Monthly Archives: February 2016

SFPL Celebrating 20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.

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Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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SFPL Celebrating 20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.
Hormel Center Highlights Milestone with Exhibition and Related Programs


The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at San Francisco Public Library is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a major exhibition, titled Queerest.Library.Ever. #Hormelat20, that recognizes its history as the first library center of its kind in the nation with collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex and allies history and culture, with a special emphasis on the Bay Area. The center is named for U.S. Ambassador James C. Hormel and has been a source of pride for San Francisco and LGBTQIA advocates for two decades.

Selected from its archival collections of personal papers and organizational records, the exhibition will include rare posters, photographs, correspondence, documents and objects. The exhibition will span four locations: the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, its 3rd floor Hormel Center, the 6th floor Skylight Gallery bridge and at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. It will be on view from April 16 through August 7.

There will also be a variety of special events to celebrate the Hormel Center and its place within the LGBTQIA community, including the opening event, Teens and Queens, on Saturday April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.

This special exhibition is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Exhibition highlights at each location include:

The Jewett Gallery at the Main Library showcases its archival collections with Celebrating Our Past/Creating Our Future. “Lesbian Literary Love” looks at relationships between lesbian authors, publishers, booksellers and readers. “How We See Ourselves” includes alternative gender expression and vintage physique photographs and drawings.  Recently digitized materials from the Frameline film and video collections continue this investigation of visual self-representation. “How We Come Together” demonstrates the importance of community, including bars, community groups, and entertainment. “How We Effect Change” investigates activism and politics.

The 3rd floor Hormel Center documents four components of its history: Making of the Mural documents how the spectacular ceiling mural came about; How the Hormel Happened recounts the genesis and development of the pioneering affinity center. Reversing Vandalism showcases art projects created out of vandalized library books and LGBTQI Shades highlights the photo history project documenting the bay area’s queer communities.

6th floor bridge revisits Out at the Library, the panel exhibit celebrating the Center’s first ten years is once again on display, having traveled all across the country.

The Eureka Valley branch offers Queer & Quirky: OBJECTifying Ourselves displays artifacts demonstrating the relationship of queer culture to dominant American culture, including a Gay Bob doll, Queer Trivia game and a rare 1600s broadside.

Hormel Center Online

This online exhibit will feature many fascinating, never-before-available programs and materials, including archival histories with photos and anecdotes created by our Hormel Archivist.


April 23: Teens and Queens, the opening program, features The Rising Rhythm Project honoring voguing legends with fabulous and fierce choreography. Other acts will also follow. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 2:00pm

May 17: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading. Our annual event featuring the year’s finest in LGBTQIA writing and poetry. Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 6:00 p.m.

June 2: Twenty-Five Years of Vampire Life: The Gilda Stories Reissued. When Gilda escaped from slavery in 1850 she didn’t expect to live to see the 21st century.  Jewelle Gomez will read from this cult classic and catch you up on what Gilda’s been up to. Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 6:00 p.m.

June 7: From Sleaze to Classics. An Intergenerational Conversation on Lesbian/Queer Lit. Featuring Ann Bannon (Beebo Brinker series), award-winning author Michelle Tea, and RADAR Artistic Director and writer Juliana Delgado Lopera. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

June 8: RADAR SuperStars Program: featuring La Pocha Nostra; La Chica Boom; Chinaka Hodge and Aya de Leon. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6:00.

Library Continues Latino Voices Programs

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Library Continues Latino Voices Programs

(February 23, 2016) San Francisco, CA—San Francisco Public Library will continue its Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming with three events that explore the history of Latino press, radio and comic arts within the U.S.

Jaime Crespo, the author of the comic, Tortilla, will be the featured artist at A History of Latino Comics: El Movimiento on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.  Crespo will take us on a personal journey of his first discoveries of Latino themes in comics. He will explore the effect of everything from car magazines to politically charged works in his comicslatino500.

On April 14, we will be screening Peril and Promise in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium.  This is a screening of the final episode of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History video series, which looks at the past 30 years of Latino American history within the U.S.  The video takes a closer look at the second wave of arriving Cubans in the 1980s, and the unrest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua that led to hundreds of thousands of new Americans.

Comic artist Jaime Crespo will return on May 12 to the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium with Latino Comics Expo co-founder Ricardo Padilla, for the final program in the series, A History of Latino Comics: The Underground.  The duo will discuss how the Underground Comix scene of the 1960s and 70s stimulated a Latino Comics movement.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

This program is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with Accion Latina, an organization dedicated to promoting cultural arts, community media, and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities.

Tinker and Build with Maker March at S.F. Public Library

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February 23, 2016

Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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Tinker and Build with Maker March at S.F. Public Library

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca—makerThe Library will transform into a workshop space and tech lab for Maker March, a month-long series of exciting programs.  Believing that we can all be makers, the Library is offering exciting programming at all 28 neighborhood libraries to get brains working and hands moving.

Patrons will have opportunities to explore more than 150 programs, like DIY playdough at Ocean View branch on March 12.  Kids can construct scribble bots at Merced branch on March 8, as well as craft sock monkeys in honor of Lunar Year at Ortega branch on March 19.  Youth can create cardboard forts at Visitacion Valley branch on March 4 or participate in a Chinese Cooking workshop at Noe Valley Branch on March 24.

Entertainment is also on the horizon with a funny and engaging multi-media performance by Grammy-nominated children’s artist, Gustafer Yellowgold on March 12 11 a.m. at the Main Library.

Teens will not be left out as our new teen digital learning center, The Mix at SFPL, will offer up chances to design a 3D object, make a t-shirt tote or learn about fashion design within our Makerspace Open Studio, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the month of March.

Adults won’t be left out of the maker fun with a wide variety of programs like making a book at Bernal branch on March 12, paper and light tinkering with origami at Potrero branch on March 9 or making a terrarium for the pleasure of nature-based art at Visitacion Valley branch on March 9.

Find all 150+ Maker March programs in our special brochure available at any library branch or online at under the topic “Maker March”.

Call for Nominations for San Francisco Poet Laureate

February 17, 2016

Michelle Jeffers
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Call for Nominations for San Francisco Poet Laureate

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominating Committee are seeking nominations for the seventh San Francisco Poet Laureate, to succeed Alejandro Murguía, whose term has expired.

Poet Laureate nominees must be San Francisco residents, have a substantial body of published work, including at least one full length book (minimum 48 pages, not self-published or vanity press) and/or professional digital recording of performance with text (not self-produced) or 20 or more published poems in established publications, print or online, over the past five years.

“As San Francisco’s first Poet Laureate said, ‘The center of literate culture in cities has always centered in the great libraries.’ San Francisco Public Library is pleased to lead the way in this great San Francisco literary tradition by beginning the process for the selection of the next Poet Laureate for our city,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

Responsibilities of the Poet Laureate include:

  • Deliver an inaugural address to the public at San Francisco Public Library
  • Participate in community-based poetry events that serve multi-generational, multi-ethnic residents representative of the City.
  • Work on one or more poetry-centered events in cooperation with the San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Lead a poetry reading/event at Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival.

San Francisco’s sixth Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía, was the first Latino poet to hold the position. A professor at San Francisco State University, he was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012. During his tenure he presented the Flor Y Canto poetry festivals and organized a major exhibition at the San Francisco Main Library titled A Little Piece of Mexico, which featured the postcards of Guillermo Kahlo. His latest book of poetry, Stray Poems, was published by City Lights Books in 2014. He continues to sponsor a monthly poetry series, Voz Sin Tinta at Alley Cat Books. A fragment of one of his poems was included in the resolution for the 24th Street Cultural Corridor, approved by the San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors.

Previous Poet Laureates included Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Janice Mirikitani, devorah major and Jack Hirschman.

Nomination forms for the Poet Laureate can be found online at or at any San Francisco Public Library. Nominations should include a two or three paragraph statement on why the nominee should be San Francisco’s Poet Laureate, and include a bibliography of published works and/or performance history.

Nominations, which are due by April 17, 2016, should be sent to Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or submitted via email to
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.