Monthly Archives: March 2015

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the S.F. Public Library

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2015

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org; (415) 557-4282

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the S.F. Public Library

Poetry will resound throughout the month of April with special programs at the San Francisco Public Library. National Poetry Month, held every April, is one of the largest literary celebrations in the world. From poetic voices of the Muslim world, teen poetry winners, and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, there is plenty to choose from at the San Francisco Public Library!

April 7 – Persis Karim
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Poet and scholar Persis Karim will discuss poetry and poetic translation, and the emergence of Iranian-American literature.

April 8 – Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf continues the discussion of poetic voices from the Muslim world.

April 9 – Jacqueline Woodson
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
6 p.m.
Join us for an author talk with Jacqueline Woodson, the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. In her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, Ms. Woodson shares in vivid poems what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow, and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

April 14 – Joanne Kyger and Bill Berkson
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
Joanne Kyger’s latest work, On Time, is her first full length collection of poetry in nearly a decade. Expect Delays, Bill Berkson’s latest book, is wide ranging and experimental. Co-sponsored by City Lights Publishing. Book sales by Readers Books.

April 15 – Omar Offendum
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
6:30 p.m.
Omar Offendum is a Syrian American Hip Hop artist.

April 18 – We Are All Poets
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
2 p.m.
Grand finale for We Are All Poets, a youth literary and civic engagement program that unites elementary, middle and high school students with public officials. Work was submitted on the theme of The Power of Peace.

For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.

Library Unveils New Signage at Bayview Branch – Name Commemorates Memory of Linda Brooks Burton

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2015

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org
(415) 557-4282

Library Unveils New Signage at Bayview Branch
Name Commemorates Memory of Linda Brooks Burton

Signage reflecting the new name of the Bayview Branch Library, Bayview – Linda Brooks- Burton Branch, will be unveiled on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. The Bayview – Linda Brooks Burton Branch is located at 5075 3rd Street (at Revere).

Responding to a community-led proposal, the Library Commission approved the new name at its regular meeting on September 18, 2014. The Commission received approximately 3,000 petition signatures and letters speaking in favor of the proposal.

Linda Brooks-Burton, the longtime branch manager and later district manager for the Bayview Branch, passed away in September 2013, and the branch was renamed is in her honor and memory. Linda Brooks-Burton dedicated thirty years of service to the San Francisco Public Library system, including position of district manager for seven library branches in the southeast sector and 15 years as the managing librarian of the Bayview Branch Library prior to her promotion to District Manager. She was the unifying force that brought the Bayview community together to support the rebuilding of the Bayview Branch Library and she ensured that the new Branch Library reflected the history and culture of the community.

It is the general policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any person, living or deceased. However, in the rare instance where there are reasons so compelling that adding the name of a person to the geographic name of a specific branch library, or to another library facility, may be appropriate, it is the policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library facility for any living person, or for any person deceased less than one year.

The Library Commission held a meeting at the Bayview Branch to allow member of the community to speak on the matter in August 2014, in accordance with policy. Following additional favorable public testimony at the September 18, 2014 meeting, the Commission voted unanimously in favor of the renaming.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor – Annual exhibition opens April 1

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2015

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines
from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

Annual exhibition opens April 1

April 1 – May 31, 2015
Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Subversive humor magazines have pushed the boundaries of civility and politics since the 19th century. They’ve been loved, hated, banned and worse. Most of us are familiar with Punch, MAD magazine, The Onion, The New Yorker, and now Charlie Hebdo, but did you know that Charlie Hebdo derived its dual inspiration from MAD magazine and the 19th century satirical French magazine, L’Assiette au Beurre (The Butter Dish)? You may be surprised to learn that the founders of Punch were inspired by the French humor magazine Le Charivari. Few of us may know that the Muslim world embraced one of the most acerbic humor magazines published in the early 20th century, Molla Nasreddin, founded in Azerbaijan in 1906. This beloved magazine continued to be published through 1930 until it was shut down by Soviet authorities.

Mad World: Subversive Humor Magazines from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor gathers together some of the most irreverent humor magazines from around the world, reviewing the antecedents that helped to radicalize modern cartoonists and humorists, while connecting the dots to 21st century humor magazines. Mad World is a visual display of in-your-face humor, outrage, and shocking reality in a war-torn time where humor will, if we let it, dominate the world.

“Without humor we are doomed,” noted Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and former library trustee, who donated his collection of 93 jest books to the San Francisco Public Library on April 1, 1947. Every year, the Library presents an exhibition based on works in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor in tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Related Programs:

Thursdays at Noon Film Series: Comedy Films –

Featuring Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (April 2); Crumb (April 9); Network (April 16); Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (April 23); and They Live (April 30). All films are shown with captions when possible to assist the deaf and hard of hearing. Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

The Politics of Humor: Jack Boulware (founder of the satirical magazine The Nose and co-founder, Litquake) and political cartoonist Mark Fiore in conversation. Tuesday May 5, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library.

For more information about these and other Library programs and exhibitions, please call (415) 557-4277.

Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Award Winning Illustrator Chris Raschka to Deliver

Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

raschka1Renowned author/illustrator Chris Raschka, winner of two Caldecott medals for his illustrations in A Ball for Daisy (2012) and The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006), will deliver the Library’s 19th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture on the theme of Remembering Books. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

Raschka will discuss “how memory is involved in the creation of books.” He is currently working on a new book based on a memory from his own childhood, a mostly wordless recreation of a child’s experience of getting lost from his parents. The elusive ways of memory, in writing and reading, will form the core of his lecture, illustrated with examples of his work.

raschka2Chris Raschka, the recipient of a 1994 Caldecott Honor for Yo?Yes!, has authored or illustrated dozens of other books for children. He also loves libraries. “I find I write better when I go to the library…When you sit down and you’re surrounded by other writers, you realize it’s not such a strange thing you’re doing.” In both his writing and illustrations, Raschka tackles issues such as diversity, race, friendship, and how to deal with strangers.

The Effie Lee Morris Lecture features thought-provoking conversations with today’s top authors and illustrators of books for children. This annual series offers the book-loving public an opportunity to enrich their understanding of how writers and artists create great works for young readers. The series is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A book sale by Readers Books and a book signing will follow the lecture.

The related exhibit, featuring 58 original artworks by the award-winning illustrator, Bravo! Chris Raschka!, runs through April 19 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery.

Images available on request.

For more information, please call 415 557-4277.