For Immediate Release: Nov. 29, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
Ring in the Holidays at the Library
Music, craft programs, toy trains and more – all free at your neighborhood library
San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is the place to bring your friends and family for free holiday fun this season. There’s craft making, holiday music, special exhibits, food demonstrations and much more – all free.
Kick off the season with Bright Star – Music and More, a special musical pop-up event for children and families at the Main Library on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 pm. The program is centered on the Curran Theater’s new production, “Bright Star,” a musical written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The library will host a performance by bluegrass band Alabamajama, and a star-making craft where kids and families will have the chance to express themselves around the theme of “If You Knew My Story,” one of the songs from the musical.
The Holiday Train display also revs its engines on Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 4 in front of the Children’s Center in the Main Library. Train engineers of all ages can push the levers that make the trains travel the tracks in a sparkling custom-built winter wonderland.
During December, libraries across the City are holding Green Gifts workshops for kids, teens and adults, focusing on crafting seasonal presents and decorations using repurposed materials. Transform old books and magazines, T-shirts, sweaters, bottles and jars into cup cozies, mixed media wreaths and sugar scrubs. Participants can try their hand at weaving newspaper baskets, folding origami trees, creating paper ornaments, fabric flowers, T-shirt tote bags and much more.
The majestic sound of authentic bronze Russian Holiday Bells will fill the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 23 as San Francisco Symphony Percussionist Victor Avdienko performs a special holiday concert. The concert will include several traditional chimes, a few contemporary pieces and improvisations, followed by a film screening of Blagovest Bells’ A Voice of Pure Earth: The Sacred Bells of Russia.
Plus, libraries are good places to take family or friends during the holidays. They can gather around the fireplaces at Eureka Valley or Merced branch libraries; meditate while walking the stone pavers marked with West African Adinkra symbols in the courtyard of the Bayview branch; see Herb Caen’s original typewriter at the North Beach branch; and view historical photos in the serene History Center at the Main Library. Out of town guests can take the cable car to the Chinatown branch; view the amazing City skyline from the Potrero branch windows; or just cozy up with a good book or magazine in the leather chairs at the Presidio branch. Folks from colder climates will enjoy the special gardens behind the Noe Valley, Ingleside and Western Addition branches.
Or just check out a good book, a calming CD, a seasonal video and enjoy the holidays!
Bright Star – Music and More with the Curran Theater – Saturday, December 2, 3:30 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor
Green Gifts – various library locations and dates, see program guide.
Russian Holiday Bells – Saturday, December 23, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Biblio Bistro cooking demonstration – Wednesday, December 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Heart of the City Farmer’s Market, UN Plaza (weather permitting)
A Muslim Family’s Chair for the Pope exhibit – through Jan. 31, Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor
Kwanzaa – Celebrating Kuumba (Infinite Creativity) – Sunday, December 31, 1 – 3 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.