Monthly Archives: April 2016

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled At SFPL Presents Safe to Touch – A Multi-media, Tactile Art Installation by the Artful Steps Program of Stepping Stones Growth Center

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11th, 2016

From:
The Artful Steps Program at
Stepping Stones Growth Center
311 MacArthur Boulevard
San Leandro, California
(Facility #019200015)
Contact: Missy Brooks, #(510) 567-2621
mbrooks@steppingstonesgrowthcenter.org

Calendar Announcement

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
At the San Francisco Public Library Presents
Safe to Touch

A Multi-media, Tactile Art Installation by the Artful Steps Program
of Stepping Stones Growth Center

San Francisco, CA- Image of The GardenAt a typical art gallery, guests are discouraged from standing too close to the artwork, much less touching it! The opposite is true of Artful Steps’ new, innovative series, “Safe to Touch”. This installation challenges how art can be experienced, not only by sight, but by feel. We invite you to interact with the work tactilely; feeling the various sensations of touch. The sequence of the pieces in this installation were thoughtfully chosen based on diversity of feel rather than for complementary colors or subject matter. From the soft, wooly curves of felting to the hard, cool bumps of tile mosaics, each work delights in a unique way.

This show embraces the philosophy that art should be accessible and enjoyed by all regardless of ability/disability. We welcome all to experience the show and remember, it’s safe to touch!

The artwork is currently on display until June 24th at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove) and is walking distance from the Civic Center BART Station. All programs at the library are free and supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Artful Steps Program at Stepping Stones Growth Center in San Leandro teaches multi-media art to persons with developmental disabilities. The primary goals of Artful Steps are to enable our students to expand their methods for self-expression, to enhance their self-esteem and independence, and to develop their artistic ability.

For more information, please contact:
Missy Brooks, Artful Steps Director
(510) 567-2621 mbrooks@steppingstonesgrowth.org

*Details of Artwork:
The Garden, Mixed Media, by artists: Melissa Poe, Scott Kenney, Karen Ridge, Donna Kurtz and Kathy Wilson

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Celebrating Children, Books and Literacy

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2016

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

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros
Celebrating Children, Books and Literacy

Sunday, April 24, Parque Niños Unidos

 

San Francisco joins in the national celebration of children, books and literature, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom streets. Día is an initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

Rooted in a Latin American tradition, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros is a child-centered event with the goals of promoting literacy and unifying families of all cultures. Children and families from around the Bay Area are invited to attend a free afternoon of fun, sun, dance, books, music and more.

San Francisco’s first Día took place in 1999 and each year since then, organizers volunteer their time and resources to promote literacy and unify families of all cultures through a community-based, child-centered event. This year’s Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros will include such activities as music, dance, free books giveaway, and other activities.

San Francisco Public Library joins community partners in hosting this event, including the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, First Book SF, Pulsing Word, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, Raising A Reader National, and members of the SF Early Literacy Network. Día is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Fund and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

1 p.m., Teddy Bear Hip Hop with Destiny Arts

2 p.m., Maria Luna ¡Baila Conmigo!

3 p.m., Alphabet Rockers concert

DJ Eric Cuentos will spin tunes throughout the afternoon and Dra. Marisol will emcee the event. Free book giveaway to every child is provided by Reading Is Fundamental, First Book SF, and Tandem Partners in Early Learning. Additional activities will be lead by community partners, including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, CARECEN, Good Samaritan Family Resource, The New Wheel, Tree Frog Treks and others.

Current and past member participants:

ArtSpan, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Book Press, Crissy Field, Department of Children, Youth and their Families, First Book SF, First 5 San Francisco, Friends of the San, Francisco Public Library, Jumpstart San Francisco, KQED Education Network, Mayor’s Office of Community Development/Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Mission Learning Center, Nuestros Niños/Childhood, Matters Radio Show, Office of Early Care and Education, Poetry Inside Out, Precita Eyes, Pulsing Word, Raising A Reader National, Reading Partners, Richmond District YMCA, San Francisco Children’s Art Center, SF Early Literacy Network, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco State University’s Jumpstart Program, San Francisco Friends School, SCRAP, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, and University of San Francisco

About SFPL:

San Francisco Public Library was a proud winner of the 2009 Raul and Estela Mora Award in recognition of its outstanding decade of Día celebrations. The Library has been celebrating Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros since 1999 and recognizes the observance of Día as a commitment to honor children and home languages and culture; promote literacy in all languages; involve parents as valued members of the literacy team and promote library collections that reflect our plurality.

 

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

San Francisco Main Library Celebrates 20 Years

**MEDIA ALERT **

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

San Francisco Main Library Celebrates 20 Years

WHAT:      20th Anniversary Celebration of the Main Library

We are marking two decades of the “new” Main with music, aerial dance, cheers and treats outside on the Main Library’s Larkin Street plaza, facing Civic Center Plaza.

WHEN:      Monday, April 18, starting at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:   San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, steps

WHO:        Anniversary Remarks with City Librarian Luis Herrera, Library Commission President Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Director Derick Brown, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library interim Executive Director Marie Ciepiela

DETAILS:  12:30 p.m. Mariachi Nueva Generacion

12:55 p.m. BANDALOOP (vertical dance performance rappelling from roof of the Main Library)

1:05 p.m. Anniversary Remarks

1:15 p.m. Cheer San Francisco

Friends of the Library will host a book sale on the plaza.

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