Yolanda Rhodes - Saturday, February 7th

Celebrate Black History Month at Excelsior. Yolanda Rhodes presents a special interactive performance of story, rhythm, music and movement. For children of all ages.

Saturday, February 7th, 11:30 a.m.

First Wednesday Teen Movies - February 4th - Save the Last Dance

February's theme is Teen Romance. In Save the Last Dance, a white teen (Julia Stiles) from a small, white town enrolls in an inner city Chicago high school with a virtually all-black student body. When she falls in love with a popular black student (Sean Patrick Thomas), their racial differences spark tension. The two turn to their common love of dancing to attempt to overcome the obstacles they face. Come join us for the movie you selected!

Movies for teens are shown the first Wednesday of every month. Snacks provided. Ages 12-18. For more information, call Marla at (415) 355-2868.

Wednesday, February 4th
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

First Monday Movies @ Excelsior - Adam's Rib - February 2nd

Defense attorney Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) is up against her husband Prosecutor Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) in Adam's Rib, a witty and sophisticated courtroom comedy. Amanda is defending Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) who is on trial for the attempted murder of her cheating husband. Directed by George Cukor. (1949, 101 mins.)

Monday, February 2nd, 6:30 p.m.

First Monday Movies - Kiss Me Deadly - February 1st

Stark, fast, and violent, Kiss Me Deadly depicts an unstable world on the edge of chaos. Ralph Meeker stars as Mickey Spillane's anti-social private eye, Mike Hammer, whose troubles begin when he picks up a beautiful hitchhiker dressed in nothing but a raincoat. He and the girl are abducted by two thugs who kill the girl but Hammer escapes when the murderers' car topples off a cliff. Seeking vengeance, Hammer tries to discover the secret behind the girl's murder. All clues lead to a mysterious box - the "Great Whatsit." Director Robert Aldrich creates a melodrama for the nuclear age. (1955/105 mins)

Monday, February 1st - 6:30 p.m.

iWrite - Creative Writing for Teens - starts February 4th

This 8 week creative writing workshop will awaken your powers of observation, imagination, and language while providing a chance to share your work (for those who want to). A WritersCorps teacher will lead this workshop in safe and supportive atmosphere, introducing valuable basics of the writing craft. Participants will be exposed to various forms of fiction, memoir, poetry, feature articles, comic strips, etc. to help them express themselves through the written word. Open to teen writers, ages 12-19. For more information, or to register, contact Marla, Teen Librarian, at (415) 355-2868.

Please note: No class will be held on Wednesday, February 11th. (There will be a fabulous Henna Art Workshop instead. See the Library events calendar for more details. )

Wednesdays, February 4th - April 1st - 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

International Election Monitoring - January 28th

The Excelsior Branch Arts & Culture Salon presents a special program on international election monitoring, its impact on foreign affairs, and the dramatic expansion of democracy promotion worldwide. This development has led to a focus on elections, an increasingly critical requirement for governments to attain international legitimacy. Jean Feilmoser has monitored elections for the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations in Kosovo, Bosnia, Slovakia, Russia, Macedonia, Azerbaijan and East Timor. She will present a slide show of her experiences during these elections. Come learn about the election processes in other countries and their challenges for free and fair elections.

Wednesday, January 28nd from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Toddler Tales - NEW Storytime @ Excelsior

Excelsior Branch children's librarians are pleased to announce a new service beginning January 2009. Toddler Tales! In this new storytime there will be books, rhymes, music, movement, and more for toddlers 18 to 36 months and their caregivers. Toddler Tales takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., just before Preschool Storytime.

January 8, 15, 22 and 29 @ 10:30 a.m.

Chinese Lion Dancers - January 24th

Come to Excelsior Branch to celebrate the Year of the Ox and the Lunar New Year. The Chinese Lion Dancers will perform for children of all ages.

Saturday, January 24th at 11:30 p.m.

Alzheimer's Care with Dignity - January 22nd

Frank Fuerst, author of Alzheimer's Care with Dignity, was the caregiver for his wife June, who had early onset Alzheimer's. He will review the cornerstones that made caring for his wife in her final six years easier - explaining what to expect by phase, and what families and friends can do. A question and answer session follows the presentation.

Thursday, January 22nd - 2:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming - January 20th

A gaming day for youth ages 11-18 featuring Rock Band, Wii and PlayStation 3 games like Soul Calibur IV. For information, contact Marla (415) 355-2868.

Tuesday, January 20th - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Facing Foreclosure - January 17th

This program is offered to help potentially defaulting homeowners deal with payment shock and the threat of losing their homes. Topics will include the history of the current foreclosure boom, ten options besides foreclosure, the most important rules to follow when facing foreclosure, and more. This seminar is offered by Zephyr Real Estate agents, along with Guaranteed Homes, LLC. The program is free, though space is limited.

For more information, call: 415-824-7200 x131, or visit: http://www.facingforeclosuresf.com/.

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Teen Gaming - January 14th

An afternoon of PlayStation 2 games, including Guitar Hero, Simpsons Road Rage, and Dragon Ball Z. Led by a local teen. For ages 11-18. For more information, contact Marla at (415) 355-2868.

Wednesday, January 14th - 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Dark Knight - Teen Movie Day - January 7th

Batman continues his seemingly endless effort to bring justice to Gotham's crime syndicate. This time the Dark Knight faces a rising psychopathic criminal called The Joker, whose eerie grin belies a dangerous agenda. (2008, 152 mins.)

Movies for teens are shown the first Wednesday of every month. Snacks provided. Ages 12-18. For more information, call Marla at (415) 355-2868.

Wednesday, January 7th at 4:00 p.m.