Monthly Archives: April 2015

Exhibition Opening: California’s Wild Edge – The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015

Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
(415) 557-4295

Exhibition Opening: California’s Wild Edge
The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History

Renowned Woodcut artist Tom Killion will have his prints showcased at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery from May 9 through July 5, 2015. This striking exhibit captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica. The Main Library is located at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco.

Image of California coastTom Killion’s prints combine exquisite color with dynamic composition to portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations: storm tides crashing at Point Lobos, serene moonlit coves at Mendocino, and fog encircling the Golden Gate Bridge. Deepening the experience of the exhibit is accompanying poetry and prose from Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers, Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Jaime de Angulo and other California poets.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Exhibit Envoy, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and supported by Heyday publishing. Tom Killion’s new book of the same name, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History, will be published by Heyday in July.

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Opening Program

The opening program for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium. The program will feature Artist Tom Killion in discussion with poet Gary Snyder.

California’s Wild Edge Poets

A related program named California’s Wild Edge Poets will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mail Library’s Koret Auditorium. In attendance will be Poets Gary Young, Jane Vengua and Michael Hannon with Tom Killion.

S.F. Public Library Rolls Out New Book Bike named Spoke & Word

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

Contact: Benjamin Ibarra; (415)-557-4295

S.F. Public Library Rolls Out New Book Bike named Spoke & Word

As part of National Library Week, San Francisco Public Library is proud to announce the unveiling of its newest service innovation for the people of San Francisco, Spoke & Word, a pedal-powered library.  The book bike is a combination electric pedal assist bicycle and trailer that will bring the resources of the San Francisco Public Library to the people.

“The Book Bike will be a great tool to connect the citizens of San Francisco to their Public Library, wherever they may be” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

Thanks to a grant from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Library has collaborated with the Burgeon Group to design, build and fabricate the custom book trailer.

“As a design firm that only creates for public libraries, we are constantly excited about the myriad of new services libraries continue to roll out” said Kim Van der Veen, of the Burgeon Group.

The electric pedal assisted bicycle comes from The New Wheel of San Francisco.  The book bike was uniquely designed to navigate the hills, wind and topography of San Francisco while doing it in style.

“It’s exciting to see that so much can be done with creativity, ingenuity and a beautifully designed electric bicycle” said Karen Wiener, co-owner of The New Wheel.

The bike is fully equipped with Library resources: books, eMaterials, library cards, a Mifi hotspot and a bubble machine.  The name, Spoke & Word, resulted from a community-driven naming contest.

The book bike will be seen throughout the City, anywhere people are congregating. Farmers markets, festivals, Giants games, the Pride Parade, Sunday Streets and others will all be on the to-go list for this new community resource.

San Francisco Public Library is also partnering with local groups like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Bay Area Bike Mobile, Vie Bikes and local bike shops to enhance the offering of cycling related programming throughout the City.

Spoke & Word will make its first public appearance at Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros, a free Children’s Day literacy event on Sunday, April 19th from 1-4pm at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd Street and Folsom.  Activities will include dancing, book giveaways, multicultural music and much more.

For more information, please call 415-557-4277

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