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50 People You Need to Know, Now – San Francisco Public Library presents Changemakers: Bay Area Disability Pride

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2019

Kate Patterson, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4252 / kate.patterson@sfpl.org

50 People You Need to Know, Now

San Francisco Public Library presents Changemakers: Bay Area Disability Pride

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San Francisco– Marybeth Baluyot lives without a left hand and is a record-breaking power-lifter, Owen Bragg is an artist with autism who has published five books, Nina G. is a stuttering comedian and Haben Girma is the first Deaf blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. These are just a few of the exceptional individuals celebrated in San Francisco Public Library’s presentation of Changemakers: Bay Area Disability Pride. On view from January 11 to March 15, 2020, on the 6th floor of the Main Library, the exhibition features 50 portraits created by artists with disabilities who participate in such esteemed art programs as Creativity Explored, ArtReach, NIAD, Artful Steps and The Pomeroy Center.

“This delightful exhibition introduces us to the energetic and dynamic disability communities of the Bay Area,” says San Francisco Public Library Curator Joan Jasper.  “Visitors will love seeing the diversity and creativity of these portraits and learning about how these “changemakers” are making the world better for all of us.”

With funding from the Library Services and Technology Act and federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, San Francisco Public Library, San Mateo County Libraries and San Jose Public Library joined forces to develop a series of programs aimed at advancing a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. SFPL worked with curator Fran Osbourne to develop the Changemakers exhibition, which also appeared at the San Mateo Public Library in 2019. Osbourne orchestrated the selection process for the featured “changemakers”, which includes over 50 people who have made outstanding contributions to the disability community through activism, arts and culture, business, education, leadership, science and technology and sports. She also partnered with local art programs considered to be leaders of social change and inclusion. All of the exhibition artists have a regular artistic practice and work in studios with a group of their peers. Instructors are usually professional artists and offer support rather than direction.

“I’m proud of the fact that San Francisco Public Library’s support of the disability community goes beyond accessibility of our physical spaces,” says project lead, Access Services Manager & ADA Coordinator Marti Goddard. “Just as important, is our commitment to sharing their stories and triumphs through original exhibitions like Changemakers, so that they can see themselves represented in the work that we do and so that we can foster greater understanding and appreciation for this incredible community.”

The Library will offer the following free public programs in conjunction with the exhibition. More information can be found on www.disabilitychangemakers.org.

The Main Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact marti.goddard@sfpl.org or call 415-557-4557. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help to ensure availability.  

Opening Event: Bay Area Disability Pride

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 4-6:30 PM – Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room & Skylight Gallery

Hosted by our favorite stuttering stand-up comedian, writer and disability advocate Nina G., this event features San Francisco disability activist and social entrepreneur Tiffany Yu and ASL teacher and Deaf event organizer Francis Refan Phiri. The celebration will close with a dance presentation by students of Access SFUSD and a drag performance by one of their alumni, DeMian Williams, performing as Serena Jackson.

Enjoy button-making and a visit with Canine Companions for Independence before moving to the Skylight Gallery on the 6th Floor,from 5:15 – 6:30 PM, to view the exhibition of Changemaker portraits and have refreshments with Melody and Russ Stein, Deaf entrepreneurs, activists, co-founders and owners of Mozzeria, a pizzeria in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Art: Interdisciplinary Exploration

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1-4 PM, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Facilitated by blind artist, teacher and labyrinth facilitator Maia Scott, the program invite participants to explore creative processes including writing, art and movement as tools for nurturing the stories that arise from their bodies and lives.

Scott will lead participants in the meditative practice of walking the labyrinth to release habits of judgment and free up creative space and then engage participants in various art making activities. This is a general art workshop for the public and for artists with disabilities.

Film: Superfest Disability Film Festival Showcase

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 5:30-7:30 PM – Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

A selection of award-winning documentary films from the 2019 Superfest Disability Film Festival will be shown. Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. One of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible and relevant to filmgoers with all kinds of disabilities and their allies, Superfest celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens.

Alex Locust in Conversation with Changemakers of the Future

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 6-7:30 PM – Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Alex Locust is known as The Glamputee and a disability justice activist, through his popular workshops on disability awareness and micro-aggression. He is on the Advisory Council member for the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and works as a certified counselor for the AIDS Foundation. He will be in conversation with local disability community members about their lives and work.

Dance and movement workshop with Antoine Hunter

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 10 AM – NOON- Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

A family-friendly dance workshop for deaf and hearing people of all ages. Choreographer and dance star Antoine Hunter, a powerful disability advocate at home and internationally, founded the Urban Jazz Dance Group in Oakland and the Annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival. Everyone is welcome – from beginner level students to fluent ASL signers.

Deaf Dance Performance Antoine Hunter and dancers of the Urban Jazz Dance Company

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1-2:30 PM – Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Urban Jazz Dance Company is a convergence of artistic forces where raw energy, rooted in freedom, is expressed through the athletic body and passionate dance.  The company’s mission is to show the world that no matter who you are, your dreams are possible. 

These programs were funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible California Libraries.

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

Exhibition Explores Tobacco Industry’s Targeting of The Black Community: From Chattel Slavery to Menthol Slavery

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2019

Kate Patterson, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4252 / kate.patterson@sfpl.org

Exhibition Explores Tobacco Industry’s Targeting of The Black Community: From Chattel Slavery to Menthol Slavery

The groundbreaking exhibition will highlight the tobacco industry’s history of targeting black communities and will be held from Dec. 7 to Feb. 6, 2020 in the African American Center at San Francisco Main Library

San Francisco – On view in the African American Center at San Francisco Main Library, Same Game Different Smokers: A Look at the Tobacco Industry’s Footprint on Black Lives and Black Lungs illustrates the role that increased demand for tobacco played in the creation of the transatlantic slave trade and how tobacco advertising evolved once the African American community became a lucrative market. With images from Tobacco Control Archives, exhibition curator Tracy Brown demonstrates how the tobacco industry targeted the African American community by repurposing historically racist iconography into slick campaigns and with strategic ad placement, product distribution, event sponsorship and divisive messaging.

“Nicotine addiction products, including e-cigarettes, kill 45,000 African Americans every year, which is more than gun violence or HIV,” says Brown. “My goal is to bring that number down to zero. This exhibition shows that tactics and narratives being used by e-cigarette companies are being taken directly from the Nicotine Addiction Industry playbook and are rooted in racism. I want to ensure that the African American community is not left out of the current conversation around how to address the use of flavored tobacco products, specifically menthol flavoring, to target children and other vulnerable populations.”

The opening reception for the event will beheld from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the Main Library located at 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA. It will include a ceremonial tribute to the lives of ancestors lost as a result of the actions of the tobacco industry. 

For more information about this exhibition visit www.savingblacklives.org or contact Tracy Brown, Exhibition Curator, at 888.881.6619 x105 or tbrown@amplify.love.

About the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

Formed in 2008, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) partners with community stakeholders, elected officials and public health agencies to inform the national direction of tobacco control policy, practices and priorities, as they affect the lives of Black-American and African immigrant populations. The AATCLC has been at the forefront in elevating the regulation of mentholated and other flavored tobacco products on the national tobacco control agenda. www.savingblacklives.org #aatclcsamegame    #aatclc

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

San Francisco Public Library Unveils Redesigned Website

San Francisco Public Library Unveils Redesigned Website

Fresh look, easy navigation and accessibility form foundation of site redesign

San Francisco – On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, San Francisco Public Library will enhance accessibility to its programs and collections with the launch of its redesigned website, sfpl.org. This update represents the first major revision to the Library’s site since 2010.

“Our website provides the keys to the Library’s treasure trove of resources, and our homepage is the Library’s digital front door,” said City Librarian Michael Lambert. “With the leadership of our Web Services team and the assistance and input of many staff members, the new site improves the user experience and accessibility. We hope that our patrons find the new look to be friendly and more responsive.”

About the Improvements

Visitors to sfpl.org can look forward to greater functionality and accessibility through a modern, graphics-forward interface. The new site preserves many of the previous site’s popular features such as the search bar for the Library catalog at the top of the homepage, toggles to the Spanish and Chinese translations of the site and links to exciting events and programs. The new site makes these favorite tools even more accessible with larger type, images, buttons and icons, to help users navigate the page more easily.

What’s Staying the Same

  • Bibliocommons book catalog
  • Translated pages offered in Chinese and Spanish
  • Links to all Library branch locations and hours
  • Top-of-page highlight of Library closures and other essential announcements
  • Live “Chat with a Librarian” feature

Below is a sampling of two popular features of the current sfpl.org site in the redesigned format.

Event spotlights at the top of sfpl.org’s homepage convey Library’s richness and creativity of programming.

Carousel of just-acquired book covers links to online catalog listing for patrons to locate and put holds on intriguing works.

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

Never-before-seen Images and Untold Stories of the Alcatraz Occupation

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2019

Kate Patterson, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4252 / kate.patterson@sfpl.org

Never-before-seen Images and Untold Stories of the Alcatraz Occupation

Original occupiers, co-conspirators, eye witnesses and artists capture the Occupation of Alcatraz through storytelling, public programs and exhibitions at San Francisco Public Library

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San Francisco – In the late 60s, LaNada Means, now Dr. LaNada War Jack (Shoshone Bannock), made history when she became the first Native American to attend UC Berkeley where she started the first Native American Student Organization and joined in the Third World Strikes to advocate for the very first Ethnic Studies Department in the nation. Protesting alongside her was German-born Ilka Hartmann, a grad student at Cal and a photographer for the student newspaper, The Daily Cal. In November 1969, Hartmann saw a headline on the front page of the newspaper, “14 Indians took a boat to Alcatraz Island during the middle of the night”. On that boat was 23-year-old War Jack who was on a mission to reclaim Native land and to create Thunderbird University that would include a cultural center, museum and ecology center. This instead turned the political agenda for Native people from the termination era and inspired self-determination for Indigenous Peoples. From the moment she read the headline, Hartmann faithfully followed the occupation and on March 30, 1970, she was able to get to the island. How she got there is another story.

These are just two of the interwoven lives and first-hand accounts that are being shared in a series of public programs and exhibitions presented by San Francisco Public Library in conjunction with the 2019 One City One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange and in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz and the citywide 2019 American Indian Initiative.

“It’s important for institutions like the Public Library to provide platforms for Indigenous voices so that we can share our history—our real history, the history of genocide and forcibly removing children from their families into government and Christian boarding schools and forced assimilation,” says Dr. War Jack. “Sharing our truth enables us to breakdown the racial stereotypes that keep us all from realizing racial equity. The Occupation of Alcatraz was a catalyzing moment for Indigenous people and for reconnecting to a greater awareness of Indigenous culture. It’s wonderful to see public institutions convene the community around this significant anniversary and for the public to access a true and authentic history of our people.”

Some 50 programs for all ages in all library locations provide a platform for the community to learn about and enjoy Indigenous culture, history, music, crafts, dance and ways of life. Upcoming program highlights include the following:

Untold and Intimate Stories of the Alcatraz Occupation

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 5-8 PM

San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The Library partners with the California Historical Society for a powerful evening of stories from the Occupation of Alcatraz. Photographer Ilka Hartmann will open the program with a slide show of images she took of the occupation in 1970.  A group of original occupiers, including Dr. LaNada War Jack (Shoshone Bannock), Eloy Martinez (Southern Ute), Geneva Seaboy (Dakota/Chippewa) and Blair Ryan (Seminole/Chickasaw) and William Ryan (Seminole/Chickasaw) will tell the rich, untold stories of organizing and living on the Island. They will be joined by Kent Blansett (Cherokee/Creek/Choctaw/Shawnee/Potawatomi), professor and author of A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and Red Power and Mary Crowley, one of the three skippers, known as the Sausalito Indian Navy, who ferried the protestors to the Island. Additionally, the program will include never-before-seen photographs taken during the first nine days of the occupation by fellow navy man Brooks Townes.

Author Talk: Dr. LaNada War Jack

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 3 PM

San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, South Salon, 6th Floor
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Dr. LaNada War Jack (Shoshone Bannock Tribes) discusses her new book Native Resistance: an Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life, which chronicles the events tied to the genocide of Native people in the United States—from forced removals to federal reservations and her life during the late sixties at UC Berkeley, the Occupation of Alcatraz Island, Pyramid Lake Water War in Nevada, to the Standing Rock Resistance in North Dakota

Author Talk: Kent Blansett

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 4-5 PM

San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery Lobby, South Salon, 6th Floor
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Professor and author Kent Blansett (Cherokee/Creek/Choctaw/Shawnee/Potawatomi) discusses his book A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and Red Power. Book signing to follow.

In addition, patrons can learn about the Occupation through photographic and art exhibitions at the Main Library. Occupy Alcatraz! draws on materials from the Alcatraz Indian Occupation collection donated to the Library by Indians of All Tribes. Before the Occupation: A Brief History of Native Americans at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary gives the backstory on events in federal history that led to the Occupation.  The Native Reclamation of Alcatraz Island, 1969: News Coverage from 50 Years Ago on the Alcatraz Takeover features coverage of this landmark moment from daily newspapers and from the underground press. All that Glitters Is Not Gold: Original Ink Drawings Inspired by the Photo Archives features a new body of work by local artist Kaytea Petro. Lastly, Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later tells the story of the 19-month occupation, a watershed moment in the movement for Native American civil rights.

Throughout the branch libraries, there are compelling programs led by Indigenous artists and instructors that include identifying edible, wild and native foods in the Bay Area with a local chef as well as book clubs centered around the Library’s 2019 One City One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange. San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck (Tsalagi Cherokee/Euro-American) and special guests will also host Thursday evening PoemJams. Younger audiences can celebrate Indigenous culture, diversity and history through Mayan Yucatec bingo games, Ohlone games and mini-zines, making beaded bracelets and special story hours.

All ages can study Cherokee and Hawaiian online through Mango Languages, free with a library card.

We hope that you learn something new, have your curiosity stoked and enjoy our varied programs that honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples.

Visit sfpl.org for a full program of events related to the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz and National American Indian Heritage Month.

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

The Real Rosie the Riveters Finally Get Their Time in the Spotlight

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2019

Kate Patterson, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4252 / kate.patterson@sfpl.org

The Real Rosie the Riveters Finally Get Their Time in the Spotlight

San Francisco Main Library Jewett Gallery Opens Remarkable WWII Rosie Featuring 60 Images and Stories from the Women who Helped Win the War

San Francisco – Local artist and curator Carol Witten became fascinated with Rosie the Riveter when she met Rosie. Her interest turned into a passion and for three years she made it her mission to travel the country capturing the images and stories of the Rosies, many of whom in their 90s and 100s, whose contributions were essential to winning World War II, but are largely unknown and under celebrated. Remarkable WWII Rosie, on view starting November 9 at the San Francisco Main Library Jewett Gallery, invites visitors to experience the courage and heroism of these trailblazers who opened the door to the emancipation of women and their participation in the workforce.

“This exhibition beautifully reveals Carol Witten’s style of combining traditional portraiture with narrative. Through the women’s stories, we hear the hammers and watch the soot fall as Rosie reveals the danger, sexism and racism she endured and overcame to become an American feminist icon,” says San Francisco Public Library Curator Joan Jasper.

Between 1942 and 1945, millions of women mobilized and joined the war effort building some 297,000 airplanes, billions of rounds of ammunition, 757 Liberty Ships, 102,000 tanks and 88,000 ships. When the deadliest conflict in human history came to an end on August 15, 1945, Rosies were handed a pink slip and encouraged by the government to return to work in the home. The records of their historical contributions all but disappeared or were destroyed until the 1960s when, inspired by Betty Friedan’s revolutionary Feminine Mystique, women started to reclaim their history and assert that the war would not have been won without Rosie.

According to Witten, “My goal for this exhibition is to raise awareness about their immeasurable contribution to society and to garner them the recognition and honor they deserve.”

As Remarkable WWII Rosie chronicles, in the 90s, through a second wave of activism, more permanent tributes to Rosie emerged. After years of silence, Navy Certified Journeyman Welder Phyllis Gould and her fellow riveter Mae Krier, whose portrait is in the show, lobbied Congress to recognize Rosie. Thanks to their efforts, since 2016 Congress set aside March 21 as National Rosie Day. Mae and Phyllis continue to lobby for a permanent national holiday and the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

Realizing that there is still a sizeable community of WWII Rosies in her district, Richmond City Councilwoman Donna Power lobbies Congress and mounts a grassroots campaign to establish The Rosie the Riveter Visitors Center under the National Park Service and erect the nation’s first Rosie the Riveter Memorial. On the east coast, Dr. Frances Carter, herself a riveter, founds the American Rosie Riveter Association in 1998 as a forum for Rosies to connect with one another and share wartime experiences. Today, the organization has over 5,000 members scattered throughout the country and inspires new generations to fall in love with WWII Rosie.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

World War II icon Rosie the Riveter has held the American imagination for over half a century. In a new exhibition, Remarkable WWII Rosie, local artist Carol Witten shows 60 digital prints (diptychs) developed from her travels cross country to Rosie Conventions and local Rosie Rallies. Witten’s works are composed from interviews and photographs of women, now 90- and 100-years-old and over, who built the planes, ships and ammunition that enabled America to win the War.

On view Nov. 9–Jan. 26, 2020, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Opening event and discussion with photographer Carol Witten – Nov. 23, 3p.m., Main Library, Jewett Gallery

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

Eminent Diverse Authors Recognized at American Book Awards Ceremony

For Immediate Release: 10/29/19
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

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Eminent Diverse Authors Recognized at American Book Awards Ceremony

San Francisco Public Library Hosts Program at Main Library

WHAT: The Before Columbus Foundation recognizes the winners of the 40th Annual American Book Awards. The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.

WHEN: 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019

WHERE: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

WHO: Notable authors May-Lee Chai (Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories), G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon (Ms. Marvel Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland), William T. Vollmann (Carbon Ideologies: Volume I, No Immediate Danger, Volume II, No Good Alternative) and Nathan Hare, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, among other winners of this year’s award

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.

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
(415) 557-4282 / michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

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 sfpl.org 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 childrensmediaassociation.org and follow them on Twitter @CMA_BayArea and on Instagram @cma_bayarea.

San Francisco Public Library Wants to Help You Write the Next Great American Novel

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2019

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282 / michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

San Francisco Public Library Wants to Help You Write the Next Great American Novel

National Novel Writing Month Celebrates its 20th Anniverary of Inspiring Aspiring Writers

San Francisco, CA– November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. In celebration of the program’s 20-year anniversary, San Francisco Public Library brings together acclaimed authors and an array of public workshops to inspire creative writers of all ages to write 50,000 words in just 30 days.

“National Novel Writing Month is the perfect excuse to turn that idea you’ve been carrying around in your head into your masterpiece,” says City Librarian Michael Lambert. “This year’s NaNoWriMo program is exceptional and offers so many entry points to the writing process that are both fun and encouraging. San Francisco Public Library is here to hold your hand and to help you become the great writer you’ve always known you could be!”

In its two decades, NaNoWriMo has created a worldwide community of writers, affectionately known as “Wrimos”. Hosted at several branch libraries, Come Write In events will provide patrons with the space, writing resources, free wifi, computers and laptops, if needed, to start writing and to connect with the greater Wrimo community.

We kick off the month a few days early with an exciting talk featuring bestselling author Alexander Chee. Chee, whose 2016 book, The Queen of the Night was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, will be at the Main Library on Oct. 27 talking about his new memoir, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.

Need inspiration? Acclaimed authors will offer pro tips on all aspects of the writing process in a series of free author talks. On Nov. 3, editor Kim Bancroft, the author of The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher will discuss the writing and revision process followed by The Art of the Literary Portrait with author Constance Hale. Hale assists writers in drawing out important themes with interactive exercises and writing prompts.

For those facing the dreaded writer’s block, author Maury Zeff’s talk, Plot Along with Maury, on Nov.13, will help participants turn plots into stories with well-crafted, satisfying endings. Also on Nov. 13, the Library brings together an all-star NaNoWriMo author panel, including bestselling romance writer Jasmine Guillory, award-winning translator and author Carolina de Robertis and author of Fast-Draft Your Memoir Rachael Herron.

Youth programing includes Kids Write Now!, a month-long writing contest hosted at the Richmond Branch. See full program details below. 

Come Write In

Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch (Teens, Adults)

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 27, 7 p.m., Parkside

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 6 p.m., Main Library, Stong Room

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 1 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Nov. 21, 6 p.m., Ortega Branch

Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Ocean View Branch at Blue House Café

Author Talks

Alexander CheeThe author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel talks about his writing process, queer activism during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco and thoughts on growing up mixed race in America.
Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Kim Bancroft author of The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher
Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

The Art of the Literary Portrait with Constance Hale – Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

NaNoWriMo Author Panel featuring Jasmine Guillory, Carolina de Robertis and Rachael Herron – Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Plot Along with Maury Zeff – Nov. 13, 12 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

Kids Write Now!– Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m., Richmond Branch. Take Part in this month-long writing contest. The more you write, the more you win. Attend a winners’ reception. Reserve at the Children’s Reference Desk. For ages 10–14.

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 sfpl.org and follow on Twitter @SFPublicLibrary and on Instagram @sfpubliclibrary.

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

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2019

Michelle Jeffers, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 557-4282 / michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

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,” commented 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 sfpl.org 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 childrensmediaassociation.org and follow them on Twitter @CMA_BayArea and on Instagram@cma_bayarea.

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.