Free S.A.T. Workshops @ Excelsior in March and April

Two different S.A.T. workshops will be offered at the Excelsior Branch.

1. MATH SUBJECT TEST - 2 Saturdays - March 28 and April 4, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
In the Math workshop, we will examine test taking strategies specific to each of the question types that appear on the level II Math exam. The instructor will answer content related questions about algebra, trigonometry, geometry and pre-calculus. Students will complete the course having acquired an in-depth understanding of what is covered on the test. Please sign up for this workshop only if you are in advanced math courses (trigonometry or higher).

Saturdays - March 28 and April 4, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

2. S.A.T. INTENSIVE - 4 Tuesdays - March 31, April 14, 21 and 28 - from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This course begins with a full-length SAT to give students hands-on experience with the test. The workshop will cover everything you need to know to improve your scores on SAT, including basic test strategy, time management techniques, process of elimination, the essay, vocabulary help, grammar, critical reading and math. Pick up a pre-test at Excelsior Branch before the start of the course or download one from

Tuesdays, March 31, April 14, 21 and 28, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration for both these workshops is online only at SuccessLink Tutoring. Space is limited.

It's all about you: Teen Scrapbooking - April 7th

Can you shape your memories or dreams with scraps, paper and glue? Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring scraps, pictures or photos that inspire you. Ages 11-18. For information, or to register, call Marla at (415)355-2868.

Tuesday, April 7th - 2-3:30 p.m.

Imitation of Life - First Monday Movies - April 6th

Single mothers Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) and Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) meet at Coney Island. Lora is a struggling actress who needs someone to take care of her daughter Susie while she looks for work. Annie, an African-American widow, offers to work as Lora's maid for food and lodging. Their two stories unfold across the years. As Lora's career blossoms, she spends less time with Susie. Annie is devoted to her daughter, but the light-skinned Sarah Jane is resentful of the racial bias around her and does everything she can to hide her origins. This is a remake of the 1934 film. Directed by Douglas Sirk. (1959, 125 mins.)

Monday, April 6th - 6:30 p.m.

Remains of a Cloud - Excelsior Arts & Culture Salon - March 25th

Local author Ruth Cohen discusses her book, Remains of a Cloud, which details her successful struggle with bipolar disorder. Over the course of 30 years, she lived with her illness on four continents. This disorder is a "complicated sickness where light does not emerge often but suffering does." In her book she shows the importance of correct diagnosis, the benefits of psychotherapy, the role of will and faith, and the value of courage and optimism when confronting mental illness.

Wednesday, March 25th @ 7 p.m.

How to Do Genealogy Research - March 21st

Not long ago, the only way to do genealogy research was by traveling hundreds of miles to visit historical societies, archives and specialized libraries. Now, a wealth of information is available for free on the web, including images of original census documents, indexes of marriage records and immigration documents.

We will demonstrate databases made available through the library, including HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition. We will also cover historical newspapers, maps and the best of the free genealogy websites. Whether you are just starting your genealogy research or have been tracing your family tree for years, this class is for you.

Saturday, March 21st from 3:30-5 p.m.

Teens... Make a Button - March 17th

Make yourself a button for your backpack or bulletin board. Create your own images or words, or cut them out from old magazines. All materials provided. Ages 11-18. No reservations required. Contact Marla at (415) 355-2868 for more information.

Tuesday, March 17th from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Pride Open - Eastenders Repertory Company - March 14th

Pride Open explores contemporary conceptions of sexual identity through experimental storytelling, original poems and monologues, dramatic scenes and memory vignettes, and music and movement. The project, conceived and directed by Charles E. Polly, Eastenders' playwright in residence, is being developed by writers from around the world and performers with decidedly different takes on sexual preference and identity.

Saturday, March 14th @ 1 p.m.

Puppet Art Theater - March 11th

The Puppet Art Theater brings the Tale of the Dragon's Tail to Excelsior Library. Join us as Princess Penny tries to solve a mystery involving a dragon in the hills above the castle, and a wizard who claims he can keep the dragon away at the cost of all the gold in the kingdom. Ages 3 and older.

Wednesday, March 11th @ 11 a.m.

Iron Man - Teen Movie - March 4th

After an accident, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark creates a suit that sustains his life. After he heals, he decides to use his technology to fight crime as Iron Man. Starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Gweneth Paltrow. (112 mins, 2008)
Movies for teens are shown the first Wednesday each month. Snacks provided. Ages 12-18.

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