Monthly Archives: December 2016

Exhibit Opening: Everyone Deserves a Home Photographs and oral histories on view in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, Dec. 17, 2016 – March 12, 2017

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Exhibit Opening: Everyone Deserves a Home
Photographs and oral histories on view in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, Dec. 17, 2016 – March 12, 2017

Through moving portraits and oral histories of 40 San Francisco residents, Everyone Deserves a Home is an impacting exhibition that tells the story of formerly homeless Californians now living in permanent supportive housing in San Francisco. The exhibit is at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery from Dec. 17, 2016 through March 17, 2017.

The exhibit explores the question of what drew people or their families to San Francisco, what led them to their current home and what their community means to them. The stories are diverse and compelling; many subjects have histories of chronic homelessness, as well as struggles with health, mental health, and/or substance use issues. They have all worked hard to succeed in permanent housing and break out of the culture of homelessness and its related cycles of trauma, abuse, and abject poverty.

Several of the portraits are accompanied by printed excerpts of interviews with the tenants. A few of these interviews are available by audio.

This project is sponsored by DISH (Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing), and was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH)

DISH believes that everyone deserves a home. Every day, we provide high-quality, permanent housing to San Franciscans who suffer from serious health issues, enabling them to get off the streets, rebuild their lives, and strengthen their communities. DISH is a project of Tides.

Everyone Deserves a Home Exhibit – Dec.17, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Everyone Deserves a Home Opening Event – Jan. 10, 2017, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room
On Jan. 10, 2017, meet the participants in the photography exhibit Everyone Deserves a Home. Photographers Audra Miller, Ariel Fortune, Lauren Hall and others will discuss the storytelling aspect of the project, which explores the impact of finding a home after experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

Everyone Deserves a Home Panel Discussion – March 1, 2017, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Moderated by Audrey Cooper, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Featuring Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; Laura Guzman, Director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center; District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim; District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell; Lateefah Simon, Bart Board Director; Kevin Fagan, Reporter of the San Francisco Chronicle

With Bells on, San Francisco Public Library Rings in the Holidays with Craft Programs, Annual Train Exhibit and More

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

With Bells on, San Francisco Public Library Rings in the Holidays with Craft Programs, Annual Train Exhibit and More

Dec. 12, 2016 – Made in SF, San Francisco Public Library’s system-wide craft program, continues in December with programming for the whole family that celebrates the unique creative spirit that has inspired the City’s artisans and makers for decades. Branch Libraries across the city offer classes in puppet making, natural dying, holiday card and ornament crafting, jewelry designing, button making and more.

Youth programs feature opportunities to express one’s creativity, and maker programs offer rare, hands-on experiences for teens. The cure for the winter break boredom blues can be found in North Beach Branch’s button bracelets, Visitation’s felt fortune cookies, Portola Branch’s tiny terrariums and The Mix at SFPL’s cooking class featuring the Library’s mobile kitchen, Biblio Bistro.

Made in S.F. – Related craft programs for the winter break

Biblios Bistro at The Mix
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 4 p.m., The Mix at SFPL, Main Library

Felt Fortune Cookies
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.,  Visitacion Valley Branch Library
Friday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m., Mission Branch Library

Button Bracelets
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Tiny Festival Terrariums
Wednesday, Dec 21, 6 p.m., Portola Branch Library

Visit the Main Library’s Children’s Center for a truly made in S.F labor of love: the Children’s Holiday Train Display, a custom-built exhibit by SFPL’s Facilities and Engineering staff. This year’s Holiday Train features new trains from beloved storybooks and literature, including Anne of Green Gables and Thomas the Tank Engine. The train exhibit remains on display through Jan. 6, 2017, in front of the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

The majestic sound of authentic bronze Russian bells will fill the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 24 as San Francisco Symphony Percussionist Victor Avdienko performs a special holiday concert. The program will include a mix of traditional liturgical and contemporary secular “zvons” (peals) and improvisations, followed by a film screening of Blagovest Bells’ A Voice of Pure Earth: The Sacred Bells of Russia.

Holiday Train Display
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 – Friday, Jan. 6, 2107, Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center Exhibit Space

Russian Holiday Bell Concert
Saturday, Dec. 24, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Made in SF Program Guide

San Francisco librarian chosen for national public service honor – Lia Kharis Hillman recipient of the prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Cho
American Library Association
(312) 280-4020
hcho@ala.org

 

San Francisco librarian chosen for national public service honor
Lia Kharis Hillman recipient of the prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

 

NEW YORK – Today Lia Kharis Hillman, fourth floor program manager at the San Francisco Public Library, was named a winner of the I Love My Librarian Award. Hillman is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. Hillman is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor. Two additional librarians from California are also recipients of the 2016 award: Olga Valencia Cardenas from Modesto and Sherri Ginsberg from Pasadena.

Hillman is commended for her ability to extend the role of the library to meet the needs of the community.

Hillman, a former chef, established a garden and food education program in library branches across San Francisco. When Hillman realized underserved families were facing challenges with cooking, she set out to help residents make the connection between self-prepared meals and wellness.

Through a grant, she purchased Biblio Bistro, a mobile kitchen cart on wheels to give demonstrations on cooking with inexpensive and locally grown foods. Hillman’s cooking lessons teach lifelong skills and build nutritional awareness, giving people more confidence about food preparation.

To help children gain hands-on experience growing vegetables, Hillman built a garden on one of the library’s patios. She also started a seed lending library that residents can use to start their own gardens.

Hillman will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.