San Francisco Public Library Joins Children’s Media Association Bay Area to Present Prix Jeunesse Suitcase

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2019

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
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San Francisco Public Library Joins Children’s Media Association Bay Area to Present Prix Jeunesse Suitcase

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library and Children’s Media Association Bay Area are proud to present Prix Jeunesse Suitcase, a montage of children’s programming from around the world, on Thursday, November 14 at the San Francisco Public Main Library. Presenter David Kleeman will share and discuss his suitcase full of curated children’s program selections from the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL. Children’s television provides an insightful and unique window into how cultures view childhood, play, learning, and growth. At this showcase, you’ll see innovation and daring, emotion and tension, but also surprise and laughter from David’s favorites.

“The Library is delighted to host this unique screening celebrating childhood and creating connections to our global community.  We welcome filmmakers and connoisseurs young, old and in between to join us for this spectacular visual experience,” said Michelle Jeffers, Chief of Community Programs and Partnership for the San Francisco Public Library.

Elizabeth Rood, President of Children’s Media Association Bay Area, observed: “We are thrilled to be bringing David Kleeman's beloved ‘Suitcase’ of outstanding children's shows from around the globe to the Bay Area. And we are so grateful to partner with the San Francisco Public Library. The event is sure to be an invaluable opportunity for intercultural perspective and awareness.”

Date:    Thursday, November 14, 2019

Time:    Program starts 2:30 p.m.

Break 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Program ends 7:30 p.m.

Place:   Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium, Lower Level

Cost:     Free; registration opens 2 p.m.

Prix Jeunesse Suitcase Screening – Thursday, November 14, 2:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Lower Level

About Prix Jeunesse:

The PRIX JEUNESSE Foundation was established in 1964 with the aim to promote quality in children’s television worldwide, by running the bi-annual festival PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL and by organizing training for children’s media experts worldwide. The PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL is the oldest children and youth television festival worldwide. Every two years, it awards the best of the best in children’s television. TV channels and production companies enter their best productions into the competition. The festival week attracts the participation of more than 500 children’s media experts from all over the world.

About David Kleeman:

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector— David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for more than 35 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio. When he began, “children’s media” meant television. Today, he is fascinated by, and passionate about, kids’ wide range of possibilities for entertainment, engagement, play, and learning. Kleeman uses research, insights, and experience to show that much may change, but children’s developmental path and needs remain constant. Kleeman is the advisory board chair to the international children’s TV festival Prix Jeunesse and on the Board of the 2021 World Summit on Media for Children in Dublin, Ireland. He also serves on Boards for the National Association for Media Literacy Education and the Children’s Media Association. Follow Kleeman on Twitter @davidkleeman.

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.

To learn more, please visit and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

About Children’s Media Association Bay Area:

Children’s Media Association Bay Area is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals who are committed to creating and distributing thoughtful, entertaining media to children and young adults. Children’s Media Association supports this community by producing educational events, promoting professional development, and helping our members to lead, innovate, and shape the future of children's media. To learn more, please visit and follow them on Twitter @CMA_BayArea and on Instagram @cma_bayarea.

October 23, 2019