Monthly Archives: September 2019

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

For Immediate Release

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

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, is pleased to announce the 10th annual San Francisco Financial Planning Day on October 26, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. At this event, Bay Area residents will be able to meet one-on-one with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals to discuss their personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

 The event is a great opportunity for a free, objective,private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including budgeting, debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, and insurance, among many others. Workshops will include saving and paying for college, planning with student loans, tax planning, investing basics, marriage and financial planning and more. Local nonprofits will be presenting on understanding credit and how to get started with your budget.

Spanish and Chinese translation will be available for one-on-one consultations.

There are no strings attached. Financial planners volunteer their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services. They will be stationed at tables to 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. Registration is encouraged:

Financial Planning Day at the Library – Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Fifth International Filipino-American Book Fest scheduled October 12-13 in SF: Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas to Headline Event

For Immediate Release

Philippine Writers and Artists (PAWA)

Contact:  Edwin Lozada, 415-525-7487,

Fifth International Filipino-American Book Fest scheduled October 12-13 in SF

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas to Headline Event

The Philippine-American Writers and Artists, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, will hold the Fifth International Filipino American Book Festival October 12-13, 2019 at the Main Branch of the SFPL on 100 Larkin Street. In response to the urgent call of the times, marked by increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric, the theme of the book fest is “Isang Mundo (One World): Humanity, Diversity, and Resistance in the Arts.”

This year’s book fest promises an exciting and diverse program. Immigrant rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver the keynote address at the October 12 opening plenary session. Vargas,who penned his moving memoir Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, has been a staunch advocate for the rights of the undocumented in the U.S. and is the founder of Define American, aimed at promoting dialogue about immigration issues, including the Dream Act, which would provide a channel to citizenship for the undocumented.

Vargas will join authors, educators, and activists from the Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, and major cities in the U.S. for a weekend of literary events, performances, and activities for book lovers of all ages. The only gathering of its kind and with this level of continuity in the Filipino diaspora, the book fest enables Filipino writers from diverse “homes,” genres, and generations to come together and share their works in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as their unique writing experiences. 

As the book fest is aimed at a multi generational audience, the two-day event will also include storytelling and readings, puppet show, and craft and coloring activities for children. Graphic and fantasy novels, popular among young adults, will be well represented by artists from both the Philippines and the U.S. And since cuisine is a vital component of Filipino culture, writers and chefs, also from both sides of the Pacific, will share stories and recipes about the best-loved Filipino dishes, which have been getting a lot of attention in the U.S. in the last few years.

Attendees will have a spectrum of non-fiction topics to choose from throughout the weekend, ranging from the immigrant experience to the conflict in Mindanao to race, to queer identity and other LGBTQ issues, to history of resistance by Filipinos and Filipino Americans for democracy, equal rights, and social justice. Resistance has been a common thread in the immigrant experience in the U.S. as well as the history of the Philippines against colonialism and authoritarian rulers.

 For the first time in the book fest’s history, journalists will be speaking at a plenary session about their role in the resistance in the age of lies, alternative facts, and runaway social media. This discussion promises to deal with urgent concerns, such as the impact of social media in the current cultural and political landscapes in the Philippines and the U.S.

 In the last few years, the community has witnessed with much pride the explosion of works by Fil-Am authors, who have been receiving international recognition, impressive reviews, and literary awards.  Writers, such as Gina Apostol, Erin Entrada Kelly, Jia Tolentino, Elaine Castillo, and Randy Ribay, have helped put the community on the literary map by their incredible prose. 

Since 2009, and in collaboration with other community organizations, PAWA has been helping create venues for Filipino American artists through the book fest and literary and other cultural events series, such as book readings, performances, and participation in the Hinabi Textile Project, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the exquisite and rich tradition of Philippine weavings and textiles. PAWA also provides access and opportunity to young artists through mentoring and writing scholarships. Through its untiring efforts, PAWA has helped enriched the literary tradition of the Fil-Am community and the rest of the Filipino diaspora, a significant and crucial legacy for future generations.

The all-volunteer organization depends solely on donations by foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals to host the book fest. To learn more about PAWA and support the book fest, visit

To see a full schedule of the book fest, visit

San Francisco Public Library Is Fabulously Fine Free

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2019
Media Contact:
Jaime Wong

(415) 557-4295;


San Francisco Public Library Is Fabulously Fine Free

Effective today, September 16, 2019, San Francisco Public Library has eliminated overdue fines for all Library patrons. Additionally, the Library is clearing all outstanding overdue fines from all patron records.

The San Francisco Public Library was a pioneer in the fine free library movement. SFPL eliminated fines for children and teens in 1974. In recent years, inspired by other library systems that had eliminated fines for overdue materials for patrons of all ages, the Library partnered with the San Francisco Financial Justice Project of the Treasurer’s Office to study whether SFPL should go fine free. The full report on the findings of this study can be found here.

The study found that the elimination of overdue fines in libraries had several positive outcomes:

  • Increased patron access to materials and services
  • Reduction of the inequitable impact of overdue fines
  • Improved patron relationships with their library
  • Optimization of library staff time and increased staff efficiency

After reviewing the findings from the study developed by Library staff and the team at the Financial Justice Project, the San Francisco Public Library Commission voted to approve a resolution urging the City’s Board of Supervisors to amend the Library’s fines and fees schedule, eliminating all overdue fines.

Additionally, the Library Commission voted to approve a resolution urging the Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance to forgive all outstanding overdue fines owed to the Library and authorize the San Francisco Public Library to clear all outstanding overdue fines from patron accounts.

The two resolutions went before the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for adoption through the City’s Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget process. The City budget was signed by Mayor London Breed in August, paving the way for the Library to take final steps in the process of eliminating fines,clearing outstanding fines from patron records, and restoring accounts that had been suspended because they had reached the maximum limit on overdue fines.

While the Library eliminated overdue fines, library users are still responsible for fees associated with the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials they check out. Under this new policy, it is important to understand the difference between overdue fines and billed-item fees. Overdue fines are the daily charges applied to items not returned by their specified due date. These are the fines that will no longer be charged to patrons. Billed-item fees, or just fees, represent the charges applied for lost,damaged, or unreturned materials and are still in effect.

San Francisco Public Library is part of a nation-wide movement to reduce access barriers and live up to its commitment to free and equal access to its communities. This map from the Urban Libraries Council shows other fine free libraries.

For more information, visit

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.

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latino Hispanic Heritage – Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: 9/3/19
Media Contacts: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295;

& Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latino Hispanic Heritage

Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco,CA – Bienvenidos! In celebration of Latino Hispanic Heritage Month, San Francisco Public Library isproud to announce ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures with more than 100 music, food, film, dance, crafts and author talks happening mid-September through the end of October.

Adults can step into Cuban and Brazilian dance; enjoy classical Latin music; engage in a discussion with Queer and Trans Latinx writers, activists and leaders; attend a Latinx literary variety show; explore San Francisco History Center’s Carnaval archive; hear live oral histories from the women entrepreneurs of La Cocina’s cookbook and so much more! 

The Library is thrilled to partner with the Mexican Museum: bringing Tecuan masks from their permanent collections, they will educate and lead a unique craft program to construct 2D/3D masks. Local children’s book authors Aida Salazar (The Moon Within) and Mitali Perkins (Between Us and Abuela) showcase their latest titles at read alouds. Feel the beat of music with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble. Finally, head to the Main Children’s Center for a presentation from Taller Bombalele on Bomba, a tradition of songs, rhythm and dance steeped in a Taino-African alliance in resistance to colonization and slavery in Puerto Rico.

All library locations throughout the city will be full of papel picado (paper streamers), flores de papel (paper flowers) and ofrendas (altars), ready to host events and classes celebrating Latino Hispanic heritage, cultures and traditions. This year’s ¡VIVA! events embrace all ages and all people. 

Visit for more details and to view the ¡VIVA! Program Guide. ¡VIVA! is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

¡VIVA! Programs
For a complete list of activities and events, view the program guide.

Special Performances and Highlights

Misión Flamenca Dance Troupe
– Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Main Library, Atrium 

The Moon Within with Children’s Author Aida Salazar – Sept.14, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch

Still Here San Francisco: Queer and Trans Latinx Writers in This CitySept. 14, 2:30 p.m., Mission Branch

Mission Grafica: Off the Wall – Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St.

Between Us and Abuela with Children’s Author Mitali Perkins – Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Queer Latinx History of the Mission’s 16th Street Corridor – Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch 

Hands on History: Carnaval in the Archives – Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor

Literary Events

Book Launch: Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural Sept. 14, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America – Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium 

Carolina de Robertis – Cantoras – Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room 

Arts & Crafts Programs

Mask Making with The Mexican MuseumSept. 19, 4 p.m., Marina Branch; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.,Visitacion Valley Branch; Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., Mission Branch; Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Noe Valley Branch

Zapotec Rugs CraftSept. 20, 4 p.m., Merced Branch

Milagros and Rain Sticks with the Museum of Craft and DesignOct. 12, 2 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

Día de los Muertos Skeleton CraftOct. 30, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Food Programs

Guacamole Party – Sept. 22, 3 pm., Portola Branch

We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream – Oct. 15, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room 

Music & Dance Performances

¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latinx Literary Variety Show (¡Viva! edition!) – Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Taller Bombalele – Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s General Floor Area

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco – Oct. 26, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch

Día de Los Muertos Altar Workshops + Programs

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop

Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Park Branch

Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Excelsior

Oct. 31, 3 p.m., Sunset Branch

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop – Teens only

Fri. Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Sat. Nov. 2, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Día de los Muertos Community Altar

Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, Visitacion Valley Branch

Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, Bernal Heights Branch


La GuajiraOct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch

Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.– Oct. 5, 3 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Una Noche Sin Luna/A Moonless NightOct. 13, 2 p.m., Anza Branch