Monthly Archives: January 2017

Marty Nemko Talks Shop – If the Economy is So Recovered, How Come I Still Can’t Find Good Work?

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Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Marty Nemko Talks Shop

 If the Economy is So Recovered, How Come I Still Can’t Find Good Work?

San Francisco Public Library is proud to host eminent Bay Area career expert Dr. Marty Nemko. As he does on his KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco) radio program, Nemko will do Workovers on volunteers from the audience. Uncannily, in just a few minutes, he is able to help nearly every person with their career. Importantly, the embedded career lessons apply not just to that person but to anyone looking to improve their work life.

In addition, Dr. Nemko will share insider truths about popular careers—upsides and little-discussed downsides. Plus his favorite under-the-radar careers.

And if that’s not enough, one of his clients, a true Rocky story, will tell her career story in words and song, with Marty Nemko accompanying on the keyboard. An inspiration for anyone who thinks they’re unemployable.

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2017 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Exhibit Opening: The Gardens of Alcatraz

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Exhibit Opening: The Gardens of Alcatraz
Main Library’s Skylight Gallery

 

More than 60 beautiful and nuanced framed prints of the flowers of Alcatraz are on display in the San Francisco Public Library’s Skylight Gallery beginning this Saturday, January 14 — March 19, 2017.  The detailed works are created by various artists using mediums such as watercolors and colored pencils.

Alcatraz Island has a long and colorful history in California since its naming by the Spanish in 1775. Situated in the San Francisco Bay, it was the ideal location for the U.S. military to establish a fortress to protect shipping during the 1848 Gold Rush, a fort and military prison in 1850 and through the Civil War, and finally, a federal prison in 1930.

During decades of change an unexpected constant has been the gardens of Alcatraz. The many military and prison families softened the harsh environment of The Rock with imported soil, plants and structures. Staff and inmates became the caretakers of this ongoing endeavor. When the federal prison was closed in 1962, the gardens fell into a state of benign neglect.

In 2003, the Garden Conservancy initiated a 10-year restoration project and found many of the long neglected plants had survived. This remarkable discovery became the focus for members of the Northern California Chapter Society of Botanical Artists in 2012. With the support of the National Park Service and Shelag Fritz, the Garden Conservancy Manager, Shelagh Fritz, 77 artists painted “portraits” of the flowers.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Northern California Chapter Society of Botanical Artists, National Park Service, Golden Gate Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Alcatraz Florilegium Botanical Art Exhibit – Jan. 14 – March 19, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor

Related programs:

Exhibit Opening Event: Alcatraz Gardens – A Testament to the Human Spirit with Shelagh Fritz
Jan. 22, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Story Behind the Alcatraz Florilegium with Sally Petru
Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Community Room

Starring the Rock: Alcatraz in Hollywood Movies – Lecture with Jim Van Buskirk
March 2, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

San Francisco Public Library and Litquake Present No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump

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San Francisco Public Library and Litquake Present
No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump

On Wednesday, January 18, San Francisco Public Library and Litquake join forces to present an eclectic group of diverse authors and poets speaking to our nation’s fear, anger, and unrest in the post-election season.

No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump
January 18, 6-8 p.m.,
San Francisco Main Library,
Lower Level, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco

Words from:

Elmaz Abinader — Arab-American author, poet, and Mills College professor (Children of the Roojme: A Family’s Journey from Lebanon)
Faith Adiele — author and editor (The Nigerian-Nordic Girls Guide to Lady Problems; Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology)
Robert Mailer Anderson — novelist and playwright (The Death of Teddy Ballgame, Boonville)
devorah major — San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate (and then we became)
Sarah Ladipo Manyika — novelist and editor (In Dependence; The Weaverbird Collection: New Fiction from Nigeria 2008)
Alejandro Murguía — San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate (Stray Poems: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6; This War Called Love)
Ishmael Reed — author, editor, journalist, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate (The Complete Muhammad Ali; Black Hollywood Unchained)
Tennessee Reed — poet and activist (City Beautiful: Poems 1998-2006)
T.J. Stiles — author and twice recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America; The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt)

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

Library Fine Amnesty Welcomes Back 100 Year Overdue Book

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Library Fine Amnesty Welcomes Back 100 Year Overdue Book

WHAT:  City Librarian, Luis Herrera, welcomes back one of the longest-overdue books in San Francisco Public Library’s Fine Amnesty history. The book is a selection of short stories, titled Forty Minutes Late, with a due-date stamp of 1917.

 

WHEN:  Forty Minutes Late will be returned at the Park Branch this Friday, January 13 at 2 p.m.

 

WHERE:  1833 Page St, Park Branch

 

WHO: 

·         City Librarian, Luis Herrera

·         Public Relations Officer, Katherine Jardine

·         Webb Johnson, Forty Minutes Late

 

WHAT: San Francisco Public Library’s Fine Forgiveness program runs from Jan. 3–Feb. 14, 2017.  During this six-week period, late fees are waived on all returned books, CDs, DVDs and other materials, regardless of how long overdue. 55,000 patrons currently have outstanding fines, representing approximately $4.5M in overdue fines. The program is an opportunity for residents to reconnect with their library and allows the Library to recover materials. The program aligns with the Library’s commitment to eliminating barriers to service and providing basic access for all San Franciscans, especially those most in need of library services.

We Want You Back! Fine Forgiveness  Jan. 3 – Feb. 14, 2017

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Diversity in Literature – We Love Diverse Books – January 2017 Programs

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San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Diversity in Literature

We Love Diverse Books – January 2017 Programs

The San Francisco Public Library celebrates diversity in San Francisco and in literature with a new series of city-wide programs, titled We Love Diverse Books. The series includes 50 book events and programs throughout the month of January at all neighborhood branches, showcasing the beautiful array of representation that is available between the pages of the Library’s books and collections.

Featured author appearances include New York Times bestseller Daniel José Older, Katrina Goldsaito, author of The Sound of Silence, and Robert Liu-Trujillo, local children’s book creator and author of Furqan’s First Flat Top. Events include the launch of the Black Comix Arts Festival, drag queen story time, cultural cooking classes, book-making workshops, poetry workshops and more.

This new program series is informed by the pioneering work of Dr. Rudin Bishop who stated, “When Children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” National advocacy efforts have drawn attention to the homogeneity of publishing, and this month the Library is proud to showcase their diverse collections with a host of authors and artists who will be sharing their unique stories.

This program is in collaboration with Blood Orange Press, an independent publisher committed to filling the gaps in the world of children’s books with stories that counteract stereotypes and limitations. We Love Diverse Books is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Featured programs

Daniel Jose Older – Book Reading & Book Signing
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Be the Author of Your Creative Life – Katrina Goldsaito
Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., The Mix, Main Library

Robert Liu-Trujillo – Book Reading & Workshop
Monday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m., Visitacion Valley Branch
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m., Portola Branch

Black Comix Arts Festival Launch
Sunday, Jan. 15, 12 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Black Comix Arts Festival Comic-Con
Monday, Jan. 16, CityView Metron, 135 4th Street

Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 24., 10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

Tray of Togetherness Tasting
Saturday, Jan. 21, 1:15 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Book Makers 101 with Blood Orange Press
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 12 p.m., Ortega Branch

Make Your Mark with Magnetic Poetry
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Find the entire list of programs in the We Love Diverse Books Program Guide

Or via the Library’s online calendar.