SFMOMA and SFPL Partner on Public Knowledge

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2017
Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers, SFPL
(415) 557-4282
michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Jill Lynch, SFMOMA
(415) 357-4172
jlynch@sfmoma.org

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SFMOMA and SFPL Partner on Public Knowledge

Two-Year Project Engaging Artists and the Public to Explore

the Cultural Impact of Urban Change in the San Francisco Bay Area

 

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) are proud to announce an exciting partnership that will bring artists and scholars into the libraries and the museum to explore the changes happening in our city.

The two-year project entitled Public Knowledge, launches in late September, 2017 with:

  • A special musical performance on September 29 at the Main Library of What’s the Sound of Your San Francisco? a new project by MacArthur “genius” award winner Josh Kun that explores gentrification, eviction and neighborhood change in San Francisco through local music history
  • A symposium exploring the question Does Art Have Users? in partnership with the Asociación de Arte Útil and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, September 27 through 29.
  • A new temporary branch of the Library inside SFMOMA opening on September 28 that will be free and open to the public throughout the two-year project.

 

Public Knowledge aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change and the role of public institutions in the city. The project was created in response to the profound social and economic shifts taking place due to the rapid growth of the Bay Area’s technology industry. It will explore how contemporary art and culture can illuminate important issues, and create spaces for new conversations, through artists in residence, talks, discussions, workshops, performances, and other events in neighborhoods and libraries throughout the city. All programs will be free and open to the public.

In a time when providing access to public information and social engagement, once a key role of public institutions, is now being taken over by technology, the Public Knowledge project seeks to examine the historic role of public institutions and reinvigorate their relevance today. By experimenting with new ways of forging relationships and nurturing connections, we look to act as a catalyst for participants to exchange ideas and learn from one another, and together to develop new approaches to strengthening the fabric of civic life.

Among the first artist’s commissions taking place as part of Public Knowledge is Hit Parade, which is inspired by SFPL’s musical archives.  Hit Parade, was conceived by MacArthur “genius” award winner, and University of Southern California professor of cultural history Josh Kun. Working with the Bayview, Mission and Western Addition branches of the library over the past several months, Kun gathered musical histories and the stories of musicians to explore contemporary issues of gentrification, eviction and neighborhood change through local music history. The San Francisco Main Library will offer a special after-hours presentation on September 29 at 7 p.m. called What’s the Sound of Your San Francisco? with a musical performance and talk inspired by this collaboration.

Public Knowledge Library at SFMOMA

As part of the partnership, SFMOMA will open a temporary branch of the San Francisco Public Library called the Public Knowledge Library in SFMOMA’s Koret Education Center on the second floor of the museum. This branch will be open to the public from September 28, 2017 through winter 2019. The Public Knowledge Library will feature a reference collection of books and newspapers focused on activism, art, cities, culture, education, and technology. The library also will feature artist installations, curated displays about the history of SFPL, a special children’s collection, and will host free public programs.

Future Public Knowledge Artist Collaborators

Public Knowledge involves collaboration between humanities scholars and artists, specifically artists whose primary medium is not painting or sculpture, but public engagement. In addition to Kun, the participating roster of international artists includes:

Burak Arikan, a New York and Istanbul-based artist whose practice involves working with communities to create digital maps of complex networks and social relationships.

Bik Van der Pol, an artistic team from Rotterdam that is developing a project inspired by the history of the Gold Rush that sees libraries as places to gather the expertise of community members.

Stephanie Syjuco, a Bay Area artist who creates large-scale installations composed of collected cultural objects and archival materials.

Minerva Cuevas of Mexico City, who will engage library users in dialogue about the city’s changing cultural ecology through a project that explores the theme of fire.

Participating scholars are UC Berkeley’s Julia Bryan Wilson and Shannon Jackson, UCLA’s Jon Christensen, UC San Diego’s Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, UC Santa Cruz’s Jennifer A. Gonzáles, and Stanford University’s Fred Turner.


Support

The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional support is provided by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Activities in SFMOMA’s Koret Education Center are generously supported by the Koret Foundation.

 

Additional Information

For more information on the Public Knowledge partnership, please visit publicknowledge.sfmoma.org or Public Knowledge Branch.

 

About SFMOMA

151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

SFMOMA is dedicated to making the art for our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA, with triple the gallery space, an enhanced education center and new free public galleries, opened to the public on May 14, 2016. In its inaugural year, the expanded museum welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors.

Visit sfmoma.org or call (415) 357 – 4000 for more information.

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. More information at sfpl.org

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage – Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage

Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

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 San Francisco, CA —  Join the fiesta at the San Francisco Public Library this fall with ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures through music, food, film, dance, crafts and more. Every branch hosts engaging and interactive events for youth, adults and families beginning mid-September through November.

Special concerts at the Library include Grammy-nominated bilingual children’s musical legend José-Luis Orozco at the Mission Branch, and a VIP family concert at the Main, occurring before open-hours and featuring winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy for children’s music, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.  The concert is followed by a special Drag Queen Story Hour in the Children’s Center at the Main.

Additional musical events include Cascada de Flores, presenting a bilingual participatory story exploding with song, ancient musical instruments and characters of Mexican music and dance. Past favorites such as the La Familia Peña-Govea sing songs for children in English and Spanish and Danza Azteca Xitlalli-Xolotl performs traditional indigenous dances of the Mexica.

For those in search of hands-on programs, families can learn how to make guacamole, salsa and new delicious Latin American dishes and adults can learn how to pair Spanish cheese with wine. Everyone is invited to get crafty with screen printing workshops, tin art classes, paper flower making, yarn painting and fabric dying programs.

Lectures and author talks include a joint Litquake program on the classic novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, an evening with author Marcos Barraza as he discusses his latest book, Cuentos y Legendes, and a trip down memory lane with author Erin Van Rheehan as she recounts her experiences living abroad in Costa Rica.

On September 21, join acclaimed Bay Area author Gary Soto at the Main Library for the 21st Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, titled Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto.

¡VIVA! incorporates Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrations, including altar-making workshops at a variety of library locations, teen activities in The Mix and sugar skull decorating at the Mission Branch on November 2.

Visit sfpl.org/VIVA for more details.  View the ¡VIVA! Program Guide (PDF).

¡VIVA! programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


RELATED PROGRAMS

Arts & Crafts 

Repujado: Tin Art – Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Screen Print Workshop by Calixto Robles – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Mission Branch
Fabric Dyeing with Peopleologie – Sept. 26, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch
Maya, Olmec & Aztec Hieroglyphs – Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch
Incas, Llamas & Looms – Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Mexican Yarn painting for Teens/Tweens
Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch
Oct. 28, 2 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Paper Flower Crafts
Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Park Branch
Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch
Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch
Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

View the program guide for more information.

Culinary Classes

Salsa Making (all ages)
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ortega Branch
Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Portola Branch
Oct. 14, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch
Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch

View the program guide for more information.

Hispanic Cooking Class for Kids – Sept. 21, Noe Valley Branch

Spanish Cheese & Wine Pairing (adults)
Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch
Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch

Guacamole Making for Children
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Anza Branch
Oct. 14, 2 pm., Ocean View

Salsa Tasting for Teens/Tweens – Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Bayview Branch

Music & Dance Performances

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band in Concert
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ingleside Branch
Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Main Library, Atrium (Followed by Drag Queen Story Hour.)

Cascada de Flores
Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Ortega Branch

La Familia Pena-Govea
Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Merced Branch
Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch

Mariela’s Music Time
Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m., Excelsior Branch
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Marina Branch

Jose-Luis Orozco in ConcertSept. 23, 11 a.m., Mission Branch

Lectures & Author Talks

Author Talk: Cunetos y Legendas by Marcos Barraza – Sept. 13, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Living Abroad in Costa Rica
Sept. 21, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch

Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Gary Soto – Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Litquake Presents: 50 Years of One Hundred Years of Solitude – Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Dia de los Muertos Programs

Day of the Dead Alter WorkshopsVarious locations beginning Oct. 7 – Nov. 2. View the program guide for more information.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration for Teens – Nov 1 & 2, 1 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Sugar Skull Decorating – Nov 2, all day, Mission Branch. View program guide for more information.

Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate Begins Her Reign

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017
Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

 

Kim Shuck – San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate Begins Her Reign

The City’s seventh poet laureate to read her poetry and reflect on her City

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library announces the inauguration of Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

Shuck is a published author whose poetry focuses on her multiethnic background which includes Polish and Cherokee heritage, and her experiences as a lifelong resident of San Francisco.

“Kim’s stirring poetry celebrates the spirit of San Francisco and reflects the open and inclusive values of this city,” said Mayor Lee.

schuckShuck, a Castro resident, has published several full length poetry books, including Clouds Running In, Rabbit Stories, and Smuggling Cherokee and a chapbook, Sidewalk NDN.  She is also an educator who has taught at all levels, including at San Francisco State University and currently at the California College of the Arts. She has volunteered in San Francisco Unified School District classrooms for more than 20 years and her visual art works have been displayed in exhibits across the globe.

“This is an honor, it’s a responsibility and it’s an invitation to continue the good work of previous laureates,” said Shuck. “It’s also an opportunity to add some of my own touches, both political and silly. The San Francisco Public Library was a good friend when I was a kid, primarily the Mission, Noe Valley and Castro branches, and I’m looking forward to working on these new projects.”

Shuck was appointed by Mayor Lee after being nominated by a nine-member selection committee comprised of past poet laureates, city officials and members of the Bay Area poetry and literary community. She will succeed Alejandro Murguía, who served as San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate.

“Kim Shuck is passionate about our city’s diversity and its multiplicity of voices,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. As San Francisco poet laureate she will celebrate our strength of language and culture. Kim loves our city and values our libraries. We’re excited to work with her to further our city’s literary and poetic tradition by engaging our communities and bringing us together through poetry.”

The Sept. 14 event will be Shuck’s first foray as poet laureate as she delivers her inaugural address. She will also participate in community-based poetry events and lead poetry readings at Litquake, the city’s leading literary festival. In addition, she will attend several upcoming poetry-centered events in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The public is encouraged to come and hear Shuck read her poetry and discuss her plans as poet laureate. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

Kim Shuck Poet Laureate Inauguration and Celebration – September 14, 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Middle Eastern Heritage at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Middle Eastern Heritage at the San Francisco Public Library

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San Francisco, CA —   The Library celebrates Middle Eastern Heritage this month with a wide array of programs in recognition of the diverse histories, cultures and traditions from the Middle East.

Visit the Main Library to learn about the “cradle of civilization” from Dr. Abdul Jabbar, professor emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of San Francisco. Taste delectable Egyptian street food cuisine with local chef and restaurant owner, Sausan, at Mission Bay and view an Arabic dance performance by Heaven Mousalem at Western Addition. Families and folk of all ages will enjoy Middle Eastern cultural celebrations held at several branches with performances, games, crafts and food.

Youngsters will delight in a special children’s story time in celebration of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s new exhibition, Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. At Ocean View and Potrero, youth are invited to make hummus on Rock the Bike, the Library’s pedal-powered blender, and create a hamsa, a palm-shaped amulet used to ward off the “evil eye” at Marina. Tweens and teens will love tasting different Middle Eastern snacks at various Snack Trials, and learning the designs and techniques of traditional Palestinian embroidery at Merced.

On Sept. 24 at the Main Library, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) showcasing emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.

Visit sfpl.org/MiddleEasternHeritage for more details.  View the complete Program Guide (PDF).

Middle Eastern Heritage Month programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

RELATED PROGRAMS

AFMI Presents: The Best of Arab Short Films – Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Middle East as the Cradle of Civilization – Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Egyptian Street Food Tasting – Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Mission Bay Branch

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem – Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch

The CJM Read-Aloud – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center

Make a Hamsa – Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

Hamsa Craft for Kids – Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Marina Branch

Teen Tasty Thursdays: Middle Eastern Snacks – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Mission Branch

Middle Eastern Snack Trials – Sept. 23, 3 p.m., West Portal Branch

Middle Easter Snack Trials – Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix at SFPL

Sew Your Story – Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Merced Branch

Rock the Bike: Hummus Edition
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Potrero Branch
Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto

For Immediate Release:  August 31, 2017
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto

Acclaimed author reflects on his Mexican-American heritage and diverse literary career

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Effie Lee Morris lecture featuring Gary Soto. This special event will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

garyIn his upcoming lecture, titled Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto, the author will take a wide-ranging look at his multifaceted career as a writer of novels, short stories, poetry, plays and essays. The Fresno native often writes from his Mexican-American heritage and his characters reflect California’s diversity. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Mr. Soto is well-known for his books Taking Sides, The Pool Party, Baseball in April and Other Stories, The Afterlife, Buried Onions, Living Up the Street and Too Many Tamales, a picture book for younger readers. His forthcoming books include Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On and a poetic homage to Shakespeare, The Spark and Fire of It.

Soto is the recipient of an Andrew Carnegie Medal, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.

Every year, the Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture features a renowned author or illustrator of works for young people as they discuss their creative process with San Francisco readers. The late Effie Lee Morris was the San Francisco Public Library’s first coordinator of children’s services, the first African-American president of the Public Library Association and a founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

This program is sponsored by the Main Library Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

For more information, visit sfpl.org or call (415) 557-4554.

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto – September 26, 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

Library Laptops Now on Loan

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Library Laptops Now on Loan

Tech’d Out: Leave the library with a laptop

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San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to offer laptops equipped with mobile wireless data hotspots (mifi) that patrons can check out and take home. Tech’d Out is a new six-month pilot program that allows borrowers to check out laptops and mobile hotspots, putting useful tools into the hands of library users who need them most.

“The world we live in requires connectivity,” Main Library 1st Floor Manager Bill Kolb says. “More often than not, if you’re applying for a job, looking up film show times or doing your taxes, you need to be connected to the internet. Tech’d Out provides patrons with direct and mobile access, working to bridge the digital divide for the many folks in San Francisco who still don’t have access to high-speed internet.”

Thirty-two electronic bundles, consisting of an HP laptop and mobile hotspot, are available for checkout for three weeks at the Main Library and Ocean View, Bayview and Visitacion Valley branches. The locations were chosen due to their proximity to underserved populations, with potential plans to grow the program in the next couple of years.

At the Main Library and its 28 branches, 5,638 people access the Wi-Fi network daily. Patrons logged 306,186 hours at the Library’s public computers over the past six months. The service is a lifeline for many people who spend hours every day on library computers accessing emails, finishing homework and applying for jobs.

Visit sfpl.org/techdout for more information.

Relive the Summer of Love at the Library

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

Relive the Summer of Love at the Library

Films, author talks, fashion shows and more at the San Francisco Public Library

 
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San Francisco, CA — Flash back to 1967 with films, author talks, art and programs for all ages. The Park Branch in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is particularly rocking this summer with tie dye and macramé classes, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia, a 60s fashion show and film screenings.

The counter culture revolution of the hippies during the Summer of Love is revealed in Revolution, a film screening at the Main Library on July 16, along with a panel discussion. Tune in with music musings at the Main as author Rosie McGee discusses The Grateful Dead and Rodney Paul takes on the evolution of Jefferson Airplane. Join Bay Area women who were pivotal in the revolution for women’s rights for a panel discussion on the gender revolution, and attend a lecture about Irwin Klein’s photographs that captured the life of a counterculture’s transition to a social movement.

The Thursdays at Noon film lineup at the Main features movies made in 1967 including The GraduateCool Hand LukeBonnie and Clyde and In the Heat of the Night.

Two special exhibits at the Main, The Summer of Love and Haight and Sex, Drugs and Runaways showcases photographs, pamphlets, posters, governmental documents and other ephemera of the time. Plus, in partnership with the de Young Museum, teens are leading youth art activities at many neighborhood branches—getting inspiration from the Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll exhibit at the museum.

Please visit your favorite San Francisco Public Library for details, or go to sfpl.org/summeroflove.

View the Summer of Love Program Guide (PDF)

Summer of Love programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Related Programs

The Grateful Dead: Before, During & After the Summer of Love (author talk) – Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Learning Studio

Jefferson Airplane: A Deep Dive – Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Gender Revolution: Panel Discussion – Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Irwin Klein and the New Settlers (author talk) – Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Community Meeting Room

Hippie Food – Talk with Jonathan KauffmanSept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

Art, Craft & Fashion

Macrame Plant Holders – July 19, 6 p.m., Park Branch

Let’s Dye! – July 12, 7 p.m., Park Branch / July 12, 5 p.m., Mission Branch / July 27, 5 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

1960s Fashion Show – Aug. 5, 3 p.m., Park Branch

Exhibitions

Summer of Love and Haight — July 15 through Oct. 29, Main Library, Jewett Gallery
Opening Event: Revolution – Film and discussion. July 16, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Sex, Drugs and Runaways –  On view through Oct. 19, Main Library, 5th Floor Government Information Center

Haight-Ashbury’s Summer of Love: National and Local Media Coverage – On view through Sept. 15, Main Library, 5th Floor Magazines and Newspapers Center

The Seen: What you would have seen on Haight Street in 1967 – Aug. 5 – Dec. 7, Park Branch Library

Films

Revolution – July 16, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Riot on Sunset Strip – July 26, 6:30 p.m., Park Branch
Les Diggers de San Francisco – Aug. 5, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Thursday at Noon Films presents Summer of Love: Films made in 1967 – Thursdays, 12 p.m., Koret Auditorium
July 6: The Graduate
July 13: Cool Hand Luke
July 20: Bonnie and Clyde
July 27: In the Heat of the Night

Masterful Storytelling from Expert Explorers

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Masterful Storytelling from Expert Explorers
Meet your National Park Service Ranger at the San Francisco Public Library

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San Francisco, CA — This summer, the Library is going from tales to trails with a twist on the traditional summer reading program. SFPL has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) for a second year to expand the notion of learning to include active exploration, both inside and outside of library walls. Summer Stride: Read.Explore.Connect. includes more than 1,000 free learning and exploration programs such as free shuttle rides to local national parks, bioblitzes, StoryWalks, Ranger Talks and more.

Ranger Talks are occurring in 11 locations throughout July and in early August. All ages will delight in learning about the flora, fauna and tales of San Francisco through masterful storytelling about the National Park Service’s protected park lands from those who know it best, the rangers themselves.

PARK RANGER SCHEDULE (PDF version here)

Tuesday, July 11               2 p.m.                   West Portal

Wednesday, July 12        2 p.m.                   Merced

Thursday, July 13              2 p.m.                  Ocean View

Tuesday, July 18               2 p.m.                   North Beach

Wednesday, July 19        2 p.m.                   Marina

Thursday, July 20              2 p.m.                  Chinatown

Tuesday, July 25               2 p.m.                   Eureka Valley

Wednesday, July 26        2 p.m.                   Potrero

Thursday, July 27              12 p.m.                Presidio

Thursday, July 27              2 p.m.                  Presidio

Tuesday, Aug. 8                2 p.m.                   Mission Bay

Wednesday, Aug. 9         2 p.m.                   Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center


About Summer Stride

Summer Stride encourages all ages and abilities to have fun reading and learning during the summer months. Patrons are encouraged to check out books, comics, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and more and choose 1,000+ free programs to deepen reading enjoyment, spark STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) passions, and learn through active, outside exploration. Summer Stride is funded in large part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, whose generous members and donors advocate, champion and invest in our premier public Library system accessible to all.

Tracking Guides are available at all locations for patrons to record reading, listening, and learning time, and work their way to a coveted finishing prize: a special 2017 Library tote bag featuring artwork by Lizi Boyd, author of I Wrote You a Note. All ages are eligible to receive the prize after completing 20 hours of reading, listening, learning, and library time. Library visitors can also enter a weekly raffle at their neighborhood library location. Raffle prizes include free passes to local museums, sporting events and attractions.

Visit sfpl.org/summerstride for more information. View the Summer Stride Guide here.

The Sky Event of the Decade

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2017
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

The Sky Event of the Decade: August’s Eclipse of the Sun
Receive free safe viewing glasses and tips for observing this once-in-a-lifetime event

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library is pleased to bring Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi to the Main Library for a talk titled “August’s ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun and How to View it Safely.”

On Aug. 21, there will be an eclipse of the sun visible throughout North America.  People in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a spectacular total eclipse, with the moon briefly covering the sun, and day turning into night.  Everyone else, including those in the Bay Area, will see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers a good part of the sun.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will give a non-technical, family-oriented talk on getting ready for the “All-American” eclipse of the sun. Fraknoi will describe how eclipses work, why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be visible, and how to observe the eclipse and the sun safely.

Everyone attending the event will receive a free pair of safe viewing glasses for observing the sun. Copies of Professor Fraknoi’s new children’s book on eclipses, When the Sun Goes Dark, will be available for sale and signing after the talk. Like the book, the discussion will be appropriate for children 10 years of age or older, and adults.

Andrew Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College. He serves on the 2017 Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society, training teachers and librarians to act as guides for the public as the August eclipse approaches. He has appeared regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language and was named California Professor of the Year in 2007.  The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.

The Sky Event of the Decade:  August’s “All-American” Eclipse of the Sun – Aug. 6, 1-3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2017 One City One Book

For Immediate Release: July 5, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295 / Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.

One City One Book
 San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. has been selected as the One City One Book.

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Bloom and Martin analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

“It is a true honor that San Francisco has selected Black against Empire for One City One Book 2017,” says co-author Joshua Bloom. “When the San Francisco Bay Area gave birth to the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s, the insurgent Civil Rights Movement had largely run its course. Black people in cities throughout the North and West were yearning for ways to stand up to police brutality and persistent racism. For several years, the Black Panther Party set the standard. The reason why Waldo and I wrote the book was to make sense of how and why. Those questions are as vital now as they were in the late 1960s – as a new generation of activists seeks to challenge racism, authoritarianism, and many forms of oppression. I look forward to extended conversations across the city about this history.”

“We wrote Black against Empire to provide a serious, full, and clear-eyed narrative of the Black Panther Party’s fascinating yet all too often ignored, misunderstood, and misrepresented history,” says co-author Waldo E. Martin, Jr. “The book highlights what we see as the key explanation for the party’s extraordinary historical significance: the domestic and international reach of its anti-imperial politics. We look forward to what will hopefully be an exciting and enlightening 2017 One City One Book experience.”

Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it.

Read Black against Empire this summer and join the Library in the fall for the 13th Annual One City One Book program extravaganza. Copies of Black against Empire will be featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

During September and October, participants can join book discussions, check out themed exhibits, attend author talks and participate in many other events. Citywide programming will take place in October.

Editorial Reviews

“This is the definitive history of one of the great revolutionary organizations in the history of this country…. Let us learn deep democratic lessons and strong anti-imperial conclusions from this magisterial book!” Cornel West, Princeton

“This is the book we’ve all been waiting for: the first complete history of the Black Panther Party, devoid of the hype, the nonsense, the one-dimensional heroes and villains, the myths, or the tunnel vision that has limited scholarly and popular treatments across the ideological spectrum. ” Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA

 “As important as the Black Panthers were to the evolution of black power, the African American freedom struggle, and, indeed, the sixties as a whole, scholarship on the group has been surprisingly thin and all too often polemical. Certainly no definitive scholarly account of the Panthers has been produced to date, or rather had been produced to date. Bloom and Martin can now lay claim to that honor.” Doug McAdam, Stanford

“Finally! A book that clarifies the history of our movement, our aspirations, our struggles, and the bitter challenges we faced. This is a profoundly important and revealing work. Everyone who lived through these events, anyone who wants to understand the Black Panther Party, and especially the younger generations striving to shape the future, must read this book!”

–Bobby Seale, Chairman, Black Panther Party

For more information, visit sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

About One City One Book

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.