Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cure For Holiday Spending Hangover – San Francisco Public Library Offers Financial Education Workshops

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

Cure For Holiday Spending Hangover
San Francisco Public Library Offers Financial Education Workshops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 18, 2015)—All those folks looking to tighten their belts after holiday spending binges will have the opportunity to receive financial education and money savings advice with San Francisco Public Library’s Pennies to Plans workshops.

Library users can beat the holiday spending blues and get on track for a happy, prosperous and financially healthy new year in 2016 by taking part in one of more than 20 free programs. Programs include the Basics of Personal Finance, Saving and Investing to Retirement Planning to First Time Home Buying, and all are provided in conjunction with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco.

“Financial literacy is a vital component to the long term success of families and individuals in San Francisco”, said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “We are pleased to be able to offer these programs with our financial education partners.”

The Pennies to Plans program is intended for all ages and income brackets.  The Library will offer programs at the Main Library as well as at neighborhood branch locations.  Some of the programs will be offered with ASL interpretation and some programs are also offered in Spanish.

All the upcoming Pennies to Plans programs are below and findable on our website, sfpl.org/calendar by searching the “Pennies to Plans” topic.

Location:

Ortega Branch
1/6/2015
6:30 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Marina Branch
1/9/2016
2:00 PM
Identity Theft Solutions

Excelsior Branch
1/12/2016
7:00 PM
Understanding Credit – In Spanish

Ortega Branch
1/13/2016
6:30 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Marina Branch
1/16/2016
2:00 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Chinatown Branch
1/16/2016
2:30 PM
Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports

Anza Branch
1/19/2016
7:00 PM
First Time Home Buyer

Richmond Branch
1/20/2016
2:00 PM
Financially Savvy Seniors

Ingleside Branch
1/20/2016
6:30 PM
Basics of Personal Finance

Anza Branch
1/20/2016
7:00 PM
Basics of Personal Finance

Sunset Branch
1/21/2016
7:00 PM
College Financing 101

Western Addition Branch
1/24/2016
2:00 PM
First Time Home Buyer

West Portal Branch
1/28/2016
6:30 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Western Addition Branch
1/31/2016
2:00 PM
Retirement Planning: The Basics

Richmond Branch
2/10/2016
7:00 PM
Drive Away Happy: Car Buying Decisions

Main Library – Info Services
2/11/2016
6:00 PM
Financial First Aid – With ASL Interpretation

Excelsior Branch
2/13/2016
3:30 PM
College Financing 101

Ingleside Branch
2/17/2016
6:30 PM
Building a Better Budget

West Portal Branch
2/17/2016
6:30 PM
On the Road to Riches: Basics of Saving and Investing

Sunset Branch
2/18/2016
7:00 PM
Understanding Credit

Main Library – Info Services
2/20/2016
1:00 PM
Basics of Personal Finance – With ASL Interpretation

Chinatown Branch
2/20/2016
2:30 PM
Identity Theft Solutions

Potrero Branch
2/23/2016
6:00 PM
Plastic Surgery: Getting Out of Debt

The Pennies to Plans series is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change – Rob Badger and Nita Winter’s Photographs on Display in San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery

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

California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change

Rob Badger and Nita Winter’s Photographs on Display in
San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery

Exhibition:
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

A 17 Year Journey Documenting Our State’s Vanishing Beauty
San Francisco Public Library, Jewett Gallery
January 23—March 27, 2016

Dec. 16, 2015 — El Niño storms are expected to bring large amounts of much needed rain to California. In years past this weather event has also produced magnificent explosions of color across the state.   The 1997-98 El Niño rains produced an unexpected “100 Year Bloom” that inspired Rob Badger and Nita Winter to begin their 17 year documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.  The exhibition opening and Meet the Artists event will be on Jan. 23, 2 p.m., in San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

flower1The artists have selected 40 exquisite photographs from their unique and impressive collection of fine art images. Spectacular wildflower landscapes, and intimate floral portraits created on California’s public lands highlight our states vanishing treasures. Badger and Winter have documented wildflower environments from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to the high, alpine rock gardens above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The exhibit features wildflowers, some exclusive to the Bay Area, like the exotic Tiburon Mariposa Lily found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County.

flower2The project is a visual story about the diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of color on our public lands. These protected habitats are being altered by climatic conditions alien to their region, and invaded and replaced by both non-local and non-native species.

Visitors to the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery will enjoy the beauty of wildflowers and learn more about them through the exhibit’s educational programs. Speakers will discuss climate change and other important wildflower/conservation issues, and how to become a citizen scientist. Informative maps and text will offer the visitor more insight into this magical and vulnerable world. Behind-the-scenes photos will reveal how the artistic images were created.

Related programs:

Meet the Artists
Join Rob Badger and Nita Winter for a slideshow and lively discussion about their wildflower project.
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.
The Beauty of Natives: Photography Tips from a Garden Photographer
Photographer and author Saxon Holt shares tips about native plants and photography
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Native Plants in our Local Landscape
Desmond Murray, Presidio Nursery Community Coordinator, discusses the beauty and role of native plants in our landscapes and ecology.  Hands-on activities will include a close up view on a variety of seeds, plants to touch and fun games. Appropriate for all ages.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

San Francisco, City of St. Francis

Margo Bors talks about San Francisco’s great variety of unique remnant natural areas and the many native plants and animals that call San Francisco home. This program will explore wildlife throughout the different seasons of the year.
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

 

About the Photographers: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

International award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners, and creative collaborators for 29 years. They work to create and protect healthy communities, both human and natural.

Rob Badger has focused on nature and conservation and environmental issues for 45 years. He has worked on assignment for the Audubon Society, National Forest Service, Nature Conservancy, American Land Conservancy, Save the Bay, The Trust for Public Land, Mineral Policy Center, and other organizations.

Nita Winter’s 33-year focus on people and nature celebrates diversity and healthy communities. She has received international recognition for her work and been featured in the Boston Globe,  the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as magazines and television shows.
Rob and Nita are currently working on their first book Impressions of Spring: Wildflowers of the West on our Public Lands, a project embodying the unique perspectives and visions of two distinctly different photographers creating a body of work dedicated to the delicate and ephemeral beauty of the natural world.

 

Artists’ Contact Information:

Nita Winter and Rob Badger:
nita@winterbadger.com; (415)-339-1310
http://www.winterbadger.com/wildflower-project

This exhibition is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library, Blue Earth Alliance, Exhibit and Project supported by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Clean Energy, California Native Plant Society and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Note to Editors: Higher resolution photographs available upon request

Quran Interpreted In Art – Arabic: Language of the Quran opens January 16th with Artists Talk at the San Francisco Main Library

For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2015
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

Quran Interpreted In Art
Arabic: Language of the Quran opens January 16th with Artists Talk at the San Francisco Main Library

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.      – San Francisco Public Library announces a new exhibition that highlights contemporary art inspired by the Quran. The exhibition, Arabic: Language of the Quran, is presented by the local non-profit arts organization, Islamic Art Exhibit and will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Jan. 16-March 20, 2016.

Peace by Rubina KaziThe exhibition will feature the work of artists who have taken a verse from the Quran, which is typically read in Arabic, and illustrate it through a variety of art forms including calligraphy, painting and ceramics.

“Islamic Art invites greater American audiences to visit and enjoy an aspect of Islam that is not easily accessible and public libraries like San Francisco’s do just that,” said Nabeela Sajjad, Founder & CEO of Islamic Art Exhibit.

The tradition of Islamic art has flourished throughout the world for 1400 years with beautiful patterns and designs unique to the art manifestations in their varied forms.  The exhibit will consist of a variety of both traditional and contemporary art forms using everything from calligraphy and stained glass to digital media.  The words of the Quran will be tangible and relevant for all visitors to engage and discuss through the depictions seen in the artwork.

Flowers from the Blue Garden by Jane WaddickThe Islamic Art Exhibit seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through the visual arts.  Each exhibition provides unique opportunity to explore the scope of “Islamic Art” and celebrate the rich tapestry of countries, cultures and artistic traditions of the Muslim diaspora.

Meet the Artists: Talk and Discussion
January 16, 1 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Islamic Calligraphy Demonstration with artist Arash Shirinbab
March 13, 1 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library

Arabic: Language of the Quran exhibit runs January 16—March 20
Skylight Gallery, Main Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA

Editors Note: More photos of artwork are available