Monthly Archives: May 2017

Annual Wit & Humor Exhibit: Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War

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Annual Wit & Humor Exhibit: Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War
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Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War, an exhibition that draws from materials in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, is a selection of the spirit, wit and humor of those at war, and the people they left behind on the home front.  The exhibit opened April 1 in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library and closes next Wednesday, May 31.

How did average readers and soldiers in the trenches deal with the stress of war in the 20th century? One way to preserve one’s sanity was keeping a sense of humor. From every imaginable corner of a war-torn world, humor was used to oppose tyranny and satirize the enemy. War is hell, but troops found that humor stayed the beast, at least temporarily; they laughed while belly-aching daily about the latest SNAFU, they laughed about jawbreakers in the mess and ribbon-happy officers. Folks at home rationed fuel and stockings, collected pots and pans for the war effort and listened to the radio for the latest news from the front. The world was full of newspaper cartoons and strips, editorial cartoons, propaganda art, Armed Services Editions sent to the troops, and humor created by the troops themselves in such newspapers as Stars and Stripes and Wipers Times.

“Without humor we are doomed,” noted Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and former library trustee, who donated his collection of 93 jest books to the San Francisco Public Library on April 1, 1947. The collection has grown to more than 22,000 volumes and includes periodicals and audio-visual materials; it is considered the most significant collection of its kind in a public library. Every year, the Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents an exhibition based on materials in the Schmulowitz Collection, in tribute to Mr. Nat Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Bombs Away: Humor Goes to War – April 1– May 31, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor

Take Pride in Your Library – Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2017
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Take Pride in Your Library

Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever

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San Francisco, CA – The queerest library ever celebrates Pride month in a big way with book and author talks, rainbow crafts, exhibits and our beloved Drag Queen Story Hours.

The Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center kicks-off Pride month on June 1 with RADAR Superstars, the annual birthday bash for superstar and emerging writers. Featured on the stage of the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will be Ana María Montenegro, Clement Goldberg and MariNaomi, hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera.

RADAR Productions will also be bringing three Drag Queen Story Hours to the libraries this month. Take the whole family to these crowd pleasing events at the Main Library, Bernal Heights and Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branches, featuring Panda Dulce, Honey Mahogany and Yves St. Croissant. For days and times, see the Pride program guide.

Another Pride highlight will be a reading June 3 at the Main Library with Dorothy Allison, the author of the iconic book, Bastard out of Carolina, which is also the Library’s On the Same Page selection. Allison will talk about her work, share some of her recent projects and be available for a book signing.

The exhibit, Homopolis: Photos from Gay San Francisco in 1981, fills the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center through Aug. 24 with photographer Robert van der Hilst’s images which poignantly capture the heady days just prior to the AIDS epidemic.

Chinatown Branch celebrates Pride this year with a book discussion and film screening on June 3 featuring the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance of Being Earnest. On June 17, the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch will feature author and retired librarian Lynne Barnes reading from her poetic memoir: Falling into Flowers.

While enjoying the exhibits and events at the library, peruse our renowned LGBTQIA collection and check out a book, video, e-book and more.

In addition, the Library has also gone full rainbow with rainbow storytimes, rainbow candy necklaces and rainbow bridge building. And don’t forget to look for the Library’s contingent in the parade – we’re the folks with books on our heads and Pride in our spirit.

For a full list of Pride programs, events and book selections, visit our Pride page. Events are also listed on the Library’s online calendar.

Pride programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates its role in a Strong Democracy, Participates in National Campaign – #LifeLibertyLibraries

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San Francisco Public Library Celebrates its role in a Strong Democracy,
Participates in National Campaign – #LifeLibertyLibraries

All are welcome

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Access to information, public disclosure, deliberation, civic engagement and the opportunity for everyone to have a better tomorrow – these are the ideals that many great countries hold true. Public libraries uphold these ideals and values, helping people to be better informed, providing assistance in separating fact from fiction and affording education and skill development for everyone. San Francisco Public Library is participating in a national campaign sponsored by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) that celebrates these values and the important role that libraries play in our strong democracy. The community can learn more about that role by following @SFPublicLibrary and @UrbanLibCouncil and joining the conversation at #LifeLibertyLibraries.

“The library is a place that supports the values of equity and inclusion that mirror San Francisco’s values,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Our libraries are sanctuaries that provide a safe and neutral space for ongoing dialogue on the issues and challenges facing our nation.”

Libraries across the country have developed unique programs, services and operating practices that address specific needs in their community. These programs include organizing and contributing to discussions that address topics such as a civil society, inclusion and tolerance, tenets of democracy and civic engagement, among others.

An example are the many immigrant services programs occurring in San Francisco Public Library locations across the City. Programs presented by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) include ten “Know Your Rights” workshops that outline the latest immigration policies (held in English, Spanish and Chinese) and “Become an Immigrant Ally” programs, covering how current executive policies are affecting the immigrant community. Additional SFPL programs include resources and volunteer opportunities on how to make a difference in your community and conversational English language groups.

In addition, our Summer Stride programs include Alphabet Rockers’ Social Justice Family Workshops, teen Rock Against Racism and Youth Speaks Turn UP (The Volume) programs.

ULC will share information on programs like these as well as thought starters through social media channels and #LifeLibertyLibraries to encourage participation, conversation and engagement.

“Our library is a safe haven for our City’s diverse communities with free access to limitless resources for learning and success,” said Herrera. “The library supports the values of equity, inclusion and are open to everyone.”

“Libraries are the people’s university, helping each person grow and prosper personally and professionally. It’s a vital community resource that portrays our principles and beliefs,” said Susan Benton, ULC President and CEO. “Libraries provide us the ability to make ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation stronger. It’s a place where everyone can celebrate their values and become better informed citizens while reflecting on their independent thoughts, their aspirations and their future.”

Information about San Francisco Public Library programs and services can always be found at

“The library provides everyone with the freedom to access information to make enlightened and informed decisions,” said Benton. “It’s especially imperative in today’s society as a place to share ideas, seek education and collaborate with or in one’s community. We encourage everyone to join the conversation on how libraries have supported their lives in their communities.”

The Friends of San Francisco Public Library are also seeking input with their Tell Us How You Think “Libraries Deliver Democracy” effort. They’re sharing the community’s vision of our most democratic public institution, our public library.

For more information about San Francisco Public Library please visit For more information on Urban Libraries Council and member libraries, please visit

About Urban Libraries Council

Urban Libraries Council (ULC), founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries and the force that inspires them to evolve. ULC creates the tools, techniques, and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. ULC also speaks loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities, and secures funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, ULC produces innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. ULC member libraries serve more than 90 million people.

Combatting Summer Slide with Summer Stride

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Combatting Summer Slide with Summer Stride

Library offers more than 1,000 summer learning and exploration programs

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San Francisco, CA — The Library’s annual summer learning program, Summer Stride, opens on May 13 and runs through Aug. 20. Summer Stride offers prizes, special free weekly programs at every neighborhood library, free shuttle excursions to local national parks, youth volunteer opportunities and college scholarships.

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride program encourages students and patrons of all ages and abilities to track their reading time and to stop by their neighborhood library for books, comics, ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Summer Stride includes more than 1,000 learning and exploration programs for the whole family, like LEGO robotics, engineering, magic, crafts, hip hop classes, summer films and more.

The Library’s Summer Stride program works to combat “summer slide,” which is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of their achievement gains made during the previous school year. Statistics show that in low-income households, students fall behind an average of two months in reading during the summer. Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.

Summer Stride not only works to strengthen a student’s literacy skills during their summer months, it also builds important STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and expands the notion of learning to include active exploration outside of library walls. Summer Stride programs focus on youth, but also engage the entire family and adult patrons.

“The Library is a place of full access to educational and entertaining materials during the summer months and throughout the school year,” says City Librarian Luis Herrera. “Summer Stride helps keeps students engaged and excited to begin the new school year.  The library is a safe and equitable space for people to gather and share knowledge, and this summer we’re proud to continue offering dynamic programming for people of all ages and abilities.”

Summer Stride has forged crucial partnerships that help to emphasize “beyond the book” learning. For a second year, the Library has teamed up with the National Park Service to keep children and families reading, creating and exploring all summer long. Ranger talks occur in all 28 locations, and patrons can take free shuttle excursions from nine neighborhood libraries to local national parks. Book Nooks in parks distribute free books through little free libraries, and branches feature “trailheads,” offering maps, reading and resources for visiting local National Parks.  New this year, “Story Walks” are located in the local national parks, offering guided trail tours using children’s picture books.

Christine Lehnerts, former Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, says, “This partnership with the San Francisco Public Library is a fantastic way for kids and their families to get to know the national parks in their backyard.”

A new partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers free film screenings for families as part of ‘Kids Camp,’ a librarian-led summer film program in the historic New Mission Theater that includes titles such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess Bride and The Iron Giant. Select screenings include giveaways, costume contests and other activities.

Summer Stride includes interactive game boards for children, teens and adults that encourage reading and allow readers to win prizes. The beautiful and whimsical artwork featured on all Summer Stride promotional materials was created in partnership with Chronicle Books and designed by Lizi Boyd, an award-winning author and illustrator. Lizi’s Summer Stride illustrations are a takeoff from her latest book, I Wrote You a Note, published by Chronicle Books.

All reading, listening, learning and library time counts toward the prize goal. Participants who read 20 hours are eligible to receive a commemorative Summer Stride tote bag.  In addition, all participants are eligible to enter weekly raffles to win prizes including passes to San Francisco museums, sporting events and attractions.

Summer Stride programs and activities will be held throughout the San Francisco Public Library system.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library for details, or go to

Summer Stride Video PSA (available as a video file upon request):

Summer Stride PSA

View the Summer Stride Guide (PDF)

Check out San Francisco Unified School District’s robust Summer Reading List (PDF)

Summer Stride 2017 is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library Wins Multiple National Awards

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017
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San Francisco Public Library Wins Multiple National Awards

Library Honored for Public Relations, AIDS Archive Digitalization, Community History Web Training and Promoting Dialogue on Urban Change


San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library has recently been awarded four prestigious national awards – from the American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“I’m proud that we have received national recognition for so many diverse projects,” said Luis Herrera, San Francisco City Librarian. “These awards address San Francisco’s role in combatting AIDS, supporting the National Parks, recognizing our community history and being the tech capital of the nation.  Our staff is always looking for better and more innovative ways to serve the community and it’s nice for us and our partners to be rewarded.”

The awards are as follows:

American Library Association’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award for “Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore.”

San Francisco Public Library is honored to receive the John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding library public relations for the “Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore” collaboration with the National Park Service. “Summer Stride” encouraged learning, reading, creating and exploring both inside the library and outside in the region’s majestic national parks with a unique twist on the traditional summer reading program. This wide-ranging initiative featured traditional tracking of time spent reading, enhanced by park trailheads inside library locations and weekend shuttles from neighborhood libraries to national park sites. Through appealing, consistent graphics that were carried through from the promotions to the program itself, the campaign captured the attention of the community, leading to a dramatic increase in summer reading participation.

Only eight libraries from across the nation received this award which is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award.

Summer Stride 2017 continues this summer, as we offer even more opportunities to visit our National Parks.

National Endowment for the Humanities’ award for “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records”

The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collaborating institutions will digitize about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public online. In the process, collections whose components had been placed in different archives for various reasons will be digitally reunited, facilitating access for researchers outside the Bay Area.

The 24-month project, “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records” begins on July 1, 2017. The 127,000 pages from the three archives range from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed reports and agency records to printed magazines. Also included are photographic prints, negatives, transparencies and posters. All items selected for digitization will be carefully examined to address any privacy concerns.

In the late 1980s, UCSF initiated, with the GLBT Historical Society and other Bay Area archives, the AIDS History Project, addressing the need to forge relationships between historians and the AIDS community to document and preserve the lessons and experience of the AIDS epidemic. Today UCSF, the GLBT Historical Society, and SFPL archivists have selected collections from each archive that will contribute to an understanding of the medical, social and political processes that merged to develop effective means of treating those with AIDS, educate the public about HIV, create social support organizations for those who were often shunned by family and advocate for a community that was dying at an alarming rate.

The San Francisco Public Library houses both the City and County of San Francisco city archives and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, the first research center for GLBT collections in a public library in the country. In its role as the repository of the city archives, the library receives collections from politicians, including mayors, as well as from city departments, many addressing policy decisions and the creation of the “San Francisco model” in response to the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. Not only will the proposed collaborative project allow greater access to primary source materials that are located only in San Francisco, but it will ensure that these items are digitally preserved for long lasting use.

Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program award for “Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives”

The Internet Archive, in collaboration with San Francisco Public Library, Queens Public Library, Cleveland Public Library and WebJunction, has received a $338,940 grant to implement a new project titled “Community Webs: Empowering Public Librarians to Create Community History Web Archives.” The award is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. It’s specifically from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program which supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty and library leaders.

The Internet Archive will provide continuing education, training and services to enable 15 public librarians at 15 different libraries to capture historically valuable web materials documenting their local communities. Participating librarians will receive intensive training in a variety of web archiving topics through in-person and online trainings, professional support from experts on web archiving in public libraries and cohort-based activities. Training materials will also be made freely available online for reuse by others. Participants’ institutions will be provided with five-year subscriptions to the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service, resulting in the long-term preservation of over 35 terabytes of web-published community history materials.

The project will empower public libraries to serve as leaders in archiving and providing access to the web-based records chronicling the lives and accomplishments of their communities.

National Endowment for the Humanities’ award for the “Public Knowledge” project

San Francisco Public Library and our partner the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) have received a $250,000 Public Humanities Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Public Knowledge project.

Public Knowledge aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals and communities. Public Knowledge will take place primarily at library branches in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. All activities are free.

Public Knowledge will bring together artists, scholars, librarians, community organizers and San Francisco residents. By sharing their varied expertise and creating new knowledge through the project’s activities, participants can learn from each other and, collectively, begin to develop new approaches to strengthening the fabric of civic life.  As part of the exploration into impact of urban change on public culture, the project will explore the following themes:

  • The effect of digital technologies on the circulation of knowledge
  • The evolving civic role of public libraries and museums in American cities
  • The complex cultural history of technological innovation
  • The relevance of public engagement as a form of art

This series of public programs addressing San Francisco’s recent demographic changes and their impact on the city’s public culture began in April and will continue for two years.

Invitation to Cover / Photo Opportunity Panel discussions with experts address challenges of digital inclusion

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Panel discussions with experts address challenges of digital inclusion

San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide

WHAT: Experts from both the private and public sectors discuss the challenges of digital inclusion and their efforts in addressing them. Facilitated by Community Technology Network. This panel event kicks off Digital Inclusion Week (May 8-13).

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Main Library, Koret Auditorium


  • Supervisor Mark Farrell
  • Mariko Davidson from Microsoft
  • Former Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Internet service providers panel with Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, and Monkeybrains
  • Nonprofit organizations BAVC, Self Help for the Elderly, Women’s Building and The Arc
  • Kami Griffiths Executive Director of Community Technology Network

WHAT: Learn about the importance of making universal broadband access and digital literacy a reality in San Francisco.  With more than 150,000 people in San Francisco still lacking high speed internet at home and more than twice that number who aren’t proficient at using their digital devices, there is still work to be done. Connectivity is a basic necessity and without it many people cannot access public services, communicate with their friends and family, conduct business or complete homework assignments. Those of us who have access and skills can take this access for granted. More information and a full list of Digital Inclusion Week programs at Evenbrite registration here.

About Digital Inclusion Week
Free technology skill-building classes, a Tech Expo for resources and services, films that provoke thought and discussion, and a host of innovative keynote speakers are all part of Digital Inclusion Week, a citywide initiative to reduce digital disparity and enhance the lives of San Francisco Bay Area residents, including seniors, people with disabilities, youth, and those seeking to expand their tech skills.

Digital Inclusion Week, May 8-13, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partner organizations. Patrons can attend a tech expo to learn about technology programs, training resources, new services, and the latest products; participate in panel discussions with San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell and other policy makers, non-profits, and Internet Service Providers to discuss Internet accessibility and digital equity; view Lo and Behold, Werner Herzog’s film chronicling the virtual world; and be inspired by provocative tech creators and investors including Tim Chang (a Forbes Top Tech Investor), Jeff Kirschner (TED resident and a founder of Litterai), and Joshwa Browder (creator of DoNotPay) as they explore the rise of artificial intelligence, using technology for social change, and other topics. The SFPL TechMobile will be hosting 3D printing demonstrations.

Tech training programs are offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to advanced coding classes and are taught by library staff, tech workers, and industry professionals. Patrons are invited to participate in the Main Library’s Learning for Action game to build knowledge of technology resources while earning raffle tickets to increase the chances of winning the coveted finale prize, a Chromebook. Other Digital Inclusion Week prizes include laptops, a Roku Streaming Stick, USB Flash Drives, T-shirts, and more.

Related Programs

Panel Discussions –May 8, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Tech Expo – May 9, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room
Speaker Series: Technology & Social Change – May 9, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Visit for more information, including the calendar of all classes and events.

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Digital Inclusion Week Radio PSA
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Got Tech? Take the next step! Visit the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partnering organizations for a week full of free events that promote online access and technology skill building. Digital Inclusion Week is May 8 – 13 and includes panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on trainings, a tech expo and digital device give-aways. Visit for more information and to view the complete schedule.

Digital Inclusion partners

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Dancing, painting, crafts, film, food, books, research and more

For Immediate Release: May 4. 2017
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San Francisco Public Library Celebrates
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Dancing, painting, crafts, film, food, books, research and more

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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May with engaging cultural programs for children, teens and adults in honor of the traditions, history and heritages of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Don your kimono to prepare a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, view a display of Angel Island family history, attend a special youth yoga session, watch a screening of Moana with your neighbors, learn about China’s oldest stringed musical instrument, attend a Hawaiian hula show and much more – all free!

For readers, check out the Library’s suggested adult book list on or about Asian Pacific Americans or come to a poetry reading, storytelling or book club event.

The San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas are hosting Shades of San Francisco, inviting members of San Francisco’s Filipino community to include their photos in the San Francisco History Center archives. On Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., share Filipino-American photographs to help document the evolution of the Filipino community from the 1920s to today.

There will be more than seventy-five programs at the Main Library and neighborhood branches. View the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program guide for the complete program schedule and join us in honoring the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Asian Pacific American Heritage programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.


Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery
(Appointments are recommended. Sign up here.)

Angel Island Immigrant Voices
Sunday, May 7, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B

The Immigrant in America – poetry reading
Wednesday, May 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights branch

Tranquil Resonance – The Story of the Guqin
Saturday, May 20, 10:30 – 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, May 6, 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Home Movie Day – San Francisco’s Filipino Community
Saturday, May 13, 12-5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Genealogy and Family History Research
Monday, May 8, 1-3 p.m., North Beach Branch


Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi – Hula Dancing

Saturday, May 6, Merced Branch, 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, Ortega Branch, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, Western Addition, 2:00-2:45 p.m.


Kathak Indian Dance Performance

Sunday, May 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., West Portal Branch
Saturday, May 20, 11-12 p.m., Richmond Branch
Sunday, May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Merced Branch


Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro

Thursday, May 4, 3:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11 a.m., North Beach Branch


Disney’s Moana

Saturday, May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch
Thursday, May 11, 2-4 p.m., Presidio Branch
Wednesday, May 24, 6-8:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Friday, May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Wednesday, May 31, 4-6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch


Chinese Brush Painting

Saturday, May 20, 2:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Saturday, May 27, 2-3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch

Find the entire list of programs in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month guide.

Or via the Library’s online calendar.

Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco

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Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco

A Search for the Visual Filipino History of San Francisco

What was it like growing up in the Filipino community in the San Francisco Bay Area? And how do we document and preserve these experiences for future generations? The San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas are asking current and former Filipino residents to dust off their family photo albums and share their snapshots with the Library on Saturday, May 13 at the Main Library.

From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. library staff and community volunteers will scan photographs that emphasize Filipino-American family and community celebrations, political and social organizations, and people at home, work and play. Photographs will be scanned that day and added to the San Francisco History Center’s Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Main Public Library. They will also be added to the department’s digital library for wide accessibility and viewing. The collected images will become an important primary resource for research and use by scholars, students and the general public.

“There is no better way for community members to relate their own story of the past than with photographs taken by local families, friends and neighbors,” said Susan Goldstein, City Archivist. “The Filipino community is underrepresented in the city archives. Our mission is to preserve these fragile resources and make sure they are available to all to tell a fuller, more inclusive history of the city.”

Appointments to participate in Kodakan Photo Day are strongly recommended and can be made by contacting Joelene Pangilinan at or online at Volunteers are also needed to assist Library staff on Photo Day; interested persons should contact the Volunteer Coordinator by May 1, 2017 / (415) 557-4251

Kodakan Photo Day is the seventh San Francisco Public Library Shades of San Francisco Project.  The Library conducted “Shades” projects in Western Addition, the Mission, Sunset District, Oceanview/Merced/Ingleside, Bayview/Hunters Point and the LGBTQI community with more than 1,600 local photos collected and added to the permanent collections of the library.  It is made possible through the support of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Bayanihan Community Center.