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2019 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival – Sharing compelling stories of strength and discovery

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2019

Media Contacts:

Eddie Ramirez, San Francisco Veterans Film Fest
(415) 244-7100 / Eduardo.Ramirez415@gmail.com

Jaime Wong, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 554-4295 / Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

2019 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

Sharing compelling stories of strength and discovery

San Francisco, CA– OneVet OneVoice and San Francisco Public Library announce the lineup for the 8th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF19), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event. The festival, with screenings on Nov. 2 and 3 at the Main Library, provides a unique forum for veterans to find expression, healing, and community while increasing the public’s awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military veterans.

The powerful independent films featured in this year’s festival explore complex topics, including the over-prescription of medications, female veterans coping with trauma and PTSD, Native American and Chinese American experiences in the service and back home, investigations into profiteering and corruption and the complicated situation for Iraqi and Afghan citizens who serve as U.S. military interpreters.

The two-day festival includes 13 films, both short and full-length, as well as panel discussions with film directors and cast. The program is free to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the two-day event. Saturday festival attendees are also invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception.

“We are honored to once again provide a forum for veterans to express their creativity, tell their stories, and connect with other veterans, active duty personnel and our civilian family. This festival is only two days a year, but the subjects we explore affect our veterans each day of their lives. We hope these films and panel discussions bring honor, promote healing and build stronger bonds among all Americans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice.

Highlights of the 2019 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:

Vigil, written and directed by Chris King

A young woman lies awake, thinking about what could have been. “Vigil” is a short, powerful tribute to our fallen soldiers and their families. Inspired by a true story.

Screening Saturday, Nov. 2

Our Youngest Heroes: Growing Up a Caregiver, directed by Richard Lui

This first-person documentary is presented through the lens of a national news anchor, who comes from a military background and cares for his father long-distance. He embarks on a personal journey to shed light on the untold stories of these young caregivers confronting the same questions he does: How much can I sacrifice? And will I regret my choices? Will I let my loved one down?

Screening Saturday, Nov. 2, followed by panel discussion with filmmakers and cast

Unprescribed, directed by Steve Ellmore

Amid the opioid and suicide epidemics, military veterans across the nation are ditching prescription medications in favor of cannabis. In his first feature-length documentary, producer, director, and military veteran Steve Ellmore chronicles the lives of fellow veterans, spouses, and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones to suicide brought on by the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals.

Screening Sunday, Nov. 3

Vietnam: An Inner View,directed and produced by Marc C. Waszkiewicz; written, narrated and produced by Lea Jones

Vietnam: An Inner View is a music-based documentary providing an apolitical, uniquely accessible,compassionate look at a small group of young Marines as they serve their tours of duty in Vietnam circa 1968. The film is built around an all-original ‘60s rock soundtrack and populated by the thousands of photographs made by director/producer Marc C. Waszkiewicz during his three combat tours. Additionally, PBS-produced interviews with Marc’s brothers-in-arms, made primarily in 1995, offer an array of insights into common experiences, some of course harrowing and heartbreaking, some of general (military/personal) interest, and others simply hilarious.

Screening Sunday, Nov. 3, followed by directors’ panel

The full lineup of screenings is available at sfveteransfilmfestival.org. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2VvSmjo

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival – Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Nov. 3, 12 – 5 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is a robust forum for Veterans and civilian filmmakers to express their creativity and to share their stories, which in turn helps further healing and brings greater awareness to the public on the challenges our nation’s veteran’s face. The annual festival spotlights both veteran and civilian filmmakers addressing issues about Veterans and military-related topics.  For more information, visit sfveteransfilmfestival.org.

About OneVet OneVoice

OneVet OneVoice is a non-profit based in San Francisco founded on the belief that healthcare, education, housing and employees for veterans and military families should be inextricably linked together. The goal of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is to support one of the key missions of OneVet OneVoice: to educate the general public about the current issues facing our veterans, and provide a place for veterans to learn more about current support available.

About the San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center

San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center, located on the 5th floor of the Main Library, supports the veteran community with free computer access, a specialized veterans book collection, and information and assistance for veterans and their families. For more information, please visit sfpl.org/veterans.

Diverse Writers Share Their Stories

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2019
Media contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

Diverse Writers Share Their Stories

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is hosting a celebration of women of color authors, who will be reading from and talking about their writing, as well as how their various backgrounds influence their creative works.

Award-winning Pakistani writer and artist, Sehba Sarwar, will read from her recently-published debut novel Black Wings. This book is about a story of a mother and daughter who struggle to meet across the generations, cultures and secrets that separate them. Bay Area-based writer Fan Wu will read from her critically acclaimed novels, including Beautiful as Yesterday, a book about two sisters who were born and brought up in China and now reside in the United States. Her writing explores the impact of history and memories on one’s life. Lastly, fourth-generation Southern Californian liz gonzález will share from her multi-genre collection Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds. Her book explores memories, pivotal experiences and cultural influences that shaped her when growing up as a nontraditional Catholic Mexican American in San Bernardino.

Date:   Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time:   5:30 p.m.

Place:  Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Chinese Center, 3rd Floor

Cost:   Free

Attention Calendar Editors: General event information

Author Reading with Sehba Sarwar, Fan Wu, and liz gonzález takes place on Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m., Chinese Center, 3rd Floor, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Participants include Sehba Sarwar, award-winning Pakistani writer and artist; Fan Wu, critically-acclaimed Bay Area novelist; and liz gonzález, poet, fiction and nonfiction writer and educator. Admission free. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Anissa Malady, Community Programs and Partnerships,San Francisco Public Library, 415-557-4411.

Author Reading: Sehba Sarwar, Fan Wu, and liz gonzález – Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Chinese Center, 3rd Floor

Christian Robinson Takes Flight in New Book

For Immediate Release: 10/8/19
Media Contacts:

Lyn Davidson, Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
(415) 557-4552; Carole.Davidson@sfpl.org

Jaime Wong, Public Relations Officer
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

Christian Robinson Takes Flight in New Book

Award-winning illustrator shares work and play at the Library

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson introduces his new picture book, Just in Case You Want to Fly—a special book for everyone who has ever needed wings—in a just-announced event at the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5p.m.

Robinson will discuss his work and lead a mini-drawing workshop for an all-ages audience. Copies of Just In Case You Want to Fly will be available for purchase, and a book-signing will conclude the event. Youth ages 18 and younger can enter the raffle drawing for free copies of the book.

Caldecott Honor Award and Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson’s second collaboration with author Julie Fogliano is the tender, vibrant, and inspiring picture book Just In Case You Want to Fly (Holiday House, October 8, 2019). Written for children and their grown-ups, it offers gentle wisdom for anyone looking for a little uplift to help them soar. It is a tender and inspiring story about growing up, facing challenges, and finding your wings…together.

“Just in case you want to fly

here’s some wind

and here’s the sky

here’s a feather

here’s up high

and here’s a wing from a butterfly.”

Fogliano and Robinson’s previous book, When’s My Birthday?, received five starred reviews and was called “buoyant and perfectly childlike” by School Library Journal and “nostalgic and fresh” by Kirkus Reviews. It was also named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

Featured Event
Just In Case You Want to Fly…with Christian Robinson – Oct. 16, 5p.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 415-557-4554. Register on Eventbrite at https://christianrobinsonsfpl2019.eventbrite.com.

There There Author Tommy Orange Comes to San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: 10/7/19
Media Contact:
Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295 | Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

There There Author Tommy Orange Comes to San Francisco Public Library

Award-winning debut author in conversation with City’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck

San Francisco, CA — As part of its 15th Annual One City One Book celebration of There There, the San Francisco Public Library is proud to host author Tommy Orange for a discussion of his work on the evening of October 16, 2019. Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and was born, raised and currently resides in Oakland, CA. On Oct. 16, Orange will be in conversation with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. A book signing will follow the event.

The selection of There There 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, Orange’s debut novel, 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.

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 San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine. Additionally, the novel received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

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

Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., Oakland Museum of California – James Moore Theater, 1000 Oak St., Oakland (in partnership with Oakland Public Library)

There There Book Groups

•Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Main Library, Talking Books and Braille Center

• Saturday, Oct. 12, 2–3 p.m., Richmond Branch

• Sunday, Oct. 13, 2–3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

• Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6–7 p.m., North Beach Branch

• Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7–8 p.m., Excelsior Branch

• Sunday, Nov. 3, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch

• Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Mission Branch

• Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6–7 p.m., Glen Park Branch

• Sunday, Nov. 10, 2–3 p.m., Parkside Branch

• Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6–7 p.m., Main Library

• Saturday, Nov. 16, 2–3:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch

• Saturday, Nov. 23, 2–3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

• Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7–8:30 p.m., Merced Branch

For more programs relating to One City One Book, see sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

Editorial Reviews + Awards

  • PEN/Hemingway Award winner, 2019
  • American Book 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

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

The San Francisco Chronicle

“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

“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

“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.

Eleventh Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off October 6 – Live Kindie Music at San Francisco Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:
Jaime Wong

(415) 557-4295; Jaime.wong@sfpl.org

Eleventh Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off October 6

Live Kindie Music at San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is rolling on out eleven years of Rock! Play! Learn! with its hit music celebration for children, Tricycle Music Fest. The Library welcomes all families to sing and dance along with us at live performances every weekend in October throughout the City.

Opening the festival is Brooklyn-based band The Pop Ups, sharing their unique rock and roll sound this weekend on Sunday, October 6. Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards bring NOLA to the City by the Bay with music influenced by jazz and the joy of Mardi Gras with two performances in October at the North Beach and Ortega Branches. Bay Area favorites the Alphabet Rockers will drop beats inspiring social justice and youth empowerment at the Excelsior and Richmond Branch Libraries. Lastly, wrapping up the month of October, the Library welcomes Grammy and Emmy-winning group The Lucky Band, playing catchy hits from their newly-nominated Latin Grammy album, Buenos Diaz. The Lucky Band closes our series with a special before-open-hours concert at the Main Library bright and early on Sunday, October 27. 

Additionally, Tricycle Music Fest features one very special prize: a tricycle raffle. One lucky concert goer rides off on a new shiny red tricycle at the end of each show.

Tricycle Music Fest is presented jointly by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library. San Francisco performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, bringing music, libraries and families together. Release the foot brake on the stroller and boogie on down to the Library to catch a concert with us!

Please see the full schedule of events at sfpl.org/tricycle and smcl.org/tricycle.

Tricycle Music Fest Performances

The Pop Ups – Sunday, October 6, 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards – Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m., North Beach Branch

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards – Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m., Ortega Branch

Alphabet RockersSunday, October 20, 12 p.m., Excelsior Branch

Alphabet Rockers– Sunday, October 20, 3 p.m., Richmond Branch

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Atrium

Who Owns the Earth? New exhibit examines 1800’s masterpiece on societal inequality

For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:

Mary Rose Kaczorowski, Curator
510-459-9448

Jaime Wong, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

Who Owns the Earth?

New exhibit examines 1800’s masterpiece on societal inequality

San Francisco,CA – In partnership with the California Chapter of Common Ground USA, the Henry George School of New York City, the Henry George School of San Francisco, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and Shaping San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library announces the launch of an exhibition and programming for “Who Owns the Earth?: Henry George’s Progress and Poverty 140 Years Later.”

Mary Rose Kaczorowski, President of the California Chapter of Common Ground USA states, “The paradox that Henry George saw is still with us. Who has the right to exploit the earth and who profits? Why is there so much poverty amid so much wealth?” This exhibit highlights the life and work of Henry George, the social theorist and economist, who observed this paradox 140 years ago while living and working in San Francisco. His book Progress and Poverty (1879) stirred his generation to question social inequities during the Gilded Age as the pockets of land barons and railroad monopolists fattened off the natural wealth in land. George’s keen analyses offered a simple solution—reinvest the economic value of land back into the society that created it.

While living in his rented house at the foot of San Francisco Bay, George wrote Progress and Poverty. At first self-published in 1879 with the help of friends and fellow typesetters in San Francisco, his book was hailed for its logic and genius at solving societal inequality. Millions of copies sold worldwide in multiple languages.

In addition, George, a contemporary of Mark Twain, was one of the founders of the San Francisco Public Library and the Bohemian Club. He worked as a writer and editor for the Daily Times and was later the editor of the San Francisco Daily Evening Post.

The exhibition will be on view in the San Francisco History Center,located on the 6th Floor of the San Francisco Public Library between October 12and December 28, 2019.

Exhibit: Who Owns the Earth? Henry George’s Progress and Poverty 140 Years LaterOct. 12 – Dec. 28, 2019, Main Library, 6th floor

Related Events:

Meet Henry George

Historian and actor David Giesen takes on the role of Henry George in a Chautauqua performance set in 1890. Addressing the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, for whom George had been the founding secretary, George reminisces about his San Francisco days during the 1860s and 1870s. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Progress to Poverty: Land and Rents-Free Public Talk

On the 140th anniversary of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, his land tax and radical reform of land use are worth a critical re-examination. Geographers Francesca Manning and Richard Walker, along with Ted Gwartney of the California chapter of Common Ground USA, untangle what George proposed, what happened as a result of his ideas, and what the future holds.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia Street, co-sponsored by Shaping San Francisco

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.

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

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, agustin9558@gmail.com

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 pawainc.com.

To see a full schedule of the book fest, visit filbookfestival.org.

San Francisco Public Library Is Fabulously Fine Free


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

(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

MEDIA ALERT ** MEDIA ALERT ** MEDIA ALERT

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 sfpl.org/finefree.

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; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

& Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

¡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 sfpl.org/VIVA 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

Films

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