Monthly Archives: August 2019

Peek Into Rock‘n’Roll Past with Backstage Pass

For Immediate Release: 8/28/19
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

Peek Into Rock‘n’Roll Past with Backstage Pass
New Library Exhibit Features Landmark Rolling Stone Covers, Contact Sheets

SAN FRANCISCO, CAImmortalized by writers, filmmakers and artists, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is iconic. The exhibition Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone explores how the lens of one artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras in rock’n’roll history. The exhibition will be at the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, August 31 – October 20, 2019.

Through the exhibition’s 35 framed photographs, contact sheets and original Rolling Stone magazine covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history. Visitors go “backstage” to see how photographic coverage of events, such as Woodstock and the Day on the Green, have contributed to our collective cultural memory. Experience through the exhibit how featured artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Frank Zappa came to represent generational ideals through music, words and visual imagery.

Backstage Pass is curated by Ben Ahlvers, gallery director at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA).

This exhibit will be on view in the Jewett Gallery on the Lower Level of the San Francisco Public Library between August 31 and October 20, 2019.

Exhibit: Backstage Pass Aug. 31 – Oct. 20, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Lower Level

Related Programs

Ben Fong TorresHistorian Ben Fong Torres was editor and writer for Rolling Stone almost 50 years ago. Join us as he discusses the San Francisco music scene – and Rolling Stone Magazine.  He’s got stories! Sept. 8, 1p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium


San Francisco Rock Photography in the Psychedelic Era – Rock music author and historian Richie Unterberger presents on San Francisco rock music photography in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Showcasing classic rock photos taken by several notable photographers of the era. Sept. 11, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

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.

Former Japanese American Incarcerees Talk About Their Lives Behind Barbed Wire at Special Program Featuring Screening of Documentary, Moving Walls

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August 22, 2019

Press contact: Sharon Yamato, (310) 922-6525

Former Japanese American Incarcerees Talk About Their Lives Behind Barbed Wire at Special Program Featuring Screening of Documentary, Moving Walls

Former WWII Japanese American detainees Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yae Wada, both in their 90s will join filmmaker Sharon Yamato and photojournalist Stan Honda in a special presentation at San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium that focuses on the WWII camp experience, Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 pm. Civil rights activist and attorney Don Tamaki will serve as moderator.

Kashiwagi is an award-winning poet, actor, memoirist, and playwright who was a librarian at San Francisco Public Library for 25 years. He was incarcerated as a teenager at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a camp designated for those who refused to answer affirmatively to the so-called “loyalty questionnaire” that was instituted by the U.S. government. Branded disloyal, he spent years fighting for his citizenship back after renouncing it during the war. Also serving on the panel is Yae (Katanayagi) Wada, a 99-year-old retiree currently residing in Berkeley, who recently spoke for the first time publicly about suffering a miscarriage during the war while temporarily housed in a horse stall at the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno.

The program will begin with a screening of Yamato’s film, Moving Walls, a documentary short that focuses on what happened at one of the Japanese American incarceration sites after the war when hundreds of barracks were sold for a dollar apiece to veterans-turned-homesteaders. Both film and an accompanying book chronicle the history of these barracks as they went from the Heart Mountain concentration camp to the Wyoming homestead. Because the buildings at this camp were distributed widely after the war, they can be seen today throughout the Park County area surrounding the camp. One of the buildings that survived is now permanently exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum and represents the largest and most important visual artifact from the confinement period. Yamato recorded the histories of those who lived in the barracks during the war and followed the aftermath of the hastily constructed buildings built to imprison more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry.

Award-winning New York photographer Stan Honda is renowned for his coverage of September 11, and two of his photos are featured in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Currently known for his night sky photography, he remains committed to furthering the incarceration story partially based on his own family’s experience of being held at a camp in Poston, Arizona. His photos are featured in the film’s accompanying book, Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps, and are currently on display at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center at the Presidio in an exhibition sponsored by SF’s National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) through Sept.30.

Both Yamato and Honda will also be conducting a gallery talk at the MIS Learning Center at 640 North Mason Street at the Presidio on the morning preceding the program, Sept.7, at 11 a.m.

This project was funded by the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program for the year 2014-2015, it was published under the fiscal sponsorship of Visual Communications, Inc. Additional funds for the screening and panel discussion were provided by the California State Library’s California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

For more information on this program, contact Sharon Yamato at sharony360@gmail.com.

Moving Walls – September 7, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

City Librarian Appoints Maureen Singleton as San Francisco Public Library Chief Operating Officer

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Contact: SFPL Public Affairs (415) 557-4277

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CITY LIBRARIAN APPOINTS MAUREEN SINGLETON AS

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Singleton has served as Acting COO since March 2018

Photo credit: Sonia Rivas of FotosRivas

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco City Librarian Michael Lambert today appointed Maureen Singleton to serve as San Francisco Public Library’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Singleton, formerly the Library’s Chief Financial Officer, has served as Acting COO since March 2018.

During her tenure, San Francisco Public Library has witnessed an unprecedented period of success and sustained excellence, from the completion of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), achieving National Library of the Year honors in 2018 and most recently with the Library achieving the highest overall grade (A-) ever bestowed upon any department of city government in San Francisco. Singleton also provided the financial case to the Board of Supervisors to enable the Library to eliminate overdue fines.

“I am thrilled to be promoting Maureen Singleton to serve as the Library’s first ever Chief Operating Officer,” said Lambert. “Maureen is mission driven, a careful steward of the community’s resources and passionate about the myriad opportunities to positively impact the lives of city residents through library services.”

Singleton is a 17-year veteran of the City and County of San Francisco, getting her first experience with city government career as a budget analyst for the Board of Supervisors’ Budget Analysts Office. She also worked for the city’s Department of Public Health, the Public Library and the Public Works Department. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer at San Francisco Public Library in 2011.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Library’s Chief Operating Officer and to be able to work alongside staff who are dedicated to making a difference. I firmly believe that libraries are centers of our communities, providing access to information, creating opportunities, and serving as a rising tide to lift up our society,” said Singleton.

A native San Franciscan, Singleton began her career in public service as a case worker in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She lives with her husband and daughter in the East Bay.

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.

The 2019 Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series Celebrates Women Writers

For Immediate Release: 8/19/19
Media Contact: Lyn Davidson, Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
(415) 557-4552; Carole.Davidson@sfpl.org

The 2019 Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series Celebrates Women Writers

Acclaimed authors to share powerful stories in September and October

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Join the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center this fall as we present the 23rd and 24th Effie Lee Morris Lectures. The lectures will celebrate the voices of two gifted female authors, Renée Watson on Thursday, September 5, and F. Isabel Campoy on Wednesday, October 2.

Renée Watson is the Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of the young adult novel Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017). The novel, a powerful story about an ambitious teenager carving out her place in the world, was named a John Newbery Honor Book in 2018. Watson’s newest work, a middle grade novel titled Some Places More Than Others, will be published on September 3 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Watson will deliver the 23rd Effie Lee Morris Lecture on September 5.

F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children’s books in the areas of poetry, theatre, biographies and art, and the recipient of the International Latino Children’s Book Award. Her picture book Maybe Something Beautiful (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) was inspired by the Urban Art Trail project in San Diego. Campoy will deliver the 24th Effie Lee Morris Lecture on October 2.

The Effie Lee Morris Lectures honor 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). Historically an annual event, 2019 marks the first year that the Library will host two Effie Lee Morris Lectures.

Sponsored by the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, the author talks are free and open to all ages. A book signing will follow each lecture. Registration is suggested as space is limited.

23rd Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Renée Watson, “The Miracle of Joy: How Stories Heal” – September 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Registration link: https://sfpl-effie-lee-morris23.eventbrite.com

24th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Isabel Campoy, “Mi Voz Latina for a Choir of Diversity In Children’s Literature”  – October 2, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Registration link: https://sfpl-effie-lee-morris24.eventbrite.com

Hit a Home Run with New SF Giants Library Card

For Immediate Release: 8/16/19

Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 214-2279; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

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Hit a Home Run with New SF Giants Library Card

New Giants library cards promote the excitement of reading and visiting the library over baseball season and beyond.

WHAT: Hometown heroes the San Francisco Giants is partnering up with San Francisco Public Library to launch a brand-new library card design that captures the childhood charm and love of America’s favorite pastime. Designed by the SF Giants, this library card boasts the distinctive, bold orange and black team colors, and features a festive print of bats, balls, players, mitts, diamonds and the widely-recognizable Giants logo. The SF Giants card, like all San Francisco Public Library cards, opens up a world of possibilities.

This unique design will launch during the Junior Giants Day celebration at the Oracle Park, available to all public at Seals Plaza. It will be then be available at the Main Library and all branches on Monday, 8/19.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019

WHERE: Seals Plaza at Marina Gate, Oracle Park

WHO:

  • Children, families, books and baseball fans of all ages
  • San Francisco Public Library Bookmobile and outreach team

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.