Monthly Archives: July 2019

Read to Achieve with the Golden State Warriors: Special Storytime

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2019
Media Contact:
Jaime Wong

(415) 557-4295;


Invitation to Cover / Photo Opportunity

Read to Achieve with the Golden State Warriors: Special Storytime  

WHAT: The Golden State Warriors take over the library’s school-age storytime program with a very special guest to celebrate the Library’s summer reading and exploration program, Summer Stride. Former Player and Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle will be on hand to encourage reading and learning all summer long. More details about the event here.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WHERE: Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd floor


  • Former Player and Warriors Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle
  • Children from neighborhood schools and camps


The Warriors storytime is part of Summer Stride 2019, the Library’s award-winning summer learning program, with more than 1,000 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer June 1 – August 18.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by award-winning children’s book illustrator Zachariah OHora. The art for this year’s program was inspired by Chronicle Books’s Bikes for Sale, written by Carter Higgins. The bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

The Library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, concert tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2019 One City One Book

For Immediate Release: 7/26/19

Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295 |

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2019 One City One Book

There There  
By Tommy Orange

San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that ThereThere, by Tommy Orange, has been selected as the 15th Annual One City One Book. The selection of There There—a novel that the New York Times calls a “revelation”—as this year’s One City One Book title is a key part of a citywide initiative to shine a spotlight on Indigenous Peoples in the Bay Area this fall.

There There tells the story of urban Native Americans living in Oakland, CA, depicting a beautiful and urgently real landscape of the Native experience in the Bay Area past and present day. This compelling read grapples with complex and painful histories through a constellation of twelve characters from Native communities. As the characters each make their individual journeys to the Big Oakland Powwow, they discover truths about themselves, and eventually each other, long buried but ready to be brought into the light.

“We are proud to select There There as this year’s must-read for San Francisco’s One City One Book program. The goal of this citywide literary event is to build bridges between communities and generations through reading and discussing a single book, and to encourage reading as both a lifelong pursuit and an essential act of empathy. The powerful depiction of these characters’ experiences—rendered with stunning impact by Orange’s sheer writing virtuosity—has kept me turning the book over in my mind since reading it. I encourage all to join in this conversation,” said City Librarian Michael Lambert.

Since the publication of the hardcover by Knopf in June 2018, There There has been a national bestseller, received four starred reviews, and was named as Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine. Additionally, the novel received the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

Read There There and join the Library for its exciting 15th Annual One City One Book programs. Copies of the book will be featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city. Throughout the months of October and November 2019, There There will be widely available at all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

The Library is thrilled to offer many events and programs related to One City One Book. Among the many offerings, Tommy Orange will be discussing his work with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck on October 16 at the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library. Additionally, the Library will be hosting book talks, themed exhibits and a city-wide celebration of American Indian heritage and the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Uprising.

This year’s One City One Book program is a joint partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland Public Library, City College of San Francisco and June Jordan School of Equity. 

Featured Event
Tommy Orange in Conversation – Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

For more information, see

About the Author
Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California. (Photo credit: Elena Seibert)

Editorial Reviews + Awards

  • PEN/Hemingway Award winner, 2019
  • The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, 2019
  • National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize winner, 2018
  • Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) finalist, 2019
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction finalist, 2019
  • Art Seidenbaum Award finalist, 2019
  • Aspen Words Literary Prize finalist, 2019
  • Best Book of the Year, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe

“Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.”

The New York Times

“An exquisite mix of unflinching anger and sadness and humor.”

The San Francisco Chronicle

“A rush of intensity and fervor… Bursting with talent and big ideas… Funny and profane and conscious of the violence that runs like a scar through American culture.”
The Seattle Times

“Masterful. White-hot. A devastating debut novel.”
The Washington Post

“A gripping deep dive into urban indigenous community in California: an astonishing literary debut!”
—Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

There There drops on us like a thunderclap; the big, booming, explosive sound of 21st century literature finally announcing itself. Essential.”
—Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” —NPR/Fresh Air

“A symphonic debut…Engrossing… There There introduces an exciting voice.”
Booklist (starred review) “Commanding…The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present,resulting in a haunting and gripping story.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Visceral… A chronicle of domestic violence, alcoholism, addiction, and pain,the book reveals the perseverance and spirit of the characters… Unflinching candor… Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Kaleidoscopic… In this vivid and moving book, Orange articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans, but also of America itself.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About One City One Book

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope

July 22, 2019
CONTACT: Charles Schuler
Director of Communications
San Francisco International Airport

Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope

New Exhibition Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Harvey Milk in SFO’s New Harvey Milk Terminal 1

SAN FRANCISCO – July 22, 2019 – Harvey Milk (1930–1978) made history in 1977 when he became the first openly gay individual elected to public office in the state of California. He would serve just eleven months on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before his assassination on November 27, 1978. Today, Harvey Milk’s legacy is felt in the gains for LGBTQ rights made during the four decades since his tragic death, including the 2015 United States Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex marriage as a legal right. Milk’s nascent vision of increasing worldwide representation in local, statewide, and national political offices peaked with the Rainbow Wave in November of 2018, when a record number of openly gay, lesbian, and transgender candidates were elected to public office. As Milk once declared, “If you help elect more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward…because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.” He also recognized that the fight for equality and human rights continues as long as one person is denied their full measure of freedom, that “there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.”

This exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of the visionary human rights leader, groundbreaking political luminary, and key figure of the LGBTQ rights movement through approximately 100 historic images, campaign material, and press documents.

About the Exhibition

In November of 2018, SFO Museum organized a public call for material pertaining to the life and legacy of Supervisor Harvey Milk. This exhibition features those submissions as well as items from archival collections at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the GLBT Historical Society. Much of the material is held in the Harvey Milk Archives–Scott Smith Collection, generously donated by Elva Smith to the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center (SFPL) in 1996 and to the GLBT Historical Society in 2002. Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope will remain on view until summer of 2021. A permanent exhibition will be installed pre-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 in 2020. Special thank you to photographer Daniel Nicoletta; Susan Goldstein, City Archivist at the San Francisco History Center (SFPL); Dee Dee Kramer, Program Manager at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center (SFPL); Christina Moretta, Photo Curator at the San Francisco History Center (SFPL); Tim Wilson, Librarian and Processing Archivist at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center (SFPL); and Ramon Silvestre, Exhibitions and Collections Chief Registrar at the GLBT Historical Society Archives and Research Center, for their generous assistance with this exhibition.

Visit for more information.

Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope is located post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1, San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible to ticketed passengers from July 23, 2019, to summer of 2021.


Exploratorium Announces New Public Space Installation: Middle Ground

Media Contacts:

Exploratorium Press Office

San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Planning

Exploratorium Announces New Public Space Installation: Middle Ground

 Installation Brings Social Science Insights to San Francisco’s Civic Center

* View this press release on the Exploratorium’s Press Office website.

SAN FRANCISCO (July 17, 2019)—The Exploratorium has announced that it will open a public installation located in San Francisco’s Civic Center, entitled Middle Ground: Reconsidering Ourselves and Others. Developed in close collaboration with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, and key community stakeholders, the installation focuses on engaging the public in aspects of social science. The year-long installation will officially open on August 13th, 2019. 

Middle Ground brings insights from social science research to a public, urban environment, inviting people to learn more about themselves and how they relate to the people around them through the process of interacting with the installation and each other. Middle Ground will include 14 architectural-scale, interactive, and multimedia exhibits about topics such as stereotypes and bias, social influence, prosocial behavior, and social polarization. 

Middle Ground creates an extraordinary opportunity for us to engage ourselves and our fellow citizens in compelling learning experiences and—perhaps as importantly—real conversations,” said Chris Flink, the Exploratorium’s Sakurako and William Fisher Executive Director. “We are thrilled to share these eye-opening experiences in a public space at the center of civic life in our beloved city. As the Exploratorium celebrates its 50th anniversary year, we are particularly interested in the role of civic agency as we look ahead to the collective challenges of the future, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work in close collaboration with our partners to bring this unique installation to life.” 


Experiences from the Middle Ground installation: the Pay It Forward cafe and “Pulling Together.”

“The Exploratorium is a pioneer in bringing creative science experiences to many audiences – including those beyond the museum’s walls,” said Greg Bousted, Director of Science Sandbox at the Simons Foundation. “We’re thrilled to support this innovative new exhibit that reinforces the idea that science is for everyone.” 

The exhibition is part of the Civic Center Commons Initiative, a collaborative effort to breathe new life into central civic spaces led by the City of San Francisco in partnership with neighbors, community organizations, and cultural institutions. With the development and installation of Middle Ground, the Exploratorium extends an ongoing six-year partnership with the City of San Francisco to create convivial, educational, and inclusive public spaces in some of San Francisco’s most challenging areas. 

Middle Ground is a fascinating project that serves as part of a broader effort to bring positive activation to Civic Center in the near term, while also advancing the long-term vision for these spaces through the Civic Center Public Realm Plan,” said John Rahaim, Director of San Francisco Planning. “I’m proud of how the City has taken a holistic and coordinated approach to investing in the community and delivering new and exciting public amenities while making public spaces safe, welcoming, and fun for both residents and visitors.” 

“Inquiry into social phenomena is not only critical to understanding psychological mechanisms and principles, but is of fundamental importance in maintaining a citizenry capable of meeting real-life global challenges,” said Shawn Lani, Principal Investigator of Middle Ground. “When we add exhibits and digital content to a social gathering place, we can frame and augment people’s natural social curiosity with deeper perspectives and skills. It’s a novel and unique use of public space for informal learning.” 

Middle Ground will be installed on the western plaza of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, facing the open Civic Center Plaza, Larkin Street, and City Hall. The Exploratorium is also working in close partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the Civic Center Commons Initiative, and other site partners to ensure that Middle Ground will be a safe, inclusive space that invites everyone to be part of the conversation. All aspects of the exhibition will be ADA compliant, and Spanish, Chinese, and Braille translations will be available on-site.


Architectural rendering of the Middle Ground installation.

“As an institution that fosters and celebrates social bonds, inclusion and learning from shared experiences, the Library is proud to provide an innovative space for this essential project,” said Michael Lambert, City Librarian. “We’re excited to be a part of building a community where all are welcome both within our walls and on our front steps.” 

Visitors from all walks of life can acquire new social observation skills,reflect on their own perceptions and actions, and increase their appreciation for how social behavior can be studied scientifically. For example, in the exhibit “Pulling Together,” a group of three participants are asked to engage in two rounds of a tedious task. In the first round their individual contributions to the task are anonymous. In the second round, each individual’s effort is revealed, allowing people to reflect on how the presence of others can lead to changes in their behavior. In “Unseen Stories,” visitors share their experiences on cards and display them on a board for others to read. These experiences help visitors reflect on why and how others may stereotype them, how they stereotype others, and the role stereotypes play in our culture. 

“Social scientists are not only trying to explain human behavior, they also apply their knowledge to important questions concerning society at large,” said Heike Winterheld, staff social psychologist at the Exploratorium. “The field of social psychology seeks to understand how people think and feel about, relate to, and influence one another. An improved understanding of these processes in their own lives can help people recognize that broader social problems are often precipitated by beliefs or values upon which we act. Social science-based solutions that target human thought and behavior are needed to meet some of the most urgent global challenges we are facing today.”

Community members employed by Urban Alchemy, a nonprofit organization that works with formerly-incarcerated citizens to bring a sense of peace and respect to urban public spaces, will help facilitate the interactive experiences, and will serve as mediators and caretakers of the space.

“Urban Alchemy is honored to partner with the Exploratorium on this installation,” said Lena Miller, Executive Director of Urban Alchemy. “Middle Ground captures and creates an evolved social narrative about the invaluable role of former long-term offenders who harness redemption and service to create safe public spaces. These community members can act as the connective tissue between neighbors, housing insecure, workers, tourists, and individuals struggling with mental illness.” 

Middle Ground is funded by a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning grant and Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening event will take place on August 13. For more information, contact the Exploratorium Press Office at

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 San Francisco Planning 


The San Francisco Planning Department, under the direction of the Planning Commission, plays a central role in shaping the future of our City by generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. For more information, visit


About the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum at Pier 15 in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have helped change the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policy-makers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries. 

Open Hours : Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m Tuesday through Sunday; 6:00–10:00 p.m. every Thursday night (ages 18+). Closed Mondays except select Monday holidays. Easily accessible by BART and Muni. Ample parking nearby. For directions. For tickets and pricing information.

The Power of Creating Resilience – Art by Transitional Age Youth of San Francisco

For Immediate Release: 

July 2, 2019
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295;

The Power of Creating Resilience
Art by Transitional Age Youth of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CAShining a light on the extraordinary talent of young artists, Creating Resilience, an exhibit from the Art Program at Larkin Street Youth Services, looks through the lens of transitional age youth (TAY) and is hosted by the San Francisco Public Library’s TAY(k) Care Program. Organized by Larkin Street – the largest provider of housing, healthcare, employment and education services to young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco – this exhibit features photographs, sewing and fashion design, music videos, spoken word, poetry, dance, theater and other performance modalities.

The works demonstrate the dedication, leadership and self-determined artistry of some of Larkin Street’s most advanced participating artists, who participate in the program as a means for self-expression and toward career-track employment. These young people are future leaders of these fields, and their bravery and honesty through trying times of transition are a daily inspiration.

The TAY(k) Care program at SFPL is a program created through a Friends of the SF Public Library Innovation Grant which seeks to answer the question: How can the urban library better serve transitional age youth who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk of experiencing homelessness or are marginalized in some other way? As part of the program, librarians are working to create community with local TAY and TAY service providers like Larkin Street.

This exhibit will be on view on the 3rd Floor of the San Francisco Public Library between July 13 and September 19, 2019.

Exhibit: Creating ResilienceJuly 13 –Sept. 19, Main Library, 3rd Floor

Exhibit Celebration

The TAY(k) Care Program of the San Francisco Public Library presents art by transitional age youth (TAY) of San Francisco, featuring participants from the art program at Larkin Street Youth Services.

Creating Resilience — Thursday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m. Main Library, Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 3rd 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 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

About the Art Program at Larkin Street Youth Services
The Art Program at Larkin Street Youth Services offers daily drop-in art classes and mentoring as well as longer-term career-track coursework. Staff and community artists host individual and group classes, workshops and mentor young artists in visual arts (illustration, painting, animation, media and graphic arts), performing arts, community engaged art practice, music (guitar, piano, percussion, vocal arts), music production (recording and editing), and sewing and design. Career tracks include: Performance, Music Production, Design and more through Larkin Street’s annual Performing Arts Night; an Arts, Media and Entertainment Learning Center, and the Skywatchers youth ensemble. For more information on the Art Program, contact Krista DeNio (415) 673-0911, ext. 272 and Rye Purvis (415) 673-0911, ext. 277.

About Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth Services is a non-profit empowering young people ages 12-24 to move beyond homelessness. Founded in 1984, Larkin Street has served over 75,000 young adults in San Francisco by providing a continuum of healthcare, housing, employment, and education services. Three out of four youth who complete the full range of Larkin Street programs successfully exit homelessness permanently. As San Francisco’s largest service-provider for young people experiencing homelessness, the agency is supported by private donors including foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as government funding. Larkin Street is also part of the movement to end youth homelessness on a national scale through policy partnerships with national organizations and fellow nonprofits.