Monthly Archives: June 2014

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Selected as 10th Annual One City One Book

June 20, 2014

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Selected as
10th Annual One City One Book

Maupin to speak on Oct. 23 at Main Library

San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to announce that the 10th Annual One City One Book selection is Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, a beloved book that celebrates San Francisco in the 1970s. Mr. Maupin will appear at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m., in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein.

Library bookshelves will be stocked with fresh copies of Tales of the City in September – or, read it over the summer and be ready for all the fun events happening this fall! Citywide programming will take place throughout September and October.

Cover image of Tales of the City
Cover image of Tales of the City

For almost four decades, Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.

Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

For more information visit: or Twitter: #ocobsf14 or call 415 557-4277.

About the Author:

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944, but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Maupin is the author of the Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, and The Night Listener, among other works. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The final Tales book, The Days of Anna Madrigal, was published in 2014.

Maupin lives in Santa Fe and San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

Summer Read 2014 Scavenger Hunt at the Library

June 13, 2014

Media Contact: Marcia  Schneider
(415) 557-4252;

Summer Read 2014 Scavenger Hunt at the Library

Fox Case: A puzzle adventure based on The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

A popular scavenger hunt returns to the San Francisco Public Library this summer as part of the summer reading program for participants of all ages. This activity, fun for friends, families with older kids and teens, co-workers, classmates and more, will be held on July 19, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. at the Main Library. Capacity is limited, so participants are advised to form teams now and sign up at

The Library teamed with Mastermind Hunts to create a puzzle hunt based upon Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files. Teams will explore the library to crack codes and help solve this baffling mystery, armed with a set of surveillance photographs and a handful of clues. Wits, observational skills and library resources will be used to track down and uncover the agenda of a mysterious interloper.

Assemble a crack team of puzzle solvers and put on your best walking shoes. This event is free, but you must register your team online in advance. Registration will be closed when we reach capacity, so sign up early.

Mastermind Hunts also managed the Library’s One City One Book scavenger hunt in 2013, and over 300 participants registered and explored the Library and the City, following the clues. Join us for this year’s wild and fun event.

For more information about this and other library programs, please call 415 557-4277. All programs at the Library are free.

Summer Activities for Kids at the Library!

June 11, 2014

Media Contact: Marcia Schneider
(415) 557-4277;

Summer Activities for Kids at the Library!

          Summer reading is in full swing at all San Francisco Public Libraries, full of good reading suggestions and prizes, but that is only part of the fun. Check out these learning and literacy activities being offered at your neighborhood library! Here is a sampling of summer reading programs and activities for kids and teens:

Maker Mondays

Join us for Maker Mondays at the Main Library. Activities include stop-motion animation using iPads, as well as robotics, Lego construction and DIY crafts. During this weekly arts and crafts hour, participants can make various art projects, including duct tape hats and roses, custom made buttons and stickers, paper crafts and much more. Activities are designed for children ages 8 and up, tweens and teens through age 18.  For information please email or call (415) 557-4559.

Maker Mondays, Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, every Monday until Aug. 25, except Monday, July 21. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Read Write Discover – Free Literacy Tutoring

Read Write Discover (RWD), a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization, is partnering with the Library to offer free summer literacy tutoring to youth. RWD matches high school students with youth, grades one through eight, who are struggling in reading and writing, or whose families face language barriers in their communities. RWD programs are located at Bayview, Chinatown, Excelsior, Ocean View, and Visitacion Valley branches.

For more information about RWD, go to

Lunch is On Us

In partnership with the Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF), the Library is again serving free lunch to youth this summer. Come for lunch, then stay for Summer READ SF and engaging activities! Last summer, we served over 2,500 lunches. We hope to increase that number by offering lunch every weekday at the Main Library, and pairing four additional lunch locations with individual literacy tutoring with Read Write Discover. All youth ages 18 years and under are welcome.

Lunch is On Us Schedule (June 2 – Aug. 8)

Main Library, Children’s Center         Monday – Friday                    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Bayview Branch                          Tuesday  12:15 – 1:00 p.m. & Thursday 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Excelsior Branch                                 Tuesday & Thursday               12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Ocean View                                        Tuesday & Wednesday           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Visitacion Valley                                Monday & Tuesday                12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Tree Frog Tuesdays

Pythons, pelts and learning, oh, my! Tree Frog Treks, a local education organization, brings live science to the library. Through fun, interactive experiences, Tree Frog Treks naturalists inspire eco-literacy knowledge of biology, chemistry, earth science and natural history. Kids not only will learn about their environments, they also will meet live reptiles and amphibians face-to-face. From creeping, crawling, slithering critters to 14 foot-long Burmese Pythons, kids have a chance to learn about natural habitats and ecosystems.

Tree Frog Tuesdays and many other children’s and teen programs at the Library can be found at For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

Author Ruth Ozeki to speak at Main Library Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

June 10, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

Author Ruth Ozeki to speak at Main Library
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Ozeki, acclaimed novelist and filmmaker and author of My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), will speak about her latest novel, A Tale for the Time Being, at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ozeki’s unforgettable novel was selected for the Library’s On the Same Page, a bi-monthly book and discussion program promoting high readability books with broad appeal to the community.

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace — and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. A Tale for the Time-Being (2013) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and will be published in over thirty countries. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country.

A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

For more information about this and other library programs, please call 415 557-4277. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Author Lisa See Speaks at Main Library on June 12, 6:30 p.m.


**Media Alert**Media Alert**Media Alert**

Author Lisa See Speaks at Main Library on June 12, 6:30 p.m.

Who: Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls

What: Author discussion about new novel, China Dolls

When: June 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Info: This program is offered in connection with the exhibition Forbidden City USA: Chinese American Nightclubs 1936-1970, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, now through July 6. The program is free and open to the public

A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.

Media Contact:

Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

Book Launch – The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

June 6, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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Book Launch

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

On Wednesday, June 11, photographer and essayist Robert Dawson will lead a slide show and discuss his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, April 2014), with City Librarian Luis Herrera. The event will take place in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, at 6:00 p.m.

An abiding love and respect for the role of libraries in the community is the central theme of the book. A project conceived here in the Bay Area, Mr. Dawson spent eighteen years documenting and photographing hundreds of libraries in 38 states across the country, large and small, urban, rural and remote, from the grand reading room of the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library.

Essays, letters, and poetry by distinguished writers and librarians complete this impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution, including a forward by Bill Moyers and afterward by Ann Patchett. Other contributors include Amy Tan, Philip Levine, Barbara Kingsolver, Isaac Asimov, and San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera.

These photographs address the changing role of the public library as non-commercial centers for information and resources that help us define what we value and what we share as communities and as a nation. Dawson’s work focuses on this vibrant, essential, yet vulnerable aspect of our shared commons.

Robert Dawson is an Instructor in Photography at San Jose State University and Stanford University. His other works include: Great Central Valley: America’s Heartland, written with Stephen Johnson and Gerald Haslam; Farewell Promised Land, written with Gray Brechin; and more. He and his wife, Ellen Manchester, recently received a Guggenheim grant to document library literacy efforts in Stockton, California.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Serigrafia – Exhibition Features Powerful Latino Poster Art of the 70s to Present

June 5, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
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Exhibition Features Powerful Latino Poster Art of the 70s to Present

Serigrafía, a traveling exhibition featuring 30 influential silkscreen prints created by the best of California’s Latino/a printmaking community, will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, July 26 – Sept. 7, 2014.

The exhibition features poster art from the 1970s to the present, including works of Bay Area artists Juan R. Fuentes, Jos Sances, Favianna Rodriguez, Esther Hernandez, Yolanda Lopez and other California artists. Emerging in concert with the civil rights movement and activism for political and social justice for marginalized groups, these prints confront political, economic, social, and cultural issues on both a personal and a global level.

The art, which explores such subjects as the United States embargo on Cuba, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, was conceived to provoke, protest, and praise. From the iconic “Sun Mad” by Esther Hernandez, who combined the familiar Sun Maid girl with the calavera (the satirically costumed skeletons) to bring awareness about the use of pesticides, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals in raisin production, to works by emerging printmakers like Gilda Posada, whose print “Libertad” was created to show the relationship between liberation movements for human rights in Palestine and in Mexico, this exhibition is varied in subject matter but rooted in a long heritage of California printmaking.

Many graphic artists called on the iconography of their pre-Columbian past, such as in Xavier Villamontes’ Boycott Grapes, which depicts a powerful Aztec warrior crushing handfuls of grapes that drip with the blood of exploited and injured farmworkers. When strikes, marches, and legislation failed to improve conditions in the fields, through posters like this one, the United Farms Workers Union (UFWA) asked the public to boycott grapes, wine, and lettuce in order to pressure growers.

This exhibition was made possible by funding from The James Irvine Foundation and was produced by Exhibit Envoy, a statewide organization that provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California.

For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

Related programs:

Opening discussion with curators Juan R. Fuentes and Jos Sances
July 30, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Voice on Ink/Voz en Tinta, poetry event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia August 7, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102