Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dave Eggers Tours New Book in San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018

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Dave Eggers Tours New Book in San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Dave Eggers, the best-selling author and founder of McSweeney’s, will launch the publication of his latest book, The Monk of Mokha, by touring San Francisco in a San Francisco Public Library bookmobile along with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the heroic subject of Dave’s new book.

eggersThe kick-off event is held in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and Penguin Random House, and will take place on the steps of City Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. Speakers at the event will include Dave Eggers, James Freeman, Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee; Hellen Russel, co-founder of Equator Coffee; Zahra Billoo, Executive director of CAIR; Dawood Yaseen, head of student life at Zaytuna College; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera; Ahmed Abo Zaid, Vice President of Local87; Bita Nazarian, Executive Director of 826 Valencia; Supervisor Jane Kim, and Mokhtar Alkhanshali. A book sale will be provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Monk of Mokha is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemini-American man raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemini coffee, but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by a civil war.

eggers2After the launch event, Eggers and Alkhanshali will ride on the Library’s bookmobile and visit five Bay Area bookstores, on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28: The Booksmith Bindery, Green Apple Books on the Park, Book Passage in the Ferry Building, Bookshop West Portal, and Books Inc. Laurel Village. The book will not be officially published until Jan. 30, but early copies will be available at all of these San Francisco venues.

San Francisco Public Library bookmobiles and its mobile outreach unit offers a variety of library services beyond SFPL’s 28 neighborhood libraries, connecting residents where they work, play, create, learn and live regardless of age, physical, economic, social, and geographic or other barriers. The bookmobiles visit more than 60 regular locations each month, offering a wide variety of library materials in multiple formats as well as a menu of library programming. They can be found at senior centers & residences, schools and day care centers, and at Treasure Island as its only regular library service.


Talking with Kids about Race – A progressive workshop for parents, caregivers and educators

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Talking with Kids about Race
A progressive workshop for parents, caregivers and educators


SAN FRANCISCO, CA This weekend, the Library continues the successful series of progressive programs that help parents, educators and caregivers talk to kids about race and power with an interactive workshop facilitated by Abundant Beginnings.  Participants will be given tools to discuss race, racism, inequity and injustice, and will practice concrete and developmentally supportive conversation starters about how to create environments for kids that nurture racial justice.

Free childcare and translation services are available with advanced registration.

talkingaboutraceAbundant Beginnings is a community education and empowerment initiative that re-imagines how communities can grow learners who think critically, live responsibly and create meaningful change.

Sponsored by Abundant BeginningsOur Family CoalitionSURJ SF – Showing Up for Racial JusticeSan Francisco Public LibrarySan Francisco Unified School DistrictSF Families UnionTeachers 4 Social JusticeSan Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Talking with Kids about Race: Nurturing Justice – Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Library

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 17, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Library

Romance novels, crafts, valentine printing, poetry and handkerchiefs – all free at your neighborhood library


San Francisco, CA – Looking for love this February 14? The library is always a good place to meet new people – peruse the exhibition galleries, mingle at an author talk, smile in the stacks or get crafty with your neighbors. Or if you’re just looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the library’s got you covered.

The History Center at the Main Library holds its 7th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing program on Saturday, Feb. 3. Participants will create a unique keepsake on the library’s 1909 Albion hand press complete with a poem and illustration by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck.

On Sunday, Feb. 4, Alan Blackman, San Francisco lettering artist and calligrapher, presents Letters to Myself, a discussion of the more than 200 embellished, illuminated and decorated envelopes he mailed to his son. His envelopes, with elaborate hand lettering and clever drawings directly inspired by the design of the stamps, span 40 years and bear cancellations from all over the world.

What’s more old-fashioned than handkerchiefs for Valentine’s Day? Starting Saturday, Jan. 27, the Library displays Amazing Handkerchiefs, selections from the collection of Ann Mahony, collector and historian of vintage handkerchiefs, featuring designs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Want to make a personal valentine for your sweetheart? The Library offers Valentine’s Day card making programs for all ages. Adults can even hone up their computer skills on Wednesday, Feb. 7 while making a valentine in the Computer Training Center of the Main Library. See the calendar and the list below for specific programs.

Last, but not least, the Library offers romance novels, love stories, poetry and date-night movies free for the choosing. With your library card, you can check out or stream all your favorite romantic movies, listen to great voices reading an EBook of poetry or reminisce with your favorite vinyl album. The possibilities are infinite.

7th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing – Feb. 3, 2-4 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor

Alan Blackman, Letters to Myself – Feb. 4, 1 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms

The Amazing Handkerchief through the AgesJan. 27- May 17, Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center, 4th Floor.
Related program: Handkerchief Heroes with Ann Mahony – Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio, 5th Floor

Valentine’s Day card making for adults

Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library (preregister)

Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m., Valentine’s Day Cards: Use Microsoft Word to set hearts aflutter, Main Library, Computer Training Center, 5th Floor


Valentine’s Day card making for teens

Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library (preregister)

Feb. 8, 3:30 p.m., Marina Branch Library

Feb. 10, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Library


Valentine’s Day crafts for children

Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m., Holiday Cards & Cotton Candy, Bernal Heights Branch Library

Feb. 8, 4 p.m., Valentine Bugs Craft, North Beach Branch Library

Feb. 10, 10:15 a.m., Valentine’s Day Cards, Presidio Branch Library

Feb. 10, 3 p.m., Valentine’s Day Cards, Portola Branch Library

Feb. 10, 4 p.m., Valentine’s Day Cards, Ingleside Branch Library

Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Valentine’s Day Cards, Merced Branch Library


A Game of Color – The African-American Experience in Baseball

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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A Game of Color
The African-American Experience in Baseball


SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies present A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball, an exhibition of artifacts, artworks and photographs opening Jan. 13 in the Skylight Gallery at the San Francisco Public Library.

171220_postcard_med-resThe exhibition covers more than a half century of professional baseball, from the founding of the first Negro League in 1920 through the integration of major league baseball in 1947, and up to a new wave of outspoken African American players in the 1960s and ‘70s who challenged the baseball establishment.

Rather than a comprehensive history of African American baseball, the exhibition is intended as a general introduction, with an emphasis on key figures, teams and pivotal moments.  The artifacts and artworks which support the exhibition’s themes are being shown for the first time in San Francisco.  Included are paintings by Ben Sakoguchi and Bill Cormalis Jr., and an iconic painting of Jackie Robinson by Michael Guccione.

Exhibition Highlights:

THE NEGRO LEAGUES: Formed as a response to institutionalized racism in organized Baseball, the Negro Leagues were comprised primarily of African American players and became a vibrant business enterprise in Black America.  The displays offer a glimpse into the heyday of the Negro Leagues, from 1920-1946.

BARNSTORMING AS A WAY OF LIFE: During the offseason, Negro League players often joined barnstorming teams, traveling the highways and byways of America in order to make enough money to survive.  The displays feature the colorful history of these teams, from the Satchel Paige All-Stars to the Zulu Cannibal Giants.

PIONEERS OF INTEGRATION: Spotlighting several prominent figures who lobbied steadily and vociferously for the integration of baseball, including maverick owner Bill Veeck and pioneering journalist Lester Rodney.

JACKIE ROBINSON AND EMMETT ASHFORD: Highlighting Jackie Robinson’s pioneering role as the first African American to officially play in the major leagues in the 20th century and his status as the most important professional baseball player in postwar America.  Also featured is Emmett Ashford, the first African American umpire to officiate in the minor leagues in 1951 and in the major leagues in 1966.

A NEW ACTIVISM IN THE POST-JACKIE ERA: Looking at the decades immediately following baseball’s integration, the displays spotlight several players who shattered the complacency of the baseball establishment and confronted management with charges of discrimination, especially with regard to the lack of black managers and front-office personnel.

The exhibit and all events are co-sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Lefty O’Doul Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and The Baseball Reliquary.

Exhibit: A Game of ColorJan. 13 – March 18, Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Opening event

Film screening of Only the Ball Was White followed by Terry Cannon, exhibit curator and former major league player Nate Oliver discussing the African American experience in baseball. 
Only the Ball Was White – Film and Discussion — Sunday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Related programs:

Called Up: The Emmett Ashford Story – Film and DiscussionFeb. 7, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Beyond Branch Rickey: The Hidden Forces Behind the Breaking of Baseball’s Color BarrierFeb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation – Film and DiscussionFeb. 27, 6 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium

No No: A Documentary – Film and DiscussionMarch 8, 6 p.m. Main Library, Koret Auditorium

World Series of Baseball Poetry with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Jack Hirshman and others March 1, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

About The Baseball Reliquary

A Pasadena, California-based nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities.  Its exhibitions and programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  The Institute for Baseball Studies, a collaborative effort of Whittier College and the Baseball Reliquary, fosters an intellectual community for creating and supporting interdisciplinary research and studies related to the cultural significance of baseball in American history.  Housed on the campus of Whittier College in Whittier, California, the Institute for Baseball Studies is the first humanities-based research center of its kind associated with a college or university in the United States.

More Than A Month – The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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More Than A Month

The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – morethanamonth_program-coverBlack History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we promote affirmative examples of important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change. This year, the Library has titled the programs that celebrate Black history, culture & heritage More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities every month, all year round.

Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend and throughout February, the Library champions Black history, culture & heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. More Than a Month features film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits, music and craft classes for the whole family.

Visit the African American Center in the Main Library to learn about historical, political and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials spanning a broad range of subject areas, the Center organizes many free exhibits and programs.

“All year long we invite you to join us every day, in every library location,” says library spokesperson Katherine Jardine, “to continue honoring and celebrating the diverse and special histories and heritages that make up our beloved City and our unique country.”

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. More information, including the program guide, at

Program highlights:

The Black Comix Arts Festival – Jan. 14, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

I Am Alfonso Jones Comic Arts Demo – Jan. 13, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room

Jazz Performance by Six Roses – Jan. 13, Anza

Hambone, History and Humor with Unique Derique – Jan. 13, Marina & North Beach

Kirk Waller – African and African-American Stories – Jan. 19 Portola & Jan. 20 Main Library, Children’s Center

African Dance with Moeketsi Gibe – Jan. 20, Park

African Drumming with Moeketsi Gibe – Jan. 20, Mission

Musician Rado with Kids Music SF – Jan. 13, Noe Valley, Jan. 23, Golden Gate & Sunset

Charlottesville, Anthem Protest and Race – Jan. 24, Park

Talking with Kids About Race: Nurturing Justice – Jan. 27, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film Screening: Moonlight – Jan. 27, Western Addition

Asheba, Musical Storyteller – Jan. 27, Ocean View


If Superpowers Could Save My Community – Beginning Jan. 6, Main Library, African American Center

A Game of Color – Beginning Jan. 13, Main Library, Skylight Gallery