Monthly Archives: February 2019

Talking Books and Braille Center Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

For Immediate Release: Feb. 27, 2019

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

Talking Books and Braille Center

Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– On Sunday, March 3, the San Francisco Public Library will officially change the name of the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled to the Talking Books and Braille Center. Located on the second floor of the Main Library, near the Larkin Street entrance, the Center offers a large digital collection of both talking books and braille; technology to magnify or read text aloud, and write and display braille; as well as programs such as book clubs, karaoke, yoga, music jams and tactile exhibitions.

The Library changed the name to reflect the collections we offer rather than describing the people we serve. Instead of labelling people with an attribute: “the Blind” we are focusing on the services we provide.  That said, the Center will continue to be a space a place designated for people who are blind and others who are unable to read regular print.

The Center provides a collection of more than 100,000 digital “talking book” titles for all ages as well as the special player needed to listen to them. Talking books can also can be accessed through a computer or a smartphone and patrons can receive them postage-free through the mail. Approximately 80,000 San Franciscans are eligible for talking books –those who can’t read regular print, even with glasses; have a reading disability; or cannot hold a book and/or turn the pages.

March 3, 2019 is the 88th anniversary of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. It’s a fitting day to celebrate how far we’ve come in providing resources to this significant population. From 12 – 3 p.m., festivities include music, refreshments, art displays and prizes.

More information on the Talking Book and Braille Center’s resources and activities can be found here.

Open House & Naming Celebration – Sunday, March3, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Talking Books and Braille Center,2nd Floor

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 27neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

HERstory: Past, Present, Future – The Library Celebrates Women’s History Month with more than 100 Programs

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 26, 2019
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;


 HERstory: Past, Present, Future

The Library celebrates Women’s History Month with more than 100 programs  



SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In March, the Library presents HERstory, our celebration of Women’s History Month, honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women and the unique experience of being female today. The Library frequently champions women as writers, artists, and intellects, and, now with the re-energizing of the women’s movement, is offering a month-long celebration of women through a diverse array of lectures, films, performances and programs for all ages at every library location.

During HERstory, the public is invited to attend a discussion on the perceptions of women as decision makers; get sexually healthy with Good Vibrations; discuss women rockers of the ‘60s and ‘70s; discover women who tackle big wave surfing; learn about the iconic MaestraPeace mural; hear from local woman entrepreneurs; learn to soul line dance with their neighbors; and much more.

HERstory offerings are just as inspiring for family audiences. Youth can learn about textiles’ role in women’s history through an embroidery class; experience a rollicking music concert featuring songs about American women; rock out to Pip Squeak A Go Go with the Devil-Ettes; hear inspiring stories of little known brave women in history; and meet the authors of the forthcoming Fighting for Justice book for young readers, Biddy Mason Speaks Up. Teens and tweens can create paintings inspired by female artists; experience the science behind the chocolate chip cookie; and tech out with the Exploratorium and Jie Qi LED crafts.


In addition, the Library presents Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman an exhibition in the Main Library of original drawings, prints and ephemera of artist and writer, Robbin Légère Henderson. She illustrates the memoir of her grandmother Matilda Rabinowitz, an early 20th century Russian immigrant, activist and independent woman. Rabinowitz left a fascinating memoir of immigration, child labor, political awakening, ardent participation in historic political movements and embrace of early feminist ideals. Programs on immigrant women and labor organizing complement the exhibit.


For details on the more than 100 programs happening in March, view the HERstory program guide, richly illustrated with drawings by Miriam Klein Stahl.  Stahl and author Kate Schatz are the awe-inspiring women behind the New York Times best-selling books Rad American Women A to ZRad Women Worldwide and Rad Girls Can. They will be speaking on March 21 at the Public Knowledge Branch at SFMOMA.


And of course, we wouldn’t be a library, without books. Our librarians have curated HERstory booklists for Women’s History Month. Check out recent feminist fiction, women and immigrants in the labor movement, and HERstory books for children and teens.


With HERstory, we invite everyone—female, male, and non-binary—to join us in celebration of women leaders, inventors, artists, mothers, daughters, sisters, and human beings, and to enjoy the many performances and participatory women-led and focused events.  


All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. HERstory programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. More information, including the program guide is available at

HERstory highlights:

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman– Through May 19, Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Mia: A Dancer’s Journey – March 2, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Artist Talk with Mary Dignan – March 2, Main Library, Learning Studio

 Pip Squeak A Go Go with the Devil-Ettes – March 2, Presidio Branch Library

Sex Positivity/Positive Sexuality with Good Vibrations – March 2, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

Women Poets in Conversation – March 5, Park Branch Library

Weaving Around the World – March 6, Ocean View Branch Library

Paint like a Woman! – March 10, Main Library, The Mix

SheChange Slideshow &Lecture – March 13, 6:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Biddy Mason Speaks Up with authors Arisa White and Laura Atkins – March 13, West Portal Branch Library

Immigrant Women and Labor Organizing in California: a World War I Snapshot – March 14, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Famous Women Quiz – March 14, Ingleside Branch Library

Daughters of the Enlightenment – March 14, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

Psych, Soul and Punk: Women inBay Area Rock, the 1960s and 1970s –March 15, Main Library, Koret Auditorium and March 20, North Beach Branch Library

What Are They Thinking? Perceptions of Women as Decision Makers and How to Promote More Women in Power – March 20, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Holding up the Sky! CelebratingCalifornia Women and their Fight for Civil Rights – March 20, Bernal Heights Branch Library

Rad Women Live at SFMOMA – March 21, SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

MaestraPeace Mural at the Women’s BuildingMarch 23, Mission Branch Library

Chocolate Platinum Soul Line Dance Explosion – March 23, 3 p.m., Portola and March 31, 2 p.m., Western Addition

HERstory: Bay Area Female Entrepreneurs – March 26, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

An Evening with Mary Jo McConahay of The Tango War – March 27, Noe Valley Branch Library

Chocolate Chip Cookies – March 27, Ingleside Branch Library

American Association of University Women: Work Smart – March 27, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

First Ladies and Women’s RightsMarch 27, Merced Branch Library

Teddy Bear Clinic at Merced Branch Library – what could be cuter?

For Immediate Release: Feb. 21, 2019

Media Contacts:

Mindy Linetzky, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4252;

Brooke Burgess, Dignity Health
(530) 219-7534;

Teddy Bear Clinic at Merced Branch Library – what could be cuter?

On Monday, Feb. 25, children at the Merced Branch Library will bring their favorite stuffed animals to the library for a“check-up” with a group of caring pediatricians and volunteers from Dignity Health Medical Group at Stonestown. The Teddy Bear Clinic will include several fun and interactive stations (pretend shots, heart beat monitor, blood pressure check, etc.) for the stuffed animals. This special clinic is intended to help children learn about the importance of being kind and that going to the doctor doesn’t have to be scary. It is also in support of the Great Kindness Challenge, a nationwide movement to create a culture of kindness in young people.  Teddy Bears will be provided.

WHAT:                 Teddy Bear Clinic

WHEN:                 Monday, Feb. 25

                                11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE:               Merced Branch Library

                                155 Winston Dr.

                                San Francisco, CA

PHOTO OPP:     Children giving their favorite stuffed animals a “check-up” including pretend shots, putting on Band-Aids, listening to heart beats and checking blood pressure.

ORGANIZERS:   San Francisco Public Library and Dignity Health

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.

About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, is a multi-state network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health,and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and under served.  

Invitation to Cover – Night of Ideas


Thousands of guests have RSVP’d for the first free Night of Ideas in San Francisco happening this Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am at the San Francisco Main Library.

Seven hours of talks, panels and performances including speakers such as Mayor London Breed, artist JR, chef Dominique Crenn and many others will consider the idea of “Cities of the Future.” Performances include Bandaloop, RAWDance, Fou Fou Ha! and more. This major event is co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA and the French Consulate of San Francisco.

Registration for the public is now closed but you are cordially invited to cover the event as a member of the working press. Press identification will be required for admission and is non-transferable. We apologize, but we cannot offer +1s for this event.

Please check in at our Media registration table located at 30 Grove Street (opposite the Burger King). Our team will escort you inside and you are welcome to stay as long as you like. 

The full program is available here — highlights will include:

7 pm

  • Mayor London Breed

8 pm

  • Michael Krasny hosts a two-hour live broadcast of Forum

9 pm

  • Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology
  • Jaron Lainier, technologist

10 pm

  • Dominique Alba, Paris Urbanism Agency
  • Dietmar Offenhuber, Northeastern University

11 pm

  • JR, artist
  • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn

12 pm

  • Steven Raspa, Burning Man Project

ORGANIZERS:    The French Consulate

San Francisco Public Library


WHEN:                 Saturday, February 2, 2019

7 pm — 2 am

WHERE:               San Francisco Main Library

30 Grove Street – MEDIA ENTRANCE




EVENT HASHTAG:  #nightofideas





French Consulate




San Francisco Public Library





Matthias Carette

Press Officer – French Consulate in San Francisco

Office:  (415) 616-4907

Cell: (415) 516-0604

Mindy Linetzky 

Manager, Communications & Public Affairs – San Francisco Public Library

Office: (415) 557-4252

Cell: (415) 218-6383

Jill Lynch

Communications Director – SFMOMA

Office:  (415) 357-4172 

Cell:  (415) 680-8352