Excelsior Branch Blog is retiring

Dear followers,

The Excelsior Branch Blog is retiring in a few weeks. We had a stellar run since we started this blog in 2008 and we want to thank all our readers. We are not blogging any longer but you can still get all the information about our programs and other activities on our Facebook page. You don't have to be on Facebook to look at our page but if you want to get our updates automatically please like our page.

Thank you for reading our blog and see you soon at Excelsior Branch!

Sourdough Starter Workshop, Tuesday, June 3, 7-8:30pm

Cat Shimizu, the "breaducator" from Sour Flour —a Mission District bakery dedicated to neighborly bread gifting and bread education— will talk about the art and science of making bread using a sourdough starter.

This includes how to feed and take care of your own starter, and how different factors such as time, temperature, and starter hydration affect the fermentation process. And how the fermentation process, using wild yeast and lactic "good" bacteria,  improves the nutritional and storage properties of bread.

Samples and suggested reading will help get you started on a healthy, enjoyable and delicious new adventure in baking.

Summer Read SF 2014: May 31-August 10
Connect to your library, your imagination, and San Francisco.

Library closed Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day

All San Francisco Public Libraries will be CLOSED Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.


Las bibliotecas públicas de San Francisco estarán cerradas el lunes 26 de mayo de 2014 Día de los Caídos.

eReader drop-in on Tuesday, May 13, 7-8:30pm

Come to our eBook drop-in on Tuesday, April 8, 7-8:30pm and we will help you download free books and audiobooks to your smart phone, tablet or eReader. We'll also show you how to use Hoopla, our new streaming audio and video platform, so stop on by.

Excelsior Branch new hours starting May 12

Please note that our hours are changing starting May 12.
Our new hours are:

     Monday:    1 pm to 6 pm **
     Tuesday:    10 am to 9 pm
     Wednesday:    10 am to 9 pm
     Thursday:    10 am to 9 pm**
     Friday:    1 pm to 6 pm
     Saturday:    10 am to 6 pm
     Sunday:    1 pm to 5 pm
**Changed hours

Intimate Impressionism docent talk and slideshow, Tuesday, April 29, 7-8:30pm

intimate impressionism sign
Learn about the exhibition Intimate Impressionism currently on view at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in this free lecture and slideshow. The exhibit
showcases 70 paintings from some of the most beloved artists in the world, including Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

In this lecture will explore the close relationships that developed between these artists and their subjects as well as the friendships and rivalries that existed within this group.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April is National Poetry Month and Thursday, April 24, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Come by Excelsior Branch and pick up a poem, put it in your pocket or share it with someone.

Want to share a poem? Bring it in or post it in the comments.

Exciting new services for streaming music, audiobooks and movies

San Francisco Public Library is now offering thousands of streaming movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all for free with your library card!

The new service is called Hoopla Digitial. You can download the Hoopla Digital app for your smartphone or tablet or simply stream the content on your computer. All you need is your library card number and PIN.
If you have questions, feel free to come by and ask a librarian or see the FAQs here: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000707201

eBook questions?

Come to our eBook drop-in on Tuesday, April 8, 7-8:30pm and we will help you download free books and audiobooks to your smart phone, tablet or eReader.

Movies @ Excelsior, Monday, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm

The movie for April is The Lost Weekend (1945, 101 mins) starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, and Phillip Terry; directed by Billy Wilder.

A would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a three day bender, giving an uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism.

The Lost Weekend won in the categories Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 1946 Academy Awards. The movie is based on an autobiographical book of the same name by Charles Jackson.