick, details the history of women’s baseball, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century and Vassar College. Linedrives and Lipstick, which will be on view at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery through March 16, 2014, celebrates the legends and landmarks of the dedicated women athletes who hit, fielded, slid, and caught with passion.

From early games played before small, yet curious crowds in 1875 to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s 1948 season that attracted 910,000 paying fans, the history of women’s baseball was as exciting and tumultuous as a fast-paced game. Women were paid to play ball in the 1890s, and a surprising number of women were included on early 20th-century men’s teams.

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with 45 images, photos and 10 objects selected from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. Postcards of women at bat in long skirts, images of girls with scraped knees, and historic black-and-white photographs document more than a century of change for women’s baseball. The exhibition showcases many of the pioneering players, including Maggie Riley, Connie “Iron Woman” Wisniewski, and Ruth “Tex” Lessing, who garnered cheers from adoring fans—and braved critics’ jeers—as they barnstormed across the country from one game to the next.

This exhibition and program are co-sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Exhibits USA, a national program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Please join us for an exhibition opening program on women and baseball, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring baseball scholars David Block, Jean Ardell, Dorothy Mills, Leslie Heaphy and Monica Nucciarone.

Other related programs

Thursday @ Noon Films – Women in Sports

March 6
A League of Their Own
1992, 128 minutes

March 13
Whip it
2009, 111 minutes

March 20
Bend it like Beckham
2002, 112 minutes

March 27
Heart of the Game
2005, 97 minutes

All films are screened in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library.

God’s Hotel: Author talk and book signing with Dr. Victoria Sweet


January 21, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

God’s Hotel: Author talk and book signing with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, will speak about the discoveries she made during her twenty years of serving as a doctor practicing personalized care at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital. The event will be held on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God’s Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves — “anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times” and needed extended medical care — ended up there.

At Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, Dr. Sweet had the chance to practice a kind of “slow medicine” that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place and its patients transformed the way she understood the body. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her patients evoked an older notion, of the body as a garden to be tended. God’s Hotel tells their stories, and the story of the hospital, which — as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern health care facility — revealed its truths about the cost and value of caring for body and soul.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Dr. Sweet lays out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country. God’s Hotel is San Francisco Public Library’s On the Same Page selection for January/February 2014.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing.

Author Talk & Booksigning:

Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tuesday, February 25 – 6pm

For more information about this program, please call 415 557-4277.


Exhibition opening: Survival in Sarajevo Jews and Muslims, Serbs and Croats working together during the Bosnian War 1992-1995


January 17, 2014

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
415 557-4282

Exhibition opening: Survival in Sarajevo
Jews and Muslims, Serbs and Croats working together during the Bosnian War 1992-1995

Survival in Sarajevo, a multi-panel exhibition on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, tells the story of how a small community of approximately 1,200 Jewish residents in the multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo turned a synagogue into one of the most effective humanitarian aid agencies operating inside the city during the Bosnian War. This exhibition opens Jan. 18 and will be on view during library open hours until March 16Exhibit on Sarajevo.

For three years, Muslims and Jews, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats, all worked together in the Jewish community’s aid agency, La Benevolencija (Ladino for good will). They ran a soup kitchen, pharmacy, medical clinic, two-way radio to the outside world, woman’s club, adult education courses and a children’s program. When the post was cut off to the city, La Benevolencija brought in the mail – then had its team of young men run through the city to deliver the letters. La Benevolencija also operated eleven rescue convoys out of the war zone between 1992 and 1994 and took more than 900 Jews and non-Jews out of the besieged city.

The exhibit begins with a history of the Jews in the Balkans – from their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the Holocaust in 1941. When the exhibition turns to the Bosnian war of 1992- 1995, all photographs were taken by Edward Serotta, who covered the conflict for Time magazine, Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung. This exhibition, while politically neutral, profiles extraordinary people of different ethnic backgrounds who made a difference during difficult times.

This exhibition is made possible by Centropa, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, the Milton and Roslyn Wolf Foundation, Alan & Susan Rothenberg, Morton and Amy Friedkin, Dennis & Tracy Albers and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Related events

Opening Program

Meet photographer and curator Edward Serotta and guest speakers – Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret auditorium.

Sarajevo Today – Sarajevo is a vibrant city, one of the fastest growing metropolises in the region. Find out more about contemporary Sarajevo arts, culture, architecture and life through this panel discussion with Zina Besirevic, Jasminko Halilovic and others familiar with the city. Co-sponsored by the Jericho Foundation – Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorum.

Supervisors David Chiu and Malia Cohen Announce Partnership Between Tech and Non-profit to Mentor Kids

For immediate release

Supervisors David Chiu and Malia Cohen Announce Partnership Between Tech and Non-profit to Mentor Kids

January is National Mentoring Month

SAN FRANCISCO—Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Chiu today announced a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to reduce the existing waiting list of San Francisco children seeking mentors from 83 to zero. The announcement was made at the Bayview Branch Library in San Francisco.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization providing year round, long term, 1:1 mentoring, a proven intervention for improving youth academic achievement and social engagement, serves 1,000 youth throughout the Bay Area and currently has 83 children in San Francisco on a waitlist for a mentor.

Recognizing the ongoing growth of the tech sector and’s mission to engage the industry towards playing an active role in the community, Supervisors Cohen and Chiu helped bring these two organizations together with a goal of not only decreasing the waitlist to zero, but building a database of mentors for the future. The connection to’s membership will specifically target mentors who, in addition to offering their time and commitment, can also provide children with access to future skill development and career opportunities.

“One-on-one mentoring is a proven model to help inspire and guide young people,” said Supervisor Cohen. “We should be doing everything possible to bring additional resources, people and energy to help our City’s children. This partnership will have a lasting impact on our community.”, a tech advocacy organization with over 700 members and 15,000 individual supporters, is consistently seeking opportunities to engage with the community and bring talent, innovation and energy towards solutions to help the City. The organization gladly accepted the call to engage their membership on such an important issue.

“Our members represent San Francisco values and care deeply about the City’s future,” said Board of Directors member Steve Sarner, Vice President of Marketing for Tagged Inc., a social media company. “Our goal will be to meet this challenge and help connect kids from throughout the City to our individual members who can offer time, compassion, and their expertise.”

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu also recognized an opportunity to assist young people who are seeking mentoring opportunities from one of the City’s fastest growing sectors. “During National Mentorship Month, it is fitting that we highlight the efforts of those investing in young people who are seeking guidance and role models,” said Supervisor Chiu. “While we have seen real economic benefits from our City’s tech sector, I will continue to strongly encourage the industry to play a more significant role in our civic fabric and answer the call to serve.”

“We’re so grateful to both Supervisors Chiu and Cohen, and, for organizing this effort to match children with motivated mentors,” said Katherine Bella, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. “Children at this age are incredibly impressionable, and every child deserves the opportunity to have a role model in their life.”



Judson True, Office of Supervisor David Chiu; 415-554-7451

Yoyo Chan, Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen; 415-554-4566

Alex Tourk,; 415-291-9501

Get a Work of Art in Your Wallet

January 10, 2014

CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
415 557-4282;

Get a Work of Art in Your Wallet

Discover Your Library with Colorful New Library Cards Designed by Children and Adults, Available at San Francisco Public Libraries Starting January 13.

Pick a new library card! Five colorful new designs were selected from more than 3,500 entries in a design contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, ImproveSF and San Francisco Public Library. Current and new library card holders can select one of the new cards, either new or as replacement for an existing card, for free through Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The new cards will be available at the Main Library and each of the 27 branch libraries effective Monday, January 13, 2014.

“Having a library card empowers our users to be lifelong learners and readers,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera, a big supporter of the new designs.

The contest, held in September and October of 2012, accepted entries in five categories, divided by age: 2nd grade and under; 3rd through 5th grades; middle school; high school; and adult. The entry forms were available through schools, libraries and online. Of the 3,500-plus designs submitted, the entries were winnowed to ten in each category. The five winners were selected following public voting at Over 14,000 votes and comments were received.

Images of the new library cardsAmong the motifs featured on the new cards are a child reading and dreaming while sitting on a stack of books (2nd grade and under winner), shelves of books with a playful penguin (3rd – 5th grade winner), a host of colorful butterflies swarming a book (middle school winner), a rainbow emanating from a book (high school winner), and a lazy fox writing beneath a tree (adult winner).

For the first time ever, in addition to four children’s designs, San Francisco Public Library also has a design created by an adult artist. The Library also continues to offer a “classic” or standard card.

Show your library card love by snapping a photograph holding your new library card and posting it on Instagram and Twitter @sfpubliclibrary #lovemylibrary.

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Note to Editors: The youth library card design winners can be made available for interviews. In addition, higher resolution images of the cards are available. Thank you.