Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Library Honors Native and Indigenous Cultures – Native people share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2018

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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The Library Honors Native and Indigenous Cultures

Native people share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life


SAN FRANCISCO, CA November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and San Francisco Public Library is excited to honor the voices of indigenous and native peoples with a month long celebration titled First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures.

More than 80 programs for all ages, in all library locations provide a platform for native people to share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life. With First Person, there are opportunities to learn something new, have your curiosity stoked and enjoy the varied programs that honor and celebrate native people – all free at the library.

nativeculturesLearn about early contact between indigenous tribes and settlers of California by attending docent-led tours of the old Mission Dolores. Later in the month, author Elias Castillo discusses his book A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California Indians by the Spanish Missions. Try your hand at traditional Navajo beading. Take part in an interactive presentation on the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and view the VICE television series, Rise, about contemporary native and indigenous issues. Meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck (Cherokee/Euro-American) at special events that cover topics ranging from basket weaving to the debate around confederate monuments. View a rare collection of photographic prints of The North American Indian series by Edward S. Curtis.

The Library promises something for everyone during our First Person celebration. People of all ages are invited to see award winning Eddie Madril’s performance of the dances of the Plains Indians. Children can learn about traditional agricultural practices as they get hands-on with Sovereign Seeds, play Mayan Yucatec bingo games, enjoy Ohlone-Mutsun language coloring books, and learn plant identification led by park rangers. Also there are special Two-Spirit Storyhours with native authors. All ages can study Cherokee and Hawaiian online through Mango Languages, free with a library card. We also encourage everyone to learn about the edible, wild and native foods growing around the Bay Area during cooking demonstrations and food history programs.

Come into a neighborhood branch and take out a book or movie – read the November On the Same Page pick, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, a memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation. Check out a list of Children’s Books on the Native North American Experience; recommended reads, music and movies for First Person 2018; and a curated list on Native American Cooking that’s not just for Thanksgiving.

View the First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures program guide.


When Art Is Racist with Kim Shuck & Andrew Jolivette – Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Sewam Dance with Eddie Madril—Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m., Parkside Branch Library

First Nation Monuments & Funerary Places of the SF Bay—Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

Activism & Aesthetics of the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz—Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

A Cross of Thorns with Elias Castillo – Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Exhibition: The North American Indian – Though Dec. 1, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor

Sewam Dance with Eddie Madril

Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m., Parkside Branch Library

Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge


California and the Americas Food History with Chef Farais

Nov. 3, 3 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Anza Branch Library


String Stories with Kim Shuck

Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Nov. 9, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library

Nov. 10, 11 a.m., Merced Branch Library


Make Your Own Basket with Kim Shuck

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

Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m., Main Library, The Mix, 2nd Floor


Two-Spirit Storyhour

Nov. 17, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor

Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library


Old Mission Dolores Tours— Space is limited, registration at branches required.

Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library


Native American Beaded Bracelets

Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Mission Branch Library

Nov. 3, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Parkside Branch Library

Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Potrero Branch Library


Sovereign Seeds and Starts

Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Park Branch Library

Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m., Anza Branch Library


Ohlone-Mutsun Language Coloring Book

Nov. 26, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library

Nov. 26, 4:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library

Nov. 27, 11:15 a.m., Glen Park Branch Library

Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m., Marina Branch Library


Many more classes, films, performances, events and activities are listed in the First Person program guide. All programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free.


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.

Visual Poetry: A Lyrical Twist – Thomas Ingmire Calligraphy and Poetry in Collaboration

For Immediate Release: October 24, 2018
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
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Thomas Ingmire Calligraphy and Poetry in Collaboration

San Francisco—The San Francisco Public Library’s Book Arts & Special Collections Center is pleased to present Visual Poetry: a Lyrical Twist, featuring Thomas Ingmire’s unique modern and expressive calligraphy in the creation of collaborative works with eleven contemporary poets. Poetry readings open the show on November 17, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the Koret Auditorium, with a reception to follow. The exhibition is on view through March 31, 2019, in the Jewett Gallery, Main Libraryingmire.

Bay Area poets Jack Hirschman, Dean Rader and Tsering Wangmo Dhompa are featured along with poets Li-Young Lee, Robert Bringhurst, David Annwn, Christine Kennedy, Geraldine Monk, Alan Halsey, Allen Fisher and Robert Sheppard. The exhibition features unique artists’ books—works that build on a tradition of visual artists and poets being inspired by each other.

Ingmire has been a practicing calligrapher since 1977 and currently lives and works in San Francisco. For the last 20 years, he has concentrated on the making of artists’ books, exhibiting widely in the United States and abroad.  In describing Visual Poetry: a Lyrical Twist Ingmire writes, “For over three decades, I have drawn on poetry typically associated with modern calligraphy, including texts by William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, Denise Levertov, and Wallace Stevens. Traditional characteristics of elegant writing and decoration have been part of my work, but I was also interested in the pictorial possibilities of language itself: the word as image, and the expressive potential of calligraphy to capture the emotion and atmosphere of a text. This involved the creation of new non-traditional letterforms and testing the limits of various techniques including distortion, fragmentation, shifts in placement of text, composition, and color. I am intrigued by the ways these adjustments can influence the reception and meaning of a poem.

In this exhibit I continue the visual interpretation of poetry, but attempt something additional. Working in collaboration with contemporary poets, I have incorporated their actual voice, concerns, and interests. Trying to find a working language for engagement with the poets led to the idea of making music part of the collaboration process. Music not only served as a linking device, but an inspiration for both calligraphy and the poetry. Connecting words to music opened new doors for my thinking about meaning, which in turn led to new images, letterforms, and page compositions. I hope this exhibition—resulting in books, drawings, and broadsides—invites your own broadening experience with the poetry you will read and see here, as well as your involvement with poetry in the future.”


The Poets

Jack Hirschman, Dean Rader, and Tsering Wangmo Dhompa are poets residing in the Bay Area. Li-Young Lee, from Chicago, is a recent recipient of the Levinson prize for his poem, “Changing Places in the Fire.” Robert Bringhurst, from Canada, and David Annwn, Christine Kennedy, Geraldine Monk, Alan Halsey, Allen Fisher, and Robert Sheppard, all from the UK, have been associated with the British Poetry revival. The exhibition features unique artists’ books and framed wall pieces, including a 35 foot long rendition of Li-Young Lee’s poem.


Thomas Ingmire: Biography

Thomas Ingmire was born in 1942 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and worked in the field in the early 1970s before discovering calligraphy. In 1977 he joined English master calligrapher and illuminator Donald Jackson’s one-year postgraduate study, and subsequently became the first foreign member to be elected as a Fellow of England’s Society of Scribes and Illuminators. In 1980, Ingmire was granted a Newberry Fellowship for the continuing study of calligraphy.

Ingmire’s early work focused on teaching and calligraphic research involving the exploration of calligraphy as a fine arts medium. He has taught workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and several countries in Europe as well as in Japan and Hong Kong.

Ingmire has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. His works can be found in numerous special collections in public and university libraries, and museums throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Public Library; the Library of Congress; The Morgan Library, New York; The New York Public Library; The Newberry Library, Chicago; Stanford University Library;  University of California, Los Angeles; Beinecke Library, Yale University; Lorca Foundation, Spain; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Letterform Archive, San Francisco; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künstem Berlin, Germany, and many other public and private collections.

Since 2002, Ingmire has concentrated on the making of artists’ books. He has embarked on a number of collaborative projects, including a series of artists’ books with poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca and original drawings by Manuel Neri; work as an illuminator on the St. John’s Bible; and two major series of works with a number of contemporary poets.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library. The center houses highly esteemed collections, including the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book, the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering, and the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor.

High resolution images available upon request.

Visual Poetry: a Lyrical Twist – Nov. 17-March 31, 2019, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Opening event poetry readings – Nov. 17, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival – Stories of Strength and Discovery

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018

SFVFF Contact: Eddie Ramirez
(415) 244-7100 /

SFPL Contact: Mindy Linetzy
(415) 554-4252 /

2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

Stories of Strength and Discovery

High resolution images available upon request

WHAT:  7th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, 12 – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF (Grove Street entrance)

COST:  Admission is free

San Francisco, CA – OneVet OneVoice and the San Francisco Public Library announce the lineup for the 7th annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF18), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event. The festival, with screenings on November 3 and 4 at the Main Library, shares authentic veteran stories and gives the public an opportunity to learn about the challenges and perspectives of veterans and active duty military.

This year’s festival features stories of veterans who find healing through creativity and discover surprising new connections. Films include the reunion of two Red Cross ‘Donut Dollies;’ the story of the challenges faced by a returning medevac unit; the tale of veteran poets who find a newfound tribe in each other; and Visions of Warriors, which depicts how veterans working with the VA in Menlo Park used photography therapy to help them heal.

The two-day festival includes 16 films, both short and full-length. Military service periods range from World War I through modern day. The program is free to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the two-day event. Saturday festival attendees are also invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception.

“We are grateful to provide a forum for veterans to express their creativity, explore the complexity of their experiences and emotions, and connect with other veterans as well as our civilian brothers and sisters. We hope this brings honor and healing to our service men and women and builds stronger bonds among all Americans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice.

Highlights of the 2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:

We Are Not Done Yet (40 min) Sareen Hairabedian

Ten U.S. veterans of varied backgrounds come together in hopes of battling their traumatic military pasts through the art of written word. Grappling with PTSD, the “warrior poets” share fears, vulnerabilities and victories that eventually culminate into a live performance of a collaborative poem under the direction of actor Jeffrey Wright. In the process of creating their poetry and rehearsing for the performance, these men and women build a new-found tribe in one another, allowing them to share the too often hidden truths about their intimacy with war, death and trauma.
Screening Saturday, Nov. 3

Trauma (1 hr 27 min) Harry Sanna

After saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan, the members of a helicopter medevac unit return home to their families, each changed in different ways.
Screening Saturday, Nov. 3

Visions of Warriors (1 hr 33 min) Ming Lai

Four veterans from the Vietnam War era to the Iraq War participate in the groundbreaking Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the VA Menlo Park and use innovative photography therapy.
Screening Sunday, Nov. 4

Donut Dollies (1 hr 26 min) Norm Anderson

In 1968, two best friends joined an elite team and flew into a war zone wearing powder blue dresses. They were Red Cross Donut Dollies. These idealistic young women embraced their mission – to cheer up the GIs in Vietnam – with energy, creativity, compassion and resolve but had no idea what they were getting into. 47 years later, they reunite in Vietnam to retrace their steps; ask why they went; ask whether they made a difference; unlock buried memories and share their stories for the first time.
Screening Sunday, Nov. 4

The full line up of screenings is available at

About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is a robust forum for Veterans and civilian filmmakers to express their creativity and to share their stories, which in turn helps further healing and brings greater awareness to the public on the challenges our nation’s veteran’s face. The annual festival spotlights both veteran and civilian filmmakers addressing issues about Veterans and military-related topics.  For more information visit

About OneVet OneVoice

OneVet OneVoice is a non-profit based in San Francisco founded on the belief that healthcare, education, housing and employees for veterans and military families should be inextricably linked together.  The goal of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is to support one of the key missions of OneVet OneVoice: to educate the general public about the current issues facing our veterans, and provide a place for veterans to learn more about current support available.

About the San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center

San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center, located on the 5th floor of the Main Library, supports the veteran community with free computer access, a specialized veterans book collection, and information and assistance for veterans and their families. For more information please visit


Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2018
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office, are pleased to announce the 9th annual San Francisco Financial Planning Day on October 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  At this event, Bay Area residents will be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals to discuss their personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

The event is a great opportunity for a free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning, among many others. Programs will run throughout the day covering budgeting and credit counseling.

Financial Planning Day 2018’s programs include something for everyone. There are sessions related to investing basics, planning for higher education without loans, and how the new tax law will impact consumers. New for 2018, will be presentations about financial recovery after a disaster, property taxes, and San Francisco housing programs. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available.

Best of all, there are no strings attached. Financial planners are volunteering their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services. They will be stationed at tables and will meet with one individual or a couple at a time. Prior events have served 300-400 Bay Area residents each year.

The event is free and open to the public.

Financial Planning Day at the Library – Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St.