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Daniel Ellsberg honored at Main Library – Northern California Book Awards present Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release:  June 15, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
 

Daniel Ellsberg honored at Main Library

Northern California Book Awards present Lifetime Achievement Award

San Francisco, CA – Celebrate the Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene on Sunday, July 1, 2018 when the 37th annual Northern California Book Awards recognize the best published works of 2017 by Northern California authors. Emceed by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA Managing Editor, authors will read briefly from their winning books. Eligible books are divided into eight categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Literature (Younger Readers and Older Readers) and Translation (Poetry and Fiction).

danielThe event features activist Daniel Ellsberg, who will be presented with the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service. Ellsberg has become a household name as the man who revealed the Pentagon Papers in 1971, a top-secret Pentagon study of decision making during the Vietnam War, to the New York Times and other newspapers. His 2017 book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, framed as a memoir, exposes the shocking details of America’s nuclear war program of the 1960s in which he, himself, took part as a high-level analyst. He details the dangers of our terrifying military buildup, how Eisenhower was planning a nuclear war, how the Trump administration renews this civilization-destroying threat, and offers feasible steps for dismantling this “doomsday machine.” His previous titles include Risk, Ambiguity, and Decision, and Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.

Date:   Sunday, July 1, 2018

Time:   1 p.m.

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

Cost:    Free

A reception and book signing with the authors follows the Awards Ceremony in the Library’s Latino/Hispanic Community Room. Nominated books will be available for purchase to benefit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Northern California Book Awards Sponsors

Poetry Flash, Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter, PEN West, Mechanics’ Institute Library, San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library sponsor and/or present the Northern California Book Awards.

Attention Calendar Editors: General event information

The 37th annual Northern California Book Awards take place on Sunday, July 1, 1:00 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Remarks by author and activist Daniel Ellsberg, 2018 Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement. Northern California authors will be honored in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation and Children’s Literature. Book signing reception follows. Admission free. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact NCBR@poetryflash.org, (510) 525-5476, or visit poetryflash.org.

37th annual Northern California Book Awards – Sunday, July 1, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

San Francisco Public Library Wins Library of the Year Award – SFPL honored with the most prestigious library award in the country

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

San Francisco Public Library Wins Library of the Year Award

SFPL honored with the most prestigious library award in the country

 

libjournalSan Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that it has been chosen as the 2018 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year. Established in 1992, each year the Library of the Year Award celebrates the library that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or have seen dramatic increase in library use and leadership in creating programs emulated by other libraries. To learn more, visit: https://lj.libraryjournal.com/2018/06/awards/2018-galelj-library-year-san-francisco-public-library/#_.

Under the leadership of recently retired City Librarian Luis Herrera and now his successor, Michael Lambert, SFPL is a library system that actively promotes San Francisco’s values of inclusion, diversity and equality and creates programs and policies to support those democratic values.  “The San Francisco Public Library plays a crucial role in supporting our City’s values and policies,” said Mayor Mark Farrell. “Their open doors, compassionate staff, community connections and creative programs help make San Francisco great. I applaud them for this well-deserved national recognition.”

In his support of SFPL’s nomination for 2018 Library of the Year, author Dave Eggers said, “This library has real energy. It has real passion. They move quickly on initiatives and they say ‘yes.’ Contrary to some large institutions, that can be burdened by their own size and history, and which have the alacrity of a cruise ship, the SFPL is nimble, creative, and always inclined to find a way to make things happen.”

The SFPL story builds on the transformational leadership of Herrera, the 2012 LJ Librarian of the Year, who retired this past February after 13 years. “I feel as though I’ve had an Ivy League education working with Luis Herrera,” Lambert said. “Luis was a transformational leader. He created an amazing culture of service and innovation here, but it is also a family culture for the staff. We care about one another, and we celebrate each other.”

“We have an incredible talent pool at SFPL,” Lambert continued. “Four years ago, we set out to be the premier urban library in the country, and our staff have bought in. We launched an initiative called Service Excellence, and every staff member, custodian, page, security staff, our librarians, our managers, everybody goes through service excellence training. People have committed themselves to the patron focus service model, and they have committed to creating a safe and welcoming library, a preferred destination for all San Franciscans.”

“Our library embodies the spirit of San Francisco – inclusive, diverse, caring and full of exuberance,” said Library Commission President Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi. “I’m so proud of our staff for winning this coveted award.”

More than 6.6 million customers used SFPL’s library facilities in 2017, including the Main Library in the Civic Center, 27 neighborhood branches and four mobile outreach vehicles. The library system enjoys extraordinary political and fiscal support thanks to a voter led initiative that mandates an annual funding set aside from the City’s property tax revenues, resulting in an annual budget of $126 million or $144 per capita. Every SFPL library is open seven days a week and all 27 neighborhood branches are open a minimum of 50 hours each week with some open 55 and the Main Library open 60 hours.

“The people of San Francisco are very lucky to have this excellent library at their fingertips, and the library profession is lucky to have it as a model and inspiration,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal. “San Francisco Public Library is truly a national leader in developing models of inclusion, demonstrating bold approaches to serving the diverse and underserved segments of it community, and redefining how urban libraries can and should be responsive to the national dialog on democracy.”

As the 2018 Library of the Year, SFPL will receive a cash prize of $10,000, is featured on the cover of Library Journal’s June 15, 2018 issue and will be honored at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual June conference in New Orleans. A team of Library Journal editors winnowed the competitive nomination pool to a group of semi-finalists. Each of those was evaluated by a panel of qualified industry professionals. For award guidelines and past winners, visit https://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards-info/.

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San Francisco Public Library by the Numbers

1 – National Library of the Year 2018

2 – Warriors’ blue and gold library cards

4 – Bookmobiles

5 – Library Commissioners

7 – Open days of the week

28 – San Francisco library locations

89 – Story times offered every week

872 – Staff to serve the public

900 – Summer Stride programs

1,500 – Library programs every month

1879 – First San Francisco Public Library opens

15,513 – Student Scholar Cards

444,491 – Library card holders

3.7 million – Items in the library’s collection

6.6 million – Annual visitors

10.8 million – Annual circulation of materials

About Library Journal

Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8,000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and websites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Junior Library Guild. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com.

About Gale

Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit: www.gale.com.

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. For more information, see www.sfpl.org.

About Friends of San Francisco Public Library

Friends of San Francisco Public Library are a member-supported, nonprofit organization that advocates, fundraises and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library. For more information, see www.friendssfpl.org.

High resolution photos available on request.

Take Pride in Your Library – Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Take Pride in Your Library
Celebrate Pride with the queerest library ever
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San Francisco, CA – The queerest library ever honors Pride with more than 30 programs for all ages, including special Drag Queen Story Hours, creative crafter-noons, a host of film screenings, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Eureka Valley’s Open House and a launch party celebrating the new LGBTQ Fiction Collection at the San Francisco Main Library.

The Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center celebrates Pride with RADAR Superstar on June 7, the annual birthday bash for superstar and emerging writers. Featured on the stage of the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will be Arisa White, Grace Twoers, Brontez Purnell and Jewelle Gomez. The Center continues the excitement with Sprightly on June 17, a re-occurring multi-purpose craft program for LGBTQIA young adults ages 18-25.

RADAR Productions presents two Drag Queen Story Hours at the library this month. Take the whole family to these crowd-pleasing events at the Library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and at Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branch during their Open House.

This year, in addition to screening popular films and classics like Milk and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, we’re celebrating the works of award-winning local lesbian documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist Debra Chasnoff during the Library’s “Thursdays at Noon” film series in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium with Straightlaced, That’s a Family and Let’s Get Real.

Look for the Library’s contingent in the Pride parade on June 23, and if you’re interested in helping our team be the best of the bunch, join us for a Pride Parade prep party at Excelsior Branch on June 17.

For a full list of Pride programs, events and book selections, visit our Pride page. Events are also listed on the Library’s online calendar.  While enjoying events at the library, peruse our renowned LGBTQIA collection and check out a book, video, eBook and more.

Pride programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public.

RADAR Events & Drag Queen / Pride Story Hours

RADAR SuperStar Pride Program – June 7, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Rainbow Storytime – June 7, 10:30 a.m., West Portal Branch Library
Honey Mahogany and Persia at SFMOMA – June 16, 11 a.m.
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence all ages storytime – June 16, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Panda Dulce at Eureka Valley Branch Library – June 19, 2:30 p.m.

Special Pride Events

Black/Queer Optimism in the Early Era of AIDS — June 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, African American Center
LGBTQ Fiction Collection Launch Party – June 9, 2 p.m., Main Library, Stong Room (Floor 1)
LGBTQIA Wikipedia Editathon – June 10, 1 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center
Black LGBT Awards – June 16, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Eureka Valley Open House – June 16, 12 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Youth Speaks Queeriosity – June 16, 7 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Author Talk: Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Pride Crafts

Rainbow Beaded Bracelets – June 9, 4 p.m., Potrero Branch Library
Queer Qulture Qamp – June 11, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Queer Qulture Qamp – June 12, 1 p.m., Ortega Branch Library
Pride Parade Prep Party – June 17, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sprightly in the Hormel Center – June 17, 12:30 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
Crown & Tiara Workshop – June 19, 6 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library
Rainbow Magnets – June 24, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Pride Film Screenings

The Danish Girl – June 2, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Drag Queen Movie Fest: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – June 5, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
MilkJune 7, 6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library and June 8, 2 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
One Wedding and a Revolution – June 7, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Brokeback Mountain – June 7, 3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Before Night Falls – June 10, 2 p.m., Anza Branch Library
Any Day Now – June 12, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Straightlaced – June 14, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
That’s a Family June 21, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Kinky Boots – June 24, 2 p.m., Anza Branch Library
Let’s Get Real – June 28, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Score a New Golden State Warriors Library Card from San Francisco and Oakland Public Libraries this Summer

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 25, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Score a New Golden State Warriors Library Card from San Francisco and Oakland Public Libraries this Summer

New Warriors library cards support the importance of reading and library visits over the summer months.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors basketball team is showing its commitment to summer reading with new library cards designed for San Francisco Public Library and Oakland Public Library. The card is being launched in conjunction with both Bay Area library systems summer learning programs, to encourage children and families to keep reading, learning and visiting their public libraries, all summer long.

warriorsLibrary users on both sides of the Bay can show their Warriors team spirit with a new library card. The San Francisco Warriors card is available to all library users, starting May 26, while supplies last. Patrons can obtain a card while signing up for SFPL’s Summer Stride program, which kicked off on May 19. Oakland Public Library’s Warriors card will be available on June 9 to all library users. Oakland’s Summer Reading and Teen Passport Program runs from June 9 through August 4, with pre-registration now available at oaklandlibrary.org/summer.

“We are excited that the San Francisco Public Library is releasing new library cards celebrating the Warriors,” said Mayor Mark Farrell. “San Francisco is Warriors’ ground and these new library cards are a creative and practical way to proudly display our and blue and gold pride.”

Designed by the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco library card is brightly colored in the team’s traditional blue and gold design. The team acknowledged the city of San Francisco by combining a hand-drawn illustration of a Warriors player rising tall for a shot in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. This card, like all San Francisco Public Library cards, opens up a world of possibilities.

The Warriors represent teamwork, positivity and optimism and are honored to be a part of the rich history of the Bay Area.

Pick up this new collector’s edition library card at any neighborhood library in San Francisco or Oakland before they are gone.

About San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride program:

This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer  through August 19.

Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and fauna.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers who read for 20 hours earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors games.

Summer Stride is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Summer Stride Video PSA

43 seconds
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9ACOnXB3s

Inquire directly to receive a file download. High resolution photos and illustrations also available upon request.

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.

Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 18, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Summer program begins tomorrow, delivers parks, performances and perks

This summer, enjoy life, liberty and libraries at a location near you
May 19 – Aug. 19, 2018

 

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libertySAN FRANCISCO, CA This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19. Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and fauna.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’s Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

This summer visit the library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and attend engaging free events in the museum all summer long. Stop by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission for the Kids Camp film series, programmed and hosted by librarians; Wednesday matinee screenings are free and include themed crafts pre-show.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

San Francisco libraries are now open seven days a week. This means more storytimes for babies, engineering and maker programs for teens, magic shows, crafts, musical performances and summer films for families at 28 welcoming neighborhood libraries.

SUMMER STRIDE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Summer Stride includes more than 900 programs.
View the complete Stride Guide here.

Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris: The Storyteller and the Artist – June 9, 11 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Studio Workshop with Shawn Harris – June 9, 3 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Park and Art with the National Park Rangers – July 13, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Drag Queen Story Hour –  June 19, 2:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Let’s Dye! with Peopleologie – June 9, 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Cheese and Wine Tasting with Rainbow Grocery Coop – June 13, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Author Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Author Cara Black – July 17, 7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck – June 4, 2:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library

Cooking Dorm Food – Aug 17, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Hip Hop Dance with Destiny Arts – July 18, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch Library

Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 6, 7, 29, July 6, 16 and Aug. 16, 18 at multiple library locations

Puppy Dog Tales – June 6, July 26, Aug 11 at multiple Library locations

Zoomobile – June 8, 4 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Harvesting Honey – July 17, 3:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Cranky Contraptions with the Exploratorium – June 29, July 18, 28, Aug. 2, 8 at multiple library locations

Designing Inventions with The CJM – June 7, 12, 19, 20, 22 at multiple library locations

 

Summer Stride is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Summer Stride Video PSA

43 seconds
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9ACOnXB3s

Inquire directly to receive a file download. High resolution photos and illustrations also available upon request.

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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.

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Picture Perfect on Potrero Hill – 60th Anniversary of the Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Picture Perfect on Potrero Hill
60th Anniversary of the Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO, CA May marks the 60th annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition at the Potrero Branch Library, on view beginning Saturday, May 5. Attend a reception during Potrero Branch’s Open House celebration and enjoy a magic show, live music, light refreshments and gorgeous artwork.

potreroThe Potrero Hill Artists Exhibition is purportedly the oldest annual art show in San Francisco. The show began in 1955 and has run every year since (barring 3 years when the branch was closed for renovations). The first show was organized by a group of artists who painted with the late Charles Farr and helped to save the Potrero branch from being closed by the City. Sixty years later the show is still going strong, with artists who live, work, or study on Potrero Hill and in the Dogpatch neighborhood participating each year.

The Potrero Hill Artists Exhibition – May 5 – July 28, Potero Branch Library

Reception & Open House – May 5, 5 – 8 p.m., Potrero Branch Library

Sneak Preview with Magic Dan (for Families) – May 5, 11 a.m., Potrero Branch Library

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

The Library’s summer learning program delivers parks, performances and perks

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Summer Stride delivers parks, performances and perks
This summer, enjoy life, liberty and libraries at a location near you

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA This summer, the Library offers more than 900 fun, informative and timely programs supporting science, technology, education, math and reading for all ages at every branch, every week of the summer May 19 – Aug. 19.

Strong and unique partnerships elevate this year’s Summer Stride programming. The Library, for a third year, has joined forces with the National Park Service to provide free shuttle rides to outdoor adventures at destinations like Muir Woods, Land’s End and Alcatraz. A StoryWalk® at Crissy Field includes beautiful children’s book illustrations on signage along the trails, and families are invited to meet park rangers in their branch library to learn about local flora and faunaliberty.

Tracking summer reading is encouraged, with finishers earning a coveted prize designed by artist and musician Shawn Harris, illustrator of Chronicle Books’, Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers. The book is inspiration for Summer Stride’s 2018 theme of “Life. Liberty. Libraries.”, and the bold and bright campaign artwork reflects libraries as an essential resource and gathering space for children, teens and adults to share and learn. All are welcome at the San Francisco Public Library.

This summer visit the library’s newest branch, Public Knowledge, located inside SFMOMA and attend engaging free events in the museum all summer long. Stop by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission for the Kids Camp film series, programmed and hosted by librarians; Wednesday matinee screenings are free and include themed crafts pre-show.

The library also offers summer weekly raffles. Prizes include free passes to local museums, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. Patrons can enter the weekly raffles at any branch library.

San Francisco libraries are now open seven days a week. This means more storytimes for babies, engineering and maker programs for teens, magic shows, crafts, musical performances and summer films for families at 28 welcoming neighborhood libraries.

SUMMER STRIDE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Summer Stride includes more than 900 programs. View the complete Stride Guide here.

Dave Egger and Shawn Harris: The Storyteller and the Artist – June 9, 11 a.m., Main Library, Koret Aud.

Studio Workshop with Shawn Harris – June 9, 3 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Park and Art with the National Park Rangers – July 13, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

Drag Queen Story Hour –  June 19, 2:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Let’s Dye! with Peopleologie – June 9, 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Cheese and Wine Tasting with Rainbow Grocery Coop – June 13, 5:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Author Kevin Killian – June 23, 2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

Author Cara Black – July 17, 7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library

SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck – June 4, 2:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library

Cooking Dorm Food – Aug 17, 2 p.m., Merced Branch Library

Hip Hop Dance with Destiny Arts – July 18, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch Library

Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke – June 6, 7, 29, July 6, 16 and Aug. 16, 18 at multiple library locations

Puppy Dog Tales – June 6, July 26, Aug 11 at multiple Library locations

Zoomobile – June 8, 4 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Harvesting Honey – July 17, 3:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Cranky Contraptions with the Exploratorium – June 29, July 18, 28, Aug. 2, 8 at multiple library locations

Designing Inventions with The CJM – June 7, 12, 19, 20, 22 at multiple library locations

Summer Stride is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Summer Stride Video PSA: 43 seconds
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9ACOnXB3s

Inquire directly to receive a file download. High resolution photos and illustrations also available upon request.

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.

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Connect with Tech May 7 – 12 – San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

Connect with Tech May 7 – 12  
San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide   

San Francisco, CA – Free technology skill-building classes, a Tech Expo for resources and services and a host of innovative keynote speakers are all part of Connect with Tech Week, a citywide initiative spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library to promote online access and technology skill-building and to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

connecttech2018Connect with Tech Week, May 7-12, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partner organizations. The public can attend a tech expo to learn about technology programs, training resources, new services and the latest products; participate in panel discussions exploring AI’s potential to help achieve a more inclusive workplace and the state of digital inclusion in San Francisco and attend a tech fair at the Tenderloin Tech Lab for free digital device repairs, coding and smartphone workshops and more. The Library’s TechMobile will be hosting 3D printing demonstrations.

More than 100,000 San Francisco residents lack Internet access at home and/or are not proficient at using the Internet and digital devices. As more basic services are moving online, many are left behind, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. They lack the knowledge or support to use the Internet and gain digital skills, and view the Internet as difficult, unsafe to use or irrelevant. Last year more than 2,000 people participated in this annual event; gaining knowledge and resources to help them in the ever increasing tech required world.

Tech training programs are offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to advanced coding classes and are taught by library staff, tech workers and industry professionals.

The full schedule of more than 60 events and classes is available here and at sfpl.org/ConnectWithTech.

Connect with Tech Week programs are free and open to the public.

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Program Highlights

Tech ExpoMay 10, 1- 3 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
Meet providers and tech organizations, participate in device giveaways and try out the latest tech gadgets.

Net Neutrality: Present and FutureMay 8, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
An illuminating discussion of the meaning and future of net neutrality. Panelists include Ernesto Falcon, Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Conor Kennedy, Deputy Broadband Project Director at the SF Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation and Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic.

Pathways to Work: The Impact of AI on Recruitment and (Re)Training. – May 10, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
A panel exploring AI’s potential for discovering employment opportunities, increasing skills and reducing bias to achieve a workforce more inclusive of older adults and persons with disabilities.

The State of Digital Inclusion in San FranciscoMay 11, 2:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
SF’s Digital Inclusion Officer presents the results of the City’s Digital Inclusion Survey, measuring digital technology access, usage and perception.

Tenderloin Tech Fair – May 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tenderloin Tech Lab, 150 Golden Gate Avenue
Free digital device repair, coding and smartphone workshops and more. Register at (415) 592-2766.

Learn Online — May 7, 3 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Learn about free or low cost online learning options to further your career and your personal goals. Presented by Upwardly Global.

Microsoft Accessibility Features – May 8, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Learn about features in Microsoft products that allow users to create products accessible for people with disabilities

Digital Parents – May 9, 12 – 5 p.m., Twitter NeighborNest, 96 Hayes Street
Learn strategies to help your child with schoolwork and keep them safe online. Presented by Twitter Neighbor Nest.

Health Portals and Online Health Tools – May 9, 2 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Local health experts discuss the benefits of patient portals and other online health tools.

Digital Payments and Online Safety – May 9, 4:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Former Special Agent Dave Griesba talks about spammers, the mechanics of paying online, and other insider internet safety tips.

Use Tech to Grow Your Business – May 10, 3 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio
Join Square’s Customer Advocate Lead, Caty Kobe, as she shares tech tools and strategies to help you grow your business smartly and efficiently.

DigiSeniors – May 11, 12:30 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center
A computer training curriculum customized for seniors as an introduction to basic computing, Microsoft accessibility tools and resources, and recommendations for online safety and security.

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Got Tech? Take the next step! Visit the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partnering organizations for a week full of free events that promote online access and technology skill building. Connect with Tech Week is May 7 – 12 and includes panel discussions, hands-on trainings and a tech expo. Visit sfpl.org/ConnectWithTech for more information and to view the complete schedule.

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Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Celebrating children, books and literacy

For Immediate Release:  April 27, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Celebrating children, books and literacy 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 19th Annual Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros celebration on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street. Día emphasizes the importance of literacy for children from all backgrounds and welcomes children and their families to enjoy an afternoon filled with music, dancing and free books under the sun!

The event features free live music, book giveaways and special performances. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoop performer Cherry Hoops and bubble artist Sterling Johnson.  Back again will be the dynamic Master of Ceremonies, Josue Guardarrama, live DJ PakíPayá and more.

Día de los Niños is a Mexican holiday that has grown throughout Latin America and recognizes the importance and influence of children in society.  In 1997, the first Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros was celebrated in New Mexico, bringing together the idea of honoring children and promoting their literacy by celebrating their language, culture and books.  Since then, the celebration has grown nationally and has been observed by the San Francisco Public Library since 1999.

Event:              Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Date:               Sunday, April 29

Time:               1- 4 p.m. (1:15 p.m. Cherry Hoops; 2 p.m. Sterling Johnson bubbles)

Place:              Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street

Cost:                Free

Preview:          Día video

Photo opps:     Performers, bookmobile, families celebrating

The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Umpqua Bank. Participating organizations include San Francisco Public Library, Umpqua Bank, Jamestown, Jumpstart, Tandem, Raising a Reader, TAPP, Good Samaritan, The Reading Tree, Our Families Coalition, CARECEN, Mission Promise Neighborhood, Common Sense Media, Tree Frog Treks, SF Recreation & Park, SF Fire Department and Children’s Book Project.

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Sunday, April 29, Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom St.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebrations

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebrations

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is excited to partner with the APA Heritage Foundation to present more than 100 programs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage, including special events, exhibits, author talks, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the full program guide here.

As we honor the 40th anniversary of APA Heritage Month, it is important to remember that San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific American roots reach even deeper. The City has long been a destination for immigrants from Asia, and our Chinatown remains the largest and oldest in North America; we have a vibrant Little Saigon and a strong Filipino American presence. Japantown is the second largest in the nation. San Francisco is also home to dynamic communities from Burma, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, Singapore and Thailand, to name just a few.

Our city boasts a strong Asian Pacific literary heritage, exemplified by Jade Snow Wong’s autobiography Fifth Chinese Daughter; the historical research of Yuji Ichioka who coined the term “Asian American”; essays by Andrew Lam; poet and community activist Tony Robles; and the scholarly works of our Chinatown Branch namesake Him Mark Lai; and many other authors. This year we’ve heightened our literary endeavors by collaborating on a shared book club with our sister city library in Shanghai.

Our Library is a dynamic repository for knowledge and represents unity and community building. Our heritage celebrations raise a deep awareness of how individuals and community organizations have shaped and continue to preserve the rich history of our beloved City. We invite everyone to enjoy our programs and those by our partners, including the APA Heritage Foundation, Asian Art Museum, Asian Pacific Fund and CAAMFest. All Library programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

View the full program guide here (PDF)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Crafts

Koinobori Craft – May 5, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (youth + family)
Daruma Origami – May 21, 4 p.m., Richmond Branch Library (youth + family)
Kumihimo Cord Braiding – May 19, 3 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library (for teens)
Mini Hawaiian Quilts – May 22, 5 p.m., Anza Branch Library (for teens)
Sashiko Stitching — May 16, 6:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (for adults)
Beeswax Sushi Candles – May 17, 6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (for adults)

Food

Breads of the World: Scallion Pancakes – May 9, 4 p.m., Anza Branch Library (youth + Family)
Decolonizing the Oceania Diet – May 12, 1 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Vietnamese Snacks – May 18, 4 p.m., Parkside Branch Library (for teens)
Biblio Bistro: Hawaiian Food – May 29, 4:15 p.m., The Mix at SFPL (for teens)
Japanese Tea Ceremony – May 6, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch Library (for adults)
Vietnamese Spring Rolls – May 12, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (for adults)

Films

MoanaMay 3, 5:45 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
The Big Sick – May 13, 2 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Shaolin Soccer – May 16, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library
CAAMFest Short Films – May 23, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Music, Movement & Performance

Yoga for Kids – May 19, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Japanese Taiko Drumming – May 15, 10 a.m., Parkside Branch Library (youth + family)
Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company – May 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (youth + family)
Koto Music Performance – May 17, 5 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library (adults)
Koret Performance  (flute, zither, Haegeum, Guzheng) – May 5, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Storytelling: Chinese Folktales – May 3, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library (youth + family)
Japanese Folktales & Puppet Show – May 12, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library (youth + family)

Special Events

APIAs Building Railroads across America – April 29, 12 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Children’s Book Week with Author Sandhya Acharya – May 5, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Author Talk with Frances Chin – May 12, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Artivism (Art + Activism) – May 17, 7 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge
Merced Branch Open House + Author Event – May 19, 1 p.m., Merced Branch Library
Grand Opening: Family Style Zine – May 19, 2 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge
Author Vanessa Hua & Grotto Podcast – May 22, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Teen Essay Contest – May 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Transcribing Herstory: Contemporary Filipinx Voices – May 31, 6:30 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge

Exhibitions

Chinese in the Sunset – May 5 through May 7 at North Beach, May 12 through May 14 at Ortega
The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China – Through June 2, Main Library, Intl’ Center

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.