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.

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

For Immediate Release:  April 23, 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!

ninosThe 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 and 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

More than 50 organizations participate. The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Umqua Bank.

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

It Must Have Been Something I Ate – Gastronomic Adventures with the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

It Must Have Been Something I Ate

Gastronomic Adventures with the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Library goes on a gastronomic adventure with the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH), featuring a banquet of book covers, cartoons and ephemera and introducing a recent acquisition of “Poisson d’Avril” picture postcards. Gourmet merry-making is on display with saucy cookbooks, comic recipes, food cartoons, memoirs and hilariously peculiar book covers. Humorists on view include Ludwig Bemelmans, Virgil Partch (VIP), Ronald Searle, the New Yorker cartoonists and a smorgasbord of long forgotten and unknown writers and illustrators.

somethingiateWe are pleased to introduce a display of hundreds of beautifully preserved “Poisson d’Avril” postcards on view in several cases in the gallery. A collection of 777 picture postcards celebrating April Fool’s Day in France was acquired for the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor in 2017. This treasure trove of hand-colored photographic postcards from the early 20th century features women, men, couples, and children dressed fashionably or in period costume, holding a fish or two, or more! The mock fish is often handsomely wrapped in gift ribbons. The studio or photographer may be identified on the front of the card, accompanied by a series number, probably for inventory and collecting purposes. Postage was almost always placed topsy-turvy on the front of the postcard, with a message or just the name and address of the recipient on the reverse. The postcards were then sent in time for April Fool’s Day.

Speculation about the origins of “Poisson d’Avril” suggests that fishy pranks and foolishness began with the 16th century change from the old Julian calendar, with the year beginning April 1 (a time of fasting, and eating fish on Friday prior to Easter) to the new Gregorian calendar, with the year beginning January 1. Those persons reluctant to change, or ignorant of the calendar change, were mocked by those embracing progress, and called “Poisson d’Avril” or April Fish; and so a comic tradition was born. “Poisson d’Avril” postcards burst onto the scene during the golden age of postcards in the first decade of the 20th century; our “Poisson d’Avril” postcards were printed circa 1905-1920. The craze for collecting picture postcards had caught on in such a big way that it is reported over six hundred million postcards were dispatched in 1903 alone. We can well imagine our collector’s zeal in searching out this very specialized postcard theme. The postcards are alternately romantic, sentimental, saucy, silly, and sometimes, bizarre: in short, “Poisson d’Avril” postcards are a fascinating representation of an old French custom, and an example of one collector’s mania.

“Without humor we are doomed,” noted Nat Schmulowitz, local attorney and former library trustee, who donated his collection of ninety-three jest books to the San Francisco Public Library on April 1, 1947. The collection has grown to over 23,000 volumes, and includes periodicals, audio-visual materials, and ephemera, as well as Mr. Schmulowitz’s personal archive of materials from the twentieth century, including items of a gastronomic nature. The Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) is considered the most significant collection of its kind in a public library. Every year, the Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents an exhibition based on materials from SCOWAH, a tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

Related programs:

Thursdays at Noon Film Series

Cook Off!April 19, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
SidewaysApril 25, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

The Library’s mobile kitchen

Biblio Bistro – April 18, 11 a.m.,  Heart of the City Farmer’s Market
Biblio Bistro: Pesto & Smoothies – April 24, 4:15 p.m., The Mix at SFPL (for teens)
Biblio Bistro for Kids –  April 25, 5 p.m., Main Library, Children’s 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.

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 12, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Connect with Tech May 7 – 12
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.

connecttech2018More 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 Expo
May 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.

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 Francisco
May 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.

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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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Cataloging Your Story – Free interactive workshop at SFMOMA on April 12

For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Cataloging Your Story

Free interactive workshop at SFMOMA on April 12

San Francisco, CA – In honor of National Library Week, the San Francisco Public Library invites the public to the SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library to learn about the beautiful, elegant card catalog system – by telling their personal story and having it typed onto a catalog card. During this interactive workshop, typewriter story artist Barbara Obata will ask participants questions about themselves, probing to be able to describe them as if they were a book. Listening carefully, Ms. Obata will immediately type up their stories on a real catalog card. The card will then be handed to a San Francisco Public Library’s cataloger/librarian to assign the “book” a related Dewey decimal number and later displayed in the SFMOMA Public Knowledge library.

The workshop is inspired by Ann Hamilton and Ann Chamberlain’s iconic card catalog walls at the Main Library where the artists transformed old cards into fanciful art pieces. Many people have never touched a card catalog nor a typewriter, browsed through the wooden drawers or found a book via the catalog. This workshop will give all ages an opportunity to learn more about this iconic library relic.

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018) is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the United States. This year, nationally, numerous events are being held around the theme “Libraries Lead.”

SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Branch Library is a free temporary library branch within the museum. The space comes complete with the Library’s own historic analog card catalog, a browsing collection of books (focused on art, civic engagement, cities, cultural life, education and technology), listening stations, chairs and tables and program space. The branch is part of a larger project where the San Francisco Public Library and SFMOMA are looking together at how knowledge is consumed, shared and remembered. 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 ambitiously seeks to examine the historic role of public libraries and museums and reinvigorate their relevance today.

All programs at the Library are free.

Card Catalog Stories – Thursday, April 12, 4-7 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library, 151 3rd Street, 2nd floor

Historic Sunset Branch Library Turns 100 Years Old

For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Historic Sunset Branch Library Turns 100 Years Old
Centennial celebration features fun for the whole family

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San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is holding a Centennial Celebration for its historic Sunset Branch Library on Saturday, April 7 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The branch, opened in 1918, was designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh and built at a cost of $43,955. As its eighth neighborhood branch library, San Francisco created a fine classical building, its design and architectural decorations embodying the hopeful intent of a city eagerly rising, only a dozen years after being reduced to smoldering ruins in the 1906 earthquake.  San Francisco was then in a whirlwind of rebuilding and rebirth following the earthquake and the Sunset District in particular was entering a sustained building boom that would transform sand dunes into thriving neighborhoods.

Sunset was the fifth San Francisco library built with funding from the American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who donated nearly $55 million of his fortune to build over 2,500 libraries in America and other countries. The branch has several architectural features typical of Carnegie libraries, including its symmetrical plan and façade, and the steps leading up to the building, symbolizing the uplifting effects of learning for Andrew Carnegie, who rose from childhood poverty to become a rich man.

The library was officially designated a San Francisco Landmark in 2004, commemorating the building’s exterior composition and materials, the volume of the main reading room, the ornamental ceiling and its Italianate design.

Saturday’s neighborhood celebration will include a performance by the Flying Angels Dance Company, shenanigans with Boswick the clown, a smoothie bicycle, chutney making and tasting, children’s book reading by local author Emma Smith, raffles for gift cards from local businesses, button making and more. In addition, there will be a Sunset District history program led by Woody LaBounty, Lorri Ungaretti and the Western Neighborhoods Project.

Event:              Sunset Branch Library Centennial Celebration
Date:               Saturday, April 7
Time:               12 – 5 p.m.
Place:              Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Avenue
Cost:                Free

Photo opps:     Performers, historic building features, families celebrating

The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Sunset 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House – Saturday, April 7, 12 – 5 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

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The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Imagination of American Poets   
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

 

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

 

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with the opening event featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

 

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 through June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

 

Related programs:

 

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

 

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

 

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver– April 1,

2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

 

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

 

Click here for a complete list of upcoming National Poetry Month programs.

The Imagination of American Poets – Portraits by Christopher Felver

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Imagination of American Poets   
Portraits by Christopher Felver

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All images courtesy of Christopher Felver. High resolution images available upon request.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   San Francisco Public Library celebrates San Francisco’s literary cultural heritage and National Poetry Month, presenting more than 50 portraits of local and national poets accompanied by their handwritten work selected from photographer Christopher Felver’s publications Tending The Fire: Native Voices and The Poet Exposed. The exhibition features cultural luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Louise Erdrich, U.S. Poet Laureates W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass and Kay Ryan. The exhibition also presents first San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current laureate Kim Shuck.

Photographer Christopher Felver has made a lasting contribution to the legacy of our creative community. For more than 40 years his distinctive visual signature in books and film has focused on America’s cultural heroes. “I’ve documented engaged artists whose visions have changed the world,” says Felver. “I think of them as endangered species and have been very lucky to meet the heroes of my era.”

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets opens on March 24 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery with the opening event featuring the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s current Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, and U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. The exhibition will be enhanced by artist talks, film screenings and other related programs through June. The exhibition is curated by Sue Kubly and Dr. Peter Selz, noted art historian, and sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American PoetsMarch 24 – June 24, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Opening Event with Christopher Felver, Robert Hass, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck — March 25, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Film: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder Directed by Christopher Felver, March 27, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Author Talk: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits by Christopher Felver– April 1,

2 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Lao-Tzu, Poetry and Guqin — April 3, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

World Literature Book Club: The Journal of Albion Moonlight April 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room

Poetry in SongApril 12, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month — April 19, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm FilmApril 28, 11 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets April 30, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

 

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story 

WHAT:  The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

COST:  Free

BACKGROUND:  National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Park Service ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented during Women’s History Month, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 21, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The oldest National Park Service ranger tells her story  

San Francisco, CA – The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents Betty Reid Soskin, in conversation about her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, on Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library.

National icon Betty Reid Soskin, 96, has been a war-years worker, a singer-songwriter, a performer, a legislative aide, a National Parks ranger and a tireless fighter against discrimination of all forms and for the growth and triumph of the human spirit.

bettyreidIn 2003, Betty displayed a new talent—writing—when she created the popular blog CBreaux Speaks. Her new book, Sign My Name to Freedom, blends together selections from many of her hundreds of blog entries with interviews, letters, and speeches collected throughout her long life. The book invites readers into an American life through the words and thoughts of a national treasure who has never stopped looking at herself, the nation, or the world with fresh eyes.

Presented as part of the Library’s celebration of More Than a Month – Black History, Culture & Heritage, Soskin reflects on the oft-overlooked African American wartime experience and how opportunities for Black women have changed throughout her lifetime.

Celebrate the accomplished life of this Bay Area hero with a conversation, reading and book signing of her new memoir. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.

Betty Reid Soskin:  Sign My Name to Freedom – Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA