Monthly Archives: August 2018

San Francisco’s Garden District Opens Its Doors Sept. 29 for 12th Annual Portola Garden Tour

For Immediate Release:  August 30, 2018

Media Contacts:
Mindy Linetzky (415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
Ruth Wallace, Portola Garden Tour organizer (415) 420-6185;
Rwallace57@gmail.com

San Francisco’s Garden District Opens Its Doors Sept. 29 for
12th Annual Portola Garden Tour

Neighborhood grown hops featured at community after-party

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Once home to flower-growing enterprises and farms, The Portola is known as San Francisco’s Garden District. The garden tour is a self-guided walk through private and public gardens in the sunny Portola neighborhood in San Francisco’s southeastern quadrant. A surprising array of hidden gardens lay behind primarily mid-century modern homes. The tour is also a fundraiser for City College horticulture students.

Participants will learn about what plants thrive in San Francisco, how to make even small spaces outstanding, ideas for decks and patios and fun landscaping tips — and get inspired to work on their own back yard. It’s a wonderful community experience as neighbors open their yards to hundreds of tour participants.

This year the tour features a community “after-party” at local brewery Ferment, Drink, Repeat on San Bruno Avenue. Portola gardeners have been growing hops which will be turned into a truly locally-made brew and served at the close of the tour.

What: Portola Garden Tour featuring 20+ private and public gardens

When: Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Portola neighborhood – garden locations will be listed on the ticket

Tickets: $25 or $20 each for two or more – purchase online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3594065

After party: 3 p.m. at Ferment, Drink, Repeat (FDR) brewery, 2636 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco

More information: www.facebook.com/portolagardentour  and www.portolagardentour.com

The Portola is one of the City’s most diverse neighborhoods with a rich history.  Maltese, Italian and Jewish immigrant families settled in The Portola in the late-19th century, followed by African American shipbuilders who moved to San Francisco from the south during World War II. In the decades since, Latinos, Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese and others have planted roots in The Portola, a neighborhood that welcomes all.

Roughly bordered by Silver Avenue to the north, Mansell Street to the south, San Bruno Avenue to the east and McLaren Park to the west, The Portola is one of the last undiscovered sections of San Francisco. Young families, as well as long-time San Franciscans, find it an attractive and convenient place to live. Many of the homes have large yards – by San Francisco standards – as well as bay and city views.

The Portola Garden Tour began in 2007 as a fund-raiser for the Portola Branch Library, whose own public garden and seed lending library will be on the tour this year. When the library opened in 2009, the community decided to continue the popular event as a fundraiser and created The Portola Garden Scholarship at City College San Francisco for Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department students. To date, 17 scholarships and three work projects in The Portola have been awarded to City College students.

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The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 29, 2018

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; mindy.linetzky@sfpl.org

Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is honoring the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage with more than 70 programs in September. Throughout the month, enjoy lectures, films, cooking demonstrations and performance programs for all ages at every library location.

In recent years, the Library has celebrated Middle Eastern Heritage. In order to recognize more of our residents and the region, we are renaming our celebration SWANA. Many universities are adopting this language for use with their Middle Eastern studies programs. Southwest Asian and North African is a way to describe the region in a geographical, non-political, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way.

swanaDuring SWANA, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival, listen to beats by Opium Sabbah, son of the legendary Algerian DJ Cheb I Sabbah, attend calligraphy demonstrations, learn about traditional Palestinian garb and attend a presentation about the role and status of Muslim women today. Fantastic food programs include sampling dishes by Chef Aliza with her unique Israeli spice blends, Palestinian food tastings and hummus making classes.

For younger audiences, enjoy Arabic dances by Heaven Mousalem and a special performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company. More live performances include Leila’s Quest for Flight presented by the Golden Thread Fairytale Players and cultural performances by the Kidswork Touring Theatre. Teens can get an exclusive sneak peek of a teen written-and-produced podcast about contemporary Muslim fashions with the de Young Museum’s Teen Advisory Board. Local baker Nora Takouat teaches families how to make authentic Algerian desserts, and the library brings out the bike-powered blender to whip up tasty batches of hummus.

View the SWANA program guide.

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With SWANA, we hope that our residents from this region recognize that San Francisco welcomes and celebrates them. We also hope all our residents learn something new, have their curiosity stoked, and enjoy our varied programs. Learn more at sfpl.org/SWANA.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Best of Arab Shorts – Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
World Music with Opium Sabbah – Sept. 1, 1:15 p.m., Park Branch Library
Calligraphy Demonstration and Performance – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Palestinian Dress – Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Muslim Women beyond the Stereotypes – Sept. 29, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Shahrzad Dance Company – Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library
Leila’s Quest for Flight – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Algerian Sweet Treats – Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Sunset Branch Library
Sneak Peak: Contemporary Muslim Fashions Teen Podcast – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., The Mix at SFPL

Music, Dances & Traditions of Southwest Asia to North Africa by the Kidswork Touring Theatre
Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Sept. 23, 1 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem
Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library
Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Mission Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Israeli Spice Blending with Chef Aliza
Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Palestinian Food Tasting with Chef Nikki
Sept. 15, 12 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Presidio Branch Library

Hummus Making Classes & Middle Eastern Snack Trials
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

SWANA Program Guide

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

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

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage

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

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San Francisco, CA —  Join the fiesta at the San Francisco Public Library this fall with ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures with more than 80 music, food, film, dance, crafts and author talks happening mid-September through October.

dreamersSpecial ¡VIVA!  events include concerts with Grammy award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and Jose-Luis Orozco.  Attend a storytime with Caldecott Honor Award winner and Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales as she reads from her new book, Dreamers.  ¡VIVA!  kicks off on September 15 with a performance by legendary Bay Area band Mariachi Mexicanisimo.

Throughout the fall, take part in salsa and guacamole-making programs, workshops on Repujado, the craft of Mexican embossing, Mission mural tours, piñata workshops and multiple screenings of everyone’s favorite film, Coco. On October 13, in cooperation with San Francisco’s 2018 Litquake Literary Festival, ¡VIVA! welcomes National Book Award finalist author Cristina Garcia as she discusses her latest work Here in Berlin.

Participate in Día de los Muertos festivities by painting masks at North Beach, creating tissue paper marigolds at Richmond and decorating sugar skulls at Mission and Golden Gate Valley. Día de los Muertos altar workshops celebrate those who have passed on, and take place in library locations across the City. Contribute by visiting a participating branch to place an ofrenda (offering) at the altar.

Visit sfpl.org/VIVA for more details and to view the ¡VIVA! Program Guide. ¡VIVA! is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

 

¡VIVA! Programs
For a complete list of activities and events, view thprogram guide

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Special Performances

 ¡VIVA! Kickoff Event with Mariachi Mexicanisimo – Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Atrium of the Main Library

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Oct. 14, 12 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Richmond

Celebrating Dreamers with Yuyi Morales — Oct. 6, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher’s Children’s Center

José-Luis Orozco in Concert
Oct. 20, 11 a.m., Merced
Oct. 20, 3 p.m., West Portal

Arts & Crafts 

Paper Flowers Marigolds — Oct. 27, 3–4 p.m., Richmond
Loteria Keychains — Oct. 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Mission
T(w)eens Make Papel Picado — Oct. 11, 3–5 p.m., Glen Park
Repujado: Metal Embossing — Sept. 15, 2:30–4 p.m., Parkside
Linoleum Block Printing Workshop — Oct. 13, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Mission
Mission Mural Tour — Oct. 6, 2–3 p.m., Mission

Culinary Classes

Snacks from Colombia — Oct. 11, 3:30–5 p.m., Noe Valley
Latin American Snack Trials — Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Potrero
Mexican Hot Chocolate tor T(w)eens — Oct. 9, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Anza
Make Your Own Salsa — Oct. 10, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Ocean View
Learn to Make Guacamole  — Oct. 13, 2–3 p.m., Ocean View

Music & Dance Performances

The People United Will Never Be Defeated — Sept. 2, 2–3 p.m., Main Library
Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble — Oct. 12, 3–4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Poets & Dancers Remember Medieval Spain — Sept. 23, 2–4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Bululú in ConcertSept. 29, 4–5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium


Storytimes and Literary Events

Special ¡VIVA! Storytime and Licuados — Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Mission
Special ¡VIVA! Storytime and GuacamoleSept. 16, 2–3:30 p.m., Parkside
An Evening with Author Cristina GarcíaOct. 16, 6–7:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Room
Poetry Jam with Three Poet LaureatesSept. 13, 6–7:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
The Language of Latino Identity — Oct. 20, 1–2 p.m., Western Addition
 

Día de Los Muertos Altar Workshops + Programs

Sept. 26, 3:30–5 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 17, 4–5 p.m., Richmond
Oct. 25, 10–11 a.m., Ocean View
Oct. 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Park
Oct. 27–Saturday, Nov. 3, Western Addition
Oct. 25–Sunday, Nov. 4, Visitacion Valley
Oct. 27–Monday, Nov. 5, Bernal Heights
Sept. 28, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights
Oct. 5, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights
Oct. 12, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights

More information here.

Films

Pan’s LabyrinthSept. 16, 2–4 p.m. Anza
Documentary: Frida Kahlo Oct. 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m., West Portal
Mystery Street Sept. 17, 3–5 p.m., Golden Gate Valley
ViridianaSept. 29, 2–4 p.m., Park
 

Coco (2017) Rated PG, 109 minutes.

Sept. 7, 3–5 p.m., Portola
Sept. 19, 4–6 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 5, 3–5 p.m., Portola
Oct. 6, 10:30–12:30 p.m., Mission Bay*
Oct. 6, 3:30–6 p.m., Ingleside**
Oct. 10, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Golden Gate Valley
Oct. 13, 2–3:30 p.m., Merced
Oct. 13, 3–5 p.m., West Portal*
Oct. 13, 2–4 p.m., Presidio
Oct. 27, 1:30–3 p.m., Richmond
Oct. 27, 3–5 p.m., North Beach
Nov. 2, 3–5 p.m., Portola

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Youth Citizenship Celebration Ceremony with Dave Eggers on August 17

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MEDIA ALERT

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org
Twitter: @SFPublicLibrary

Veda Banerjee, Parks Conservancy
(415) 561-3082; vbanerjee@parksconservancy.org
Twitter: @parks4all
 

What: On Friday, August 17, 2018, a group of young people will be honored as U.S. citizens and the next generation of national park stewards and public library users in a special citizenship celebration ceremony at Crissy Field. The ceremony for 30 children, ages four through 12, and their parents will be hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) San Francisco District and Field Offices in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Parks Conservancy, The Presidio Trust, and the San Francisco Public Library.

 

Who:   Dave Eggers, author and Shawn Harris, illustrator, Her Right Foot

Laura Joss, General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Greg Moore, President & CEO, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Michael Lambert, Acting City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library

 

Where: Crissy Field, West Bluff Amphitheater, 938 Marine Dr., San Francisco, CA 94129.

 

When: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Program begins at 10:30 a.m.

 

Why: These young people will be the next generation to love, protect, nurture, and strengthen our beloved community institutions of national parks and public libraries that belong to all Americans. As part of the ceremony, the children will view a StoryWalk of the book, Her Right Foot, which is on display at the nearby Crissy Field Promenade. This is a story about the Statue of Liberty—a symbol of immigration and welcome in America. The a cappella singing group, Tosca, will perform patriotic music and the national anthem. In addition, children’s librarians from branches throughout the city will be in attendance and ready to sign up people for new library cards.

 

For more information on the organizations, please visit: www.sfpl.org, www.nps.gov/goga, www.parksconservancy.org, www.presidio.gov

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The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 13, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is honoring the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage with more than 70 programs in September. Throughout the month, enjoy lectures, films, cooking demonstrations and performance programs for all ages at every library location.

swanaIn recent years, the Library has celebrated Middle Eastern Heritage. In order to recognize more of our residents and the region, we are renaming our celebration SWANA. Many universities are adopting this language for use with their Middle Eastern studies programs. Southwest Asian and North African is a way to describe the region in a geographical, non-political, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way.

During SWANA, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival, listen to beats by Opium Sabbah, son of the legendary Algerian DJ Cheb I Sabbah, attend calligraphy demonstrations, learn about traditional Palestinian garb and attend a presentation about the role and status of Muslim women today. Fantastic food programs include sampling dishes by Chef Aliza with her unique Israeli spice blends, Palestinian food tastings and hummus making classes.

For younger audiences, enjoy Arabic dances by Heaven Mousalem and a special performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company. More live performances include Leila’s Quest for Flight presented by the Golden Thread Fairytale Players and cultural performances by the Kidswork Touring Theatre. Teens can get an exclusive sneak peek of a teen written-and-produced podcast about contemporary Muslim fashions with the de Young Museum’s Teen Advisory Board. Local baker Nora Takouat teaches families how to make authentic Algerian desserts, and the library brings out the bike-powered blender to whip up tasty batches of hummus.

View the SWANA program guide.

With SWANA, we hope that our residents from this region recognize that San Francisco welcomes and celebrates them. We also hope all our residents learn something new, have their curiosity stoked, and enjoy our varied programs. Learn more at sfpl.org/SWANA.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Best of Arab Shorts – Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

World Music with Opium Sabbah – Sept. 1, 1:15 p.m., Park Branch Library
Calligraphy Demonstration and Performance – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Palestinian Dress – Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library

Muslim Women beyond the Stereotypes – Sept. 29, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Shahrzad Dance Company – Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Leila’s Quest for Flight – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Algerian Sweet Treats – Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

Sneak Peak: Contemporary Muslim Fashions Teen Podcast – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., The Mix at SFPL

 

Music, Dances & Traditions of Southwest Asia to North Africa by the Kidswork Touring Theatre
Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Sept. 23, 1 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Merced Branch Library

 

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem
Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library
Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Mission Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Israeli Spice Blending with Chef Aliza
Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

 

Palestinian Food Tasting with Chef Nikki
Sept. 15, 12 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Presidio Branch Library

 

Hummus Making Classes & Middle Eastern Snack Trials
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

 

SWANA Program Guide

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

Shane Evans shares stories, dreams and reflections – Acclaimed author/illustrator to speak at the Main Library on September 6, 2018

For Immediate Release:  August 8, 2018
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Shane Evans shares stories, dreams and reflections

Acclaimed author/illustrator to speak at the Main Library on September 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The library is pleased to announce that Shane Evans will deliver the 22nd Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, titled The Art of Dream… on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

shaneEvans is best-known as the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning picture book Underground, a sensory rich evocation of how it feels to be a slave on the way to freedom. Among his dozens of other titles are collaborations with his lifelong friend, actor and singer Taye Diggs as the pair have together created Chocolate Me!, Mixed Me! and other warmhearted picture stories. Evans is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor award, and two Jane Adams Honor awards, one for Lillian’s Right to Vote (written by Jonah Winter) and the other for We March.

This annual event honors the work of the late Effie Lee Morris by celebrating the work of writers and illustrators for children whose work exemplifies the causes she championed: inclusivity, diversity and the rights of all children to read, learn and create. Ms. Morris was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Francisco Public Library, the first African American president of the Public Library Association and a founder of the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).

Sponsored by the Main Library’s Fishers Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco chapter of the WNBA, the author talk is free and open to all ages. Registration is suggested as space is limited. A book-signing will follow the presentation.

Shane Evans: The Art of Dream…– September 6, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.