October 2010 Vol. 41 No. 10
Tricycle Music Fest Faith, Libraries and Zeitoun
Join us for Tricycle Music Fest 2010, featuring An Interview with One City, One Book Author Dave Eggers
children’s entertainers The Sippy Cups, Frances
SFPL: in choosing to write an individual’s account of hurricane Katrina
England, The Time Outs, Charity Kahn and the
and its aftermath, how did you come to choose the Zeitoun family as the
Devil-Ettes and Pip Squeak a Go Go. Branch
representative family for this compelling story?
concerts on weekends throughout October
and a Main Event on the Larkin Street steps of DE: Well, I didn’t go into it thinking I wanted to write about Katrina. That is,
the Main Library on Oct. 24, held in conjunction I didn’t go seeking a representative story. I was just struck by their story when
with San Francisco’s Sunday Streets Civic I read some early accounts of what they went through. And so I met them,
Center/Tenderloin. See Special Section, Page C learned more about their lives and family, and at that point I felt that it all
for the full schedule. might add up to a book that might work on many levels.
SFPL: There are few examples in modern literature in this country in which
By the Numbers: Muslims are portrayed as heroic. We think this is a wonderful and eye-opening
example for many readers. Was that part of your interest in this story?
DE: Combating all the misinformation and stereotypes was a secondary or
tertiary purpose in writing the book, sure. It’s a shame that so many hundreds
of millions of Muslims around the world are both seen as some monolithic
to rock out at your library! body, all in agreement on all things, and also defined by what some violent
people have done to distort the message of Islam. There are, of course, as many heroic Muslims as there are
heroes of any faith, but we don’t, at the moment, hear so much about them. We’re at a very strange time in
our understanding of Islam, and it’s been gratifying to see a lot of readers enter the world of the Zeitouns,
Read for the Record and thus everyday Muslim-American life, and then realize that it’s pretty much just everyday American life.
SFPL partners with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record SFPL: When you devote three years-plus into
for a fifth year to bring national attention to the researching and writing this kind of book and Thursday, October 14
importance of reading with children from the getting to know, in such great detail, one specific
earliest age. Nearly 35% of children in the U.S. enter individual or family, how does that change you? Dave Eggers in Conversation with Beth Lisick
school without the skills necessary for learning to DE: I think I experienced the same sort of education Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.
read. “The simple activity of sharing books with the reader does. Everything in the book I learned
your child each day builds his vocabulary, narrative along the way, too. And I also gained some very good
skills, and provides the building blocks for learning friends in the Zeitoun family. That’s been a great thing.
to read,“ said Christy Estrovitz, SFPL early literacy
continued on Page 4
specialist. This year the book everyone will be
reading on Oct. 7 is the much loved classic, The
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, winner of the 1963
Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture
Bioneers Moving Image Film Festival
book of the year. In conjunction with the Bioneers Conference, a forum presenting innovative solutions for people and the
planet, the Library’s Green Stacks program and the Stegner Environmental Center are proudly hosting
documentary screenings as part of the conference’s Moving Image Festival, hosted by Aaron Leventman
and Spencer Windes of Bioneers. For more information, check out bioneers.org.
Bioneers Moving image Festival, Saturday, Oct. 9, Koret Auditorium, Main Library:
11a.m. Screening of National Geographic All 1:30 p.m. Screening of FUTURESTATES, a series of
Roads Film Festival 11 fictional mini-features exploring possible future
scenarios through the lens of today’s global realities
Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration over
as independent filmmakers project a future of their
Rivers (35 minutes) An exploration of an indigenous
own imagining. Series includes: Plastic Bag, Fallout,
campaign to protect a river from the devastating
Mister Green, The Other Side, Pia, Play, The Rise, Seed,
effects of controlled Amazonian soy cultivation.
Sling, Tent City, Tia and Marco.
Five Ways to Read for the Record Daughters of the Revolution (32 minutes) A portrait
of prominent Iranian lawyer, Mehrangiz Kar, one of 4:30 p.m. q&A with Jorge Trelles and Karim Ahmad,
1) Come to the Main Library’s Read For the Record the most celebrated activists in the history of the of Independent Television Services (ITVS) on PBS.
Celebration, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Oct. 7. women’s movement in Iran, told through the eyes
2) Visit your local library for an event in your of her daughter.
neighborhood. Call to confirm the time and
details or see the children’s calendar on Page B. Earth Day in Attawapiskat (15 minutes) A brief
3) Read, listen, and watch The Snowy Day on look at the development of ancestral lands and
BookFlix, the library’s database of interactive environmental degradation.
stories, from any computer. Weaving the Wisdom (20 minutes) An excerpt about
4) Call the SFPL Children’s Storyline and listen to the struggle to control strategic territory, contested
The Snowy Day in English, Spanish, Mandarin, or by the guerrilla, paramilitary and state forces, that
Cantonese. fuels the 60-year-old Colombian armed conflict.
5) Check out a copy of The Snowy Day from the
library and read anytime on Oct. 7. 12:40 p.m. q&A with Filmmaker Laura Graham,
For more information about the national event, visit Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration
over Rivers Filmmaker Laura Graham (right) in Owners of the
readfortherecord.org. Water: Conflict and Collaboration over Rivers
Coming Up: eARLY NOV. NOV. 3 NOV. 9 NOV. 30
Parkside Branch Library Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD Rebecca Solnit: Infinite City Screening: Remembering
Reopening and the Politics of Ecstasy Main, Koret Auditorium, Playland
Visit sfpl.org for details Main, Latino Hispanic 6:30 p.m. Main, Koret Auditorium,
Community Room, 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
WWW.SFPL.ORg AT ThE LiBRARy OCTOBER 2010 1
Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP)
The Library provides the following
services during branch renovations.
(Balboa St., at 31st Ave.)
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Saturday: 1:30–5 p.m.
Left: South West view & roof steel
Right: The ceiling area in the main reading room Golden Gate Valley
(1700 Green St., alongside Allyne Park.)
Tuesday: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Friday: 2:15–5:30 p.m.
(Buckingham Way, near Stonestown
Monday: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Raising the roof
(751 Stanyan St., south of Waller)
Tuesday: 3:30–7 p.m.
Wednesday: 1–5 p.m.
The grand entrance Parkside
(1281 Santiago, at 24th Ave., Northwest
corner of McCoppin Square.)
Monday: 1–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1–5 p.m.
(2715 California St. at Scott St.)
Carpentry work in the main reading room Wednesday: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A civic presence
Bookmobile hours subject to change;
call (415) 557-4343 or visit sfpl.org for
A new staff work area
A place in the neighborhood
Rising Up BLIP Update
The New Visitacion Valley Branch Library—A timeless design which Branches under construction and
incorporates the traditional and the progressive. projected opening dates:
Architect Andrew Maloney of the Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Architecture, describes the overall goals
Parkside – 2010
being achieved in the design of the Visitacion Valley Branch Library:
Visitacion Valley – 2010
l A building which meets the programmatic needs for the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.
l A building that provides a comfortable setting for use by patrons and staff.
Merced – 2011
l A floor plan layout that is efficient and easy to use and operate. Ortega – 2011
l A building with an inviting main entrance at the corner of Leland and Rutland.
Anza – 2011
l An interior with generous spatial feeling, natural light and ventilation, and views to the exterior.
l A building that is well constructed with high quality building materials.
Golden Gate Valley – 2011
l A building that provides accessibility to persons with disabilities. Presidio – 2011
l A building that will be LEED certified with a Silver Rating for energy conservation and sustainability in design. Park – 2011
The largest building campaign in San Francisco Public Library history is in full swing. We are now seeing the fruits of the $106 million bond measure
passed in November 2000. The Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) calls for the renovation of 16 branch libraries and the construction of eight
new library buildings. The new buildings are: Bayview, Glen Park, Ingleside, Mission Bay, North Beach, Ortega, Portola and Visitacion Valley.
Building better libraries for stronger communities.
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A Neighborhood’s History
Crossing the Street: Tales from the Portola, tells the story of San Francisco’s
*Singgalot (The Ties that Bind) Portola District in a collection of handmade interactive books displayed
Celebrating 100 years of the Filipino American experience,
through a panel exhibition that includes over 100 photographs,
on custom bookstands throughout the Portola Branch Library, created
images, and historical documents drawn from the National by neighborhood artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara, and is on view
Archives, the Library of Congress, and personal collections, Oct. 2, 2010-Feb. 25, 2011.
in order to tell the story of Filipino Americans. Developed The artists explore the layers of history in seven interactive book
by the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American
Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian
installations using formats that include a giant book, measuring 4-by-5
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The national tour ½ feet, with give-away pages, graphic novels, an atlas, tunnel books and
has been made possible by Farmers Insurance and the more. The book installations “map” the natural, social, cultural, and labor
Smithsonian Institution. Through Oct. 24. Main, Lower histories of this little-celebrated corner of San Francisco. “The district’s
Level, Jewett Gallery. Related Displays: Black and Brown
Images–political cartoons of African Americans and
history includes nostalgic stories of a close-knit community layered with
Filipinos during the Philippine American War. Through migration stories from all over the globe,” said Connell and Melara who
Oct. 31. Main, 3rd Floor, International Center; Filipinos in spent four years sifting through Portola history gleaned from conversa-
San Francisco–historical photographs dating back to the tions with neighbors, meandering walks and archival research.
early 1900s. Through Oct. 31. Main, 3rd Floor, International
Center. Related Programs: see Adults, Oct. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kate Connell and Oscar Melara As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, the Portola District
Oct. 16, 3-5:30 p.m., and Oct. 23, 12-1:30 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. has always been home to its working class. This neighborhood, whose
unique history has hardly been documented, has thrived on the rim of the city for 150 years. Crossing the
Skylight gallery Street explores the Portola’s rich past and present through books designed for all ages. Depictions of Spanish
land grant days, an avid Chinese opera fan growing up on San Bruno Avenue and Islais Creek and its fertile
Gallery Opens: same as Main banks morphing into the John Daly Freeway are just a few examples of Portola history that viewers can
Gallery Closes: Mon.-Sat. at 6 p.m.; Sun. at 5 p.m.
expect to see.
*Celebrating Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians Crossing the Street is Connell and Melara’s second collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library.
with Disabilities: A 40-Year Retrospective The first exhibit, Portola at Play, created with filmmaker Gustavo Vazquez and composer/musician
Exhibition features photographs, a memorial quilt, archival
materials and more, that demonstrate the innovative
John Calloway, can be checked out from the Library and may also be viewed on the artist’s web site,
contributions by disabled lesbians in the areas of art, dance, www.madeintheportola.org. The artists gratefully acknowledge the key support of the Creative Work Fund.
politics, civil rights and access. Through Nov. 23. Main,
6th Floor, Skylight Gallery. Related Programs: see Adults, Related Program: Portola Neighborhood Day
Oct. 7, 6 p.m. & Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Meet your neighbors and artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara. Create your own neighborhood postcards,
Other Exhibits and Displays flip through pages of books and enjoy light refreshments. Oct. 2, 3-5:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library
in the Library
*Celebrating Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians
with Disabilities: A 40 Year Retrospective
Through Nov. 23. Main, 3rd Floor, Hormel Gay & Lesbian
Center. For full exhibition description and related programs,
Iris Chang and Her Unfinished Dream
see above Skylight Gallery listing. At the age of 26, Iris Chang set out to discover the long-buried truth of the events leading up to and during
the Rape of Nanking, a six-week period in World War II during which the Japanese Imperial Army captured
*Iris Chang and her Unfinished Dream
At the age of 26, Iris Chang traveled to the China to the old Chinese capital and sought to establish control of the city. Their actions were devastating: 300,000
investigate the site of the Nanjing Massacre, which resulted murders, 80,000 rapes, entire buildings and homes looted and destroyed.
in her writing a global best-seller, The Rape of Nanking: Like many Asian American families, Chang heard stories of these atrocities while growing up; yet she
The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. At the six-year
could find almost no information. Chang confronted this dilemma by putting her journalism and research
anniversary of Chang’s death, the San Francisco Public
Library and the Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition invite skills to work. She traveled to China, to the site of the Nanjing Massacre, to investigate for herself. The result
the public to learn about this young woman’s life. of her efforts became the global best-seller, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
Oct. 2 through Dec. 2. Main, 3rd Floor, Chinese Center. Her book immediately sparked interest on the topic and lead her on numerous
Related Program: see Adults, Oct 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
book tours and interviews. It also invited controversy and sadness into her life. After
“Thou Drawest All Things” San Francisco by its Artists: suffering from depression, Chang took her own life in 2004. Chang dedicated her life
Selections from the San Francisco History Center to exposing the truth. But there is little known about her. At the six-year anniversary
Over the years, the San Francisco History Center has of her death, SFPL and the Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition invite the public to
received donations of original works of art. This exhibit
learn about this young woman’s life and examine the moral courage it takes for one
features a sampling of drawings, watercolors, lithographs
and etchings capturing aspects of life in San Francisco in person to seek out the truth.
the 19th and 20th centuries. Through Nov. 29. Main, 6th The exhibit, Iris Chang and Her Unfinished Dream, will be on view at the Chinese
Floor, Exhibit cases outside San Francisco History Center Center, Third Floor, Main Library, Oct. 2-Dec. 2.
*AfroSolo Arts Festival 17 Presents:
United in Peace–Artists Leading the Way
Film Screening and Discussion: Iris Chang—The Rape of Nanking
A mixed media group show exploring the theme of peace in The screening will be followed by a q & A with Iris Chang’s parents and Dr. Peter
its many facets. In a world that is increasingly in conflict, the
goal is to use the exhibit to uplift, inform and inspire. The
Stanek, president of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in Asia. Iris Chang, 2003.
overall intention of the exhibit expresses the belief in visual October 17, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Main Library Photo: Jimmy Estimada
artists’ ability to envision, promote and celebrate peace.
Through Oct. 15. Main, 3rd Floor, African American Center
California Delta: Rural Charm and Natural Beauty;
Photos by Rich Turner
Photographs celebrating the ecosystems, wild life, Last Chance to See
agriculture, communities and recreational pleasures, before
they change forever. Through Oct. 7. Main, 5th Floor,
Wallace Stegner Environmental Center
AfroSolo 17 Exhibit
*Baha The Library has been very proud to host the exhibit, United in Peace,
Artist Bren Bataclan displays his recent stylized paintings Artists Leading the Way, part of the 17th annual AfroSolo Arts Festival.
based on the severe flood that hit the Philippines in The visual art exhibit showcases works from African American art-
September 2009. Through Oct. 28. Main, Lower Level,
Library Café display case
ists and artists from the African Diaspora, all exploring the theme of
peace. This multimedia group show includes works from April Martin
Branch Exhibits Chartrand (mixed media cigar boxes); Tomye Neal-Madison (stained
glass); Malik (painting); Justice Renaissance (wood sculpture); Nena
Crossing the Street: Tales from the Portola St. Louis (wood sculpture); Thomas Robert Simpson (photography);
A collection of seven handmade interactive books, created Fely Tchaco (painting); Morrie Turner (cartoons); and Z’Ma Wyatt
by neighborhood artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara,
tell the history of the people and places in the Portola
neighborhood. Oct. 2, 2010 through Feb. 25, 2011. Portola. Each artist used this very personal theme to explore their deeper
Related Program: See Adults, Oct. 2. 3 p.m. emotions about conflict, truth, justice and creating peace in the
midst of turmoil. On view through Oct. 15 in the African American
Center, 3rd Floor, Main Library.
Don’t Let the World Change Your Mind
by Justice Renaissance
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One City/One Book Selection:
by Dave Eggers
Interview continued from Page 1 One City One Book Continues…..
SFPL: how has the publication of the book changed the lives of the One City One Book pick Zeitoun by San Francisco author Dave Eggers contin-
Zeitoun family? ues to engage readers across the City throughout October. Join us for excit-
ing events this month at the Library and other venues:
DE: There’s been a pretty incredible outpouring of support for them.
People are constantly writing letters, stopping Zeitoun on the street to Tuesday, October 5 Saturday, October 16
offer thanks and apologies. It’s been amazing to see and it confirms our Author Talk with Dave eggers Disaster Planning with the Red
knowledge in the American people—the vast majority of the country is Book Passage: Ferry Building, Cross Learn how to prepare an
big-hearted and welcoming. 1 Ferry Plaza, 12:30 p.m. earthquake survival kit and other
helpful information for disaster
SFPL: Do you believe the book is having an effect on how law enforce- New Orleans and the Rise of Jazz planning. In Cantonese. Chinatown
ment/security forces/ governmental disaster response agencies treat A lecture and performance on the Branch Library, 2:30 p.m.
communities in such crises, going forward? history of jazz in New Orleans.
DE: I really don’t know. I would hope it might reach one or two people Co-sponsored by SF Jazz. Main Sunday, October 17
in a position of authority, who might, next time, try harder to ensure the Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.
basic rights of individuals to due process. Thursday, October 7 Collecting Stories
SFPL: you write about the faith and courage of the Zeitoun family, Zeitoun Book discussion group of the People You
what do you put your faith in? Mechanics Institute Library, Love and Admire,
57 Post St., 6 p.m. an oral history
DE: I really have infinite faith in my fellow human being to do the right Basya Petnick
thing. If people listen, give each other the benefit of the doubt, and as- Tuesday, October 12
Oral historian Basya Petnick teaches
sume the best of each other, all else will fall in line. We want, in our heart Travel to New Orleans with From- a workshop on collecting oral histo-
of hearts, to do the right thing. It’s just that sometimes our fears and sus- mer’s It has been five years since ries in your family and community.
picions overtake us. Which makes empathy necessary. Empathy leads to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Main Library, Latino Hispanic Com-
more ethical and moral behavior. is back open for business. Frommer’s munity Room, 1:30 p.m.
travel author, Diana Schwam dis-
SFPL: What role have libraries played in your life in encouraging you cusses the best places to stay, dine Wednesday, October 20
as a reader, a writer, a researcher? and listen to jazz. A book sale by Book discussion of Zeitoun
DE: I still remember exactly where on the shelf certain books were when Book Bay follows the event. Main University of San Francisco, Gleeson
I was a kid. I remember where the C.S. Lewis books were (east wall, center Library, Latino Hispanic Community Library, Center for the Pacific Rim,
shelf, about four rows up). I remember every inch of the library I grew up Room, 6:30 p.m. 2130 Fulton St., Room 209
in. And one of my best friend’s mom was the librarian there, Mrs. Wolgram.
Dave eggers & Jordan Flaherty, au-
I just saw her the other day. I’m a fan of the physical book, and I like librar- Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28
thor of Floodlines, in conversation
ies that have old books, beautiful books, primary-source materials, artifacts.
Modern Times Books, 888 Valencia One City Four Films: Hurricane
Though some of the research we do now can be done online, there’s
St., Reception 7 p.m./Program 8 p.m. Katrina Also join us throughout
nothing like seeing original documents, first editions, holding a 1834 anti-
October for the Thursday@Noon
slavery newspaper in your hands. Thursday, October 14
film series in the Koret Auditorium
SFPL: is it thrilling or odd to have your book selected as the citywide Dave eggers in con- at the Main Library.
book club selection, especially here in San Francisco? versation with Beth Oct 7: Dark Water Rising
Lisick Join us for an Oct. 14: When the Levees Broke, I & II
DE: It’s a great thing. Writing is a very lonely business, most of the time. insightful discussion Oct. 21: When the Levees Broke, III & IV
Writing Zeitoun was very hard, and the hope is that at the end of it all you between Dave Eggers Oct. 28: The Storm That Drowned a City
can share it with people, that it might bring people together a little, get and author Beth Lisick. (episode of PBS’s series NOVA)
people talking. And so this is really the best thing that could happen to Beth Lisick
q&A and a book sign-
the book. ing with Eggers and Lisick follows. More information at sfpl.org/
Book sale by Book Bay. Main Library, onecityonebook.
Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Adults Older Writers’ Poetry Group
Bernal Heights, 3:30 p.m.
Author Talk: Canyon Sam;
Sky Train: Tibetan Women
*Origami Club All levels. Bring
paper. Main, 2nd Floor, Fisher
Sacrifice: Documentary Film
*Dave eggers (Zeitoun) in
Conversation with Beth
On the Edge of History Creative Center, 2–5 p.m. Lisick q & A. Main, Koret
about Trafficking of Burmese
1 Friday 5 Tuesday Bernal Heights, 6:30 p.m. Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Child Prostitutes Ingleside,
Film: Shanghai World Expo *Knitting Class (In English/ *Tai Chi for Beginners, with
6–7:30 p.m. *S. F. Public School Kinder-
Main, Koret Auditorium, Mandarin)Ages 13 & over. 20- Getting a Multiple Subject Dr. Zee Lo Western Addition,
Teaching Credential Online 2 p.m. garten enrollment Workshop
2–4 p.m. attendee limit. Bring supplies Author reading: Marites
Mission Bay, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Bernal Heights, 6:30 p.m.
(except beginners). Chinatown, Da guilan Vitug: Shadow of
2 Saturday 3:30–5 p.m. 10 Sunday Doubt: Probing the (Philip- 16 Saturday
*enrolling in an S.F. Public
Musical performances from *Riding While Black 1955: pine) Supreme Court Main,
*New Orleans & the Rise of School (In Chinese) Starting a Small Business
Latin America Mission, 1–4 p.m. Claudette Colvin/Walking Latino/Hispanic Community
Jazz. With Dee Spencer Main, Visitacion Valley, 5 p.m. Bernal Heights, 1:30 p.m.
While Black 1999: Bryonn Meeting Room, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Origami Club All levels. Bring Koret Auditorium, 6–8 p.m.
Bain Social Justice conversa- Related exhibition: see *Knit Happens Adults and
paper. Bernal Heights, 2–4 p.m. 7 Thursday tion & performances. Main, Exhibitions.
*Passionate Poetry ages 9 & over. Info: blevine@
Eureka Valley, 7 p.m. Slide Show, with Karen Latino/Hispanic Community sfpl.org or (415) 557-4497.
*Angel Island: Immigrant Hampton & e.G. Crichton, Meeting Room, 1:30–3:30 p.m. 14 Thursday Main, 2nd Floor, Fisher Cre-
Gateway to America, with 6 Wednesday Featuring Memorial Quilt How to Maintain a Healthy ative Center, 2–4 p.m.
Judy Yung (In English/Can- created in Memory of 12 Tuesday Brain & Memory (In English/
tonese/Mandarin) Chinatown, Lecture by Timothy Flynn: *Disaster Preparedness
Lesbians with Disabilities Cantonese) Register at (415)
2:30–4 p.m. Puccini’s Opera, Madama *Live Poetry Wordsmithing Workshop (In Cantonese)
Main, Latino/Hispanic 355-2888. (English) 3–4 p.m.;
Butterfly. Main, Koret Audito- Main, 3rd Floor, Hormel Gay & Chinatown, 2:30–4 p.m.
Community Meeting Room, (Cantonese) 4–5 p.m. China-
Portola Neighborhood Day rium, 12 p.m. Lesbian Center, 6 p.m.
6 p.m. Related exhibition: town, 3–5 p.m.
Portola, 3 p.m. Related exhibi- see Exhibitions. Theatre Performance on
tion: See Exhibitions *Woody Guthrie & the Great *Travel to New Orleans, experiences of Filipinos in
Book Buddies Orientation
American Folk Song, with with Frommer’s Travel America Main, Koret Audi-
9 Saturday Main, Children’s Center,
4 Monday Tim Holt Glen Park, 6–7 p.m. Author Diana Schwam torium, 3–5:30 p.m. Related
Bioneers 2010 Moving Image Book sale. Main, Latino/His- exhibition: see Exhibitions.
Film: The Killing (1956/85 Litquake: The Art of Narra-
Festival: environmental Film panic Community Meeting *Writing Our Word, Speaking
min.) Excelsior, 6:30–8:30 p.m. tive Nonfiction Info: www.
Screenings & Discussions Room, 6:30 p.m. Our Minds, Telling Our Stories: 17 Sunday
litquake.org. Main, Koret
Info: http://www.bioneers. Readings By & About Lesbi-
4, 18 & 25 Mondays Auditorium, 6 p.m. *Oral History Workshop,
org/conference/2010-moving- Prose/Poetry Writer Tech- ans with Disabilities Main,
with Basya Petnick Main,
Mental Aerobics for Seniors image-festival/expanded-bay- niques, with Janelle Moon Latino/Hispanic Community
*Radar Reading Main, Latino/ Latino/Hispanic Community
Main, Latino/Hispanic area-screenings. Main, Koret Bring pen or pencil. Bernal Meeting Room, 6 p.m. Related
Hispanic Community Meeting Meeting Room, 1:30 p.m.
Community Meeting Room, Auditorium, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Heights, 6:45 p.m. exhibition: see Exhibitions.
1:30–3:30 p.m. room, 6 p.m. Continued on Page 5
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Events and Happenings
Civil Rights and Social Justice
Featuring Claudette Colvin
The African American Interest Committee of the San Francisco
Public Library hosts a social justice program, Riding While Get Ready to Rumble with Litquake 2010
Black 1955: Claudette Colvin/Walking While Black 1999: Bryonn Bain
Bryonn Bain. The event will feature a conversation between Litquake at the Library presents: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction. This special
distinguished educator Enid Lee and Civil Rights legend Claudette Colvin. evening features nonfiction authors Tamim Ansary (Destiny Disrupted: A
In 1955, at the age of 15, Colvin, who hailed from Alabama, refused to give History of the World Through Islamic Eyes), Frances Dinkelspiel (Towers of
up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person, in violation of local Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California),
law. Her arrest preceded that of Rosa Parks’ by nine months. The follow- Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winner Richard
ing year she became the star witness in the federal case, Browder v. Gayle, Rhodes (Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New
that desegregated the Montgomery, Ala. buses. The event will also feature Dangers and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear
a performance piece about Claudette Colvin by Bay Area storyteller Awele Weapons) and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
Makeba, as well as a performance by activist poet Bryonn Bain. The program winner T. J. Stiles (The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius
is sponsored by the Friends of SFPL. Other support- Vanderbilt) discussing the art of nonfiction writing. The
ing agencies include, San Francisco African American event is hosted by author David Ewing Duncan. For more
Historical and Cultural Society, San Francisco Unified information on Litquake visit litquake.org.
School District, Museum of the Africa Diaspora (MOAD) Litquake event: Oct. 6, Main Library, Koret Auditorum,
and the Hotel Whitcomb. Tamim Ansary 6 p.m. A book sale by Book Bay follows the program.
Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin/Walking For information on Kidquake and Litquake Teen Crawl, see Page A of
While Black 1999: Bryonn Bain our special section for young readers—Autumn Fun at the Library.
Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium,
Claudette Colvin Main Library. Book signing follows the program.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the
Fabled ASP Events Mission Branch Library
Fabled: legendary, fabulous. Asp: Old English for the aspen tree. The Mission Branch Library honors Hispanic heritage month with an after-
Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians with Disabilities: A Storytelling Project noon of art and music on Oct. 2. As part of the Mission Arts Performing
As part of our exhibition, Celebrating Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians Project (MAPP), the Red Poppy Art House presents the Family Art Program,
with Disabilities: A 40 Year Retrospective, on view in the Main Library, Skylight a freeform space for youth and parents to explore their creative impulses
Gallery and Hormel Center, don’t miss two exciting programs this month. with no limitations. The branch also will host a number of performers includ-
ing traditional music from Colombia’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts by Tambo-
Oct. 7: Women of the Quilt and our Lineages res de Colombi; Diana Gameros, a singer-guitarist whose music travels the
Karen Hampton will discuss the Memorial quilt she created in memory Spanish and Mexican landscapes, recounting stories of love, movement,
of the lives of lesbians with disabilities and E.G. Crichton will discuss her and borders, accompanied by the beat of the Cajon;
Lineage Project, created in conjunction with the GLBT Historical Society. and Colibri, performing lively music from Latin America.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 6 p.m. Colibri’s performance will take place in the branch’s
Oct. 14: Writing our Word, Speaking our Minds, Telling our Stories
event: Oct. 2, 1-4 p.m., Mission Branch Library.
Join us for readings by and about lesbians with disabilities with featured
guests: Elana Dykewomon, Barbara Ruth, Teya Schaffer, Dominika Bednarska See the children’s calendar on Page B for more
and Mothertongue Feminist Theater Collective. Main Library, Latino/ Diana Gameros family events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 6 p.m.
Continued from Page 4 Card Club Mission Bay, 3 p.m. *How to Make Artistic “Write Your Will” Workshop, The Sit-Down Readers’ 27 Wednesday
*Film: Iris Chang: The Rape “Paste Papers” Ocean View, with Stuart Bronstein Theatre Presents The
*Rincón Literario Adios,
of Nanking. (In English with *Live Performance of 3:30 p.m. Bring blue non-erasable pen. Turn of the Screw
Hemingway by Leonardo
Chinese subtitles, 2007, 103 Shakespeare’s The Tempest Register at (415) 355-5600. Read, if you like. (North Beach
Padura. Main, 3rd Floor Confer-
min.) Main, Koret Auditorium, Richmond, 6:30 p.m. *Lecture by Julia Bergman: Richmond, 6:30–8 p.m. Program.) Held at 661 Lom-
ence Room, 6–7:30 p.m.
1:30–3:30 p.m. Related exhibi- History & Culture of bard St. at Mason, 2 p.m.
tion: see Exhibitions. 21 Thursday Baltistan, Pakistan *Author Discussion: 28 Thursday
*“Parents Transforming Potrero, 4 p.m. Aife Murray; Maid as *Amy Chen’s “Figure &
18 Monday Muse: How Servants Selection: At Play in the Fields of
Public Schools” Workshop Fashion Illustration” Work- the Lord by Peter Matthiessen.
League of Women Voters: Bernal Heights, 6:30–8 p.m. Changed Emily Dickinson’s shop; Open to anyone who
26 Tuesday Life and Language Newcomers welcome. Bernal
California & S. F. 2010 Ballot likes to Draw Shojo Girls Heights, 4 p.m.
Measures Western Addition, Lecture: New Bay Area Excelsior, 7–8:30 p.m. (In Cantonese/Mandarin)
*Youth Violence Prevention
7 p.m. Clipper Card (In Cantonese/ Chinatown, 2:30–4 p.m.
Workshop, Utilizing Martial
English) To apply for free card,
Arts Ocean View, 3 p.m. *Mary O’Toole Reads Stories
19 Tuesday bring I.D. Chinatown, 3 p.m. by edgar Allan Poe and The Russian Bibliophiles
Anna Katherine Green Safe Drinking Water Club Main, Latino/Hispanic
Recycling & Composting
(In Chinese/English) 3–4 p.m.
23 Saturday Eureka Valley, 7 p.m. Issues Around the World Community Meeting Room,
*Authentic Dating: Con- Potrero, 4 p.m.
(Chinese) 4–5 p.m. (English). *Musical Celebration: Buffalo 2–4 p.m.
sciously Creating Relation-
Chinatown, 3 p.m. Soldiers & Jazz in the Philip- ships, with Jeff McCoy 28 Thursday
pines Main, Koret Auditorium,
ITVS Community Cinema:
Reel Injun; On the Trail of the
12–1:30 p.m. Related exhibi-
tion: see Exhibitions.
Community Meeting Room,
environmental Film Fest:
Oil on Ice (60 min.) + q & A. Book Groups Business
Hollywood Indian + panel
discussion. Main, Koret Audito-
6:15–7:45 p.m. Main, Koret Auditorium,
6–7:30 p.m. 6 Wednesday
Buffalo Soldiers & the
rium, 5:45 p.m. Philippine American War *S. F. Public School Kinder- Selection: The Known World by Wednesdays 6, 13, 20 & 27
Panel discussion. Main, Koret garten enrollment Workshop 30 Saturday Edward P. Jones. Sunset, 7 p.m.
*S. F. Public School Kinder- Potrero, 6:30–8 p.m. Service Corps of Retired
Auditorium, 2–4 p.m. Related Fall educator Workshop
garten enrollment Workshop executives Free Business
exhibition: see Exhibitions. Series Charity Kahn presents:
Richmond, 6:30–8:30 p.m. 20 Wednesday Counseling
27 Wednesday “Music, Movement and Learn-
Noe Valley, 7-8:30 p.m. Appointments: (415) 744-6827.
20 Wednesday Chinese Metaphysics Author Discussion: Inge ing.” Register beginning 10/1 Main, 4th Floor, Business,
Lecture by Richard Taruskin: Richmond, 2–4 p.m. Horton; San Francisco’s at email@example.com or (415) Science & Technology Depart-
Alfano’s Opera: Cyrano de Early Female Architects 557-4272. Main, 2nd Floor, 21 Thursday ment, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Bergerac Main, Koret Audito- *enrolling in an S. F. Public Main, Latino/Hispanic Commu- Fisher Children’s Center,
West Portal, 2:30 p.m.
rium, 12 p.m. School Ingleside, 3–4:30 p.m. nity Meeting Room, 6 p.m. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Continued on Page 6
All programs and events are free and open to the public. AT ThE LiBRARy OCTOBER 2010 5
October 2010 eBook Help
Due to the popularity of eBooks, SFPL is seeing an increase in
questions regarding our downloadable digital books offered
through OverDrive, which offers a wide variety of eBook titles.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
Filipino History on Display
Q: how do i get started downloading Q: how long can i check them out for?
In honor of our exhibition, Singgalot (The Ties digital books? A: eBooks and eAudiobooks can be checked out
that Bind), on view in the Jewett Gallery through
A: OverDrive has an extensive help section located for 7, 14, or 21 days.
Oct. 24, the Main Library has two related dis-
on the main OverDrive web page. To get started,
plays of materials, on view on the Third Floor Q: Can i transfer audiobook titles to my
look for the eLibrary tab at the top of sfpl.org, drop
International Center through Oct. 31. portable audio player?
down to eBooks, then click on OverDrive. Or go
Black and Brown Images Political cartoons directly to: sfpl.lib.overdrive.com. A: In most cases you can. It depends on the type
of African Americans and Filipinos during the of computer you have and the make/model of
Philippine American War. Presented by the Q: What types of materials are available audio player. OverDrive has a list of compatible
African American and Filipino American centers. through OverDrive? players on their “Getting Started” page.
Filipinos in San A: Patrons have access to eBooks (in English,
Francisco The history Spanish and Chinese), eAudiobooks (in English Q: i have a Mac. Can i still use this service?
of Filipinos in San and Spanish), plus music and videos. A: Yes, there are MP3 formatted audiobooks that
Francisco, depicted you can download and transfer to your iPod. From
in photographs dat- Q: is my eBook reader compatible with the OverDrive home page, click on the Digital
ing back to the early OverDrive content? Help FAq on the left side of the page, then scroll
1900s. Presented by A: Check the Compatible Devices page on the to MP3 audiobook help for more details.
the Filipino American OverDrive web site: http://www.overdrive.com/re-
Bambao Circa 1926 Center. sources/drc/compatibleebookdevices.aspx. Most Q: What if i’ve followed the directions but
computers and the Sony Reader and Barnes & still can’t download titles?
Related Programs at the Main Library Noble Nook work with OverDrive. The Amazon A: Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
Oct. 13: Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Kindle and the Apple iPad do not. the following information in your correspondence:
Court—Philippine journalist Marites Daguilan l Steps to reproduce the problem (in as much
Q: Are there any special requirements
Vitug reads from her book, which lifts the veil off detail as possible)
the highest court of the Philippines. Latino/Hispanic needed to use this service?
l Exact text of any error message (screen shots
Community Meeting Room, 6:30–7:30 p.m. A: Yes, depending on the type of materials you are helpful)
wish to download (eBooks, eAudiobooks, etc.) l URL(s) of any error page(s) you encounter
Oct. 16: Theatre Performance—A focus on the
you will need to download and install special l Library card number
historical and contemporary experiences of
software. To get started, please visit the Over- l Title(s) of problem download(s)
Filipinos in America. Koret Auditorium, 3–5:30 p.m.
Drive Help page: http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ l Applicable software version (this information
Oct. 23: Musical Celebration and Discussion of Help-QuickStartGuide.htm. can typically be found under Help > About.)
Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine American War. l Operating system (Mac® OS 10.6.2, Windows® 7,
Koret Auditorium. Q: how much does it cost? Windows Vista®, Windows XP, etc.)
Soul Shadows: Buffalo Soldiers and Jazz in the A: Downloading digital books is free to everyone l Internet browser and version (Internet
Philippines—Jazz music by Buffalo Soldiers dur- with a valid San Francisco Public Library card. Explorer® 8.0, Firefox® 3.0, etc. In most
ing the Philippine American War. 12 p.m. browsers, find this under Help > About.)
Buffalo Soldiers and the Philippine American Q: how many titles can i check out? l If applicable, the device type and operating
War—Author Vangie Buell, descendant of a A: You can check out up to 10 titles at a time. system.
Buffalo Solder and a speaker with the Filipino
American National Historical Society, and Abe
Ignacio, co-author of Forbidden Book: The Philippine eLibrary Workshop
American War in Political Cartoons. 2 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn how to enjoy the collection of over 40,000 eAudiobook, eVideo, and ebook
These programs are sponsored by the African titles the SFPL currently offers. Oct. 18, 12-1 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Main Library.
American Center, the Filipino American Center and
the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival.
Continued from Page 5 5 & 12 Tuesdays 16 & 23 Saturdays 30 Saturday 16 Saturday
Videos on the
Computer Internet 101 Mouse & key- Internet 101 Mouse & keyboard Internet 102 Basic Internet e-mail Basics
board skills required. 2–4 p.m. skills required. 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
proficiency required (or ob-
serve). 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ingleside, 2–3:30 p.m.
5, 12, 19 & 26 Tuesdays 18 Monday
Library Catalog Mouse & key- In the Koret Auditorium at
Classes Held at the Main: Job Seekers’ Lab Drop-in self- Brown-Bag Classes at the Mouse & Keyboard Basics the Main, Thursdays at Noon
board skills required. 2–4 p.m. Sunset, 6:30–8 p.m.
5th Floor Training Center. help. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Main, Latino/Hispanic (When possible, films are shown
Most classes at the Main require 20 Wednesday Community Meeting Room: with captions to assist our deaf
proficiency in basic keyboard Basic Mouse & Typing Skills 18 & 25 Mondays and hard of hearing patrons.)
Magazine, Newspaper & 2 Saturday
skills; for a schedule of practice Volunteers available. 1:15–2 p.m. Information Databases *e-mail Basics Nine-attendee
times, call Volunteer Services at Power Googling 2–3:30 p.m. limit; drop-ins welcome if This month’s theme:
Ability to navigate Web re- One City, Four Films:
(415) 557-4280. All classes are 8 Friday quired (or observe). 2–4 p.m. space available. Sign up at Ref-
first come, first served. erence Desk or (415) 355-2800. The Wrath of Katrina
Internet & Library Catalog 18 Monday
(In Cantonese) Meet at 3rd 21 Thursday Mission, 6:30–8 p.m.
1 Friday eLibrary: eBooks, eVideo & 7 Thursday
Floor International Center. Internet & Library Catalog More 12–1 p.m.
Internet & Library Catalog Info: (415) 557-4430. 2–4 p.m. (In Russian) Meet at the Inter- 24 Friday *Dark Water Rising
(In Spanish) Meet at 3rd Floor national Center 3rd floor. Info: Internet Basics (In Japanese) (2006, 75 min.)
International Center. Info: (415) 9 Saturday (415) 557-4430. 9:15–11:15 a.m. Register at (415) 355-5727.
Researching a San Francisco
557-4430. 2–4 p.m. e-mail Basics Mouse & Western Addition, 2–4 p.m. 14 Thursday
22 Friday Building 12–1 p.m.
keyboard skills required (or *When the Levees Broke,
2 Saturday Chinese Youtube 27 Wednesday
observe). 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Computer Classes Acts I & II (2006, 127 min.)
(In Mandarin) 2–4 p.m.
OpenOffice Write Word Computer Basics Info: (415)
Processing Basics Mouse & Held at the Branches:
13 Wednesday 23 Saturday 355-5660. Portola, 6–7 p.m. 21 Thursday
keyboard skills required. Info: 2 Saturday
Jobs & Career Resources on Internet 101 Mouse & keyboard *When the Levees Broke,
(415) 557-4430. 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
the Internet Ability to navi- skills required. 11 a.m–1 p.m. Mango Language & Power-
Acts III & IV (2006, 128 min.)
gate Web required. 2–4 p.m. Speak Language Learning Library Catalog (In Chinese)
2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Saturdays 26 Tuesday 20-attendee limit; first come, first
Databases Sign up at Informa- 28 Thursday
Basic Mouse & Typing Skills 15 Friday Internet 102 Basic Internet tion Desk. Glen Park, 4–5 p.m. served. Chinatown, 10–11 a.m.
Volunteers available. 10:15–11 a.m. proficiency required (or ob- *Storm that Drowned a City
Internet & Library Catalog (In (2005, 56 min.)
serve). 2–4 p.m. 6, 13, 20 & 27 Wednesdays 28 Thursday
Mandarin) Meet at 3rd Floor
4, 18 & 25 Mondays Library Catalog (In English)
International Center. Mouse & 29 Friday Computer Basics for Seniors
Job Seekers’ Lab Drop-in self- keyboard skills required. Info: Call to register. Bernal Heights, 20-attendee limit; first come,
Sogou Pinyin Input Method first served. Chinatown,
help. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (415) 557-4430. 2–4 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
(In Mandarin) 2–4 p.m. 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
6 OCTOBER 2010 AT ThE LiBRARy *Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
October Featured Sections
Book Bay Main
Quiz Time: Are You a Library Lover?
The Mystery & Romance of the Sea
o Yes o No Do you have a San Francisco Public Library card?
Book Bay Fort Mason
Torture, Death & the Undead o Yes o No Do you use your library often, either by checking out materials, using computers or
wi-fi, or surfing the library’s web site from home?
o Yes o No Do you enjoy any of the following events at your library: author readings, political
October Events discussions, arts and crafts circles, Baby Rhyme and Playtimes, or yoga for kids?
o Yes o No Do you dream about databases, like NextReads, Mango Languages, the Oxford
Author Talk: Leslie Brody Author of Irrepressible:
English Dictionary, Heritagequest Online, or any of the streaming music libraries?
The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford. Book Bay Fort
Mason, Building C, 4 p.m.
o Yes o No Do you check out what’s being published months ahead, and put books on hold at
SFPL.org, just to beat the rush?
Philosophy Talk A live taping of Philosophy Talk on o Yes o No Are you amazed by the exciting and diverse resources that the SFPL offers, free of
libraries! Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., 6:30–8 p.m. charge, to anyone with a library card?
October 6, 14, 19, 21, 23, 26 If you’ve answered “Yes” to most or all of these questions, congratulations! You are a library lover. And
Parents for Public Schools Workshops chances are that you are looking for a way to voice your support of the library, to go above and beyond
School enrollment Workshops Hear from par- being simply a patron, and, of course, to let the world know the object of your affections: the SFPL.
ents about San Francisco public schools, learn We have just the opportunity for you: become a member of Friends of the SFPL!
about the SFUSD enrollment process and find out With your donation, you can be a legit library lover; we’ll even give you a card to prove it. Not only will
how Parents for Public Schools-SF can help you. you be supporting programming and services for San Francisco’s public libraries, but you will also receive
Oct. 6: Visitacion Valley Branch Library, 5–6:30 p.m. fabulous member-only benefits.
(This workshop conducted in Chinese) All of our members receive 10% off at our Readers Cafe (located at Fort Mason Center and featuring Blue
Oct. 14: Bernal Heights Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. Bottle Coffee, wine and beer and tasty snacks) and tickets to the Member Preview & Reception of the Big
Oct. 19: Richmond Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. Book Sale—your chance to get first dibs on hundreds of thousands of books, all priced $1-5. Starting at the
Oct. 23: Ingleside Branch, 3 p.m. $50 Book Lover level, members receive 10% off books at our bookstores, Book Bay Main and Book Bay Fort
Oct. 26: Potrero Branch, 6:30 p.m. Mason, as well as nearly every independent bookstore in San Francisco (see list below).
And, as a special bonus for taking our quiz, we have a few additional offers for you. Join online today
Parents Transforming Schools Workshop (www.friendssfpl.org) at the Bookworm level and receive 20% off your membership (a $35 value for just
Oct. 21: Bernal Heights Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. $28) and a $5 gift certificate, to be used at one of our bookstores. Use promo code “OCTATL” to secure your
October 6, 13, 20 & 27 If you are already a member of Friends, you should be receiving your renewal notice soon, if you haven’t
Steps Sales Main Library, Larkin and Grove St. already. It’s easy to renew online and if you use the promo code “RNWATL” you can also receive a $5 gift
Steps. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. certificate to our bookstores.
So what are you waiting for? Make it official and become a card-carrying library lover today!
Author Talk: Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel
Pringle Authors of How to Grow a School Garden.
Readers Cafe, Fort Mason Center, Building C, 6:30 p.m. Special Thanks to the Big Book Sale Supporters
October 7 Hundreds of book lovers, community members and programs that promote literacy for children, teens
Litquake Presents: Poets 11 2010 Showcase Friends flocked to the Fort Mason Center Festival and adults.
Readers Cafe, Fort Mason Center, Building C, 7 p.m. Pavilion for our 46th Annual Big Book Sale. Friends would like to thank our volunteers,
The six-day extravaganza raised $250,000 for sponsors and everyone who came out to support the
October 9 San Francisco Public Library to fund education San Francisco Public Library.
$1 Sale Donation Center, 438 Treat Ave.,
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Upcoming $1 Sales: Nov. 13
and Dec. 11
Book Bay Locations & hours
October 9 BOOK BAY FORT MASON READERS CAFE BOOK BAY MAIN
Author Talk: Alison Gopnick Author of Fort Mason Center, Building C Fort Mason Center, Building C Main Library
Philosophical Baby. Free for Friends members Open daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Located next to Book Bay Grove Street Entrance
and Golden Gate Mother’s Group members. Telephone (415) 771-1076 Fort Mason, at the south Open all Library hours
Jewish Family and Children’s Services, end of building C. Telephone (415) 557-4238
2150 Post St., 6:30-8 p.m. Open seven days a week.
Author Talk: Madeline Levine event Author of The mission of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is to create,
The Price of Privilege; Viewing Violence; and See No steward and support a superior, free public library system in San Francisco.
Evil. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, We are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries
by funding programs and services beyond what is allocated in the city’s
2325 Union St., 6:30-8 p.m.
budget. We believe in free and equal access to information for all.
Books at 10% off! Friends’ Bonus Bookstore Program!
Friends members ($50+ level) receive a 10% discount at the following bookstores:
A Different Light Bookstore Academy Store, California Academy of Science A. Cavalli italian Bookstore Adobe Bookstore Alan Wofsy Fine Arts LLC
Alexander Book Co., inc. Amazing Fantasy The Beat Museum Bibliohead Bookstore Bibliomania Bird & Beckett Books & Records
Black Oak Books holding Corp. Bolerium Books Book Bay Fort Mason Book Bay Main Books, inc. Booksmith
Borderlands Books Browser Books Christopher’s Books Chronicle Books Compass Books, inc. Cover to Cover Booksellers
Dog Eared Books Eastwind Books globus Slavic Bookstore great Overland Book Company green Apple Books & Music
The green Arcade Kayo Books Louie Brothers Book Store, inc. Manning’s Books & Prints Marcus Book Stores
Phoenix Books Omnivore Books on Food Red hill Books San Francisco Botanical gardens, garden Bookstore Thidwick Books
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At the Library
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
100 LARKIN STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
In this Issue:
Page 1 - One City, One Book: Author interview
Bioneers Moving image Film Festival
Read for the Record
Page 2 - Visitacion Valley Branch
Page 3 - The Portola Neighborhood’s history
iris Chang and her Unfinished Dream
Page 4 - One City One Book
Page 5 - Litquake 2010
Fabled ASP Events
Celebrate hispanic heritage
Page 6 - eBook help
Filipino history on Display
Page 7 - Friends Focus
Quiz Time: Are you a Library Lover?
Thanks to the Big Book Sale Supporters
Special: Autumn Fun at the Library
Page A - Kidquake
Become a Book Buddy
Summer Reading Wrap Up
Page B - Children’s Calendar
Page C - Tricycle Music Fest
Page D - Vampire Writing Contest Winner
Become a Book Buddy, see Page A of
Lights! Camera! Read!
our special section for young readers.
The San Francisco Public Library system is L I B R A R Y LOCATIONS AND HOURS
S M T W T F S
dedicated to free and equal access to information,
ANZA Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2.
knowledge, independent learning and the joys
of reading for our diverse community. BAYVIEW/WADEN 5075 Third St. 355-5757 1–5 10–6 10–6 1–8 10–8 1–6 10–6
BERNAL HEIGHTS 500 Cortland Ave. 355-2810 x 10–6 10–9 1–9 10–6 1–6 1–6
At the Library is published monthly on recycled paper by CHINATOWN 1135 Powell St. 355-2888 1–5 1–9 10–9 10–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
the San Francisco Public Library with support and funding Children’s Room 1–5 1–6 10–8 10–8 10–6 1–6 10–6
from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
EUREKA VALLEY/MILK 1 José Sarria Court 355-5616 x 12–6 10–9 12–9 10–6 1–6 1–6
Circulation: 12,000 (at 16th St., near Market)
Online version: EXCELSIOR 4400 Mission St. 355-2868 1–5 1–9 10–9 10–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
GLEN PARK 2825 Diamond St. 355-2858 x 10–6 10–6 12–8 1–7 1–6 1–6
Main Library phone number: (415) 557-4400
GOLDEN GATE VALLEY Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2 .
how to reach us INGLESIDE 1298 Ocean Ave. 355-2898 1–5 10–6 10–6 12–8 1–7 1–6 1–6
Public Affairs, Main Library, 100 Larkin St. MAIN LIBRARY 100 Larkin St. 557-4400 12–5 10–6 9–8 9–8 9–8 12–6 10–6
San Francisco, CA 94102 MARINA 1890 Chestnut St. 355-2823 1–5 10–6 10–6 1–9 1–9 1–6 10–6
(415) 557-4277; e-mail: email@example.com
Web site: www.sfpl.org MERCED Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2 .
Every effort has been made to produce a monthly calendar that MISSION 300 Bartlett St. 355-2800 1–5 1–9 10–9 10–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
is both accurate and complete. Please contact Public Affairs if Children’s Room 1–5 1–6 10–8 10–8 10–6 1–6 10–6
you have any questions or comments regarding the listings.
MISSION BAY 960 Fourth St. 355-2838 1–5 x 10–6 12–8 10–6 1–6 1–6
NOE VALLEY/BRUNN 451 Jersey St. 355-5707 1–5 x 10–9 1–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
Tours of Main NORTH BEACH 2000 Mason St. 355-5626 x 12–6 10–9 1–9 10–6 1–6 1–6
Tours are conducted on the first Tuesday of each month at
12 p.m. Meet at the Information Desk in the First Floor atrium. OCEAN VIEW 345 Randolph St. 355-5615 x 10–6 10–6 10–7 1–7 1–6 1–6
Tours are limited to 15 people on a first come, first served basis. ORTEGA 3223 Ortega St. 355-5700 1–5 10–6 10–6 1–9 1–9 1–6 10–6
Groups can schedule a private tour by calling (415) 557-4266.
PARK Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2 .
SFPL Commission PARKSIDE Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2 .
Meetings are generally held on the first and third Thursday PORTOLA 380 Bacon St. 355-5660 1–5 x 10–6 12–8 1–7 1–6 1–6
of each month. This month’s meeting: 4:30 p.m. on POTRERO 1616 20th St. 355-2822 1–5 x 10–8 12–8 10–6 1–6 1–6
October 7 and 21 in the Koret Auditorium of the Main
Library. The public is welcome to attend. PRESIDIO Closed for renovation 557-4353 See temporary services schedule on page 2.
RICHMOND/MARKS 351 9th Ave. 355-5600 1–5 10–6 10–9 10–9 1–9 1–6 10–6
Closure Times SUNSET 1305 18th Ave. 355-2808 1–5 1–9 10–9 10–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
The San Francisco Main Library and all branch libraries will be Children’s Room 1–5 1–6 10–8 10–8 10–6 1–6 10–6
closed on Monday, October 11, in observance of Columbus Day.
VISITACION VALLEY 45 Leland Ave. 355-2848 x 10–6 10–6 12–7 1–7 1–6 1–6
WEST PORTAL 190 Lenox Way 355-2886 1–5 1–9 10–9 10–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
WESTERN ADDITION 1550 Scott St. 355-5727 1–5 1–9 10–6 1–9 10–6 1–6 10–6
TREASURE ISLAND BOOKMOBILE Community Center, 497 Ave. I Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1–4:30 p.m.
“x” means CLOSED. For more information: www.sfpl.org (All phone numbers are in the 415 area code.)
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A Special Section for Young Readers
As part of Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, The Library will kick off the first-ever Litquake Teen
now in its 11th year, Kidquake connects students Crawl with a young-author event at the Main Library’s
in grades K-8, with authors, illustrators, poets and Koret Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 8. Talented local teen
others involved with the literary arts. This event authors will read from and discuss their original work
has expanded to three mornings for a teen audience, followed by hands-on craft and
this year. multi-media workshops, culminating in a professional
Oct. 5: Presentations for young adult author panel at Books, Inc. Opera Plaza.
grades K-2 by authors and illustrators including Alma Flor The first event will showcase the best in fiction
Ada and Angela Dominquez, whose new book is Let Me Help! from youth in the following organiza-
Quiero Ayudar!; Laura Regan, illustrator of Pierre the Penguin: tions: Capitol City Young Writers (CCYW),
A True Story about a penguin at the California Academy of WritersCorps San Francisco, 826 Valen-
Sciences; and Belle Yang, whose latest title is Foo the Flying Frog of Washtub cia, and Streetside Stories. The crawl
Pond. Four different workshops will allow kids to participate in bookmaking, will continue with a choice of classes to
writing, and book illustration. include zine-making and poetry-writing,
Oct. 6: A presentation for Middle School grades, featuring authors and a tour of City Hall with a literary spin.
N. H. Senzai (Shooting Kabul), Jon and Pamela Voelkel Nearby bookstore, Books Inc., will host the Not Your
(The Jaguar Stones) and two workshops with Poets in the Mother’s Book Club literary salon, featuring authors
Schools and students from the creative writing program Lauren Henderson, Kristen Tracy,
at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Cameron Tuttle, and Katie Williams.
Oct. 7: Presentations for grades 3-5, with authors Now teens will be a part of the Lit
Mac Barnett (Edgar-nominated mystery series The Brixton Crawl tradition!
Brothers) Brandi Dougherty (Miss Fortune) and Jennifer Litquake Teen Crawl: Oct. 8,
Holm (Newbery Honor winner Penny From Heaven; The Stink 1 p.m. teen author reading, 3 p.m.
N. H. Senzai
Files and the Babymouse series). Workshops will include workshops, Main Library, Koret
Shakespeare fight scenes by author Gwen Miner and more. Auditorium.
Reservations are required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Book Buddy Summer Reading Wrap Up
hospital stay can chool is back in session and summer just a memory,
be scary, lonely but for many San Francisco students, some-
or just plain thing they did this summer may have helped
boring, especially for a them keep from losing important skills over the
child. For more than 30 vacation months: read!
years the Library has More than 11,100 children through age 13
been working with San participated in the SFPL Summer Reading Club, Water Your
Francisco hospitals to recruit and train volunteers Imagination, and 5,804 (52%) read for eight hours or more.
who visit hospitalized children and read to them West Portal and Chinatown had the busiest summer,
from wonderful children’s literature titles. The Book with more than 1,100 reading participants and attendees at special events they
Buddies program originated with grant money, held during the eight weeks of summer reading. They really drew upon the
then was taken on as a joint project of the Children help of their Kid Power volunteers: young people who help sign up readers.
and Youth Services Division, the Friends of the San System-wide, 630 student volunteers worked 7,563 hours.
Francisco Public Library and the member hospitals, Every week, each library held a wide variety of children’s programs, bring-
which now consist of UC San Francisco Medical ing each neighborhood in San Francisco events on music, magic, puppetry,
Center, California Pacific Medical Center and Kaiser. science and more. ZunZun used recycled plastic and metal bottles as some of
Orientations conducted by the Library and Child the rhythm instruments in their lively bilingual show, Songs of the Sea/Cancio-
Life Specialists from the hospitals are held three nes del Mar. The Richmond Branch
times a year at the Main Library. Book Buddies are hosted the Victory Farmer, where
expected to participate two hours per week at the
chosen hospital for a minimum of one year. The kids
Summer Reading children planted many different
(and families) learn about what the Library has to
offer, make lovely connections with a non-medical
By the Numbers: seeds, including sunflowers, pump-
kins, and herbs, and took them home
to tend and cultivate. The Excelsior
services adult and have a great time listening to
great stories. And the volunteers get even more out
of the experience! Several Book Buddies at UCSF
11,083 Total children
Branch brought in a variety of farm
animals and library visitors were
able to see them up close and per-
have been with the program for more than 10 years,
and one just passed the 13 year mark! 5,815 (52%) Read eight
hours or more
sonal. System-wide, more than 200
special programs were held, with
almost 13,000 in attendance.
Book Buddies Orientation: The last Book Buddies School age
orientation for 2010 will be held on Thursday, children enrolled Many thanks to the Friends of
Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Children’s Center. the San Francisco Public Library and
Contact Andrea Blum at (415) 422-8606 or
email@example.com to register and get an
application. You may also register at the door.
1,053 Babies & toddlers
all our generous in-kind donors for
helping to make our Summer Read-
ing program possible.
WWW.SFPL.ORg AT ThE LiBRARy OCTOBER 2010 A
Main North Beach
Baby Rhyme Time Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28
Rollicking rhymes, songs and 3:30–4 p.m. 10:15–10:45 a.m.
books for infants to 18 months (Held at 661 Lombard St.,
Children’s Calendar and their caregivers.*
Mon, 4, 18 & 25 at 11 a.m.
Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Wed, 6, 13 & 20
1:15 p.m. + playtime (Held at Park Police Station,
Community Room, 1899
Mon, 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Chinatown Waller St,)
Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Held at Stonestown YMCA, Potrero
11 a.m.–12 p.m. + playtime Childwatch Room, 333 Euca-
October 2010 13 Wednesday
*Crafts Mission Bay, 4 p.m. eureka Valley
lyptus Dr. (at 21st Ave.)
Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26
1:15 p.m. + playtime
All programs and events are free and open to the public. Wed, 6, 20 & 27
Programs are for children of all ages, except where noted. Films 1:30–2 p.m. + playtime Wed, 6, 13, 20 & 27
Ages 3-5. Richmond, 11 a.m. Mon, 4, 18 & 25 at 1:15 p.m.
Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. Groups need to 3:30 p.m. + playtime
Ages 5 & older. Bring snack. excelsior + playtime
Where branch is closed for renovation, alternate location is listed. Potrero, 6:30 p.m. Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28
Golden Gate Valley Branch programming room is not accessible 11–11:30 a.m. + playtime Sat, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
14 Thursday Mission Bay 11 a.m.–12 p.m + playtime
Glen Park Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28
For film titles, call branch library or go to sfpl.org/news/events. *S.F. Public School Kindergar-
Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 10:15 a.m. West Portal
htm and click on Children’s Films & Videos. ten enrollment Workshop (For
10:30 a.m. + playtime + playtime Tue, 5 & 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Adults) Bernal Heights, 6:30 p.m.
1 Friday 6 Wednesday
*Jazz Class reservations: Tim
Craft Ages 5 & older. Sunset, Films Ages 5-12. Chinatown, at (415) 557-4549. Main, 2nd Main North Beach
3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Floor, Children’s Fisher Center,
Toddler Tales Mon, 4, 18 & 25 Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. n Books, rhymes, music,
10:30–11 a.m. 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
2 Saturday *enrolling in an S. F. Public Wed, 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Held at 661 Lombard St.,
School (For Adults: In Chi- movement and more for
*Latin American Music *Hispanic Craft Ages 5 & older. toddlers 18 to 36 months 10:30–11 a.m. at Mason.)
nese) Visitacion Valley, 5 p.m.
Family. Mission, 2 p.m. Portola, 3:30 p.m. and their caregivers.*
7 Thursday *Magic Show Sunset, 10:30 a.m. Anza Mon, 4, 18 & 25 Thur, 14, 21 & 28
Films Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 27 10:15–10:45 a.m. 10:15–10:45 a.m.
Marina, 3:30 p.m.
Ages 3-5. Chinatown, 10 a.m. 15 Friday 10:30 a.m. + playtime (Held at the Jewish Commu-
Ages 5-12. Chinatown, 4 p.m. (Held at Richmond District Mission nity Center, 3200 California
2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Saturdays Cartooning Workshop Ages 5
Neighborhood Center, Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Street, 2nd Floor.)
Chess Club Ages 6 & over. All & older. Sunset, 3:30 p.m.
7, 14, 21 & 28 Thursdays 741-30th Ave., between 10:15 a.m.
levels. Excelsior, 1:30–3 p.m. Richmond
Reading Buddies Ages 5 & 16 Saturday Balboa & Cabrillo Sts. (Spanish/English)
Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26
Homework Help: Grades K-7 older. Excelsior, 4–6 p.m. *Calypso Storyteller 10:15–10:45 a.m.
eureka Valley Mission Bay
4, 18 & 25 Mondays. Excelsior Bernal Heights, 1:15 p.m. Tue, 5, 19 & 26 Fri, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
9 Saturday Western Addition
& Mission, 4–6 p.m. Potrero, 3 p.m. 10:30–11 a.m. 4:30 p.m.+ playtime Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28
5, 12, 19 & 26 Tuesdays. *Tricycle Music Fest West!
10:15 a.m. + playtime
Excelsior & Mission, 4–6 p.m. Mini-Concert with the Time- *Tricycle Music Fest West: Ingleside Noe Valley (Groups of five or more,
6, 13, 20 & 27 Wednesdays. Outs Bernal Heights, 3 p.m. Mini-Concert, with Frances Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 Tue, 5, 12 & 26 reserve at (415) 355-5727.)
Excelsior & Mission, 4–6 p.m. england Eureka Valley, 3–4 p.m. 11 a.m. + playtime 10:15–10:45 a.m.
7, 14, 21 & 28 Thursdays. Crafts Ages 5 & younger & care- & 11–11:30 a.m. West Portal
Wed, 6, 13, 20 & 27
Mission, 4–6 p.m. giver. West Portal, 10:30 a.m. 17 Sunday (Park strollers by the elevator.) Thur, 21at 10:30 a.m.
10 Sunday *Chinese Dance Troupe
5 Tuesday Ingleside, 2:30 p.m.
*Spanish/english Music *Tricycle Music Fest West:
Eureka Valley, 4 p.m. Mini-Concert Call for reserva- *Tricycle Music Fest West: Preschool excelsior
Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 11 a.m.
Fri, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
tions. Ingleside, 3 p.m. Mini-Concert, with Frances Storytime
Wed, 6, 13 & 27 at 11–11:30 a.m. at 10 & 11 a.m.
Films england Richmond, 3 p.m. (Mandarin/Cantonese) (Held at Taraval Police
Ages 3-5. Chinatown, 10, 12 Tuesday n Stories, songs, fingerplays
Station Community Room,
10:30 & 11:05 a.m.; 2 p.m. *Singalong 18 Monday and more for ages 3 to 5.* Marina 2345-24th Ave., between
Ages 5-12. Chinatown, 4 p.m. Ages 5 & younger. Call for res- *Live Lizards Ages 5 & older; Tue, 12 & 19 at 10:15 a.m. Taraval & Santiago Sts.)
ervations. Bayview, 10:30 a.m. call for reservations. Visitacion Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 at Portola
*Mexican/American Folk Ages five & older. Groups of Mission
Valley, 10:30 a.m. 10:30–11 a.m.
Music Richmond, 7 p.m. five or more call ahead to con- Wed, 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10:15 a.m. Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26
(Held at Richmond District 10:30-11 a.m.
firm space. Western Addition, Videos Ages 3-5. Glen Park, Neighborhood Center,
5, 6 & 7 Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Mission Bay (Groups, reserve at
741-30th Ave., between Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 (415) 355-5660.)
Wednesday & Thursday Balboa & Cabrillo Sts.).
12 & 26 Tuesdays Films Ages 3-5. Ingleside, 11 a.m. 4:30–5 p.m.
*Kidquake Reserve at kid- Richmond
firstname.lastname@example.org. Main, 2nd Playtime Ages birth-36 Bayview Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 at
19 Tuesday North Beach
Floor, Children’s Fisher Center, months & caregivers. West Tue, 5, 19 & 26 11–11:30 a.m.
Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 at
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Portal, 10:30 a.m. Films 10:30–11 a.m. 11–11:30 a.m. Sunset
Ages 3-5. Groups of 5 or more (Groups call (415) 355-2850 (Held at 661 Lombard St., Thur, 7 & 28 at 10:30 a.m.
call ahead to confirm space. for reservations.) at Mason)
Read for the Record Western Addition, 10 a.m.
Family. Groups call ahead to eureka Valley Ocean View
Tue, 5 & 26 at 10–10:30 a.m.
7 Thursday: reserve space. Noe Valley, 10:15– Wed, 20 & 27 Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Groups of five or more,
10:45 a.m. & 11–11:30 a.m. 3:30–4 p.m. 11:15 a.m.
Children & caregivers will reserve at (415) 355-5752.)
read The Snowy Day by *Crafts
Ezra Jack Keats at the Ages 5 and under & caregiver.
following branches: North Beach Program. Held at 661 Main Richmond
Main, 2nd Floor, Fisher Lombard St., at Mason, 11 a.m. Family Storytime Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sat, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Children’s Center, 10 a.m. Ages 3-10. Richmond, n Family Storytimes are for
10:30 a.m. 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 3 &
Kickoff. Ages 3-5. 3:30–4:30 p.m. children of all ages unless noted.* Sat, 2, 9, 16 & 30 younger
Portola, held at Portola 11-11:30 a.m.
Western Addition, 10:15 a.m.
*S. F. Public School Kindergar-
Family Connections, 2565 Visitacion Valley
Toddler Tales & Playtime. ten enrollment Workshop (For Bernal Heights Park
San Bruno Ave., 11 a.m. Tue, 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 11 a.m.
Adults) Richmond, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tue, 5, 12 & 19 Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 11:30 a.m.
Presidio Held at Jewish Com- Toddler Tales.
10:15-11:15 a.m. (Program held at Park Police
munity Center, 2nd Floor, North Beach, held at 661 20 Wednesday Station, Community Room, West Portal
3200 California St. at Presidio Lombard St., at Mason, 1899 Waller St.) Wed, 13 & 27 at 7:15 p.m.
Ave, 10:15–10:45 a.m. *Magic Dan Ages 3 & over. Call Chinatown
11 & 11:45 a.m. Storytime. for reservations. Excelsior, 11 a.m. Sat, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Ages 2-5 (In Russian) + craft
Toddler Tales. Potrero Sat, 2 & 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Anza Held at Richmond Park, held at Park Police 21 Thursday Thur, 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 & Ages 5 & younger
District Neighborhood Station, Community Room, 11:15 a.m. Ages birth-5
1899 Waller St., 11:30 a.m. Films/Videos Ages 3-5. Main, excelsior (Held at St. Teresa’s Commu-
Center, 741-30th Ave. 2nd Floor, Fisher Children’s
(between Balboa & Cabrillo Family Storytime. Sat, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 nity Room, on Connecticut St.
Center, 10 & 10:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. at 19th St.)
Sts., 10:30 a.m., Toddler Richmond, 2 p.m. Storytime.
Tales & Playtime. Films Ages 3-5. Sunset, 10:30 a.m.
Ocean View, 3 p.m. + craft. **Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. Groups need to reserve space.
Bayview, 10:30 a.m. Family
Parents Transforming *enrolling in San Francisco 25 Monday 29 Friday
Storytime, plus songs & eureka Valley, 4 p.m.
Public Schools Workshop Public School (For Adults)
music. Call for reservations. Films/Videos Ages 3-5. Bay- Art Activity Ages 5 & older.
Marina, 4 p.m. (For Adults) Bernal Heights, Ingleside, 3–4:30 p.m.
view, 10:30 a.m. Mission, 3–5 p.m.
Bernal Heights, 10:30 a.m. 6:30–8 p.m.
Mission, 4:30 p.m. Films/Videos Craft Ages 5 & older. Sunset,
Sunset, 10:30 a.m.+ raffle. Preschool Storytime. 26 Tuesday
*Youth Violence Prevention Ages 3-5. Main, 2nd Floor, 3:30 p.m.
Workshop, Utilizing Martial Arts Fisher Children’s Center, *S. F. Public School Kinder-
West Portal, 10:30 a.m. Mission Bay, 4:30 p.m. 30 Saturday
(For Adults) Ocean View, 3 p.m. 11 a.m. garten enrollment Workshop
Preschool Storytime, + film Preschool Storytime.
(For Adults) Potrero, 6:30-8 p.m. Fall educator Workshop Series
Glen Park, 4:30 p.m. *Family Literature Program 24 Sunday (For Adults) Charity Kahn presents:
Visitacion Valley, 5 p.m. Films Ages 5 & younger. Ma- “Music, Movement & Learning.”
Potrero, 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. *Tricycle Music Fest West: rina, 10:15 a.m.
Visitacion Valley, 5 p.m. Register beginning 10/1 at bestrel-
Family Storytime. Concert with The Sippy Cups,
+ crafts. 23 Saturday email@example.com or (415) 557-4272. Main,
Frances england, The Time 28 Thursday
Chinatown, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. 2nd Floor, Fisher Children’s
Ingleside, 5:30 p.m. Pre- Museo en Una Caj /Museum Outs and the Devil-ettes & Films Ocean View, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Baby Rhyme & Playtime. Center, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
school Storytime + craft. in a Box : Dia de los Muertos-- Pip Squeak A Go Go
excelsior, 11 a.m. Storytime. Call for reservations. Day of the Dead Ages 8 & Main, Larkin Street Steps, *Hispanic Craft Ages 5 & older. Films Ages 3-5. West Portal,
younger. Bernal Heights, 2 p.m. 11 a.m. Chinatown, 4–5 p.m. 10:30 a.m.
B OCTOBER 2010 AT ThE LiBRARy *Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Tricycle Music FesT 2010
Tricycle Music Fest
Promotes Early Literacy
efore children walk or talk, they dance. Music is a child’s
first language, the universal language for learning and
fun. And it’s good for brain development. Listening to
music, singing songs, and playing instruments helps children
hear the smaller sounds in words which fosters phonological
awareness, an important pre-reading skill. Most children who
have difficulty reading, struggle with phonological aware-
ness. By participating in activities such as singing, dancing,
clapping, rhyming, and rocking out at the library, a child’s
brain increases the ability to retain information, build memo-
ry, and actually help the brain grow. Researchers report read-
ing, talking, singing, and playing prepares young children for
school readiness and lifelong learning.
One Big Outdoor Concert at Main
Sunday, Oct. 24
Main Library, Larkin Street Steps,
11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Scenes from Tricycle Music Fest 2009, left to right: The Devil-Ettes, jamming, cruising, The Time Outs Featuring:
The Sippy Cups
Tricycle Music Fest Headliners Frances england
The Time Outs
The Sippy Cups Frances England The Devil-ettes & Pip Squeak A-Go-Go
In the years since the Sippy Cups’ first full album of Frances England originally In partnership with Sunday Streets Civic Center,
original material, Electric Storyland, was released, created her debut cd, Tenderloin
the band’s career has grown as dramatically as their Fascinating Creatures, as a
families have. The band was born at a 2004 commu- fundraiser for her son’s pre- Four Mini-Concerts
nity fundraiser, just three musical dads playing kid- school and never thought
Saturday, Oct. 9
friendly takes on Nirvana and Syd Barrett tunes. Five that anyone outside of her
years later, they’ve performed their sophisticated own circle of family and The Time Outs
(and cool-parent-approved) kids’ music to major friends would hear it. But Bernal Heights Branch Library, 3 p.m.
concert halls and rock festivals, including the Austin thanks to the Internet, the power of word-of-mouth Sunday, Oct.10
City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza. The Sippy Cups and some great reviews, the cd began making its
have scored top-ten satellite radio hits and received way into people’s homes across the country and as Charity Kahn
accolades from Time, Newsweek, the New York Post, far away as Europe, Asia, and Australia. The songs Ingleside Branch Library, 3 p.m.
Billboard, Wired, the Los Angeles Times and the on Frances’ new album, Family Tree, were written Saturday, Oct. 16
Washington Post. around the birth of her second son and retain the
The current Sippy Cups lineup includes singer/ warm, intimate, indie-folk feel that so many people
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch
keyboardist Paul Godwin, singer/guitarist Rudy connected with on Fascinating Creatures.
Library, 3 p.m.
Trubitt (The Squids), drummer Jozef Becker (Thin Frances grew up in the South, where her love of
White Rope, The Loud Family), and bassist Ariane fireflies and good bar-b-que began. She and her hus- Sunday, Oct. 17
Cap, as well as juggler/unicyclist/all-around charac- band have lived in San Francisco for the last 10 years.
ter Doug Nolan; multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La Inspiration for her children’s cds comes from her two
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch
and juggler/dancer Zack Bernstein. boys, from working with families at a cooperative
Library, 3 p.m.
preschool, and from music ranging from Woodie
The Sippy Cups Core Values: Guthrie and the Carter Family to Cat Power and Yo
• Peace, love and use your words! La Tengo. In her spare time, Frances likes to cut up Tricycle Music Fest Sponsors: Children’s Council of San Francisco;
paper and make crazy collages with her kids, walk in Childhood Matters; SF Department of Children, Youth, & Their
• Anyone can make music—just do it. Families; First 5 San Francisco; KqED Education Network; Nuestros
• Love the earth—kids are stewards of the planet. the woods, ride bikes, and eat potato chips. Niños; Raising A Reader San Francisco; The Reading Tree; SF Early
• Celebrate family and life with rock and roll music! Literacy Network; SFUSD Child Development Program; Jumpstart;
• Play hard, have fun and above all—laugh! Tree Frog Treks; Bay Area Parent magazine; and Red-Tricycle.com.
The Sippy Cups
AT ThE LiBRARy OCTOBER 2010 C
Events and Happenings for Teens
Vampire Writing Teens October 2010
1 October–1 November Teen Series:
Teen Video Contest *Knitting
Guidelines: http://sfpl.org/ 5 Tuesday (In English/Man-
darin). Ages 13 & over. 20-
uring the spring and summer, SFPL hosted a Vampire firstname.lastname@example.org, attendee limit. Bring supplies.
or (415) 557-4268.
Writing Contest for teens, inspired by the latest explosion Chinatown, 3:30–5 p.m.
of “books with bite” such as the Twilight series. The con- 16 Saturday Adults and ages
2-31 October 9 & over. Info: blevine@sfpl.
test’s first place winner was Laura Jue, a freshman at Lowell High org or (415) 557-4497. Main,
*Special Book Swap Program
School. An avid blogger, Laura’s bio states that she doesn’t have Register: email@example.com.
2nd Floor, Fisher Creative
Center, 2–4 p.m.
two horses, a guinea pig, or an electric mandolin, but she would Ortega, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
like them. What she does have, though, is a fair-sized collection of *Gaming
comic books. Besides writing, her favorite time-killers are reading, 2 & 16 Saturdays 1 Friday Ages 11-18. blevine@
sfpl.org or (415) 557-4497.
drawing, and sleeping. *Chinese/english Online Main, 2nd Floor, Children’s
Magazine Workshop Creative Center, 4–5 p.m.
here is an excerpt from Laura’s winning story! or (415) 355-2888. Chinatown, 23 Saturday Ages 8-18.
1–3 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org or
(415) 355-2888. Chinatown,
4, 18 & 25 Mondays
*Guitar Hero Tournament
*Book Swap (Registration Required)
1 Friday email@example.com
West Portal, 1:30–7:30 p.m.
By Laura Jue
or (415) 355-5660. Portola,
8 Friday 6 Wednesday aharwood@sfpl.
The transformation from a human into a vampire happens in five stages. *Litquake Teen Crawl: org or (415) 355-2848. Visita-
cion Valley, 3:30–5 p.m.
Stage one: The victim experiences mild itching around the bitten area, Author Panel
Call for group reservations. 20 Wednesday mbergman@
as if it were a mosquito bite. The skin surrounding the bitten area, Main, Koret Auditorium, sfpl.org or (415) 355-2868.
usually on the neck, reddens and swells slightly. 1–3 p.m. + Craft & multime- Excelsior, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
dia workshops. Main, Latino/
Stage two: Sharp pain, like millions of needles jabbing into the skin. Hispanic Community Meet-
20 Wednesday alicechan@
sfpl.org or (415) 355-2860.
Sometimes the pain can become so persistent that the victim screams ing Room, 3–5 p.m.
YMCA: Bayview Hunter’s Pt.,
and writhes. Though only the second of five stages, this is by far the 1601 Lane St., 4–6 p.m.
worst. Victims have been known to tear out handfuls of hair and claw 9 Saturday 21 Thursday mbergman@sfpl.
org or (415) 355-2858.
pillows to shredded bits, all the while keeping their neighbors from a *Jewelry Workshop
Ages 8-18. 25-participant
night’s sleep. limit; materials provided.
(All levels. Bring paper.)
Stage three: It is usually during this stage that the victim realizes Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (415) 355-2888. Chinatown, 2 Saturday Bernal Heights,
something is wrong, since the first is not generally alarming, and the victim 3–4:30 p.m. 2–4 p.m.
is in too much agony to realize anything during the second. By this stage, 9 Saturday Main, 2nd Floor,
Fisher Creative Center,
the pain has become a dull, throbbing numbness. The area has swelled 12 Tuesday 2–5 p.m.
to the size of a small plum, and is about the same color. *Film: Alice in Wonderland
*Ghost Hunting (www.sfg-
Stage four: The swelling has gone down, though the bitten area is still Info: email@example.com
or (415) 355-2868. Excelsior, hostsociety.org). Register at
numb like one’s lip after one visits the dentist for a filling. And though 4–6 p.m. following addresses or (415)
all the other symptoms itching, sharp pain, twitching have gone down, the phone numbers.
12 Tuesday aharwood@
victim has difficulty staying conscious. They often stumble like a drunk, and 15 Friday sfpl.org or 355-5660. Portola,
mumble incomprehensible strings of nonsense. They feel intense change in *Reading Club (In Mandarin) 3:30–5:30 p.m.
temperature, burning fevers, and then sudden chills immediately after. This Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 14 Thursday dwong@sfpl.
(415) 355-2888. Chinatown, org or 355-2800. Mission,
stage is often referred to as the Judgment; it is the stage during which 3:30–5:30 p.m. 3:30–5:30 p.m.
the victim has two choices (though they are hardly choices): fight for 16 Saturday email@example.com
consciousness and possibly survive, or submit to the darkness and become 19 & 26 Tuesdays or 504-6053. Ortega, 2–4 p.m.
a bloodsucking creature of the night. *Crafts Ages 8-18.
18 Monday firstname.lastname@example.org
or 355-2886. West Portal, 4–6 p.m.
Stage five: If the victim reaches this stage, they have given in, let Register: email@example.com
or (415) 355-5626. (North 21 Thursday ghom@sfpl.
the darkness take them, and it is too late. All they crave is blood. Beach Program.) Held at 661 org or 355-5610. Richmond,
How do I know this?... it is happening to me. Lombard St. at Mason, 3:30–5 p.m.
3:30–5 p.m. 28 Thursday mbergman@sfpl.
org or 355-2858. Glen Park,
Ages 12-19. Register:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (415)
Lights! Camera! Read!
557-4497. Main, 3rd Floor
Conference Room, 4–6 p.m. 23 Saturday 557-4549. Main,
2nd Floor, Fisher Children’s
Center, 4–5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Teen Read Week: Oct. 17 to 23, 2010 22 & 29 Fridays 25 Monday email@example.com
*Make a Stick Man or 355-2886. West Portal,
Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 4–5:30 p.m.
Ages 8-15. 12-participant
aimed at encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. SFPL’s Teen Services Department will celebrate Teen limit: materials provided. 27 Wednesday mbergman@
Read Week by holding a digital video contest. Teens are invited to create and submit original, live action or Register: firstname.lastname@example.org sfpl.org or 355-2868. Excelsior,
or (415) 355-2888. Chinatown, 4–5:30 p.m.
animated videos about their favorite book by Nov. 1. The winner will receive a Flip video camera! For contest 3:30–5:30 p.m.
28 Thursday 355-2848.
guidelines and tips on how to create digital video, visit http://sfpl.org/teen_blog/. Visitacion Valley, 4–5:30 p.m.
Participants and the public will be invited to a special viewing party in the Children’s Creative Center, 30 Saturday 29 Friday email@example.com
Second Floor, Main Library on Friday, Nov.12, at 4 p.m. *“Figure & Fashion Illustra- or 355-2860. YMCA: Bayview
tion” Workshop, Open to Hunter’s Point, 1601 Lane St.,
Rocktober: guitar hero Tournament anyone who likes to Draw
Shojo Girls (In Cantonese/ 30 Saturday firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, because the 2010 theme of Teen Read Week is “Books with Beat”, the Bayview, Excelsior, Portola Mandarin) or 504-6053. Ortega,
Chinatown, 2:30–4 p.m. 4–5:30 p.m.
and Visitacion Valley branches will be hosting Guitar Hero Gaming Tournaments with prizes for Teens.
Contact the Teen Services Librarians at the participating branches for more details.
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