Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Library

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 17, 2018 Media contact: Mindy Linetzky (415) 557-4252;
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 sfpl.org 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  
January 17, 2018