Monthly Archives: September 2017

Rock, Play & Learn at the Library at Ninth Annual Tricycle Music Fest

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 25
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Rock, Play & Learn at the Library at Ninth Annual Tricycle Music Fest

San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library offer Free Concerts for Families



 San Francisco, CA – Rock, play and learn at the Library this October as SFPL celebrates the ninth year of Tricycle Music Fest.  The stellar lineup includes Red Yarn playing American folk music, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards playing toe-tapping, New Orleans–style jazz, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights with tunes direct from New York, and Grammy and Emmy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.
On October 28, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band present a special concert for children and caregivers with VIP access to the Main Library before public hours, followed by a Drag Queen Story Hour in the Main Library’s Children’s Center, in partnership with RADAR Productions.

Tricycle Music Fest is a unique early literacy experience filled with family-friendly learning fun.  A tricycle is raffled off to lucky concertgoers at each event. Dust off your dancing shoes, strap kids in the stroller and boogie on down to the Library!

Tricycle Music Fest is presented by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library, bringing music, libraries and families together.  SFPL’s Tricycle Music Fest performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Hellman Foundation.

Please see the full schedule of events at and


Red Yarn
Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m., Potrero Branch
Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Presidio Branch

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m., Richmond Branch
Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Oct. 21, 11 a.m., Mission Branch
Oct. 21, 3 p.m., Parkside Branch

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ingleside Branch
Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Main Library

Drag Queen Story Hour – Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Main Library
Children’s Center, 2nd Floor

Calligraphies in Conversation – 4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2017

Curator Contact: Arash Shirinbab
(510) 283-4518;

Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Calligraphies in Conversation

4th International Exhibition fosters new dialogue between calligraphic arts and artists


San Francisco, CA – A unique international calligraphy exhibition, Calligraphies in Conversation, opens on Sunday, September 17 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Library, Skylight Gallery. The exhibition explores connections between calligraphy traditions and practices from different cultures as well as the beauty of different world languages. The opening includes a special artist’s presentation and curator tours of the exhibit, along with a reception, in partnership with the Ziya Art Center.

“Calligraphies in Conversation encompasses an annual group exhibition and a series of public venues including calligraphy demonstrations, workshops and presentations focusing on endorsing the appreciation of classic calligraphy in hands-on and tangible manner,” says Chief Curator, Arash Shirinbab. “The emphasis of this program is to initiate a meaningful conversation between different calligraphy traditions, especially between the Middle Eastern calligraphy and other calligraphy scripts and cultures.” The exhibition is also part of the Library’s Middle Eastern Heritage Celebration.

More than 70 artworks will be on display at the Library, with a range of diverse traditions and contemporary pieces in languages such as Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Baybayin, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Armenian and Hindi. Shirinbab assembled the collection through a competitive process and received more than 250 entries from around the world.

During the exhibition opening on September 17, attendees will have the opportunity to meet local artists while viewing the artwork. Calligraphy presentations, titled “How to Enjoy Calligraphy,” will take place in the Koret Auditorium from 1 – 3 p.m., when calligraphy masters and experts from Japanese, Arabic-Persian, Baybayin, and Latin traditions present the nuances of their tradition and show participants how to enjoy calligraphy without necessarily understanding the content of the writing. Curator Tours in the Skylight Gallery will begin at 3 p.m.

Save the date for Calligraphy Day on November 5, located in the San Francisco Main Library. Several calligraphy masters from different traditions and languages will give demonstrations and participants can experience calligraphy of various cultures up close.

 Calligraphies in Conversation was initiated in 2012 by a core team including Shirinbab and Fateme Montazeri of Ziya Art Center, Raeshma Razvi of Silkworm Media, and community leader Ali Sheikholeslami. The exhibition is made possible by the support of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) and a grant from Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).


Ziya Art Center, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of Calligraphy, Multiverse Art Gallery, SAMENA Circle, Persian Arts Revival (PAR), Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, California School of Traditional Arts, and Silkworm Media


Exhibit: Calligraphies in Conversation – Sept. 17 through Dec. 3, San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, Ca.

Opening Event – Sept. 17, 1 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Read. Resist. Repeat. One City One Book Takes on San Francisco

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Read. Resist. Repeat. One City One Book Takes on San Francisco

Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.



San Francisco, CABlack against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. has been selected as the 2017 One City One Book, and this fall’s events are filled with engaging, thought provoking and carefully curated programs designed to shed light on a crucial historical operation and impart important lessons for today’s resistance movements.


blackagainstempire_withstickerBlack against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Bloom and Martin analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, the book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.


Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it. Copies of Black against Empire are featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city. The One City One Book program guide features numerous events, book discussion questions and comparisons between the Black Panther Party and Black Lives Matter.


This September and October, participants can join book discussions, check out themed exhibits, attend author talks and participate in many other events.


Co-author Waldo E. Martin will be featured at Litquake in conversation with D. Scot Miller at the American Bookbinders Museum on Oct. 10, and both authors will take the stage in the culminating One City One Book author talk taking place at the Main Library on Oct. 29. Independent radio and Hip Hip journalist, “Davey D.” Cook will facilitate this conversation with the authors.


“Black people in cities throughout the North and West were yearning for ways to stand up to police brutality and persistent racism. For several years, the Black Panther Party set the standard,” says co-author Bloom. “Waldo and I wrote the book to make sense of the how and why. Those questions are as vital now as they were in the late 1960s – as a new generation of activists seeks to challenge racism, authoritarianism, and many forms of oppression.”


On Oct. 10 and 25, partake in an experience that brings San Francisco revolution and resistance history to your fingertips in a close-up show-and-tell of original manuscripts, newspapers and photographs which document the Black Panther Party and San Francisco’s legacy of resistance. Collections on view include the Black Panther newspaper and selections from the San Francisco Ephemera Collection including protest fliers and photographs from the 1960s – 1970s documenting resistance.

Eight films will be screened, including the insightful documentary, The Defender, focusing on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as he and his team take on the high-profile case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, after he is charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. Adachi asserts that his client’s odyssey in the criminal justice system is evidence of black-crime bias in ostensibly liberal San Francisco. A Q&A session with the Adachi follows the film screening.

Exhibits include work by Emory Douglas, the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, who created some of the most iconic images of Black Power. Douglas will be in conversation with other artists on Oct. 11 to discuss the intersection of art and activism. The library’s Art and Activism exhibit, which opens in October, will also showcase the work of Melanie Cervantes and Faviana Rodriguiz, demonstrating a continuum in the use of protest art that centers race, immigration, globalization, gender equality and environmental justice.

Black against Empire Editorial Reviews

“This is the definitive history of one of the great revolutionary organizations in the history of this country…. Let us learn deep democratic lessons and strong anti-imperial conclusions from this magisterial book!” Cornel West, Princeton

“This is the book we’ve all been waiting for: the first complete history of the Black Panther Party, devoid of the hype, the nonsense, the one-dimensional heroes and villains, the myths, or the tunnel vision that has limited scholarly and popular treatments across the ideological spectrum. “– Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA


“Finally! A book that clarifies the history of our movement, our aspirations, our struggles, and the bitter challenges we faced. This is a profoundly important and revealing work. Everyone who lived through these events, anyone who wants to understand the Black Panther Party, and especially the younger generations striving to shape the future, must read this book!”

–Bobby Seale, Chairman, Black Panther Party


About One City One Book
One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.



View the complete One City One Book program guide here and visit for more information.


One City One Book & Litquake – Oct. 10, 7 p.m., American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St.

One City One Book Authors in Conversation – Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Book sale and signing to follow.

Emory Douglas: Art and Activism panel discussionOct. 11, 1 p.m.  Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Art and Activism exhibitionMain Library, 4th floor rotunda and Grove St. exhibit space

Free Breakfast / Free Lives: 50 Years of Social Activism in the Black Community – Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Defender: Film Screening and Talk Back with Jeff Adachi and the Press – Oct. 21, 1 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Blacks, Blues, Black! Film Screening with San Francisco History Center – Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Hands-On History – Oct. 10 & 24 (2 sessions), 6 p.m., Main Library, SF History Center

Bicycle Tour – Oct. 7, 1 p.m., DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St., Oakland

Book Discussions
Sept. 11, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch
Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch
Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Library for the Blind & Print Disabled

Thursday at Noon Film Series
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners – Oct. 12, 12 p.m.
Get Out – Oct. 19, 12 p.m.
Negros with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power – Oct. 26, 12 p.m.
Revolution 67 – Nov. 2, 12 p.m.
Black Press: Soldiers without Swords – Nov. 9, 12 p.m.
Good Hair – Nov. 16, 12 p.m.
View the program guide for more information.

SFMOMA and SFPL Partner on Public Knowledge

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2017
Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers, SFPL
(415) 557-4282

Jill Lynch, SFMOMA
(415) 357-4172


SFMOMA and SFPL Partner on Public Knowledge

Two-Year Project Engaging Artists and the Public to Explore

the Cultural Impact of Urban Change in the San Francisco Bay Area


San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) are proud to announce an exciting partnership that will bring artists and scholars into the libraries and the museum to explore the changes happening in our city.

The two-year project entitled Public Knowledge, launches in late September, 2017 with:

  • A special musical performance on September 29 at the Main Library of What’s the Sound of Your San Francisco? a new project by MacArthur “genius” award winner Josh Kun that explores gentrification, eviction and neighborhood change in San Francisco through local music history
  • A symposium exploring the question Does Art Have Users? in partnership with the Asociación de Arte Útil and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, September 27 through 29.
  • A new temporary branch of the Library inside SFMOMA opening on September 28 that will be free and open to the public throughout the two-year project.


Public Knowledge aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change and the role of public institutions in the city. The project was created in response to the profound social and economic shifts taking place due to the rapid growth of the Bay Area’s technology industry. It will explore how contemporary art and culture can illuminate important issues, and create spaces for new conversations, through artists in residence, talks, discussions, workshops, performances, and other events in neighborhoods and libraries throughout the city. All programs will be free and open to the public.

In a time when providing access to public information and social engagement, once a key role of public institutions, is now being taken over by technology, the Public Knowledge project seeks to examine the historic role of public institutions and reinvigorate their relevance today. By experimenting with new ways of forging relationships and nurturing connections, we look to act as a catalyst for participants to exchange ideas and learn from one another, and together to develop new approaches to strengthening the fabric of civic life.

Among the first artist’s commissions taking place as part of Public Knowledge is Hit Parade, which is inspired by SFPL’s musical archives.  Hit Parade, was conceived by MacArthur “genius” award winner, and University of Southern California professor of cultural history Josh Kun. Working with the Bayview, Mission and Western Addition branches of the library over the past several months, Kun gathered musical histories and the stories of musicians to explore contemporary issues of gentrification, eviction and neighborhood change through local music history. The San Francisco Main Library will offer a special after-hours presentation on September 29 at 7 p.m. called What’s the Sound of Your San Francisco? with a musical performance and talk inspired by this collaboration.

Public Knowledge Library at SFMOMA

As part of the partnership, SFMOMA will open a temporary branch of the San Francisco Public Library called the Public Knowledge Library in SFMOMA’s Koret Education Center on the second floor of the museum. This branch will be open to the public from September 28, 2017 through winter 2019. The Public Knowledge Library will feature a reference collection of books and newspapers focused on activism, art, cities, culture, education, and technology. The library also will feature artist installations, curated displays about the history of SFPL, a special children’s collection, and will host free public programs.

Future Public Knowledge Artist Collaborators

Public Knowledge involves collaboration between humanities scholars and artists, specifically artists whose primary medium is not painting or sculpture, but public engagement. In addition to Kun, the participating roster of international artists includes:

Burak Arikan, a New York and Istanbul-based artist whose practice involves working with communities to create digital maps of complex networks and social relationships.

Bik Van der Pol, an artistic team from Rotterdam that is developing a project inspired by the history of the Gold Rush that sees libraries as places to gather the expertise of community members.

Stephanie Syjuco, a Bay Area artist who creates large-scale installations composed of collected cultural objects and archival materials.

Minerva Cuevas of Mexico City, who will engage library users in dialogue about the city’s changing cultural ecology through a project that explores the theme of fire.

Participating scholars are UC Berkeley’s Julia Bryan Wilson and Shannon Jackson, UCLA’s Jon Christensen, UC San Diego’s Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, UC Santa Cruz’s Jennifer A. Gonzáles, and Stanford University’s Fred Turner.


The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional support is provided by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Activities in SFMOMA’s Koret Education Center are generously supported by the Koret Foundation.


Additional Information

For more information on the Public Knowledge partnership, please visit or Public Knowledge Branch.



151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

SFMOMA is dedicated to making the art for our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA, with triple the gallery space, an enhanced education center and new free public galleries, opened to the public on May 14, 2016. In its inaugural year, the expanded museum welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors.

Visit or call (415) 357 – 4000 for more information.

About San Francisco Public Library

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¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage – Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage

Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library


 San Francisco, CA —  Join the fiesta at the San Francisco Public Library this fall with ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures through music, food, film, dance, crafts and more. Every branch hosts engaging and interactive events for youth, adults and families beginning mid-September through November.

Special concerts at the Library include Grammy-nominated bilingual children’s musical legend José-Luis Orozco at the Mission Branch, and a VIP family concert at the Main, occurring before open-hours and featuring winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy for children’s music, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.  The concert is followed by a special Drag Queen Story Hour in the Children’s Center at the Main.

Additional musical events include Cascada de Flores, presenting a bilingual participatory story exploding with song, ancient musical instruments and characters of Mexican music and dance. Past favorites such as the La Familia Peña-Govea sing songs for children in English and Spanish and Danza Azteca Xitlalli-Xolotl performs traditional indigenous dances of the Mexica.

For those in search of hands-on programs, families can learn how to make guacamole, salsa and new delicious Latin American dishes and adults can learn how to pair Spanish cheese with wine. Everyone is invited to get crafty with screen printing workshops, tin art classes, paper flower making, yarn painting and fabric dying programs.

Lectures and author talks include a joint Litquake program on the classic novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, an evening with author Marcos Barraza as he discusses his latest book, Cuentos y Legendes, and a trip down memory lane with author Erin Van Rheehan as she recounts her experiences living abroad in Costa Rica.

On September 21, join acclaimed Bay Area author Gary Soto at the Main Library for the 21st Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, titled Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto.

¡VIVA! incorporates Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrations, including altar-making workshops at a variety of library locations, teen activities in The Mix and sugar skull decorating at the Mission Branch on November 2.

Visit for more details.  View the ¡VIVA! Program Guide (PDF).

¡VIVA! programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Arts & Crafts 

Repujado: Tin Art – Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Screen Print Workshop by Calixto Robles – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Mission Branch
Fabric Dyeing with Peopleologie – Sept. 26, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch
Maya, Olmec & Aztec Hieroglyphs – Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch
Incas, Llamas & Looms – Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Mexican Yarn painting for Teens/Tweens
Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch
Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Paper Flower Crafts
Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Park Branch
Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch
Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

View the program guide for more information.

Culinary Classes

Salsa Making (all ages)
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch
Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Portola Branch
Oct. 14, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch
Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch

View the program guide for more information.

Hispanic Cooking Class for Kids – Sept. 21, Noe Valley Branch

Spanish Cheese & Wine Pairing (adults)
Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch
Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch

Guacamole Making for Children
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Anza Branch
Oct. 14, 2 pm., Ocean View

Salsa Tasting for Teens/Tweens – Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch

Music & Dance Performances

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band in Concert
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ingleside Branch
Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Main Library, Atrium (Followed by Drag Queen Story Hour.)

Cascada de Flores
Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ortega Branch

La Familia Pena-Govea
Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Merced Branch
Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

Mariela’s Music Time
Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m., Excelsior Branch
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Marina Branch

Jose-Luis Orozco in ConcertSept. 23, 11 a.m., Mission Branch

Lectures & Author Talks

Author Talk: Cunetos y Legendas by Marcos Barraza – Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Living Abroad in Costa Rica
Sept. 21, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch

Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Gary Soto – Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Litquake Presents: 50 Years of One Hundred Years of Solitude – Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Dia de los Muertos Programs

Day of the Dead Alter WorkshopsVarious locations beginning Oct. 7 – Nov. 2. View the program guide for more information.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration for Teens – Nov 1 & 2, 1 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Sugar Skull Decorating – Nov 2, all day, Mission Branch. View program guide for more information.

Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate Begins Her Reign

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017
Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate Begins Her Reign

The City’s seventh poet laureate to read her poetry and reflect on her City


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library announces the inauguration of Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

Shuck is a published author whose poetry focuses on her multiethnic background which includes Polish and Cherokee heritage, and her experiences as a lifelong resident of San Francisco.

“Kim’s stirring poetry celebrates the spirit of San Francisco and reflects the open and inclusive values of this city,” said Mayor Lee.

schuckShuck, a Castro resident, has published several full length poetry books, including Clouds Running In, Rabbit Stories, and Smuggling Cherokee and a chapbook, Sidewalk NDN.  She is also an educator who has taught at all levels, including at San Francisco State University and currently at the California College of the Arts. She has volunteered in San Francisco Unified School District classrooms for more than 20 years and her visual art works have been displayed in exhibits across the globe.

“This is an honor, it’s a responsibility and it’s an invitation to continue the good work of previous laureates,” said Shuck. “It’s also an opportunity to add some of my own touches, both political and silly. The San Francisco Public Library was a good friend when I was a kid, primarily the Mission, Noe Valley and Castro branches, and I’m looking forward to working on these new projects.”

Shuck was appointed by Mayor Lee after being nominated by a nine-member selection committee comprised of past poet laureates, city officials and members of the Bay Area poetry and literary community. She will succeed Alejandro Murguía, who served as San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate.

“Kim Shuck is passionate about our city’s diversity and its multiplicity of voices,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. As San Francisco poet laureate she will celebrate our strength of language and culture. Kim loves our city and values our libraries. We’re excited to work with her to further our city’s literary and poetic tradition by engaging our communities and bringing us together through poetry.”

The Sept. 14 event will be Shuck’s first foray as poet laureate as she delivers her inaugural address. She will also participate in community-based poetry events and lead poetry readings at Litquake, the city’s leading literary festival. In addition, she will attend several upcoming poetry-centered events in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The public is encouraged to come and hear Shuck read her poetry and discuss her plans as poet laureate. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

Kim Shuck Poet Laureate Inauguration and Celebration – September 14, 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Middle Eastern Heritage at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Middle Eastern Heritage at the San Francisco Public Library



San Francisco, CA —   The Library celebrates Middle Eastern Heritage this month with a wide array of programs in recognition of the diverse histories, cultures and traditions from the Middle East.

Visit the Main Library to learn about the “cradle of civilization” from Dr. Abdul Jabbar, professor emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of San Francisco. Taste delectable Egyptian street food cuisine with local chef and restaurant owner, Sausan, at Mission Bay and view an Arabic dance performance by Heaven Mousalem at Western Addition. Families and folk of all ages will enjoy Middle Eastern cultural celebrations held at several branches with performances, games, crafts and food.

Youngsters will delight in a special children’s story time in celebration of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s new exhibition, Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. At Ocean View and Potrero, youth are invited to make hummus on Rock the Bike, the Library’s pedal-powered blender, and create a hamsa, a palm-shaped amulet used to ward off the “evil eye” at Marina. Tweens and teens will love tasting different Middle Eastern snacks at various Snack Trials, and learning the designs and techniques of traditional Palestinian embroidery at Merced.

On Sept. 24 at the Main Library, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) showcasing emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.

Visit for more details.  View the complete Program Guide (PDF).

Middle Eastern Heritage Month programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


AFMI Presents: The Best of Arab Short Films – Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Middle East as the Cradle of Civilization – Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Egyptian Street Food Tasting – Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem – Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch

The CJM Read-Aloud – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center

Make a Hamsa – Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

Hamsa Craft for Kids – Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Marina Branch

Teen Tasty Thursdays: Middle Eastern Snacks – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Mission Branch

Middle Eastern Snack Trials – Sept. 23, 3 p.m., West Portal Branch

Middle Easter Snack Trials – Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix at SFPL

Sew Your Story – Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Merced Branch

Rock the Bike: Hummus Edition
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Potrero Branch
Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch