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 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.


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Claude Monet - Lecture and Slideshow - Excelsior Arts & Culture Salon - January 27th

Artist Marlene Aron delivers a beautiful slide presentation on the work of one of the most brilliant painters of the Impressionist movement. From his early work on the Normandy Coast to his final years in Giverny, we'll rejoice in the glow of Monet's water lilies, rose gardens, wisteria, and his luminous paintings of the river Seine. It was Monet's painting, "Impression: Sunrise", which gave the Impressionist movement its name. Claude Monet lived in his beloved Giverny, just outside of Paris, for the final forty-three years of his life. And it was here that he painted some of the most extraordinary and personal work of his career. His paintings, along with the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne, signaled the beginning of the Modern Art Movement. Come celebrate with us as we view over one hundred slides of the wonderful art of Claude Monet: Painter of Light.

Wednesday, January 27th @ 7 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day - January 18th - Library Closed!

The Excelsior Branch and all other San Francisco Public Library branches will be closed Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Day. Click here for Bay Area events honoring Dr. King. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th at 10 a.m.

Teen Gaming! - Wednesday, January 27th

Excelsior Branch hosts a gaming day for youth ages 11-18 featuring Wii and PlayStation games. Bring your E or T rated games. For more information, contact Marla at (415) 355-2868.

Wednesday, January 27th - 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Journey of the Italians in America - January 13th

Author, teacher, and historian Vincenza Scarpaci will present a slide presentation to illustrate her book The Journey of the Italians in America. She uses photographs and stories gathered from families and communities to place the experience of Italians in the broader context of the immigrant experience. Millions of Italians have immigrated to the United States, bringing with them a distinct set of beliefs, traditions, and customs, which have been preserved and passed down through generations. Dr. Scarpaci celebrates the ways in which this ethnic group has influenced many aspects of American life, including arts, agriculture, industry, religion, cuisine, sports, and politics.

Wednesday, January 13th @ 7 p.m.