One Night in June: A Pride Literary Reading

Posted on June 2nd, 2016 by admin 

California LGBT writers celebrate Pride with a literary reading presented by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library!One Night in June: The 3rd Annual Queer Reading for Pride happens June 22, 2016, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the \, Fort Mason Center, Building “C”.

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Sessums (Mississippi Sissy) and rising star Audrey Coulthurst (Of Fire and Stars) join nine other queer authors from the Bay Area to present a live reading of their published pieces and works-in-progress. The event is free and open to the public.

Readers include Natalia Vigil (Still Here San Francisco, a live theater exploration of the queer scene in 1980s and 1990s San Francisco), National Poetry Slam stars Cam Awkward Rich and Amber Flame, and other masters of short fiction, memoir, and poetry. They are joined by emerging voices in queer fiction and poetry.

Sarah Rosedale, manager of the Readers Bookstore, a public venue operated by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, said, “Readings such as this are at the core of what we do to ensure everyone in San Francisco has the opportunity to read and hear local authors. We are very excited to be contributing a literary event of this caliber to the overall celebration of Pride month in San Francisco.”

Filed under: Check it out, Literary Events, Readers Bookstore 

The Mix at SFPL Turns One!

Posted on June 2nd, 2016 by admin 

On Saturday, June 22nd join us for live music, spoken word, refreshments, green screen photo booth fun & more in SFPL’s new teen digital learning center, The Mix at SFPL!

Usually available only to youth ages 13-18, The Mix at SFPL will be opening its doors to all ages during it’s open house birthday party. With furnishings and equipment funded by Friends’ donors, The Mix is an innovative learning center for teens to create and develop digital media.

You’ll get to see:

  • The state-of-the-art recording studio
  • Video production space
  • High-end digital equipment with media creation software
  • A makerspace with 3D printers and more maker tools
  • And of course, a diverse collection of books & graphic novels

Please note that The Mix at SFPL is open from 12 – 6 PM on Saturday, but that the all ages portion of the celebration will be from 3:00 – 4:30 only. (Teens are welcome to partake in festivities during the 12 – 6 time period!)

More information on the event’s Facebook page here and on the Friends’ calendar of events page here.

Filed under: Branch Library Anniversary / Open House, Innovation at SFPL, Literary Events, The Mix at SFPL, Uncategorized

Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Patti Trimble & Fred Norman

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by admin 

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our website at

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library

This Thursday, May 26th,  we are excited to have Patti Trimble & Fred Norman read!

Patti Trimble‘s poetry is widely published and she performs her lyric poems in the USA and Europe. She lives in Sicily part-time, works with translations, and thinks often about the tower of Babel. She will read about Greek tragedy/myth, and will be reading some in Italian. You can find out more about Patti here.

Fred Norman served in the Marines and Air Force for 10 years and now is a member of Veterans For Peace, with the emphasis on Peace. He has a BA in Chinese Studies from SFSU and an MA in Writing from USF. What he calls his “sweeter” work of the past has been published in numerous local publications and in England, but he now writes almost exclusively on antiwar themes in the hope that he might someday write the words that would motivate others to try to put an end to war.

Filed under: Readers Bookstore, Thursdays at Readers

Welcome, Marie Ciepiela!


Posted on May 16th, 2016 by admin 

We are pleased to announce the selection of Marie Ciepiela as our new Executive Director! The selection was made after a thorough national search and selection process, during which Marie served as Interim Executive Director of Friends.

“A world class library needs a world class organization to support and advocate on its behalf,” reports Luis Herrera, City Librarian. “It requires a strong and visionary leader at the helm and Marie Ciepiela is an ideal choice to lead the Friends.  I look forward to a wonderful partnership with Marie to help advance our collective impact in our community.”

During Marie’s four month period as Interim Executive Director at Friends she oversaw the successful revival of the Library Laureates Gala, the most profitable Spring Big Book Sale to date and a reception for James C. Hormel and supporters in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the Main.

“Friends believes in doing what we can to insure that the San Francisco Public Library system continues to best meet the multi-faceted needs of our community,” reports Mikiko Huang, Immediate Past Chair of the Board and Chair of the Search Committee. “Marie has strong experience with public/private partnership and we look forward to Marie bringing her passion, energy and dedication to Friends, as she leads us in our continuing efforts to support and advocate on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library system.”

Marie’s resume includes over 20 years of nonprofit experience in education, youth, families and expanding access, inclusion, and equity for all people. She has served as executive leader of three nonprofit organizations, including: the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco; the OMIE (Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside, Excelsior) Beacon Center; and, the Youth Service Bureaus, the mental health department of the YMCA of San Francisco.

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Filed under: Friends News, Library News 


Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Michael Warr and Genny Lim

Posted on May 12th, 2016 by admin 

Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is  curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our website at

Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library

This Thursday, May 12th we are excited to have Michael Warr and Genny Lim read!

Michael Warr’s books of poetry include The Armageddon of Funk (2011)Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex (1999) as a co-editor, and We Are All The Black Boy (1991), all published by Tia Chucha Press.His awards include the 2014 Creative Work Fund award for his multimedia project “Tracing Poetic Memory in Bayview Hunters Point,”  2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, 2012 Poetry Honor Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and others. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association described The Armageddon of Funk as “A poetic soundtrack to black life.” The Crisis Magazine, founded by W.E.B. DuBois, refers to Warr as a “literary long-distance runner,” and “poet-traveler.” A frequent collaborator with musicians, visual and performing artists, Michael’s poems have been dramatized on stage, depicted on canvas, and set to original music. For links to his writing, recordings, and multimedia experiments in poetry go to He is currently editing “Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin” and anthology combining poems, essays, portraits, and archival images.

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Filed under: Literary Events, Thursdays at Readers 

Open Houses & Anniversaries: Bayview, North Beach & Mission!

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by admin 

Our Neighborhood Library Campaign (NLC) may be over, but we’re still celebrating our beautiful branch libraries! Coming up this weekend: two NLC anniversaries and right around the corner is Mission Branch’s Open House & Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mark your calendars and join us!

These events are proudly funded by Friends:

North Beach Branch: 2 Year Anniversary & Open House
Come join us this Saturday, May 7th to celebrate the two year anniversary of the brand new North Beach Branch Library.

We will kick things off at 12:00 noon and run until 4:00 pm. The programs and activities include a silhouette Sunprints workshop for children at noon; a book reading by author Ernie Beyl at 1 p.m.; smoothie making activity for children at 2 p.m.; and a dance performance by the FOGG Theatre Youth Conservatory group at 3 p.m.

SFPL link to the event here.

Bayview / Linda Brooks-Burton Branch: Open House & Community Appreciation Day
Join us this Saturday, May 7th for live jazz music by Six Roses, balloon twisting, and more in celebration of the Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Grand Reopening!

SFPL link to the event here.

Mission Branch:  Open House & Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Join us on Saturday, May 14th in the Mission Branch for food, festivities & fun!

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Little Explorers Petting Zoo For Children & Families
We are very excited to offer young children the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with a variety of friendly animals. Children will meet an alpaca, a pot belly pig, a large tortoise, goats and sheep, chickens, ducks, and bunnies. Animal handlers will be available to show children how to feed animals a snack and hold smaller animals. Join us for the fun!

12-1:30 p.m. Make your Own Lip Balm
For Teens: Make your own custom lip balm with natural ingredients.

2-3:30 p.m.
Decolonize Your Diet! with Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel: Book Talk and Food Demonstration
A Hecho A Mano & Taste It@Your Library Presentation
Authors Luz Calvo and Catriona R. Esquibel will read passages from their new book, Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American Plant-Recipes for Health and Healing. Luz and Catriona spent years researching the health benefits of the ancestral foods of Latin America. In this presentation, they will discuss their findings and do a cooking demonstration of one of their original recipes, “Aguachile de Quinoa,” which is healthy, vegan, and mouthwateringly delicious!

SFPL link for the event here.

Filed under: Best Thing of the Week, Branch Library Anniversary / Open House, Check it out 

Potrero Hill Arts Exhibition: Reception Saturday!

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by admin 

What a busy week ahead! We suggest that after checking out Summer Stride’s kick-off event at Crissy Fields this Saturday, you head on over to the Potrero Branch for the Potrero Hills Arts Exhibition Opening Reception!

The Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition is funded by Friends and is the oldest annual art show in San Francisco, owing its longevity to Potrero Hill artists and community. The exhibition originated with a group of artists who painted with, the late Charles Farr, who staged the first exhibit in 1951 at Potrero Branch Library.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 / 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street

Filed under: Best Thing of the Week, Branch Library Anniversary / Open House, Check it out 

20th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture: Christian Robinson

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by admin 

Christian Robinson

Join one of our favorite illustrators and a 2016 Library LaureateChristian Robinson, for the 20th Anniversary of the Effie Lee Morris Lecture series.

Christian Robinson will be speaking on the theme “You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Picture Books.” Among his other awards, Mr. Robinson is the recipient of a 2016 Caldecott honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King honor for his illustrations in Last Stop on Market Street. Keep your eyes peeled for Robinson’s amazing SFPL Summer Stride artwork!

After the lecture there will be a free raffle of Robinson’s picture books, followed by book sales and signing by Friends.

The Effie Lee Morris Lecture series is supported by Friends.

When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Koret Auditorium / Main Library / 100 Larkin St.

Reception: Children’s Center Creative Center, 5 – 5:45 p.m.

Filed under: Check it out, Contest, Literary Events

Summer Stride – Kick Off Event This Saturday!

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by admin 

Coming up: fun, adventure, and amazing new worlds —all for free! Brace yourself for one of our favorite annual Library programs: Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore. Summer Stride is SFPL’s all-ages summer learning program, funded in part by Friends.

This is a particularly special Summer Stride because the Library is celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday by bringing the wonders of the national parks to our local branches! As if that isn’t tantalizing enough; the artwork for the program is done by this year’s Effie Lee Morris lecturer (and 2016 Library Laureate!), Christian Robinson. Where do we sign up!? (Here!)

What we’re looking forward to this Summer Stride:

  • Joining a park ranger on free shuttles from branch libraries to Lands’ End, the Presidio, Crissy Field, Fort Point, and more.
  • Finding inspiration for our next park trip in one of SFPL’s recommended books.
  • Checking out the Free Little Libraries at sites across the Golden Gate National Parks.
  • Becoming an official “Reading Ranger” by completing the Summer Stride reading program (once you lay eyes on the Commemorative Ranger Badges, you’ll see why!).
  • Visiting our local branch libraries to hear the incredible history of San Francisco’s national park sites.

This Weekend: Join us on Saturday, May 7th, for the official Summer Stride kick-off event at Crissy Fields!

Check out all of the upcoming Summer Stride events by downloading the Stride Guide here.

Filed under: Best Thing of the Week, Check it out, Contest, Friends News, Library News, Literary Events, Literature

Join us for the Northern California Book Awards!

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by admin 

CA Book Awards_Tom Killion

Celebrate the Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene this month with the 35th Annual Northern California Book Awards, co-sponsored by Friends! This event recognizes the best published works of 2015 and celebrates Northern California authors. Berkeley eco-feminist author Susan Griffin will be honored with the Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement and service. The NCBR Recognition Award will be presented for California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Poetry, Prints and History by Tom Killion, Gary Snyder and Heyday Books.

We will be book-selling up a storm after the event!

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 / 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Koret Auditorium / Main Library / 100 Larkin St.

Filed under: Book Sales, Check it out, Literary Events, Readers Bookstore, Uncategorized