The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 13, 2018 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;
  SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is honoring the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage with
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. 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.
August 13, 2018