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Over 94,000 Photos Now Accessible to the Public

For Immediate Release

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Isabella Gordillo, Assessor-Recorder (415) 554-5231

Mindy Linetzky, San Francisco Public Library (415) 557-4252



An Initiative of the San Francisco Assessor and San Francisco Public Library

SAN FRANCISCO – In 2018 the San Francisco Assessor’s Office launched an initiative to preserve and make publicly available over 94,000 historic property photos. The photos span from the late 1940’s through the early 2000’s, covering commercial and residential properties across the City.

Previously only kept in work files of the Assessor’s Office, the initiative was made possible through the Assessor’s recent efforts to modernize and digitize the hundreds of thousands of real estate vital documents in the Office.

“San Francisco history is rich and worth preserving. Our view into how our City once looked and felt is an important reminder of where we came from. I’m proud to be the catalyst for making these historic photos available for generations to come. Our history shouldn’t be boxed away and forgotten,” said Assessor Carmen Chu.

The photos will now be available in the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection at the Main Library, which is one of the largest in the Bay Area. “The photos are an invaluable resource for people trying to find pictures of their own house or neighborhood,” said City Librarian Michael Lambert. “They also contain abundant documentation of back alleys, street and building signs, automobiles and other details of daily life– essentially Google Street View for the past sixty years.”

In collaboration, the Library has created a searchable database and map for members of the public to be able to locate images of specific properties. Visit Photographs can be requested using a Photograph Request Form online. When available photographs and negatives may be viewed at the Main Library during the Photo Desk open hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.

Individual high res photos available on request

90,000 Historic Property Photos now Accessible to the Public Through San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release
Date: Tuesday, April 30th
Contact: Isabella Gordillo, Office: (415) 554-5231, Cell: (415) 652-0580



WHAT:                    Through modernization initiatives of the Assessor- Recorder’s Office, over 90,000 photos were turned over to the San Francisco Public Library. Assessor Carmen Chu, City Librarian Michael Lambert and local historians will discuss the importance of these historic photos and how the public can view them.

WHO:                        Assessor Carmen Chu, City Librarian Michael Lambert, City Archivist Susan Goldstein, Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher (Western Neighborhoods Project), Evelyn Rose and Amy O’Hair (Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project)

WHEN:                    Wednesday, May 1st at 10:00AM                                          

WHERE:                 Office of the Assessor-Recorder

City Hall, Room 190
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

(Please meet at the North Light Court)

CONTACT:               Isabella Gordillo, (415) 554-5231,

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 26, 2019

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

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration

SAN FRANCISCO, CASan Francisco Public Library is excited to partner with the APA Heritage Foundation to present more than 100 programs celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage during the month of May, including author talks, art performances, exhibits from artists of APIA heritage, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the program guide here (PDF).

Our Heritage Month celebration seeks to bring in audiences, old and new, to explore and enjoy the history and culture of many people who have made their home in San Francisco. The City has long been a destination for immigrants from Asia. Our Chinatown, Japantown and Little Saigon communities are vibrant and dynamic. Our communities also include people from the Philippines, Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, Singapore and Thailand, among others.

Prominent authors and scholars will appear at the Main Library as well as library branches throughout the month. On May 1, activist Helen Zia will speak about her nonfiction book Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution. Filipino-Egyptian artist and journalist Malaka Gharib will launch her book I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir at the SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch on May 11. Food ethnographer June Jo Lee will share about the food truck movement and her award-winning children’s book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, on May 15.

Other highlights include a workshop on how to conduct research in historical archives such as the 1885 San Francisco Chinatown map. Or view performances of traditional Filipino dance by Parangal Dance Company. The Library’s May/June On the Same Page selection is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, chosen to encourage San Franciscans to read and discuss the same book. Among a group of carefully curated films, First Person Plural, an Emmy Award-nominated documentary by Deann Borshay Liem, will be screened in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media’s annual CAAMFest.

The Library is a dynamic repository for knowledge and represents unity and community building. We invite everyone to enjoy our programs and those by our partners, including the APA Heritage Foundation and CAAMFest. All Library programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

View the full program guide here (PDF)

Program highlights:

Special Events

APIAs Waking Up! Jump into Action: Commemorating 50 Years of Asian American Studies– April 28, 12 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room

Evening of South Asian-American Poetry – April 30, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms

Celebrating APIA Month with Dance and Music – May 5, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tibetan Arts and Healing series – May 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Merced Branch Open House– May 8, 5 p.m., Merced Branch Library

All About the Koto – May 11, 3 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library

Family Legacies for Chinese Americans – May 11, 1 p.m., Main Library, 5thFloor Computer Training Center

The Language of Flowers in Asian Art – May 11, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch Library

Rahiti Polynesian Dance Company – May 25, 2 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library

Author Events

Between the Great Divide: A Journey into Pakistan-Administered KashmirMay1, 6 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Learning Studio (Adults)

Helen Zia in Conversation with Sherry Hu – May 1, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium (Adults)

Wild Geese SorrowMay 5, 1 p.m., North Beach Branch Library (Adults)

Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”May 11, 2 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery (Adults)

My So-Called Filipino Egyptian Life – May 11, 3 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch (Teens + Adults)

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: StoriesMay 14, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms; May 18, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library

Meet the Author: June Jo Lee discusses Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix– May 15, 2:30 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library (Youth + Family)

Cooking Together: A Vegetarian Co-op CookbookMay 18, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch Library (Adults)

The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco – May 22, 6:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library; May 25, 11 a.m., Main Library, Chinese Center


Cherry Blossom Paper Craft – May 4, 11:30 a.m., Mission Branch Library (Youth)

Kumihimo Craft with Esther Kwan – May 11, 2 p.m., Presidio Branch Library (Youth +Family)

Keepsake Boxes with the Museum of Craft and Design – May 11, 1 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library (Youth + Family)

Mandala Painting – May 16, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Library (Ages 13-18)

Henna Hands-On Workshop – May 17, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library (Ages10-18)

Origami Floral Jewelry Making with Shinta Arifin – May 18, 2:00 p.m., Marina BranchLibrary (Adults)

Asian Lantern Craft –May 22, 3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library (Youth)

3D Chinese Paper Cutting – May 24, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library (Ages8-18)

Diwali Paper Lanterns – May 25, 2 p.m., Mission Branch Library (Adults)


Lo Mai Chi: Sticky Rice Ball – May 2, 3 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library (Ages 8 and up)

Cooking Time – May 6, 3 p.m., Sunset Branch Library (Ages 5-12)

Asian Snack Trials – May 8, 4 p.m., Bayview Branch Library (Ages 10-18)

Novel Noshing – May 16, 3 p.m., Anza Branch Library (Teens)

Sweets Edition Snack Trials – May 17, 4 p.m., Parkside Branch Library (Ages 8 andup)

Cooking Back to Our Roots – May 19, 2 p.m., Anza Branch Library (Adults)

Learn to Make Kimchi – May 22, 6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library (Adults)


Better Luck TomorrowMay 1, 6 p.m., North Beach Branch Library

MoanaMay 7, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library

Flower Drum SongMay 7, 2 p.m., Presidio Branch Library

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the PacificMay 10, 4:30 p.m.,Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Hunt for the WilderpeopleMay 17, 3 p.m., Potrero Branch Library

First Person PluralMay 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Crazy Rich AsiansMultiple screenings

Music, Movement & Performance

Asian Pop Karaoke – May 4, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library (Youth + Family)

Hula with Halau Ha’a Kea o Kinohi – May 4, 12 p.m., Merced Branch Library; May 11, 11 a.m., Marina Branch Library; May 18, 12 p.m, Ocean View Branch Library; May 18, 3 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company – May 4, 3 p.m., West Portal Branch Library; May 26, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library

Filipino Dance with Parangal Dance Company – May 11, 2 p.m., Glen Park Branch Library; May 11, 4 p.m., Parkside Branch Library; May 18, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center; May 18, 4:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

Kathak Dance Performance – May 12, 1:15 p.m., North Beach Branch Library (Adults)
Asia FantAsia with Eth-Noh-Tec – May 18, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library (Youth + Family)


Thread that Connects– May 4 through August 1, Main Library, International Center

Related event: Artist talk with Kimiko Kogure, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m., Main Library, International Center

Light in NanjingMay 18 through July 18, Main Library, Library Café Display Case, Lower Level

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.

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

For Immediate Release:  April 18, 2019

Media contact: Mindy Linetzky

(415) 557-4252;

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Celebrating 20 years of children, books and literacy 

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 20th Annual Día delos Niños/Día de los Libros festival on Sunday, April 28 from 12-4 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!

This year is the 20th Anniversary of Dia, so there is an exciting line-up of entertainment and fun starting off with Loco Bloco dancing and drumming down the street. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, pick out their favorite book, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoopper former Cherry Hoops and the bubble magic of Big Top Bubbles. The event closes with Maria Luna, a Mexican folkloric dancer. In between all the festivities DJ Pakí Payá will be playing tunes.

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. 

Children are invited to build their home libraries with the onsite book giveaways and enjoy activities provided by generous San Francisco community agencies especially from the local Mission neighborhood.  Each agency has thoughtfully planned an activity for children to interact with while their grown-ups gather much needed information to support families in San Francisco.  There will also be special guests to serve as Masters of Ceremonies, each giving a glimpse of what 20 years of Día means to our families and our community. 

Event:             Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros

Date:               Sunday, April 28

Time:               12-4 p.m.  

Schedule:        12:10-12:40 p.m.        Kicking off 20 Years of Día with Loco Bloco                   

12:30-2:00 p.m.           Big Top Bubbles   

1:00-1:30 p.m.            Drumming with Loco Bloco     

2:00-2:45 p.m.            Hula Hoop performance with Cherry Hoops                   

3:00-4:00 p.m.            Mexican Folkloric Dancing with Maria Luna   

Place:              Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom Street

Cost:                Free

Preview:          Día video

Photo opps:     Performers, bookmobile, families celebrating & reading

Día is presented in partnership by San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and SF Early Literacy Network.  It brings together community organizations with a passion for literacy and youth including Jumpstart SF, Mission Promise Neighborhood, TAPP/Felton Institute, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. 

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros – Sunday, April 28, 12-4 p.m., Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd and Folsom St.

Connect with Tech Week May 5 – 11

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

Connect with Tech Week May 5 – 11  
San Francisco Public Library teams up with 30+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide   

San Francisco, CA – More than 70 tech programs will be offered in May across the city for everyone to learn a new skill, explore groundbreaking technology and have fun. Four tech fairs and hands-on workshops for caregivers, seniors and job seekers are among the highlights of Connect with Tech Week, a citywide initiative spearheaded by the San Francisco Public Library to promote online access and tech skills and to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

Connect with Tech Week, May 5-11, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 30 partner organizations. The public can attend a tech expo to learn about free resources, exciting new gadgets and the latest in Assistive Technology; participate in a photo walk in the Mission on Cinco de Mayo; and meet creators of tech apps that use interactive mapping to discover forgotten history of San Francisco. One-on-one computer help will also be available at certain branches all week.

More than 100,000 San Francisco residents are not proficient at using the Internet and digital devices. As more basic services such as housing applications and job searching move online, many are left behind, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. Last year more than 2,000 people participated in this annual event, gaining knowledge and resources to help them navigate our increasingly digital world.

Tech training programs will be offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to succeeding as a freelancer in a gig economy, and are taught by library staff, tech workers and industry professionals.

The full schedule of events and classes is available at

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

High resolution images available upon request.

Program Highlights

Tech ExpoMay 7, 1- 3 p.m., SF City Hall – North Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Meet over 30 tech providers and organizations, learn about free resources, tryout virtual reality and enter giveaways for a computer and more.

Digital Parents –May 8, 1 p.m., Twitter Neighbor Nest, 95 Hayes Street
Keep your children safe online and learn tools for helping with schoolwork. Free childcare is provided. Also offered in Spanish, 10 a.m. Register at (415) 557-4388.

Chinese News at Your Fingertips (in Cantonese)May 8, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch
Learn how to connect via apps and websites to local Chinese media outlets, including KTSF, Sky Link TV, World Journal, and Sing Tao Daily. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices.

Succeeding as a Freelancer (Pts. 1 and 2) – May 8-9, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center

Samaschool equips job seekers with the knowledge and skills needed to find work online in the gig economy. This course is designed for people want to earn extra cash on their own schedule, who are unemployed and want to get back to work fast, or want to build work experience in their professional field. Attendance at both Part 1 (Wed., May 8) and Part 2 (Thurs.,May 9) is expected.

Digital Device Drop-In – May 9, 4 p.m., Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Center

Patient tech-savvy helpers provide basic support in getting to know your digital device. Bring your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords.

Start Up and Start Change – May 9, 6 p.m., WeWork Golden Gate Theater

Start-ups can change the world! This panel will discuss howto grow a business that addresses problems in your community. Hear from experts and success stories. Presented by City Innovate.

Assistive TechnologyMay 10, 3:30 p.m., Main Library, 5thFloor Learning Studio

Learn about Assistive Technology that can help you use computers and perform everyday tasks and how to sign up for a free device lending library, which includes tablets and laptops with assistive technology software. Presented by the Independent Living Resource Center.

Tenderloin Tech Fair – May 11, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tenderloin Tech Lab, 150 Golden Gate Avenue

Get free repair assistance with your computer, learn all about using your smartphone, and even learn to build websites with one-on-one help at the Tenderloin Technology Fair.

Bayview Branch Tech Fair – May 11, 11:00 a.m., Bayview Branch

Join for a technology-filled day of computer and mobile device support, community resource tabling, low-cost Internet, and receive a free refurbished desktop computer (while supplies last)! Open to all community members and no pre-registration required. Hosted by the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Office of Digital Equity, dev/Mission and Tech Exchange.

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Get connected with tech! Visit San Francisco Public Library and more than 30 partnering organizations for a week full of free events that promote technology skill building. Connect with Tech Week is May 5 – 11 and includes hands-on trainings, a tech expo, and computer giveaways. for more information and to view the complete schedule.

How We Play – New exhibit explores how play takes shape in our lives

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

How We Play

New exhibit explores how play takes shape in our lives  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– A unique photography exhibition, How We Play, opens on Saturday, April 20 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition, by photographer Jarrel Phillips, explores how play takes shape in our lives and the power within it. Through photography and personal and cultural experiences of children, adults, artists and circus performers, How We Play explores the existence and significance of play beyond childhood to adulthood; the stage of life where society often deems play unnecessary and unproductive.

The engaging photographs explore different games and activities, as well as the circus, music, dance and capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.  The exhibition is intended for everyone— young and old, educators, innovators, organizers, leaders, business professionals, and so forth.

On April 21 Phillips will talk about his photos and share his view on play and his favorite play activities from around the world during the opening event in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library.

“Everyone and everything plays. It is in our nature to do so and it is not limited by age or form. Play is all around us. It is a lifestyle. How we play – is how we live,” explains Phillips. “The community and culture found in art forms such as circus, dance and capoeira are only modest examples of what we can create if we choose to and are used as examples in this exhibition to further explore how play can manifests itself if we allow it. We create our worlds and we make our living because we are the artists and the players. I believe that if play were given the social and cultural significance it deserves, our lives as we know it, would not and could not be the same.”

Jarrel Phillips is a San Francisco educator, journalist, curator and performing artist. Phillips uses film, photography, writing and movement as mediums for sharing, connecting and documenting stories. His work emphasizes folkloric arts and oral storytelling, especially within the African diaspora and its global presence and influence. Phillips explores heritage, values and community through a social-cultural lens. He pulls from his own life experiences as a San Francisco native and world traveler. He believes our individual and collective stories build bridges across cultures and communities and spark dialogue that inspires personal and collective growth and transformation. Learn more about his work at

Exhibition: How We Play– April 20 – August 11, 2019, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Jewett Gallery, lower level

Opening Event with Photographer Jarrel Phillips – Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m., Main Library, 100Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

The exhibition is funded by Friends of San Francisco Public 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.

National Poetry Month World – Renowned Poets Grace the Library’s Stages

For Immediate Release:  

March 26, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

National Poetry Month

World renowned poets grace the Library’s stages

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– April is National Poetry Month and the San Francisco Public Library has scheduled abundant programs to entice the entire community. From readings by world renowned poets to films about national poets laureate, from poems in your pocket to blackout poetry crafts, the Library has something for everyone in honor of National Poetry Month.

As San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck writes:

People ask me why poetry?

In this tense time we see larger audiences

People are not just buying more books at more small bookstores

They are coming to feel the poems in person

The way they rattle, as sound through the nouns of our bodies

If you already know why, come to an event

If you don’t know, come feel what it’s about.

The celebration kicks-off on April 2 with a Poetry in Song Concert. Singers perform art-song arrangements of poetry by Victor Hugo, John Masefield, Friedrich Rückert, Albert Samain, Paul-Armand Silvestre, Théophile de Viau and others, with live piano accompaniment by Britton Day.   

On April 9, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts an event celebrating Maya Angelou with local poets reading their own work, as well as Angelou’s own poems.

On April 11, the Library celebrates National Poetry Month with a screening of short documentary films about two famous Poets Laureate of the United States. Rita Dove: An American Poet is a portrait of the African American poet and essayist who served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995. Billy Collins: On the Road with the Poet Laureate is a humorous, engaging documentary about the man who has been called “the first American poet since Robert Frost to enjoy both critical and popular acclaim.” Collins served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

For fun, on April 18 neighbors can stop by the Western Addition Branch Library to pick up a poem to carry in their pocket all day. On April 15, teens will cut words from papers and magazines to create their own ransom note poems at the Bernal Heights Branch Library.

Towards the end of the month, poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, Cedar Sigo and Rozalie Hirs each headline a program highlighting their unique verse.Originally from San Francisco, Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator committed to the social transformation of an oppressive society. San Francisco poet Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. His poetry, along with original artwork, is being displayed on MUNI buses roaming the city. Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs creates poems and musical compositions that are lyrical and innovative, and in both art forms she explores the adventure of listening, reading and imagining.

The Library’s poetry events culminate on April 30 in an Evening of South Asian-American Poetry with poets Athena Kashyap, Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand.

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. Check for book suggestions and calendar listings. Poetry programs are supported by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.  

National Poetry Month highlights:

Poetry in Song Concert – April 2, 6 p.m., Main Library

Poe Tree Workshop – April 2, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Celebrating Maya Angelou with SF Poet Laureate Kim Schuck – April 9, 6 p.m., Main Library

On the Page/Off the Page Open Mic Poetry – April 9, 7 p.m., Park Branch

Poetry Collage and Altered Poetry Workshop– April 10, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch (For teens and tweens)

BlackOut Poetry – April 10, 4 p.m. North Beach and April 13, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

Poets on Film: Rita Dove and Billy Collins – April 11, 3 p.m., Main Library

Poem Jam – April 11, 6 p.m., Main Library

Found Poetry Workshop – April 14, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

Ransom Note Poems – April 15, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch (For teens)

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 18, all day, Western Addition Branch

Open Mic Poetry – April 19, 2 p.m., Main Library Braille and Talking Book Center

Russian Poems & Verses – April 23, 6 p.m., Richmond Branch

Forum Magazine Celebrates National Poetry Month – April 24, 5:30 p.m., Main Library

Poet Tongo-Eisen Martin: The Price of the TicketApril 25, 6 p.m., Main Library

SF Beautiful, SFMTA and the Poetry Society of America present Cedar Sigo – April 25, 6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch

Poet Rozalie Hirs: Work in StutteringApril 27, 12 noon, Main Library

An Evening of South-Asian American Poets – April 30, 5:30 p.m., Main Library

Mayor London Breed Appoints Michael Lambert as City Librarian


Monday, March 25, 2019

Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131



Lambert has served as Acting Librarian since February 2018

San Francisco, CA –Mayor London N. Breed today appointed Michael Lambert to serve as the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). Lambert has served as Acting Librarian since the retirement of City Librarian Luis Herrera in February 2018, and previously served as Deputy City Librarian.

During his tenure, SFPL was named the 2018 National Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine. He has championed increased and equitable access to libraries through expanded hours and a fine-free library system.

“I am proud to appoint Michael Lambert to serve as City Librarian and continue the great work he has done during his many years at the Library,” said Mayor Breed.“Through forward-thinking initiatives like eliminating burdensome fees that disproportionately affect low-income and minority residents, the San Francisco Public Library continues to serve as a critical public resource. I am confident that under Michael’s leadership, the Library will continue to expand its commitment to equity and access for all of our communities.”

“I am deeply honored to accept Mayor Breed’s appointment to advance the mission of the San Francisco Public Library,” said Lambert. “I look forward to working with the Library Commission and the passionate, dedicated staff to enhance the quality of life for all residents of San Francisco. San Francisco has the premier urban library in the country and I am humbled to be standing on the shoulders of giants as the next City Librarian.”

In March 2014, Lambert was named Deputy City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, overseeing public services at the Main Library and the Library’s network of neighborhood branches. He previously managed library operations at San Mateo County Libraries and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina.

“During the past year, Michael Lambert has exemplified the qualities that San Francisco seeks in its library leader: a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in library programs, strong fiscal oversight of the system, and a dynamic vision for library service innovations. I’m so pleased that we are able to promote from within our staff and elevate Michael to the City Librarian,” said Library Commission President Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi. “On behalf of the Commission we congratulate him as he embarks on this critical leadership role to serve and uplift the community as patrons of the best library in the nation.”

Lambert began his career in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina at the Richland Library. He is a proud alumnus of the University of South Carolina with a degree in History and earned his Master of Library and Information Science Degree from South Carolina’s College of Library & Information Science.

Michael has been active in working with the California Library Association and serves as a board member for the San Francisco Tech Council. He is also a member of the Our Children Our Families Council. Lambert was born in Seoul, Korea and is the first Asian-American to lead the San Francisco Public Library.

A Tribute to Jeff Adachi in Film 1959-2019 – Library to screen Public Defender’s films March 12 and 13 at Main Library

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

Photo of Jeff Adachi

A Tribute to Jeff Adachi in Film 1959-2019

Library to screen Public Defender’s films March 12 and 13 at Main Library

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– As San Francisco mourns the untimely death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the San Francisco Public Library announces the free screening of three films: Presumed Guilty, Defender  and America Needs a Racial Facial.

Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders chronicles a year of trench warfare in jails, holding cells, courtrooms, law offices and police stations, revealing the criminal justice system as never seen before.  Presumed Guilty is a powerful look at the triumphs, defeats and moral dilemmas of a group of lawyers in the San Francisco Public Defender’s office. It was directed by Pamela Yates and released in 2002 during Adachi’s first run for public defender.

Defender, co-directed by Jeff Adachi and Jim Choi, is a film about the critical role that public defenders play in fighting for racial and social justice in America.  The film takes viewers on a personal and intense tour through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes of Adachi, one of the nation’s few elected public defenders. Adachi tells the story of how public defenders came to be, and why they play a critical role as the watchdogs of a system that over-incarcerates people of color and poor people. (2017)

America Needs a Racial Facial is an 8-minute short film about race in America. Written and directed by Adachi, it provides a blur of fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans. (2016)

Adachi had a passion for filmmaking. In addition to the above films, he directed The Slanted Screen (2006) available free with a library card, You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009) and most recently, Ricochet (2018), a documentary about the Kate Steinle Trial. There will be a tribute to Jeff Adachi at the upcoming CAAMFest in May.

All programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free.

Presumed Guilty – Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Defender & America Needs a Racial Facial – Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

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.

Talking Books and Braille Center Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

For Immediate Release: Feb. 27, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
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Talking Books and Braille Center

Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– On Sunday, March 3, the San Francisco Public Library will officially change the name of the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled to the Talking Books and Braille Center. Located on the second floor of the Main Library, near the Larkin Street entrance, the Center offers a large digital collection of both talking books and braille; technology to magnify or read text aloud, and write and display braille; as well as programs such as book clubs, karaoke, yoga, music jams and tactile exhibitions.

The Library changed the name to reflect the collections we offer rather than describing the people we serve. Instead of labelling people with an attribute: “the Blind” we are focusing on the services we provide.  That said, the Center will continue to be a space a place designated for people who are blind and others who are unable to read regular print.

The Center provides a collection of more than 100,000 digital “talking book” titles for all ages as well as the special player needed to listen to them. Talking books can also can be accessed through a computer or a smartphone and patrons can receive them postage-free through the mail. Approximately 80,000 San Franciscans are eligible for talking books –those who can’t read regular print, even with glasses; have a reading disability; or cannot hold a book and/or turn the pages.

March 3, 2019 is the 88th anniversary of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. It’s a fitting day to celebrate how far we’ve come in providing resources to this significant population. From 12 – 3 p.m., festivities include music, refreshments, art displays and prizes.

More information on the Talking Book and Braille Center’s resources and activities can be found here.

Open House & Naming Celebration – Sunday, March3, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Talking Books and Braille Center,2nd Floor

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 27neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.